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07/09/2013

Should they have resurrected Bruce Lee to sell booze?

How ethical is it to appropriate someone's image after they die, in software? It's becoming increasingly doable, and it's starting to generate controversy.

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02/07/2013

Techno-coaster will charge your phone with hot coffee

Fancy a little juice with your coffee? A Kickstarter campaign is aiming to raise $100,000 for a coffee coaster that will charge your phone, using nothing but the heat from your morning joe - or the cold from your chilled brew.

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01/21/2011

Google gets into group buying

Coupons used to be something you clipped from the back of weekly superstore catalogues. Now, thanks to sites such as Groupon and LivingSocial, they are becoming a team sport - and Google is about to make a big splash in that particular pond.

Group buying is becoming big business. Groupon, which is the most popular player in this category, publishes deals arranged with retailers and service providers. The deals are often extreme - half off at your local restaurant, 60% off two nights at a ski resort, and so on. The deals are advertised, but don't go live until enough Groupon members pledge to pay. When a certain threshold is reached, the deal is activated.

Groupon recently turned down a $6bn buyout offer from Google, and the rumour mill says that it is now looking at a $15bn initial public offering in the next couple of years. This is a firm that's barely two years old. It's an amazing achievement. But Google is determined not to be outclassed here.

Enter Google Offers, a forthcoming service recently leaked to bloggers. It looks like a Groupon clone, and will likely have the Groupon folks hopping mad. Mashable has published a leaked fact sheet on Google Offers for all to see. 

Google has a unique advantage here with its Google Checkout service. Presumably, members could pay using that system, which is a PayPal rival, although that won't be confirmed until the service launches. In the meantime, though, do we really want Google gaining even more information about us, including what we're buying and what deals we're interested in?

Danny Bradbury, MSN Tech & Gadgets

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10/02/2009

Composting for condo-dwellers

I gotta get me one of these. One of the best things about technology is its ability to enhance and modify more traditional ways of doing things. Anyone who has scanned their household receipts and documents and rid themselves of a filing cabinet of dead trees, knows exactly what I'm talking about.

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09/25/2009

Constant fitness companion tracks your every step - and snore

File this one in the 'wish they were shipping to Canada' category. Soon to be available in the US, and internationally "a few months" afterwards, Fitbit is like a personal trainer in your pocket. The tiny system features a 3D motion sensor that measures the intensity and duration of your physical activities. It will tell you how many calories you have burned, how far you have travelled, and even how long it took you to fall asleep, and how often you woke up during the night.

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Danny BradburyDanny Bradbury

Danny Bradbury is a technology journalist with 20 years' experience. He writes regularly for publications including the Guardian, the Financial Times, the Financial Post, and Backbone magazine. Danny also writes and directs documentaries.

Maurice CachoMaurice Cacho

Maurice Cacho is a Toronto-based journalist mixing his love for tech with a passion for news. He's also CP24's Web Journalist and appears daily on CP24 Breakfast and weekly on the channel's tech show, Webnation, discussing tech news and trends.

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