Archive for September 12, 2019

Martello Earns A Place On The 2019 Growth 500 For The Third Straight Year

Posted in Commentary with tags on September 12, 2019 by itnerd

Martello Technologies Group Inc., a leading provider of solutions that deliver clarity and control of complex IT environments, announced today its inclusion in the 2019 edition of the Canadian Business and Maclean’s magazine annual Growth 500 list, the definitive ranking of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies.

Martello placed No. 46 on the list of the top 500 Canadian companies with five-year revenue growth of 1,692%. This is the third consecutive year that the company has been recognized on the Growth 500 list. The company was ranked as No. 28 in 2018 and No. 48 in 2017.

Produced by Canada’s premier business and current affairs media brands, the Growth 500 ranks Canada’s businesses on a five-year revenue growth. Growth 500 winners are profiled in a special print issue of Canadian Business published with Macleans’s magazine and online at and

Martello’s solutions have been widely acclaimed in the industry. In September 2018, Martello received a Frost & Sullivan Leadership Award for NPM (Network Performance Management) and ranked in position 215 in the 2019 edition of the widely respected Branham300 listing of Canada’s top ICT (Information and Communications Technology) companies. Martello is focused on global growth both organically and through acquisitions. The Company recently announced key partnerships and sales wins with Paessler PRTG,Onepoint and Suria Business Solutions.



Zoho One Offers Incredible Value With Process Automation, Telephony, Single Sign-On, and BlockChain Capabilities

Posted in Commentary with tags on September 12, 2019 by itnerd

Today Zoho unveiled the next generation of Zoho One, the operating system for businesses that is designed to run an entire organization—from sales and marketing, finance and HR, operations and business intelligence, and more—all on a unified technology platform. Zoho One now boasts a new business workflow management application, Orchestly, that lets customers effortlessly create, manage, and optimize their business processes through an intuitive drag-and-drop interface. In the two years since its launch, Zoho One has seen considerable growth and now serves more than 20,000 customers who make Zoho One the operating system for their business. With three new services added to the operating system, one new application tying together every corner of business operations, and several updates, Zoho One continues to pack unmatched value.

Approximately 25 percent of Zoho One customers use more than 25 applications on the platform and more than 50 percent utilize beyond 16 applications; This demonstrates that businesses are embracing the benefits of an all-in-one solution. Zoho One’s momentum is a product of a major shift in customer expectation and rejection of complexity in favor of easy-to-use, all-in-one platforms that deliver immense value. As Zoho One continues to grow with and for its customers, the platform is expanding, reimagining and redefining how technology platforms should be moving forward and setting the tone for the entire industry.

Zoho One launched with a suite of 35 distinct applications. Within two years, it has evolved into a powerful operating system for businesses with over 45 applications, along with several built-in services including AI, Business Intelligence, Messaging, Search, and more. Zoho One is today a customizable, extendable, and integratable platform all at the same cost to customers.

Bold New Operating-System Services


  • PhoneBridge, Zoho’s telephony platform, which integrates over 50 telephony vendors on one side and several Zoho applications on the other side, is now available within Zoho One.
  • PhoneBridge integration enables telephony in Zoho apps like CRM and Recruit. It allows customers to make calls from Zoho apps, and provides contextual information on incoming calls. Enabling PhoneBridge will give users context for all incoming calls from Zoho CRM, Zoho Recruit, Zoho Mail, and 20+ other apps.

Single Sign-on

  • The new Single Sign-On service from Zoho One allows customers to integrate any third-party applications onto their Zoho account. Zoho Single Sign-On now supports around 50 third-party applications and is growing day-to-day.
  • Not only does Single Sign-On make it more convenient to manage both Zoho and third-party applications, but because Zoho’s SSO works with third-party systems like active directory, it also makes it scalable for mid-to-large sized businesses.
  • Zoho One admins can now enforce YubiKey authentication as an added factor for increased security, on top of existing multi-factor authentications already supported.

