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Joint Health and Safety Certification in Ontario

Everyone has the right to a safe workplace. Joint Health and Safety Committees help to ensure this happens. JHSC in Ontario help to identify aspects of the workplace that could lead to injury or death. The employer makes changes based on their recommendations so that tragedy does not occur.

While governments at various levels often create health and safety standards, it is important for individual companies to put them into action. The government cannot have individuals on site at all times in order to make sure companies observe their recommendations. It is more effective for the individual companies to do this internally. It also makes perfect sense because the workers know their facility, their roles, and their company’s output very well because they are there every day.

Members on these committees require special training in order to perform their roles, and certification helps to confirm these abilities. Interested parties attain certification through participating in a special training program overseen by the Ontario Ministry of Labour. The OML hires companies to provide the training and these firms adhere to OML’s guidelines.

The training program is divided into two parts. JHSC certification training part 1 centres on several different areas that define the role and responsibility of a JHSC member.

These include the ability to:

  • Define how a JHSC works, its purpose, and legal requirements
  • Explain their roles as JHSC committee member and its responsibilities
  • How the JHSC assesses hazards, the methods involved in assessing hazards, and how these hazards are evaluated in terms of their danger to workers
  • Training in spotting, assessing, controlling, and evaluating workplace hazards
  • The steps JHSC committee members must follow when studying workplace accidents
  • Demonstrating knowledge of health and safety regulations

As you can see, the program seeks to cover all pertinent areas of health and safety.

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LG Optimus L7 II New Red Flower Edition announced

gsmarena_002 gsmarena_001Originally the LG Optimus L7 II was presented in Black and White color variants, which is more than enough for most manufactures. But it seems that they went ahead and made a Limited ‘Red Flower’ edition. This new design looks quite unique and sports floral prints on both the front and back panel, apart from that though there are no internal changes such as improves specification or size difference.  The LG Optimus L7 II sports a 4.3inch LCD Display with a WVGA resolution and is powered by a 1 GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor along with 768 MB of RAM.  The Phone also sports an 8 megapixel camera, 4 gigabytes of internal memory and Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean OS. Providing power to the device is a 2,4600mAh battery which should give you fairly satisfying battery life. On paper the phone sounds average at best, but will this unique design help boost its sales? Only time can tell.

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Xolo Q1000S now officially announced confirmed

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After the rain of rumours surrounding the Xolo X1000S, it has finally been officially announced by the manufacture. The new flagship from Xolo will sport a much slimmer design at only 6.98mm, but underneath this slim and elegant body is a very impressive spec sheet. Sporting a 5 inch 720p IPS display with OGS technology and is powered by a 1.5 GHz quad core MediaTek processor which is accompanied by 1 Gigabyte of RAM. As for you imaging needs, there is a 13 Megapixel primary camera with BSI 2Sensor and a 5 Megapixel fort facing camera for attending video calls and you get 16 Gigabytes of internal storage which should be more than enough for most people out there. Providing the power needed to run this quad core phone is a 2500mAh battery which according to the manufacturer can withstand nearly 53 hours of music playback, up to 327 hours stand-by on 3G and 425 hours on 2G or up to 22.5 hours of 2G, 12.5 hours of 3G talk-time, which is far above most phones out there and should give the mainstream one more reason to buy this smartphone. Overall we think it has a really good chance of capturing its targeted audience in India. The Xolo Q1000S is priced at INR 18, 999 which is around $300 and will be available soon.

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Sony Xperia 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update to be released soon

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Some of the older Sony Xperia series smartphones are still stuck with older Android versions , where most of the other manufacturers have updated their high end phones to at least 4.1 Jelly Bean. Late updates have always been an issue with Sony smartphones, even back in Sony Ericsson days a lot of users were very frustrated with their very slow updates. However something is better than nothing and Sony has finally noticed that the users are getting impatient and have confirmed that their update for Xperia devices is at a very final stage and will hit via OVA and Sony PC Companion soon. So far the phones that are going to receive the Android 4.1.2 update are Xperia P, Xperia Acro S, Xperia S, Xperia GO, Xperia ION and Xperia SL. Rest of the details will be released next week along with an official changelog.

