High-Tech Hair Dryers Aside, Beauty Industry Still Waits for Its ‘Nest’

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Description: Improved technology has let the beauty industry take steps forward lately, but it still lacks a clear link to the “smart” features that have disrupted other fields. Has Panasonic found the answer? Source: Mashable Date: August 14, 2014 When Panasonic debuted its high-tech hair dryer at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January… 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 »

Hendo Hoverboards – World’s first REAL hoverboard

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Description: Hendo is introducing the world’s first REAL hoverboard and hover developer kit. They are putting hover technology in your hands. Source: Kickstarter Date: November 21, 2014  So where does the HENDO hoverboard stand today? Well, about 1 inch off the ground. As you can see from the video above, the prototype is real and it works! But to see… Read more »

Canadians Will Now See Ads on Instagram

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Description: Canadians have discovered that Instagram is now showing ads to their users based on the true Instagram experience. Source: TechVibes Date: November 13, 2014     Instagram has added advertising to Canada, which is great news for advertisers but not-so-great news for Canadian users of the platform. Initial advertisers include Air Canada, Target Canada, and… Read more »

Resurrecting Drowned iPhones From the Dead

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Description: Startup TekDry has created a machine that can dry out a waterlogged phone. Source: CNN Money Date: November 14, 2014 CNNMoney Tech Correspondent, Laurie Segall talks to Adam Cookson of TekDry about their new machine that claims to be able to save drenched phones. Watch Video Questions for discussion: 1. Have you ever lost a cell phone… Read more »

Forget Motorcycles! Hoverbikes are in the Works

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Description: Just one more step on the long road to the science fiction future we’re all waiting for! Source: Globe and Mail Date: November 14, 2014 Hoverbikes are in the works, and it looks like they will be around in the not too distant future.  Watch the Video Questions for discussion: 1. Do you think riding a hoverbike… Read more »

Airbnb Starts Taking Canadian Market Seriously with Physical Presence

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Description: Airbnb is serious about their Canadian users and to show it, they are creating a physical presence here in the Great White North. Source: TechVibes Date: November 5, 2014 Canadians have been using Airbnb for years and the site’s popularity here is continuing to grow. Now, in an effort to cement that growth and win over… Read more »

Your Smartphone is Your Hotel Key

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Description: The future of the hospitality industry is here, and it’s main focus will be on personalizing the guest experience. Source: CNN Money Date: November 5, 2014     Now you can skip the front desk and go straight to your hotel room with a virtual key. Starwood CEO Frits van Paasschen tells Christine Romans why this new… Read more »

Bad Language and Leather: Rogers-Vice Partnership Targets Millennials

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Description: A marriage between Vice Media and Rogers Communications has begun with the goal being to attract more millennial customers. Source: Globe and Mail Date: October 30, 2014   When Rogers Communications Inc. revealed plans to enter into a $100-million Canadian joint venture with Vice Media, it invited reporters to a stylish event space in a downtown… Read more »