App Management and Provisioning

  • Zoho One currently enables provisioning for all 45+ Zoho apps. This is now being extended to custom apps created through Zoho Creator as well as external apps available through Zoho Marketplace.
  • Zoho, third-party, custom, and SSO apps can be provisioned either individually to users or as groups conditionally provisioned with custom criteria.
  • Zoho One’s new Admin Panel with dashboards and reports allows admins to monitor user activity and app usage, enabling them to find and manage underutilized resources. Admins also get extensive reports on user management, sign-in activity, app usage, and account security.

Business Workflow Management


  • With an intuitive drag-and-drop interface, Orchestly enables managers with no coding skills to define processes with little effort.
  • Using Orchestly, managers and administrators can automate and run their regular workflows, including cross-departmental workflows such as purchase approvals, content publishing, asset management, and onboarding.
  • In the case of onboarding a new employee, the recruitment, interview, offer submission, and onboarding is handled across the recruiting department, HR department, legal department, and whatever team the applicant is joining. Because so many departments and applications are involved in this process, Orchestly is able to cut across these various teams and applications to create comprehensive workflows and automate complex processes.
  • Onboarding a new employee involves multiple departments, each potentially with their own workflows. Orchestly is able to manage and automate a process that bridges each of those departments and their workflows.

Products and Services Innovations

Zoho Sign

  • The enhanced Zoho Sign now provides an additional level of verification for customers by adopting blockchain-based timestamping through Ethereum, the globally accepted, open-source platform.
  • Whenever a document is signed using Zoho Sign, an Ethereum transaction will happen in the background, to which the hash of the signed document will be added to the transaction notes.

All Levels of Support

  • Zoho One offers free Concierge service, where potential customers can consult with the Zoho team to better understand how Zoho One can help their business.
  • Additionally, Zoho is introducing Jumpstart for Zoho One, helping customers through their initial implementation. All Zoho One customers are provided support, out-of-the-box, but now enterprise customers can request premium support.

Zoho One is the operating system for business. It means more to a customer than just being a suite of 45+ applications. Zoho One is a platform—built on one technology stack—over which an entire business can be run. Zoho One breaks down departmental silos and helps drive smarter decision-making. It can be customized with powerful service options and it grows to fit each business’ needs and goals, leading to shorter time-to-value and overall success.


Pricing for Zoho One is $30 per employee or $75 per users. In a world where vendors are nickel-and-diming customers, every new feature, service, and product mentioned in this press release is included in Zoho One for free.

Fast Pass Now Available At TELUS

Posted in Commentary with tags on September 12, 2019 by itnerd

TELUS has launched a new data top-up feature for Peace of Mind plans called ‘Fast Pass’ that allows customers to add on 3GB of high speed data for $15 in the event that they reach their monthly high speed data threshold.

In the coming weeks, TELUS customers will begin to receive notifications once they have reached their high speed data threshold, offering them the opportunity to purchase a Fast Pass.

Now neither I or my wife typically exceed 4GB a month in terms of our data usage on the TELUS network. But It’s nice to know that if we went bonkers one month in terms of data usage that we’re covered.

ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) Announces Availability of the Swift PG65UQ Big Format Gaming Display

Posted in Commentary with tags on September 12, 2019 by itnerd

ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced the Swift PG65UQ Big Format Gaming Display (BFGD). ROG Swift PG65UQ features a 65-inch 4K (3840 x 2160) resolution HDR panel, overclockable 144Hz refresh rate, DCI-P3 95% professional colour gamut as well as DisplayHDRTM 1000 and Ultra HD PremiumTM certification.Over the last few years, there has been a shift from PCs to displays as the undisputed leaders in gaming technology.

By offering higher refresh rates and synchronized frame delivery, gameplay has become noticeably smoother and more responsive. So far, these new developments have been confined to desktop monitors and gaming laptops that lack the sheer size to rival big-screen TVs. But not anymore.

