Vroom Mobile Daily App goes International

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The mobile Vroom Daily App is now available in Canada. Vroom provides free downloadable daily activity tips for parents with children aged from birth to five.
The free mobile Daily Vroom app, available for iOS, Android and Fire Phone platforms, provides downloadable activity tips in English and Spanish so parents can turn everyday moments into brain-building moments with their children. (PRNewsFoto/Bezos Family Foundation)

Every day, age appropriate tips are sent to mobile phones encouraging ‘brain-building moments’ between parents and their children. Each tip is easy to do and based in the latest early childhood scientific research. Parents also receive a reminder to check their phone for the daily Vroom tip.

The Vroom App is available on three mobile platforms: Android (through the Google Play store), iOS (through the Apple App Store) and Fire Phone. Parents and families can easily access and download the appropriate platform app by going to the Vroom website – www.joinvroom.org – and clicking on the ‘Download the App’ link at the top of the Home Page.

Until this week, the mobile Vroom Daily App has only been available in the United States, where it went through several enhancements leading up to its international release. It’s being released in 34 different countries around the world this week. Currently the Vroom Daily App is available in English and Spanish, with other languages to be introduced over the coming weeks.

Vroom and the mobile Vroom Daily App are initiatives of the Bezos Family Foundation which is based in Seattle.

Casio releases Chordana Composer iPhone app

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Casio Computer Co., Ltd., announced on January 30 the release of Chordana Composer, an iPhone app that automatically composes a musical piece based on a two-bar melody created by the user. The app is available at the Apple App Store from January 30.

Chordana Composer is an app that allows anyone to easily create their very own original music – even if they do not know how to compose music or play an instrument. The user simply records himself or herself singing or whistling a tune for two musical bars, and the app automatically composes an entire piece of music based on that melody. The finished music not only can be played back for the user’s enjoyment, but it can also be emailed as an audio file to friends. Music can be composed even without the ability to write music or play an instrumentchordanacomposerfull

To use Chordana Composer, the user simply thinks of a two-bar melody and records it on his or her iPhone, either by singing or whistling the motif. Then the user selects from the app’s five different music genres and three types of melodic settings, and finally presses the Auto Compose button to create an original piece of music complete with an intro and ending.

Users can also input the motif by playing the app’s keyboard interface or by entering notes in a score on the notation input interface. Moreover, melodies in the finished piece of music can be edited in the score.

Chordana Composer can be connected to MIDI-compatible electronic musical instruments. If it is connected to one of Casio’s electronic keyboards with light-up keys, the melodies in the pieces created by Chordana Composer will light up with the music.

To celebrate the new release of Chordana Composer, Casio is offering the app at a 40% discount from the regular sales price for a limited time, from January 30 to February 5.

#CES2015 TempTraq Wearable Bluetooth Thermometer Takes Home Coveted CES Editors’ Choice Award

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TempTraq™, powered by Blue Spark Technologies, made its debut at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, generating excitement in the tech and parenting communities. So much so that TempTraq, the only wearable Bluetooth® thermometer to continuously monitor body temperature for 24 hours in the form of a soft comfortable patch, won a special CES Editors’ Choice Award from Reviewed.com, a division of USA TODAY. These awards are presented in partnership with the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the organizing body of the Consumer Electronics Show.

According to Reviewed.com, to ensure the sole criteria for winning the award were the merits of the products themselves, no one from the CEA, or from Reviewed.com’s parent company, Gannett, was allowed to be involved in the decision making process. Any product debuting at CES 2015 was eligible, and the private process took place in a closed-room session January 6, the first official exhibit day of CES. Any product debuting at the show was eligible but when the voting process finished, the products remaining, including TempTraq, were the experts’ selections for best in show.


“We are honored to be chosen for this coveted award,” said John Gannon, president and CEO of Blue Spark Technologies. “We know TempTraq is a tremendous innovation, transforming our patented technology into a practical use product parents everywhere can appreciate. This award further validates our team’s beliefs that we have found a truly innovative way to monitor children’s health.”

TempTraq is a new frontier in the monitoring of sick children. It is powered by Blue Spark Technologies’ patented, printed flexible battery and includes a free downloadable Apple or Android compatible app, allowing users to reach a new level of health care for children of all ages, and even adults.

