Category: What’s Your Tech

HP Introduces ‘The History of Memory’ To Get People Printing Photographs

HP Introduces ‘The History of Memory’ To Get People Printing Photographs

By: Yasmin Ranade

February 21, 2019

When did you last print a photo? Did you print your Valentine’s Day photos? Your New Year’s Eve photos?

Karen Kahn

‘The History of Memory’ is a new effort by HP to impress upon us the value of printed images in our lives. I had the opportunity to discuss digital and print photography with Karen Kahn, Chief Communications Officer at HP, and to learn more about the idea for ‘The History of Memory’ and its first film, At First Sight.

“’The History of Memory’ is an expansion of HP’s storytelling work within The Garage, our brand journalism site, to bring humanity to our brand and celebrate the power of reinvention,” began Kahn. “The project is a five-part short documentary film series, which explores the power of the printed photograph. The first installment – At First Sight – focuses on the true story of a couple whose love was sparked by a photograph sh..

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Fun And/Or Useful Photography Apps For Your Phone

Fun And/Or Useful Photography Apps For Your Phone

By: Christine Persaud

February 20, 2019

Today’s smartphones are basically cameras that also have phone and messaging features. They include stellar built-in cameras and features that help you take professional-looking portraits, add fun filters, and take photos with gorgeous effects.

That said, there are still tons of third-party apps worth downloading to further enhance the photography experience on both older phones, as well as the newest slate of devices.

Here are 4 particularly interesting ones.

Cluster

Rather than send image after image to friends and family back home from your vacation, or your child’s Christmas concert, or post them all on social media, use this app to set up a private folder for sharing. Sign up for an account, upload photos and videos from the event, and invite others to view them. For large events, like weddings or reunions, you can allow others to add their own pictures as well, c..

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Tips For Using a VPN on Your Phone

Tips For Using a VPN on Your Phone

By: Christine Persaud

February 18, 2019

A Virtual Private Network (VPN) can come in handy when you want to access sensitive data from a smartphone in a public place, using a public or unsecured Wi-Fi network. But there are other reasons why a VPN might be useful.

What is a VPN?

A VPN encrypts the traffic sent and received between your device and the VPN server, making it more difficult for hackers to infiltrate the data being transferred among devices, and/or over the Internet. It hides your IP address and location, allowing you to browse confidently on Wi-Fi networks and use public hotspots without worry about being monitored or tracked. This is especially useful if you want to shop online with your credit card while at the local coffee shop; or access sensitive company data on your laptop from the airport lounge, or while working outside of your home or office.

A secondary benefit of a VPN is using it as a proxy to surf t..

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Technology is Designed for Deception and Manipulation, Not Privacy

Technology is Designed for Deception and Manipulation, Not Privacy

By: Lee Rickwood

February 15, 2019

Much of today’s technology is designed to deceive and manipulate users, not to protect their privacy.

In our smartphones and our social media sharing sites and our online business networks, product designers are using certain settings, colours, patterns, techniques and methods to get us to use their valuable products more, while protecting our valuable assets less.

Several books and reports look at how and why technology is designed the way it is, and the picture they paint is not pretty: rather than having a consistent and overarching concern for user privacy and the protection of personal information, many companies have as a corporate imperative the need to get users to engage more, to disclose more, to click more.

The tools they have to influence our use of their technology include buttons and links, timing of alerts and warnings, the shape of screens, t..

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The best gaming notebooks and accessories

The best gaming notebooks and accessories

By: Gadjo Sevilla

February 14, 2019

By Gadjo Cardenas Sevilla

The PC gaming segment is red hot right now. Not only are we seeing an uptick in solid games, the surging popularity of ESports are pushing gaming laptop makers to level up and many of them have responded.

We now have impossibly thin yet powerful gaming notebooks with the latest processors, fast storage and RAM as well as stunning graphics performance.

We also have larger, beefier gaming notebooks that can put desktop gaming rigs and even premium consoles to shame. Gaming peripherals and accessories have also stepped up in a big way, giving users aggressively designed keyboards, mice, and headsets that are durable and customizeable.

Here are some of the best options for a PC gamer.

Alienware Area-51m

Alienware’s new flagship gaming laptop, the 17.3-inch Area 51m may not conform to the new standard of slimmer and lighter gaming notebooks but it offers so..

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Lighthouse Labs Offers Scholarships for Underrepresented Groups in Tech

Lighthouse Labs Offers Scholarships for Underrepresented Groups in Tech

By: Yasmin Ranade

February 12, 2019

Canadian coding bootcamp, Lighthouse Labs, has committed to making 2019 a year of action with the launch of a scholarship program dedicated to supporting underrepresented individuals pursuing careers in tech.

Jeremy Shaki,
CEO, Lighthouse Labs

The program will run in partnership with Canadian tech companies and community organizations to pair scholarships with underrepresented individuals. I asked Jeremy Shaki, CEO of Lighthouse Labs, about how the scholarships initiative aims to help bridge the diversity gap within the Canadian tech market, and what we can expect to see from other Canadian tech firms to promote inclusion in 2019.

“The Lighthouse Labs Scholarship Program has been setup to better support and further integrate future role models for underrepresented demographics in the tech industry,” began Shaki. “Lighthouse Labs has committed $150,000 ..

