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March Break: Staying connected while abroad

It’s that time of year again—March Break is here and many people are traveling abroad for vacation.  Here are my five tech gadgets to help you stay connected to your loved ones no matter where you are.

Samsung WB800F:

This camera has built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, and will allow you connect to your hotel’s Wi-Fi network and upload photos to your favourite online social networks like Facebook and Twitter.

GoPro HERO3:

This is a mountable, full high-definition video camera that’ll record hours of footage for upload to friends and family.  Whether you are skydiving or skiing, you can mount the camera on your helmet, chest, or even on the side of a car, and record footage using the built-in wide-angle lens—great for people with an active lifestyle.

Philips In.Sight:

If you are traveling abroad for any length of time, chance are you want to make sure your home and the contents in it are safe and secure.  This camera from Philips is wireless, and paired with an app on your smartphone, you can check in on your house no matter where you are.

BlackBerry Z10:

BlackBerry, known for their BBM service, will help you cut down on long distance calling bills when you are traveling abroad.  BBM’s new feature, BBM Voice, will allow you to make free calls to other BlackBerry users using this service—all using the wireless connection in your hotel or Internet café.

Avocado app for iOS and Android:

If you decide to go on a girls-only vacation trip and leave your partner at home, this app will keep you connected at all times.  This free couples-only app gives you the capability to send messages and photos, and even allows you to do things like virtually kiss and hug your partner all the way from another continent.

Products courtesy of Future Shop


Does Instagram own your photos? – CityNews & 680News

I appeared on CityNews at 6 and 680News to talk about Instagram’s change in terms of service and privacy policy with reporters Saphia Khambalia and Momin Qureshi.

Update: 

Instagram published the following update blog post and revised terms of service, in response to the public’s reaction:

Earlier this week, we introduced a set of updates to our privacy policy and terms of service to help our users better understand our service. In the days since, it became clear that we failed to fulfill what I consider one of our most important responsibilities – to communicate our intentions clearly. I am sorry for that, and I am focused on making it right.

The concerns we heard about from you the most focused on advertising, and what our changes might mean for you and your photos. There was confusion and real concern about what our possible advertising products could look like and how they would work.

Because of the feedback we have heard from you, we are reverting this advertising section to the original version that has been in effect since we launched the service in October 2010.

You can see the updated terms here.

Going forward, rather than obtain permission from you to introduce possible advertising products we have not yet developed, we are going to take the time to complete our plans, and then come back to our users and explain how we would like for our advertising business to work.

You also had deep concerns about whether under our new terms, Instagram had any plans to sell your content. I want to be really clear: Instagram has no intention of selling your photos, and we never did. We don’t own your photos – you do.

Finally, there was also confusion about how widely shared and distributed your photos are through our service. The distribution of your content and photos is governed by our privacy policy, and always has been. We have made a small change to our terms to make that as clear as possible.

You can view the current terms and privacy policy, as well as review the updated terms and privacy policy that will take effect on January 19, 2013.

I’m proud that Instagram has a community that feels so strongly about a product we all love. I’m even more proud that you feel empowered to be vocal and approach us with constructive feedback to help us build a better product. Thank you for your feedback, and I look forward to all that Instagram has to bring in the New Year.

Thank you,

Kevin Systrom co-founder, Instagram

680News — Part one:

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Your chance to win $25,000 from Rogers 1

Rogers was the first to introduce a full Windows 8 mobile experience, and now they want to give you the chance to experience another first of your own!

To enter for your chance, simply log onto Rogers’ Facebook page, launch the app, and share your wildest (and boldest) dreams in 200 words or less.

I have the pleasure alongside four other judges (Dan Bader, Maria Shapiro, Michael Caswell, and Derek Malcolm) to select 30 finalists of all entries to move onto the next round – public voting.

Between Dec. 3 and Dec. 12, 2012, you – the public – will be able to read and vote for who you think deserves to win the grand prize.  You may vote for a story once per day.

You will have a shot at winning one of the following prizes:

– One grand prize of $25,000 to make your dreams come true

– One of ten Windows 8 devices, valued at approximately $1,000 each

The deadline to submit an essay ends Nov. 21, 2012, and the voting period closes on Dec. 12, 2012.

Enter here, and good luck!

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Submission Phase to enter and submit an essay ends November 21, 2012 and the Voting Phase starts December 3 and ends December 12, 2012. Open to residents of Canada having reached the age of majority but excluding residents of Quebec. Prizes: one Grand Prize of $25,000 in cash; ten Windows 8 devices valued at approx. $1,000 each. Odds of winning depend on the quality of essays and on the number of votes received. Correct answer to mathematical skill-testing question required to be a winner. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Full contest rules and details here.


High-Tech Board Games and Toys for Kids – Cityline

High-Tech Board Games and Toys for Kids:  Episode as seen on Cityline – October 29, 2012.

As always, you can re-watch previous episodes of Cityline on Citytv.com, or via the Citytv Video iPad/iPhone app!  Cityline airs 9 a.m./3 p.m. ET on Citytv in Toronto.  Check Citytv.com for air times in your city.

Show Notes:

Hasbro
www.hasbro.ca
MONOPOLY ZAPPED Edition
MONOPOLY Electronic Banking
TWISTER Dance
ANGRY BIRDS STAR WARS JENGA DEATH STAR Game

Toys R Us
www.toysrus.ca
Scrabble Flash
The Game of Life – Zapped
Operation – Reinvented
Crayola Marker AirBrush

Mattel
www.mattel.ca 
BARBIE Photo Fashion Doll
APPTIVITY – Batman, Hot Wheels, Angry Birds, WWE
FISHER PRICE Laugh & Learn Apptivity Monkey


Intro to Geocaching – Cityline

Intro to Geocaching as seen on Cityline – June 19, 2012

As always, you can re-watch previous episodes of Cityline on Citytv.com, or via the Citytv Video iPad/iPhone app!  Cityline airs 9am/4pm EST on Citytv in Toronto.  Check Citytv.com for air times in your city.

Show Notes:

Geocaching.com
www.geocaching.com