All users have to do is press the “start” button to activate the thermometer and connect it to the app via the unique code provided. As long as the caregiver is within range of the thermometer, they can easily review data and receive alerts, up to 40 feet away. They then apply the thin, flexible patch thermometer to the underarm of the child, similar to an adhesive bandage.

temptraq bluetooth thermometer iphoneUnlike other available devices that provide users with only one point of data and offer no continuous monitoring or alerts, the TempTraq app displays both real time and historical temperature data transmitted from the patch in graphical or tabular view, making it possible for caregivers to see fluctuations and quickly adapt treatment.

For more information on TempTraq, visit www.TempTraq.com.

About Blue Spark Technologies, Inc.
Headquartered in Westlake, Ohio, Blue Spark Technologies, Inc. is the leader in developing thin, flexible, printed power solutions for printed electronic systems. Founded in 2002 to commercialize thin printed battery technology from Energizer, the company has evolved to include printed electronics solutions development utilizing their proprietary battery technology to create unique thin and flexible solutions. Blue Spark Technologies’ latest innovation, TempTraq™, is powered by Blue Spark Technologies’ patented, printed flexible battery, and is the only wearable wireless thermometer patch that continuously, and comfortably, monitors body temperature for 24 hours and sends alerts to Apple or Android compatible mobile devices.

About Reviewed.com
Reviewed.com’s product experts use lab testing to rate and review the latest consumer electronics and home appliances, helping guide consumers purchases. Reviewed.com editors select the best performing and best value products for the company’s Editors’ Choice and Best of Year Award programs. Founded in 1998, the company was acquired by USA TODAY in January 2011 and powers technology coverage in USA TODAY and Gannett media properties.

Pioneer Expands Apple CarPlay Compatible Lineup with Next Generation AppRadio 4

appradio 4Pioneer Electronics of Canada Inc.  announced that the Apple CarPlay™-compatible fourth generation AppRadio 4 (SPH-DA210) has shipped and is available at Canadian retail at a suggested retail price of $599. AppRadio 4 brings together the use of cloud and device sourced content from compatible iOS devices (iPhone® 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPhone 4s and iPhone 4), Android™ smartphones, and MirrorLink™ enabled smartphones, as well as feature enhanced smartphone control, voice control for Siri® Eyes Free and Google® Voice Recognition, Bluetooth® hands-free calling and audio streaming, and a new graphical user interface.

“The new AppRadio 4 embodies our idea of the connected car, providing the majority of smartphone owners the ability to use their devices in the car for calling, streaming music, and even controlling supported apps to enhance their driving experience,” says Andrew Murphy, director of Marketing for Pioneer Electronics of Canada.

  • CarPlay Ready – With CarPlay, consumers with iPhone 5 or later, including iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, and the latest version of iOS can use Siri voice control to make and receive calls, compose and respond to text messages, use Apple Maps for navigation and listen to their music libraries, podcasts and iTunes Radio. For more info about CarPlay visit www.apple.com/ios/carplay.
  • Siri Eyes Free – Users of iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5 and iPhone devices can take advantage of Siri Eyes Free functionality with a touch of the AppRadio 4 touchscreen. When activated, Siri provides voice prompts through the vehicle’s speakers, and the user’s questions and commands are received and transmitted using the external microphone provided with the AppRadio 4 unit.
  • Bluetooth – To maximize the connectivity options available in today’s most popular smartphones, AppRadio 4 offers both Bluetooth hands-free calling1 and Bluetooth audio streaming and wireless control of compatible devices. It includes Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) for wireless audio streaming and Audio Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP) version 1.4 for wireless control of devices and related metadata (if available) to be viewed directly on the Pioneer touchscreen display.
  • Enhanced Touchscreen User Interface – Designed with the smartphone user in mind, the AppRadio 4 touchscreen user interface (UI) provides easy access to the most commonly used features such as apps, music and calling.
  • Built-in MirrorLink – MirrorLink technology enables consumers to connect compatible smartphones to AppRadio 4 (or other compatible in-dash receiver) via a USB cable to use certain music and map applications for a more convenient and safer in-car experience. Similar to AppRadio Mode, MirrorLink is integrated into AppRadio 4 and offers a vehicle-specific interface and connectivity with MirrorLink certified devices from smartphone manufacturers such as Samsung, Nokia and others.

AppRadio 4 offers a simple and clean cosmetic design utilizing minimal physical buttons on the left side of the screen for quick access by drivers, with the majority of functions and control accessible and operated through its high resolution 6.2-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen. The capacitive touch panel is used for all functions including the app interface, music control/playback, AM/FM radio, and Bluetooth functions. A total of four connectivity cable options2, sold separately, enable connections to more than 30 different smartphone devices. In addition, the unit now offers the Android Media Transfer Protocol (MTP) for deeper access to files and folders on Android devices.

