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A Match Made in Mobile Purgatory? Microsoft and RIM

(2) Comments | Posted March 17, 2012 | 11:58 AM

Microsoft launched their first Windows-based smartphone operating system in October 2001. That's right. Pocket PC 2002, code named "Merlin", was released 11 years ago and thus began Microsoft's mobile odyssey.

Aesthetically based on Windows XP, Microsoft diehards flocked to the new devices that sported the familiar...

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Domain Names Are as Important as Your Children's

(3) Comments | Posted March 17, 2012 | 11:56 AM

In 1991, I registered my multimedia company's URL,, with little issue or fanfare. The world's first URL was only registered six years earlier in 1985, and domain names were still fairly new. In fact, it wasn't until years later that I got an email from McGill University...

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What if Video Games Are Actually Good for our Kids?

(0) Comments | Posted March 16, 2012 | 10:17 AM

I wasn't a particularly good student when I was a kid. In grade school, I had a lot of problems with math, and to a lesser extent reading and writing. It didn't matter how much I tried, I just couldn't get it. I couldn't seem to grasp concepts that most...

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The Mozart Effect on Your Children

(0) Comments | Posted March 13, 2012 | 8:37 AM

We have all heard that music is good for your soul, but can it be good for brain as well? A group of Canadian scientists who specialize in learning, memory and language in children think so. They have found evidence that pre-schoolers can improve their verbal intelligence after only 20...

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A (New) Apple Today Keeps Competition Away

(11) Comments | Posted March 7, 2012 | 10:07 AM

I have always been amazed how fast Apple brings new products to market, often before the shine has worn off the previous model. The iPad is a great example of this (I just bought my wife an iPad 2 at Christmas). Apple released the first iPad in April 2010 (yes...

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How Tablets Can Help Your Child's Learning Disability

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2012 | 1:29 PM

Assistive technology products can enable people with disabilities to accomplish everyday living tasks, help them in communication, education, work, or recreation activities. They help them achieve greater independence and enhance their quality of life. These devices can help improve physical or mental functioning, help overcome a disorder or...

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NFC: The Next Big Thing

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2012 | 1:43 PM

Just as we are getting accustomed to seeing (and using) QR Codes, I learned recently that they will soon be extinct. And about time I say. First of all, QR codes are big and ugly. They look like someone squashed an ink-blooded spider on a page with a...

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Facebook's IPO -- Can We Learn From Past Mistakes?

(1) Comments | Posted February 21, 2012 | 5:51 PM

As we all eagerly await Facebook's Initial Public Offering (IPO), I can't help but to think that history is going to repeat itself. Anyone that saw the movie The Social Network knows that Facebook was started as an impromptu Internet dating site by Mark Zuckerberg -- a...

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How Skype Changed the World

(1) Comments | Posted February 17, 2012 | 9:54 AM

In 2003, I was visiting some business colleagues in the Netherlands when I heard of a new technology with a funny name: Skype. It was like a telephone, but you plugged it into your laptop and you could "call" other people that had the same software. I was...

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The SmartPhone's Nemesis -- Gravity!

(0) Comments | Posted February 16, 2012 | 1:24 PM

If Sir Issac Newton was alive today, I bet he'd rue the day that darn apple fell to the ground. In fact, if his smartphone fell from that tree, the screen would have shattered and he would have been so mad that I'm sure he would have never invented gravity!!

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3-D Smart TV -- The Future of Home Entertainment

(0) Comments | Posted February 14, 2012 | 11:05 AM

Being a gadget guy, I was surprised (and impressed) when I learned last year that my father-in-law bought a 3D TV before I did. To be fair, I didn't have any room for a new TV (which hasn't stopped me before) and I was a little leery of the longevity...

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Hammacher Schlemmer -- a Gadget Guys Paradise

(2) Comments | Posted February 7, 2012 | 1:05 PM

You know when you type in a URL into your web browser and it comes up with a high-resolution image of R2-D2 that this is going to be a fun place to shop. does just that. Geeks everywhere rejoice.

Hammacher Schlemmer began as a hardware store in...

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RIM Strikes Gold With New Corporate Tablet

(6) Comments | Posted February 7, 2012 | 12:22 PM

I started off 2011 with a shiny new BlackBerry Torch (and loved it) and set my sights on getting the first PlayBook Tablet on my block by pre-ordering (and pre-paying) for one online. They guaranteed that I would get it via priority post on April 19, the actual release date...

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Why I Need the Cloud

(9) Comments | Posted February 7, 2012 | 11:00 AM

I have already established myself as a Gadget Guy. My gadgets usually use digital files (mp3 files, mp4, etc.), create digital files (JPG and AVI/MOV files) or let me create other things using digital files (DVD's, Blu-Ray, etc.). Every year these digital files get bigger and bigger. So two years...

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Samsung's New Galaxy Note Smartphone/Tablet

(20) Comments | Posted February 2, 2012 | 9:49 AM

Is it a small tablet or a big smartphone? That's what you will be asking yourself when you see the latest electronic marvel from Samsung. The new Samsung Galaxy Note builds on the success of the Galaxy SII, the best smartphone released in 2011, and comes...

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The End of Kodak's Moment

(3) Comments | Posted February 2, 2012 | 8:24 AM

When I started McGill Digital Solutions in the fall of 1987, Kodak was one of the world's largest and most profitable companies. Kodak was as American as apple pie (or as Canadian as the Beaver), and had cemented itself into our psyche. Everyone has had a...

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The Perils of the Early Adoptor

(5) Comments | Posted January 30, 2012 | 2:49 PM

Ok I admit it -- I'm a Gadget Guy. A Gadget Guy is loosely defined (by me) as a person that has to have the latest electronic device or they simply won't be able to sleep at night.
This has been a lifelong affliction of mine. I think...

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