This current digital age could become a forgotten era #tech #history #software

Could The Digital Age Be Forgotten? A Web Pioneer Thinks It’s Possible

Vint Cerf, of the original Internet Pioneers, thinks that the current digital age we’re living in could become a forgotten era. A post on Hacked explains that, “Cerf’s concerns lay in the rapid progression of technology. File formats that were common just a decade ago have become deprecated in favor of newer, more efficient formats. Civilizations like Rome used tablets and carvings to document their civilization, and these have withstood the ages.”

The article speaks of the proprietary nature of much of the software and file formats we use in this current age and how it relates to old technologies becoming deprecated. It also suggests some solutions to ultra long file storage such as with encoding data onto DNA.

Hurry, time to delete all those drunk tweets and status updates before they become encoded in DNA for all eternity!

Microsoft introduces Windows as a Service #waas #tech #it #management

With Windows 10, there are two release types: feature updates that add new functionality two to three times per year, and quality updates that provide security and reliability fixes at least once a month.

J. Decker at Microsoft Windows IT Center recently posted an article explaining the streamlined IT management of Windows 10 workstations and the concept of Windows as a Service. Some of the changes include:

  • new features will be delivered to the Windows Insider community as soon as possible — during the development cycle, through a process called flighting — so that organizations can see exactly what Microsoft is developing and start their testing as soon as possible
  • most Windows 7–compatible desktop applications will be compatible with Windows 10 straight out of the box. Windows 10 achieved such high compatibility because the changes in the existing Win32 application programming interfaces were minimal
  • new hardware is not needed for Windows 10 as any device capable of running Windows 7 or later can run Windows 10
  • there are two release types: feature updates that add new functionality two to three times per year, and quality updates that provide security and reliability fixes at least once a month
  • the LTSB servicing model prevents Windows 10 Enterprise LTSB devices from receiving the usual feature updates and provides only quality updates to ensure that device security stays up to date.

 

Here’s a little more information about Quality Updates which will replace the Monthly Updates from previous versions of Windows.

“In Windows 10, rather than receiving several updates each month and trying to figure out which the organization needs, which ultimately causes platform fragmentation, administrators will see one cumulative monthly update that supersedes the previous month’s update, containing both security and nonsecurity fixes. This approach makes patching simpler and ensures that customers’ devices are more closely aligned with the testing done at Microsoft, reducing unexpected issues resulting from patching. The left side of Figure 1 provides an example of Windows 7 machines in an enterprise and what their current patch level might look like. On the right is what Microsoft’s test environment PCs contain. This drastic difference is the basis for many compatibility issues and system anomalies related to Windows updates.”

According to Ms. Decker, “[the] improvements focus on maximizing customer involvement in Windows development, simplifying the deployment and servicing of Windows client computers, and leveling out the resources needed to deploy and maintain Windows over time.”

You can read the full post here.

Windows 10 Update KB3194496 causes a restart loop post install #microsoft #os

Microsoft Windows 10 Hotfix issue

According to Thurrott, Microsoft has released a Windows 10 update that is problematic – specifically KB3194496. Several users are reporting that their computers are going into a restart loop.

“The update that is causing the problem, KB3194496, is not installing correctly for users. The update, when it does fail, is causing some machines to restart, often multiple times, as Windows 10 attempts to remove the failed update. Worse, after a restart, the file will attempt to install again resulting in the loop of failed install, reboot, re-install and failure again.”

Consider yourselves warned.

Read the whole story here.

Moto Z Mods: Transform Your #smartphone #tech #mobile #android #innovation

Motorola Moto Z

From the mid 1990s to the mid 2000s there was meaningful and frequent innovation in wireless. Motorola saw the creation of the first flip phone, the Moto RAZR, the first QWERTY smartphone, the first app ecosystem, and of course, the first touchscreen phone.