For increased audio performance, AppRadio 4 inherits the capabilities of Pioneer’s NEX receiver models with three sets of high volt (4V) pre-outs, 13-band graphic equalizer, auto EQ, auto time alignment, dual rear USB, and HDMI input, AM/FM tuner with RDS text information display (when available), and MOSFET 50 Watts X 4 power.

About Pioneer Electronics Canada

For over 75 years, Pioneer has been a preeminent manufacturer of high performance audio and  video  equipment  for the home, car, bike and business  markets in the consumer electronics industry. It all began with a passion for music that Pioneer founder Nozomu Matsumoto hoped to share with the world.  He started Pioneer in 1938 as a specialty speaker company, building products out of his garage. Today, Pioneer’s Home Entertainment and Business Solutions Group continues Matsumoto’s enthusiasm, developing award-winning audio and video home theater products. Its auto division is the   leader   in   Canada for audio/navigation products.  Long-standing partnerships and collaborations with the creative community have provided Pioneer unique insight in its quest to capture the purity of a movie or musical artist’s original vision into its broad range of home entertainment products. The company’s brands include Pioneer® and Elite®.

 

Cab Share Canada allows you to save money and the environment

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App developers Cab Share Canada have developed a new app called Taxi Sharing 2.0. It’s available now in Vancouver.

What does it do?

Taxi Sharing 2.0 allows you to search for people in your area who are going to similar destinations. Once everyone ‘commits to ride’ a chat appears for the passengers to discuss payment, pick-up times and drop-off points. Then you simply ‘call a cab’, which will appear as a button on your screen. It’s fast, it’s easy and saves you money – at least that’s what they say.

Who are they?

Taxi Sharing 2.0 was developed by a group of students from Simon Frasier University using a Kickstarter campaign. Kickstarter allows people to publish project ideas to online communities including friends, fans and other people who may want to help developers fund their projects. It’s a great idea and has been successful in this case because it helped Cab Share Canada create this useful and environmentally friendly app.


Being environmentally friendly was a real motivator for Cab Share Canada, and getting people to share taxis is a good way to start. They will also give 10% of their start-up profits to the World Wildlife Fund.

Not the first

Vancouver is not the first place to see this kind of cab-share app. London has seen a few over the past year. Apps like Uber, Hailo and Maaxi have been released and are becoming increasing popular on Apple’s app store. Cab drivers are protesting these apps, saying that taxi-sharing apps hurt their earning potential. Other taxi drivers have been more welcoming to the idea and some Black Cab drivers have even gone as far as offering free rides to work to help publicize the app.

Uber allows regular drivers to act as a taxi service cutting out the need for a cab. It has been on local news recently and is still struggling in BC because of because of legal loopholes. Cab Share Canada could be a great alternative to Uber as it seems to work with taxi cab owners not against them. It will be interesting to see how successful this app becomes and how it will affect cab owners in Vancouver.

Taxi Sharing 2.0 is available on Apple’s App store and a version for Android phones will be available soon.

 

FlyCANADA mobile app launched by Ottawa Airport

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FlyCANADAFlyCANADA which is available on the App Store and Google Play, features the information and tools that will make the travel experience simple and enjoyable for all airport customers.

FlyCANADA provides users with an up-to-date list of arriving and departing flights, as well as gate information and status updates. Passengers can also add a flight to “MyFlights” to get push notifications with updates or changes to their flight status.

Parking information and rates, a link to the secure parking reservation system, and even a place to store parking details to help passengers remember where they’ve parked are just a few of the other features. The app also has terminal maps, a restaurant and store directory, transportation options, and contact numbers.

Airport Authority President and CEO, Mark Laroche, commented that “this app is about providing a better customer experience by keeping our passengers informed and more prepared. If something is happening that affects flight schedules or the airport, we will tell our app users about it through push notifications.”

The app will continue to evolve in the months to come, with new features and enhancements. And, we welcome other Canadian airports and airport partners to join the app so that passengers travelling across Canada can use all their airport information in one place, conveniently at FlyCANADA. For more information, and links to download the app, visit www.FlyCanadaApp.ca. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6Fv2U6jGF0

About the Airport Authority

OMCIAA operates Ottawa International Airport without government subsidies under an 80-year lease transfer agreement with Transport Canada. The OMCIAA’s mandate is to manage, operate and develop airport facilities and lands in support of the economic growth of the National Capital Region. More than 4.5 million passengers are served each year, generating more than $2.2 Billion in total economic activity in Ottawa and Gatineau.

