Today on DT Daily: Shopping for cell phones at Burger King, a knowledge base for robots, and the Coolest Cooler goes over the top on Kickstarter.Burger King is in a bit of hot water with some people over their buyout of Canadian chain Tim Hortons, which could allow them to relocate their headquarters in Canada and maybe cut their U.S. tax rate. But the really big news? They’re giving away smart phones!That’s right – just go to the BK website, and you can pick out a shiny new phone from LG, Samsung, Motorola, HTC and some other phone makers. The site then redirects you to Amazon.com. Pick a 2-year service plan, enter the code “freephone” at checkout and you’re good to go. Don’t want a service plan? Well, then the phones aren’t “free” of course. Burger King also wants you to install their app, but that’s optional.Want fries with that phone? Yep, you can also sign up for a free phone at Burger King locations – … [Read more...] about DT Daily: Free smartphones from Burger King, robot brain trust, Coolest Cooler tops Kickstarter
Before I tell you what happened to me, I should make it clear that this week’s article is less about Windows 8 and more about an odd thing that happened to me while using it. I had planned to spend the afternoon quietly testing the strength of Microsoft’s synchronization between Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8, but the world had other plans for me. It was a cold, winter’s day and I decided to do my day’s work at a café in Toronto. After securing a spot by the window and taking the lid off my soy latte (yeah, I drink those), I opened up my Yoga and set to work. Halfway into my slightly cooled coffee, an interesting gentleman took a seat at my table, partially blocking the light coming in through the window. He smelled like urine and wore a tattered toque over his long, greasy hair. Not my preferred coffee companion, sure, but I was fine with it.He pulled a shopping cart full of miscellaneous junk and began to rummage through it. I did my best to be … [Read more...] about Life and Tiles of a Win8 Convert: A soy latte, a Lumia, and a crazy bum with a shopping cart
There’s not yet been a widespread embrace of 3D TV among consumers. The technology is still very new, the costs attached to it — both for the televisions themselves and the required glasses — remain prohibitive and many who have jumped from standard def to HD sets in the past four or five years are probably just not yet ready to invest in another technological leap forward. There are still those who have embraced the new format however, and cable provider Comcast wants to see to their needs.The Philadelphia-based company announced in a press release that it will launch a 24-hour Xfinity 3D channel starting this Sunday, February 20. Programming will include live concert performances, sporting events, movies and original content. The new network will kick off at 6 p.m. ET with the 2011 Tim Horton’s NHL Heritage Classic, an outdoor showdown between the Montreal Canadiens and the Calgary Flames. The game will then be available via 3D On Demand starting the following … [Read more...] about Comcast to launch 24-hour Xfinity 3D channel
Josh Cartu is the exception that proves the rule. While many of us work our way through high school, get a college degree and maybe go on to get a master's, this Canadian never even finished high school. Still, he has managed to become a successful entrepreneur, travel the world, win this year's Gumball 3000 rally and even fly a MiG-29 to the edge of space.It wasn't until Cartu bought his first Ferrari, a 458 Spider, that he fell in love with racing, and he now spends much of his time as a "gentleman racer" in the Ferrari Challenge series. Though he admits to being an adrenaline junkie, he also recognizes the emotional impact of being behind the wheel."The race itself is fun and amazing, when you race against your buddy and you're risking your life and you beat him and get out of the car and you hug your pal and you're crying…I can't even express the feeling until you do it. I'm addicted to that anxiety and fear I feel before a race. I'm literally shitting in my pants. Then … [Read more...] about Hey, Josh Cartu, how did you get to race Ferraris?
