Ice Cream Sandwich now available in Canada

If you have a Samsung Galaxy phone you can now download Android’s latest and greatest flavour, Ice Cream Sandwich. The update will be available for a number of Galaxy models including: GALAXY S II, GALAXY S II LTE, GALAXY S II LTE HD, GALAXY S II X, GALAXY Note, GALAXY Tab 7.0, GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus, GALAXY Tab 8.9 and GALAXY Tab 10.1. The OS brings a new user interface with improved multi-tasking, notifications, WiFi hotspot, a full web browsing experience and face unlock using the front facing camera.

Source: Mobile Syrup

Stream Live TV to your iPad (update)

Well it looks like iOSLiveTV.com is already down. Although there is now no sign that the site was capable of streaming live TV to your iPad there was previously a message on the page that said “This site has been disabled due to DMCA complaints.” The DMCA or Digital Millenium Copyright Act is a United States Law that controls access to copyrighted material. Oh well, it was nice while it lasted.

Source: App Safari

48 Hour Graduation Sale at Dell

If you’re looking to purchase a PC, either a desktop or labtop or any electronics within the next couple of days, you may want to go to the Dell website to check our their Graduation Sale. The sales start today, April 30, and runs until midnight on May 1. Here is a sampling of some of the deals to be had: 

  • Inspiron 15R: 2nd generation Core i5-2450M processor, 6 GB RAM, 750 GB SATA hard drive, 8x CD/DVD burner; regularly $829.99 now $554.99
  • Inspiron 17R: 2nd generation Core i7-2670QM processor, 8 GB RAM, 1 TB Sata hard drive, 8x CD/DVD burner, NVIDIA GT 525M 1 GB video card; regularly $1,309.99 now $774.99
  • XPS 17: 2nd generation Core i7-2670QM processor, 8 GB RAM, 1 TB SATA hard drive, CD/DVD burner – Blu Ray disk reader, NVIDIA GT 550M 1GB video card; regularly $1,459.99 now $949.99
  • ViewSonic 42-inch LED 1080P HDTV, regularly from $899.99 now $599.99
  • Slingbox SOLO, regularly from $189.99 now $129.99.

Some of the PC sales may be to get rid of the 2nd generation Intel processor devices in prepration for the 3rd generation, Ivy Bridge processors expected out shortly.  

According to the site, a second round of savings on PC’s and electronics will start on May 2.  Note these are announced sale prices at Dell’s Canadian websites.

Stream Live TV to your iOS device

A site that just seemed to pop out of nowhere, iOSLiveTV, allows you to watch live TV on your iPad or iPhone.  It also seems to work on Mac computers, but not on Windows PC’s. The site has television stations from various countries around the world, including: United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Russia and India.  There are also several Arabic stations listed.  Given the television networks controlling nature it is likely only a matter of time before the site gets pulled down due to copyright violations so you might want to head over to the site quickly.  There have been reports that some stations don’t work in some countries so there is likely some sort of filter in place that is based on your IP address.

Source: iPhone in Canada

Security expert claims Apple is 10 years behind Microsoft

Kaspersky’s co-founder and CEO, Eugene Kaspersky, recently told CBR that the recent wave of malware outbreaks on Apple computers is likely only the beginning. He expects the Mac OS to be increasingly targeted by cyber criminals in the future because of the increased number of computers being sold as well as a result of Apple not paying as much attention to security as they should. He goes on to say that Microsoft which began to be attacked seriously about 10 years ago has learned to adapt its cycle of software and security updates and is therefore able to pro-actively deal with vulnerabilities as soon as they are identified. Apple, on the other hand, has not had to deal with security issues and is therefore slow to react. For example they were criticized by many experts because of their slow response to the recent FlashbackTrojan virus which left users vulnerable to attack for three months. Cupertino does seem to be conscious of the threat as the next version of its operating system due out this summer, will include a Gatekeeper feature that will make it more difficult for infected software to be installed on Mac’s. In its most secure setting, it will restrict applications from running unless they are from the Mac App store or from registered developers. This feature which has been considered by some as too restrictive will likely be turned off by most users leaving them open to attack. It is clear that Apple will have to start paying more attention to security in the future if it hopes to gain the trust of its users.

Source: CBR, The Verge

The future of movie rentals in Canada

Despite predictions by many experts that the rental of physical media is a dead end business, a recent study by Convergence showed that last year 60% of Canadians still rented from brick and mortar stores.  Now that Blockbuster and more recently Rogers have gotten out of the video rental business who will fill this gap.  Well if you still like to have hard copies of your media, one alternative that you may want to try is Zip.ca.  This Canadian company which started in the rental business back in 2004 currently offers physical rentals of movies and television shows by mail-order or from its 115 Kiosks located in Ontario and the Maritimes.

To gain access to the more than 82,000 title DVD library by mail, customers must sign up for one of their monthly plans which allows you to get from 1 to 8 DVD’s at a time.  Membership costs range from $12.99 for one DVD rental to $54.95 for up to 8 at a time.  Rental members add the titles that they want to their ZipList which are mailed to them one or more at a time depending on their rental plan.  Members can keep them as long as they want and when you are finished with them you send them back in postage paid envelopes and the next item on their list is sent to you.  Most plans allow unlimited numbers of DVD’s out per month.

Rentals from Zip.ca Kiosks do not require membership as anyone with a credit card can rent up to 3 movies or television shows from the red boxes.  The cost of a rental is quite reasonable, most movies cost $1 per 24 hour period, while new releases are $2 per day. Customers can keep their disks for as long as 25 days, as their credit cards are automatically charged on a daily basis.  Each box contains more than 1,000 titles to choose from.  A company representative recently reported a significant increase in the number of requests for Kiosks, so expect to see them coming soon to your neighbourhood grocery store.  Given the growing interest in these vending machine type devices, Redbox, the American equivalent to Zip.ca, has said that it has plans to expand in Canada.

Although Zip.ca hopes to cash in on customers who want to rent hard copies of their media, they are also looking to the future.  In order to remain competitive with the likes of Netflix and iTunes they have announced that they will soon be offering streaming movies and television shows.  Stay tuned…

Source: The Globe and Mail, The Spec

Adobe Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements on Sale April 26

Just got wind of a great deal at Staples on Adobe software. On Thursday April 26 only, Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 and Adobe Premiere Elements 10 Bundle is $79.94, a savings of $110 off the regular price. Probably more people are familiar with Adobe Photoshop Elements but Premiere Elements is a great video editing software with a ton of features for the beginner as well as for the more advanced user. If you would like to try the software out before buying you could always go to Adobe’s website and download a free trial version.