Uber Not Just Taking Customers from Taxis – It’s Creating a New Market

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Description: Has Uber created a customer base of riders that might not have existed otherwise? Source: Tech Vibes Date: October 29, 2015   Uber isn’t just taking business from taxi companies, it might also be creating a new market, according to a new report commissioned by the City of Ottawa. Read More Questions for discussion: 1…. Read more »

Sky Taxis Are About to Become a Reality

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Description: SkyTran’s sky taxis are making their debut. Source: CNN Money Date: October 25, 2015 The aerial mass transit system features “cars” that magnetically glide 20 to 30 feet above the ground along elevated tracks. Skytran, based in Mountain View, California, has been developing the system for five years. The pilot project will debut in Tel Aviv at… Read more »

$650 for a selfie stick?

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Description: Drone-maker DJI is taking their 4K camera technology off the drone and onto a selfie-stick they call the Osmo. Source: CNN Money Date: October 16, 2015 CNN Business reporter, Samuel Burke takes a look at the new $650 selfie stick has an advantage over the GoPro with self-stabilization technologies. Questions for discussion: 1. Do you think this camera… Read more »

You Can Now Watch Netflix on a Virtual Reality Headset

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Description:You can now watch Netflix shows like “House of Cards” and “Orange is the New Black” on the Samsung Gear VR — an Oculus virtual reality headset. Source: CNN Money Date: September 24, 2015 Netflix became the first of several streaming media apps to launch on Oculus’ virtual reality app store Thursday. Its shows will still be in… Read more »

Airbnb Hosted Nearly 17 Million Guests This Summer

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Description: Airbnb seems to now be the millennial’s go-to accommodations website. Source: TechCrunch Date: Sept 7th, 2015 Growth is up and to the right for Airbnb. Nearly 17 million people worldwide booked their guest stays with the peer-to-peer lodging platform this summer, according to a new travel report. That’s a whopping 353x’s surge in the last five years… Read more »

Don’t Expect Google’s New Wireless Service to Come to Canada

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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: TechVibes Date: April 23, 2015 Google says it’s launching a new cellular service in the United States. The increasingly diversified internet giant has been making moves into the wireless space for some time. Those… 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 »

Budget PC Targets Developing World With Own OS

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Description: Although Silicon Valley’s focus may be mobile-driven. Start-up “Endless” is taking a different approach with hopes to appeal to the underdeveloped countries of the world. Source: BBC News Date: April 16, 2015 San Francisco start-up Endless is on course to reach its $100,000 crowdfunding target for its budget desktop PC. The $169 “Endless PC” uses mains power, plugs into… Read more »

How To Write A Killer LinkedIn Headline

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Description: Your LinkedIn headline is critical because it tells possible future employers how you see yourself. Source: Forbes Date: April 10, 2015 Until you conduct a few searches using the massive LinkedIn user database, you don’t realize just how powerful and essential your LinkedIn headline is. When you conduct a search for LinkedIn members using any search… Read more »

The Risk Of Reviewing The Reviewer

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Description: In order for online reviews to work in the long-term, we need to make efforts to move beyond the stars and set a system that is both verified and standardized, as well as free from social pressure. Source: Tech Crunch Date: April 11, 2015 Reviews impact everything: what brands we trust, what we purchase, what we… Read more »