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 »

Study Shows Alarming Rise in Smartphone-related Injuries

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Description:With smartphone use on the rise, medical professionals say they are seeing more injuries related to the devices. Source: The Globe and Mail Date: Sept 8th, 2015 Questions for discussion: 1. Have you noticed any pain or issues with your health that may be related to smartphone use? 2. Other than the issues brought up in this news… Read more »

McDonald’s, Shazam Collab to Launch ‘Bean Scenes’ at Toronto International Film Festival

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Description:McDonald’s is partnering with Shazam to launch a unique initiative at the the Toronto International Film Festival. Source: Tech Vibes Date: Sept 11th, 2015 It’s TIFF’s 40th year and McDonald’s fourth year as the “official coffee” of the event. The quick-service behemoth is using Shazam, the music-identifying app, as part of its promotion. Read More Questions for… 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 »

Facetune: Like Photoshop For Your Phone

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Description: The “Facetune” app allows you to edit your selfies like a pro! Source: CNN Money Date: April 24, 2015 Questions for discussion: 1. Do you take and post a lot of selfies on social media? Why or why not? 2. Do you use any type of photoshopping on your photos? Would you if you had access… 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 »

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 »

70s and 80s Tech Making Comeback

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Description: From the boombox to the Polaroid, Laurie Segall takes a look at how classic tech is inspiring today’s innovation. Source: CNN Money Date: March 27, 2015 Questions for discussion: 1. Would you purchase the updated Polaroid? 2. Are you looking forward to seeing the classic Mario Bros. characters on your smartphone?

BlackBerry Updates Software, Offers Access to Android Apps

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Description: Blackberry announces new software upgrade which includes a digital assistance similar to Apple’s Siri. Source: Globe and Mail Date: February 19, 2015 BlackBerry Ltd. rolled out a major software update on Thursday, allowing users of its entire suite of BlackBerry 10 devices such as the Z10, Q10 and Z30 to access Android applications, and a host… Read more »