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@stratfest looking for a B&B for 2 adults and 8yr old son. Family friendly options in #Stratford?

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UK’s Telegraph recently wrote a piece on the demise of wearable technology. With Nike confirming that they are closing the digital division that brought us the FuelBand, the thought amongst media is that such devices may have seen their last breath.

However, I for one, refuse to believe this. The Pebble smartwatch is still widely popular. And Samsung continues to build their smart device capabilities. Not to mention, everyone seems to agree that Apple will soon launch their iWatch.

What do you think?

- http://ow.ly/w4P1E

Social Media Marketing – George Brown College

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social media marketing

This past winter I had the privilege to teach my first ever course at George Brown: Twitter Marketing. Well, it seems my students liked me enough that the powers that be at George Brown College have agreed to have me teach the Social Media Marketing courseWe’ll go through some social media history, take an in depth look at the popular tools of the day, and empower students to be able to create a social media strategy.

There’s still some space if you’re interested in registering. Classes start soon!

 

My first blog from Taipei, Taiwan for itbusiness

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XYZprinting.com
XYZprinting.com

Last week I was an official guest of the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) in Taipei. As part of my visit, I had the opportunity to visit 4 different technology companies. One of them was XYZprinting.

XYZprinting is attempting to disrupt the 3D printer marketplace with their new line of 3D printers. I wrote a piece for itbusiness.ca about my visit last week. If you’re a fan of the whole “maker movement” this might be an article that you enjoy. I hope you like it.

Photos: Visiting Taipei, Taiwan

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I’m in Taipei, Taiwan for a few days. Yeah, I know. Not long enough. I’m checking out the technology scene which is one of the largest in this part of the world.

Yesterday, I did lots of walking around the city and even hired a tour guide to take me around to some of the “touristy” places.

Here’s some of the places that I visited:

  • National Palace Museum
  • Chih-Fu Temple
  • Taipei 101
  • Discovery Center of Taipei
  • Night Market

Make sure to check out my Instagram and Twitter to keep up to date with what I’m up to this week.

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Review: coffee, beer and mosh pits

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On Tuesday night I had the opportunity to visit the Toronto Reference Library and listen to Randy Bachman tell stories like no one else can. But that is for another blog post. Today’s post – and photos – is from an amazing collection of photos, videos and posters which exhibit Toronto’s diverse and eclectic music scene from the 1960′s until today.

Maestro Fresh Wes
Maestro Fresh Wes

This jam is amplified. So just glide and let your backbone slide. Remember Maestro Fresh Wes from Scarborough? Now my favourite Canadian rap artist stars on Mr. D on CBC. Soon, he’ll be a guest on Toronto Mike’d with Mike Boon.

Broken Social Scene
Broken Social Scene

Toronto’s Broken Social Scene is perhaps the most influential musical collective and is headed up by Kevin Drew and Brendan Canning. The group has helped with the musical maturity of acts such as Metric, Leslie Feist, and The Stars. You can actually see the latest incarnation of Broken Social Scene this summer at the Field Trip outdoor concert festival.

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coffee, beer and mosh pits

Classic posters and hand bills in the gallery.

More posters and photos
Guess Who? More posters and photos
Yorkville Music Scene
Yorkville Music Scene

Yorkville was once home to future musical greats such as Neil Young and Joni Mitchell.

Coffee, Beer and Mosh Pits runs in the TD Gallery of the Toronto Reference Library until the end of this month. Visit the website for more information

Cost: Free

Wattpad Raises $46M From OMERS Ventures And Others To Grow Its Social Publishing Network

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Karim Kanji:

Social writing platform and writer’s network Wattpad has been at it for a while now, and they’ve quietly amassed a massive user base that engages regularly with the site, posting their own stories and reading the stories of others, all the while engaging with one another through feedback, criticism and support. Now, the startup has raised a Series C round of funding worth $46 million, led by OMERS Ventures, and including August Capital, Raine Ventures and Northleaf Venture Catalyst Fund, and all of the company’s existing investors

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Social writing platform and writer’s network Wattpad has been at it for a while now, and they’ve quietly amassed a massive user base that engages regularly with the site, posting their own stories and reading the stories of others, all the while engaging with one another through feedback, criticism and support. Now, the startup has raised a Series C round of funding worth $46 million, led by OMERS Ventures, and including August Capital, Raine Ventures and Northleaf Venture Catalyst Fund, and all of the company’s existing investors.

Wattpad has around 25 million monthly active users on its network, according to CEO and founder Allen Lau, which is up from just six or seven million around the last time they raised funding, a $17.3 million Series B back in June 2012. Lau is maybe more excited by the site’s progress in terms of engagement, which they measure by time spent on…

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