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Google Street View turns 10

This year marks the 10th birthday of Google Street View. It first began as a “far-fetched idea” by Larry Page to create a 360-degree map of the world, now it has become something that people use everyday.Street View can allow people to climb mountains, dive to the bottom of the ocean, find the perfect ramen spots or walk through museums around the world.Over the past 10 years, the technology that Google uses, the appearance of the planet but Google says that one thing that hasn’t changed is the overall goal of Google Maps, which is “to help you navigate and discover new corners of the world.”Now how this idea first began, the first prototype was created by Larry Page and a team of Googlers, back in 2004. They all had the same passion about Larry’s idea to create a 360-degree view of the world. So, they attached some cameras to a van, some lasers and bam, the first Street View car was create.In 2006, is when the took the car on the road to a few cities in the US and their imagery was f…

Android Pay is officially in Canada

After what seemed like an eternity, Android Pay has finally made its way to Canada. Starting today, Google is rolling out Android Pay in Canada and here’s the a list of supported banks and card.Support for Interac debit cards will start rolling out on June 5th. Interac debit cards on Android Pay will be available on active debit cards that are issued by BMO, CIBC, Desjardins and Scotiabank.Two banks that are noticeably absent from the list above, are TD Canada Trust and RBC, both have said that they have “no plans to support Android Pay at this time.” Which frankly is disappointing an a bit anti-consumer. I realize they want to support their own mobile app payment system but why can’t they play nice with Google, they’re not losing anything (other than customers because of their lack of support) if they support Android Pay. What’s more frustrating is that both TD Canada Trust and RBC support Apple Pay.To start using Android Pay, first install the app from the Play Store. Android Pay wor…

Moto G5 Review

With the Moto G family, Moto has created a lineup of great Android devices that don’t break that bank. And the Moto G5 is no exception.I’ve been using the Moto G5 for a few weeks now and I would say Moto has made the best budget phone you can get, even better.Design & HardwareGone is the plastic build and in comes an aluminum design which makes the device feel much more premium. It also still retains the nano-coating, so it’s still water-repellent (but just don’t take the Moto G5 swimming with you).The back of the device is aluminum and the device isn’t slippery to hold in the hands, it feels solid. Even though it may not look like it but the Moto G5 does have a removable battery which is 2,800 mAh and it’s compatible with Moto’s Turbo Power (via the microUSB port).Just like the Moto G4 Play I reviewed last year, the Moto G5 also has great standby time, I’ve left the phone off the charger for a few days and it still has some juice in it. This is partly thanks to the Doze improveme…

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Review: Samsung’s best tablet yet

The tablet is market is in a weird place right now, they’re not flying off the shelves like they did back in 2011 but somehow, Apple still manages to sell millions of iPads each year.Part of the reason, why people aren’t buying as many tablets any more, is because everyone already has at least one tablet in their household. So there is no need to buy a second one, or even to replace your first one, because tablets don’t have the same lifecycle as a smartphone, which is about 2-3 years.The other reason is that phones are getting larger each year, phones that were once referred to as phablets are now the new normal. It was just a few years ago, where any phone with a 5-inch screen would be considered huge. Now we’re seeing phones like the Galaxy S8 & S8+ with 5.8 and 6.2-inch screens and even the iPhones have larger screen that are almost half the size of an iPad Mini’s screen.But companies like Samsung and Apple are still trying push hard to get their tablets onto more people. They…

Everything that’s coming to Netflix Canada in June

Netflix may not have a ton of TV shows and movies coming to the Canadian version of their service but they’re still worth mentioning. June 1st & 2nd On June 1st, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, based on the book of the same name, comes to Netflix. Also coming on the 1st, is The Birth of a Nation, which is a period drama film based on the story of Nat Turner, an enslaved man who led a slave rebellion in Southampton County, Virginia in 1931. The film is co-written, co-produced and stars, Nate Parker who also is the director of the film (in his directorial debut). June 2nd sees the release of the second season of Flaked, a Netflix original series, which stars Will Arnett who plays Chip, a celebrated long-time resident of the insular world of Venice, California who falls for the object of his best friend’s fascination. Soon the tangled web of half-truths and semi-bullshit that underpins his all-important image and sobriety begins to unravel. Season 2 of Chelsea Handler’s ‘Che…