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Things Are Good: What’s That? Use Your Phone to Identify Plants

Pl@ntNet is an app that can identify plants using the camera on your mobile. Presently, it’s limited primarily to Western Europe (since it was in France),Indian Ocean, and parts of South America. The technology behind it can be used to extend it elsewhere and let’s hope it gets more global support. “What makes the project […]

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OpenMedia.ca: We’re challenging a crucial CRTC decision on behalf of Canadians

Last night, OpenMedia filed detailed and significant comments in support of a crucial challenge that will determine whether Canadians get access to new, independent wireless providers like Ting. If the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) listens to Canadians, bad parts of a recent ruling will be overturned and a new . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: We’re challenging a crucial CRTC decision on behalf of Canadians

Progressive Proselytizing: Tech on the Side: Airbnb vs Uber and the power of mobile

Airbnb and Uber are similar in many ways. They both use tech (particularly mobile) to solve a distribution problem and they are both market darlings with skyrocketing valuations. They are both massively disrupting the established hotel and taxi industr… . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: Tech on the Side: Airbnb vs Uber and the power of mobile

Progressive Proselytizing: Tech on the Side: Airbnb vs Uber and the power of mobile

Airbnb and Uber are similar in many ways. They both use tech (particularly mobile) to solve a distribution problem and they are both market darlings with skyrocketing valuations. They are both massively disrupting the established hotel and taxi industries respectively, complete with significant legal battles in these highly regulated industries that have arguably outdated business . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: Tech on the Side: Airbnb vs Uber and the power of mobile

Things Are Good: Using Fashion to Charge Electronics

Battery life on mobiles is never very good and this causes a drain on the electrical system. What if we were able to power our mobiles by just wearing clothes? Well, that’s a new field that is gaining more and more attention. The Guardian looked at a few ways we can use fashion to power . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Using Fashion to Charge Electronics

OpenMedia.ca: New report: Canada falling further behind global counterparts on Internet access

This week, experts at the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) – the body that oversees Canada’s .ca domain – released their 2014 Factbook, which chronicles Canada’s advancement on Internet issues over the past year. The Factbook investigates how well-positioned Canadians are in the areas of access, cost, and usage.

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Things Are Good: Fairphone – A Phone Built With Social Values

Fairphone is a new phone built in an ethical way using (mostly) ethically sound sources. It’s a reaction to the ongoing problems with electronics manufactures who get minerals from conflict regions (think blood diamonds) and places with no labour protection. Until Fairphone, there was no way to get a phone that didn’t support repressive and . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Fairphone – A Phone Built With Social Values

Things Are Good: Use Buycott to Support Companies Which do Good

Most people are familiar with the concept of a boycott to punish companies who do negative things by not buying their goods or services. The opposite of that is a new app called Buycott which helps you buy from companies who you ideologically support.

I’ve been using the app for a couple days now and . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Use Buycott to Support Companies Which do Good

Things Are Good: Social Media Helps Global Development

Social media can actually be useful for more than sharing pictures of your lunch! There is a whole collection of apps and web services that can be used to help development efforts around the world. They provide the ability to track how projects are coming along and their current status to being able to connect . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Social Media Helps Global Development

Things Are Good: Commit2Act a New Mobile App to Better the World

TakingITGlobal has released a new digital tool to make the world a better place through direct action. It’s a mobile app for iOS (Windows phones soon available) that has a gamification approach to encourage people to participate in good activities.

Small actions can have a big impact! Join other people like you in taking . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Commit2Act a New Mobile App to Better the World

Rob Maguire: An Olympic lesson on how to botch a mobile marketing campaign

I’m no fan of Coca-Cola. That said, their television ad running throughout the Olympics is quite clever. It features British DJ, producer and musician Mark Ronson, who sampled sounds produced by five Olympics athletes doing their thing. There’s the thud of a taekwondo competitor kicking her opponent, the thwack of a table tennis paddle . . . → Read More: Rob Maguire: An Olympic lesson on how to botch a mobile marketing campaign

Things Are Good: Use Your Smartphone to Advance Science

Smartphones aren’t just for games and checking your email anymore! Today, these mobile devices can be used to better the world around us by helping scientists understand more about it. Thanks to the distribution of mobiles research can be crowd-sourced to provide information that would otherwise go unnoticed.

Below is one of ten ways that . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Use Your Smartphone to Advance Science

Things Are Good: Mobile Devices for Development

The use of mobiles in development is nothing new; however, it’s always good to remind ourselves how useful this technology can be. Mashable has a list of five reasons mobile devices are good for international development (and in developed nations too).

4. Preserving the Rainforest Brazil’s Surui tribe, a group native to the Amazon Rainforest, . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Mobile Devices for Development

Wise Law Blog: Will Microsoft’s Surface be the Tablet for Lawyers?

Though I’m a long-time Windows user, I’ve certainly done my best over the last couple of years to warm up to Apple’s clearly superior mobile and tablet products.

To be sure, though,  I haven’t quite succeeded.  Subconsciously, I keep asking myself the same nagging question: “Why can’t I do all the stuff on my iPad that . . . → Read More: Wise Law Blog: Will Microsoft’s Surface be the Tablet for Lawyers?