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Twitter to live stream the Presidential inauguration of Donald Trump

A new era is upon us on January 20th, 2017. Donald J. Trump will be inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States and Mike Pence will become the 48th Vice President of the United States. While one can watch all the political festivities unfold on TV or YouTube, Twitter is once again stretching…

Volkswagen acquires Vancouver-based PayByPhone

Volkswagen has acquired Vancouver-based PayByPhone for an undisclosed amount of money. According to the Wall Street Journal, Volkswagen is interested to clean up its image from the 2015 diesel-emissions controversy and this deal is about solely a play to gain access to proven technology that makes the overall driving experience easier and convenient. “This is…

Microsoft Canada announces Holiday Super Sale

Microsoft has announced a Holiday Super Sale, including deals on PCs, Xbox, and mobile devices. It includes free expedited shipping, for people looking for “last minute gifts”. Standout deals include: $180 off select Surface Pro 4 tablets, and $328 off select bundles laptops as much as 47% off Xbox One bundles as much as $110…

Montreal-based travel app Hopper surpasses 10 million downloads, raises $82M to expand

Montreal-based Hopper, a mobile app that analyzes and predicts airfare, has secured an $82 million CAD Series C round of funding. The Series C was led Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec. Existing investors Brightspark Ventures, Accomplice, OMERS Ventures, Investissement Québec, and BDC Capital IT Venture Fund also participated in the round. The round…

Apple says November 2016 had the ‘highest monthly sales ever in App Store history’

Apple unveiled its 2016 “best of” year-end list yesterday, revealing the year’s top selling App Store apps, games, books and movies. Topping the list were Canadian-made Severed by Toronto-based Drinkbox Studios and Chameleon Run by Saskatchewan-based company Noodlecake Studios. In a tweet sent out today, Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, said…

December Android distribution shows KitKat finally edged out by Marshmallow

Google has published December’s distribution numbers for users on Android, revealing that 2013’s Android 4.4 KitKat has finally been edged out as the dominant API level of the platform by 2015’s Android 6.0 Marshmallow. KitKat now claims a still-significant 24 percent chunk of the usage base, while Marshmallow now has 26.3 percent. Last month, Marshmallow…

Uber will now track you even after you’ve been dropped off

A new update to Uber allows the ride hailing service to track a user’s location even after they’ve been dropped off. With the new update, Uber now prompts users to accept the new policy by enabling their phones to track and send the information. While Uber once just collected data when the user had the…

Shopify CFO says his company might like to buy Google one day

Shopify’s chief financial officer Russ Jones shot down the idea of a Google acquisition by stating that, if anything, the reverse might happen in the future, in a recent BNN interview. In March Recode stated Google was eyeing up some cloud company acquisitions, with Shopify on the list. After being asked about the potential of…

Letgo takes aim at Kijiji with simplified second-hand shopping app

How do you make something as popular as second-hand retail platform Kijiji — or its U.S. equivalent Craigslist — even better? If you’re Letgo, you set out to build an online marketplace that is made safer with the addition of transparent user accounts and boosted in simplicity with the help of artificial intelligence. The approximately…

Montreal startup Dialogue launches healthcare benefits app

With the launch of its integrated healthcare platform, Dialogue is the latest Canadian startup looking to tackle the employee healthcare space. The Montreal-based company allows businesses to offer their employees access to healthcare services through their mobile phone. Employees can access consultations with doctors, text registered nurses with health concerns, and receive summaries of doctor’s…

Pre-movie gaming app TimePlay gets serious with interactive distracted driving campaign

TimePlay, everyone’s favourite pre-movie cinema activity, has launched an interactive storytelling feature in its app to generate awareness of the dangers of distracted driving. The feature, ‘Choices,’ is a short film that uses real-time interactive storytelling. Audience members use the app to suggest what decisions the protagonist of the film should make. The story abruptly…

Cortana is hinting at what to expect from Microsoft’s upcoming Surface event

In anticipation of Microsoft’s Surface event on October 26th, 2016, the company’s AI assistant Cortana is serving up some clues regarding what to expect, all of which further the company’s event tagline: “Imagine what you’ll do.” If users tell Cortana “spark my imagination,” the AI responds with interesting facts related to creativity. The facts reference…

RBC announces winners of ‘Next Great Innovator Hackathon’

RBC recently announced the winners of the 2017 ‘Next Great Innovator Hackathon.’ For the 10th anniversary of the event, RBC brought together over 130 students for a top prize of $10,000. In 33 hours, 35 teams from across 18 schools worked away to build an app that RBC could offer to help entrepreneurs start, manage…

RBC launches rewards app to help you pay for your vacation

RBC is enhancing its position in the rewards market with the launch of its new app. RBC Rewards is an app that allows RBC customers to view their points balance which are redeemable for a number of products. The app lets users collect points towards several products, including vacations, gadgets and merchandise. “The RBC Rewards app will…

Bring private messaging to the next level with Wickr Me [App of the Week]

There are quite a few end-to-end encrypted messaging apps out there, but not many take privacy as seriously as Wickr Me. The app lets users send encrypted messages that can be set to automatically delete in the range of three seconds all the way up to six days (honestly, no one should take over six…

Toronto-based productivity app JustGotThat! works with your busy schedule

Everyone has their own way to stay organized, but in the digital world, productivity apps have become a favourite. While there are tons of options, Toronto’s tech community just produced one that works around your schedule. JustGotThat! recently launched two apps designed for consumers and businesses to help them connect in ways that fit into…

It’s now possible to go ‘incognito’ in Google’s iOS app

Google released an update to its iOS search app that allows users to browse content privately without their keywords and browser history being saved. The company notes in its version update notes on the App Store that users can enter incognito mode with a 3D shortcut by hard pressing on the Google icon. What is…

Get ice cream delivered via chatbot courtesy of Ben & Jerry’s and Urbery

Starting tomorrow, Torontonians won’t have to worry about ice cream shortages while browsing Facebook. #DoughToDoor, a new campaign launched by Toronto grocery and alcohol delivery app Urbery and Ben & Jerry’s allows users to purchase ice cream via a chatbot on the social media giant’s Messenger platform. The pints will then be delivered curbside courtesy…