Marc got a new microphone (check it out here) and we're officially back on Google Play Music and Stitcher!
On to the real stuff: we talk about video game developing in Canada; Facebook Messenger Day, and some alternatives to Messenger if you decide to jump ship; Pandora Premium and streaming radio in general; Plex; renewable energy.
-Google killed Captcha
-Captcha might be an acronym
-Intel is buying an automated driving company
-LinkedIn can't get unblocked in Russia
-The "tech news" section of Canadian Business is updated once a month
-Apple's list of HomeKit devices on its website is now sorted by category
- Canada takes its $3 billion video game industry seriously as it pushes sector to new limits | Financial Post
- People Aren’t Happy With Facebook’s Annoying New Feature, ‘Messenger Day’ | Techvibes — You could try to pivot your service into making them core, but that doesn’t mean you should.”
- Live at SXSW: The Vergecast Part 1 | The Verge — Skip to 09:13: Facebook Messenger Day
- Pandora Premium: the original music streaming giant is ready for prime time | The Verge — For the most part, Pandora Premium is exactly what you would expect it to be: a $10-a-month service with millions of songs that you can listen to at will and save offline whenever you want.
- Plex Media Server on Cloud | Plex
- Renewable energy now Australia’s cheapest power option | Eco News — Traditionally, gas power has been Australia’s cheapest source of reliable power.
- Tesla battery packs power the Hawaiian island of Kauai after dark | CNBC — In Hawaii, the Kauai Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) is now drawing energy from 272 Tesla power packs to provide electricity after dark.
- Could the city of Guelph run solely on renewable energy? | CBC News — It might seem like a pipe dream, but it's a goal some communities around the globe are setting.
- Google kills off the Captcha, ensuring humans don't need to see the most annoying thing on the internet | The Independent — Google now says that its Captcha technology has become so clever that it doesn't even need to interact with humans at all.
- Intel to acquire self-driving tech company Mobileye in $15 billion deal | IT World Canada News
- LinkedIn fails to reach agreement with Russia on restoring access to site | The Globe and Mail — Russia blocked access to LinkedIn’s website last year after a court found the firm guilty of violating a law that requires companies holding Russian citizens’ data to store it on servers on Russian soil.
- Technology News | Canadian Business
- #trypod hashtag | Twitter
- Apple’s website now has a useful list of smart home gadgets that work with HomeKit | The Verge — It now sorts products by category instead of brand, and notes whether or not the devices are actually available for purchase or not (along with links to purchase those that are).