Google And Mattel Revive The View-Master

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Description: The View-Master is back with a digital twist thanks to a partnership with Google. Source: Tech Crunch Date: February 13, 2015 Mattel’s venerable View-Master, the stereoscopic photo viewer so familiar to kids, is now using Google Cardboard Virtual Reality technology to bring life to those old 3D images. The View-Master of yesteryear was a beautiful… Read more »

Smart TV Eavesdropping on You? It’s Not the Only One

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Description: For the purposes of “improving their product”, Samsung announces that users of Smart TVs need to be conscious of what they say in front of the device, as voice recordings are being shared with subsidiaries and agents. Source: Globe and Mail Date: February 9, 2015 In an era of increasing concern about data breaches and government eavesdropping comes… Read more »

Are Apps Making In-Person Dating Harder?

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Description: The reality of dating is changing. Singles are no longer meeting in bars, they are meeting behind smartphone screens. Source: CNN Money Date: February 13, 2015 Questions for Discussion: 1. Have you signed up for any dating apps? Have you had any success on them? 2. Do you have any dating app “horror” stories?

Samsung Galaxy S6 Display to Reach onto 3 Sides, Report Says

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Description: Smacked by competition from Apple’s new iPhone 6, Samsung is looking to jazz up its next flagship Galaxy phone with a wraparound display. Source: CNET Date: February 11, 2015 Samsung may offer a Galaxy S6 with a display that you can view from three sides — the front, left and right. The mobile phone maker plans… Read more »

What Your $500 iPad Costs to Make

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Description: Is Apple really overcharging for their gadgets simply for prestige and the portrayed social status you acquire from owning one? Or are the products actually quite expensive to develop? Source: CNN Money Date: October 31, 2014   Apple’s iPad Air 2 retails starting at $499. CNNMoney takes a look at what it costs to build piece by… Read more »

Android Stays ‘unbeatable’ in Smartphone Market — For Now

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Description: Google’s mobile OS reigned supreme in the third quarter with 84 percent of global shipments, says research firm Strategy Analytics. And then there are the warning signs. Source: CNET Date: October 31, 2014   Android continued to dominate the smartphone market last quarter, far outpacing Apple’s iOS, according to research released Friday by Strategy Analytics. For the… 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 »

The Typical Tinder User Spends 77 Minutes Tinding Every Day

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Description: Tinder users are more active than ever, hoping to meet that special someone who is only 23 meters away. Source: Huffington Post Date: October 31, 2014 You know what they say: Daters are gonna date. Especially on Tinder. The average Tinder user spends an astonishing 77 minutes a day on the app, a spokesperson for the company… Read more »