If the tech industry has an underdog, it would be Pebble. Founded on some of the most successful Kickstarter campaigns in the history of ever, Pebble is the guy you want to root for in the smartwatch field. Back in 2012 Pebble raised over $10 million in funding in just over a month on Kickstarter, and it soon became a giant in the smartwatch arena. But it’s now 2015, and Pebble’s far from the only game in town. Big names like Apple and Google/Android have already entered the ring and competition is fierce. So, enter Pebble Time, the company’s second-generation smartwatch. It trades the original Pebble’s black and white display and huge bezel and frame for a colour e-paper display and a slightly less humongous bezel and frame. There are some improvements under the hood as well. So, how does it stack up? Well, I hope you have time for another epically long review because I have a lot to say.
There is a backlight for those low-light situations, though. You can activate it by giving your wrist a vigorous shake. Some have complained that the backlight isn’t bright enough, but I found that it’s perfectly fine for those moments when you need to use your watch in the dark.
Finding a way to accurately keep tabs on what you’re eating can be rather difficult, but with MyFitnessPal, the nearly impossible is possible (and quite easy too).
TORONTO (February 12, 2015) – CTV announced today its CTV GO TV Everywhere service now works with Google Chromecast. The newly updated CTV GO provides an improved user experience and is the first TVE product from a Canadian broadcaster to support Chromecast functionality, further expanding the viewing experience for CTV GO users. Increasing the value of subscriptions to participating TV service providers, CTV has enabled the newly updated CTV GO to take the next step in providing viewers the flexibility to start, stop, and continue their favourite CTV programs seamlessly, in and out of the home. With the Chromecast device, Canadians have another option to enjoy their favourite CTV GO offerings on a big screen. Current users can stream from their web-connected computers or the CTV GO app for their iOS and Android mobile devices.
Chromecast is a thumb-sized media streaming device that plugs into the HDMI port on TVs. Viewers can simply use an Android phone, tablet, iPhone®, iPad®, Mac or Windows laptop, or Chromebook to cast the CTV GO app and CTV programming onto a television. In addition to CTV GO, the availability of more Bell Media digital brands for Chromecast will be announced soon.
CTV GO, now supporting Google Chromecast
Did Santa bring you a shiny new tablet or smartphone for Christmas? I’ve dug through the hundreds of apps I’ve downloaded over the years, and I picked a few of my favourites out of the bunch. Hopefully, you’ll find them useful for your new gizmo. Oh, and if you’re looking for the first five apps, you can find them here.
At first, I used Wunderlist mostly out of necessity, as it was one of the only cross-platform to-do apps that worked (almost) seamlessly between OS X, Windows, iOS and Android. It was a bit pokey and looked slightly dated, especially once everyone moved away from skeumorphism, but the new Wunderlist 3 changes that.
It gives Wunderlist a fresh new look and makes things a lot snappier. While I considered moving to Apple’s Reminders as I now operate predominantly in Apple’s ecosystem, I kept with Wunderlist, as it hasn’t really let me down. It would also be a hassle to move everything over to Reminders. It’s still tempting to make the move though, as Apple’s Reminders works well with Siri. Continue reading
Corus Entertainment announced today that is has partnered with Fingerprint, the San Francisco-based mobile technology company, to create a mobile entertainment platform for kids aged two to seven. Set to launch globally in 2015, the platform will offer preschoolers a safe, fun and branded environment to enjoy videos, games, music and eBooks featuring their favourite Nelvana characters Max & Ruby, Little Bear, Franklin, The Berenstain Bears and more.
“We’re thrilled to partner with Fingerprint to develop our first global digital offering for kids,” said Colin Bohm, Vice President, Television, Head of Corus Kids. “Leveraging Fingerprint’s expertise to create compelling and fun mobile applications for children will enable our Nelvana brands to be enjoyed by even more kids in multiple languages and territories around the world.”
In 2012 and 2014 Corus invested in Fingerprint as part of Corus’ strategy to expand into new markets and unlock additional value in Nelvana’s rich library of branded content.
“It’s been our dream to bring Corus’ family of great brands to life on mobile devices,” said Nancy MacIntyre, CEO of Fingerprint. “By creating this new platform, families will have peace of mind as they encourage their children to experience favourite brands on the family’s personal mobile devices. After all, mobile is where people of all ages are spending their time. Corus will expand its brands via mobile and further grow its fans.”
Recently, I picked up a brand new deluxe edition Wii U for $150 at Target. I was absolutely flabbergasted at the price, as it’s half of the current $299 MSRP, which is already low compared to some of Wii U’s competitors. The Xbox One, for example, started at $499, but later dropped the Kinect camera to match the PS4’s $399 price tag.
I spoke with a Target employee, and she said the only reason why they dropped the Wii U’s price was because they don’t package it with Nintendoland (or exclusively with Nintendoland) anymore, and they apparently had a ton of them sitting around.
I think this is proof enough that the Wii U flopped, not just that, but flopped epically. Well maybe not just Wii U, but Target’s Canadian arm as well. Their stores are often so empty you might have thought the world somehow came to an end when you entered them.
While the reason why Target may be doing so poorly maybe difficult to pin down, after some quality time with the Wii U, I could think of a few reasons why it bombed miserably: Continue reading