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ONE SMALL SUPER CRUISE BUTTON, ONE GIANT LEAP FOR AUTONOMOUS DRIVING

Last week I was invited to try out the Cadillac Super Cruise on a leisurely 400 km drive along the St. Lawrence River to the picturesque town of Kamouraska, North East of Quebec.

Super Cruise kept the Cadillac CT6 rock steady even as a semi passed me in gusty winds

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ONE SMALL SUPER CRUISE BUTTON, ONE GIANT LEAP FOR AUTONOMOUS DRIVING

Last week I was invited to try out the Cadillac Super Cruise on a leisurely 400 km drive along the St. Lawrence River to the picturesque town of Kamouraska, North East of Quebec.

Super Cruise kept the Cadillac CT6 rock steady even as a semi passed me in gusty winds

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MICHELIN’S MOVIN’ON WORLD SUMMIT IS BEYOND TIRES

Michelin’s Movin’on 2018 World Summit on Sustainable Mobility in Montreal swept through town with autonomous cars, visions of Uber six passenger drones, Hyperloop 1000 kmph vacuum tube capsules, wind and solar powered freighter ships, exotic pedal powered bikes and much more.

Sharp-focused sustainability leaders and doers with the ultimate goal of decarbonizing earth shared their thoughts on where we are on sustainable mobility acknowledging that we are still taking baby steps and how much promise the future holds. Can we roll back time for mother Earth?

Michelin’s Jean-Dominique Senard moving from ambition to action

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LG G7 SERIES MATURES INTO A NICE PHONE WITH A TOUCH OF AI

TORONTO/June 1, 2018 — Today LG Electronics (LG) launches its latest premium smartphone, the LG7 ThinQ focused on bringing smart and convenient AI features to consumers.

Powered by the latest Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 845 Mobile chip platform, the LG G7 ThinQ comes with  4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. It features an extra bright 6.1-inch bright display nearly half an inch larger than its predecessor but keeps the same width making it easy to use with one hand.

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SONY RE-THINKS ITS NEW XZ2 PHONE WITH ALL THE RIGHT STUFF

Sony’s redesigned and noticeably improved flagship phone, the Xperia XZ2, launches in Canada.

What’s the big deal? Costing several hundred bucks less than the top tier competitors, the XZ2 has unique features like gently curved Gorilla Glass 5 body shell with aluminum rim, fitting nicely in your palm. Despite the rear curvature, the XZ2 still stays flat when you lay it down to use its sensitive touchscreen on your desk.

 

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STUDENTS, SMALL BUSINESS WINNERS AT ACER GLOBAL NY LAUNCH

New York, NY May 23, 2018
By Steve Makris

Acer is on a roll. A full parade of well-designed and performing Pads, notebooks, and chromebooks along with cutting edge gaming laptops and desktop PC’s launched at the next@acer global event in New York.

What impressed me the most were devices for the everyday consumer, student and budget minded business user. Let’s check some out:

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SAMSUNG S9 SLOWS TIME WITH SMART EASY TO USE SUPER SLOW-MO

Although slow motion photography has been a specialty for professionals, smartphones have been getting better at giving users a taste of slowing down time.

I recently put the new Samsung S9+ through the paces of capturing fast moving events using the phone’s SUPER SLOW-MO camera setting.

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3,000 MORE NEW JOBS IN VANCOUVER’S AMAZON.CA NEW DIGS

Amazon announced it is creating 3,000 high tech jobs in Vancouver, taking over the redevelopment project of the old downtown Canada Post building. The 416,000 square foot development project has now changed from a mixed-use retail, office, and residential to mixed commercial-only retail and office space. This makes the Amazon’s full time working force in Vancouver 5,000 strong totaling more than  6,000 in Canada.  Alternate location arrangements are being made until the new project is completed in 2022.

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NEW LG PHONE SPORTS BRIGHT 1000 NIT DISPLAY AND INTELLIGENCE

Following the announcement two weeks ago of the new LG G7 ThinQ May 2 launch in New York, LG is starting to share hints on its newly designed phone. It will feature artificial intelligence, ThinQ, to make it easier to use the phone as well as communicate with other LG products, like appliances and TV’s.

One specific feature is the much-improved screen viewing in bright, sunny days – the equivalent of 1,000 nits (that’s real bright in TV screen lingo) using LG’s latest Super Bright Display technology. An early pre-release phone (under embargo, except for the features in this story) I saw this week, showed natural colours, even in bright outdoor lighting.

 

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SHARP 70” 8K TV SELLING ACROSS THE POND AT MONTH’S END FOR…11,199 €

That’s $17,422 CDN folks. From screen and TV maker SHARP, after a seemingly long hiatus from store show floors the Japanese electronics company is blowing the dust off its unique IGZO fine screen technology for next Father of all TV’s.

The 8K screen was shown this weekend in Rome, hosted by Berlin based global Tech Show organizer IFA at their annual three-day Global Press Conference for more than 360 journalists flown in from around the world.

Global tech media gather around Sharp’s 8K TV in Rome

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