VC firms of Kevin Durant and Snoop Dogg back Dutchie, a new cannabis delivery service

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A new delivery service has just raised $3 million from Casa Verde Capital, the $45 million venture firm founded by hip hop impresario Snoop Dogg, and Kevin Durant’s Durant Company — among others — to take advantage of the growing demand for marijuana delivery. Source: Tech Crunch Date: October 18th, 2018 Link: https://techcrunch.com/2018/09/24/pass-the-dutchie-to-the-left-hand-side/ Discussion 1) “We’re creating a tool that helps the… Read more »

Who has your data? Researchers scrutinize apps for undisclosed ties to advertisers, analytics companies

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A study looked at hundreds of apps’ privacy policies — then compared them to the data actually collected.  Of the 757 apps analyzed, the researchers found nearly 60 per cent of apps collected more information than stated in their privacy policies. Source: CBC News Date: September 7th, 2018 Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/app-privacy-policy-apptrans-uoft-third-parties-ads-code-1.4791834 Discussion 1) Why does it matter that apps collect… Read more »

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 »