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.

The Circle: Knowing us good; Knowing everything is better

Have you ever wanted to work for a giant tech company, but once you got there you wondered what your really got yourself into?  While at first it can be exciting but what may come of it may change your life and the lives of people all over the world. This is what the new movie,  The Circle, starring Tom Hanks and Emma Watson is all about. Call it The Social Network, the DaVinci Code and more all in one.
It’s based on the 2013 novel of the same name by Dave Eggers.
Check out the Movie Trailer.
 

Here’s the Synopsis: The Circle is a gripping modern thriller, set in the not-too-distant future, starring Emma Watson (“Harry Potter”), Tom Hanks (“Sully”) and John Boyega (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”). When Mae (Emma Watson) is hired to work for the world’s largest and most powerful tech & social media company, she sees it as an opportunity of a lifetime. As she rises through the ranks, she is encouraged by the company’s founder, Eamon Bailey (Tom Hanks), to engage in a groundbreaking experiment that pushes the boundaries of privacy, ethics and ultimately her personal freedom. Her participation in the experiment, and every decision she makes begin to affect the lives and future of her friends, family and that of humanity.  It opens in theatres this Friday, April 28th, 2017.

Can’t wait!

Canada’s biggest VR and augmented reality conference hits Vancouver May 5-7, 2017

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VR (Virtual Reality), AR (Augmented Reality) and MR (Mixed Reality) are not just for gamers anymore. You can come and see for yourself by attending CVR 2017, Canada’s and the Pacific Northwest’s largest conference and trade show May 5th to 7th at the Vancouver Convention Centre. The event will showcase a world-class selection of top experts in the industry, some of the latest technologies and even hands-on demonstrations of some of the latest and coolest products.

Read more…about CVR 2017 at Canoe Tech Blog.

Gadget Guy GadgetGreg ranks in Top 65 Best Gadget Blogs on the Planet

I have to admit that I’m honoured and thrilled and quite surprised to be included in the TOP 65 Best Gadget Blogs on the Planet by FeedSpot a.k.a Top 65 Gadget Websites And Blogs For Gadget Freaks. I was informed by email just a few days ago.

The list is created by FeedSpot by looking at thousands of Gadget blogs in the company’s index using search and social metrics and ranked based on following criteria:

  • Google reputation and Google search ranking
  • Influence and popularity on Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites
  • Quality and consistency of posts.
  • Feedspot’s editorial team and expert review

In fact, I placed 47th and honoured to be in the company with other gadget blog giants. It’s interesting to note that this blog GadgetGreg.com a.k.a. GadgetGuy.ca includes both specific content created for this blog plus a connection to a number of freelance articles, posts, videos and podcasts. (Connections are, of course, to avoid duplicate content and to also respect the other publications who have first rights.)

Nevertheless, I want to thank everyone for continuing to support and read the blog as well as those who gave it recognition.

Respectfully

Greg Gazin

The Gadget Guy – GadgetGreg

Alien Day 2017 returns to Earth April 26th

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If you’re a big fan of the Alien movie franchise, you’d likely know that the sixth installment, ALIEN: COVENANT is coming May 10th. To get you ready for it, mark your calendars for April 26th, dubbed “Alien Day,” where you’ll be able to immerse yourself in an alien world and join in on ALIEN related festivities.

Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog

The Origin of April Fool’s Day

Are you on red alert for pranks and fake news April 1st? It’s just an extension of centuries-old tradition to entertain and trick – or is it?

EDMONTON, Alta. Mar. 31, 2017 /Troy Media/ – On April Fool’s Day, we’re on red alert for pranks, hoaxes and fake news – and it’s been going on for centuries, from an era when court jesters were common.

With no TV, movies or Internet, jesters, jokers or fools were the entertainers of Medieval and Renaissance times. They often started out as travelling performers who, with minstrels, entertained at fairs and markets.

The fools who gained greatest prominence were those who entertained monarchs and noblemen, as part of the household staff.

Being a court jester was the career pinnacle for the quick-witted and talented few. They could rise above the simple nomadic existence, entertaining peasants living in filth, disease and poverty. Their new life was to entertain a captive audience, and enjoy stability, shelter and more to eat in one meal than others had in a week.

Read the full story at Troy Media.

You can also listen to the Podcast at Toastcaster.com.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 coming back to life but not in Canada

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It seems so long ago that the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was no more after being banned from all commercial flights and eventually recalled by the company due to possible exploding batteries. But in a statement released today, it appears that it’s resurfacing in either a salvaged, refurbished or rental form, but the latter two will not happen in Canada.

Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.