BLACKBERRY LOSING TO SAMSUNG IN GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS

Samsung Canada recently announced its Galaxy S7 KNOX-enabled security smartphone is being added to the Canadian Federal Government approved list of devices for its employees. BlackBerry’s decision to abandon it own phones to less secure third-party Android phones created a short supply of Government-approved BlackBerry phones, now out of production.

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WIKIMANIA ARRIVES IN MONTREAL AUGUST 9-13

Note to readers: The deadline for online participant registration for Wikimania 2017 in Montreal is Monday July 31st. Participants can still attend after this date on site, but availability may be limited.

Wikimania is coming to Montreal August 9-13. The annual global conference celebrates the popular Wikipedia knowledge resource and its sister knowledge products. The advancement of free knowledge, privacy and digital rights and the role of technology to further those objectives are at the core of the keynote and community submitted talks at Wikimania. If all you experienced is getting the occasional online information on the free www.wikipedia.org you are missing out on what made the grassroots Wiki concept a success – the fifth largest visited site on the web.

Wikimedia founder Jimmy Wells, lower left, never dissapoints in his keynotes at the annual worldwide Wikimania events

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FUJIFILM INSTAX SQ10 HYBRID HAS IT ALL…EXCEPT ONE THING

The new Instax SQUARE SQ10 hybrid instant camera, $369.99, manages to combine the fun of popular instant Polaroid picture snapping and printing with cutting edge digital backups, stored in the camera. Re-prints anyone?

Smart? Yes. Win-win? Maybe. Practical? No.

Instant magic prints with digital backup. You’re the life of the party!

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CANADIAN INSTANT POT – TOP AMAZON.CA PRIME DAY SELLER

Amazon announces its 30 hour Prime Day 2017 global deals event, reserved exclusively for Prime members – surpassed Black Friday and Cyber Monday, making it the biggest day in Amazon history! It grew by more than 60 per cent over last year’s event, according to Amazon.

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AMAZON PRIME TODAY HAS HOT DEALS, BUT CHECK LOCAL STORES FOR SURPRISES TOO!

Amazon’s Black Friday is here today and gone tomorrow!  Reminder today is Amazon Prime Day with 30% to 50% savings on electronics, movie gift sets, TV’s, Kindle,  eReaders and more. Free regular Canadian Amazon members need to pay $79 annually for Prime membership to take in the deals and free two-day delivery all year round, preferred pricing every day and Amazon TV and Movie access…or try the free 30 day trial.

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SAMSUNG MOBILE DeX WORKS…CAN IT REPLACE BANNED LAPTOPS ON PLANES?

A smartphone cradle that runs like a desktop computer on any big screen with mouse and keyboard?

Say hello to Samsung’s DeX Station, $249.99 CDN, portable charging cradle on steroids, complete with wireless smarts, Ethernet, two USB, one power and HDMI ports making any monitor or TV a desktop-like experience. For now, it only works with Samsung’s newest S8 and S8 plus smartphones, with more compatibility in the works.

DeX Station with mounted Galaxy S8, lower left, works with corded or Bluetooth mice and keyboards and HDMI ports on TV’s and monitors, including All-in-One desktops like the HP Envy. It let’s you run productivity and entertainment apps on one big desktop screen

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NETFLIX INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING IS COOL…OR IS IT

I need your thoughts on this.

Netflix’s Interactive Storytelling lets you watch a TV story over and over, with different beginnings, happenings and endings you can choose from.  It’s like being a director of your own show.

Kids can control the direction of a story on TV or iPad

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BRACE YOURSELF FOR THE NEW WAYS OF GETTING AROUND

Technology is changing everywhere, but the wheel will still be here…in a big way. That’s good news for France based tire maker Michelin who hosted the Movin’On international summit for sustainable mobility in Montreal. #MovinOnConf

Jean-Dominique Senard, CEO and Managing General Partner of the Michelin Group at Movin’On and a Michelin visionary concept of a tire that is airless, made with a 3D printer from recycled materials, does not need inflation, will last as long as the car and is recyclable. New tires can be 3D printed on demand to suit weather conditions.

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