The Future of Virtual and Augmented Reality

VR developer coder

The virtual reality (VR) industry is now expected to boom in the coming years, with projections noting a market potential exceeding $30 billion by 2020, along with 500 million VR headsets sold by 2025. A major cause of the reignited excitement over VR comes from industry experts having discovered the assistance that VR can provide a number of professions, including journalism, education and healthcare.

As demand for VR and AR products increases, employment growth in specific fields is expected to grow as well. Designers, developers, modelers, animators, project managers and videographers alike can apply their skills in this exciting new field. Enthusiasts should take advantage of educational resources as a way to gain a competitive edge in the job market.


Introduction to the Microsoft Bot Framework #cognitive #office365 #sms #sdk

Build and connect intelligent bots to interact with your users naturally wherever they are, from text/sms to Skype, Slack, Office 365 mail and other popular services.

One of the key problems in human-computer interactions is the ability of the computer to understand what a person wants, and to find the pieces of information that are relevant to their intent. For example, in a news-browsing app, you might say “Get news about virtual reality companies,” in which case there is the intention to FindNews, and “virtual reality companies” is the topic. LUIS is designed to enable you to very quickly deploy an http endpoint that will take the sentences you send it, and interpret them in terms of the intention they convey, and the key entities like “virtual reality companies” that are present. LUIS lets you custom design the set of intentions and entities that are relevant to the application, and then guides you through the process of building a language understanding system. According to Microsoft documentation for their Bot Framework,

“Microsoft’s Language Understanding Intelligent Service (LUIS) offers a fast and effective way of adding language understanding to applications. With LUIS, you can use pre-existing, world-class, pre-built models from Bing and Cortana whenever they suit your purposes – and when you need specialized models, LUIS guides you through the process of quickly building them.

Bot Builder lets you use LUIS to add natural language understanding to your bot via the LuisDialog class. You can add an instance of a LuisDialog that references your published language model and then add intent handlers to take actions in response to users utterances. To see LUIS in action watch the 10 minute tutorial.”

The Bot Builder SDK Chat Reference Library is here.

The Bot Framework FAQ is here.

Cognitive Services APIs are here.

Focus your #business on #cloud technologies with #Microsoft AppSource

Download apps for business at Microsoft AppSource

Microsoft AppSource is the place to get your new business up and running quickly. It’s also the place to get your existing business focused on cloud based technology. Microsoft AppSource launched in July 2016 and as Ron Huddleston explains that,

“as the responsibility for technology investments moves away from IT and into business units, [Microsoft is] seeing an explosion in the market for SaaS apps. Quick, powerful and cost-effective, SaaS apps allow companies to dial in exactly the functionality they need, without heavy investments in infrastructure or lengthy implementation cycles.”

AppSource is a great place for businesses of all sizes to download and trial new technologies enabling them to compete in the new global economy. It sounds like IT applications management could become less relevant in the coming years with Microsoft’s recent focus. My question is when these independent business units begin to encounter difficulties with these SaaS apps, who are they going to call? Ghostbusters? Nope – you guessed it – IT.

Artificial Intelligence will double annual economic growth rates by 2035 #ai #business

AI: Economic Boom But Jobs Bust

A news release from Accenture has some very good things to say about the rise of Artificial Intelligence (AI). By pairing man and machine together, Accenture Research predicts that annual economic growth rates will double by 2035.

“Artificial intelligence heralds dramatic potential for growth for both the economy and for humans,” said Mark Purdy, managing director – Economic Research, Accenture Institute for High Performance. “Our research strongly shows that AI can unleash remarkable benefits across countries, countering slow economic growth and lagging productivity. To fulfill the promise of AI, relevant stakeholders must be thoroughly prepared – intellectually, technologically, politically, ethically and socially – to address the benefits and challenges that can arise as artificial intelligence becomes more integrated in our daily lives.”

Accenture states that this man / machine pairing will give people more time to focus on the creative side of business which includes innovation.

Songs made with #Apple GarageBand Live Loops #music #tech

Examples of music made with GarageBand Live Loops

I’ve been working with Garage Band Live Loops over the past few weeks. It’s been a ton of fun learning how the interface works and putting together some songs that actually sound quite good. If you’re looking for some examples of what you could do with Live Loops check out the songs below.


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Leaders in #Vancouver and #Seattle talk about a #tech corridor between the two cities

Next Big Tech Corridor? Between Seattle and Vancouver, Planners Hope

There’s plans in the works to create a tech corridor between Seattle and Vancouver. A report from the New York Times found ideas being thrown around for a dedicated lane for self-driving vehicles.

“A group of Seattle techies proposed … a dedicated lane for autonomous vehicles on Interstate 5, the highway connecting Seattle to the Canadian border. The plan — which relies on autonomous vehicles that still need a lot of work — would not shave much time off the commute between the cities, but could make the ride less tedious by letting travelers work or watch a movie, said Tom Alberg, a managing director at Madrona Venture Group, a Seattle venture capital firm, and an author of the proposal.”

Other ideas may include a high speed rail line. It was stated in the report that the housing costs in Vancouver are higher than San Francisco while the average tech Salary in Vancouver at $49,000 is about half the salary paid in San Francisco.



