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Live Blog: Apple’s 2013 WWDC in San Francisco

Apple is holding their annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, scheduled for 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT.  From iOS 7 to the rumoured “iRadio,” we will be live-blogging CEO Tim Cook’s announcements live!

Follow the developments in the chat below starting at 12:30 p.m. ET/9:30 p.m. PT, and watch along with the chat via Apple’s live stream here.

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2013 – Happy New Year!

How does another year fly by so quickly?  2012 was a great year; and with an effort to keep things light, instead of talking about the top newsmakers of the year, I thought I’d list a few things everyone can be thankful for.

  1. The average debt on a household is down. Since the recession of 2008, people all over the world have felt the pinch of debt, and the crushing weight that is the economy. Average households were feeling the crunch on their home mortgages, credits, loans, and student debts. In 2012, it was the first year that North America  saw a noticeable increase in minimizing and paying off the debts.
  2. Technology. How could I resist? Come on! 2012 was a crazy and busy year for most people. For me personally, my iPhone was 99 per cent of what kept me sane. Between telling where to be at all times, and dictating what work was due when, I am grateful for the technological advancements that happened in 2012. That includes you, Microsoft Surface.
  3. Businesses aren’t firing people. The job market has been underwhelming in the economic recovery that officially began more than three years ago, and unemployment remains high at 7.9 per cent. But there is some hidden good news in the jobs numbers. While businesses aren’t adding new workers at a pace that would put the hordes of unemployed back on the job very rapidly, they also aren’t slashing jobs at a very rapid clip. It is a sign that even though employers aren’t adding jobs in large numbers, they also are reasonably happy with the workers they have and are not dismissing workers in unusually large numbers. It’s a good time if you already have a job. (via Washington Post)
  4. Housing is dramatically more affordable. People often speak as if higher home prices are an unambiguously good thing, but that can be misleading. Sure, a retiree looking to sell off a large house and live in a small condo instead benefits from high home prices. But most everyone else is either better off when buying a home is more affordable rather than less. Add it all up, and in the spring of 2012 that median American house would require a mortgage payment of only $889 a month, which is 26 per cent of the average private sector employee’s pay. For workers just starting out, young families, or those looking to buy a bigger place, that is hard to beat. (via Washington Post)
  5. The world didn’t end. Despite the Mayan calendar and the phenomenon that the world was going to end on Dec. 21, 2012, I’m still able to write and publish this article. So take that, Mayan calendar!

2012 was a great year.  A large highlight of mine is your continued support in everything I do–be it viewing my work on television, reading my thoughts on Twitter, or dealing with my plethora of hashtags on Instagram.

Thanks for your continued support, and I look forward to sharing many more moments in 2013.

Happy New Year!

Winston Sih


Teens Gone Wired: Are you ready? – What I’m Currently Reading

In a world where kids are constantly connected to the smartphones and always posting on social networks like Facebook and Twitter, Lyndsay Green’s Teens Gone Wired: Are you ready? (Thomas Allen) is an ideal guide for parents feeling intimidated by the virtual world their teens are immersed in every day.

Teens Gone Wired takes a look at the challenges parents face with their teens constantly wired to the Internet, and includes indispensable advice from dozens of parents who have gone through the experience, along with many helpful  support resources to refer to if you need help.  The book addresses common arguments faced by families including: what’s fun vs. an unhealthy obsession; what and what not to share online; real friends vs. virtual friends; and maintaining privacy/anonymity.

Teens Gone Wired is a great refresher for anyone – even for people who aren’t parents like me – and allows you to brush up on your Internet “street smart” skills.

For parents with teens specifically, if you feel like you’re losing control over your kids and what they’re doing online, this will let you gain some understanding and knowledge, so you can be on the same page as your kids.  At the very least, you will know for which red flags to look out for, and ensure your kids are surfing the web safely.

What are you reading this Friday? Tell us in the comments what books are currently residing on your bedside table!


The Digital (Foodie) Life – Untourist App (Part 2 of 5) – The Digital Life

The truth is, I’ve always had a secret passion for food.I’m often cruising through cook books, trying new restaurants, and discovering new cooking shows!  This CityLine blog has often been very technology-oriented, but living “The Digital Life” doesn’t always have to be “geeky.”

We live in a world of blogs, apps, smartphones, and there’s literally something for everyone!  In my online travels, I stumbled upon Andrew Dobson, a self-proclaimed “Professional Foodie,” based out of Toronto.  In the last installment of the five-part series I call “The Digital (Foodie) Life,”  I got the opportunity to chat with the founder of the dobbernationLOVES blog, and talk about what inspired him to create it!

Continuing with our food and tech theme, I spoke to Dobson about one of his top recommended apps when it comes to traveling and dining abroad.

