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Three things Canadian retailers must do before launching “smart stores”

This post was contributed by, Mary Ann Yule, president of HP Canada. Odd as it may seem, Amazon, the bellwether of online shopping, is marketing actual stores. The retail giant is testing a smart convenience store concept in Seattle that lets shoppers grab-and-go without dealing with cashiers or money.Why would Amazon bother? Because like a growing number of retailers, it sees a huge opportunity to breathe new life into brick-and-mortar stores and streamline an experience that has increasingly resulted in customers feeling overwhelmed with data.Shoppers want information at their fingertips while in-store and retailers can use that to their advantage to improve the shopping experience and differentiate themselves in a highly competitive market.Smart technology is no longer just a novelty or promotion. It’s maturing. It works.The problem for most Canadian retailers, however, is the difficulty to know where to start. How can you make your store more interactive or use Augmented Reality i…

Google brings back Glass but for the enterprise

After nearly two years, Google has introduced an updated version of Glass, but this time for the enterprise market.Alphabet’s experimental X division has been testing the new Google Glass as part of a limited program for the past two years but now they’ve opened it up to more businesses.Some example of businesses that are currently using Glass, include GE Aviation with software made by Upskill which will display instructions and helpful information during airplane assembly and maintenance. With the new Google Glass, GE’s mechanics are able to keep working with videos, animation and images staying in their line of sight. This has improved GE’s mechanics’ efficiency by 8-12%.The Glass team has been working with more than 50 companies, including AGCO, DHL, Dignity Health, NSF International, Sutter Health, The Boeing Company and Volkswagen. The team says that those who have been using Glass, have been able to complete their work faster and easier than before.With the new Google Glass Ente…

Canon M6 Review

Canon has been making cameras for a nearly 70 years and with each new model, brings better technology and improved designs and form factors. Over the past couple of years, mirrorless cameras have been on the rise and Canon has kept up with their M lineup of mirrorless cameras.I’ve been using the Canon M6 for a couple of weeks now, I would say overall it’s a great mirrorless camera.Design & HardwareThe M6 has a relatively simple design, nothing too crazy. It looks like a refined point and shoot camera with a much bigger (and detachable) lens. The body of the M6 came in this nice dark grey colour which makes the camera feel premium.The front of the device has a rubberized texture which makes it easier to grip the M6.As mentioned earlier, the lens on the M6 is interchangeable and can be swapped with a variety of lens. On the top of the M6, you’ll find the mode selector, a brightness selector, a manual focus button, a selector to change things like shutter speed, aperture depending on…

Android Wear 2.0 is now rolling out for the Asus ZenWatch 3

After being delayed by a few months, the Android Wear 2.0 update is finally making it’s way to the Asus ZenWatch 3.When I reviewed the ZenWatch 3 earlier this year, I called it “the best Android Wear watch so far” but I said that Android Wear still needs some work until the 2.0 update came out and now here it is.The new update brings features like the Google Assistant so you can ask questions or issue commands like setting alarms, asking about the weather, updating shopping lists, or navigating to destinations.In addition, you’ll be able to directly access the Google Play Store with the Android Wear 2.0 update on the ZenWatch 3, so then you won’t need to rely on your smartphone to install apps or watchfaces.With the new update, it also gives users improved message response options so you can respond via your voice, typing or handwriting on the watch. There are also more highly-customized watchfaces which can show you more information like stock prices, appointments and fitness data.Fo…

Everything that’s coming to CraveTV in July

CraveTV, the other big video streaming service in Canada, has a quite shows coming throughout July.The beginning of the month saw the release of season 3 of LetterKenny, which is a CraveTV original and is about “hicks, skids, hockey players and Christians. These are their problems.” For you South Park fans, season 20 is now on CraveTV along with I’m Dying Up Here which takes a look at LA stand-up comedy scene during the ’70s. The 2017 revival of Twin Peaks will continue to air through this month, with Parts 9, 10, 11 & 12.The Night Of is an intricate story about a fictitious murder in New York City and the police investigation and legal proceedings of it. Risk, is the highly anticipated documentary about Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange and those who surround him, Risk will be available to stream on July 22nd at 9PM ET. On July 28th, CraveTV will release the first season of critically-acclaimed series, The Handmaid’s Tale, which follows the story of life in the dystopia of Gilead, w…