ZTE Launches Flagship AXON 7 #android #smartphone #mobile #tech

ZTE AXON 7 smartphone

ZTE, a leading global mobile device maker, officially unveiled its latest flagship device, the AXON 7. The device will first be launched in China, with international launches including the United States, Canada, Europe, and other regions to follow shortly after.

The AXON 7 was designed with an emphasis on what matters most to users today: immersive theatre-like sound, eye-catching design, and a high quality camera, all in the palm of one’s hand.


Design Inspired by Luxury Cars

ZTE partnered with Designworks, a subsidiary of BMW Group, to design a device that offers a fusion of aesthetics and functionality. Designworks helped create a smartphone that both looks good, with a full metal unibody and rounded corners and edges, and is easy to use. For example, the intuitive fingerprint sensor simply requires users to tap an index finger on the back of the phone where their finger naturally grips it, making it easy to use with one hand and minimizing the risk of dropping the device.


Power of Sound from Within

ZTE knows the importance of high quality audio on today’s smartphones, so they worked with a team of music conservatory professors to ensure the AXON 7 provides the ultimate audio experience. The device features Hi-Fi sound from two dedicated AKM audio chips and Dolby Atmos technology driving dual front-facing speakers. This results in clear, resonating vocals during calls and even better sounding music.


High Quality Camera for Better Photos

A smartphone with the ability to take high quality photographs is one of the key features that users are asking for. AXON 7 fulfils that need with fast and accurate photography while reducing visual noise that normally impedes photos taken from a smartphone. Its 20-megapixel rear camera uses dual image stabilization technology, advanced auto focus, exposure, scene selection and white balance to automatically detect ambient light changes. AXON 7 makes it easy to take great photos with less effort.



The AXON 7 comes in two versions: standard and premium. Both versions are available in two colours: Ion Gold and Quartz Gray. It will be available unlocked and online in Canada with pricing and availability dates coming soon.



AXON 7 Specs:

Platform Snapdragon 820, 2.15GHz CPU
Operating System MiFavor4.0 (based on Android 6.0)
Dimensions 151.7×75×7.9mm
Screen 5.5-in., 2560*1440, WQHD AMOLED, 2.5D
Cameras Rear: 20MP, PDAF + closed-loop instant autofocus, OIS (optical image stabilization), F1.8 apertureFront: 8 MP, FF Aperture F2.2, smart facial beautification
Battery 3250mAh, Quick Charge 3.0
Memory 4GB RAM+ 64GB ROM, 128GB TF Supported6GB RAM+ 128GB ROM, 128GB TF Supported
Interfaces 3.5mm headphone jack, USB Type-C, Dual SIM 4FF
Audio Dual Hi-Fi chipset: AK4961 + AK4490Dual speaker
Additional features Dolby Atmos Surround SoundForce Touch (available in premium version)Fingerprint 3.0 recognition






ZTE Canada Inc. (, headquartered in Toronto, Canada, is a subsidiary of ZTE Corporation, a global provider of mobile devices, telecommunication systems and enterprise solutions. Operating since March 2005, ZTE Canada is dedicated to making cost-efficient, quality communication technology accessible to all. In North America, ZTE is the fourth-largest supplier of smartphones and handset vendors and is the second largest vendor in the pre-paid market. ZTE is one of the top rated high tech enterprises in the world, developing and producing 2G, 3G and 4G handsets and mobile devices in over 150 countries. Founded in 1985, ZTE Corporation is listed on the Hong Kong and Shenzhen Stock Exchanges and is China’s largest listed telecom equipment company.


HP Pavilion x360 #laptops and #computers can charge up to 90 percent in 90 minutes

HP Pavilion x360 laptop computer

HP Inc. has unveiled a new Pavilion PC portfolio in a bold color palette featuring new convertibles, notebooks and desktops with sleek designs and more power ideal for students, millennials and families. The new portfolio lets customers reflect their sense of style and delivers the power they need to be productive and entertained at a price that delivers value.


  • HP Pavilion x360: Offered in five colors1 with a stylish new digital thread design on the keyboard deck, a 15.6″ diagonal model joins the 11.6″ and 13.3″ diagonal platforms with a geared hinge inspired by the HP Spectre x360 to transition into four modes.
  • HP Pavilion: Features discrete graphics, five new colors1, the iconic digital thread design and Intel® RealSense™ Camera2 option for improved security with facial authentication with Windows Hello3.
  • HP Pavilion All-in-Ones: Powerful and features a new micro edge display option on the 23″ diagonal model reduces the border width 75 percent to 6.4mm compared to the standard edge-to-edge display option at 26mm.
  • HP Pavilion Desktop: Playful, eye-catching tower design offers a 30 percent smaller footprint compared to the previous generation without sacrificing power.

“Some customers want thin and light PCs for on the go while other customers want power and performance to create and store,” said Kevin Frost, vice president and general manager, consumer personal systems, HP Inc. “HP’s redesigned Pavilion PCs offer affordability and a variety of options for customers to get the functionality they need in a PC packed with style and personality.”

Performance with a Pop of Color
The new HP Pavilion PCs feature updated designs with more color options. Audio custom tuned by experts at B&O PLAY and vibrant displays, including Full HD4 IPS options, provide an immersive computing experience. The new line-up also features the latest Intel® or AMD processors and graphics.