However this also means that this may just be the final update for the previous flagships, because unlike Samsung, Sony hardly takes care of their older flagships. And with the new line of Sony Xperia smartphones hitting stores soon, they will probably end up being forgotten. Sony is an amazing smartphone manufacturer and their products have the potential to go neck to neck with the likes of Samsung and Apple, but they need to start providing better support for their older smartphones as well as new ones.

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Top 10 Games for Android

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One of the best things about the Android OS is that it offers a large variety of apps. Gaming on Android has now reached a whole new level, and being an Android enthusiast I have played almost all the recent games. Not all games are as enjoyable or as fun as they claim to be, some are great and some are just disappointing. In this article I will list ten of my favorite games and why I enjoyed them so much

#1 Bad Piggies – Rovio

Rovio was already well known for creating the masterpiece known as “Angry Birds” and just when I thought they don’t have any tricks left in their bag they bought out the best one yet. The Piggies have always been a very interesting part of the Angry Birds series and till now we have only seen the bird’s wrath being applied on them. With Bad Piggies we get to see the other side of the story. Apparently stealing eggs from the mighty Angry Birds is no easy task, but the Piggies have a map that they are intending to use in order steal the eggs. Here is where the fun begins, mistakenly the map gets shredded and now the Piggies must use unique items to create a vehicle that they will use to obtain the pieces of the maps. The gameplay is amazingly fun, the puzzles actually make you think and you can never get enough of it. Simply put Rovio has done it again.

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https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.rovio.BadPiggies

#2 Angry Birds Space – Rovio

Angry Birds is one of the most addictive games in mobile gaming history. It made Rovio what it is today. The new addition to the Angry Birds franchise is the “Angry Birds Space”. Angry Birds Space takes a very different approach from the classic Angry Birds, though the objective is still the same but adding gravity to the play just makes the game much more fun. The gameplay is innovative and very enjoyable. The visuals are stunning and the audio is humorous. Angry Birds Space lived up to its expectations as the successor to one of the most legendary mobile game of all time

Download -https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.rovio.angrybirdsspace.ads&hl=en

#3 Granny Smith – Mediocre

Granny Smith, the name itself is very interesting. The first time I downloaded this game two things that came into my mind was my Granny and Agent Smith from The Matrix! But when I started playing the game it just simply won me over. The idea of behind this game is to beat the little bratty child down the course as Granny Smith collecting apples and coins along the way! There are obstacles that require you to flip over or hang from, some of which are quite challenging. It may sound simple but the timing is strict and gives you sense of rush. Granny Smiths biggest strength is the fact that it can make people go back to it again and again until you have perfected the game. Granny Smith is a game that I won’t be uninstalling any time soon.

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https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mediocre.grannysmith

#4 Where’s My Water? – Disney

When the world “Puzzle” is mentioned, I get an urge to play Where’s My Water? Disney has created one of the most fun games in Android gaming and it has everything you would want in a puzzle game. Your goal is to create a way for the water to reach “Swampy”, so he can take a shower. The Puzzles are actually quite challenging and the game is visually impressive to look at. Every level is different and every level requires a different strategy complete, but at the end of the day seeing swampy take that shower never gets old.

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https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.disney.WMWLite&hl=en

#5 Jetpack Joyride – Halfbrick Studios
This game was just released on Android recently, the game is refreshing and it was a gigantic success on IOS. This is something that shouldn’t surprise you after you have had hands on experience. It’s a simple platformer, with amusing powerups, hilarious animations, and a very funny story that involves scientists, a machinegun jetpack, bombs, electricity, and coins! What’s not to like?

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https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.halfbrick.jetpackjoyride&hl=en

#6 Temple Run – Imangi Studios

The concept of Temple Run is simple, in this game you will have to save your life from evil monkeys while clearing obstacles on your way. You can swipe to turn, jump and slide to avoid obstacles. But what sets it apart from all the other games is the fact that it doesn’t try too hard to impress, it’s the kind of game you can just start playing and not care about anything else, not to mention it is one of the best time killers out there. Imangi Studios took a simple idea and created a very enjoyable game.

