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YouTube launches Spotlight Canada, a channel to showcase Canadian content

YouTube has announced a new channel called, YouTube Spotlight Canada, which will audiences to up-and-coming Canadian talent.Each month, YouTube will feature new Canadian creators as well as “new Canadian stories, perspectives and personalities.” The first month on YouTube Spotlight Canada is to the theme of Canada itself, with highlights from Canada 150 celebrations, revisiting Canadian history and indigenous music artists.“Canada is the first country to have its own Spotlight channel dedicated solely to local creators,” explained Marie Josée Lamothe, Managing Director, Quebec, Google Canada. “Canadians make up one of the world’s most vibrant communities on YouTube — watchtime in Canada has grown 30% over last year, and our Canadian YouTubers are exploding internationally. We are so proud of their success and want to do more to share it here at home.”On August 2nd,  YouTube is launching their Creator on the Rise, feature in Canada, which helps identify Canadian creators that are growi…

Everything that’s coming to CraveTV in August

CraveTV has quite a few titles coming to their service in August, including new episodes of Ray Donovan and all seven seasons of Californication.Starting August 4th, Season 1-7 of Californication will be coming to CraveTV, which is stars David Duchovny as fast-living novelist Hank Moody who left the literary haunts of New York for the pleasure seeking splendours of L.A. On August 6th, the 2017 revival of Twin Peaks will stream new episodes at 8 pm ET. Also on the 6th, season 5 of Ray Donovan begins streaming at 9 pm ET. Begining August 11th, season 3 of Broad City is available to stream, the show is about two twenty-somethings Abbi and Ilana dealing with a whole new slew of everyday challenges and adventures as they live their lives in New York City, including a trip to the DMV, a rat in the apartment, going clubbing, taking on new job responsibilities, visiting Abbi’s dad, and new hookups. Also on the 11th, season 9B of Tosh.O starts streaming. The fifth and final season of Episodes sta…

Action Launcher v26 brings Google Feed integration and Android O features

I’ve been a big fan of Action Launcher a long time, it’s been my go-to launcher of choice. I install it almost every Android device I get. The new July 2017 update (dubbed v26) brings quite a few new features including support for the Google Feed (formerly known as Google Now).To get the Google Feed integration, you’ll need to install the Action Launcher Google Plugin application, which is available from developer, Chris Lacy’s website or APK Mirror.Once you have that installed, you then the Google Feed is just a swipe away. Do note that, if you do enable the Google Feed, it will disable the Quick Drawer but it can easily be re-enabled in Action Launcher’s settings.The other new feature in the v26 update is some more Android O features like Notification Dots, Android O style app shortcuts. If you long press on an icon, you’ll get the notifications for the app and you can easily swipe it away.You’ll also be able to choose which apps have Notification Dots enabled.Here is the full chang…

Amazon launches ‘The Hub’, a delivery locker for apartment buildings

Amazon has quietly announced a new delivery system that they’re calling The Hub.Basically there a set of lockers that can be installed in apartment buildings, but with the added benefit of being about to pick up your package at any time. The lockers are unlocked, when you punch in a code to the system’s touchscreen and the corresponding locker door will open and you’ll get your package.Amazon says The Hub is not just to receive Amazon packages but “you can pick up any package, from any sender, any retailer, at any time,” says the company’s promotional video. This system isn’t anything new, Amazon has been running a service called Amazon Lockers in the US, which have the same type of lockers but are located in public places and retailers. And there are plenty of other companies that offer that same system, even in Canada, such as Penguin Pick-up.If you’re a landlord within the US, you can visit Amazon’s website and submit an application to get Hub locker system in a building you manage.…

Everything that’s coming to Netflix Canada in August

Let’s take a look at some of the new titles making their way to Netflix Canada this August. August 1st – 5thOn August 1st, the first season of The Royal House of Windsor makes its way to Netflix, which is about the history of the Royal family over the last 100 years.Also coming on the 1st is Opening Night, which is about a failed Broadway singer (played by Topher Grace) who is working as a production manager and must save opening night by rallying up his eccentric cast and crew. Ex Machina, Jackie, THe Man from U.N.C.L.E, Woman in Gold, Ripper Street Season 5 and Maz Jobrani: Immigrant are some of the other titles arriving on the 1st.The classic movie, Hook starring the late Robin Williams will be coming to Netflix on August 2nd. On the 4th, Wet Hot American Summer: 10 Years Later (which will be a limited series) arrives along with season 3 of Voltron: Legendary Defender. August 6th – 12th Arriving on August 10th is Ricki and the Flash along with the 1998 remake of Psycho. On the 11th will …

The Sims 4 is coming to consoles this November

EA has officially announced that The Sims 4 will be making its way to consoles on Xbox One and PS4 on November 17th. The Sims 4 initially launched for PC in 2014, with a Mac release soon after. The last Sims game to launch on consoles was The Sims 3 for Xbox 360, PS4 and Wii in 2010 and then The Sims 3 Pets in 2011.EA says that Maxis and the team at Blind Squirrel Games will be taking a look at the current lineup of Sims 4 DLC and decide which ones to bring over to consoles. There will also be periodic game updates (like the PC/Mac versions have been getting) that add some new content and features.The game will launch worldwide on November 17th but if you preorder the game now, you’ll get the Perfect Patio Stuff pack which includes hot tubs and bonus outdoor decor. The Standard Edition will cost $64.99 CAD/ $49.99 USD.There will also be The Sims 4 Deluxe Party Edition, which will cost $79.99 CAD/ $59.99 USD, which includes extra content such as a Flaming Tiki Bar, costumes, silly anima…