But, since then, innovation has stagnated and is often incremental at best. Small changes in display size or megapixels make headlines, yet marginally impact overall experience to the point that new smartphones have become predictable.

Moto Z: The world’s thinnest premium smartphone

Made from military aircraft-grade aluminum and stainless steel, the stunning new Moto Z is durable-yet-razor thin – just 5.2mm – and ultra-light with a 5.5” Quad HD AMOLED display. It’s also incredibly powerful packing a Qualcomm® SnapdragonTM 820 processor, 4GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage inside. You can get more space for pictures, videos and apps by adding a microSD card up to 2 TB.

 

Moto Z has a high-resolution 13MP camera with optical image stabilization and laser autofocus, which help you take beautiful, true-to-life pictures in any light. The front-facing 5MP camera includes a wide-angle lens, which is great for fitting friends in the picture. And, with an extra flash on the front, everybody in the group looks their best—even in low light.

 

A water-repellant coating means rain, splashes or spills won’t get in your way. Tired of fumbling your phone to switch on and sign in? With the fingerprint reader, a touch is all you need to instantly wake up your phone. And with up to 30 hours of battery you can go all day and well into the night without needing to stop and recharge. You’ll get up to 8 hours of power in just 15 minutes with TurboPower.

 

Moto Mods: In a snap everything changes

With Moto Mods, you now have the ability to transform your Moto Z into exactly what you need it to be. Like an instant party maker with the JBL® SoundBoost. Or, grab some popcorn and turn your phone into a 70-inch movie projector with the Moto Insta-Share Projector. The Power Pack instantly adds up to 22 hours of life to your phone2 — and it comes in fashionable designs from partners like kate spade new york, TUMI and Incipio. You can also match your phone to your own personal style as often as you want with Style Shells. Choose from premium materials like real wood and leather, or pick out a patterned fabric. You can swap them whenever you like.

 

High-powered magnets connect Moto Mods to your phone so you can easily snap them together as your needs change. And since function never goes out of style, rest assured that the Moto Mods developed today are designed to work with future generations of Moto Z phones.

 

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Bring your ideas to life

Have a great idea for a Moto Mod? Not only are we working on more Moto Mods to add to the ecosystem, we’re also providing open architecture and the tools you need to bring your own idea to life. Through the new Moto Mods Developer Program, small developers to established enterprises will have the unprecedented opportunity to help build a complete ecosystem that maximizes innovation and redefines the future of mobile.

 

Need a little help with your Moto Mods idea?  The Lenovo Capital and Incubator Group (LCIG) will be setting aside seed equity funding to spur innovation on the Moto Mods platform. In addition, the LCIG has set aside $1,000,000 equity funding for the individual or company that creates the best Moto Mods prototype by March 31, 2017.

 

For more info about the Moto Mods Development Kit, the certification process and funding from the LCIG, visit developer.motorola.com.

 

Moto Z will be broadly available in Canada at various retailers this fall.

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.”

 

Linksys Max-Stream AC1900 MU-MIMO Gigabit Wi-Fi Router (EA7500)

LINKSYS EA7500 MAX-STREAM™ AC1900 MU-MIMO GIGABIT ROUTER

Linksys, the first to sell 100 million routers globally and a leader in networking solutions for the home and business, today announced the availability of its Linksys Max-Stream AC1900 MU-MIMO Gigabit Wi-Fi Router (EA7500). The new Linksys AC1900 MU-MIMO router leverages the 802.11ac Wave 2 MU-MIMO (Multi-User, Multiple Input, Multiple Output) technology, which helps ensure uninterrupted Wi-Fi connectivity to multiple devices in the home and functions as if multiple devices have their own dedicated router. With MU-MIMO, the whole household can enjoy 4K and HD TV streaming to multiple devices as well as play video games, listen to music, check email, shop, and more – all at the same time.