To meet customers’ increased desire for more mobile solutions, the HP Pavilion convertible and notebook PCs are thinner and lighter than the previous generation. They feature Prismatic Lithium ion battery cells to maintain long battery life and offers HP Fast Charge5, which can charge the PC up to 90 percent in 90 minutes when powered off.

The HP Pavilion desktop PCs feature smaller footprints in iconic form factors with sleek profiles to maximize desk space, making them the focal point of the home or home office.

Versatility for On-the-Go Entertainment with New x360s
For 2016, HP redesigned the HP Pavilion x360s to be sleek with audio custom tuned by experts at B&O PLAY for on the go entertainment. HP added a new 15.6″ diagonal model to the 11.6″ and 13.3″ diagonal HP Pavilion x360s which are 12-14 percent thinner with lighter designs compared to the previous generations with starting weights at 2.93lbs6 and 3.48lbs6and profiles at 19.3mm and 19.8mm thin respectively. HP’s new 15.6″ diagonal HP Pavilion x360 starting weight is 5.07lbs6 and is 23.9mm thin. This year’s models feature a new digital thread pattern on the keyboard deck in a pearl coloring for added depth and style which now spans across the Pavilion convertible and notebook portfolios.

The Pavilion x360s are available in an assortment of colors including Natural Silver, Modern Gold, Dragonfly Blue, Cardinal Red and Sport Purple1.

Other features include:

  • Up to nine hours and 15 minutes of battery life7 depending on model.
  • HD8 or option for Full HD IPS2 displays on the 13.3″ and 15.6″ diagonal models.
  • Up to 16GB of memory and up to 512GB SSD9 with the option for hard drive storage up to 1TB9, depending on model.
  • Choice of the latest Intel® Celeron®, Intel® Pentium® or up to 6th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 processors10 subject to model.
  • A full-size keyboard now offering optional backlit keyboard on 13.3″ and 15.6″ diagonal versions and 1.5mm key travel for a comfortable typing experience.

Pavilion Laptops Deliver Style and Power
The new portfolio of Pavilion notebooks include 14″ and 15.6″ diagonal Pavilion notebooks that are 11-22 percent thinner and lighter with a smaller footprint compared to the previous generation. The starting weight is 3.3lbs6 and 4.26lbs6 with thin profiles at 19.5mm and 22.5mm, for the 14″ and 15.6″ diagonal versions respectively. For creating and consuming media, HP is also offering more power and performance in 15.6″ and 17.3″ diagonal Pavilion models with starting weights at 4.62lbs6 and 6.28lbs6 and 24.5mm and 29.9mm thin profiles, respectively. The new designs are offered in a variety of color options including Natural Silver, Modern Gold, Blizzard White, Onyx Black, Cardinal Red, Dragonfly Blue and Sport Purple1 with the new threaded design element on the keyboard and speakers.

Other features include:

  • Up to 6th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor10options with optional NVIDIA® GeForce® 940MX or NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 950M or NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 960M graphics or 7th generation AMD A12-9700P Quad-Core processor11 with optional Radeon™ R7 Graphics on select models.
  • Up to 16GB of memory and up to 512GB SSD9or up to 2TB9 for single storage options or dual storage options with up to 2TB9 HDD and 128GB SSD9 on select models.
  • Optical disk drive for select Pavilion models.
  • Edge to edge HD8or FHD4 IPS displays with optional touch for a more interactive experience on the PC depending on model.

All-in-Ones Bring Style and Immersive Entertainment to the Home
HP is now offering two new HP Pavilion All-in-Ones in 23.8″ and 27″ diagonal displays with an edge-to-edge display or a micro edge display option on select models that further reduces the border 75 percent for more viewing area compared to the edge-to-edge display. The micro edge display tilts from -5 degrees to 25 degrees while the edge-to-edge display tilts from 0 to 25 degrees for a comfortable viewing experience. IPS displays are available in Full HD4 or Quad HD12, with optional touch and audio custom-tuned by experts at B&O PLAY adds dynamic sound on the two front firing speakers for a truly immersive experience.

The new open framed stand creates a light design and the sleek profile with ports hidden on the chin and back to maximize desk space. On select models, the HP Pavilion All-in-Ones now offer an HP Privacy Camera that will only pop up via a spring mechanism when in use and can be pressed in to disable both the camera and microphone as a privacy safeguard.

Other features include:

  • Intel® Pentium® or up to 6th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor10options with optional NVIDIA® GT® 930A graphics or 7th generation AMD up A10 processor11 options.
  • 1TB8with options up to 3TB9 for storing photos, files, games and movies. Customers can also choose a hybrid drive options with up to 1TB9 SSHD.
  • Memory up to 16GB.
  • Optional Intel® RealSense™ Camera2on select models for enhanced security through face authentication with Windows Hello3. It also enables gesture control apps to provide new ways to interact with the PC.

