Uber Canada offering 50% off round trips to vote

Discounts of up to $5 off each trip 

If getting to the polls is a reason not to get out and vote, Uber Canada is reaching out to help. As part of the company’s commitment to get people out to the polls, they’re offering discounts to riders. The discounts apply to on roundtrips to and from their local voting stations of up to 50%, up to five dollars off per trip, not including tips.

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Netflix & Podcasts: Video is Loving the Radio Star

                    

Netflix Podcast: Strong Black Leads – Tracy Clayton(L) interviews Hollywood celeb Jason Weaver

The phrase, “Video Killed the Radio Star” is often cited as a metaphor with respect to the domination of video over audio.  It’s also a song by a British New-Wave band and one-hit wonder, Buggles and the first selection played by MTV 40 years ago this month, August 1, 1981 to be exact, that sparked the birth of the music video revolution.

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How to turn off Netflix Autoplay previews

Netflix, loved by many, has become a national past time and has undoubtedly created a satiable desire for binge watching. So if you have become increasingly annoyed by auto-play previews wasting even one precious second of watch time, you’ll be thrilled to know that you now have an opt-out feature you can access directly for the web.

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Netflix Sharing to Instagram Stories for iOS Now Available

If you’re like most people you likely find it’s just as much fun to share your favourite must-see Netflix titles with family and friends as it is to watch them. Now if you’re an Instagram Stories fanatic (I’m not there yet), you may be interested to know that via the latest version iPhone Netflix app, released just last week now supports Instagram Story sharing.

According to Netflix, to do so simply…

      • Navigate to any title on the iPhone Netflix app and tap share.
      • Select “Instagram Stories” from a list of apps, and be taken directly to Instagram Stories where they can have some fun with the title’s background art and text sticker.
      • When ready, they’re able to post directly to their stories or send directly to one or more friends’ DMs.
      • Friends and followers can click on the link in the Instagram Story to view the title on the Netflix iPhone app.

    The app had previously supported sharing to other platforms like What’s App, Messenger, Twitter and others.

New massive Microsoft Canada HQ slated for September 2020

 

 

This morning, Microsoft Canada announced that it will move its Canadian headquarters to a new space in the heart of downtown Toronto at 81 Bay Street. Opening in 2020, the new facility will span four floors & 132,000 square feet of the new CIBC Square, empowering employees to thrive in a new modern workplace. Currently under construction, the new facility’s more central location is well-served by transit and is closer to Toronto’s downtown innovation hub. [Read more…]

New iRig Keys I/O integrated control for GarageBand and Logic Pro X

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IK Multimedia has just announced a new plug-in is available for iRig Keys I/O that enables control surface integration forGarageBand and Logic Pro X. Using the touch-sensitive knobs and buttons on iRig Keys I/O this allows users to control functions such as: transport control with play, record, fast-forward and rewind buttons; moving the play head forward or backward via the data knob; looping on/off by pressing the data knob, and rotary knob control of the main parameters for effects and instruments in Logic Pro X and GarageBand. [Read more…]

Apple quietly mutes iPod nano, shuffle

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Try to find an iPod nano or iPod shuffle at your online Apple Store and you’ll find them nowhere to be found, as it appears that Apple has sent them off to iPod heaven.

These two Apple music players were destined to be discontinued. But it was certainly just a matter of time that as Apple focuses on Apple Music rather than rely on music downloads the primary source for these two devices.

iPod Shuffle

The iPod Shuffle was first introduced in 2005 and was the first iPod to use solid-state storage. Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

Netflix adds video previews to TV interface

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Scrolling through Netflix selections and reading the descriptions can sometimes be extremely time-consuming and often not very helpful, so Netflix has decided to enhance the user’s search experience. Today, they announced a new TV interface, which adds video previews alongside the title’s description.

Not a Teaser or Trailer

The video previews included in the new interface will however, not exactly be a teaser or the traditional trailers we’ve become so accustomed to. Read Full Post at Canoe Tech Blog.

Renamed Apple Music Festival returns this month

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As they’ve done for the past eight years, Apple will once again bring us a live September music festival from London’s famous Roundhouse. But for those of you who have faithfully tuned in to the festival over the years you’’ll notice it’s been blessed with a new name, will start later in the month and runs for 10 days – a much shorter time period than before. Regardless, it will still feature a world-class headliners like Pharrell Williams, One Direction, Florence + The Machine, Disclosure and more.

The former the iTunes Music Festival has been rebranded and now called Apple Music Festival to commemorate the recent launch of Apple Music. It will still be broadcast around the world for free or people can watch it live and on-demand via Apple Music. The beauty of it being provided through the new service, according to Apple is that music fans can get closer to their favorite performers as they are covered on Beats 1 giving them backstage news and footage straight from the artists the Apple Music Connect.  Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

Apple recalls Beats Pill XL Speakers

BeatsPillXLIf you own Beats Pill XL headphones, it may be possible the battery might overheat and catch on fire. To that end, Apple announced today that they are voluntary recalling these speakers and will issue a full refund for customers.

While Apple says the occurrence is rare, they may still pose a fire risk. So not to take any chances Apple has requested that anyone who is currently using these speakers to stop using them immediately.

Apple says the Beats Pill XL can be identified by the Beats “b” logo on the speaker grille and the words “beats pill XL” on the handle and could come in any of the five colours: black, metallic sky, pink, titanium and white.  Get full story at: Canoe Tech Blog.