Why Apple Would Want to Take on Netflix

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Description:Producing original movies or TV series fits with the company’s business model, analyst says. Source: CBC News Date: Sept 7th, 2015 A never-ending media industry rumour has resurfaced: According to a report in Hollywood trade publication Variety, later confirmed by other news outlets, Apple is exploring options to produce original online programming, the goal being to… 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 »

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 »

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 »

Google Announces Budget-Priced Chromebits and Chromebooks

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Description: Google has announced new Chrome-powered computers, which are set to target budget-conscious consumers and schools. Source: BBC News Date: April 1, 2015 The range includes a new type of device called the Chromebit, which looks like an oversized memory stick, and turns monitors and TVs into computers when plugged into their HDMI ports. The tech firm also… Read more »

Amazon Launches Dash Button for Instant Product Ordering

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Description: The ‘Dash button’, which is connected with the Amazon app through Wi-Fi, is brand specific and the company has tied up with household names such as Tide, Huggies and Gillette. Source: CBC News Date: April 1, 2015 Keep Dash Button handy in the kitchen, bath, laundry, or anywhere you store your favorite products. When you’re running low,… 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 »