In the last Vancouver municipal election, some were surprised when George Affleck was one of two NPA candidates elected to city council.
After all, Affleck had no elected experience, unlike one of his party's losing candidates, Bill Yuen.
But Affleck had far more Twitter followers than any of the other NPA candidates, plus he bought full-page ads promoting himself in advance of the election.
It was enough to push him ahead of the pack.
This election, I'm curious to see if there's any correlation between Twitter followers and the mayoral races in various municipalities.
In Vancouver, Gregor Robertson's @mayorgregor account has 45,400 followers, giving him a huge advantage.
Now a Vancouverite has been unnerved by another sighting of an unmanned aerial vehicle near David Lam Park in Yaletown.
Twitter user Jo Nugus posted the above photo last night (September 25) just after 11 p.m.
She called the drone "creepy" and urged Vancouver police to investigate.
BlackBerry's new Passport smartphone has a square touchscreen, a touch-enabled keyboard, and the new BlackBerry 10.3 operating system.
Users can download apps from both BlackBerry World and the Amazon Appstore. It costs $699 unlocked.
Ready to throw away your Samsung Galaxy S5? Maybe if your company's paying.
Are you skeptical of the self-serving, techno-utopian rhetoric of corporate execs? You might enjoy Canadian-born writer Astra Taylor's book The People’s Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age (Random House Canada).
Yesterday a Dumpster diver wanted me to appraise something he had dug out of someone’s garbage.
The glossy white thing was adorned with the words “Lepow Stone Power” and punctuated by three USB ports (one with a cable still attached) so it was obviously tech of some kind. Otherwise it was the right size and shape to be a very serviceable skipping stone.
The Moonstone the resident rejected
The District of Sechelt on the Sunshine Coast says it is the first community in B.C. to provide free public wireless Internet access in its downtown area.
Sechelt Innovations Ltd., the business development arm of the municipality, announced the free Wi-Fi network today (September 15).
Sunset Overdrive, the punk-rock inspired “awesomepocalypse”, gets players using crazy weapons to kill gibbering creatures while rail grinding through a massive cityscape, and at a press event in Toronto today (September 10), I was able to play the first 30 minutes of the game.
Marcus Smith, creative director on the game being developed by Insomniac Games, told me that Sunset is in a final refining phase before being locked down for release on October 28.
If life really was like Twitter, then earlier yesterday Samsung would have been happy to receive the notification—on its Galaxy Gear Smartwatch, no less—that it had a new follower in the form of Apple Computers, a company Samsung has been following for years.
The day’s big news that Apple would be coming out with a smartwatch in early 2015 came as a surprise to no one except me. I kept believing till the bitter end that Apple was smarter than that.
Of course the announcement, complete with tantalizing pictures of something that looked suspiciously like a bulbous version of the iPod Nano Touch (possibly gold-plated), dominated the technology news cycle.
Long rumoured, Apple’s Watch is a real thing, but it’s not called an “iWatch”. And while it won’t be available until next year, Apple announced the existence of the gadget you wear on your wrist at a media event in San Francisco today (September 9).
Apple Watch is designed to work with iPhones (series 5 and 6 running iOS 8, an update rolling out on September 17), so it will display notifications and messages, and is voice activated, so you can dictate notes and take calls. It can also “hand off” calls to your iPhone mid-conversation.