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Sonny Vu, CEO of Misfit Wearables, on the future of wearables #WebSummit

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Misfit Wearables has had some great success in the wearable tech space. Its first product, Shine, is an activity tracker with fashion appeal. The product, according to CEO Sonny Vu, wasn’t even taken seriously by the company until its massive success on Indiegogo. Before they launched the Indiegogo page, Sonny wasn’t entirely sure why people were buying activity trackers and whether or not it was a passing fad. More than $800,000 later, Shine was crowdfunded and on its way to production. This product also kickstarted the company into the wearable industry, and led it to get a much better understanding of the wearable space and where it’s going. This was the focus of Sonny Vu’s talk at Web Summit 2014.

Read the full article at Connectedly.com.

Nest and Electric Ireland announce free thermostats with 2 year plan #WebSummit

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At Web Summit 2014, in Dublin, Ireland, Tony Fadell of Google took the stage to announce a partnership with Nest and Electric Ireland that would give anyone in Ireland with a 2 year hydro plan a free thermostat with a free installation. The move is interesting because it brings a smartphone-like savings plan to the realm of smart thermostats.

Read the full article over at Connectedly.com.

Printearth is making the 3D printer revolution biodegradable

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Printearth is an Ottawa based startup which specializes in manufacturing 100% biodegradable plastic filaments for 3D printers. Plastic filament is essentially the ink for 3D printers since it’s melted and applied in thin layers by the printer to produce physical objects. The current industry standards are either petroleum based plastics or PLA. Even though PLA is a bioplastic, it’s only compostable in commercial composters.

Read the full article at this Connectedly link.

Shot Roulette is an awesome drinking game for BlackBerry 10

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BlackBerry is all about business these days but all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. Shot Roulette is a fun game to play and unwind with your friends (up to 6 players).

Shot Roulette is played just how you think. Either you “Take a Bullet”, “Dodge a Bullet”, “Misfire” or “Send a Bullet” to a friend. The infamous “Take a Bullet” card is where the fun starts – if you draw this card it’s your turn to take a shot. If you pick up the “Dodge a Bullet” card, don’t sweat, you’re spared from this round’s shot. If you get a “Misfire” card, you can save it to dodge a future bullet! And if you’re lucky enough to get the “Send a Bullet” card, choose a friend and give ‘em a shot.

Download Shot Roulette at this BlackBerry World link.

Maker Space North Coming Soon to Ottawa

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I’m currently involved in a project to help grow Ottawa’s maker community. While the details are somewhat sparse just now, we’re going to have some more significant announcements around what exactly we’re building, where it will be located and how we’re going to make Ottawa Canada’s official maker city.

Sign up at MakerSpaceNorth.com and I’ll be sure to keep you updated. I promise no excessive emails and you’ll only receive an email when there’s important news.

Win over $1600 in Bitcoin with the #LoveBitcoin Contest

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LoveBitcoin.co is giving away 2.6 Bitcoin (current value $1600+) with its #LoveBitcoin contest. The contest is a partnership between CAVIRTEX and Saucal and it’s really easy to enter.

To enter, record a video telling the world why you love bitcoin and upload it to YouTube or Instagram with the hashtag #lovebitcoin in the title.

Prizes include:

Ultimate Grand Supreme Bitcoin Lover – 50% (2.633151685 BTC)
Grand Supreme Bitcoin Lover – 25% (1.3165758425BTC)
Supreme Bitcoin Lover – 10% (0.526630337 BTC)
Super Bitcoin Lover – 5% (0.2633151685 BTC) (2 available)
5% of the Prize Pool will be going to a Bitcoin Charity

Contest ends Thursday, August 14th at midnight. Head over to LoveBitcoin.co for more details.