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Jan 05
2010

Posted by: Gary Malhi

2010 Consumer Electronics Show

Gary Malhi

Now this is a trade show I would be extremely excited to visit - Electronics, Gadgets, and so many other Toys!

The 2010 International consumer Electronics Show (CES) is taking place in Las Vegas this weekend January 7 to 10.  This annual event features hundreds of technology and consumer electronics exhibitors.  It is the preeminent consumer technology trade show.  The show is being held at the Las Vegas Convention Center with additional venues used for certain specialties.

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Jan 05
2010

Posted by: Chris Fyvie

Commercial Real Estate News - Toronto - 2nd half of December 2009

Chris Fyvie

Some of my thoughts and information on the Toronto Commercial Real Estate Office Leasing market.

- Yonge and Bloor NER’s are hovering around $19 – $20  for A class space
- Financial Core deals in the AAA towers are happening around $38 to $40 NER
- B Class Financial Core Office Space is leasing at $36 to $40 per square foot
- Downtown West market is extremely tough to find 1,000 to 2,000 sf quality office space but it’s no problem if you are over 5,000 sf
- Landlord’s are demanding 3 year transactions but Sublease are leasing quickly as short term alternatives
- 151 Front Street West could be leasing as high as $100 psf net by the end of 2010




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Jan 05
2010

Posted by: Emilly Kendi

MEMORIES OF MT.KENYA.

Emilly Kendi
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The landscape slowly changed again, to stony chaparral more suited to films like 'the Good, the Bad and the Ugly', dotted with ingenious plants like these.

Things got a bit steeper from here on in, but always manageable. Any remaining vegetation slowly receded as we walked and scrambled our way up.

Our next resting place was the Austrian Hut at 4800m right beside the Lewis Glacier. It sad that not everything was covered in snow.perhaps this is the sad effect of global warming.but later it was snowing  at night i remember we settled in and needed some water to heat up, so we got  saucepan and travelled down to the little lake at the bottom of the glacier. And I sat down, hit the icy surface of the lake with my saucepan, and got my water. And I remember being overwhelmed with the possibility that life could actually be that simple.

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Jan 04
2010

Posted by: Mario C

Dubai in the last 10 years.

Mario C
Tagged in: ibizbook , Dubai decade , Dubai , Burj Dubai

If you haven't heard of Dubai then you must have been what the Mars ROVER was looking for!! Some have heard of its affluence, the sheer craziness, zaniness or the most recent debt crisis. For whatever it may be, Dubai has been the subject of some headline grabbing news in the last decade, and it doesn't look like its gonna stop anytime soon. Here are a few of the reasons why it made headlines . . .

The Palm Jumeirah

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Dec 31
2009

Posted by: Tim Posgate

Hockey Music

Tim Posgate
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I have spent a fair bit of my holidays playing ice hockey with kids. This is nothing unusual for me as I have two boys who love hockey and I too love the game. This year I have noticed something that got me thinking.

 

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Dec 30
2009

Posted by: clickflick

What is FourSquare and Gowalla?

clickflick

Foursquare is a location based social networking game. It can be used via the website at http://www.foursquare.com and also on mobile devices such as the iphone and blackberry(beta). The essence of the Foursquare is that it allows you and your friends new ways to explore your city. You earn points and unlock badges for discovering new places. How does it work? After installing the application on your smartphone the whole system is based on “checking-in”. You can check-in at bars, restaurants or any kind of location or business at this time. You will receive points for “checking-in”. You can also add  locations into the system which gives you more points. The points system is just part of the game. You can also be a “Mayor” of an establishment if you visit/check-in at location the most compared to anyone else. It's bragging rights too! Your followers will be “Pinged” of your location everytime you check-in. The great thing about Foursquare is you can leave tidbits of info which is great for establishments. If I visit a restaurant that has a great appetizer specials, I can mention that in the Foursquare application for all my followers to see. This gives establishments instant promotion and advertising in a “Word of Mouth” way which is valuable for business or venues.

Gowalla is a very similar application to Foursquare. The website is http://www.gowalla.com . Gowalla allows you to stamp and earn rewards at the places you visit. It allows you to drop or pick up “Special theme items” at a location which is similar to the “badges” in FourSquare. Overall using both applications, I found that Gowalla is much slower to update when “checking-in” to locations via the Twitter method. Both Geo-tagging applications are still in it’s infancy but will be a big in social trends for the future. The social aspect with discounts and free offers will make this an enticing tool for business for monetizing and advertising in the future. So go out and explore now. Here's a video of Dennis Crowley, Co -founder of Foursquare.

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Dec 27
2009

Posted by: Tim Posgate

Radio Christmas

Tim Posgate
Tagged in: technology , radio , jazz , hockey , Christmas , CBC

So far the only really emotional Christmas moment I had was because of radio. Sure, I loved watching my kids open their presents and sing songs with us etc. but it was the Pogues on the CBC that made my eyes a little leaky.

 

I don’t even know the name of that Christmas song they sing but it certainly made me feel like I was fifteen again was in the kitchen chatting with my Mom. It seems like radio is everywhere this Christmas. My kids gave me a wind up radio that works without batteries. (Thanks guys, I always wanted one!)  Even my son’s new ipod Nano has a radio built in to it. The Mac people finally figured out that we need radio. (as well as the new audio and video recording feature!)

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