Learn to develop web applications with Ruby on Rails

I've immersed myself in the world of web application development for the past few months and have learned how to develop with the Ruby on Rails framework. It seemed like a daunting task at first and even looking ahead it still does appear quite daunting as there's a vast amount of work that goes into … Continue reading Learn to develop web applications with Ruby on Rails

Samsung Smart TVs vulnerable to hacks, Apple’s iBoot firmware source code leaked and dealing with Device Addiction

Last week was a good one. Here's some things I've found. I'm dumping them here for future reference. Security Weekly has some great content on YouTube and on its own wiki. I'd highly recommend this as a source for information security professionals and anyone interested in computer security. The shows are generally hosted by Paul … Continue reading Samsung Smart TVs vulnerable to hacks, Apple’s iBoot firmware source code leaked and dealing with Device Addiction

What’s the deal with blockchain? Part 3

This post is part three in a series. I’m posting my research as an outlet to teach myself and others about blockchain technology. If you have any recommendations for resources I should consider please leave a comment below. Ethereum development I've been experimenting with development on the Ethereum platform and found the experience to be … Continue reading What’s the deal with blockchain? Part 3

What’s the deal with blockchain? Part 2

Since my last post on blockchain I've installed the Ethereum wallet and examined  the application and I can report that it's not exactly straightforward to navigate. This is definitely a programming development environment and not meant for your typical user. Over the next few days I'll look at the components of Ethereum and check out … Continue reading What’s the deal with blockchain? Part 2

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What’s the deal with blockchain?

So what's the deal with blockchain? I hear news about blockchain technologies in fits and starts but what is it really all about? And is blockchain really as important as some of the claims being made against it? For example, is blockchain as important a technology as the Internet itself? According to the IBM blog, … Continue reading What’s the deal with blockchain?

Strathcona: A Vancouver neighbourhood ready for a comeback

On June 30th I was invited to a tour of Strathcona a long standing Vancouver neighbourhood that's ready for a comeback. The goal is to make the neighbourhood and East Hastings the most walkable street in Vancouver by 2021. For more information on Strathcona check out the Strathcona Business Improvement Association website. The goal is … Continue reading Strathcona: A Vancouver neighbourhood ready for a comeback

Canadian Compass: Adventures in Every Direction a VR exhibit

With Canada 150 happening this weekend be sure to check out Canadian Compass: Adventures in Every Direction a VR exhibit that takes you on a cross-country adventure. Located at Metropolis at Metrotown in Burnaby the exhibit was unveiled June 12 in conjunction with a Canadian Citizenship Ceremony held at Metrotown. It runs until Monday July … Continue reading Canadian Compass: Adventures in Every Direction a VR exhibit

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Apple launches new iPad Pro 10.5 inch

Apple has launched a new iPad Pro last week and according to the tech giant it's their best yet. Apple's also been circulating its message that tablets are soon to replace desktops as the go to device for work and play. While we don't believe this will happen anytime soon the iPad Pro 10.5 tablet … Continue reading Apple launches new iPad Pro 10.5 inch

Big Data Can Help Save Our Planet

Big Data Can Help Save Our Planet #pollution #cities

Big data analytics company and ETH Zurich spin-off Teralytics, Telefónica NEXT and sustainability solution provider South Pole Group conducted a study in Nuremberg, Germany that reveals the analysis of mobile network data as an effective way to estimate CO2 and NOX emissions in urban areas at very low cost. To achieve this, Teralytics examined aggregated … Continue reading Big Data Can Help Save Our Planet #pollution #cities

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The Future of Virtual and Augmented Reality

The virtual reality (VR) industry is now expected to boom in the coming years, with projections noting a market potential exceeding $30 billion by 2020, along with 500 million VR headsets sold by 2025. A major cause of the reignited excitement over VR comes from industry experts having discovered the assistance that VR can provide a … Continue reading The Future of Virtual and Augmented Reality

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Roku Ends Milestone Year with 1 Billion Monthly Streaming Hours

Roku Inc., the leading TV streaming platform announced that 13.4 million active accounts streamed a record 1 billion hours of video and music in December 2016 and that Roku customers streamed a total of 9 billion hours in all of 2016. According to Nielsen, in December 2016, Roku accounted for 48 percent of active streaming … Continue reading Roku Ends Milestone Year with 1 Billion Monthly Streaming Hours

Second-Gen Apple TV Updates Are No More Apple Ends Tech Support Declares Device Obsolete

The second-generation Apple TV is the latest Apple device to be retired. Apple has added the digital media player to its retired products page and will no longer provide most product support for the device, according to a report from AppleInsider. Coverage is still available in Turkey and California, because the Apple TV is classified … Continue reading Second-Gen Apple TV Updates Are No More Apple Ends Tech Support Declares Device Obsolete

