Steve Ballmer steps down as board member at Microsoft
Steve Ballmer has stepped down as board member at Microsoft. Here is his letter of resignation to Satya Nadella, Chief Executive Officer and Nadella’s response.
   [August 20, 2014]


Incase Debuts Action Camera Accessories
Incase is introducing a comprehensive, functional and resilient collection of action camera accessories available, made to protect, carry and store a GoPro and other capture devices. The Action Camera Collection will launch with 13 products to support different organizational preferences and provide both the active and professional user with the ultimate protection solution for their camera and accessories.
   [August 20, 2014]


CenturyLink launches globally available Private Cloud service in 57 data centers
CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) announced the availability of CenturyLink Private Cloud, a new cloud service that delivers the agility and innovation of public cloud but with the physical isolation, dedicated hardware and security standards that many large enterprises require.
   [August 20, 2014]


Piksel Launches SaaS-Based Video Platform for Delivery of Personalized OTT Services
Piksel, a provider of video monetization software and solutions, announced the launch of the Piksel Video Platform. This advanced broadcast-quality, multi-screen solution enables content owners, aggregators and distributors to quickly launch OTT (over-the-top) offerings to consumers without having to invest in a heavy and expensive static platform. Built on a SaaS (software-as-a-service) business model, the Piksel Video Platform is a highly flexible and cost-effective solution and will be demonstrated at IBC 2014 for the first time.
   [August 20, 2014]


Internet of Things Pioneer Launches Investment Company to Grow Startups and Accelerate Innovation
Moonscape Ventures, a $120 million investment company focused on startups in the Internet of Things and related technologies, was launched by entrepreneur Mati Kochavi, whose existing network of companies include smart city and IoT solutions provider AGT International. Moonscape Ventures also announced its first investment of $3.1 million in startup SocialStudios, whose technology uses social media data and automatically creates and curates personalized video content.
   [August 20, 2014]


2014 Q2 Tablet Market Grows, as Apple and Samsung Disappoint says Strategy Analytics
According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics, global tablet shipments reached 52.4 million units in the second quarter of 2014. Tablet shipments from both Apple and Samsung were down on Q2 2013 volumes.
   [August 20, 2014]


Sennheiser partners with Ingress
Ingress, a augmented reality real-world adventure game created by Google’s Niantic Labs, has joined Sennheiser’s “What’s Your MOMENTUM?” project in a partnership that celebrates the best of technical innovation and human creativity. Audio specialist Sennheiser will be releasing a limited Ingress edition of its MOMENTUM headphones later this year.
   [August 20, 2014]


Xplornet responds to Industry Canada announcement on 3500 MHz spectrum
Allison Lenehan, President of Xplornet Communications Inc., a Canadian provider of high-speed internet to 100% of rural Canada, issued the following statement in response to the announcement by Industry Canada of the Consultation on Policy Changes in the 3500 MHz Band (3475-3650 MHz) and a New Licensing Process in Rural Areas.
   [August 20, 2014]


Softchoice Celebrates 10 Years of TechCheck Assessments
Toronto-based Softchoice, a North American technology solutions and managed services provider, is celebrating 10 years of helping organizations reduce the cost, risk and complexity of managing their technology assets. Since launching its IT Asset Management (ITAM) service, the TechCheck, Softchoice has scanned a whopping 8 million devices, yielding insights into areas such as software compliance, hardware lifecycle planning, security, SaaS management and more.
   [August 20, 2014]


Extreme Startups and GrowLab Ventures Merge
Vancouver-based startup accelerator GrowLab Ventures and Toronto’s Extreme Startups have announced their merger and the launch of HIGHLINE, the first pan-Canadian accelerator platform, at the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX).
   [August 20, 2014]


Canadian Government Delivers on Its Commitment to Put Canadian Consumers First
Industry Minister James Moore announced that the Government is taking further action to support Canadian wireless consumers by introducing new rules for the 3500 MHz spectrum licences. As announced in November 2013 as part of the Government’s "use-it-or-lose-it" policy, service providers that have not deployed this valuable resource to Canadians will not have their licences renewed.
   [August 20, 2014]


Disney Interactive and Harmonix Announce Pre-Order bonus for “Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved”
Disney Interactive and Harmonix today announced a pre-order bonus for the award-winning musical motion video game, “Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved.”
   [August 19, 2014]


TCL Roku TV Offers Easiest Way to Endless Entertainment
TCL (The Creative Life), one of the fastest growing brands in the U.S., and Roku Inc. announced availability of the much-anticipated TCL Roku TV line-up. TCL will offer four TCL Roku TV models: 32" 32FS4610R ($229), 40" 40FS4610R ($329), 48" 48FS4610R ($499), and 55" 55FS4610R ($649). Beginning today consumers can pre-order models from TCL Roku TV models will be available from major retailers nationwide in the coming weeks.
   [August 19, 2014]


Wearable Electronics Market to Hit US$8 Billion Value by 2018
The global wearable electronics market is expected to cross $8 billion in 2018, growing at a healthy CAGR of 17.7% from 2013 to 2018. The total unit shipment is expected to cross 130 million units globally. In terms of products, wrist-wear accounted for the largest market revenue in 2012, with total revenue of the most established wearable electronic products - wrist-watches and wrist-bands combined, crossing $850 million.
   [August 19, 2014]


SXSW Interactive Now Accepting Applications For 2015 Awards
The South By Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Festival (March 13-17) is now accepting applications for its 2015 Awards competitions including SXSW Accelerator, SXSW Gaming Awards and the re-branded SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards. SXSW Interactive prizes creative innovation in the connected world.
   [August 19, 2014]


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