Over one third of software developers would marry a robot

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I realize that today is April Fools’ Day but realizing how far and how quick technology has progressed and hearing the fears of respectable tech leaders like Elon Musk, Bill Gates and Steve Wozniak about the rise of intelligent robots and enhanced Artificial Intelligence (AI), it really starts you thinking not just about what is truly possible, but when it might actually happen.

But not everyone thinks it’s totally a bad thing. In a recent ad hoc poll done by Evans Data Corp., 72% of software developers believed that artificial intelligence is beneficial to mankind. Furthermore, 35% said that they would consider marrying a humanoid robot.  Read Full Post and take survey at CanoeTech Blog

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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Will you binge watch House of Cards Season 3?

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If you are a big fan of House of Cards on Netflix, I’m sure you’re excited that Season 3 is now hot off the press. I wonder, how many of you have already put aside all those important things that you were supposed to in favour binge-watching the entire season of 13 episodes?

I admit that so far, I’ve only watched Season 3 Episode 1 – or Chapter 27 is it’s referred to. I made myself a promise not to repeat what I did last for Season 2 after I binged on Season 1. It started off nice and slow; I controlled the urge and watched the first three episodes over a period of a little over two weeks. Then I couldn’t help myself. I cranked out the popcorn maker and watched the rest of the season over a weekend. Read more…and take our POLL at Canoe Tech Blog

App Store price hikes in Canada encourages bargain hunting

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As Apple hikes the price of those just under a buck apps in Canada to $1.19, it looks like for now, the $0.99 app is a thing of the past  The cause of the increase, no doubt, is due to our weaker Loonie, closing Tuesday at $0.8365 against the US Greenback. And it was just a matter of time before the exchange rate differential caught up with pricing north of the border.

I guess it was great while it lasted. With the same prices on both sides of the border, we in essence for a short time were getting apps almost 20% cheaper than our friends to the south. It was a nice little bonus considering that historically, even when the dollar was at parity with the U.S., we were paying significantly more for many of the same products up here. Read more… At Canoe Tech Blog

CES 2015 Last Gadget Standing winners

MeccanoidWith thousands of new products being rolled out and announced every year at International CES you always have to wonder, “which product will succeed?” which is the basis for Last Gadget Standing. It’s a competition, now in its 14th year, that sees one winner selected from a live audience at CES and the other from an on-line audience with entries having been previewed starting in late September of the previous year. For 2015, the top honours go to MeccaNoid from Meccano in the “live” category and SCiO from Consumer Physics Inc., takes home the online honours. Read more at Canoe Tech Blog.

More last minute tech and not-so-tech stocking stuffers

SensoGlove Alone Photo - New VersionEDMONTON, AB, Dec 24, 2014/ Troy Media/ – Looking for some last-minute unique gift ideas? Here are a few, some of which are high tech while others not so much, you might want to consider.

There’s more than one way to help your loved ones get an edge on their golf game – using the right club and positioning it properly, swinging and standing just the right way. But one element I wasn’t aware of is how getting just the right amount of pressure in your grip is equally important in getting better distance and accuracy. I typically hold onto my club for dear life to ensure it doesn’t fly off as I swing my wood, much like Adam Sandler in Happy Gilmore. Read full review at Troy Media.

Wink makes home automation easy

1 Wink HubEDMONTON, AB, Dec 11, 2014/ Troy Media/ – In the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, a Babel Fish is a fictitious creature which, if you stick it in your ear, immediately converts any language into one that you can understand. This makes the Wink Hub, recently introduced to Canadians by The Home Depot, the “Babel Fish” of Home Automation.

The Wink Hub is a hardware (hub) and app solution designed to bring all of the different “smart” brands, most of which operate within their own eco-system and protocols, together under a single platform to allow them to work together. Currently, Wink is compatible with over 70 products from a dozen or so brands, including Philips, GE, DropCam, Honeywell, Schlage and more.  READ Full article at TROY Media.

Evernote 6 for Mac update may cause notes to appear lost

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If you launched Evernote for Mac in the last day or so only to find that all your notes are missing, fear not, they are likely there but their titles have been changed to “Untitled”. And if you have an incredible number of notes like I do, you may not realize that they are still there.

Earlier this evening I received a notice from Evernote informing me that they’ve noticed that I’m using an older version of Evernote for Mac. They encouraged me to upgrade to the latest version because the one I was using contained a bug that affected a small number of users.
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Office Holiday video remix not your father’s Jingle Bells

klick santaLast year at this time, Toronto-based digital health agency Klick Health entertained us with their holiday video - Bring Your Pet to Work Day. This year, they’ve decided to come out with something a little more wild but more in tune with the festive yuletide season and appropriately titled Epic Office Holiday Remix.

And to make sure the video really rocked, they called none other than You Tube sensation and fellow Canadian Andrew Huang, whose videos have been viewed over 25 million times, to produce the video. Huang is known for producing unconventional music videos, including covers of the Breaking Bad theme using meth lab equipment and 99 Red Balloons using, what else, red balloons.  Read more… at Canoe Tech Blog. 

Gadgets to look for during Black Friday Cyber Monday week and holiday buying season

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If you’re looking for that special gift for that special someone or perhaps yourself, why not take advantage of possible Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals many of which are going on for a week. Not only can you save a few bucks, you won’t be rushing like many of us on Christmas Eve trying to round up the last few items. While sale flyers and “apps for that”, can help you find the right price, here’s just a couple of ideas for gadgets I’d recommend you might want to check out and some of them are actually on sale right now.

Panasonic KX-PRW120 SmartPhone Connect Cordless Phone

People say with everyone going to mobile phones that cordless phones are a thing of the past. But the recently introduced Panasonic KX-PRW120W SmartPhone Connect Cordless Phone, which I had an opportunity to test-drive a few months back, not only gives you the best of both worlds it actually integrates them.

The phone is actually a Wi-Fi enabled device that works nicely with your wireless devices including tablets. So when a landline call comes in, for example, you can actually “transfer” your call to your mobile device that sitting on the network enabled with Panasonic’s Smartphone Connect app for iOS or Android. This will allow your son to seamlessly take a call on his iPad that you transfer to him. Even better, your landline is now freed up for other calls.    Read more… AT CANOE TECH BLOG