Monday, August 25, 2014

Amazon Poised to Acquire Game Streaming Service Twitch


Sources close to The Wall Street Journal are indicating that instead of Google, it is Amazon that is readying to acquire the video game streaming service. Rumoured to be selling for a meagre $1 billion, is considered to be a true streaming video giant. Using the service, over 50-million monthly active users are able to stream live video of themselves playing their favourite games.

When we first heard that Google was interested in purchasing the service, it seemed like a logical move for the company that controls YouTube. So what does Amazon want with So far it is just speculation. Perhaps they are going to try and compete with Google in the streaming amateur video arena, but that seems like a difficult place to succeed. Other thoughts swirling around the rumour mill wonder if Amazon may be wanting to extend their own video rental and sales offering –or if they plan on trying to sweep in and dominate the growing eSports genre.

Specifics regarding the deal are expected to be announced soon, perhaps as early as later today.

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LastPass Password Manager Updated to Remove PC Dependency


Our lives are filled with passwords. It’s hard enough keeping track of our own credentials, but to an increasing extent we are also needing to share these with family (and sometimes friends). Whether it is wise or ideal, it’s reality… the moment you leave the house, your spouse is going to need the Netflix password. LastPass Password Manager is concerned with security and wants to make it even easier for you to take good care of your passwords. Beginning as a desktop application, new updates have made the mobile app more independent (and therefore more functional for those of us who would prefer to do as much as we can from our smartphones and tablets).

How many times have you sent a password to somebody over IM, SMS, or email? Sure, we try to be a little more secure and clever by separating the username from the password into separate messages –but in the end, that does little to prevent the person on the receiving end from just popping both details into a note on their computer desktop or even worse, writing it down pen-to-paper in the notebook beside them.

Features of the app are incredibly diverse, including: the ability to share credentials between multiple LastPass users, auto-fill logins into apps and websites, use biometric authentication (for devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S5 which is equipped with a fingerprint reader), add images and audio recordings to secure notes as attachments, and for those of us who can use a helping hand –figure out your next password with their secure generator. Even more important, LastPass Password Manager is incredibly easy to use and configure.

If you are concerned about the security of your passwords, consider giving LastPass Password Mgr Premium* a try. The download is free and comes with a 14-day free trial, after which time, peace of mind comes at a bargain $12 per year.

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Google Delivers Slides App for iOS


Rounding out their business-oriented app offering, Google has launched Slide for iOS (complimenting Google Docs and Google Sheets, which were already available). Slides provides similar functionality to competing apps: Microsoft’s PowerPoint or Apple’s Keynote, allowing users to create, edit, and collaborate with users on presentations.

Google has also released update for both Docs and Sheets, adding support for Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel that will now allow users to open and edit documents in these formats. Becoming more competitive with Microsoft is a wise move and sure to gain market-share, when you consider that in order to use their ‘free’ apps, an Office-365 membership is required.

Discussing these updates, the official update feed from the Google Apps team, stated:

“The new Google Slides mobile app is now available on iOS, making it easier for people to quickly find, edit and create presentations on the go–online or offline. As with the Android version, the Slides iOS app includes support for editing PowerPoint files. Additionally, as announced for Android in June, the Google Docs and Sheets apps for iOS have been updated to allow for seamless editing of Word and Excel files. No need to worry about file compatibility or internet connections anymore with the new Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides apps on iOS–it all just works.”

Google Slides, Google Docs, and Google Sheets can all be downloaded from the App Store for free, and can be used on all of your iOS devices.

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2014 Hugo Award winners

On August 17 at the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention, the World Science Fiction Society announced the winners of the 2014 Hugo Awards. The Hugo Awards are one of the most distinguished and celebrated science fiction awards, so make sure to have these titles in your digital collection!


hugo1BEST NOVEL – Ancillary Justice, by Ann Leckie

On a remote, icy planet, the soldier known as Breq is drawing closer to completing her quest. Once, she was the Justice of Toren – a colossal starship with an artificial intelligence linking thousands of soldiers in the service of the Radch, the empire that conquered the galaxy. Now, an act of treachery has ripped it all away, leaving her with one fragile human body, unanswered questions, and a burning desire for vengeance.


hugo2BEST NOVELETTE – The Lady Astronaut of Mars by Mary Robinette Kowal

Thirty years ago, Elma York led the expedition that paved the way to life on Mars. For years she’s been longing to go back up there, to once more explore the stars. But there are few opportunities for an aging astronaut, even the famous Lady Astronaut of Mars. When her chance finally comes, it may be too late. Elma must decide whether to stay with her sickening husband in what will surely be the final years of his life, or to have her final adventure and plunge deeper into the well of space.


hugo3BEST SHORT STORY – The Water That Falls on You from Nowhere by John Chu

In the near future, water falls from the sky whenever someone lies (either a mist or a torrential flood depending on the intensity of the lie). This makes life difficult for Matt as he maneuvers the marriage question with his lover and how best to “come out” to his traditional Chinese parents.


As always, we are also available to assist you with the addition of titles to your catalog. Email for more information!

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Review: Icarus Illumina HD (E653) with Android 4.2

Last week I posted a couple of preliminary reviews for the Icarus Illumina HD showing PDF files and the Kindle for Android app in action. Now I’ve got the full review for the Illumina HD finished. I also plan on posting a couple of comparison reviews later this week, one comparing the Illumina HD to […]