With full array local dimming (FALD) LED backlighting that’s dynamically controlled across 384 zones and a peak brightness of 1,000 nits in each zone, ROG Swift PG65UQ delivers nuanced and realistic shadows and highlights, stunning contrast, cinematic colour and low latency to deliver the best HDR gaming experiences.

Fast and super-smooth big-scale gaming

ROG Swift PG65UQ features a 65-inch 4K (3840 x 2160) resolution HDR panel, packing over eight million pixels into that great screen space. With an amazing overclockable 144Hz rate, it handles fast- moving visuals with ease and makes them smoother and more realistic than ever. To smooth out the stuttering that can occur when performance dips below the maximum refresh rate, ROG Swift PG65UQ features NVIDIA G-SYNCTM Ultimate technology to synchronize with the frame rate of compatible GeForce graphics cards, and to make games alive with stunning contrast, cinematic colour, and low latency.

The ultimate HDR experience

With full array local dimming (FALD) technology, ROG Swift PG65UQ dynamically controls LED backlighting across 384 zones, providing very high contrast for richer, more natural-looking dark scenes. The LEDs can be turned on and off independently to create a wide range of dynamic luminance for a much richer, more nuanced image. DisplayHDR 1000 and Ultra HD Premium certified, ROG Swift PG65UQ can achieve a peak brightness 1000 nits in each LED zone, ensuring bright whites and brilliant colours.

ROG Swift PG65UQ features quantum-dot technology, enabling a wide colour gamut with 95% coverage of the cinema-standard DCI-P3 colour space, and a thorough factory pre-calibration process ensures incredibly accurate colour (Delta-E < 2) out of the box. The display also features a wide viewing angle for a natural-looking image with minimal colour shifting from any viewpoint.

Putting the gaming in BFGD

For cross-platform gamers, ROG Swift PG65UQ is a natural option. It works seamlessly Xbox OneTM, supporting variable refresh rates (VRR) of 48–60Hz via an HDMI connection.

ROG Swift PG65UQ is equally adept at movies and other big-screen entertainment as it is with gaming. With Ultra HD Premium certification, it delivers exceptional onscreen clarity and detail together with immersive audio.

In addition to its advanced panel, ROG Swift PG65UQ comes with built-in 15W speakers and exclusive ASUS SonicMaster technology for a powerful, immersive audio performance. An included remote control enables full control of the on-screen display for quick adjustments and input selection.


ROG Swift PG65UQ Big Format Gaming Display (BFGD) will be available in Canada in Q4. Please contact your local ASUS representative for further information.

UAG Turns It Up To 11 With New Cases For Apple’s iPhone 11 Devices

Posted in Commentary with tags on September 12, 2019 by itnerd

Urban Armor Gear (UAG, creator of rugged, lightweight mobile device cases, excitedly announced an array of new cases and colors for Apple’s latest flagship devices.

UAG is known for their bold mix of cutting-edge protection and effortless style. This year they’ve designed a new lineup for the latest iPhone including UAG’s popular Monarch, Pathfinder, Metropolis, Plasma, and Plyo Series. As with all UAG cases, the latest designs meet Military Drop Standards while complementing the unique style and powerful capabilities of the new iPhone 11 devices. Each case boasts scratch-resistant skid pads and protective screen surrounds, guaranteeing your device will be protected in both wild and urban environments.

If roughing it is a way of life, UAG’s updated Monarch Series has you and your new iPhone 11 covered. Meeting double the military standard for drop and shock tests, oversized tactile buttons and total protective screen surrounds means peace of mind with incredible, adventure-ready protection.

The classic Pathfinder Series now comes in two new colors, olive drab and forest camo, for a tactical look to complement its tactical prowess. The Pathfinder’s unique combination of legendary protection and extreme low weight will keep the new iPhone 11 and its user on mission.