Perfect for families with multiple users with their own streaming devices, the Max-Stream AC1900 leverages MU-MIMO functionality which helps make Wi-Fi networks more efficient when delivering high bandwidth 4K streams to multiple devices at the same time. Market research firm DisplaySearch/IHSrecently reported shipments of 4K Ultra HDTVs reached 6 million in North America in 2015 and forecasts to double to 12 Million in 2016.

Linksys smart wifi
Linksys smart wifi

“If you have or are planning to purchase a 4K TV you will need a Max-Stream router to ensure you have a seamless 4K online streaming experience,” said Justin Doucette, director product management, Linksys. “A single stream of 4K content takes a minimum of 20 Mbps to maintain a consistent stream, and when you combine that with multiple streams plus normal Wi-Fi use from gaming, internet surfing, IoT connectivity and music streaming, it adds up fast. Max-Stream will enable multiple streams of Wi-Fi to occur so users can have the ultimate 4K and networking experience.”

The Next-Gen Max-Stream AC1900 can provide users with combined speeds up to 1.9 Gbps* and the range they need to connect all their devices in the home and at the same time. Also included is Smart Wi-Fi technology which makes it easy to set up and control your home Wi-Fi from anywhere using the Smart Wi-Fi app on your mobile device.

The EA7500 features:

·         Next-Gen AC Wi-Fi – 802.11ac Wave 2 with MU-MIMO Technology for uninterrupted Wi-Fi connections to multiple devices at the same time

·         Qualcomm IPQ 1.4GHz Dual Core Processor

·         Dual-band AC1900 Wireless speeds up to 1300 Mbps 5 GHz + 600 Mbps 2.4GHz, which is a combined speed up to 1.9 Gbps*

·         Four Gigabit LAN Ethernet ports One Gigabit WAN for wired speeds up to 10x faster than fast Ethernet

·         One USB 3.0 and One USB 2.0 ports for connecting printers, storage and more

·         Three external and adjustable antennas for maximum coverage

·         Manage and monitor your network and easily control Wi-Fi devices remotely on a smart phone with the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi app

·         Advanced WPA/WPA2 encryption and SPI firewall helps keep the network safe

 

 

The Linksys AC1900 MU-MIMO router will help address buffering issues customers are having today and into the future with 4K content. Check out the MU-MIMO video on the Linksys product page found here.

 

Pricing and Availability

The Linksys Max-Stream AC1900 MU-MIMO Gigabit Wi-Fi Router (EA7500) is available this week in-store and online at leading Canadian retailers at an MSRP of $249.99 (CAD).

 

About Linksys

The Linksys brand has pioneered wireless connectivity since its inception in 1988 with its leading innovation and engineering strategies, and best-in-class technology, design and customer service. Linksys enables a connected lifestyle for people at home, at work and on the move, and with its award-winning products, simplifies home control, entertainment, security and Internet access through innovative features and a growing application and partner ecosystem. For more information, visit linksys.com, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or watch us on YouTube.

 

 

* The standard transmission rates—1300 Mbps (for 5 GHz) and 600 Mbps (for 2.4 GHz)—are the physical data rates. Actual data throughput will be lower and may depend on the mix of wireless products used and external factors.

 

Specifications are subject to change without notice. Actual performance may vary, and might result in lower wireless network capacity, data throughput rate, range, and coverage. Performance depends upon many factors, conditions and variables, including distance from the access point, volume of network traffic, environment building materials and construction, operating system used, mix of wireless products used, interference, and other adverse conditions. An active, customer-purchased Internet Service Provider broadband account is required for connection of this router and other connected computers and devices to the Internet. Maximum performance for wireless products derived from IEEE Standard 802.11 specifications. An 802.11ac adapter may be needed to achieve 11ac data rates.  To achieve maximum performance, routers must be paired with coordinating adapters/and or computers in both the 2.4 and 5.0 GHz band such that the maximum performance can be maximized for each GHz band.

