CVR 2017, Canada’s Biggest Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality Conference is Coming to Vancouver from May 5th-7th

CVR is the premier event to experience groundbreaking new virtual and augmented reality technology
The Virtual and Augmented Reality community will descend on Vancouver during the month of May as today Archiact announced CVR 2017. The three-day event, which goes from May 5-7, will showcase a world-class selection of top industry experts, the latest technologies, and hands-on demonstrations of the latest products.  The event will be open to industry professionals on Friday and the general public for two days over the weekend.
“We are excited to bring back CVR to Vancouver for another fantastic virtual reality show,” said Anne-Marie Enns, Executive Producer of CVR. “This really is a collection of the best and the brightest products in virtual, augmented and mixed reality – all under one roof. CVR is the biggest AR/VR conference in the Pacific Northwest and it will allow the general public to try out the newest, cutting-edge products right here in Vancouver.”
CVR 2017 is sponsored by BCLC, Creative BC, VEC, Microsoft, YDeams and Cloudhead Games among others, and will feature speakers from some of the biggest companies in the world including NASA, Ford, Delta Airlines and Super Ventures. Representatives from these companies will speak about topics such as solving problems in outer space with VR, designing the future of Virtual Humans, and featuring the latest evolution in entertainment.
“I’m very excited to be presenting at the CVR 2017, the Canadian’s premier VR/AR/MR conference,” said Evelyn Miralles, Lead VR Innovator, NASA, “VR’s a technology that has been with us at NASA for several decades used for astronaut space training. But the technology has now come of age and it’ll be changing the way we interact with people and the environment around us.”
In addition to the VR/AR companies participating, the industry event will be kicked off by welcome remarks from Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson.
CVR 2017 will be held May 5-7th, 2017 in West Exhibition Hall A of the Vancouver Convention Centre.  The show hours are as follows:
Friday, May 5 (Industry Only): 9:00am-6:00pm
Saturday, May 6 (Expo Days): 10:00am-6:00pm
Sunday, May 7 (Expo Days): 10:00am-4:00pm
 
For more information on CVR 2017, such as ticket or specific show programming information, please visit: www.cvr2017.com.
About Archiact
Archiact is a premium virtual and augmented reality studio headquartered in Vancouver, Canada with an additional office located in Shanghai, China. Archiact specializes in virtual reality game development, publishing, and custom business solutions. As the host of CVR, North America’s first consumer-facing VR/AR/MR conference and expo, Archiact actively powers the growth of the virtual reality industry for both businesses and customers alike. Founded in 2013, Archiact is now one of the world’s largest dedicated immersive reality studios.

Harden your #network against attackers with #Microsoft script Net Cease #security

Net Cease - Hardening Net Session Enumeration

Microsoft has released a PowerShell script called Net Cease that will harden machines against reconnaissance which is a key stage within the Advanced Attackers kill chain. According to details of the release on Microsoft TechNet, “once attackers have breached a single end-point, they need to discover their next targets within the victim’s corporate network, most notably privileged users.” Typically administrators will target Domain Controllers (DCs) to run the script.

“The NetCease script hardens the access to the NetSessionEnum method by removing the execute permission for Authenticated Users group and adding permissions for interactive, service and batch logon sessions. This will allow any administrator, system operator and power user to remotely call this method, and any interactive/service/batch logon session to call it locally.”

By default, NetSessionEnum method can be executed by any authenticated user, including network connected users, which effectively means that any domain user is able to execute it remotely.

Mirai IoT #malware from massive DDoS attack goes open source #security

Mirai “internet of things” malware from Krebs DDoS attack goes open source

A bulletin released by US-CERT explains an issue where IoT (also known as Internet of Things) devices  have recently been used to create large scale botnet attacks.

“On September 20, 2016, Brian Krebs’ security blog (krebsonsecurity.com) was targeted by a massive DDoS attack, one of the largest on record, exceeding 620 gigabits per second (Gbps). An IoT botnet powered by Mirai malware created the DDoS attack. The Mirai malware continuously scans the Internet for vulnerable IoT devices, which are then infected and used in botnet attacks. The Mirai bot uses a short list of 62 common default usernames and passwords to scan for vulnerable devices. Because many IoT devices are unsecured or weakly secured, this short dictionary allows the bot to access hundreds of thousands of devices. The purported Mirai author claimed that over 380,000 IoT devices were enslaved by the Mirai malware in the attack on Krebs’ website.”

In order to prevent malware on IoT devices, US-CERT recommends that users, “ensure all default passwords are changed to strong passwords. Default usernames and passwords for most devices can easily be found on the Internet, making devices with default passwords extremely vulnerable.”