HP introduces the Pavilion 24 & 27 All-In-Ones

HP has announced two new all-in-one computers under their Pavilion brand. They come in 24 and 27-inch versions.HP Pavilion 24 All-in-OneThe Pavilion 24 is available with a 7th Gen Intel Core i5 processor clocked at 2.4 GHz or a 7th Gen AMD A12 processor clocked at 2.8GHz. Both configurations come with 12GB of RAM and are expandable up to 16GB. The Intel Pavilion 24 has a 2TB hard drive while the AMD one has a 1TB hard drive.The screen on the Pavilion 24 is a 24-inch FHD IP touch display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080. The Pavilion 24 also comes with a DVD optical drive and as for ports, it comes with 2 USB 2.0 ports, 2 USB 3.1 Type-A ports, 1 USB Type-C port and HDMI In and HDMI Out ports.The Pavilion 24 also comes with integrated dual front-firing speakers which are tuned by B&O Play. The computer comes with a built-in webcam that can pop-up when needed and can be hidden away when not needed. The camera also has support for Window Hello login.The Pavilion 24 starts at $1,199 CA…

Netflix announces Enchantment, a new animated series from Matt Groening

Good news, everyone! Netflix has announced that they have ordered twenty episodes of Disenchantment, a new adult animated series from Simpsons and Futurama creator Matt Groening.Viewers will be taken “to the crumbling medieval kingdom of Dreamland, where they will follow the misadventures of hard-drinking young princess Bean, her feisty elf companion Elfo, and her personal demon Luci. Along the way, the oddball trio will encounter ogres, sprites, harpies, imps, trolls, walruses, and lots of human fools.”Groening says that Disenchantment is about, “about life and death, love and sex, and how to keep laughing in a world full of suffering and idiots, despite what the elders and wizards and other jerks tell you.”Abbi Jacobson will provide the voice of Bean, the hard-drinking young princess, Nat Faxon will voice Bean’s feisty elf companion Elfo and Eric Andre will voice Bean’s personal demon Luci. Jacobson, Faxon and Andre will be joined by the voice talents of John DiMaggio, Billy West, M…

Motorola announces the Moto Z2 Force Edition and 360 Camera Moto Mod

At an event in New York City, Motorola has officially announced the Z2 Force Edition as well as a new 360-degree camera mod, which was previously announced at a press event in Ghana. The Z2 Force has a 5.5-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display which is also guaranteed not to crack or shatter. The device has a 7000 series aluminium unibody and has a water-repellent coating. Just below the display is the fingerprint sensor which is the same one found on the Z2 Play and the G5 from earlier this year. You’ll also be able to use all existing and future Moto Mods with the Z2 Force.The Z2 Force is being powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor with 4GB of RAM. It also has the Adreno 540 GPU. The phone with come with 64GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot.The battery is 2,730 mAh, compared to the original Z Force’s 3,500 mAh battery. Motorola says the battery will last all-day but the Z2 Force does come with TurboPower charging, which can get you up to 8 hours of battery life in…

Sundar Pichai joins Alphabet’s board of directors

Alphabet, Google’s parent company, has announced that they have appointed Sundar Pichai to their board of directors, as their 13th member.Pichai will continue in his current position as Google CEO, which has held for just over two years. Pichai has been at Google since 2004 and has helped develop products that are used by a billion people.By adding Pichai to Alphabet’s board of directors, it shows how important Google is to Alphabet as a whole.Here’s what Alphabet CEO, Larry Page had to say about their new addition,Sundar has been doing a great job as Google’s CEO, driving strong growth, partnerships, and tremendous product innovation. I really enjoy working with him and I’m excited that he is joining the Alphabet board.Pichai will be joined by, Larry Page, Google co-founder Sergey Brin, former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, Ford CEO Alan Mulally and a few others.Source: Alphabet via Android Central


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Mophie Juice Pack for Pixel XL Review

Battery cases are something that you may not think you need for your phone but once you do get one, you’ll start thinking to yourself, “how did I live without this?”Sure you could get a portable battery pack, but that is an extra thing to carry around when you want to charge your phone. Mophie has become the go-to brand for battery cases for popular smartphones like the Apple iPhones, Samsung Galaxy and just recently the Google Pixel with their Juice Pack for the Pixel XL.I’ve been testing out the Mophie Juice Pack for Pixel XL for the past couple of weeks and I would have to say that it’s one of the best battery cases you can get for the Google Pixel XL.The Mophie Juice Pack for the Pixel XL has a slight texture on the outside, which makes it easier to hold in your hands. On the back, you’ll find the battery life indicator for the case and the button to turn it off and on. To turn it on, just hold the button for a few seconds and to turn off the case, just hold the button again.This …

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…