 

DNS is the Achilles heel of the Internet – Test your DNS configuration here

Internet connected nodes

Today at the national meeting of Canada’s Chiefs of Police, the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) called on Canada’s law enforcement community to protect their domains and DNS from cyber-attacks.

“The DNS is the Achilles heel of the Internet,” said Jacques Latour, chief technology officer at CIRA. “When your DNS goes down, your website, your web applications, your email, your web services all fail. It can be devastating to an organization.”

Law enforcement agencies, because of their profile in the community, are likely targets for hackers and cyber-criminals.

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The Canadian Internet Registration Authority recommends law enforcement immediately take several steps to secure their Internet infrastructure and prevent outages.

Use an Anycast DNS service: Some legacy web architectures use what is called a unicast DNS. These services offer little redundancy and leave the DNS extremely vulnerable to DDoS attack. Ensure that you have an Anycast DNS solution that can withstand attacks and keep services online.
Confirm the DNS is properly configured and includes a primary and secondary: Redundancy is important when setting up a world-class DNS configuration, and administrators should confirm that their DNS settings are configured correctly. In testing, CIRA found Canada’s DNS availability is startlingly poor, with a lack of redundancy and configuration errors causing 93 per cent of DNS servers in Canada to miss queries over a six month period. For lesser-known websites this may not be an issue, but misconfigurations could leave law enforcement open to attack.
Use a domain locking service: Any .CA domain can be locked with CIRA to prevent unauthorized changes to the domain settings. This prevents malicious actors from redirecting a domain to a new site with damaging information, a common form of cyber-attack. In 2015 the City of Ottawa’s website was redirected to an image of a dancing banana. ISIS sympathizers have also used this tactic to redirect pages to ISIS propaganda.
“As the fist-line of defence against online criminals, we need law enforcement to be leading the way on DNS security,” said Latour. “Safe and secure DNS solutions tend to be exceptionally affordable and simple to deploy. I find it troubling that many police forces do not take these simple steps to protect their online services.”

Additional resources:

Test your DNS configuration: CIRA offers a simple test that you can use to find critical errors in your DNS configuration. You can access the test for free at dnstests.cira.ca.

Get a free trial of CIRA D-Zone Anycast DNS: CIRA offers a made-in-Canada DNS solution that is ideal for Canadian organizations. IT Managers can learn more about this service with a free trial and sign-up at cira.ca.

About CIRA

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

 

SOURCE Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA)

 

For further information:

or interview requests: Ryan Saxby Hill, Communications manager, CIRA, ryan.hill@cira.ca, 613-316-2397

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Ooredoo Promotes “Internet of Things” Solutions with New Service Launches

Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) portfolio

Ooredoo is promoting its success in further developing its Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) portfolio for customers across its footprint at the 2016 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Demand for IoT/M2M solutions, which enable business assets to communicate directly with each other or with a central command centre, is rising strongly, as more companies look to automate day-to-day activities.

According to a recent industry report, the global cellular M2M market will grow from USD 3.22 billion in 2015 to USD 11.50 billion by 2020, driven in part by decreasing connectivity costs and increasing demand for solutions like fleet management. In particular, Ooredoo is seeing strong growth in Southeast Asia and North Africa, as companies and organisations look for innovative IoT solutions to daily business challenges.

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Ooredoo has expanded its Managed Connectivity solution, IoT Connect, developed in partnership with Ericsson and based on its Device Connection Platform (DCP). The solution, which has already been made available in Indonesia, Tunisia and Kuwait, provides customers with full control of their IoT/M2M connectivity, thanks to a cloud-based M2M platform. In addition, Ooredoo has enhanced IoT Connect  to offer seamless M2M connectivity to customers who want to operate in North Africa, Middle East and/or South East Asia.

Ooredoo’s cloud-based infrastructure enables companies to access their IoT/M2M SIM network seamlessly across all markets, reducing costs and providing greater central control.