Endomondo’s fitness app expands reach to more devices and users

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After releasing updates earlier this year for Samsung Gear Fit and Gear 2, Garmin, TomTom and Pebble iOS users; the popular Endomondo Sports Tracker app now integrates today with Android Wear devices, as well as the Samsung Gear S smartwatch.

The free Android Wear update delivers a total of six real-time fitness stats across three screens.  A simple swipe lets users move through data, and information can be assigned to different pages with ease. Further, the integration allows people to easily start/pause/stop a workout while on the go.

The Samsung Gear S integration works similarly, but allows users to select between a total of nine configurable stats such as speed, distance or workout duration. Additionally, the built-in Gear S heart rate monitor can now supply data to Endomondo.

Supplemental information about features now offered to users can be found at Endomondo’s blog, as well as instructions for syncing Endomondo to various devices.  Mette Lykke, Endomondo’s CEO, said she sees this latest round of integration as another step toward Endomondo’s goal of offering a connected experience across multiple wearable devices so fitness remains engaging and fun.

“With interest in wearables expanding at an incredible rate, Endomondo has spent 2014 aggressively developing for these devices,” Mette said.  “Our aim at Endomondo is to utilize these new technologies in a way that still supports our core belief that social interaction and support is a key motivator when it comes to people getting and staying fit.”

fitness appFor more information about Endomondo, please visit http://www.endomondo.com or http://blog.endomondo.com/.

About Endomondo:

Founded in 2007 and now with more than 25 million fans worldwide, Endomondo stands apart from other activity tracking apps because it helps users connect with like-minded people and encourages the sharing of experiences and support in achieving collective goals. Operating on most GPS-enabled smartphones, Endomondo lets people track workouts, analyze performance, and aids in the discovery of new activities and insights so people become and stay active.  Users can send friends real-time pep talks while they exercise, compete against friends for fun, challenge co-workers, and share it all across popular social networks.

 

SOURCE Endomondo

 

Hotels.com app compatible with Android smart watches

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Last week the travel experts at Hotels.com announced that their award-winning mobile app is now compatible with backtoschoolAndroid smart watch devices. The app will now send important notifications to travellers at 2p.m. on their arrival date – just as they are about to check into their hotels. Helpful information shared includes a hotel image, address and full reservation details.

“Our new wearable notifications make travelling even more seamless,” said Daniel Craig, Senior Director of Mobile for the Hotels.com brand. “We know our customers are increasingly looking for ways to take the stress and hassle out of travel and we’re in the business of listening and responding to them as fast as possible.”

A leader in the industry with more than 35 million downloads of its mobile app, Hotels.com is also one of the first travel companies to launch wearables. Mobile bookings also continue to gain popularity with one in four made on a mobile device and within two days of check-in. Fortunately, for last-minute bookings, the app includes access to more than 20,000 exclusive last-minute deals.

About Hotels.com

Hotels.com, L.P. (also known in Canada as Hotels.ca) operates Hotels.com, a leading online accommodation booking website with nearly 325,000 properties around the world, ranging from international chains and all-inclusive resorts to local favourites and bed & breakfasts, together with all the information needed to book the perfect stay. Special apps for mobile phones and tablets can also be downloaded enabling customers to book on the go with access to 20,000 last-minute deals.

New meditation app promises a more focused mind

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

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

YellowBrickCinema – Alpha Waves for Focus

MeditationRelaxClub – Music for Concentration

 

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

Experience the Benefits of Deep Meditation in Minutes

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

Helps with Writer’s Block

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

Zen180 App Features:

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

Availability & Pricing

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

 

iWitness Personal Safety App works with Seattle University

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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

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ImmunizeCA puts vaccination information in the hands of Canadians

ImmunizeCACan’t find little Johnny’s vaccination record? Can’t remember when you received your last vaccination? Not to worry. ImmunizeCA is a new, free, bilingual mobile app created to help Canadians and their families keep track of their immunizations.

“Recent outbreaks across Canada show us that infectious diseases can still be a threat if your vaccinations aren’t up to date,” said Ian Culbert, Executive Director of the Canadian Public Health Association. “It is imperative that we all support our vaccinations, from infancy to your senior years, and the ImmunizeCA app can help us, right at our fingertips.”

