Listen to what your dog is thinking

Jan 28, 2014 / 10:34 am
Dog lovers are not shy about talking to their pets, but the communication is mostly an exchange of barks and guesses…unless you put on the No More Woof device on your four-legged friend. Creator NSID (Nordic Society for Invention and Discovery) recently launched a fundraising campaign on...

Chipolo: Never lose your keys again

Jan 16, 2014 / 8:23 am
Do you tend to misplace and forget where you left your stuff? Chipolo offers a creative new solution for the forgetful. It is a small device which uses Bluetooth to locate missing items. This allows the device to wirelessly connect to virtually any Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone. Simply attach a...

FlyKly, The Smart Bike Wheel

Oct 19, 2013 / 5:00 am
Launching on the crowd-funding website Kickstarter on October 16, FlyKly aims to make riding almost any bicycle an effortless adventure. It has already reached the funding goal of $100,000, so there seems to be demand for this type of technology. The Smart Wheel FlyKly has developed assists in...

Order beer in 59 languages

Aug 15, 2013 / 6:38 am
A couple of techies walk into a bar...a foreign bar, and realize they have no idea how to order beer in Czech. That's the dilemma the founders of Pivo found themselves in when visiting Prague. Their solution? Develop an iPhone app that teaches people how to order beer in 59 different...

Get in the Loop

May 16, 2013 / 10:13 am
Getintheloop Marketing Ltd. recently launched their membership platform, Getintheloop.ca. The new website offers an exclusive members area for access to discounts in the South Okanagan on premium restaurants, golf courses, spas, resorts and wineries. Based out of Kelowna, Get in the Loop...

3D printed guns on the horizon

Apr 13, 2013 / 5:27 am
As the gun control debate rages on in America a new technology is starting to hit the mainstream that could make obtaining a gun virtually as easy as downloading a file. That technology is 3D printing. Likely the biggest public advocate of 3D printed guns is 24-year-old Cody Wilson who owns...

Explain Like I'm Five: Crisis in Syria

Apr 1, 2013 / 5:00 am
After launching earlier this month, Reddit's original web video series dubbed "Explain Like I'm Five" has already started to generate some attention. Based on Reddit's popular sub-reddit of the same name, the first three videos released in the series cover the following...

One giant leap for doorbell tech

Feb 25, 2013 / 11:44 am
Meet the DoorBot, a fresh approach to a very common, yet antiquated technology. DoorBot was recently funded on the crowdfunding website Christie Street, raising over $250,000 towards the first manufacturing run of the product. After being installed where a traditional doorbell would normally...

Hockey tech developing in Penticton

Feb 10, 2013 / 11:20 am
Factor 9 Sports has received funding from the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP). The funding will be used to research ice hockey skating performance using their Blur Analysis System. The project plan includes researching algorithms that will in...

Nest: A Smart Thermostat

Jan 14, 2013 / 1:46 pm
Founded by Tony Fadell, Nest has created a smart thermostat that learns your routine with the goal to save energy and money. The appealing design of the Nest Thermostat can be attributed in large part to Tony, who was team leader for the first 18 generations of the Apple iPod and the first 3...

Okanagan game studio seeks funding

Dec 7, 2012 / 5:55 am
Since Club Penguin was first released to the public in 2005 and later purchased by The Walt Disney Company in 2007, Kelowna has seen a massive expansion of jobs within the Okanagan technology community. As more technology companies begin to move operations to the Okanagan and as Disney veterans...

A gadget for forgetful people

Dec 3, 2012 / 5:00 am
Keep track of your TV remote, your luggage or even your children. StickyNFind is a bluetooth location sticker that you can attach to almost anything you want. You simply pair the bluetooth sticker with your smartphone and use the app to detect whether you're getting closer to your lost...

Local tech startup hits milestone

Nov 27, 2012 / 5:05 am
Bananatag,a local tech startup, is off to a flying start. Launched in August 2012, the company has over fifteen thousand users and has already surpassed the one million mark for emails opened and tracked. Bananatag allows individuals to track opens and clicks on their daily emails, taking the...

Canadian ad company raises $12M

Nov 27, 2012 / 5:00 am
Chango, a digital advertising company based in Toronto, recently raised $12M in funding in an effort to expand and legitimize itself as a serious contender in the ad retargeting space. With year over year growth of 600%, Chango is looking to charge full steam ahead with by filling around 50 new...

Video killed the radio star? Not so fast

Jul 27, 2012 / 3:00 pm
Podcastination - Podcasting for Nerds By Kelowna TV buff and podcast nerd Andrew Buckley ​Podcasts? Really? Who listens to podcasts anyway? Actually, millions of people do. Podcasting is one of the most easily obtainable forms of entertainment available today. So what is it?...