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H.E. Sheikh Saud bin Nasser Al Thani, Group CEO, Ooredoo, said: “Ooredoo sees huge potential for M2M technology in all our operations, as more enterprises look to deploy the power of the Internet of Things. We have a clear roadmap for the development of IoT services, including ongoing investment in delivering a global, cloud-based solution for our customers, and we have a series of exciting new solutions in development with our global network of partners.”

Ooredoo is also offering end-to-end vertical solutions such as Fleet Management in a range of major markets, and has seen significant success in Indonesia, where its M2M Vehicle Telematics solution has seen strong take-up.

Ooredoo is working with a wide range of enterprises, government and small businesses to develop solutions on its IoT/M2M platforms. These include solutions for Business-to-Business (B2B) processes such as procurement, billing/charging, and even Business-to-Consumer (B2C) processes, such as retail for consumers.  In addition, it is developing solutions for the monitoring of M2M traffic, online ordering and ticketing functions using the IoT Platform.

The Ooredoo Pavilion is located in Hall 2 at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, which runs until 25 February 2016.

 

 

 

About Ooredoo

Ooredoo is a leading international communications company delivering mobile, fixed, broadband internet and corporate managed services tailored to the needs of consumers and businesses across markets in the Middle East, North Africa and Southeast Asia. As a community-focused company, Ooredoo is guided by its vision of enriching people’s lives and its belief that it can stimulate human growth by leveraging communications to help people achieve their full potential. Ooredoo has a presence in markets such as Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Algeria, Tunisia, Iraq, Palestine, the Maldives, Myanmar and Indonesia. The company was named “Most Innovative Company of the Year – MEA Region” at the 2015 International Business Awards.

 

The company reported revenues of US$ 9.1 billion in 2014 and had a consolidated global customer base of 114.9 million customers as of 30 September 2015. Ooredoo’s shares are listed on the Qatar Stock Exchange and the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange.

 

Twitter: @Ooredoo

Facebook: facebook.com/ooredoogroup

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/ooredoo

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/ooredoogroup

Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) Predictions for 2016

Buying something with your smartphone or tablet will be easier this year as mobile touch commerce emerges in 2016, this according to Deloitte’s 2016 Canadian Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT) Predictions. The number of individuals who use a third party touch-based payment service to buy something on their mobile device (smartphone or tablet) is predicted to increase 150 percent to reach over a million users in Canada.

“Last year mobile payments began to go mainstream,” said Duncan Stewart, Director of TMT Research at Deloitte in Canada. “This year we’re seeing a continuation of that trend, whereby it’s getting easier and easier to use your phone to make secure transactions. The check-out process is made much simpler if all you need is your fingerprint to authenticate and authorize payment in just one or two touches. The days of filling out screen after screen of payment card details and both home and shipping addresses, we predict, are numbered.”

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Deloitte’s annual TMT Predictions identify the key trends that are likely to have a significant impact on companies in the technology, media and telecommunications industry and beyond over the next 12 to 18 months.

Deloitte also predicts that in 2016 mobile will become the leading games platform by software revenue, reaching 37 percent of total gaming sales, surpassing both console and PC games. That’s big news for Canada’s gaming industry, which is the third biggest in the world, contributing $2.3 billion to GDP and employing over 20,000 full time equivalents. Far from taking over the gaming industry, mobile is less lucrative than traditional PC or console games, with average revenue of only $40,000 per mobile game compared to $2.9-million per PC game and $4.8-million per console game.

The influence of mobile will not shake-up how trailing millennials (18-24 year olds) use personal computers either. In fact, despite being the smartphone generation, 18-24 year olds are likely to be the most pro-PC of all age groups in 2016. Their ownership, intent to purchase and use of PCs will likely be higher than any other age group and the Canadian population as a whole. Additionally, in the face of digital media, Deloitte predicts stable box-office revenues for the North American movie industry in 2016.

