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.

Apple drops iPad Air in favour of new iPad

 

 

 

 

 

A few years back when Apple launched their latest series of smaller notebooks, they dropped the “Air” in MacBook Air and simply called the new 12-inch model, MacBook. Well, it looks like the same has happened with the iPad Air, as Apple today unveiled a new lower-cost 9.7-inch model simply called iPad.

With the release of the new model for 2017, the new designation will separate it from the iPad Pro models.  The new iPad will feature an upgraded processor, yet remain very similar to the MacBook Air 2 but with a few differences.

It still keeps the same display size as the MacBook Air 2, i.e. 9.7-inches. It will still be an LED backlit, Retina display with multi-touch at 264 PPI and a 2048 x 1536 resolution. It also maintains the 8.0MP rear camera that shoots 1080P HD video, and a 1.2-megapixel front-facing FaceTime HD camera battery-life also remains at 10 hours.  Read full post at Canoe Tech Blog.

Looking good at 30, Happy Birthday Adobe Illustrator

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When we think back to 1987, some may remember it as the year of Black Monday, when we saw the stock market crash and seeing the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropping by over 500 points and losing over 22% of its value in just one single day.  For Apple enthusiasts, we saw the unveiling of the Mac SE and the first modular and colour capable Mac, the Macintosh II. For gamers it was the year that we saw The Legend of Zelda released for the Nintendo Entertainment System. And it was 30 years ago this month, Adobe first shipped its flagship design software, Adobe Illustrator, an application that would allow designers to create and publish vector artwork, that would change the landscape of graphic design and the way we draw.
Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog

Tech companies grab top 6 of 10 most influential brands in Canada

33114020During FFWD: Advertising and Marketing Week 2017 in Toronto, ICA (Institute of Communication Agencies) in partnership with Ipsos unveiled the Top 10 Most Influential Brands in Canada based on a comprehensive study measuring and ranking today’s brands in Canada and the world. The study, now in its 6th year was conducted in 19 countries and evaluates over 100 brands that spend the most on advertising in Canada, and ranks their influence.

“Our study measures and ranks today’s most influential brands, why they are leading, which generations they influence most, how they impact us and what makes them influential,” explained Steve Levy, COO Ipsos.

Interestingly enough the study shows that the Top 10 brands list has been quite stable. The current list has six tech-focused companies that also happen to be the top six. Read more… at Canoe Tech Blog.

4 new gadgets from International CES 2017

thunderbolt-3-dock-device-audio1As the International CES in Las Vegas 2017 is set to get underway tomorrow a number of companies, some of which we’ve looked at their offerings in the past have already announced new products short of the show’s official grand opening. So here’s just a sneak peek from a few including Elgato, Terk and Panasonic. Some will actually be released at the show, others are just being showcased and one is already available for sale.

If you like a clean workspace and heavy into Thunderbolt connectivity, Elgato has announced their new Thunderbolt 3 Dock. This new gadget will allow you to charge your MacBook Pro or Windows notebook with a single cable. Plus it will also allow you to smoothly drive two additional 4K displays at a 60 Hz frame rate. The dock features built-in Gigabit Ethernet, amplified audio output, a microphone input and three super-speed USB 3.0 ports. The unit itself will also have two Thunderbolts ports, one for your computer and another one as a pass-through. Read full post at Canoe Tech Blog.