LG G6 OFFERS ULTIMATE USER CONVENIENCE AND ENHANCED PRODUCTIVITY WITH FULLVISION DISPLAY

LG Electronics (LG) will feature its new mobile UX 6.0 in its upcoming G6 smartphone specifically customized to maximize the advantages of the device’s expansive FullVision® display. LG G6 will feature a QHD+ FullVision display with an 18:9 screen aspect ratio that almost entirely fills the front of the smartphone. The dimensions of the phone … Continue reading LG G6 OFFERS ULTIMATE USER CONVENIENCE AND ENHANCED PRODUCTIVITY WITH FULLVISION DISPLAY

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Whatever happened to Google Glass?

In 2012 Google Glass launched and like everyone else in the tech world we were glued to social media networks and online mentions of the technology. Wearable tech has always been a thing but Glass seemed to make it so real that everyone was going to have one. The wearable tech scene and industry probably … Continue reading Whatever happened to Google Glass?

PayPal to Acquire TIO Networks

PayPal Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: PYPL) and TIO Networks Corp. (TSXV: TNC), a cloud-based multi-channel bill payment processing and receivables management company, today announced a definitive agreement under which PayPal will acquire TIO for $3.35 CAD ($2.56 USD) per share in cash or an approximate $304 million CAD ($233 million USD) equity value. The purchase price … Continue reading PayPal to Acquire TIO Networks

Internet Tax Widely Opposed By Canadians, But GST On Netflix Not So Bad

Canadians are opposed to the federal Liberals instituting a new tax on Internet and mobile services to pay for Canadian content, but a plurality would be okay with paying sales tax on their Netflix service, a new poll finds. The poll from IRG, carried out for consumer advocacy group OpenMedia, found 70 per cent of … Continue reading Internet Tax Widely Opposed By Canadians, But GST On Netflix Not So Bad

Next Big Tech Corridor? Between Seattle and Vancouver, Planners Hope

11 Canadian tech companies to watch in 2017

Last year, I wrote an article about the 11 Canadian tech companies to watch in 2016, which highlighted tech companies of all sizes in Canada that were ready to make headlines over the following 12 months. The great part about most predictions is that people tend to forget about them by the time your prognostication … Continue reading 11 Canadian tech companies to watch in 2017

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ZTE Canada launches Axon 7 Mini

This week ZTE, the fourth largest smartphone manufacturer in North America, announced that the Axon 7 Mini, will be available January 27, 2017 on Virgin Mobile. The Axon 7 Mini is the more svelte version of the flagship Axon 7 smartphone and winner of the IDG 2016 IFA Product Technical Innovation award for “Breakthrough Smartphone … Continue reading ZTE Canada launches Axon 7 Mini

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BlackBerry discusses the future of BB10

If there is a virtual tombstone to be erected as confirmation of BlackBerry 10’s end, then the company will have to pull the plug first because it has plans to keep it alive for the long term. It would seem curious that a proprietary operating system could somehow continue to live on when its maker … Continue reading BlackBerry discusses the future of BB10

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Tablet sales to fall for third successive year as PC market stabilizes

The iPad was once expected to render the PC practically extinct, with households and offices forecast to ditch their computers for portable touchscreens. But sales of tablet computers are now set to fall sharply for their third consecutive year after researchers said demand had peaked and that the technology had proved less popular than smartphones … Continue reading Tablet sales to fall for third successive year as PC market stabilizes

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Cutting the Cord Part 3 The HD Antenna

Last week I told you I cut my Optik TV with Telus and have begun exploring some cord cutting options. I have a Sportsnet and Netflix subscriptions to help compensate for not having a TV package. I already have an Apple TV and a Roku 3 which I blogged about last year. This should help … Continue reading Cutting the Cord Part 3 The HD Antenna

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Tech Execs To Liberals: Don’t Make Online Surveillance Even Worse

Many tech entrepreneurs were already concerned that Bill C-51 — the controversial piece of national security legislation passed by the Harper government — is turning Canada into “a horrible place” for tech companies to do business, as one put it. Now, they are growing worried that the federal Liberals’ are apparently considering expanding online surveillance … Continue reading Tech Execs To Liberals: Don’t Make Online Surveillance Even Worse

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Cutting the Cord Part Two Looking at streaming boxes

Last week I did what I wanted to do and cut my Optik TV with TELUS. TELUS tried to offer a big discount to stay on with The Essentials package at 15 for 6 months versus 38.00$. I said no and eliminated 56.00 dollars from my monthly bill because I had two themes packs as … Continue reading Cutting the Cord Part Two Looking at streaming boxes