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https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.imangi.templerun&hl=en

#7 Skater Boy – Runner Games

The Idea of Skater Boy was to deliver a simple but fun experience and they succeeded. It has the perfect balance of challenge and fun. The gameplay is smooth and after a while you get used to the controls. Visually the game is above average and the animations are really fun to look at. Skater Boy is a solid game that deserves a spot on your phone

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https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.game.SkaterBoy&hl=en

#8 Air Penguins – Gamevil

There is a saying that mobile games with birds are always successful, well that seems to be true for Air Penguin. It’s a fully sensor based game developed by Gamevil and I have to say that they did a wonderful job with it. Your goal is to reach your family avoiding enemies like sharks, breaking icebergs, and big-bellied seals. The sensitiveness of the sensor can be adjusted in game which makes it easy for you to simply adjust it to your playing style. The game is very addictive and can make you come back again and again, the lasting appeal and enjoyable gameplay makes Air Penguin one of the best games on Android.

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https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.enterfly.penguin_gloplus&hl=en

#9 Cut The Rope -ZeptoLab

In this super addictive casual game, your goal is to overcome various physics based obstacles to feed candy to the little green Om Nom monster. Swipe and tap to cut ropes bearing his sweet treats, catapult them into his mouth, or jump through various hoops. The games main strength lies in its addictiveness and interesting gameplay. “Cut The Rope” has become a classic over the time and is a must have game for any Smartphone user.

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https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.zeptolab.ctr.paid&hl=en

#10 Fruit Ninja – Halfbrick Studios

If you often feel bored and want a game to kill some time, then Fruit ninja is for you. There is something deeply satisfying about slicing explosive, sparkly, and glowing fruits! And you get to do that with a samurai sword! The game is visually impressive and the slicing effect just adds more to the already fun gameplay. Fruit Ninja is a classic that you will keep going back to.

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https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.halfbrick.fruitninja&hl=en

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Playstaion Dualshock 3 controller to work with Sony’s Xperia Series Smartphones!

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Since departing from Ericsson, Sony has been quite successful. Some of their recent devices such as the Sony Xperia S have gained massive popularity among the mainstream audience and it seems that now they are focusing on the gaming side of their devices, as Sony mobile recently hinted compatibility with Playstation Dualshock 3 controller for its Xperia Series smartphones.

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If the images are indeed legitimate it will lead to many new possibilities and will allow users to use their wireless Dualshock 3 controllers. Apparently this function was revealed in the settings menu of the upcoming Sony Xperia SP, it showcased a ‘DualShock 3 wireless controller’ menu along with some standard options.

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In order to use your DualShock 3 controller you will have to connect it via USB Cable first and then once the wireless connection is established you can it use it wireless via your smartphones Bluetooth. After the connection is established, you can remove the cable and the controller will still be usable.

It is yet unknown whether or not all Sony devices will get this option or not, but high end smartphones such as the Sony Xperia Z are expected to receive this option via update soon. As for other manufacturers , they probably won’t be as fortunate.

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Modern Combat 4 finally be coming to Windows Phone 8

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Recently a lot of developers have shown increased in interest in Windows Phone 8 and have expressed the desire to work with it in the near future. Among the interested developing companies, Gameloft is probably the most noticeable and they recently showcased a demo of their well known Modern Combat 4 game for Windows Phone 8.

The Modern Combat series can be called the ‘Call of Duty’ for mobile platforms. It boats amazing visual aspects along with impressive audio that provide a great experience when playing with headphones on. It features touch interactive interface and using them you control a character with first person shooter viewpoint, which is very entertaining to say the least. It also supports multi player which means you will have the chance to go up against mobile gamers all around the world. So if you are wondering whether or not the game is worth its hefty price tag then rest assured it provides an amazing mobile gaming experience that is worth every dime, So if you are a Windows Phone 8 user who haven’t had the luck of trying out similar games on Android or iOS, then be sure to give this amazing game a try. Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour will be available for Windows Phone 8 from Wednesday and will be downloadable via your Windows Phone 8 Marketplace.

