Passport? Um.. I’ve got an iPad!

The iPad has truly changed the way we live. From being just a ‘fun’ gadget with which you can play games, browse the web and perform simple tasks, the iPad has grown on to become one handy tool, now being used in several big restaurants, hospitals, coming to the aide of pilots, small businesses, and several other avenues. It won’t be long before Apple’s iPad replaces several of our props used in everyday life. Including your passport.

Montreal based Martin Reisch was on his way to the US to drop off some Christmas gifts for his friend’s kids, only to be held up at the US border office where he realized he didn’t carry his passport. But hey, he did have his iPad! The Canadian, 33, calmly presented the officer with his iPad, equipped with a copy of his passport which he had scanned previously.

“I thought I’d at least give it a try. He took the iPad into the little border hut. He was in there a good five, six minutes. It seemed like an eternity. When he came back he took a good long pause before wishing me a Merry Christmas,” the Telegraph quoted Reisch as saying.

A spokesman for the department did not immediately respond to questions on whether scanned passports are also commonly accepted at US points of entry.

Reisch also successfully used the passport on his iPad to get through Canadian Customs on the way home later that day.

RIM launches BBM Music, for the love of the “BlackBerry Boys”

Blackberry-maker Research in Motion (RIM) has given some more love to the fruit-flavored phone owners in the form of BBM Music, just days after launching the BB Curve 9350/9360/9370 — the last of the 5 devices they launched recently. BBM Music is an addition to the highly popular BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) service offered by RIM to its device holders. A Spotify-esque service, BBM Music allows users to get and keep up to 50 songs in their personal library upon payment of $5 per month. What’s the big deal, you might ask. Well, as with their BBM (messenger), RIM have added the social element to the BBM Music as well. You can add BBM Music friends to your circle and access their 50 songs as well (so RIM wants you to add strangers, eh). Not enough? You are also allowed to swap up to 25 songs per month for new ones to refresh your music library with the latest tunes, with your current library being stored locally on your handset.

The service was built by British music services company Omnifone, which has licensed 10m tracks across all music genres from classical to contemporary rock and pop, with new music generally available on the day of release.

The music, licensed from Universal Music Group, Sony, Warner Music Group and EMI, is essentially rented – it can be downloaded onto phones and listened to when the handset is offline, but cannot be transferred to other devices.

BBM Music

The new service begins today in closed beta for residents of the US, Canada and the UK, but more countries will be added down the road.

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RIM Announces BBM Music – A New Social Music Sharing and Discovery Service

New Cloud-Based Music Service Makes Music a Social Experience

Waterloo, ON – Research In Motion (RIM) today announced BBM Music, a new BBM (BlackBerry® Messenger) service for socially connected music fans.

BBM Music is an easy-to-use cloud-based service that enables social and viral music discovery by allowing users to build an evolving, community-based music library that is shared amongst their BBM Music friends. The size of the music library continues to grow as new friends join the community and each user can select music from a catalog with millions of songs from leading music companies – Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group and EMI.

“More than 45 million customers already love the social communication benefits delivered through BBM and we are thrilled to be extending the experience into a uniquely social and interactive music service,” said Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO at Research In Motion. “We have partnered with leading music companies to provide a „full track‟ music sharing and discovery experience that will provide users with quality music on demand and allow them to connect with friends on a whole new level.”

Key features of BBM Music include:
– Music made social – BBM Music is a cloud-based, social music service that allows you to share and discover music with your friends, creating a continually evolving music library:
– Build a personal music profile with 50 of your favorite songs. You can refresh your profile by swapping out up to 25 songs each month.
– Invite your BBM friends to subscribe to BBM Music and to join your BBM Music Community.
– With each friend that is added to BBM Music, you grow your music collection since the songs from the profile of each BBM Music friend are available to you at any time.
– Up to 50 tracks from your personal profile are shared with your BBM Music Community, and each member of your community shares up to 50 songs from their profile with you.
– Enjoy a truly social community-based music experience – the more friends who join your community, the more songs you can listen to.
– Easily discover music that your BBM Music friends are listening to, and comment on your friends‟ songs and playlists.
– You can create multiple playlists from music in your profile as well as all of your friends‟ profiles, and with one click you can shuffle the entire collection of music from your BBM Music Community. You can even see which friend contributed each song while it plays.
– Within your BBM Music app, you also see a visual timeline that shows the recent updates of all users within your community. It gives you a chronological view of community updates, including who added new friends, which songs were added or removed, which playlists were created and what comments were made by your BBM Music friends.
– Listen to Full Tracks – BBM Music subscribers can listen to full tracks from their friends‟ profiles – not just previews.
– Offline Listening – Music can be saved to smartphones for offline listening, allowing users to access songs even when they don‟t have wireless coverage.
– Topping the Charts – Keep track of how many friends are listening to your tracks.

“A major component of online music continues to be about community, and the ability to discover new artists and music through word of mouth,” stated Rob Wells, President of Global Digital Business for Universal Music Group. “BBM Music dynamically and elegantly integrates the excitement of this social music discovery process with a high quality music service, enabling tens of millions of BlackBerry users to experience new music and to share those experiences with their friends virtually anywhere and at anytime.”

“We are pleased to be partnering with Research In Motion on their BBM Music service. RIM and its large base of BlackBerry Messenger users represent an exciting platform for expanding the reach of commercial digital music around the world,” stated Thomas Hesse, President, Global Digital Business, U.S. Sales and Corporate Strategy, Sony Music Entertainment. “The combination of a premium music solution and instant messaging will enable viral music discovery and emphasize the social power of digital music. It also offers an effective way of serving younger consumers by integrating music into the fabric of an important hub of their digital activity.”