Now that the Mirai source code has been released on the Internet you can expect the number of attacks to increase. According to US-CERT, “such botnet attacks could severely disrupt an organization’s communications or cause significant financial harm.”  Cyber-security professionals should harden networks against the possibility of a DDoS attack.

#Microsoft announces System Center 2016 and #Windows Server 2016 #business #tech #msignite #cloud

Microsoft System Center 2016

Microsoft has announced the general availability of System Center 2016. Of note the new platform provides more focus on the cloud, “greater heterogeneity and cloud management with broader support for LAMP stack and VMware, including monitoring resources and services in Azure and Amazon Web Services.” Here’s more from the announcement,

“For a full listing of the new capabilities in this latest release of our core management platform, you can visit the System Center 2016 site and read the What’s New in System Center 2016whitepaper. You can also download the System Center 2016 evaluation and see it in action for yourself. Check out the updates to System Center Configuration Manager (version 1606) also released today.”

Microsoft also announced the general availability of Windows Server 2016 with a focus on hybrid cloud management.

“This release is just one of many reflecting our deep commitment to hybrid cloud. In our long-held view, hybrid cloud is the reality for all enterprise customers, even those with the most ambitious cloud plans. Some applications should and will move quickly to public cloud, while others face technological and regulatory obstacles. Regardless of where these applications run today or will run in the future, Windows Server 2016 provides a rich and secure platform.”

Microsoft has enabled portability to Azure Cloud Services with this latest release of Server 2016. “Windows Server 2016 also offers seamless portability across data center, private and public cloud environments via virtual machine and new container formats that can be reliably deployed wherever the business requires.”

Check to see if your applications are compatible with Windows Server 2016.

Watch Microsoft Ignite video sessions.

 

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.

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.

 

 

Security Perks Of The IoT

Digital Security

In recent months, there have been a number of articles written calling into question the security of the Internet of Things. This is a perfectly valid talking point that was inevitably going to come up as an issue. The whole point of the IoT is to connect devices to one another via WiFi. Given that we already live in an age of increasing concern over digital security and Internet hacking, it follows naturally that the IoT amplifies those concerns. Think of it this way: if you already need to be mindful of securing your home WiFi network against digital threats, you now also have to consider any other devices connected to that network in an IoT setup.

All that is to say that there are some very legitimate security concerns associated with the use of IoT devices. Somewhat lost in this discussion, however, is the fact that there are still many IoT practices that have been put to use in homes and in businesses that are designed to improve security. Fortifying digital networks is an effort unto itself, but a lot of the use of the IoT as it currently exists is in using such networks to make people, products, and locations safer from non-digital threats.

This is perhaps clearest in private homes, where the “smart home” concept we frequently hear about has a lot to do with security. The truth of the matter is that modern home security systems have been pretty advanced for some time now. However, an article at Innovation Enterprise points out that the IoT has taken advanced home security and given us more control over it. The obvious example is that we now have the ability to do so many things remotely, such as turning systems on and locking doors. It’s also mentioned that the IoT systems in place in a home can be used to improve security monitoring. For instance, if your television is hooked up and a burglar attempts to steal it, you can automatically be sent a message that the TV has been unplugged.

A similar monitoring of possessions and property security is taking place through the IoT on a much larger scale in the world of business. A blog post at Networkfleet discusses the various ways in which the IoT is being implemented in fleet management for large companies with shipping divisions, including measuring vehicle diagnostics, automated GPS routing, etc. There are also benefits with regard to the protection of assets. The post also discusses that IoT use in major companies can be as thorough as to involve small sensors equipped with internal antennae on containers of goods and individual pieces of equipment. On a major scale, this gives fleet managers and businesses as a whole an unprecedented perspective not just on where their vehicles and drivers are but on the location and security of individual pieces of inventory.

And finally, we’re also seeing the IoT helping with security in business where office spaces are concerned, rather than simply with regard to inventory. Much of this branch of IoT implementation looks very similar to what we might discuss with regard to home security, but there are specific business-related perks worth mentioning. Inc.’s post on the topic pointed to two in particular: the ability to change locks with ease, and the opportunity to use advanced security cameras. The point regarding locks is actually an important one for office managers and business owners to consider. Basically, if an employee leaves suddenly or is fired, locks don’t have to be changed via a slow repair process; you can just change lock codes through a mobile device connected to digitally controlled locking mechanisms. The security camera concept is more about peace of mind, but it’s still worth noting t
hat IoT-based cameras can send a feed directly to any mobile device, meaning you can have eyes on a business at all times.

Again, there are plenty of security risks associated with the spread of the IoT as well. But the features and practices discussed here are meant to underscore that there are still a lot of major security advancements being made thanks to broader understanding and use of the IoT.

