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Best Buy Life and Tech Expo at Dundas Square

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They say that the two things that you can count on is death and taxes. I’d like to add a third one…technology! Technology is always updating and becoming better, smarter and faster. This week, the Best Buy Life and Tech Expo is back for a third year. The three-day long expo from September 12th to 14th boasts one of Canada’s largest consumer technology showcases featuring more than 60 top exhibitors from around the globe at Dundas Square.

Participating exhibitors include:

  • Zeeq Smart Pillow
  • Noon VR
  • Parrot
  • Google Home
  • Retrak
  • Yuneec
  • Meural
  • Oculus
  • Xiro
  • Ring
  • HP
  • Sphero
  • Logitech
  • Microsoft
  • Propel
  • August
  • iHealth
  • Tangible Play
  • Nest
  • Nokia
  • Wonder Workshop
  • Philips Hue
  • Muse
  • Spin Master
  • Nanoleaf
  • Zepp
  • Anki
  • Sony
  • FitBit
  • Little Bits
  • Linksys
  • Fossil (Fossil, MK, Diesel, Armani)
  • UB Tech
  • Smart Companion
  • Movado (Movado, Hugo Boss, Tommy H)
  • Samsung
  • Nonda
  • Nixon
  • Click and Grow
  • Thinkware
  • Guess
  • LIFX
  • Fensens
  • DJI
  • Samsung
  • BBY Mobile
  • UE/Jaybird
  • Ricoh (Pentax)
  • Altec Lansing
  • Sonos
  • ESET

Some of my favourite things are below!

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Nanoleaf Aurora Smart LED Light Panel These smart LED triangles can brighten up your living room. The lights can be voice controlled and syncs with Android and Apple products. (more…)

Homido VR Headset

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Probably the coolest gift of the Christmas season this year, the Homido VR headset is one not just for the tech geeks in your life, but for anyone who enjoys a 3-D experience, and all you need to start is your smartphone! Just strap in your phone, put on the comfortable headset and be taken on any adventure you like. An array of games, and learning videos can be experienced with the headset. Watch 3-D movies, and walk around in 3-D virtual environments.

With 1000+ apps available for your smartphone you’ll never run out of things to try!

Retails for $79.99 at Best Buy

[Fun Facts] Instagram & Millennials

At FFWD Advertising and Marketing Week, hosted by the ICA, I attended some interesting lectures. My favourite talk was from Facebook Canada, owners of Instagram. They shared some cool stats about Instagram that I’d love to share with you!

Instagram is my favourite social media platform. It’s so visual and beautiful. I love to use it to find new things to eat and places to go. And I’m not alone!

Millennials are the top users of Instagram (that’s me!), making up 70% of all users. On average, we use Instagram for 21 minutes per day. Instagram is great for capturing and sharing world moments. There are 80 million photos shared per day, and 3.5 billion likes per day. Women tailor content around human elements, while men share travel and city pride.

So why do millennials use Instagram?

74% take actions based on posts.
46% say Instagram brings out creativity
48% follow brands on Instagram
39% use Instagram so they don’t miss out. (FOMO is real!)
45% follow brands that inspire them.

36% of Canadian posts use hashtags.

#smile #positivity #iloveyou are the most popular.
Trending: #strideby #fromwhereistand #emojisinthewild #theworldneedsmorespiralstaircases #makeportraits

So what should you do to create better content and attract new followers? Think of how to inspire, think how it will look visually.

Build your digital skills with Camp Tech

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Camp Tech offers workshops and classes for adults to learn web and digital skills in Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa and Waterloo. They host over 200 hands-on, interactive workshops a year about CSS, HTML, SEO, WordPress, Photoshop and much more.

I was really excited when I first stumbled upon Camp Tech, because it offers courses that I found were relevant to skills I wanted to learn now. The Business of Blogging is for newbie bloggers and professional  bloggers. The class is taught by Wendy Kam from Hip Urban Girl, and it teaches you how to optimize your blog for opportunities and relevant content.

If you’re looking to brush up on your skills or learn some new ones, you should check out Camp Tech! Workshops sell out fast, so be sure to register early! Click here to see the classes.

http://www.CampTech.com

 

RITUAL lets you fuel up fast at your favourite restaurants

Have you ever wanted to pick up lunch to go, but didn’t want to spend forever waiting in line? There’s an app for that. Ritual is expanding in Toronto, and currently has over 100 restaurants on the go. With Ritual,  you can order and pay for food at your favourite restaurants without waiting in line.

Simply connect your credit card, find your favourite restaurant or cafe on the list, select what you want to eat, and then put it in your cart. (more…)

Life & Tech Wearable Tech & Fashion Expo on Sept 8

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Next week will be the first Life & Tech fashion show hosted by Best Buy Canada at Yonge-Dundas Square on Tuesday Sept. 8! Here’s what you can look forward to.

This free event will offer Torontonians an interactive look at the latest and greatest wearable technology from nearly 30 exhibitors showcasing everything from the latest in health and fitness, life-logging cameras, smartwatches, wearable audio, gaming, virtual reality, gesture control, and even baby and pet

tech. Throughout the day, guests can enjoy two Wearable Tech fashion shows, star-studded appearances, panel discussions with industry experts, exclusive product launches, interactive demos, and more.

Event schedule:

  • 12 noon: “What the heck is wearable tech?” panel discussion
  • 12:35 p.m.: Life & Tech Wearable Tech Fashion Show
  • 2 p.m.: “How wearable tech elevates your health and fitness” panel discussion
  • 3 p.m.: “How Virtual Reality and Gesture Control are changing the world” panel discussion
  • 4 p.m.: “Wearable tech charges-up sports and entertainment” panel discussion
  • 6 p.m.: “What the heck is wearable tech?” panel discussion
  • 6:35 p.m.: Life & Tech Wearable Tech Fashion Show
  • 8:00 p.m.: House of Marley live performance by celebrated reggae and hip-hop artist, Ky-Mani Marley

Sounds like fun! For more info, please click here.

 

Stream all you want with Roku

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For a girl that loves to have the latest Android phone, high tech underwear and cool cameras, I can be embarrassingly old school about one thing: television.

My friends (like everyone in the world) have eschewed cable in favour of Netflix and Apple TV. I, however, still watch TV on the TV, and have cable. My computer isn’t even hooked up to my TV. I watch movies on my laptop the old fashioned way–downloading.

When I was given the chance to try a Roku, I thought, why not? Although the Roku 3 is out, I am reviewing a Roku 1 ($59.99) because my TV doesn’t have an HDMI port. (I SAID I WAS OLD SCHOOL, OKAY?)
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