“A dynamic social music experience is a powerful way for our artists to connect with fans and also for fans to discover music by interacting with each other,” said Michael Nash, Executive Vice President, Digital Strategy & Business Development, Warner Music Group. “Addressing more than 45 million BlackBerry Messenger users with a service tailor-made for its mobile community, BBM Music has the opportunity to reach a broad and engaged audience.”

“We are very excited to work with Research In Motion to bring our artists‟ music to BBM‟s huge and very loyal user base,” said Mark Piibe, Executive Vice President of Global Business Development at EMI Music. “BBM Music‟s unique social discovery experience offers fans a great new way to discover music, share their favorite tracks with their friends and build a stronger connection with the artists they love.”

“The widespread adoption of mobile devices provides the perfect foundation for consuming and sharing music. Brands that want to deliver a unique interactive experience must create services that are mobile, social, and contextual,” said Maribel Lopez Principal at Lopez Research and Constellation Research Group.

A closed (limited) beta trial of the BBM Music service is starting today in Canada, the United States and the UK. The BBM Music service is expected to be commercially available to customers later this year for a monthly subscription of $4.99 USD* in Australia, Canada, Columbia, France, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, UAE, the United Kingdom and the United States.

No need of Disc for Netflix on Wii Now

From today, Netflix users n the US and Canada can stream content directly via their Wii devices.

All Netflix users who have a plan starting at $8.99 in US/7.99$ in Canada, A Wii console and a internet connection can now watch TV shows and Movies instantly on their Wii.

Enjow Disk-Free Netflix on the Nintendo Wii

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SaskTel CEO says New iPhone in June

There have been lots of rumours about the iPhone 4G and a lot of pictures of the iPhone 4G also have been rumoured but finally there’s a final word on the iphone4G
Saskatchewan-based SaskTel isn’t the biggest carrier in Canada but this Canadian carrier had its discussion in which it gave information about SaskTel 3G network which will be launched on 1 July 2010.

During the discussion its CEO Robert Watson said:

“The good news is that (Apple) is coming out with a new version of the iPhone in the June time-frame and they’re going to put us on that. So we’re quite excited about that.”

This clearly proves that a new iPhone is going to launch in June this year. To give more support to the statement it is important to note that apple has released the iPhone in summers over the years.
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Hockey World Cup: Day 10 Review

On the last day of the league matches, Germany booked a semifinal berth against England while the Netherlands will meet Australia.

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Germany will play England in the Semi-Final

Germany go past Kiwis into semis

Defending champions Germany saw off a late challenge from New Zealand to score a thumping 5-2 victory and book a semifinal berth.

Dutch to face Australia in semis

A plucky South Korea fought back superbly from a goal deficit to stun three-time champions the Netherlands 2-1.

Argentina pile on Canadian agony

Lowest ranked Argentina overcame a late fightback from Canada to score a 4-2 victory and set up a clash with India for seventh-place play-off.

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Hockey World Cup: Day 8 Review

The day proved to be lucky for Korea while New Zealand’s hopes suffered a big blow. The Netherlands played out a thrilling draw with Germany.

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The Netherlands played out a thrilling draw with Germany

Korea keep last-four hopes alive

Drag-flicker Jong Hyun Jang struck thrice as nimble-footed Korea drubbed lowly Canada 9-2 in a high scoring match to keep their semifinal hopes alive.

New Zealand bomb in crucial tie

Bottom placed Argentina scored their first win of the tournament, edging past New Zealand with a solitary goal in their penultimate Pool A match.

Germans, Dutch split points

Captain Teun de Nooijer struck in dying minutes to lead the Netherlands to a thrilling 2-2 draw against defending Champions Germany and virtually booked a semifinal berth for his side.

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Hockey World Cup: Day 6 Review

The sixth day saw the Dutch, Germans and Kiwis get closer to the semis while Korea, Argentina and Canada’s hopes were dashed.

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Germany and Argentina in action at the Hockey World Cup 2010

A much-needed win for New Zealand

New Zealand survived waves of South Korean attacks before pulling off a 2-1 upset victory to keep alive their semifinal hopes.

Netherlands roll Canada over

Title contenders the Netherlands pumped in six goals in the second half to blank a lowly Canada 6-0 and virtually booked a semifinal berth.

Argentina make Germany work for win

Defending Champions Germany scraped past a plucky Argentina 4-3 to brighten their chances for a semifinal slot.

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Hockey World Cup: Day 4 Review

The drama continued on the fourth day of the hockey World Cup as Korea beat Argentina in a thrilling encounter, while, Germany extended their unbeaten run in the World Cup.

Argentina and Korea in action at the FIH Hockey World Cup 2010

Holders Germany thrash Canada

Defending champions Germany extended their unbeaten run in World Cup ties to 15 as they overcame minnows Canada 6-0.

Korea come out on top in a thriller

The match ended on a dramatic note as Sung Hoon Yoon, in the dying moments of the match, appealed for a penalty corner after the umpire whistled in the Argentines’ favour.

Dutch corner Kiwis

Title contenders the Netherlands staved off New Zealand’s spirited resistance to record a 3-1 victory.

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Hockey World Cup 2010: Day 2 Review

The drama continued on the second day of the hockey World Cup as New Zealand clinched a tight win and Germany were held on to a draw.

Takes away the ball
Holland and Argentina in action on day 2

NZ score come-from-behind win

Ryan Archibald scored a last-gasp Kiwi winner as Canada ran out of luck in their opening World Cup match in New Delhi.

Germany survive Korea scare

Defending champions Germany came back from two goals down to earn a 2-2 draw against Korea in a Pool A match in New Delhi.

Taekema hattrick sinks Argentina

Holland beat Argentina to stretch their unbeaten run at hockey World Cup to seven games.

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