Free cloud computing service helps Canadian small businesses

CANARIE, a vital component of Canada’s digital infrastructure supporting research, education and innovation, today announced that over 600 Canadian startups across a range of industries have taken advantage of its DAIR cloud service.

Cloud computing enables businesses to use virtual computing, network and data storage resources on an as-needed basis, with the flexibility to scale these resources based on their needs at any given time. This means that Canadian businesses can develop, test, and demonstrate new products and services that simulate a range of potential scenarios – like different transaction volumes or geographic variations – while experimenting with a range of development options to determine the optimal method for building and launching their cloud-based products.

“CANARIE’s free cloud computing service helps small and medium-sized businesses become more innovative without incurring additional overhead costs,” says the Honourable Bardish Chagger, Minister of Small Business and Tourism. “The Government of Canada is pleased to support services like DAIR, which makes it easier for Canadian businesses to bring products to market.”

“Cloud technologies are disruptive to the way companies operate, and the faster Canadian businesses can adopt them into their business models, the more competitive they will be on the global stage,” says Randy Jones, Senior Director, Technology Innovation at CANARIE. “With DAIR, startups can experiment and test ideas and approaches in a risk-free environment. Our aim with this service is for Canadian startups to gain the experience and knowledge they need to be in a strong position to succeed when they launch commercially.”

“In addition to ensuring our data stays in Canada, DAIR offers high quality, reliable, scalable, and secure cloud infrastructure that supports our team as we continue to refine our product offering,” says Pat Crosscombe, Founder and CEO of BoardSpace, a developer of document and workflow solutions for boards of directors. “DAIR has been invaluable as we continue to evolve, testing integration with e-commerce platforms and refining our onboarding processes.”

Other innovative Canadian startups taking advantage of the flexibility and power of the DAIR cloud include:

  • Advance Property eXposure’s enterprise software uses smart mobile technology to deliver to first responders, secure, digital information such as building layouts, exits, electrical shutoffs, and building contact information reliably within seconds. Information is critical for situational awareness and their solution helps responders plan their approach while on route and save precious minutes in time-sensitive situations.
  • BOS Forestry develops software solutions to help manage information flow in the forestry industry – from planning the harvest, to cutting and weighing the timber, to tracking its transport to the mill, right through to sending harvest information to relevant government departments.
  • Curatio has created a mobile health platform that connects individuals with chronic health issues to a circle of support, including family, friends, caregivers, and medical professionals, with a goal of better managing ongoing treatment and wellness.
  • EDMS integrates dental clinic data from different dental software programs to help corporate owners manage and interpret data generated from a wide range of clinic systems. EDMS’ common reporting platform supports better decision-making and forward planning.
  • Identos offers a range of security infrastructure solutions for mobile applications. Identos developers were able to collaborate with early customers on product development and evolution in real time by helping these customers test their application prototypes using DAIR.

Any Canadian small or medium-size company (< 500 employees) may apply to use DAIR to develop, test, or demonstrate products.  More information on DAIR, along with a link to apply, may be found at >canarie.ca/cloud.

A range of case studies exploring how Canadian businesses are using the cloud to power product development and accelerate their time to market may be found here: canarie.ca/cloud/case-studies.

Want a quicker view of DAIR? Watch the video here: youtu.be/oye-Er_83lQ

About CANARIE

CANARIE designs and delivers digital infrastructure, and drives its adoption for Canada’s research, education and innovation communities. CANARIE keeps Canada at the forefront of digital research and innovation, fundamental to a vibrant digital economy.

CANARIE evolves the national ultra-high-speed backbone network that enables data-intensive, leading-edge research and big science across Canada and around the world. One million researchers, scientists and students at almost 2,000 Canadian institutions, including universities, colleges, research institutes, hospitals, and government laboratories have access to the CANARIE Network.

CANARIE also leads the development of research software tools that enable researchers to more quickly and easily access research data, tools, and peers. In support of Canada’s ICT sector, CANARIE offers cloud computing resources to startups to accelerate product development, and links a powerful network of public and private sector partners in a Centre of Excellence for Next Generation Networks (CENGN).

Twelve provincial and territorial network partners, together with CANARIE, collectively form Canada’s National Research and Education Network (NREN). This powerful digital infrastructure connects Canadians to national and global data, tools, colleagues, and classrooms that fuel the engine of innovation in today’s digital economy.

Established in 1993, CANARIE is a non-profit corporation, with major investment in its programs and activities provided by the Government of Canada.

For more information, please visit: www.canarie.ca.

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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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.

 

 

LG CAM Plus

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.

LG CAM Plus
LG CAM Plus

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.

 

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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 http://www.LG.com.

