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!

Extremely glad Belkin WeMo LED bulbs don’t work as advertised

WEMO

When we buy a product that doesn’t work as advertised, we usually get annoyed. Either it doesn’t live up to its expectations or its specifications. But in the case of the Belkin WEMO LED light bulb, I accidentally discovered it exceeded both of these in a less than ideal operating environment. Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

Free wake-up service fit for the Queen

WakeUpDialerScreenNot everyone has a cellphone, a computer or even an alarm clock, so when our long-retired Aunt called to find a wake-up call service for 2:55AM MDT to watch the Queen’s 90th Birthday celebration, she mentioned that she had heard there was an on-line service that could do the job. I too thought there must be one or even an app for that.

No Time to Lose

With less than six-hours of available shut-eye for dear old Aunt, I quickly started a little digging and noticed there were a number of services. Some ask you to set up an account; others offered a one-time free call, a few more freebies if you signed in and of course a charge behind that. Read Full Post at Canoe Tech Blog.

Goldgenie 24k gold iPhone 6s is no monkey business

iphone6s_year_of_the_monkey_1How would you like to celebrate the Year of the Monkey in the ultimate style? You can, if you have deep enough pockets and get yourself or that special someone, a special and extremely Limited Edition Goldgenie ”Year of the Monkey” 24k Gold iPhone 6s Elite.

Goldgenie has unveiled this special iPhone 6s to celebrate what they call one of the luckiest years in the Chinese Zodiac.

They are also limiting edition of this exclusive iPhone 6s to only 99 units. In addition to the 24 karat gold coating, the edition number, (out of 99) will be laser etched onto the surface along with a laser engraved special commemorative monkey symbol to commemorate the special occasion.

Read more…at CanoeTech Blog.

Over one third of software developers would marry a robot

Robot

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

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. 

Tagsu new digital “wondertag” started as a joke

TagsuWhenever you go to a conference or convention, you usually get a badge or nametag at the registration desk. So how about an electronic one? Introducing Tagsu, the programmable pocket-sized digital #wondertag that offers a 32 character message on up to 42 different screens.

Tagsu originally started as a joke – something designed for friends and other developers but the Finland-based creators soon found out that there was actually a customer demand for it. Beyond just delivering information they also discovered it to be quite an attention grabber and conversation starter. Anyone who was wearing one seemed to be quickly approached by others (and that’s good for business). And with little effort, they quickly sold over 400 simply by word of mouth.

Currently, Tagsu is hand-made so of course the cost of production is really high, so they are looking at getting them mass-produced and thus just launched an Indiegogo campaign. The goal is to raise $20K US by Jan 4th 2015 to start mass production and fulfill orders they already have plus those orders generated by the campaign.  Read more… at CANOE TECH BLOG

‘Bring Your Pet to Work Day’ backfires at Klick Health

Klick

You just wonder if it was a really good idea. In just over two minutes you get to see over 30 animals and exotic insects take over the offices when all hell breaks loose over at Toronto-based, Klick Health in a twisted take on “Bring Your Pet to Work Day.”

Read more… AT CANOE TECH BLOG

Happy 50th Birthday, Cassette

casettebirthday_v2-lrgIt’s hard to believe that the cassette tape is celebrating its golden anniversary this month. That’s 50 years of fast-forwarding, rewinding, starting, stopping and flipping over to play side two – if your compact cassette player didn’t have an auto reverse function. All was wonderful, until one day you would cringe at hearing the crunching sound of the magnetically encoded tape as little gremlins chewed it up in your in-dash cassette player.

Read more… AT CANOE TECH BLOG

3D printed bow-tie protects you from space invaders

3DBowtie

With your positively overwhelming response to our 3D car printing post, we thought you might like another 3D story. While this one might not be as grandiose as printing a car, it’s creatively entertaining nonetheless.  This time it’s a bowtie. Not any bowtie, but a 3D printed one that’s designed to alert a person you might be talking to with a series of flashing LEDs that they have come just too close for comfort for a little too long.

Read more…AT CANOE TECH BLOG