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 »

PumpUp App Aims to Be the Gym Buddy You’ve Always Wanted

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Description: Get motivated by millions to become the best version of yourself. With the PumpUp community encouraging you along the way, nothing is impossible. Source: TechVibes Date: April 10, 2015 For people who are inclined to skip a gym day or two when they’re feeling lazy, PumpUp may be one of the apps that can keep you… Read more »

Microsoft’s Siri Rival to be Available on Android, Apple Devices

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Description: Microsoft is attempting to define the competitive landscape of who can create the most effective and efficient “virtual assistant” to help simplify our lives. Source: Globe and Mail Date: March 13, 2015 Microsoft is working on an advanced version of its competitor to Apple’s Siri, using research from an artificial intelligence project called “Einstein.”Microsoft has been running… Read more »

Drones Beaming Web Access Are in the Stars for Facebook

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Description: A rendering of a Facebook drone, which will weigh less than a small car and have the wingspan of a Boeing 767. Facebook hopes to use about 1,000 drones to connect people to the web. Source: The New York Times Date: February 26, 2015 In classical mythology, Aquila is the eagle carrying Jupiter’s thunderbolts skyward. At Facebook,… Read more »

$20K Hackathon Winner Uses Open Data to Design Career Path App

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Description: Industry Minister Tony Clement and CODE winner Danil Shevelev, who helped develop an app to help students decide what degree to apply for. Source: CTV News Date: March 27, 2015 After 48 hours spent mining government data, designing an app, and writing computer code, this year’s Canadian Open Data Experience winners came up with a way… Read more »

Burnbook: What Parents Need to Know About the Controversial App

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Description: The “Burnbook” app is an anonymous social platform that allows individuals to find their communities and engage in anonymous banter. Source: Mashable Date: March 26, 2015 So begins the current top review on iTunes for the controversial Burnbook app. The social networking service has made headlines across the country in recent weeks for bringing anonymous cyberbullying… Read more »

Minibar Liquor Delivery Startup Acquires Competitor Booze Carriage

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Description: Liquor delivery service Minibar buys out Booze Carriage and now claims to be the largest player in the liquor delivery space in NYC. Source: Tech Crunch Date: March 20, 2015 Minibar, an on-demand liquor-delivery platform operational in 13 cities, has announced the acquisition of one of its biggest competitors, Booze Carriage. The terms of the deal were… Read more »

How the New Apple Emoji Got Their Skin Tones: It’s Not What You Think

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Description: The new emoji options include different skin color and hair combinations for a slew of characters, which some are finding offensive. Source: Mashable Date: February 26, 2015 Apple rolled out new developer betas for OS X and iOS Monday — which included, amongst other things, the first look at a more diverse set of emoji. The move… Read more »

Google And Mattel Revive The View-Master

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Description: The View-Master is back with a digital twist thanks to a partnership with Google. Source: Tech Crunch Date: February 13, 2015 Mattel’s venerable View-Master, the stereoscopic photo viewer so familiar to kids, is now using Google Cardboard Virtual Reality technology to bring life to those old 3D images. The View-Master of yesteryear was a beautiful… Read more »