Wait for iPhone 5 or go Android?

Jul 6, 2012 / 1:00 pm
It’s been a very quiet time here at Tech Soup; too quiet, in fact. Tech Soup was always a popular spot here on Castanet, and one that brought about many heated arguments – especially those of the iPhone vs. Android variety. So far be it from me to douse the flame from that heated...

Apple vs Department of Defence

May 4, 2012 / 9:00 am
April was an interesting month for the book industry. The United States Department of Justice announced that it was suing five major publishers, along with Apple, for a price-fixing scheme. As Apple launched the original iPad, they allegedly colluded with Harper Collins, Penguin and other...

Stop tech from complicating your life

Apr 13, 2012 / 1:00 pm
The 10 Essential Rules for Slowing Down and Enjoying Life More Post written by Leo Babauta of Zenhabits It’s an irony of our modern lives that while technology is continually invented that saves us time, we use that time to do more and more things, and so our lives are more fast-paced...

Is Google impairing memory?

Mar 23, 2012 / 10:00 am
A concept dubbed collective intelligence may trigger thoughts related to science fiction, but in a world where over 500 million smart phones were shipped last year (according to IDC) we can start to classify ourselves as part of a 'group mind'. We aren't downloading information straight...

Jailbreak: Escape from Appletraz

Jan 7, 2012 / 9:00 am
To jailbreak or not to jailbreak? Have you heard the term ‘jailbreaking’ before? If you think it has to do with prison, you may be reading the wrong column. Jailbreaking, in the tech world, refers to the process required for removing the limitations imposed by Apple on their iPhone,...

Your emails are too long

Dec 9, 2011 / 7:00 am
I have a confession to make: as much as I love technology and entertainment, my favorite website has nothing to do with either. In fact, the author of the site - one of the only Internet sites that I can’t live without - firmly believes that we rarely if ever need the latest technology....

Got iPad? Get these apps.

Dec 2, 2011 / 7:00 am
Christmas is 23 days away. Depending on how you look at it, that’s either a scary thought or no big deal. Those who need to have their holiday chores done weeks in advance are probably going with the former, whereas the last minute shoppers are taking on the attitude of the...

Android may be evil: The sequel

Nov 25, 2011 / 7:00 am
You can’t please everyone. I’ve always known this, but only an hour or so after last week’s column, that expression hit me firmly upside the head. More than once. My email inbox was filling up with messages rife with discontent, and many people weren’t happy with my apparent...

Your Android device may be evil

Nov 18, 2011 / 7:00 am
I like the Android mobile operating system. I really do. Its customizability makes it a lot of fun to work with, and the open-ended concept paints a picture of a much broader, no-limit horizon that Apple’s iOS lacks. However, Android has some serious issues. Those issues became even more...

iCloud a not so perfect storm

Nov 11, 2011 / 7:00 am
It’s been a month for everyone to get accustomed to Apple’s highly-touted iCloud service, and I finally feel like I’m in a position to make some sense of it. You probably know that it stores your calendar, notes, contacts, documents, mail, music and photos online and syncs them -...

Sex and technology don't mix

Nov 4, 2011 / 6:00 am
Last week, CBC aired a documentary titled Facebook Follies, a close look at the part technology plays in capturing our not-so-fine moments. Once that photo has been placed on Facebook, that e-mail has been sent, that Tweet has been tweeted... it’s out there and can easily come back and bite...

Time to ditch your cable bill?

Oct 28, 2011 / 6:00 am
I was having lunch with a friend the other day and we were discussing the current slate of new shows introduced this fall TV season. For the record, only HBO’s Enlightened and Fox’s New Girl are worth adding to your personal TV schedule (please don’t tell me you like 2 Broke Girls...

iOS 5: The good, the bad, the ugly

Oct 21, 2011 / 6:00 am
It would appear that a good majority of those people who swore they wouldn’t be buying the iPhone 4S were either lying or fooling themselves. The phone sold over 4 million units in the first weekend, doubling sales of the iPhone 4 released last year. If you’re wondering why the lines to...

A condom for your smartphone?

Oct 14, 2011 / 5:00 am
This week’s Blackberry fiasco has got me thinking. The first thing that comes to mind is the term ‘epic fail’, and how this is a lesson on what not to do when doing PR damage control. But then I got to thinking about smartphone security. The three pillars of information security...

New iPhone: To buy or not to buy

Oct 7, 2011 / 6:00 am
The never-ending gadget lover’s dilemma rears its head next week when Apple releases its latest phone, the iPhone 4S. You say to yourself, “Do I shell out a few hundred bucks right now and commit to a 3-year cellular contract or can I afford to wait for the iPhone 5?”...
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