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Canadian Developers Amp’ed Over Music Sync App

Canadian Developers Amp’ed Over Music Sync App

By: Lee Rickwood

February 11, 2019

With their energetic announcements about the use and popularity of their music sync and listening app, Montreal-based mobile application developers are clearly amp’ed about AmpMe.

Citing over 20 million users worldwide and claiming title to the record of most devices synced ever at a live event, AmpMe is a leader in the mobile music sync and listening app category.

And late last year, the company introduced its desktop app so PC users as well as mobile device owners can join the party.

That’s what AmpMe calls any number of users (two to 22,000 – more on that record-setting number later) who are listening to the same music at the same time, no matter where they are.

AmpMe lets you play music or watch video in perfect sync across multiple devices.

Once you download the app, AmpMe lets you play music or watch video in perfect sync across multiple devices as if they were playing ..

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High-Tech Gifts for Valentine’s Day

High-Tech Gifts for Valentine’s Day

By: Christine Persaud

February 10, 2019

Valentine’s Day is the day to celebrate your love for one another. But flowers, chocolates, jewelry, socks, and ties are so passe. (OK, maybe the chocolates are still welcome.) Instead, consider getting something a bit more personal, and a lot more high-tech, for your significant other.

Here are some fun high-tech gift ideas as you search for the perfect way to say “I love you.”

Atari Pong Coffee Table

Developed by Markham, ON-based UNIS Technology, one of these Atari-themed pieces of furniture, which include a coffee table, arcade table, cocktail table, and ottoman, would be the perfect gift for the person who’s an avid gamer, and will appreciate the nostalgia. The Coffee Table would make a nice addition to a basement, games room, or “man cave.” Or particularly quirky couples could place it smack-dab in the middle of the living room. Pull out the sides to reveal the control panels, ..

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CES 2019: A look into the future of technology

CES 2019: A look into the future of technology

By: Sachin Bahal

February 10, 2019

January is an exciting time of the year for a few reasons; one it’s the start of a new year and second is the Consumer Electronic Show (CES). This was my first time attending CES, and I was impressed by it. It truly is one of the biggest trade shows out there.

In fact, you don’t really get a sense of how big CES is until you actually go to the show in-person. Each of the halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center was filled with hundreds of companies, like Samsung, LG, Intel as well as medium and small businesses, too, and with everything from drones and TVs to robots that make bread. As you roam the show, there were thousands of people who are right there with you in awe of all the exciting products. It’s a place where it’s wall-to-wall technology. While it’s virtually impossible to see everything at the show, there were a few items that stood out. These products are ones that wil..

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Foldables: A look at Tech’s next big product categor

Foldables: A look at Tech’s next big product categor

By: Gadjo Sevilla

February 8, 2019

By Gadjo Cardenas Sevilla

The increase in smartphone screen sizes, the decrease in bezels as well as the desire to be able to use smartphones as PC replacements or beyond the confines of a small screen device all point to the need of something else.

People love their smartphones which are more like pocket sized computers but there’s a desire for a device that can offer more performance and expansion.

Foldables are coming

What are foldables? They are smartphones that are made from a folded display. Foldables can be used folded, as in smartphone or phablet mode and unfolded using the whole display with the user interface expanding as needed.

This means you can have your device folded when taking or making calls, shooting photos and videos and for storing in your pocket.

You’ll unfold the device to edit the photos you took, type out emails, watch videos or look at spreads..

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Smart Cities Challenge: Don’t Forget about Personal and Public Privacy

Smart Cities Challenge: Don’t Forget about Personal and Public Privacy

By: Lee Rickwood

February 4, 2019

It was a rather disconcerting omission: among the criteria used to determine successful applicants to the Canada’s Smart Cities Challenge, there were no requirements for data protection or a privacy impact assessment.

With more than $50 million in prize money to award to communities that want to be smart, the judges seemed to forget about personal – and public– data privacy.

It was, in the words of Brian Beamish, Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commissioner, “a very noticeable gap.”

Noticeable gap or dangerous chasm?

The list of promises and potentials offered by a smart city is almost endless: from better traffic flow and more effective garbage disposal to offices that heat and cool themselves, fridges that order our food for us and so much more. The list of threats or concerns is somewhat shorter: whither data privacy in a surveillance city?

The sma..

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The Huawei Debacle – what’s next for China’s biggest player in tech?

The Huawei Debacle – what’s next for China’s biggest player in tech?

By: Gadjo Sevilla

February 1, 2019

By Gadjo Cardenas Sevilla

Huawei is the world’s second-largest smartphone maker, one of the more innovative players in the smartphone technology field, and one of China’s biggest companies.

On one hand, we can marvel at how Huawei has accelerated its devices in terms of form, function, and design. Their latest flagship devices, like the Huawei Mate 20 Pro and the Huawei P20 can go head to head with any Samsung phone or iPhone, and even surpass these stalwarts in terms of camera performance and innovation.

Huawei has overtaken Apple as the no. 2 smartphone maker in the world. It is on track to overtake Samsung’s number one spot in 2020.

On the other hand, there’s the Huawei who has been blocked by the U.S. since 2012 for being a national security threat and is facing various counts of industrial espionage.

Huawei allegedly stole trade secrets, violated sanct..

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