Google showcases the best Android apps for its first-ever Google Play Awards

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Description: The final winners will be announced live on May 19th at 7 PM PT at Google I/O and will be live streamed. Source: Tech Crunch Date: April 22, 2016 Apple has historically doled out annual awards to those third-party app developers that it believes have created the best apps and games over the past 12… Read more »

Canadians Craving Smarter Homes as Trend Gathers Momentum

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Description: Connected smart home devices are well on their way to becoming as prevalent as smartphones and tablets. Source: Tech Crunch Date: April 21, 2016 A new study conducted by MARU/VCR&C, and commissioned by Telus, found a significant gap between those that believe that smart home technology will benefit their lives (61 per cent) and those… Read more »

Bot Wars: Why Big Tech Companies Want Apps To Talk Back To You

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Description: Can a new wave of chatbots from Facebook and Microsoft upend apps as we know them, or is that just wishful thinking? Source: Fast Company Date: April 22, 2016 The rise of conversational “chatbots” begins with a claim you might initially dismiss as preposterous. “Bots are the new apps,” Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella declared during… Read more »

Top 5 social media scams to avoid

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Description: Scammers have been worming their way into giant social media networks to trick people into giving over their personal and financial information Source: CNN Money Date: April 22, 2016 1. Fake customer service accounts on Twitter: Online criminals set up fake customer service accounts to phish for bank login and password information and other sensitive… Read more »

Toronto, Ottawa Look to Legalize Uber

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Description: City staff in Toronto and Ottawa have developed draft regulations that would create a new set of rules for app-based ride hailing services. Source: Tech Vibes Date: April 11, 2016 On Friday, Ottawa City Council’s community and protective services committee voted to approve the new regulations. That means they’ll go before the entire city council… Read more »

Beekeeper, the mobile-first communications platform for blue-collar and service workers, raises $5M

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Description: Beekeeper, the Switzerland and U.S.-based startup that provides a mobile-first communications platform for employers that need a better way to communicate with blue-collar and service-oriented workers, has beefed up its coffers with $5 million in new funding. Source: Tech Crunch Date: April 15, 2016 Founded back in 2012, Beekeeper has its roots in a mobile… Read more »

Why being forced to wake up translates to more money

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Description: Why being forced to wake up translates to more money Source: CNN Money Date: April 14, 2016 The snooze button might be a temporary relief to your worst morning enemy but this noise-making device sings hallelujah to factory owners at the turn of 20th century. CNN’s Rachel Crane explains how the invention of the mechanical… Read more »

Hands on with Reddit’s new smartphone app

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Description: Reddit Finally Launches An Official App Source: Tech Vibes Date: April 7, 2016 Until now, Reddit has made do with Alien Blue, which started out as a third-party app before being acquired by Reddit in 2014. But as Sarah Perez reported this morning, the company’s engineering team decided rebuild the app from scratch to make… Read more »

Varsityhire Offers Platform for Students to Help Homeowners

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Description: A new startup is connecting students with homeowners to help the former earn supplemental income to mitigate rising tuition costs. Source: Fast Company Date: April 8, 2016 Based out of Calgary, Varsityhire gives homeowners an affordable option to handle tasks around the house. In essence, it’s a “platform for people to help each other,” says… Read more »

Messenger Chatbots Likely To Top The Agenda At Facebook’s F8 This Week

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Description: Other big topics will include Instant Articles, Live Video, 360 Video, and much more. Source: Fast Company Date: April 11, 2016 When more than 2,000 people descend on San Francisco this week for Facebook’s annual two-day F8 developers conference, their discussions and decisions will have a huge impact on how you and 1.59 billion other… Read more »