What is ImmunizeCA?

ImmunizeCA provides 24/7 access to vaccination schedules based on information specific to people’s home province or territory, and to reliable, expert-approved, bilingual information about vaccinations for children, adults and travelers. It also offers useful tools such as appointment reminders and local outbreak notifications.

ImmunizeCA was developed through a collaboration between the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA), Immunize Canada, and the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI) with funding from the Public Health Agency of Canada. It is available for iPhone, Android and Blackberry operating systems.

“We’re really excited to release the ImmunizeCA app – designed specifically for Canadians. We think we’ve created an attractive, user-friendly way for people to manage their own health information, while providing simple but scientifically sound answers to many vaccine questions,” said Dr. Kumanan Wilson, senior scientist at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and a professor with the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Medicine. “We hope Canadians find it to be a valuable tool for navigating this important aspect of their health.”

Based on a pilot version of the app, ImmunizeON, developed and released by the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute in 2012 and made available only in Ontario, the ImmunizeCA app requires only a single download, and its new interface is user-friendly and provides quick and easy access to information for people on the go.

“Our Government is committed to investing in innovative technology. This mobile app can help Canadians make the best decisions about their families’ health. Canadians can keep track of their immunizations electronically and quickly access information from trusted sources,” said Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health. “We are proud to work with the Canadian Public Health Association, Immunize Canada and the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and their partners, to help Canadians improve their health outcomes.”

The ImmunizeCA app is available for secure, free download at the App Store, Google Play and Blackberry World. All can be accessed online at immunize.ca/app.

About the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA)

Founded in 1910, the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) is the independent voice for public health in Canada with links to the international community. As the only Canadian non-governmental organization focused exclusively on public health, CPHA is uniquely positioned to tell decision-makers about public health system reform and to guide initiatives to help safeguard the personal and community health of Canadians and people around the world. With a diverse membership representing more than 25 professions, a track record of success, a collaborative approach and national reach, CPHA is Canada’s Public Health Leader.

About Immunize Canada

Immunize Canada is a national coalition of non-governmental, professional health, and government organizations with the overall aim of increasing awareness about the benefits of immunization and promoting the understanding and use of vaccines as recommended by the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI).

About the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI)

The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI) is the research arm of The Ottawa Hospital and is an affiliated institute of the University of Ottawa, closely associated with the university’s Faculties of Medicine and Health Sciences. OHRI includes more than 1,700 scientists, clinical investigators, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and staff conducting research to improve the understanding, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of human disease. Research at OHRI is supported by The Ottawa Hospital Foundation.

bazinga! offers new avenues for connecting with your neighbours

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bazinga!If you live in a condo or apartment building you may or may not know your neighbours. Often you make connections and realize that you may have more in common than you thought.

Enter bazinga! a Vancouver based company that aims offers an enhanced living package by leveraging those similar needs.

“Our platform connects people who share a building in a meaningful way in Vancouver says Joseph Nakhla, CEO of bazinga! This platform is riding on a lot trends happening now including social media and social network usage and the way people’s lives have become hyper local as a result of that.”

Consider this scenario. Say you need a babysitter and all your regular sitters are not available. You don’t know that your neighbour across the hall works at a daycare and could easily fill your babysitting need. Log in to bazinga! and bam you realize Susan is the perfect sitter you need.

Over 820 buildings have signed up for bazinga! as have some of Canada’s biggest developer names such as Bosa, Onni, Tridel, and Plaza.

bazinga! Online and as an App

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bazinga! basically digitizes a building including all of its bylaws, document management, and other functions. Using the Loop which acts like a Facebook wall for a building, it allows residents to post an alert and tell their neighbours of things that are happening.

With bazinga! all information resides in one central place. Residents wanting to get bazinga! into their building must onboard the assets related to their building while new properties will already have it. Strata managers can act as an Administrator as can building residents.

bazinga! is not meant for strictly high income areas either. Lots of different income areas use it and it can be customized to specific building needs.

“Adoption and engagement rates are around 75 percent for a building on the platform. People average 6 and half minutes per session when using it. On mobile devices, people will login two times per day on average says Nakhla.”

When asked if bazinga! is for a younger demographic given their familiarity with technology, Nakhla says that is not the case at all. “We’re selling older and non connected generations on it too. This app can appeal to a range of people and income groups.”