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UK Release date for Asus Fonepad revealed

ASUS_Fonepad_02The Asus Fonepad wasn’t able to grab as much attention as it wanted when it was first announced as interest rates were below expectations. However it seems with the growing need for a Phablet, people have finally started to appreciate this unique device. When you first look at the Asus Fonepad it looks like your average 7 inch Tablet, but what it can make a whole new kind of difference to some users. Sporting a 3G radio the Asus fonepad allows you to stay connected to internet at all times and also lets you make phone calls along with text messaging. In addition its one of the few portable devices that uses Intel’s Atom Processor as opposed to your typical ARM based CPU. This ensures optimal performance and better battery life, something that is hardly balanced in most tablets nowadays, in most cases typical tablets end up sacrificing one for the other but the Asus Fonepad seems to have found the sweet spot.

People in the United Kingdom will have the privilege to pre- order the Asus Fonepad from April 12. It will be available in the famous site Amazon as well as Carphone Warehouse and Sainsbury. Reportedly the first batch will arrive in the United Kingdom on Friday, April 26 and will be priced at approximately £179, which equals to $275.

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HTC DROID DNA Retried or Not ?

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We all knew that sooner or later the HTC Droid DNA will lose its position the HTC One, but did not expect it to go into retirement so soon. Apparently Verizon Wireless is no longer offering the HTC Droid DNA, not because it’s out of stock or anything but because it’s dubbed as retired by their sales rep. This can only mean two things first the HTC has realized that despite being an amazing device that HTC Droid DNA cannot compete with the other flagship smartphones and secondly that HTC DNA will only get in the way of their upcoming smartphones. HTC Ever released an official statement through Verizon saying that they halted production of the HTC Droid DNA in efforts to push out an upcoming device on the horizon , what’s interesting is that instead of mentioning the HTC One they said this upcoming device is going to be smartphone that closely related to the HTC One but is not the same device, which means HTC is probably working on a new project that is soon going to unveiled and Verizon is going to play an important part in marketing that device. If these reports and statements are properly followed HTC Droid DNA will be among the shortest lived Android flagship device of all time!

Update: Well it seems the Droid DNA is now back again for sale, but the SKU has been  changed , which points to a different unit/version. Though the specification sheet still remains unchanged and there are no official details regarding this chance yet. 

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Top 5 Most Frightening Mobile Games

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Fallen Episode 1:

Despite being an old game, Fallen episode one was is definitely among the scariest mobile games ever produces. The game changes pace really suddenly and pits you up against terrifying enemies such as the slug like alien creatures and zombie hounds. The graphics were also very advanced for its time and makes the game look that much scarier. If that wasn’t daunting enough the soundtracks are really creepy and has this sudden jolting scream that gets you by surprise. Combine all this with the freaky story line and cut scenes and you get one very creepy survival horror game.

Silent Hill – The Escape:

On other platforms Silent Hill was already considered as one of the most terrifying games ever made, the mobile version is no exception. Silent Hill offers a very freaky first person shooter game play. You will find yourself in daunting places such asylums, mazes full of faceless patients and nurses, and along with the constant distressing audio it will make the hair on your head stand up. As for weapons, well you have no real weapons! Except for a dull and flickering flash light that might stop working anytime.

Dark Meadow: The Pact

Inspired by the legendary Bioshock, Dark Meadow puts you in a post apocalyptic world with but with a fairy tale twist added to the mix. You will go up against a witch and her loyal minions. Throughout the game you face interesting but creepy enemies such as bloodthirsty goblins who roam around the abandoned hospital seeking warm blood of the living such as yourself. The gameplay itself is touch centric and surprisingly easy to master. Graphically the game is really stunning, probably one of the best looking horror game out there thanks to being based on Unreal Engine 3.

