Are Apps Making In-Person Dating Harder?

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Description: The reality of dating is changing. Singles are no longer meeting in bars, they are meeting behind smartphone screens. Source: CNN Money Date: February 13, 2015 Questions for Discussion: 1. Have you signed up for any dating apps? Have you had any success on them? 2. Do you have any dating app “horror” stories?

Will Google and Uber Invade Each Other’s Turf?

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Description: Google’s partnerships seem to be all over the map lately…we will have to wait and see what the future holds for Google launches. Source: ECommerce Times Date: February 6, 2015 Google is working on its own ride-hailing service to compete with Uber, according to a Bloomberg report. Meanwhile, Uber has announced a strategic partnership with Carnegie Mellon… Read more »

The Psychology Of Notifications

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Description: In order to entice users, apps need to build notification triggers that are thoughtful, interesting and engaging or they risk being uninstalled. Source: TechCrunch Date: February 5, 2015 In his famed experiments, Ivan Pavlov trained his dogs to associate mealtime with the ring of a bell. Pavlov found he could elicit an involuntary physical response… Read more »

Snapchat Outgrows The Friend Zone

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Description: Snapchat’s new update eliminates the “Best Friends” feature while introducing a new “Discover” feature. Source: Tech Crunch Date: January 29, 2015   Discover is Snapchat’s big new play in the world of media. It’s a special tab in the app powered by content publishers like ESPN, Yahoo, etc., offering daily long-form content with videos, articles and,… Read more »

Since the Dawn of Time, Man Has Wanted to Be Able to Queue Posts on Instagram

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Description: A Vancouver start-up which allows Instagram users to schedule posts is looking to be the hottest start-up in the province. Source: Tech Crunch Date: January 22, 2015 I ask Ian MacKinnon a question I’ve asked many times before. It’s a good question: how do you want the community to think of your business? I’m prepared for… Read more »

Canadian Downloaders Should Expect a Copyright Notice in the Mail

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Description: Canadians can be liable for a maximum of $5,000 in damages for non-commercial copyright infringement, for example illegally downloading a film, a song or an app. Source: Globe and Mail Date: January 8, 2015 Have you recently downloaded a song, or a movie, or a TV show, from a site or service that didn’t ask for… Read more »

Apple hikes app prices in Canada and Europe, spurred by currency swings

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Description: Canadians will notice the absence of the $1.99 apps; prices set to increase very soon. Source: Globe & Mail Date: January 9, 2015 Apple Inc. changed the prices of software applications from Canada to Europe today, in one of the company’s more comprehensive global responses to currency swings in recent years. Read the Full Story… Read more »

The Social Psychology Of The Naked Selfie

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Description: There’s actually a science behind why we are seeing repeated nude photo hacking scandals — the science of social Source: TechCrunch Date: November 29, 2014   If you’re building a tech product that has anything to do with photos then you’re probably feeling an uncomfortable sense of déjà vu lately, and it has to do with… Read more »

This Canadian Firm Hopes to Bring Virtual Reality to the Masses

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Description: Virtual reality might not be as much of a pipe dream as you may have thought Source: Globe and Mail Date: November 24, 2014   Cordon Media is attempting to create a virtual reality device, that connects to your smartphone -and straps to your face! It’s called “Pinc” (pronounced “Pinch”) and it also includes two… Read more »

Square Wants You to Send Cash Over Snapchat

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Description: Square is attempting to compete with Apple Pay in the mobile app money transferring space Source: CNN Money Date: November 30, 2014   Founder of Square Jack Dorsey discusses the international launch of the Square Register software, their partnership with Snapchat, and how Square could work with Apple Pay. Watch The Video. Questions for discussion:… Read more »