Smaller Tower without Sacrifice 
The new HP Pavilion Desktop features a signature vertical design and is offered in new chic colors including, Natural Silver, Blizzard White and Twinkle Black1 to fit beautifully in the home. The affordable desktop PC is designed for productivity and entertainment without sacrificing features with more storage and graphics options. Other features include:

  • Intel® Celeron® up to 6th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor10options with optional NVIDIA® GT® 730 to NVIDIA® GTX® 750i graphics or 7th generation AMD up A12 processor11 with Radeon™ R7 Graphics options.
  • Up to 16GB of memory and up to 3TB9of storage. Optical disk drive for media.
  • For multitasking, the HP Pavilion Desktop supports up to two displays and supports all the ports customers need for peripherals.

To further the desktop experience, HP is offering a new Pavilion 32″ Quad HD12 display with wide-viewing angles and 100 percent sRGB13 color space delivers true-to-life color. Customers will also be able to conveniently connect to their devices with dual HDMI, DisplayPort™ and a USB hub.


About HP Inc.
HP Inc. creates technology that makes life better for everyone, everywhere. Through our portfolio of printers, PCs, mobile devices, solutions, and services, we engineer experiences that amaze. More information about HP Inc. is available at

Android device performance lags behind iOS #smartphones #tablets #technology #pr

Samsung S6 smartphone

Android devices are no match for their iOS counterparts when it comes to device performance, according to the Q1 2016 State of Mobile Device Performance and Health report released today by Blancco Technology Group. Based on diagnostics tests run on millions of iOS and Android devices via the SmartChk platform, the report reveals a glaring disparity in failure rates for Android devices (44 percent) and iOS devices (25 percent) during the first quarter of 2016. What’s more – out of the 44 percent of Android devices that failed, the Samsung Galaxy S6, Samsung Galaxy S5 and Lenovo K3 Note models had the highest failure rates.

These findings come off the heels of Kantar Worldpanel ComTech’s latest smartphone market share report, which shows that Android commanded the lion’s share of the mobile operating system (OS) market share for the three-month period ending February 29, 2016. In particular, Android saw considerable sales growth in various parts of the world, including the United States, Europe, China, Japan and Australia – leaving iOS, Windows and other operating systems in its dust.

“Android devices seem to be a contradiction in terms,” said Pat Clawson, CEO, Blancco Technology Group. “On the one hand, Android is the number one operating system in terms of global market share. But despite this advantage, Android device performance still lags behind iOS and tends to be plagued by high rates of crashing apps and app cache. With the launch of new smartphone models this year – such as Samsung S7, LG G5 and the rumored iPhone 7 – it will be interesting to see how Android device performance stacks up against iOS in the coming months.”

Key highlights from the Q1 2016 trend report include:

  • Out of the 25 percent of iOS devices that failed, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 5s models had the highest failure rates – at 25 percent and 17 percent, respectively.
  • While dual SIM emerged as a common source of performance issues in Europe and Asia, it was not prevalent in North America.
  • Crashing apps were detected on 74 percent of Android devices, while open/cached apps were found on 44 percent of Android devices.
  • A significant portion of the top 10 Android crashing apps in Q1 2016 were security-related, including Lookout, 360 Security, CM Security and AVG AntiVirus.
  • Device failure rates were significantly higher in Asia (55 percent) than in North America (27 percent) andEurope (35 percent).
  • ‘No Trouble Found’ returns were highest in North America (73 percent), whereas they were far lower inAsia (45 percent) and Europe (65 percent).

Clawson concluded, “Our data’s value goes far beyond providing a glimpse into device performance issues and trends. By using our analytics dashboard and business intelligence, mobile network operators and OEMs can actually see real improvements to their business, such as a more efficient post-sales customer experience, increased foot traffic, upsell opportunities, fewer NTF returns and reduced customer churn. For enterprise businesses, our data can help get C-level buy in to implement diagnostics tools as a way to cut down on unnecessary IT/support desk workloads, manpower and costs.”


LG’s First Modular Type Smartphone: LG G5

LG G5 smartphone

LG Electronics (LG) today unveiled its highly anticipated LG G5 smartphone, a brand new design with a sleek, metal uni-body featuring a Slide out Battery and a Modular Type design that gives a greater smartphone experience. Complete with LG Friends, a collection of companion devices, the G5 can be transformed into a digital camera, Hi-Fi player and more.


Encased in a sleek all metal aluminum body and Slide-out Battery to easily swap out a depleted battery for a fully charged one in seconds, the LG G5 surpasses the visual experience of its predecessor, the LG G4.


First, the G5’s 135-degree wide angle lens lets you choose between a standard or wide angle lens to get more in the shot. Second, the Always-on Display makes notifications just a glance away with the time, date and more available anytime without waking the G5. Third, the 3D Arc Glass featured in the smartphone’s 5.3-inch display creates a gentle curve and a smooth colourful metal surface through an advanced microdizing process which takes anodized aluminum to a whole new level.


Furthermore, the insulated antenna is invisibly integrated into the body without disrupting the seamless look of the metal uni-body. LG designers took the metal body concept one step further by adding a Shiny Cut edge for added contrast and a more comfortable grip.

LG G5 Infographic
LG G5 Infographic

LG’s First Modular Type Smartphone

LG’s innovative Modular Type design gives the LG G5 the ability to transform into a digital camera, Hi-Fi player and more all while keeping its traditional removable battery in a full metal uni-body design for the first time ever.