“This past weekend I spent my Saturday afternoon using the ‘G Adventures Untourist’ App on my new iPhone 4S.  As you can imagine, I am borderline obsessive about the restaurants I visit when on vacation.”

Dobson isn’t kidding when he refers to himself as “borderline obsessive.”  He tells me he typically sets up a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet outlining each day of his trip, and slots in well-researched recommendations for each day’s breakfast, lunch, dinner and late evening watering holes.

“‘The Untourist App’ is on my list of “go to” resources before departure,” he adds.  The application is built on recommendations from the “G Adventures” Worldwide network of CEOs.  The term, “CEOs” refers to “Chief Experience Officers.”

Untourist highlights over 1700 must-try culinary experiences and off-the-beaten path restaurants that make travel worthwhile.

Dobson boasts its friendly user experience.  “Just tell it where you are, and Untourist will plot location-specific suggestions on a local map for you. Whether you’re preparing for your next adventure abroad, or just window-shopping from the comfort of your couch, Untourist puts the whole planet at your fingertips.”

From there, you are able to read reviews of local restaurants submitted by the globetrotting travel experts at G Adventures.  The application features several of Dobson’s own reviews from around the world.  Whether you are on a business trip, planning a family holiday, or sitting at home with a craving for the best restaurants around, use the Untourist App to satiate your cravings.

In the next installment of “The Digital (Foodie) Life,” we’ll explore the trend of “restaurant video-blogging,” and how you can hop on the bandwagon.

Have a question for the blog?  Send me an email, me@winstonsih.com, or send me a Tweet, @WinstonSih is the place to go!

Repost from CityLine.ca


The Digital (Foodie) Life – Introduction (Part 1 of 5) – The Digital Life

The truth is, I’ve always had a secret passion for food.  I’m often cruising through cookbooks, trying new restaurants, and discovering new cooking shows!  This CityLine blog has often been very technology-oriented, but living “The Digital Life” doesn’t always have to be “geeky.”

We live in a world of blogs, apps, smartphones, and there’s literally something for everyone!  In my online travels, I stumbled upon Andrew Dobson, a self-proclaimed “Professional Foodie,” based out of Toronto.  In this installment of the five-part series I call “The Digital (Foodie) Life,”  I get the opportunity to chat with the founder of the dobbernationLOVES blog, and talk about what inspired him to create it!

“I graduated from the University of Guelph’s Hotel and Food Administration program at the top of my class, was awarded 18 Provincial and National scholarships, and I felt at this point in my life I had a spotlight burning on my forehead. Everyone with bated breath was wondering, ‘What will he do next?’”

Dobson had a desire to wander off the beaten path.  University not only taught him the essential academics, but it also taught him that he had a new-found passion for travel.  He tells me that he caught the wanderlust bug in his 3rd year of studies when he found himself backpacking through 17 countries in Europe for his 4th year dissertation on “Global Culinary Tourism.”

“It was during this solo backpacking trip that I started to become obsessed with documenting everything I ate, every art gallery I visited, and the exact minute my train left the station. It was in the summer of 2007 that I realized I was a naturally-born blogger.”

He realized that his travels over the past three years documenting culture and food would easily translate into a lifestyle blog showcasing the best that Toronto has to offer.

“I eat out at restaurants up to seven times a week and visit as many showy events in the city that catch my eye. I view the city as an ever-evolving foreign space, and my goal is to showcase all of its odds and ends in its entirety!”

From there, the blog dobbernationLOVES was conceptualized – “Dobber” being his nickname; and “nation” being the inspiration to create an online community.  In his words, it is now “an encyclopedia of everything that I love. It features all of my travel writing and photography, over 300 local restaurant reviews, events, food and beverage reviews, as well as odd ramblings.”

Dobson is an everyday Canadian who empowers the web and social media space to showcase his passion for lifestyle, food, and travel.  Twitter plays an integral part as he reaches out to his audience to gage what interests them, and what or where he’ll be reviewing next.

When Dobson first went backpacking in Europe, he wrote in two paper journals.  Today as a professional food blogger, he takes his MacBook Pro and smartphone to document his journeys.  Using the Wi-Fi connections readily available, he posts blogs, Tweets, and shares his reviews on Facebook.

He tells me that Twitter enables him to ensure that “the conversation goes both ways and you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how handy it can be, for example, to have a travel and food expert at your fingertips.”

In the next installment of “The Digital (Foodie) Life,” we’ll dive right in and I’ll talk to Andrew Dobson about his iPhone app suggestion to find great restaurant reviews all over the world!  

Have a question for the blog?  Send me an email, me@winstonsih.com, or send me a Tweet, @WinstonSih is the place to go!

Repost from CityLine.ca