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MONARCH SERIES – iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max

Available colors: Black, Crimson and Carbon Fiber
Price: $59.95 | £51.00 | €55,95

  • Handcrafted, featherlight construction with 5 layers of protection
  • Top grain leather and alloy metal hardware
  • Soft impact-resistant core & honeycomb traction grip
  • Oversized tactile buttons & protective screen surround
  • Apple Pay compatible
  • Wireless charging compatible
  • Meets 2X Military drop-test standards (MIL STD 810G 516.6)
  • 10-Year Limited Warranty

METROPOLIS SERIES – iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max

Available colors: Black
Price: $39.95 | £31.00 | €35,95

  • Feather-light impact resistant core
  • Soft felt-lined cover for complete 360-degree protection
  • Water resistant tactile non-slip grip exterior
  • Credit card storage
  • Apple Pay compatible
  • Wireless charging compatible
  • Easy access to touchscreen and ports
  • Meets military drop-test standards (MIL STD 810G 516.6)

PLASMA SERIES – iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max

Available colors: Ice, Ash, Magma and Cobalt
Price: $39.95 | £31.00 | €35,95

  •  Armor shell and impact resistant soft core
  • Feather-light composite construction
  • Oversized tactile buttons
  • Easy access to touchscreen and ports
  • Scratch resistant skid pads and screen surround
  • Apple Pay compatible
  • Wireless charging compatible
  • Meets military drop-test standards (MIL STD 810G 516.6)

PATHFINDER SERIES – iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max

Available colors: Black, White, Slate, Olive Drab, Midnight Camo, Arctic Camo and Forest Camo
Price: $34.95 | £21.00 | €25,95

  • Armor shell and impact resistant soft core
  • Feather-light composite construction
  • Oversized tactile buttons & easy access to touchscreen and ports
  • Scratch resistant skid pads and screen surround
  • Apple Pay compatible
  • Wireless charging compatible
  • Meets military drop-test standards (MIL STD 810G 516.6)

PLYO SERIES – iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max

Available colors: Ice and Ash
Price: $39.95 | £21.00 | €25,95

  •  Armor shell & impact resistant soft core
  • Air-soft corners for cushioning impact
  • Feather-light composite construction
  • Oversized tactile buttons & easy access to touchscreen and ports
  • Scratch resistant skid pads and screen surround
  • Apple Pay compatible
  • Wireless charging compatible
  • Meets military drop-test standards (MIL STD 810G 516.6)

Explore the full range of UAG’s new iPhone 11 devices:

TP-Link Link Wifi 6 Router Arrives in Canada

Posted in Commentary with tags on September 12, 2019 by itnerd

TP-Link is now bringing its first AX router to Canada, the AX6000 Next Gen Dual-Band Wi-Fi Router. TP-Link is known for its high-quality networking products at consumer-friendly price points.

At the hub of the powerful AX6000 router is Broadcom’s 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6) chipset. The next generation 802.11ax standard is designed to provide incredible Wi-Fi speed with the stability, range and efficiency to optimize home Wi-Fi networks

Archer AX6000 Key Features Highlight

  • Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) speeds of 4,804 Mbps (5GHz) and 1,148 Mbps (2.4GHz)
  • Backwards compatibility with 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
  • Advanced OFDMA, MU-MIMO and 1024-QAM (4x more capacity, performance and speed)
  • 2.5 Gbps WAN port
  • 1.8 GHz 64-bit Quad-Core CPU
  • 1 Type C USB 3.0 Port
  • 1 Type A USB 3.0 Port
  • 8 Gigabit Ethernet Ports
  • HomeCare Parental Controls and Antivirus monitoring
  • RangeBoost, Beamforming and Smart Connect Technologies
  • Accelerated VPN Access (5× faster OpenVPN and PPTP VPN connections)
  • Airtime Fairness
  • Link Aggregation doubles the connection speeds

Pricing and Availability

TP-Link Next-Gen AX Routers can be purchased at BestBuy Canada starting at MSRP $199.99 CAD for Archer AX50, $399.99 CAD for Archer AX6000 and $549.99 CAD for Archer AX11000.