Dead Space:

One of the most famous games of all time finally makes it way to the world of Smartphone’s. Featuring over 5 scary environments contaminated with reanimated corpses. Your goal is eliminate them using some of the most exciting weapons ever produced on the mobile platform. The gameplay is really fun but at the same time there is this sense of urgency and fear. Necromorphs may attack you suddenly at any time in large numbers and due to the polished visuals the monsters look scary as ever. The audio quality is also top notch and if you use headphones when playing games in your Smartphone, then Dead Space will be a real treat for you.

The Abandoned School:

The Abandoned School is a black and white survival horror game. Best experienced when you have your headphones on, the game features some of the most scary background music and realistic visuals that can really make you feel scared. You play the role of a male character in a mission to crack the mystery behind the death of your brother and girlfriend. The gameplay is smooth and uses a simple point and click mechanic, though in some cases uses the sensor of your phone which you can use to get through obstacles. Overall The Abandoned School proves itself as a true classic horror game in the world of mobile gaming

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Top 5 Anti-theft applications for your Smartphone

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Losing your beloved Smartphone can turn out be a nightmare for some with the possibility of your personal files and details ending up in the wrong hands beyond any chance of recovering, thankfully there are applications that can protect your files and help you track your Smartphone.

Mobile Spy:

Mobile spy aka MSPY monitors and collects all the information and uploads them to their official mobile spy website which you can view anytime you want. Using Mobile Spy you can monitor your phones activity without anyone realizing, as it functions in secrecy , the users cannot detect the presence of it also it does not leave any kind of trace when working making it a very safe monitoring tool. It simply records all the data and discretely transfers them to the user account in real time, which gives you constant, monitoring of your phone, using MSPY you can accept silent SMS commands for GPS Locate, initiate calls, Wipe data and view the actual screen which is updated every 90 seconds. All these rich features make MSPY the best security application out there.

F-Secure Anti Theft:

One of the most simple and easy to use Anti Theft application for Smartphone’s. Even if you merely suspect your phone missing using this application you can remotely lock it out or even wipe your personal files such as messages, contract, and pictures so they don’t end up in the wrong hands and of course locate your phone and the person using it remotely. Even if someone changes the SIM, an SMS will be automatically sent to one of your presented backup number.

Anti Droid Theft:

Probably one of the best free tracking applications out there, Anti Droid Theft will help you track your Smartphone if it has been lost or stolen using the phones built In tracking ability to allow you to locate your phone through the internet, It also offers an option called spy camera that enables you to see that images taken from your camera that you can later use to deduce the location of the thief. It will also send you a notification to your chosen backup source if the thief changes your SIM to use his own

Watch Droid PRO:

One of the simpler mobile tracking applications for your Smartphone’s, it features in depth features like wiping your data and monitoring your phones activity. You can also wipe your personal Data and initiate remote lock. It will also send you a notification to your email or a simple SMS to your backup number along with the last known GPS coordinates of the phone, making it a minimalistic but useful application

McAfee WaveSecure:

McAfee WaveSecure is a complete mobile security application for Smartphone’s. If your phone gets stolen it is capable of protecting your data, wipes your private files and enhances the overall chance of recovering your phone. You can also backup your messages, contacts, call logs and even media. Like most tracking applications you can also track your phones location and even remotely lock it. But despite having such rich features a very heavy price tag keep the McAfee WaveSecure from becoming more accessible, but it’s a great application nonetheless.

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Verizon has not yet published release dates for the Motorola Droid Razr and Droid Razr Maxx HD

 

Verizon and Motorola launched the Droid Razr M (which is available for $99 on contract), but has not provided exact dates to launch two new Motorola smartphones: the Droid Razr HD and HD Droid Razr Maxx.

In any case, it is possible to be available soon. Especially since shared the first Motorola Razr Maxx HD commercial on YouTube . Unfortunately, it was recently abolished, the precise reasons unknown. Anyway, the commercial showed one of the main functions of the new handset: the battery, which can last up to 32 hours (based on the average user’s profile). Its HD screen and LTE connectivity also mentioned.

The Razr Maxx HD will launch with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but an upgrade to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is also scheduled for shortly thereafter. It remains to be seen whether the new Maxx will go on sale at the same time with the Razr HD or not (most likely yes).