Vol 3, #02, Jan. 11, 2011
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January 11, 2011


Synchronica acquires iseemedia
Motorola, Bell to bring ATRIX to Canada
Rogers Communications acquires Atria Networks
Kik welcomes three millionth user
D-Box Technologies to debut motion technology
Mobilicity to release BlackBerry Bold 9780
Peter Tassiopoulos appointed CEO of Biosign
Corus Radio picks VersaPay's payment solutions
Peter Read announces 2011retirement

Synchronica acquires iseemedia

Synchronica, the international provider of push email, instant messaging and social networking services, announces, further to its announcement of 24 December 2010, that following approval by the TSX Venture Exchange on 5 January 2011, the Company has acquired the remaining interest in iseemedia by way of an amalgamation, such that iseemedia is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company.

The Amalgamation of iseemedia with Synchronica Canada Inc. (a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company) was effective under the Canada Business Corporations Act on 6 January 2011.

As none of the shareholders of iseemedia has exercised dissent rights with respect to the Amalgamation, on the effective date of the Amalgamation each issued and outstanding iseemedia share (other than those held by dissenting shareholders of iseemedia or Synchronica Canada Inc.) was converted into 0.2687 of a share of the Company.

iseemedia shareholders are requested to return their iseemedia common share certificates to Computershare Investor Services Inc., together with the Letter of Transmittal enclosed with the management proxy circular of iseemedia dated November 25, 2010, to receive their new share certificates of Synchronica.The detailed instructions for the surrender of share certificates and the address of Computershare Investor Services Inc. are set out in the Letter of Transmittal.iseemedia shareholders are also advised that no fractional shares of Synchronica will be issued in connection with the Amalgamation. Top of Page

Motorola, Bell to bring ATRIX to Canada

Motorola Mobility Canada and Bell have unveiled Motorola ATRIX, the only smartphone with the Motorola webtop application that puts a true desktop browser in the user's pocket. The ATRIX will be available to Canadians exclusively from Bell Mobility on Canada's Best Network.

Designed to bring unprecedented computing to a smartphone, Motorola's webtop application brings a PC browsing experience with a full Mozilla Firefox 3.6 browser to a mobile environment. Motorola ATRIX supports Adobe ® Flash ® Player to open up all the rich graphics, animations and video on the web. Featuring a dual-core processor -with each core running at 1 GHz, delivering up to two GHz of processing power - 1 GB of RAM, coupled with webtop and a unique docking system, the Motorola ATRIX is, simply put, the world's most powerful smartphone.

"Motorola ATRIX ushers in a new era in mobile computing and converged electronics experiences, and we're thrilled to offer it to Canadians on Bell's state-of-the-art network," said Sanjay Jha, chairman and chief executive officer of Motorola Mobility. "The Motorola ATRIX is a symbol of the innovation consumers can expect from the new company that is Motorola Mobility. ATRIX is a revolutionary tool for staying connected, informed and entertained at home, on the job and anywhere in between."

"Motorola ATRIX is a ground-breaking product and offering it exclusively to Canadians fits with Bell's commitment to deliver products and services that lets business and consumer clients say 'today just got better,'" said Wade Oosterman, President of Bell Mobility & Residential Services, and Bell's Chief Brand Officer. "ATRIX and its mobile computing capabilities are ready to leverage the speed, coverage and quality of Bell's world-leading wireless network."

Motorola ATRIX delivers unprecedented mobile computing capabilities in a package less than 11mm thin, including:

  • A dual-core processor - which outputs up to two GHz of processing speed - for opening web pages twice as fast as most other smartphones, rendering games faster and displaying HD quality video on big-screen TVs.
  • A full 1 GB of RAM is twice that offered in most other smartphones and delivers effortless multi-tasking, such as watching a movie while receiving and responding to email.
  • The world's first qHD smartphone display, offering high resolution and 24-bit colour, making it easier to read indoors and outdoors

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Rogers Communications acquires Atria Networks

Rogers Communications Inc. has announced that it has completed the previously announced acquisition of Atria Networks LP, owner and operator of one of Ontario's largest fibre-optic networks. The transaction closed on January 4, 2011 following approval by the Competition Bureau. Atria Networks was previously privately held by Birch Hill Equity Partners.