The LG CAM Plus is a versatile camera module that can be attached through the battery slot to deliver the comfortable grip and convenient control of a standalone camera. The LG CAM Plus provides physical buttons for power,shutter, record, zoom, LED indicator. It also offers intuitive autofocus and exposure lock, features usually found on standalone digital cameras. When attached to the LG G5, it provides an additional battery capacity of 1,200mAh to allow for longer shooting times for more fun and enjoyment.


LG Hi-Fi Plus with B&O PLAY

The LG Hi-Fi Plus with B&O PLAY is an innovative portable Hi-Fi DAC audio player developed in collaboration with B&O PLAY to meet the needs of those who seek to enjoy top-notch sounds that have traditionally only beenavailable through high-end audio devices. LG Hi-Fi Plus with B&O PLAY stands out for its simple yet elegant Scandinavian design as well as premium sound technology. In addition to the 32-bit Hi-Fi DAC up-sampling technology first introduced on the LG V10, LG Hi-Fi Plus with B&O PLAY also supports 32-bit, 384 KHz high-definition audio playback. LG Hi-Fi Plus with B&O PLAY can be used either as a module with the LG G5 or as a separate Hi-Fi DAC by connecting to any smartphone or PC.


Extreme Wide Angle Lens and Advanced UX

Reflecting LG’s longstanding reputation as a leader in smartphone cameras, the LG G5 has two cameras on the rear: one with a standard 78-degree lens and another with a 135-degree wide angle lens, the widest available in anysmartphone. The 135-degree lens on the LG G5 offers a viewing angle that is approximately 1.7 times wider than those of existing smartphone cameras and 15 degrees wider than the human eye’s field of view. The wide anglelens makes it easier for users to capture more landscape, taller buildings or larger groups without having to position oneself further from the subject.


The LG G5 features a collection of powerful photo effects including Pop-out Picture, Film Effect and Auto Shot. Pop-out Picture combines images taken by the standard and wide angle lens to create a picture-in-a-frame effect. Film Effect can apply nine different film emulators to an image while Auto Shot is an enhanced camera UX which automatically captures the perfect selfie shot when a face is recognized.


Always-on Display for Enhanced Convenience

The 5.3-inch Quad HD IPS Quantum display on the LG G5 offers an Always-on feature, the first on a main smartphone display. The concept of the Always-on Display was first introduced in the LG V10 as the Second Screen and now that feature has evolved on to the main display to show the time and date continuously even when the G5 is in sleep mode. This means that you can always see the time at a glance, even during important meetings or when your hands are full.


To minimize power consumption, LG redesigned the display driver IC memory and power management function so that the display’s backlight only illuminates one small part of the overall display. Thanks to this technology, theAlways-on Display requires only 0.8 per cent of the battery’s full capacity per hour to operate. With consumers turning on their smartphones up to 150 times a day mostly to just check the time, the G5’s Always-on Display will make a notable difference in the life of the battery over the course of the day.


Another advanced display feature in the LG G5 is Daylight Mode, which gives the G5 exceptional outdoor visibility beyond that of current auto brightness technology. Daylight Mode detects surrounding light conditions and instantaneously increases or decreases the brightness of the display, up to 850 nits. Even before your eyes have adjusted to the different lighting conditions, the G5 will be ready.



Diverse Range of Companion Devices

With the G5, LG is introducing a paradigm-shifting smartphone ecosystem – the LG Playground. With this, LG aims to strengthen the ties with its partners and introduce various devices and supporting programs to fully maximize the LG Playground.


As part of the ecosystem, LG is introducing a wide range of companion devices, aptly called LG Friends, to deliver fun while providing a new mobile experience far beyond traditional smartphone boundaries.


LG 360 VR

The LG 360 VR is a VR goggle that can be connected with the G5 via a dedicated cable and works exclusively with the G5 to simulate a 130-inch TV viewed from two meters away. It has a stylish design that is foldable so that users can easily carry and watch VR content anytime, anywhere. Unlike other VR devices that require a smartphone to be inserted in the device, the LG 360 VR weights only 118g (4.16 ounces) and is just one-third as heavy as competing VR goggles while delivering a resolution of 639 ppi. The device is compatible with 360-degree images and videos captured with LG 360 CAM as well as all Google Cardboard content.


LG 360 CAM

The LG 360 CAM is a compact 360-degree angle camera equipped with two 13MP 200-degree wide angle cameras, 1,200mAh battery and 4GB internal memory, which can be supplemented by a microSD card. The LG 360 CAM can be easily connected to the LG G5 allowing users to create 360-degree content. The LG 360 CAM provides 2K video and 5.1 surround channel recording on three microphones to help users effortlessly create high-quality 360-degree content. Thanks to the partnership with Google, images taken with the 360 CAM can be uploaded to Street View and YouTube360, adding the fun of sharing creative content with others. The images will also be available to view on the LG 360 VR or other smartphones or devices that are capable of 360-degree content.


LG Rolling Bot

The LG Rolling Bot is a companion device that rolls like a ball while capturing images and videos with its embedded 8MP camera. Not just a toy, the Rolling Bot can be used as a monitoring system for the home, pet carecompanion as well as a remote controller for compatible home appliances. With an IP camera connectable via Wi-Fi, users can remotely monitor the interior of their homes with the LG G5 via live streaming.