“What we’re seeing in terms of the bigger picture for 2016 is that mobile devices continue to be an important – even vital – part of our daily lives, capturing a significant amount of our time and money, but their influence only extends so far,” said Robert Nardi, Partner and National TMT Leader for Deloitte in Canada. “For the majority of Canadians, our smartphones and tablets complement or enhance rather than replace the traditional products we’re used to or, only slightly alter our behaviours.

 

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TMT Predictions most relevant to Canada in 2016 (all dollar amounts are USD) 

Mobile touch commerce emerges The number of people who use a third party touch-based payment service to make a purchase on their mobile devices will increase 150 percent to reach over a million users in Canada in 2016. Deloitte found that as of mid-2015, 29 percent of Canadians browse shopping websites on a weekly basis, but only 6 percent make a purchase. Touch commerce compacts the time taken between browsing to transaction on a mobile phone or tablet from minutes to mere seconds, simplifying the check-out process. The result is likely to be a decrease in ‘cart abandonment’ in 2016, when consumers start buying something on mobile, but give up before purchasing. 

Mobile games: Leading, but less lucrative Mobile will become the leading games platform by software revenue in 2016, generating 37 percent of sales, up 20 percent from 2015. This compares to 34 percent for PC games and 29 percent for console games, up just five and six percent respectively from 2015. Revenue per game by platform will vary significantly: Deloitte predicts $4.8-million per console game ($145 per console player), $2.9-million per PC game ($50 per PC games player), but just $40,000 per mobile game ($20 per mobile games player). 

Mobile ad-blockers: Saved by the app? Mobile ad-blockers will place less than $100-million of revenue at risk in 2016, or just 0.1 percent of the $70-billion global mobile advertising market. Deloitte expects 0.3 percent of Canadian mobile owners will use an ad-blocker in 2016. Only about 40 percent of Canadian mobile devices are likely to have native ad-blocking capability built-in, and the majority of time spent on mobile devices is app-based and ad-blockers only filter out browser-based content. This means that ad-blocking is only applicable to a minority of devices, for a minority amount of time. 

Trailing Millennials are the pro-PC, not the post-PC generation Canadian trailing millennials (18–24 years old) will not abandon personal computers in 2016. While they may be the smartphone generation, their ownership, intent to purchase and use of PCs will likely be higher than any other age group and the Canadian population as a whole. In a 2015 Deloitte survey, 25 percent of Canadians 18-24 hope to get a new laptop in the next 12 months, and Canada was one of the only countries surveyed where trailing millennials were more likely to have access to a laptop than a smartphone: 93 percent vs 91 percent! Trailing millennials consider smartphones and PCs complements, not substitutes. 

Virtual reality: A billion dollar niche Virtual reality headsets will move from the lab to the store for consumer purchase in 2016 with hardware and software sales totaling $1-billion globally, and less than $30-million in Canada. Despite the hype around VR, this is still very much a niche market.

Women in IT jobs: Worse than you thought and not getter better Deloitte predicts only 22 percent of information technology (IT) jobs in Canada will be held by women, lagging the US which is at 24 percent. This is likely to be almost unchanged from 2015. With gender parity the goal the solution will be complex and take time, decades even. To get there, we need improvements to the education pipeline (only 25 percent of those studying computer science in Canada are women, down from 2009 levels of 27 percent); the recruiting and hiring process; retention rates; pay and the path to promotion are all required.    

The award for stable box office revenues in the fact of digital media goes to … The value of movie theatre admissions in the U.S. and Canada will fall by about three percent in 2016 to about $10.6-billion, with about 1.3 billion tickets sold. Box office success is largely dependent on the slate of movies released, but since 2002 it has never gone down more than six percent or up more than 10 percent. In 2016, Deloitte predicts average annual growth of one percent (plus or minus 10 percent) and the number of tickets sold to decline about one percent. 

