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.
Five years after the City of Vancouver launched its open-data catalogue, the City of Surrey has followed suit.
Today (September 9), Surrey announced that its catalogue contains over 300 data sets, which it says is more than any other municipality in Canada.
Data being made available falls into such categories as community services, the environment, health and safety, imagery, local government, and transportation. This data can be used for apps, maps, research, and other purposes.
In an interview with the Straight, EA Sports producer Sean Ramjagsingh said that in NHL 15, the hockey sim developed at EA Canada in Burnaby, the Vancouver Canucks aren’t as good as they’ve been in past editions of the game.
“I'm a huge Canucks fan and typically the Canucks are very good in the game,” he said on the phone. “But after the year that the team and each of the individual players had...their ratings have taken a little bit of a hit and so they're not as good as they've been relative to the other teams.”
These are good times for people who don’t like wires. Almost every new device now features WiFi (802.11) or Bluetooth connectivity. Phone headsets, cameras, watches, printers, speakers... you name it. Terrific, you say.
Well, terrific in principle but not so great in reality. The thing is, you don’t have a wire but you are still chained to the spot.
If you think it’s weird using a mobile device as a screen and processor for a virtual reality headset, so did I. But Ken Price, vice president of sales and marketing for Samsung Canada’s mobile division explained to me that Oculus has been using Samsung SG smartphones in their development kits for Oculus Rift.
It’s no surprise, then, that the Gear VR, developed in partnership with Oculus, was built to power off the processor and screen of the new Samsung Galaxy Note 4. With a Quad HD Super AMOLED screen, it’s got the resolution required.
Certainly my brief experience with the headset (I sampled two demos) was on par with my time with the Oculus Rift at E3 in June.