App for Rating People Draws Withering Scorn

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Description: An extremely negative response may have derailed the launch of people-rating app Peeple. Source: Tech News World Date: October 7, 2015   Canadian businesswoman Julia Cordray’s plan to launch Peeple, a Yelp-like app that would let people post reviews about other people, has drawn fierce criticism in the tech press and the blogosphere, including a petition against… Read more »

This App Is Building a Giant Network for Free Messaging

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Description: Manila is using the FireChat app to build a city-wide mesh network. Source: Wired Date: October 12, 2015 Last fall hundreds of thousands of pro-democracy protesters took to the streets of Hong Kong and encountered a serious logistical issue: Their phones weren’t working. The sheer number of people concentrated in the area crushed the network,… Read more »

New Roomba Knows Its Way Around

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Description:”Since it was introduced, [the Roomba] has been increasingly packed with some cool technology,” said Susan Schreiner, senior analyst with C4 Trends. Source: TechNewsWorld Date: Sept 17, 2015 The device combines adaptive navigation with visual localization, cloud-connected app control and increased cleaning power. It is the most capable model to date, according to the company, which… Read more »

Despite Mobile Expansion, Stingray Stills Sees Traditional Television as Growth Market

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Description: Although some believe traditional cable television is a dying industry, Stingray Digital Group is willing to bet otherwise. Source: Tech Vibes Date: Sept 18, 2015   Montreal’s Stingray Digital Group, still sees a lot of opportunity in traditional television. The company, best known for its audio music television channels, is increasingly expanding into mobile but it still… Read more »

McDonald’s, Shazam Collab to Launch ‘Bean Scenes’ at Toronto International Film Festival

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Description:McDonald’s is partnering with Shazam to launch a unique initiative at the the Toronto International Film Festival. Source: Tech Vibes Date: Sept 11th, 2015 It’s TIFF’s 40th year and McDonald’s fourth year as the “official coffee” of the event. The quick-service behemoth is using Shazam, the music-identifying app, as part of its promotion. Read More Questions for… Read more »

Facebook’s WhatsApp Hits 900 Million Active Monthly Users

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Description: Google is setting itself up to own the entire mobile experience, with the launch of its new wireless carrier Project Fi. Source: CNET Date: Sept 3, 2015 Messaging app WhatsApp keeps growing more popular with users each month. The Facebook-owned app, which is used by people around the world to send texts without paying carrier fees,… Read more »

YouTube Launches Kids’ App in America

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Description: It’s one of the most popular websites in the world, now YouTube has launched an app in America that’s aimed directly at kids. Source: BBC Date: February 23, 2015 The company say it’s safer than their main website, with more controls that parents can use. YouTube makes money from adverts that pop up on the videos you watch. But… Read more »

Facetune: Like Photoshop For Your Phone

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Description: The “Facetune” app allows you to edit your selfies like a pro! Source: CNN Money Date: April 24, 2015 Questions for discussion: 1. Do you take and post a lot of selfies on social media? Why or why not? 2. Do you use any type of photoshopping on your photos? Would you if you had access… Read more »

With Quickie, Make A Quick 5-Second Video Call With Your Friends

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Description: Quickie, A new iOS video chatting app, is hoping to rival FaceTime. Source: Tech Crunch Date: April 17, 2015 Meet Quickie, a nifty little iOS app to make 1-on-1 video calls that automatically end after a few seconds. You might use Quickie to tell a joke to a friend or say good morning to your partner for example…. Read more »

Wearable Tech for Babies: Smart Onesie

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Description: Mimo is a onesie with a built-in monitor that collects real time data about baby’s breathing, temperature, sleep, body position and sends it to a smartphone. Source: CNN Money Date: April 17, 2015   Questions for discussion: 1. Do you feel that Mimo is an extravagant accessory or a useful tool? 2. Do you feel like technology… Read more »