The purchase of Atria Networks, based in Kitchener, Ontario, augments the Rogers Business Solutions offering by enhancing its ability to deliver on-net data centric services within and adjacent to the company's cable footprint.

The acquisition strategically fits with Rogers' enterprise strategy to offer on-net, high growth data services to small and medium sized businesses. Atria's unique and scalable network includes 5,600 fibre route kilometers and over 3,800 on-net buildings in high-growth Ontario territories. Atria serves over 1,100 customers spanning the public sector, enterprise and carrier providers. Top of Page

Kik welcomes three millionth user

Kik Messenger, the lightning fast, cross-platform mobile instant messaging service, has Kik'd off 2011 with its three millionth user, Kik Interactive Inc.

Re-launched on Oct. 21, 2010, the Kik community continues to grow by 10-15,000 users a day. The growth rate, driven by Android and iPhone users, has held steady even though new BlackBerry downloads ended in late November.

"We are excited that so many people all over the world have embraced Kik and are more confident than ever of our future as the mobile community of choice for smartphone users," said Ted Livingston, President and CEO, Kik Interactive, Inc. "We look forward to making the Kik user experience even better with new features and service enhancements."

Over and above user growth, the number of messages sent by active Kik users continues to increase, from less than 10 messages a day in late November to almost 20 now, on average. Top of Page

D-Box Technologies to debut motion technology

D-BOX Technologies Inc., a leader in innovative motion technology, has announced its first agreement with CineLux Theatres to equip its Morgan Hill, California theatre with 28 D-BOX MFX Seats.

Cinelux Tennant Station Stadium 11 will introduce D-BOX's technology January 14 with the debut of the 3D action-comedy, The Green Hornet. This is the first CineLux location to offer the incredibly, immersive movie experience and one of just a 49 auditoriums worldwide screening the new release in D-BOX format.

The California market is our largest to-date worldwide with 14 theatres in the state offering D-BOX," said President and Chief Executive Officer of D-BOX Technologies, Claude Mc Master. "As we continue to introduce moviegoers to our motion technology, expansion into new markets and demand in existing markets continues to rise at a steady pace. We look forward to announcing many more new theatres in 2011 and growing our global footprint."

"Our theatres boast some of the most technically advanced features in the industry allowing us to provide a cutting-edge entertainment experience," said Paul Gunsky, President of CineLux Theatres. "We're always looking for new innovative ways to improve the movie experience and see incorporating D-BOX at our theatres as a natural progression of the future of movies." Top of Page

Mobilicity to release BlackBerry Bold 9780

Mobilicity has confirmed its release of the BlackBerry® Bold 9780, Research In Motion's (RIM) newest addition to the BlackBerry Bold series of smartphones.

The announcement is in keeping with the rising new unlimited wireless carrier's reputation of providing Canadian consumers with a quality wireless experience featuring the latest handsets and smartphones and a state-of-the-art 3.5G network - without contracts, credit checks or outrageous monthly bills containing extra fees and surprise charges, as is commonly the case with Canada's incumbent carriers.

The first BlackBerry Bold smartphone to come with the new BlackBerry® 6 operating system, the new device retains the familiar and trusted features that distinguish the BlackBerry brand while delivering a fresh, approachable and engaging experience that is powerful and easy to use.

The BlackBerry Bold 9780 delivers a wide range of enhancements including a rich new user interface, a fast and powerful WebKit-based browser, broadly improved communications and multimedia capabilities, an incredibly useful Universal Search feature and a high-quality 5MP camera.

Users will enjoy expanded messaging capabilities with intuitive features to simplify the management of social networking and RSS feeds (Social Feeds), and integrated access to BBM™ (BlackBerry® Messenger), Facebook®, Twitter™, MySpace™ and various instant messaging applications.

