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“ALEXA, ASK GMC TO START MY CAR”

“Alexa, ask GMC to start my car” now works in GM vehicles in Canada. More than 800,000 Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac owners are the first in Canada to be able to use Amazon Alexa enabled devices to remotely “start,” “stop,” “unlock,” and “lock,” from the comfort of their home. The linkage uses Owner Centre and Amazon accounts to voice command myChevrolet, myBuick, myGMC and myCadillac Alexa skills. Most 2011 or newer year models in Canada are eligible. It’s free for customers who currently have remote key fob services through the myChevrolet, myBuick, myGMC and myCadillac mobile apps or by subscribing to Remote Access or Premium Access plans for $14.99/month or $149.90 annually.

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ARE YOU PRIMED FOR 36 LONG HOURS OF AMAZON PRIME DAY?

It’s back! Prime Day (www.amazon.ca/primeday) returns July 16 at 12 p.m. PT/3 p.m. ET until July 17. In case you didn’t notice, that’s 36 hours long! A day and a half of non-stop deals on Amazon Canada.

 

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ALL TOGETHER NOW WITH ALEXA. “OH CANADA…”

Amazon’s Alexa joins Canada Day celebrations and her very own first year anniversary in Canada with Anthem singing, party ideas, Canadian jokes and tongue twisters and more. If you have an Alexa speaker you are all set. If not, check out Amazon’s Alexa smart speakers: Alexa Echo $99.99, Alexa Dot $39.99 and the newest Alexa Spot with screen and cameras, available at www.amazon.ca. Alexa tries Canadian accents, but she can’t pronounce Regina quite right, eh! Still, this new catalogue of voice command utterances are available now to make Canada Day special.

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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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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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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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