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macOS High Sierra public beta is now available

Apple has announced that the public beta of their upcoming macOS High Sierra is now available.For those interested, users can sign up for the beta at beta.apple.com and then you’ll be prompted to login via your Apple ID. Just like all beta software, it should be installed at your own risk, since the OS is still in development.Apple recommends you back up your Mac before installing and to use a secondary Mac if possible. There will also be updates to the public beta before the final release this fall.macOS High Sierra was first introduced at WWDC 2017 and it brings new core technologies to make your Mac more powerful, like the addition of the new Apple File System. High Sierra also supports the HVEC video codec, videos can then be compressed up to 40 percent more than the H.264 codec and files won’t take up as much space.Photos will also get some new editing tools and ways to organize your pictures and videos. High Sierra also brings app refinements like Top Hits in Mail, Autoplay Bloc…

10 Years of iPhone

Today marks the 10th anniversary of the iPhone’s release. It was back 2007 at Mac World, where Steve Jobs introduced their revolutionary product.At the time the time, people were skeptical about the iPhone, especially since it was going up against established brands like Blackberry and Palm. But consumers loved the iPhone and that love for the iPhone have increased with each new model.The first generation iPhone had 128MB of RAM, a 3.5-inch 480 by 320 display (with a resolution of 163ppi) and was available in 4GB, 8GB or 16GB of storage. It was also sporting a 2-megapixel camera on the back.There was no front-facing camera and taking a “selfie” wasn’t a thing yet. One of Apple’s biggest sellers for the original iPhone was that it could load full web pages but using 2G networks (also called EDGE) and it would take about a minute to load up.There’s no denying that Apple changed the way we think about smartphones. The original iPhone showed that having a multi-touch display was essential…

Suggested Sharing & Shared Libraries in Google Photos is rolling out

Back at I/O 2017, Google showed off a few new features that were coming to Google Photos including, Google Lens, Suggested Sharing and Shared Libraries. The latter is rolling out now to all devices.Suggested Sharing and Shared Libraries uses Google’s machine learning capabilities to be able to make it easier to share photos with your friends and family.Suggested Sharing can be found in the new Sharing Tab, which tracks all of your sharing activity. The top of the page will show you suggestions based on what you have shared in the past. Google Photos will be able to identify special occasions like birthdays or gatherings and will suggest sharing photos will certain contacts.You’ll be able to share with contacts via SMS or email, in case they don’t have Google Photos. Shared Libraries will let you automatically share your photos with a contact of your choosing. You’ll be able to either share all your photos or just ones of certain people via face recognition.The new sharing features for…

Asus unveils the ROG Zephyrus, “the world’s thinnest gaming laptop”

Asus has released a new laptop under their ROG (Republic of Gamers) brand. It’s called the ROG Zephyrus and it’s “the world’s slimmest gaming laptop,”at just 17.9mm.Asus says the ROG Zephyrus offers an “unparalleled PC gaming experience.” It’s being powered by a 7th-Gen Intel Core i7 processor with 16GB of DDR4 RAM and has a 521GB SSD.The screen is a 15.6-inch 1080p display with a refresh rate of 120Hz and Nvidia G-Sync. It also has a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card. The laptop is cooled by Asus’ Active Aerodynamic System (AAS), which is meant to run cooler and quieter and improve air flow by 20%.The keyboard on the Asus ROG Zephyrus has Aura RGB Lighting Effects and there is a innovated touchpad with ten key function. The laptop will be able to take advantage of the Windows Game Mode in the Windows 10 Pro Creators Update.The Asus ROG Zephyrus was able to play Rise of the Tomb Raider on the very high graphics settings, The Division on ultra settings and Hitman (2016) on all its …

Google Home is now available in Canada for $179

Good news everyone! Google Home is now officially available in Canada. In case you forgot, Google Home is a voice-activated smart speaker that is powered by the Google Assistant. So you can ask things that you would normally type into a Google search bar.You’ll also be able to do things like playing music from a number of streaming services, control smart home devices, manage everyday tasks or to show YouTube videos on your Chromecast, all you have to do is say, “Ok Google.”The Google Assistant will be able to speak you in English and French. Google Home is available from the Google Store, Best Buy Canada. as well as Bell, Indigo, London Drugs, Rogers, Staples, The Source, Telus, Visions, and Walmart.


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Everything that’s coming to Netflix Canada in July

Beat the summer heat by staying indoors and watch what’s new on Netflix Canada this July. July 1st On July 1st, Hacksaw Ridge will be making its way to Netflix Canada. It tells the true story of Desmond Doss, who served in WWII during the Battle of Okinawa by refusing to kill anyone and became the first man in American history to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor, without firing a gun.Batman: Bad Blood, Keeping Up With the Jones, Last Vegas Oasis: Supersonic and Snowden, Southside With You, X-Men: Days of Future Past will all be arriving on the 1st as well.July 2nd – 8thOn the 3rd of July, Season 3 of Mike Tyson Mysteries will start airing new episodes weekly. Season 1 of the Netflix Original, The Standups will come on July 4th and focuses on 6 free stand-up comedians as they take the stage in LA. July 6th sees the release of 1990 romantic fantasy thriller, Ghost, starring Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore.Season 1 of Castlevania comes to Netflix on July 7th.July 9th – 15thSeason 2 Pa…