The new device includes GPS for location-based applications and geo-tagging, 512 MB Flash memory and an expandable memory card slot that supports up to 32 GB of additional storage. It also ships with a 2 GB micro SD™ memory card. Top of Page

Peter Tassiopoulos appointed CEO of Biosign

Biosign Technologies Inc. has announced that its Chief Operating Officer, Peter Tassiopoulos, will succeed Radu Leca as Chief Executive Officer effective today. The announcement finalizes a transition process that has been planned for several months. The appointment was proposed by Dr. Leca and unanimously adopted by the Board of Directors. Dr. Leca will continue to serve as the President of Biosign.

Mr. Tassiopoulos has served as Biosign Technologies' Chief Operating Officer since 2009. Mr. Tassiopoulos has over 20 years of experience in business development, sales management, global distribution networks and marketing alliances with Avaya, France Telecom, Bell Canada, Mitel, and GE Healthcare. A recognized expert in digital healthcare technology, Mr. Tassiopoulos has served on various panels at the United Nations, including Mobile Health Management.

"Peter has been actively involved in the leadership and key decisions at Biosign since 2009. He brings relevant business experience, decisive leadership, and continuity to this critical role for the company," said David Silver, Biosign's Chairman. "The Board of Directors deeply appreciates the leadership and contributions that Radu has provided since founding the company in 2006. We are pleased with the serious commitment Peter is making to the company and look forward to Biosign's rapid growth under his leadership."

"Peter is exactly what Biosign needs, at exactly the right time", stated Dr. Leca. "He became my apparent successor in 2009, when he joined us as Chief Operating Officer. Our work together has prepared him for this moment, and I am confident that his tenure will be as remarkable as his conviction and passion for the lasting mark that Biosign will make on healthcare."

"There are remarkable opportunities ahead for Biosign, and I am honored to lead the company through the next chapter of its corporate progression - large-scale commercialization - while enabling Radu to concentrate on advancing our deep product pipeline", said Peter Tassiopoulos. Top of Page

Corus Radio picks VersaPay's payment solutions

VersaPay Corporation, a provider of merchant credit, debit and e-checking solutions, has announced that it has signed agreements to provide Corus Radio with VersaPay's Email Money Transfer and credit card processing services for the CorusConnect client portal and ecommerce solution developed by BlueNest Technologies.

"We are very excited to be entering into this relationship with Corus Radio," said Bill McGill, CEO of VersaPay. "We look forward to providing Corus' 37 radio stations with increased payment efficiencies through our bundled, EMT and credit card processing solution."

VersaPay's Email Money Transfer platform enables money transfers between any Canadian bank accounts. VersaPay EMT can help businesses increase profits, shorten accounts receivable cycles and improve payment efficiency. More information about VersaPay EMT can be found at www.versapay.com

Specific terms of the deal were not disclosed. Top of Page

Peter Read announces 2011retirement

VendTek Systems Inc., a developer and licensor of software for the global prepaid and financial services markets, announces that Peter Read, one of the Company's founders and its Chief Operating Officer, will be retiring from the Company in 2011. Mr. Read will commence his transition in February while continuing to work for the Company throughout the year. The Company has begun the process of recruiting a replacement for Mr. Read.

"Since co-founding the company in 1988 I have had an amazing journey with VendTek. We started out as a local manufacturing company and have evolved into a leading international prepaid transaction software supplier. Our key business initiatives are on track and I believe this is the right time for me to step back from the business operations and begin the next chapter in my life," said Peter Read.

"As one of the founders of VendTek, Peter has dedicated himself to the formation and success of the Company. He has contributed greatly to the development and growth of the Company and the Now Prepay divisions. It would be hard to overstate the incredible impact that Peter has had on VendTek and the tremendous contributions he has made over his many years with us. We wish him well as he transitions to his new stage in life," said Doug Buchanan, President and Chief Executive Officer of VendTek Systems.  Top of Page