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Date: Tuesday, 12 Aug 2014 22:39

LoveBitcoin.co is giving away 2.6 Bitcoin (current value $1600+) with its #LoveBitcoin contest. The contest is a partnership between CAVIRTEX and Saucal and it’s really easy to enter.

To enter, record a video telling the world why you love bitcoin and upload it to YouTube or Instagram with the hashtag #lovebitcoin in the title.

Prizes include:

Ultimate Grand Supreme Bitcoin Lover – 50% (2.633151685 BTC)
Grand Supreme Bitcoin Lover – 25% (1.3165758425BTC)
Supreme Bitcoin Lover – 10% (0.526630337 BTC)
Super Bitcoin Lover – 5% (0.2633151685 BTC) (2 available)
5% of the Prize Pool will be going to a Bitcoin Charity

Contest ends Thursday, August 14th at midnight. Head over to LoveBitcoin.co for more details.

Author: "Kyle McInnes" Tags: "News, bitcoin, btc, cavirtex, lovebitcoi..."
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Date: Tuesday, 12 Aug 2014 17:16

The Bicoin BTM (Bitcoin Automated Teller) is a convenient and fast way to turn cash into Bitcoin. Currently, the world’s largest BTM installation is underway in Toronto and the GTA, and you can follow along on Instagram. Search the hashtag #FutureMoney and be sure to check out some of the social accounts involved.

Follow @kylemcinnes on Instagram for pics of the journey.


Author: "Kyle McInnes" Tags: "News, atm, bitcoin, btm, futuremoney"
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Date: Monday, 11 Aug 2014 18:46

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SignEasy is one of the best productivity apps available on mobile. It makes signing documents a breeze and even though it’s an Android port, the app works great on BlackBerry 10. Recently, the app has had some major updates including:

  • Ability to prefill forms
  • Automatic backup of important documents
  • Ability to sign in using another device in an emergency situation
  • Sign offline even while not connected to the internet

If you’re a BlackBerry 10 user, the company has said “We are going to look at the response that we get from BlackBerry 10 users before we decide to update the app.” So make sure to Tweet at the company and let them know in the comments on their site. Surely they’ll be able to update the Android port on BlackBerry 10 quite easily.

Learn more about the updates at the SignEasy blog.

Author: "Kyle McInnes" Tags: "News, document signing, premium, product..."
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Date: Friday, 08 Aug 2014 19:12

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Sensassure is an early stage startup that has a really cool product with big implications. The product is a connected diaper with a sensor that tracks whether incontinent seniors have soiled themselves. Sure, it’s a bit of a gross problem to tackle, but it’s a problem that’s becoming increasingly important as the North American population ages.

Read the full article at Connectedly.com.

Author: "Kyle McInnes" Tags: "News, connected, iot, senior citizens, s..."
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Date: Friday, 01 Aug 2014 17:13

Doug Soltys is the former Editor in Chief of BlackBerryCool as well as a former employee of BlackBerry as its Blog Manager. Today, he spoke on CBC’s The National to discuss the partnership between Apple and IBM.

It’s an interesting discussion as everyone wants to know how this partnership will affect BlackBerry. While Apple doesn’t have the ultra-high security needed for government and defense, those clients may pale in significance to the clients that IBM may lure to Apple with its enterprise app offerings. Also, it’s worth noting that IBM has 430,000 employees and Apple shipped 50x what BlackBerry shipped in Q4 2013. It’s an uphill battle for sure.

Here is a link to The National’s video on the IBM and Apple deal with Doug coming in at the end.

Author: "Kyle McInnes" Tags: "News, analysts, apple, deals, enterprise..."
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Date: Friday, 01 Aug 2014 17:10

In a recent webinar, Steve West, Senior Director of Business Development for QNX Cloud, gave a high level case for why BlackBerry and QNX are well positioned to help facilitate the full potential of the Internet of Things.

At first glance, QNX and BlackBerry might seem like a company with a split personality. BlackBerry has been focused on enterprise, while QNX still seems to be on the consumer side of things with its infotainment systems for automotive. The combined expertise of both companies nicely intersects at the Internet of Things because it combines their relative experience with security, scalability and reliability. In fact, the vision QNX and BlackBerry have for IoT is enterprise at its core and was best showcased in a case study for the Orlando Brewing Company.

