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After more than a decade of working with such media giants as CHUM Limited, Standard Broadcasting and Corus Entertainment, Marc Aflalo decided to combine his diverse expertise and form his own, now highly regarded corporation, Aflalo Communications Inc. His intersecting skill-sets in broadcast engineering, radio programming, audio/video production, streaming and internet marketing have resulted in an elite client base that includes such multi-million-dollar companies as Pivotal Payments, GotVMail Communications, Credico Marketing, XM Satellite Radio, Media-Alive, the IndyCar Series, and other businesses developing operational strategies to both grow and form a stable infrastructure. Aflalo was part of the pioneering team who launched XM Satellite Radio Canada in 2005, and oversaw the development and creation of infrastructure and programming. Day to day he manages French operations, Condition of License, Production as well as some of the internal web properties for XM. He oversaw the creation of state-of-the-art broadcast facilities in Montreal (Qc), Quebec (Qc) and Newmarket Ontario for the launch of ATN Asian Radio on XM.

Hilton Hotels get Tech Savvy Upgrade

10010-1994-140728-Hilton_Digital-2-lHotel tech is about to get a whole lot more relevant as Hilton has announced an aggressive overhaul of its entire tech infrastructure. To the casual consumer, this will mean guests can use their mobile devices as room keys along with choosing rooms from plan maps, checking-in remotely and much more. The service will be integrated to the company’s Hilton Honors iOS app at more than 4,000 properties by the end of 2014.

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Google’s Nest Labs Paves the Way for Standard In Smart Home Automation

Google-buys-Nest-Labs-750x400Google’s plan for the Nest smart thermostat may go beyond just the thermostat and smoke detector. The company’s Nest Labls unveiled an industry group designed to encourage makers of “smart” devices to lock in their services to a new standard for network communications. The attempt is to lead the way and pave the path for how household devices speak to eachother in homes, cars, and other avenues you can think of.  The new group includes Samsung, ARM Holdings, Freescale Semiconductor and Silicon Labs and is called the Thread Group. In June, Nest said it partnered with Mercedes-Benz, Whirlpool Corp and lightbulb maker LIFX to integrate their products with its thermostats and smoke detectors.

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Mackie Delivers High End Studio Monitor Sound in an Entry-Level Pricer

UnknownWe’ve talked about these studio monitors on YourTechReport Radio several times now, and it is about time that we dive into our long-term review of the MRmk3 studio monitor kit from Mackie.

It’s hard to believe that for under $1,000 you can equip your home, or even pro audio studio, with monitors that blow a lot of the more expensive competition out of the water; so when Mackie sent over the MRmk3 series studio monitors (with the MR10Smk3 10” powered subwoofer) I was not sure what to expect. Having worked in (and built) many broadcast studios in my lifetime, I have either been faced with tight budgets or forced to use equipment that was already purchased; only recently was I able to break the bank a little bit and move to some higher-end monitors. I have used Yamaha, Tannoy, Bowers & Wilkins, Genelec, and even Neumann – never Mackie; so I was excited, to say the least…and even moreso when I powered them up and did my first acoustic test..

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Office Arrives for the iPad and we’re Jazzed

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You are not dreaming, Microsoft has officially released Office for the iPad. After years of waiting and clinging on to rumors Office for the iPad is finally here. Office GM Julia White unveiled the latest mobile Office App and is available as three separate apps – Word, Excel and PowerPoint in the Ap Store today. Just like Office for iPhone, the iPad version will take advantage of Microsoft’s Office 365 subscription for editing, however, the app will be free for reading and presenting. Take a look at it hands on below:

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Apple Starts Charging for Live Chat Support Cases

Screen Shot 2014-03-17 at 8.18.37 PMApple has begun charging for its online live chat support, with certain cases now yielding a per incident fee of $19. It is unclear exactly what kind of query will cost you the coin, but there are also a few predefined categories where support staff can also waive the fee–such as “I recently purchased Mac OS X” and “ I recently purchased Apple branded software, and I’m having issues using it with this computer.”  Though $19 is not a huge amount to pay for service that comes straight from Apple, it’s still a whole lot more than the free support many  customers are accustomed to.

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Google Drive Drastically Undercuts Competitors for Online Storage

Screen Shot 2014-03-17 at 8.22.33 PMGoogle has done something rather radical in slashing its online storage service’s pricing, dropping the price of Google Drive to $9.99 per month for 1TB. Users have always received 15GB free, but now you can jump to 100GB for $1.99 a month (down from $4.99) and get a whopping 1TB for $9.99 a month (down from $49.99). This move undercuts Dropbox’s popular service by a LOT, given that 100GB of Dropbox storage will run you $9.99 a month.

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Thecus Annouces VMware 5.5 Certification for Network Attached Storage Systems

N2560_ANGLE_IMG1Thecus, a leader in network attached storage systems, has announced its VMware ESXi 5.5 certification for five of its latest units: the N8810U-G, N7710-G, N12000PRO, N8900 and the N16000 PRO. This certification offers a host of new computing features to users, including better networking performance, improved team functionality, cloning, and powerful snapshots. All of the new products have 10GbE, which enhances the system speed by almost 10 times the normal gigabit connection, making it easier for the system to handle a heavier bandwidth and virtual network connection. One of the features of this new certification is that it allows the N7710-G to support RAID levels to a maximum of 50, while the other models support RAID levels up to 60. This renders a faster local storage response with solid data durability.

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Microsoft OneNote Arrives for Mac and goes Free for All

main2-1024x611Microsoft has unveiled their OS X version of One Note…and they’ve made the whole thing free! The app first came to iOS and Android before even making hints at an OS X version–but the desktop version is finally here and available on all Mac computers. The new OneNote for Mac is available now in the App Store as a free download, and the Windows Edition, with its metro-inspired theme, just became free to download as well.

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Apple Resurrects 4th Gen iPad & Introduces New 8GB iPhone 5C

Screen Shot 2014-03-18 at 1.13.58 PMApple has resurrected its fourth generation iPad, putting to rest the iPad 2. The fourth gen iPad is now being sold for a starting price of $399 (16GB, WiFi model) through Apple’s Online Store, leaving the first-generation iPad mini as the only non-Retina iOS device in circulation; it also puts to rest yet another iOS device with a 30-pin connector. Also this morning, Apple has launched a lower-capacity iPhone 5c model. The 8GB model is making its way into Apple Online Store’s internationally as we sit and wait to see if it will be introduced in the U.S. and Canada as well.

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Is March 27th the Day We Meet Microsoft Office for the iPad?

18kxnbis1oglljpgReports are streaming in that Microsoft is getting ready to release Office for the iPad as soon as March 27th. It’s no secret that Apple fans have been clamoring for a mobile version of  Microsoft’s productivity suite since the iPad was first introduced, with competitors (such as Apple’s own Pages and Google Docs) filling the gap quite nicely; but now it looks like Microsoft is giving it’s users what they’ve been asking for, with a media event (allegedly) scheduled to take place in San Francisco on March 17th to announce the new software. We’ll have more news as it becomes available, so stay tuned.

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