LG Tone PlatinumTM

The LG TONE Platinum (model HBS-1100), the latest in the LG TONE Series, is a Bluetooth headset that has earned the Harman Kardon® Platinum grade for its superior sound quality. With a Balanced Armature design for minimum distortion, LG Tone PlatinumTM delivers exceptionally sharp and clean sound. What’s more, it is the world’s first Bluetooth headset equipped with aptX HD codec, delivering lossless 24-bit audio for sound that is unrivaled in a wireless device.


H3 by B&O PLAY

H3 by B&O PLAY is a set of high-end earphones that are compatible with the high-quality sound of the LG Hi-Fi Plus with B&O PLAY. Designed for audiophiles as well as anyone who considers audio performance a top-priority in a smartphone, H3 by B&O PLAY works with all Android smartphones.


LG Smart Controller

The LG Smart Controller allows users to easily control certain drones. With the LG Smart Controller, users can check the video stream from the drone through the LG G5 in real time and control the unmanned aircraft with the LG Smart Controller joystick.


LG Friends Manager

Only available in the LG G5, Friends Manager is the hub application that allows the G5 to connect with LG Friends with minimal fuss and effort. LG Friends Manager automatically detects nearby LG Friends and connects quickly and easily in three simple steps, eliminating much of the hassle of pairing devices.


More Performance, More Efficiency

The LG G5 offers many other innovations designed to revolutionize today’s mobile lifestyle, such as:


Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 820 Processor

The LG G5 is equipped with the powerful yet energy-efficient Snapdragon 820 processor that offers advanced features such as 64-bit performance, Adreno 530 graphics and lower-power Qualcomm® Hexagon™ DSP as well as Qualcomm Spectra™ 14-bit dual image signal processors (ISPs) designed to deliver high resolution DSLR-quality images and additional power savings. The Snapdragon 820 processor also has an integrated X12 LTE modem that supports Category 12 download speeds of up to 600 Mbps and LTE Category 13 uplink speeds of up to 150 Mbps.


Compared to the previous generation Snapdragon processor, Qualcomm Technologies’ most advanced CPU architecture offers double the speed and power savings. Adreno 530 graphics demonstrate up to 40 per cent faster graphics performance and up to 40 per cent more power efficiency compared to the previous generation. The Snapdragon 820 processor also supports 4K capture and playback at four times more than the resolution of 1080p, enabling users to watch and capture their daily moments in stunning detail and clarity. The processor is also optimized for VR, generating quality pixels and life-like colours to deliver the ultimate VR experience to G5 users.


aptX HD: 24-bit Hi-Fi Wireless Audio

The LG G5 is equipped with aptX HD, an enhanced codec that supports 24-bit sound over Bluetooth, delivering rich and clear sound over wireless connections without any loss. When paired with the LG TONE Platinum, users can experience superb quality Hi-Fi audio that sounds amazingly close to the original source.


Qualcomm® Quick Charge™ 3.0

The LG G5 offers Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 for incredibly fast charging. By employing an intelligent algorithm, Quick Charge 3.0 is 27 per cent faster and 45 per cent more efficient than the previous generation.


Low Power Location Estimation (LPLE) Technology

The LG G5 has excellent battery life, thanks to the Low Power Location Estimation technology. This solution enhances the battery efficiency by as much as 41.9 per cent by improving the power consumption related to location-based apps.


“The new LG G5 will encourage owners to rediscover the true joy of a mobile life,” said Juno Cho, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “The G5 and LG Friends are the result of many experts inside LG asking themselves if it was still possible to be innovative and unique in the smartphone space. I think once customers spend a little time with the LG G5, their answer will be a resounding YES.”


Key Specifications:*

●   Chipset: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 820 Processor

●   Display: 5.3-inch Quad HD IPS Quantum Display (2560 x 1440 / 554ppi)

●   Memory: 4GB LPDDR4 RAM / 32GB UFS ROM / microSD (up to 2TB)

●   Camera: Rear: Standard 16MP, Wide 8MP / Front: 8MP

●   Battery: 2,800mAh (removable)

●   OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow

●   Size: 149.4 x 73.9 x 7.7mm

●   Weight: 159g

●   Network: LTE / 3G / 2G

●   Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac / USB Type-C / NFC / Bluetooth 4.2

●   Colours: Silver / Titan / Gold / Pink


*Specifications may vary depending on the market.


