Save money, avoid outrageous phone bills when travelling abroad

New CRTC rules mean Canadian providers must now unlock your phone, making it easier to use a different SIM card.

For many people, smartphones have become 24/7 appendages. However, worried about outrageous phone, data and roaming fees, many people reach for the off switch when travelling.

This is particularly true when going out of country or overseas. No one wants to return home to massive cellphone bills.

But rules and regulations are starting to change, and there are now more affordable choices for consumers. (Click More to read here. Or read it at Troy Media.) [Read more…]

Holiday gadget gift ideas for TV and music lovers

Music- and TV-related gadgets are always safe bets for gifts, so here are a few of my top picks this Christmas season.

Roku Express

Is the family going to cut the cable cord this year? Or are you just looking for an easy way to stream HD video and high-quality digital audio? Consider putting a Roku Express under the tree.

It’s a small control unit with wireless remote. Just plug in the power and connect the included HDMI cable to the box and your HDTV, follow the step-by-step guide and you’ll be up and running before your popcorn is ready.

Some of the popular streaming services can be quickly accessed by a dedicated button on the remote, and the free Roku downloadable app for iOS or Android gives you even more power.  Read Full post at Troy Media.

Christmas gift ideas for TV and music lovers

Virtual ticket to Toastmasters International convention marketing genius

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EDMONTON, AB Aug 12, 2015/ Troy Media/ – Toastmasters International’s mission is a simple one: to empower individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders. But while this 90 year-old worldwide organization values and encourages face-to-face interaction, it isn’t always possible for its members to attend one of its annual conventions.

To overcome that obstacle, Toastmasters has created a virtual ticket for their 84th annual premiere event, The Toastmasters International Convention, being held from Aug. 12 to 15 at Caesar’s Palace and Casino in Las Vegas.   READ FULL ARTICLE at Troy Media and listen to the Podcast at: Toastcaster.

Cashing in on your loose change

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EDMONTON, AB, Feb 10, 2015/ Troy Media/ – With the new year just getting started, it’s probably time to do a little post-holiday cleanup. If you’re like me, you’ll probably find bits of change hanging around the house. Think sofas, chairs and bedside tables. Over time, it can start to add up (pun intended), especially here in Canada where we have $1 and $2 coins, or Loonies and Twoonies as we like to call them.

Many of us of a certain age can remember when we used the roll all the coins up in little pieces of brown paper with holes in them and take them to the bank. But now, with electronic banking, we hardly ever go to the bank: it’s not convenient and really, who wants to stand in line?   Read Full Article at Troy Media’a Cutting Corners.

Empire Avenue turns social media upside down

EDMONTON, AB, Mar. 5, 2012/ Troy Media/ – When I was assigned to do a story on Empire Avenue – another social media app? – I must admit at first glance I wasn’t very enthusiastic. I was already having a hard time keeping track of the ones I was currently using.

It wasn’t long, however, before I was hooked.  READ FULL STORY at TROY MEDIA

 

Hacker sounds alarm for wireless security

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By Greg Gazin
Writer, Troy Media

EDMONTON, AB, Dec. 7, 2009/ Troy Media/ — Brad Haines is a hacker at heart.  He spends his nights finding new ways to subvert technology to do things it was never meant to do. But he spends his days advising clients how to keep those very things from happening to their computer systems.   READ COMPLETE ARTICLE HERE!

Virtual Reality Trains Next Generation Workers

Published in the June edition of The Edmontonians

By Greg Gazin
Writer
Troy Media Corporation
Terry Smith & Kevin McNulty
EDMONTON, AB, July 1, 2009/Troy Media/ — It was six years ago, over a jug, or two, of Alexander Keith’s Ale, that business partners Terry Smith and Kevin McNulty started discussing the abysmal state of training in the resources industry.

“These injuries can’t continue,” Smith said. McNulty, a safety consultant in the oil and gas sector who had spent much of his working life in the mining industry, added that the problems went beyond injuries. He was referring to the 1992 Westray Coal Mine disaster in Plymouth, Nova Scotia which resulted in the deaths of 26 miners. MORE