Is PVR ownership a sucker’s deal?

Renting a Personal Video Recorder (PVR) from your cable provider could cost as much as $1500 over five years. Unfortunately, high purchase prices and short warrantees combine to make purchasing a PVR potentially less attractive than renting.

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RTNDA announces 2008 lifetime achievement award winners

RTNDA Canada – The Association of Electronic Journalists has announced the seven individuals to be honoured with the 2008 RTNDA Lifetime Achievement Awards. The awards will be presented at the RTNDA Regional Pro Dev Seminars in Kamloops, BC on April 26, 2008, Calgary, AB on May 10, 2008, Fredericton, NB on May 31, 2008 and at the Central Awards Banquet on June 19th during the RTNDA National Conference in Ottawa, June 19 to 21.

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Rogers launches Wireless Box Office

Rogers Wireless, in association with the world’s largest music company Live Nation, today launched its exclusive Wireless Box Office, which will allow cell phones to become wireless tickets to select Live Nation concerts across Canada. Wireless Box Office is supported on all Rogers handsets with a WAP 2.0 browser and MMS capability. Through Live Nation Member Ticketing, Rogers Wireless customers can easily browse and purchase preferred concert tickets over their phone. Then users simply show the ticket on their handset at the gate of a concert to gain access. As well, Rogers Wireless Box Office ticket holders will have VIP venue access through a special entry line designated just for Rogers customers.

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COM DEV gets go ahead on satellite technology

COM DEV International Ltd. has received a $4.7 million authorization to proceed from EADS Astrium to supply multiplexer and switch equipment for the KA-SAT communications satellite from Eutelsat. The Cambridge company expects the authorization to lead to a contract worth more than $15 million.

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Spectrum Signal gets European security deal

Vecima Inc.’s Spectrum Signal Processing division, has inked an agreement with the European Commission Joint Research Centre‘s (JRC) Sensors Radar Technologies and Cyber Security Unit (SERAC) to provide its flexComm Waveform Design Studio for research and development purposes. R&D will focus on the wireless interoperability for security (WINTSEC) project, which is exploring a combination of solutions to eliminate barriers for wireless interoperability across multiple security agencies. If successful, this will enable first responders with incompatible legacy radios to communicate in times of crisis.

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Weather Network leverages social networking

The Weather Network and MétéoMédia last week launched an interactive weather application on social networking site Facebook. Available in English and French, the application allows users to view weather conditions and forecasts for any of more than 5000 cities around the world within their Facebook profile. Users can also send messages and current forecast information to  their Facebook friends. "We believe this new application will quickly become a favourite among Facebook users," says Carrie Lysenko, manager of online applications for The Weather Network and MétéoMédia. "This is just another way we are responding to the needs of Canadians by providing convenient access to their most reliable and trusted weather information."

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