US TV: Erosion, not implosion The U.S. traditional television market, a bellwether for the Canadian market, and the world’s largest at about $170-billion in 2016, will see erosion on six fronts: the number of pay TV subscribers; pay TV penetration as a percent of total population; average pay TV monthly bill; consumers switching to antennas for watching TV; and live and time shifted viewing by the overall population, especially millennials 18-24 years old. Despite concern of traditional TV collapsing, Deloitte predicts the decline will be gradual over time. Virtually all of these US trends are also being seen in Canada, although Canadians watch about 240 minutes of live and time shifted TV daily, compared to 320 minutes in the US. 

Cognitive technologies enhance enterprise software By the end of 2016 more than 80 of the world’s 100 largest enterprise software companies (by revenues) will have integrated cognitive technologies in their products, signaling a true coming of age for AI (Artificial Intelligence). This is a 25 percent increase on the year prior. By 2020, Deloitte expects that about 95 percent of the top 100 companies will have incorporated one or more cognitive technologies. Machine learning, natural language processing and speech recognition will be the most important cognitive technologies in the enterprise software market in the year ahead. 

Gigabit/s to the home makes its case The number of gigabit per second (Gbit/s) Internet connections available to Canadians will surge to over four million by the end of 2016. It’s hard to say how many will subscribe in that first year, but we expect at least 100,000 homes by year end, in line with global adoption. Rising demand will be fueled by increasing availability and falling prices. Those 100,000 subscribers; however, represent less than three percent of Canadian customers on networks capable of Gbit/s connections as of the end of the year.

 

 

About Deloitte’s TMT Predictions

Deloitte’s TMT Predictions are based on worldwide research supported by in-depth interviews with clients, industry analysts, global leaders and more than 8,000 Deloitte member firm TMT practitioners. Over the last five years, Deloitte was more than 80 percent accurate with its TMT predictions.

For more information about TMT events happening across Canada contact: TMTpredictions@deloitte.ca

 

About Deloitte
Deloitte, one of Canada’s leading professional services firms, provides audit, tax, consulting, and financial advisory services. Deloitte LLP, an Ontario limited liability partnership, is the Canadian member firm of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited. 

Deloitte refers to one or more of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited, a UK private companies limited by guarantee, and its network of member firms, each of which is a legally separate and independent entity. Please see www.deloitte.com/about for a detailed description of the legal structure of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited and its member firms.

Understanding Legacy Modernization

Legacy Modernization allows organizations to update applications that are out of date.

Legacy ModernizationWith Legacy Modernization a conversion process enhances coding languages and protocols so that they work with modern hardware and wireless devices. During this rewrite you must make sure that backups extend all the way to the DASB or corruption will result.

The legacy modernization process is gradual and must use an efficient data migration strategy as well. The overlapping functionality and data duplication acts as a temporary bridge for legacy coding languages such as COBOL to functionally communicate with a modern language until the process is complete and the system has been updated.

Legacy modernization also allows you to extend key aspects of your legacy applications so they can be deployed as HTML 5 applications. This re-purposing not only helps you improve work flow, it also reduces the costs of modernization.
This is critical since mobile usage is now higher than desktop usage for access to information and if your legacy applications cannot function on mobile devices your organization may be missing out.

You need to understand that legacy modernization allows you to improve legacy  applications, without starting from scratch. Re-architecture also allows you to transform your legacy applications so that can meet current company needs. You will also have to protect your original data, codes, and other important content as you transition these applications into APIs and web services.

Once your legacy applications have been updated, this will allow you to share information, software, and applications with your clients in a way that works for them. When you consider how old legacy applications can affect your business, you can see just how significant legacy modernization can be.

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Mike Miranda is a self-proclaimed tech nerd and gadget geek. He is a PR person for Rocket Software.

Belkin Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD for Mac and PC

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­­­Last month Belkin introduced the Thunderbolt™ 2 Express Dock HD with cable, a powerful docking solution for both Mac and PC computers. Equipped with two Thunderbolt 2 ports, it allows users to take full advantage of Thunderbolt 2 technology’s high-speed 20Gbps bandwidth, and provides reliable transfers between laptops and up to eight other devices using one single Thunderbolt cable.