Read the full article over at Connectedly.com.

Author: "Kyle McInnes" Tags: "Editorials, internet of things, iot, pro..."
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Date: Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 18:32

If you’re in Toronto tomorrow, check out the We Are Wearables event. The theme of tomorrow’s meetup will be the potential of wearable technology to augment our physical capabilities. The companies presenting include Bionik Laboratories (The ARKE Exoskeleton), eSight Eyewear, SENSIMAT, Lynxio and Sensassure.

I wonder if any of these companies will be competing in the 2016 Cybathlon. The Swiss competition will have exoskeleton, powered wheelchair and even brain interface races.

Check out this Meetup link for more details on WWTO tomorrow.

Author: "Kyle McInnes" Tags: "News, events, toronto, wearables, wwto"
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Date: Monday, 28 Jul 2014 19:24

How to fly Business Class for Coach prices:

1) Buy a bulkhead or emergency aisle seat.
2) Order juice or pop and spike it with duty free liquor.
3) Tip your flight attendant and tell them to keep the mix coming.

Author: "Kyle McInnes" Tags: "News, business class, how to, tips"
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Date: Sunday, 20 Jul 2014 02:21

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The Ritot smartwatch is an interesting product that looks like something right out of the movie In Time with Justin Timberlake. It seems a lot of people also love the idea, as the Ritot has raised over $300,000, well in excess its initial goal of $50,000.

But can the Ritot do everything it claims? Judging from the information on the Indiegogo, there’s some major technical challenges the company claims to have solved, but won’t actually show how or demonstrate they’ve solved them. In fact, they make some bold claims while showing blatant Photoshops of stock photography.

Read the full article at Connectedly.com.

Author: "Kyle McInnes" Tags: "Editorials, crowdfunding, indiegogo, rit..."
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Date: Sunday, 20 Jul 2014 02:10

The innovation laced through the National Capital Region is impressive, and this third edition of the Ottawa Mini Maker Faire is a chance to connect creative people from all over our region in a celebration of the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) spirit.

A Mini Maker Faire brings together families and individuals who celebrate arts, crafts, engineering, food, music, sustainability, and science and those who embrace the DIY spirit. At Mini Maker Faire, the focus is on the process of making – not just the finished product.

If you’re in Ottawa, Canada, come out and enjoy the fourth annual Ottawa Mini Maker Faire on August 16th and 17th.

Author: "Kyle McInnes" Tags: "News"
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Date: Tuesday, 15 Jul 2014 06:49

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Here’s a fun deal: Blokus is now available for the Mac App Store and if you buy it (just $3), you can have your game, portfolio or resume reviewed by myself. Buy a fun game and get your resume reviewed by someone in the industry that hires. It’s a win-win!

Send me a screenshot of the purchase confirmation and attach your resume. I’ll have the feedback to you by the end of the week.

Note: This offer is only available for today and tomorrow (July 15th). Feel free to forward to friends looking for a job!

Buy the game at this Mac App Store link.

Author: "Kyle McInnes" Tags: "News, app store, blokus, ios, itunes, ma..."
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Date: Saturday, 12 Jul 2014 21:12

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Spark Labs has an interesting story that begins the way all great startups do: solving a personal problem. Zach Supalla’s father is deaf and he wanted a way to integrate the home lighting system with his father’s smartphone, so he would know when his wife was texting him. The project put Spark Labs into the connected lighting products market and the company launched their first product Spark Socket on Kickstarter.

Read the full article over at Connectedly.com.

Author: "Kyle McInnes" Tags: "News, internet of things, iot, make, mak..."
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Date: Wednesday, 25 Jun 2014 21:12

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Matthias Marquardt of the famed Emacberry has released a classic BlackBerry app, GPSLogger II, for BlackBerry 10 by first porting it to Android. It’s great to see the Android app play work out as some developers from the legacy OS would otherwise have been left out.

GPSLogger II is a straightforward app that tracks your physical movement over time. The app records information including your location, elevation and speed, as well as some other data. GPSLogger II is great because it’s vague enough that it can serve a myriad of purposes. If you’re an avid skier, athlete or someone into the Quantified Self, you’re bound to appreciate the simplicity and data that the app provides.

Download GPSLogger II for your BlackBerry 10 device at this link.

