Posts Tagged:Google

Silicon Valley’s most highly anticipated deck is here – Mary Meeker’s 2017 Internet Trends Report

Silicon Valley’s most highly anticipated deck is here – Mary Meeker’s 2017 Internet Trends Report. Once again Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers partner Mary Meeker brings her rapid-fire briefing and insight to our chaotic planet with her annual bible of Internet trends. This year’s characteristically hefty report includes 355 slides and an absolute wealth of information.…

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Forget dancing flowered garlands – Google Lens is AR with real utility

Forget dancing flowered garlands – Google Lens is AR with real utility. Right now AR (Augmented Reality) is having a moment, and it’s moving beyond rainbow vomit, puppy dog-ears and flowered garlands dancing around your head. Announced last week at Google’s I/O developer conference, Google’s new ‘Lens’ technology lets you employ the power of search utilizing…

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Toronto as a Technological Futurescape

Toronto as a Technological Futurescape. What a future-forward couple of weeks for Toronto. First, Uber says they are going to build a new lab for their autonomous vehicles program here. Then, Omers Ventures raises another $300 million fund, taking them over a billion dollars in funding for their startup ventures ecosystem. And, if those aren’t hot…

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True Moonshot – SpaceX is taking people around the Moon

True Moonshot – SpaceX is taking people around the Moon. In the realm of science fiction this may not sound like a biggie, but in the world of the commercial space industry, this is huge. Elon Musk and SpaceX recently announced that they will shuttle two “private citizens” around the Moon in 2018. It will send…

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Google strikes with ‘YouTube TV’ – 40 Channels for $35

Google strikes with ‘YouTube TV’ – 40 Channels for $35. Just as we released our last Mashup on Amazon succeeding as a major disruptive force, here comes Google – taking a big swing at cable television. YouTube announces that for just $35 a month, they will offer access to live TV from over 40 providers,…

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#SuperBowl as a #SoapBox

#SuperBowl as a #SoapBox. According to Kantar Media, “The average cost of a 30-second ad in the Super Bowl rose to $5 million this year, from $4.8 million last year and $2.4 million in 2007.” And let’s not forget the additional millions brands spend producing, promoting, and feverishly marketing to get their money’s worth. So…

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Top 3 Most Influential Brands are different for Gen Z

Top 3 Most Influential Brands are different for Gen Z. This past week at FFWD Advertising and Marketing Week, Steve Levy (COO at Ipsos), revealed its rankings for Canada’s Most Influential Brands. Not surprisingly, Google topped the list for the fifth year in a row, but what may surprise you is that Gen Z (the…

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My Voice is My Passport

My Voice is My Passport. As I noted in our last Mashup, ‘Alexa’ (Amazon’s new voice activated, intelligent personal assistant), was the clear standout at this year’s CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Vegas. But for me, it even gets better than that – Amazon has just brought my childhood (ok, adulthood) sci-fi-junkie self to a…

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Fake News – “Truthiness” Hurts Us All

Fake News – “Truthiness” Hurts Us All. The term “truthiness” was made wildly popular by late-night TV personality Stephen Colbert. He used it to describe “politicians’ and pundits’ preference for concepts they wish were true over ones that actually are true.” To make matters worse, truthiness has been put into practice – in the run-up…

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Shomi falls to Netflix

Shomi falls to Netflix. It isn’t long ago that we used to undertake the pilgrimage to the local Blockbuster to pick up our videos. Rushing to get them back on time. Paying late fees when we didn’t quite make it (and if you remember back far enough, paying a fee if you didn’t rewind your…

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