Designed for PC and Mac, Ultrabook, laptop and desktop users, the belkinBelkin Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD helps increase productivity, portability and connectivity. With eight ports including support for HDMI®, USB 3.0, Gigabit Ethernet, audio and Thunderbolt 2, the Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD supports up to eight devices connected directly to the dock, with support for up to four more (five total) Thunderbolt devices through a daisy-chain setup. Display the clearest picture through either the HDMI or Thunderbolt 2 port at a resolution of up to 4K. The USB 3.0 ports open the ability to charge smartphones, tablets and other higher amperage devices, even when the host computer is asleep or not connected to the dock. It also offers Thunderbolt 2 data transfer speeds of up to 20Gbps, which is two times faster than Thunderbolt, four times faster than USB 3.0 and up to 25 times faster than FireWire® 800.

“Belkin’s Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD is an all-in-one solution that fully takes advantage of the Thunderbolt technology and creates endless possibilities for your setup,” said Melody Tescon, director of product management at Belkin. “Not only does it offer exceptional performance and greatest transfer speeds for creating and editing, but it also creates a more efficient work environment.”

“As consumer preference for a mobile and versatile workspace increases, Thunderbolt 2 continues to deliver unparalleled performance, flexibility and simplicity to personal computing,” said Jason Ziller, Intel’s director of Thunderbolt marketing. “Products like Belkin’s Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD help highlight what Thunderbolt 2 makes possible.”

Belkin Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD with Cable (F4U085bt)

  • Connect 8 separate devices such as drives and monitors through a single Thunderbolt cable
  • Two times faster than Thunderbolt, four times faster than USB 3.0 and 25 times faster than FireWire 800
  • Compatible with Thunderbolt 2 and backward-compatible with Thunderbolt devices
  • Supports dual displays (when one display is a Thunderbolt display)
  • Supports 4K cinema resolution for up to 1 display
  • Connect up to 8 devices directly to the dock, and daisy-chain up to 4 added Thunderbolt devices (The total number of devices supported through daisy-chain is up to 6 from your ultrabook, or up to 5 from the Thunderbolt 2 Dock.)
  • Mac and PC compatible
  • Brushed aluminum finish
  • Includes 1M Thunderbolt cable
  • Compatible with: Laptops/ultrabooks and desktops with Thunderbolt or Thunderbolt 2 ports

Equipped with the following ports

  • Two Thunderbolt 2 Ports
  • One HDMI Port
  • Three USB 3.0 Ports + charging support
  • One Audio Out Port
  • One Audio Out Port with mic support
  • One Gigabit Ethernet Port
  • One AC/DC Power Input

System Requirements

Requires computers with a Thunderbolt or Thunderbolt 2 port as well as Mac OS® X v10.9 or later, or Windows® 7, 8 or later. Belkin’s Thunderbolt™ 2 Express Dock HD (F4U085bt) is available now at belkin.com and is planned to be available at Apple stores nationwide in October for an MSRP of $299.99 and includes a Thunderbolt cable.

About Belkin

At Belkin, we make people-inspired products and solutions. For nearly 30 years it has been our passion and our mission to create products that make people’s lives better, easier and more fulfilling. From wireless home networking and entertainment, to mobile accessories, energy management, and an extensive range of cables, Belkin products enhance the technology that connects us to the people, activities and experiences we love…

Our diverse and far-reaching product mix also includes high-quality security, infrastructure, energy and server-room solutions for public and private sector organizations. Our commitment to innovation, research and design has inspired over 2,000 products and 200 patented designs.

Hitting the road with Geek Squad

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Gear

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Infinity KAPPAFIVE – Future Shop # 10298945
$629.99

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

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

Subwoofer

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

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

Front Speakers

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

Rear Speakers

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