Author: "Kyle McInnes" Tags: "News, emacberry, gps, GPSLogger II, matt..."
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Date: Wednesday, 25 Jun 2014 20:53

This week, the White House hosted its first Maker Faire and announced that Americans need “to be makers of things, not just consumers of things.” While we have always had engineers, hobbyists and tinkers, the maker movement is taking off. Reasons for the recent maker community growth is likely due to economies of scale reducing hardware costs, software becoming more versatile, and recent innovations like 3D printers.

Read the full article at Connectedly.com at this link.

Author: "Kyle McInnes" Tags: "News, maker, maker faire, makerspaces, o..."
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Date: Friday, 20 Jun 2014 23:00

gymtrack

GymTrack is an Internet of Things company that is targeting a B2B market rather than the typical B2C market that Internet of Things (IoT) companies are known for. It’s an interesting take on IoT and fitness that you don’t see too much of, and if the company can handle all of the headaches around scaling, it could be a hugely successful idea.

Read the full article at Connectedly.com.

Author: "Kyle McInnes" Tags: "News, B2B, gymtrack, iot, ottawa"
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Date: Friday, 13 Jun 2014 16:26

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The question I’ve had a lot is “when do you have a laptop but not a micro-USB?”. It’s a totally valid question and the simplest answer is “You will. Trust me.” The Nomad ChargeKey and ChargeCard are the smallest, simplest ways to carry about a micro USB. In fact, I’m traveling as I write this and my charger broke, leaving me with the ChargeCard and a laptop as my only lifeline to charge my phone. Considering these USB cables just sit in your wallet or on your keychain, it’s worth the cost of the device as a backup.

Check out Nomad products at this link. The ChargeKey and ChargeCard go for $30.

Author: "Kyle McInnes" Tags: "Reviews, chargecard, chargekey, micro us..."
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Date: Tuesday, 10 Jun 2014 20:29

blackberry developer groups

If you’re in Ottawa, Canada or the surrounding region, you should definitely check out the Ottawa BlackBerry Developer Group. The meetup will talk about some of the changes at BlackBerry, mostly that the company is largely enterprise focused. This change is very visible at the developer group level. BlackBerry has been using a Developer Group Hub, powered by Influitive, in order to connect Group Managers as well as send the company message to those groups. So far, the message is clear: develop enterprise apps.

Eventbrite - Ottawa BlackBerry Developer Group Meetup

Author: "Kyle McInnes" Tags: "News, blackberry developer groups, canad..."
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Date: Sunday, 08 Jun 2014 17:57

Leonard MacEachern is a professor at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. His company, GestureLogic, is showing off a new wearable that is soon to arrive on Indiegogo.

The wearable, called LEO, is a band of silver-woven fabric that wraps around the user’s thigh and measures hamstring movement, hydration and heart rate. The device is not named after Leonard MacEachern, but rather Leonardo da Vinci, as the man embodies the science behind the product.

The architecture of LEO is very similar to other wearables on the market. The device collects data from the user’s exercise, then syncs that data with a smartphone and the cloud. Where LEO differentiates itself is that the cloud is used to gather data and send recommendations back to the user to help them train more effectively.

Read the full article over at Connectedly.

Author: "Kyle McInnes" Tags: "News, fitness, gesturelogic, leo, wearab..."
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Date: Monday, 02 Jun 2014 04:21

When I first saw Thalmic Labs’ Myo armband, I thought “that’s a cool device, but why?”. It’s a problem that a lot of wearables and IoT products are experiencing. Sure, it’s cool to track your heartbeat, brain patterns, or watch your dog while you’re away, but is that a solution to a real consumer problem?

Read the full article over at Connectedly.

Author: "Kyle McInnes" Tags: "News, myo, startups, thalmic labs, weara..."
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Date: Monday, 02 Jun 2014 04:17

Passport

We’re doing something fun this year: the OIGC Passport. At select locations around Ottawa, we have passports to encourage attendees to visit local businesses and discover the awesome game culture we have going on in the city.

The Passport works by picking up your passport, preferably at Mercury Lounge where most are stored (locations will all have some on hand), and visiting each location in the Passport. Each location will give you a stamp which gives you one ballot to win an Xbox One.

Check out more details at this OIGC link.

Author: "Kyle McInnes" Tags: "News, conferences, oigc, ottawa internat..."
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