The Moto E4 is now available in Canada

Motorola’s latest budget phone, the E4 is now available in Canada.The Moto E4 brings “style, elegant design, and top-notch specs at an exceptional value.” The E4 is available from Freedom Mobile for $200 CAD and comes with support for Freedom’s Band 66 LTE network. The phone will only be available in one colour option, Licorice Black.The E4 has a 5-inch 720p display and is being powered by the Snapdragon 425 processor with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot. The main camera is 8-megapixels while the front camera is 5-megapixels.The battery is 2,800 mAh and is removable and the device is running Android 7.1.1 with Moto’s software tweaks. The E4’s body is water-repellent and there is a fingerprint sensor on the front.The device will also be available for purchase outright at various retailers, for $249 CAD.


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Anker is serious about audio with the Zolo Liberty+ wireless earbuds

Headphone jacks have been a big part of smartphones since the beginning. But as more device manufacturers decide to get rid of the headphone jack, their users are going to have to rely on a pair of Bluetooth headphones or earphones.And ever since Apple introduced the AirPods last year, you’re going to be seeing a lot more wireless earphones like Anker’s new Zolo brand name and product line. The first product under the new brand is the Zolo Liberty+ wireless earbuds and even though the Kickstarter for the product just launched a few days ago, they’ve already blown past their goal of $50,000 around 12 times.The biggest claim to fame that Zolo is making is their “breathtaking audio fidelity” which uses a lab-created material called Graphene that is 100 times stronger than steel. The Graphene is used to create a dynamic driver to help create “an astonishing improvement in sound quality.”Zolo also says their Liberty+ earbuds have a “virtually unbreakable” Bluetooth connection, which uses a…

Netflix launches new interactive kids shows

Netflix has announced the first (of possibly many) shows with interactive elements. Viewers are able to decide what happens in the show they’re watching. Netflix is debuting these new interactive elements to a few new children series, Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale, which is available now and Buddy Thunderstruck: The Maybe Pile, which will debut on July 14th. The third series with the new “branching narratives”, called Stretch Armstrong: The Breakout will arrive in 2018.Netflix has teamed up with DreamWorks Animation Television, American Greetings Entertainment, and Stoopid Buddy Stoodios to help make the new series with their branching narratives.The company also says that they’ve done extensive research and have collected a lot of data by talking to parent and kids to help them better understand if people will be interested in this sort of thing.Netflix says that Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale, has 13 breaks to offer viewers a choice and there are two different endings.…

OnePlus 5: Everything you need to know

OnePlus has officially unveiled their latest flagship smartphone with the OnePlus 5.The OnePlus 5 is being powered the Snapdragon 835 processor (clocked at up to 2.45GHz) with either 6 or 8GB of RAM. It has a 5.5-inch 1080p display (with a 16:9 aspect ratio) and while 1080p may help with battery life, it would have been nice to have a high-res screen.The OnePlus 5 has a smooth, rounded design that is also slimmer than previous models. One feature that OnePlus didn’t add was waterproofing.Below the screen is the fingerprint sensor which OnePlus only takes about 0.2s to unlock the device. The battery is 3,300 mAh with OnePlus’ Dash Charge which charges your device within half an hour. And yes, OnePlus has kept the 3.5mm headphone jack on the OnePlus 5.The OnePlus 5 also has support for 34 network bands, so you’ll be able to easily use your phone around the globe. In Canada, the phone is compatible with Rogers, Fido, Bell, Virgin Mobile, Telus, Koodo, Videotron and Freedom Mobile (includ…

Amazon to buy Whole Foods for $13.7 billion

Amazon announced today, that they will be acquiring Whole Foods Market for approximately $13.7 billion, which is about $42 per share.“Millions of people love Whole Foods Market because they offer the best natural and organic foods, and they make it fun to eat healthy,” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and CEO. “Whole Foods Market has been satisfying, delighting and nourishing customers for nearly four decades – they’re doing an amazing job and we want that to continue.”Whole Foods’ headquarters will stay in Austin, Texas and Whole Food CEO, John Mackey will remain in his position. The company also announced that they will continue to operate under the Whole Food Market brand.Some say that this acquisition was so then Amazon could easily roll out Amazon Go, which is their idea of grocery stores without lines or cashiers.Whole Foods has over 460 locations in the US and a few in Canada and the UK. The acquisition is expected to close during the second half of 2017.Amazon is also rumored t…

Nintendo Spotlight E3 2017: Everything you need to know

Nintendo made a couple of announcements at E3 2017 including a release date for Super Mario Odyssey, a new Metroid game, a new Yoshi game and more.Super Mario Odyssey Nintendo has announced that Super Mario Odyssey will be coming to the Switch on October 27th. It’s a sandbox game that has Mario exploring various worlds with new abilities.New amiibosNintendo revealed some new amiibo figures, with four new Zelda: Breath of the Wild ones and three that are based on Super Mario Odyssey, with Mario, Princess Peach and Bowser in their wedding outfits.The Super Mario Odyssey amiibos will release in October and be available in a three-pack or individually. The Breath of the Wild amiibos will include, the Goron champion Daruk, the Rito champion Revali, the Zora champion Mipha and the Gerudo champion Urbos, these will release this holiday.