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Talking Internet of Things With Spark Labs Founder and CEO Zach Supalla

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Spark Labs has an interesting story that begins the way all great startups do: solving a personal problem. Zach Supalla’s father is deaf and he wanted a way to integrate the home lighting system with his father’s smartphone, so he would know when his wife was texting him. The project put Spark Labs into the connected lighting products market and the company launched their first product Spark Socket on Kickstarter.

Read the full article over at Connectedly.com.

Classic BlackBerry App GPSLogger II Now Available On BlackBerry 10 Via Android

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Matthias Marquardt of the famed Emacberry has released a classic BlackBerry app, GPSLogger II, for BlackBerry 10 by first porting it to Android. It’s great to see the Android app play work out as some developers from the legacy OS would otherwise have been left out.

GPSLogger II is a straightforward app that tracks your physical movement over time. The app records information including your location, elevation and speed, as well as some other data. GPSLogger II is great because it’s vague enough that it can serve a myriad of purposes. If you’re an avid skier, athlete or someone into the Quantified Self, you’re bound to appreciate the simplicity and data that the app provides.

Download GPSLogger II for your BlackBerry 10 device at this link.

Are Makerspaces The Answer To Western Manufacturing? #NationOfMakers

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This week, the White House hosted its first Maker Faire and announced that Americans need “to be makers of things, not just consumers of things.” While we have always had engineers, hobbyists and tinkers, the maker movement is taking off. Reasons for the recent maker community growth is likely due to economies of scale reducing hardware costs, software becoming more versatile, and recent innovations like 3D printers.

Read the full article at Connectedly.com at this link.

GymTrack: A B2B Internet of Things Solution for Gyms

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GymTrack is an Internet of Things company that is targeting a B2B market rather than the typical B2C market that Internet of Things (IoT) companies are known for. It’s an interesting take on IoT and fitness that you don’t see too much of, and if the company can handle all of the headaches around scaling, it could be a hugely successful idea.

Read the full article at Connectedly.com.

Nomad ChargeKey and ChargeCard Are Great For Remote Employees

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The question I’ve had a lot is “when do you have a laptop but not a micro-USB?”. It’s a totally valid question and the simplest answer is “You will. Trust me.” The Nomad ChargeKey and ChargeCard are the smallest, simplest ways to carry about a micro USB. In fact, I’m traveling as I write this and my charger broke, leaving me with the ChargeCard and a laptop as my only lifeline to charge my phone. Considering these USB cables just sit in your wallet or on your keychain, it’s worth the cost of the device as a backup.

Check out Nomad products at this link. The ChargeKey and ChargeCard go for $30.

Ottawa, Canada: Register for the BlackBerry Developer Group Meetup

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If you’re in Ottawa, Canada or the surrounding region, you should definitely check out the Ottawa BlackBerry Developer Group. The meetup will talk about some of the changes at BlackBerry, mostly that the company is largely enterprise focused. This change is very visible at the developer group level. BlackBerry has been using a Developer Group Hub, powered by Influitive, in order to connect Group Managers as well as send the company message to those groups. So far, the message is clear: develop enterprise apps.

Eventbrite - Ottawa BlackBerry Developer Group Meetup