Absolut Vodka Canada 150 bottle a work of high tech art

There are many ways the world is celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday, but Swedish vodka maker Absolut is toasting the occasion with a limited edition bottle: Absolut Canada. While the bottle still contains the same vodka people have enjoyed for decades, the bottle design is uniquely Canadian.  It was created by a Canadian artist using custom high tech software and state of the art hardware inspired by something that has a rich history in Canada and keeps Canadians warm – a quilt. 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.

Oh Canada INSTAX Mini film for Canada 150

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Canada turns 150 year old in exactly two months. And to commemorate our nation’s sesquicentennial birthday, FUJIFILM Canada has designed the “Oh Canada” INSTAX Mini film, a special film that outputs “Canadianized” credit card sized prints, just for the occasion.

Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog

Molson and Sportsnet bring 360 VR to NHL Hockey

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If you can’t get enough hockey, Molson Canadian and Sportsnet have teamed up to bring fans a more immersive experience by offering for the first time, 360° Virtual Reality (VR) to select Canadian NHL broadcasts. This will give us yet another reason to watch Hockey Night in Canada tonight and for the next five Saturday nights.  Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

Third Google Pixel smartphone is Really Blue, really

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Some people put cases on their phones, so often they’re pretty indifferent to colour. Others on the other hand are more particular. So for those of you who may be interested in a Google Pixel and Quite Black is not your thing and Very Silver is a little too typical, you’ll be happy to know that Google has just added a limited edition model, available for preorder in Canada that’s Really Blue. Yes, really! 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.

Matias wireless aluminum keyboard now backlit

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If you think it’s time for a new keyboard, then how about one that’s backlit, Bluetooth enabled, has a numeric keypad and comes with a choice of two colours? If so, Aurora, Ontario based Matias has just unveiled their new Wireless Aluminum Keyboard with Backlight.

“We took Apple’s iconic Aluminum Keyboard with Numeric Keypad as a starting point, and built from there — adding Bluetooth with multi-pairing support (4 devices), rechargeable 1‑year battery life, and now new models with backlighting and a 2nd dedicated battery just for the backlight,” said Edgar Matias, CEO of Matias. Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

WHOOSH! now makes tech hygiene shareable and portable

Whoosh-MicrofibreBack in May here at CanoeTech Blog, we had an opportunity to test-drive and introduce you to Whoosh! Screen Shine. Created by a Toronto-based company, it’s a unique spray solution that wipes out your smartphone’s bacteria leaving behind a simple nanofilm designed to repel dust and fingerprints. The company is expanding the line and introducing the same formula but in a convenient single-use wrapped wipe.

“We are very fortunate to have customers that love our original Screen Shine Spray and asked for a wipe version for convenience to use on the go and to help share the product they love so much with others,” said Jason Greenspan, chief executive officer, WHOOSH. Read more… at Canoe Tech Blog.

Justin Bieber again McAfee’s most dangerous Canadian celebrity

If you’re not familiar with some of today’s antivirus products, you might think by reading the headline, that Justin Bieber got himself into trouble again. However here, this is not the case. The headline refers to online searches for the chart-topping “Beebs” being again the #1 bait on the Canadian chart, to lure unsuspecting fans into the hands of hackers. This is according to the 2016 McAfee Most Dangerous Celebrities Study.

The study, now in its 10th year, is named for McAfee, a company that produces products that helps protect your computers and smart phones from nasties like spyware, viruses and malware. It’s published by Intel Security who research a variety of well-known figures which not only includes musicians but also actors, comedians, TV hosts, sports celebrities and more. Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

Whoosh! wipes out your smartphone’s bacteria

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It comes in the form of a kit that consists of a clear spray solution and an anti-microbial 6″ x 6″ orange microfibre cloth. There’s no alcohol or ammonia in the solution, which can be harmful to the coatings on some screens, particularly those like the oleophobic coating found on the iPhone.

Screens like the iPhone are designed for capacitive touch. This means that it relies on the ever-minute electrical particles found in the human finger that makes touchscreens possible.  That’s why touchscreens don’t really work if you’re wearing regular gloves.

Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.