Google showcases the best Android apps for its first-ever Google Play Awards

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Description: The final winners will be announced live on May 19th at 7 PM PT at Google I/O and will be live streamed. Source: Tech Crunch Date: April 22, 2016 Apple has historically doled out annual awards to those third-party app developers that it believes have created the best apps and games over the past 12… Read more »

Canadians Craving Smarter Homes as Trend Gathers Momentum

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Description: Connected smart home devices are well on their way to becoming as prevalent as smartphones and tablets. Source: Tech Crunch Date: April 21, 2016 A new study conducted by MARU/VCR&C, and commissioned by Telus, found a significant gap between those that believe that smart home technology will benefit their lives (61 per cent) and those… Read more »

The world’s cheapest smartphone is cheaper than expected, launches in India for $4

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Description: Foursquare just announced a partnership with Delivery.com to enable Foursquare users to order food, alcohol and groceries for delivery right from the Foursquare app. Source: Mashable Date: February 17, 2016 A little-known Indian company is launching the cheapest smartphone in the world today. The Freedom 251, manufactured by Ringing Bells, is priced at just Rs… Read more »

Booking an Uber in India might land you a free Valentine’s Day weekend getaway

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Description: Uber India is giving lovebirds a chance take a free, last-minute Valentine’s Day weekend getaway with a first-of-its-kind on-demand service on Friday, Feb. 12. Source: Mashable Date: January 28, 2016 In the past, Uber has offered everything from red roses to skywriting love messages to matchmaking services to its riders across the world on Valentine’s… Read more »

Apple Reportedly Considering Person-to-Person Payments

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Description: The company is looking to expand Apple Pay into a new domain of financial transactions: direct payments between individuals. Source: CNET Date: November 12, 2015 Apple is reportedly talking to US banks about introducing a payment system that would let people transfer money directly to each other via nearby smartphones. Read More Questions for discussion: 1…. Read more »

Budweiser Goal Lab Introduces Smartest Beer Fridge Around

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Description: BUD-e Fridge: the greatest, smartest, and coldest beer fridge Source: TechVibes Date: November 5, 2015 Budweiser Goal Lab’s latest hockey innovation, the BUD-e Fridge, makes game time with your buds even better. Read More Questions for discussion: 1. Would the smartphone notifications really be of much use or do you feel like they would just add to… Read more »

Here Are The Requirements a Symbol Must Meet Before it Becomes an Official Emoji

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Description: A lot of work goes into deciding new emojis. Source: Tech Insider Date: October 25, 2015 What makes an emoji? Those symbols on your phone aren’t just random. They’re actually designed by a consortium of people in the tech industry so there’s a standard any device can read. Read More Questions for discussion: 1. Do you tend to use… Read more »

This App Is Building a Giant Network for Free Messaging

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Description: Manila is using the FireChat app to build a city-wide mesh network. Source: Wired Date: October 12, 2015 Last fall hundreds of thousands of pro-democracy protesters took to the streets of Hong Kong and encountered a serious logistical issue: Their phones weren’t working. The sheer number of people concentrated in the area crushed the network,… Read more »

If Your Smartwatch is Distracting You Behind the Wheel You Could be Charged: Police

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Description: Smartwatches may not fall under Ontario’s distracted driving laws, but the wearable devices can still get you in trouble on the road, according to police. Source: Global News Date: June 8, 2015 More and more people are investing in smartwatches, thanks to high profile releases like the Apple Watch; but consumer adoption of the devices is raising questions… Read more »