Yesterday, I published my hands-on review of the first BlackBerry 10 smartphone, the Z10. (Check out my full evalution here.) I have a lot of good things to say about the smartphone, but one area that does not currently impress is the selection of quality BlackBerry 10 applications in the BlackBerry World store. BlackBerry has been talking up the number of apps in BlackBerry World for weeks now, but I still don't see most of the popular apps I use frequently on other mobile platforms.Today BlackBerry sent me a list of some of the notable application partners it's working with, and there are quite a few recognizable names in there.BlackBerry says there are 70,000 apps available for BlackBerry 10 right now, which is the largest number of mobile applications available for a brand new platform at launch, according to the company. That is an impressive number, but as the saying goes, quantity does not equal quality, and I still don't see most of my favorite apps. That said, the platform is … [Read more...] about The ‘Top BlackBerry 10 Apps,’ from BlackBerry
Google Wallet is a service that allows you to pay for purchases online or in person at eligible locations with an eligible Android smartphone using NFC (Near Field Communication) wireless technology (the smartphone must have a Secure Element chip). It is linked to your credit and debit cards; when you buy items or services from your phone, Google reimburses the merchants involved and then collects payment from your card (buying items online works differently; your own cards are charged directly). The payment processing is handled by Google free of charge.The Google Wallet mobile app is being expanded to Apple's iOS platform; as of last month iPhone users could request an invite, according to 9to5Google, which seems to indicate the app for that platform is still in the early stages. The iPhone doesn't use NFC, but 9to5Google states "perhaps it could provide some type of integration with Apple's Passbook feature on iOS" although full details remain to be seen. An article on … [Read more...] about Google Wallet: Where it’s been and where it’s going
Technology is not the thing most restaurant owners have devoted their lives to mastering. But, as smartphones become increasingly ubiquitous, managers are catching on fast. Get the Free Tracker App to find a Nintendo Switch in Stock The talk at restaurant conferences and on dozens of training webinars in the past year revolves around how best to implement technology to make customers happier — and bring restaurant owners more sales.Restaurant chains have been busy behind the scenes, exploring new tech solutions to help diners get in and out faster and keep them coming back.How will new tech twists — and the growth of smartphone use — make it easier and more enjoyable to eat out this year? Here’s a look at the latest innovations: 1. Find a restaurant near youAt this point, it’s a snap to use restaurant-finding apps such as LocalEats or Foodspotting to locate restaurants near you while you’re on the road. If you’re obsessed with a … [Read more...] about 10 Ways Technology Will Rock Your Dining Experience In 2014
Numerous Slack contenders have already thrown their hats into the enterprise-messaging ring, but Flock is hoping to win with hard numbers. According to Flock, not only does its software load 2.5 times faster than Slack on both desktop and mobile, but it also helps teams achieve productivity gains of at least 30 percent.Originally launched in India roughly two years ago, the company announced its expansion into the U.S. market on Wednesday and revealed a customer list that includes big-name brands such as Whirlpool, Ricoh, Victorinox and Tim Horton’s."This space has seen some considerable attention over the past year, but it's still nascent," said Flock founder and CEO Bhavin Turakhia in an interview last week. "Our objective is to be the No. 1 player."Too much workplace communication and collaboration still relies heavily on email and telephones, Turakhia said. There are team collaboration apps like Slack, of course, but Flock loads faster and offers a slicker interface and … [Read more...] about Meet Flock, a Slack rival that claims big productivity gains
It is not exactly an official holiday as such but most Yanks celebrate it nevertheless as a feel-good time. Especially all coffee addicts cannot get enough of their favorite brew on National Coffee Day which is on 29th September. Get In Stock Alerts on Twitter for SNES Classic, Switch and More All of America thrives on coffee. The fact that tea didn’t find much favor in the United States has so much to do with the Boston Tea Party of yore. The wound on the American psyche left by that event caused a natural aversion to tea which still remains a British tradition. The Land of the Free found its national beverage in the form of good old java. After oil, coffee is the most consumed thing on the planet. Cars run on oil while human beings can be said to survive on coffee. On the occasion of National Coffee Day, many outlets were giving away free coffee cups.Krispy Kreme: One of the crowd’s most beloved places to get coffee was Krispy Kreme. Here you can get a 12 ounce cup … [Read more...] about National Coffee Day: Where To Get Free Coffee?