Netflix Canada being created with $500M for Canadian content creation

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As a Canadian, if you enjoy Netflix’s original programming, then you might be really happy to hear that Minister of Canadian Heritage and Netflix have announced an agreement that will see Netflix investing at least half a billion (Canadian) dollars in original Canadian productions over the next five years and part of that agreement will include creating a new entity.

Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

Celebrate International Podcast Day September 30, 2017

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Hardly a day goes by where we don’t hear about yet another new podcast. In fact there are tens of thousands of them around the world and on every conceivable topic. While many have thought it was just a fad in that video would totally annihilate the traditional podcast (there are also video podcasts) nothing can be further from the truth. In fact September 30 is International Podcast Day, a day of celebrating the power of podcasts. Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

Watch Live: Google Pixel 2 coming October 4th?

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A suspicious email arrives in my inbox with the subject line, “Ok Google, how many days until Oct 4?” An animated GIF pops up on the screen with the showing the same question, then a reply, “20 days.” At first I thought it was suspicious especially since it was fairly non-descript email. It had short links and a PNG attachment and no signature line. After further investigation, I determined it was legit and realized it was a teaser for some new stuff coming from Google.

Pardon my suspiciousness – my scam and phasing radar is always on high.  Read more at Canoe Tech Blog.

Watch total Solar Eclipse 2017 NASA Live Stream/ Replay

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If you can’t be along the actual solar eclipse path, then watching it live stream is the next best thing from NASA Eclipse central and you can watch it all below.  The pre-show starts at noon ET. If you decide you want to look up, then make sure you take the necessary precautions.  Experts have said looking at the eclipse without  the right eye protection, except when you have totality (when moon is completely covered*), can have an impact on your eyes lasting from moments of  and days of discomfort to permanent eye damage.  Be safe!

Read full post and access video at Canoe Tech Blog.

New hoverboards offer No-Fall Technology

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I can honestly say I’ve never fallen off a hoverboard, but then again, I only took one for a test drive once and someone was holding me for part of the way and when I finally decided to go solo I barely put the pedal to the metal. Now should I have truly revved it up, for lack of a better term, my feet and the hoverboard would surely have parted ways.  Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

Big Drone Show and film festival landing in Toronto

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Canada’s biggest drone event, The Big Drone Show (BDS17), a conference and trade fair for enthusiasts and professionals featuring all things drone and UAV, hits the Metro Toronto Convention Centre this September 27th and 28th, 2017 and will be hosted by drone technology company, The Sky Guys Ltd. The event also features a film contest, the 1st Annual Toronto Drone Film Festival (TDFF). Read more…at CanoeTech Blog.

Downed INTERAC e-Transfer services slowly coming back on-line

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If you use INTERAC e-transfer services to send and receive money and you’re still celebrating Canada 150, you may not have noticed that the service is down and has been for over 24 hours. However, the good news is that, the company has just reported via Twitter that it would be starting to bring back some of its financial institutions on-line, in a sequential basis, starting at 9PM EST (July 1, 2017). Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

Netflix adds Dolby Atmos support

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If you can’t get enough Netflix and want to enhance your listening experience in addition to 4K and HDR viewing, the company just announced, that starting today it will be adding Dolby Atmos sound support to the service starting with Bon Joon Ho’s Okja which recently had its debut at the Cannes Film Festival.

If Dolby Atmos is new to you, think of it as like surround sound on steroids. Instead of just having sound all around, the sound will actually travel in three dimensions. It places sound anywhere in the room and adding that often missing overhead sound like a jet speeding above you and totally immersing you right into the action. Read More at Canoe_Tech Blog.

Canadarm gets stamp to commemorate Canada 150

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If you think about the ultimate gadget, the Canadarm has to the one that’s just out of this world. Groaning aside, think of what it had accomplished. For over three decades, since Canadarm’s first mission aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia on November 13th 1981, it has maneuvered, up in space, astronauts, satellites and cargo until the program ended and it was retired in 2011. To commemorate Canada’s expertise in space, science and technology and innovation, Canada Post is unveiling a stamp recognizing the Canadarm as one of Canada’s most celebrated robotics accomplishments. Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

Get a new eco-friendly .eco domain if you pledge

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Are you, your business or organization ECO friendly? If so can qualify to register a .eco web address, a new TLD (Top Level Domain) extension dedicated to the environment and positive change for the planet; but only if you publicly set up an .eco profile and make a public pledge.

The .eco domain is backed by over 50 environmental organizations. After a nine-year collaborative effort, the new domain extension has just been launched with support from a number of these organizations, some which include Conservation International, United Nations Global Compact and the Natural Resources Defense Council.  Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.