Major web upgrade comes to Netflix

The app like design provides consistency across platforms, including mobile devices

New_Netflix_Website_ENEDMONTON, AB Jun 16, 2015/ Troy Media/ – After four years, Netflix has finally decided that it was time for an overhaul of their website. Gone are those cascading box shots that scrolled right to left like moving sidewalks at the airport. They’ve been replaced with an interface that resembles a more modern app experience than a traditional series of webpages.

Now to be fair, the site was pretty cool when it was originally designed, but four years in technology is a pretty long time. The company says that it has redesigned to take advantage of the availability of more sophisticated technology that allows for richer visuals and animations. The app like design makes sense by providing consistency across platforms as more people watch Netflix on their mobile devices including smart phones and tablets.  Read Full Post at Troy Media.

Is your microwave a Netflix killer?

MicrowaveThere’s nothing more frustrating than when the family is watching the last episode of House Of Cards Season 3 after binge-watching all day when your son decides to make microwave popcorn. And all of a sudden, the video gets choppy, Netflix starts buffering and rebuffering. It’s not a catastrophe as it eventually resets and comes back but still it can certainly kill the moment and the watching experience. It makes you wonder what does the microwave have to do with your TV?

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Greg’s first Google Hangout as guest on Dotto Tech

Had a great opportunity to be a guest on Steve Dotto’s recently introduced Hangouts. What’s also cool i that this was actually the first Google Hangout I’ve participated in.  I guess resistance was futile. Seriously, this was simply just the first time.

Also joining the Hangout are Bosco Anthony, Gillian Shaw and Fraser Morrison.

We’re talking about Facebook being sued and Apple WWDC 14 amongst other things. Watch and and enjoy.

If you prefer or if you’re on the road, then you can listen to the podcast:

Netflix subscriptions jump by $1

HouseOfCardsBut still a very good deal.…

EDMONTON, AB, May 12, 2014/ Troy Media/ – If you’ve been putting off subscribing to Netflix and watching the scheming Kevin Spacey in Emmy-award winning House of Cards until now, it’s going to cost you just a little bit more to subscribe.

Netflix says the $1 price increase (from $7.99 to $8.99) is necessary if it was to continue to add more movies and TV shows to its roster and continue to provide original and exclusive (and expensive) content. House of Cards just released Season 2 in February and Orange is the New Black will debut Season 2 on June 6th.

Netflix recently sent out an e-mail to current members advising them of the change and how it would affect them now and in the long term.

“As a thank you for being a member of Netflix already, we guarantee your plan and price (excluding tax) will not change for two years.”

The company added that they would guarantee the current price members pay as long as they maintained current membership.


CanoeTech: Last minute gadget gift ideas

DropCamHD Xmas

Gadgets as gifts are truly great to give and to get but how do you select just the right one from the wave of offerings out there? The truth is it’s tough. So here’s a selection of just a few to give you some last-minute food for thought and help you wade through the sea of gadgetry for this holiday season.


‘Bring Your Pet to Work Day’ backfires at Klick Health


You just wonder if it was a really good idea. In just over two minutes you get to see over 30 animals and exotic insects take over the offices when all hell breaks loose over at Toronto-based, Klick Health in a twisted take on “Bring Your Pet to Work Day.”


New gadgets you’ll give a hoot about!


I recently had an opportunity to be a guest at the London Drugs Retail Tech Group Conference and Trade show in Whistler, BC. It’s really nice to see that, even while technology is growing at an exponential rate, there’s still plenty of room for face-to-face interaction and one-on-one product demonstrations. Truth be told, it makes a whale of a difference. There were about 60 vendors in attendance and we managed to see a number of new and nifty things, many of which would make ideal gifts for the holidays. While it would be impossible to cover the whole gamut of what I saw in a short time, here are a few items, in no particular order, that I thought stood out and would make some great gifts for the upcoming holidays.

Dropcam Pro drops intelligently into Canada


Historically, when home monitoring or engaging in your own do-it-yourself security, the ability to see and possibly hear what was going on was good enough. For the most part, video quality suffered with the trade-off for low bandwidth.


Roku 3 streaming media player finally hits Canada


If you’re a fan of the Roku streaming media player you’ll be happy to know that the latest model, the Roku 3, is finally available in Canada after having already been available for while south of the border. Its newest design shifts away from the cylindrical likeness of the off-round hockey puck of its predecessor and of the Apple TV, with slimmer lines, rounder edges and a heavy glossy black finish.


Reinvented 19th century lens raises $1 Million on Kickstarter


A new Kickstarter project designed to bring a legendary 19th century camera lens back to life has already got a real boost, having raised $1.13 million U.S. in just over a week. The kicker, pardon the pun, is that the funders were originally looking for backers to pledge $100,000, an amount that they reached within a matter of a few hours. And with already over 2,700 backers, it certainly sounds like there’s a new demand for this oldie but goodie technology.