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About LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company

LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company is a global leader and trend setter in the mobile and wearable industry with breakthrough technologies and innovative designs. By continually developing highly competitive core technologies in the areas of display, battery, camera optics and LTE technology, LG creates handsets and wearables that fit the lifestyles of a wide range of people all over the world. While helping to enhance the mobile user experience by incorporating unique, sophisticated designs and intuitive UX features, LG is also committed to guiding consumers into the era of convergence and Internet of Things, maximizing inter-device connectivity between a wide range of smartphones, tablets, wearables, home and portable electronics products. For more information, please visit



About LG Electronics Canada

The LG brand was established in 1995. The company is a global leader in electronics, information and communications products, with more than 117 operations around the world, and annual worldwide revenues of more than US $49 billion. LG Canada is comprised of five business units – Mobile Communications, Home Appliance, Home Entertainment, Business Solutions and Commercial Air Conditioning. The company has offices in Toronto and Vancouver. LG Canada is focused on delivering award-winning products known for blending style and technology. These innovative products include cell phones, flat screen TVs, laptop computers and home appliances. For more information please visit

G-ZED Mobile Launches Kristall® Liquid Screen Protector in Canada


Kristall, the world’s hardest nanoglass screen protector for smartphones and tablets, is now available in Canada from G-ZED Mobile. This discovery Kristall Blueproduct was recognized with a Most Innovative Accessory award at Mobile World Congress 2015.

Kristall is the world’s hardest nanoglass screen protector for smartphones and tablets.

“Kristall represents a new category of screen protection,” said Lee Goren of G-ZED Mobile. “The unique liquid solution takes the guesswork out of protecting your device, no matter which model of smartphone or tablet you own. It’s unlike anything else on the market today.”

Most screen protectors will only fit one specific device, and are difficult to apply without air bubbles, trapped dust or wrinkles. But Kristall’s liquid nanoglass technology offers an invisible, universal fit for all smartphones and tablets and is fast and easy to apply – with no bubbles, dust or wrinkles.

Kristall Liquid Screen Protector Features

  • Universal fit for all glass-screen smartphones, tablets and smart watches
  • 9H surface hardness (equivalent to sapphire)
  • Fast and easy to apply
  • Invisible protection
  • Bubble-free, wrinkle-free
  • Scratch, smudge and fingerprint resistant
  • Water repellent
  • Ultra-smooth, high-gloss finish
  • Lasts one year with a single application


Kristall Liquid Screen Protector is available now at select Canadian retailers including,, and, plus at Destination Mobile and Cellcom locations in Quebec for an MSRP of $29.99 (smartphone size) and $34.99 (tablet size).

About G-ZED Mobile

G-ZED Mobile is a Canadian importer and distributor of branded, private label and promotional mobile products and accessories. Founded with the express goal of filling an underserved gap in the marketplace, G-ZED Mobile’s custom solutions and exceptional service help companies succeed in today’s hyper competitive market.

Back to school with HP #tablets #laptops #computers #printers

hp pavilion x2

The centre of the home – the kitchen – always has the most foot traffic and is the best place to check off all of your to-do’s. Families need reliable tech to share; from homework to paying the bills, HP has the right tech to help each family member finish that To-Do List or prepare the next delicious recipe.


HP Pavilion x2
Where to buy:
Price: Starting at US$299.99
Available in Canada starting August 7, 2015


hp pavilion x2

For when they can’t choose between a PC and a tablet, the HP Pavilion x2 is the perfect choice for families. The colourful and detachable device goes seamlessly from notebook mode to tent, stand and tablet modes with its magnetic hinge to accommodate any activities, work, or play.


Designed for productivity and optimized for entertainment, the detachable PC uses an innovative latchless magnetic hinge to easily transition between the different modes. With its thin and light design and incredible battery life (up to 10.75 hours), the Pavilion x2 will impress with its powerful processor, flawless audio with B&O Play and HP TrueVision HD Webcam.


HP Pavilion All-in-One
Where to buy:
Price: Starting at US$599.99
Available in Canada later this summer

 hp pavilion computer

Whether for entertainment or work, the HP Pavilion All-in-One takes the overall experience above and beyond with a powerful processor, optional discrete graphics card, and edge-to-edge full HD flush glass display. With premium B&O Play Audio and full HD Touch display, online streaming and gaming are taken to a whole new level for anyone in the family. The newest HP Pavilion All-in-One makes saving and accessing files for work or family memories a breeze with up to 16GB of system memory and access to cloud services through HP Connected Drive.


HP ENVY 7640 e-All-in-One Printer

Where to buy:

Price: $119.99

hp printer

The HP ENVY 7640 e-AiO printer is the perfect printer for the busiest of households. Designed to help boost creativity and productivity with its advanced mobile printing features, the HP ENVY 7640 e-All-in-One allows users to easily print photos and documents from any device including smartphones and tablets with mobile and NFC technology.


HP Printables – free apps delivered right to the printer on your schedule can help busy parents stay organized with apps to help simplify family life such as the 7 Day Menu Planner and My Calendar which syncs with your Google calendar. Great activity sheets, games and puzzle from reputed brands such as Leapfrog, Crayola, Disney, and will certainly keep the kids busy!


Printing on Original HP supplies will enhance all of the kids’ creations because they are designed with the environment in mind, and will also ensure the best quality for your printouts.


For the College Student

Every student needs a study break and a bit of time for fun. These HP devices pack the power they need for high-quality entertainment and the extra productivity they need in the classroom!


HP Spectre x360

Where to buy:

Price: $1429.99

hp computer

The revolutionary HP Spectre x360 is a brand new 13.3 inch convertible PC with sleek lines, stylish metal body and an ultra-thin design built for performance to get things done at home or on the go. The unique, durable 360° hinge transitions seamlessly to four modes including stand mode to watch movies and videos, tent mode to play games and apps, notebook mode for those long essay-writing hours and tablet mode for on-the-go productivity. With up to 12.5 hours of incredible battery life, students can get through an entire day at the library without searching for an outlet to plug in. Not only is this device absolutely gorgeous, students can expect nothing less than all the latest features, like an Intel Core i7 processor and 8GB of RAM.