 

 

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 http://www.LG.com

Sandvine enhances network security with Symantec

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 Sandvine, a leading provider of intelligent broadband network solutions for fixed and mobile operators, today announced enhancements for its Network Security product, including new integration with Symantec RuleSpace, a web categorization service, and Symantec DeepSight™, a cyber-threat intelligence service. This new integration will enable Communications Service Providers (CSPs) to better protect both their subscribers and their network infrastructure.

Sandvine’s Network Security is a cyber security solution that introduces a layer of intelligence into the network that can recognize and respond to cyber threats as they appear in real time, including outbound spam, Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks, and botnet command and control communication.

Sandvine’s Network Security will leverage Symantec’s RuleSpace and DeepSight to build upon and enhance this established feature set while enabling CSPs to protect subscribers and their infrastructure in a number of new ways, including:

  • Parental and web controls: help provide subscribers or institutions with the ability to selectively block web content they do not wish to access from over 100 different categories such as adult content or gambling sites
  • Subscriber phishing and malware protection: help prevent subscribers from accessing sites that are known to host phishing and malware attacks
  • Deeper understanding of network attacks: empower CSPs with up-to-date and actionable intelligence about malicious IP addresses conducting attacks, including geo-location and reputation

“Bringing together Sandvine’s carrier-class Network Policy Control capabilities and Symantec’s industry-leading security expertise will allow operators of any size or access technology to protect their networks. The combined solution does not require subscribers to download client software, and is being delivered on Sandvine’s platform which, unlikeother security offerings, is purpose-built to scale to the requirements of modern telecommunications networks,” said Don Bowman, CTO, Sandvine.

“We’re excited to partner with Sandvine and enrich its Network Security product with the intelligence that both RuleSpace and DeepSight provide,” said Sudhir Mehta, Sr. Director of Global Partner Solutions,Symantec. “Protecting the network at the operator level, the way Sandvine’s Network Security does, is one of the best ways to help ensure an operator can implement clean pipes.”

ABOUT SANDVINE
Sandvine’s network policy control solutions add intelligence to fixed, mobile and converged communications service provider networks to enable services that can increase revenue and reduce network costs. Powered by Sandvine’s Policy Engine and SandScript policy language, Sandvine’s networking equipment performs end-to-end policy control functions including traffic classification, and policy decision and enforcement across the data, control and business planes. Sandvine’s products provide actionable business insight, the ability to deploy new subscriber services and tools to optimize traffic while enhancing subscriber Internet quality of experience.

Sandvine’s network policy control solutions are deployed in more than 250 networks in over 90 countries, serving hundreds of millions of data subscribers worldwide, www.sandvine.com.

 

 

 

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Find phone, mobile, Internet and TV Service providers in Canada

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In a dynamic communications marketplace, Canadians have choices in innovative communications service providers. The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) is helping Canadians find the providers that best meet their needs with a new tool on its website.

Through the new Communication Service Providers in Canada online tool, Canadians will be able to search for phone, mobile, Internet and television services available in their area. Users can also access helpful details such as how different kinds of providers work, and learn about the types of communication technologies they use.

This new online tool includes practical tips to help Canadians make the most of communication services available to them. It also includes facts about switching providers and links to third-party websites that rate and compare the quality and value of communication packages.

The CRTC is unveiling this new online tool 10 days before significant changes come into effect for Canada’s television service providers. Starting March 1, 2016, Canadian TV service providers such as cable and satellite companies must offer a new affordable basic package that costs no more than $25 per month, not including rental equipment. Service providers also must offer either a selection of small channel bundles or give viewers the ability to select individual channels. Service providers must offer both small bundles and pick-and-pay by December 1, 2016.

Quick Facts

  • The new Communication Service Providers in Canada online tool helps Canadians find phone, mobile, Internet and TV services available in their area.
  • Details such as where service providers operate, the technologies they use and practical information including facts about switching service providers are available through this new online tool.
  • Starting March 1, television service providers must offer a new affordable TV package priced no higher than $25 per month, not including rental equipment.
  • Television service providers must also offer either a selection of small channel bundles or the option to pick and pay for individual channels.
  • Anyone can provide information to help update the Communications Service list by logging onto the following web link: http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/comm/fourprov.htm

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“During our consultations with Canadians, we have heard repeatedly that consumers crave choice and affordability when it comes to choosing communication services. We listened to what Canadians told us and many of our recent decisions have an important common thread: choice and sustainable competition. We know this is how we can ensure Canadians benefit from a world-class communications system. The new online tool that we are introducing today will help Canadians select service providers that make the most sense for their needs, their budgets and their realities.”

Jean-Pierre Blais, Chairman and CEO, CRTC

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