HP Roar Blue Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

Where to buy:

Price: $109.99

hp speakerCombining the unique triangular shape and passive radiator design with the new Smart Amp technology, the HP Roar Wireless Speaker delivers enhanced audio performance. It’s easy to take your music with this thin and light device from room to room or on the road! Enabled with speaker response, it’s possible to take calls and talk hands-free with the built-in speakerphone with noise cancellation microphone. Powered to perform, this awesome HP Roar Wireless Speaker rechargeable battery lasts up to 8 hours. Did anybody say dance party?


HP Omen Gaming Backpack

Where to buy:

Price: $89.99

hp gaming backpack


HP Backpacks feature modern designs that can be as bold or as understated as you want to make them. The cases are constructed from durable, high-quality materials designed to provide the utmost protection for a broad range of notebook form factors. Equipped with smooth matte exterior and rugged woven polyester on the sides and back – this pack is modern and durable with designated pockets for devices that can rest snugly separated by a scratch-resistant divider and padded panels, perfect for students. The bold red interior separates all essentials and includes space for a laptop up to 17.3 inch diagonal, a mouse, full-sized keyboard, notebooks and textbooks.


For the Home Office

Working from home has become common today, and HP set out to bring devices that help increase in-home productivity and efficiency. From high-performing printers to powerful PCs, you will be geared for success – and most importantly, impress any type of boss.


HP LaserJet pro MFP M277 dw Printer

Where to buy:

Price: $529.99

hp printer


The HP LaserJet Pro MFP M277dw Printer is perfect for a home office! Smaller and faster, this loaded Multi-Function Printer and Original HP Toner cartridges with JetIntelligence combine to get the job done, while using 30 percent less energy on average! The latest HP LaserJet Pro also offers different printing options to accommodate the user, no matter the situation:  built-in wireless direct, NFC touch-to-print technology, and wifi capability. Designed with the environment in mind, Original HP printing supplies will also ensure the best quality for printouts.


Where to buy:
Price: Starting at US $699.99
Available in Canada later this summer

hp tower computer

HP set out to change the way people think about towers. With high-end design, the HP ENVY Tower is stylish, sophisticated and smart. For creative energy that can’t be contained when inspiration strikes, a machine that can keep up is needed. With a stunning brushed metal finish look, the HP ENVY Tower is built for high performance and unleashing creativity. Equipped with Windows 8.1, a powerful Intel Core processor, DDR3 memory and a massive expandable solid-state hard drive, this desktop tower will help make the home office a creativity and productivity hub and give you the power to innovate! And with up to three displays that can be connected and premium audio provided by Bang & Olufsen, nothing will stop you from efficiency!


HP Z4000 Black Wireless Mouse

Where to buy:

Price: $34.99

hp wireless mouse

For a more efficient workspace, a thinner mouse is always preferred. With its thin design and less than 13mm inch height, the Z4000 wireless mouse is the ideal accessory for a notebook, tablet or desktop. Flowing arch and subtle side grips allow the hand and wrist to settle in a more natural position for enhanced comfort. With its three standard buttons and scroll wheel gently blended into the low profile, the feel and navigation of this sleek mouse is familiar and purposeful.


Excellent news for left-handers! The versatile ambidextrous design fully supports comfortable usage for both right and left hands.


For the on-the-go Millennial

Staying connected and mobile is becoming more and more important every day for young professionals. HP has developed the ideal notebooks for millennials to stay productive anywhere, while enabling them to show off their individuality through their technology.


HP Pavilion x360
Where to buy:
Price: $529.99

hp tablet laptopThe vibrantly colored HP Pavilion x360 is an app-loving, friend-connecting, 360°-bending machine that offers unmatched versatility for any situation or destination adventures may take you. The innovative new hinge uses a set of three spiral gears for synchronized and precise movement to ensure the display glides smoothly and stays in place whether it’s to be used in notebook mode for working and productivity, stand mode for watching movies or the latest shows, tent mode for playing games and the expanded touchscreen fun of tablet mode for on the go.


The HP Pavilion x360 boasts an HD touchscreen display and B&O PLAY Audio to offer the video and audio for high-quality streaming and viewing that will fulfill all entertainment needs. Its thin and light design makes the HP Pavilion x360 the perfect device for mobility purposes. Available in Natural Silver, Sunset Red, Violet Purple and Minty Green, this device is sure to stand out, turn heads and truly fit the millennial’s vibrant personality.


HP Spectrum Sleeve

Where to buy:
Price: Starting at $19.99

hp case sleeve


Be distinctly different with an HP Spectrum Sleeve that will fit a variety of notebooks, including 11.6- and 14-inch models. Slip in and go – your notebook will be snugly enveloped within a plush interior and pristine snow white exterior, accented by a subtle HP logo. Express your individuality in wide range of color options, such as White, Turquoise, Peach, Blue and Magenta.