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Google Turns On Google Now Cards For 70 New Apps

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Google has created Google Now cards for more apps. The list of third-party apps that have been integrated now include Spotify, Zipcar, Adidas miCoach, YouTube, Airbnb, Pandora, Shazam, TripAdvisor, eBay, Waze, Mint, Hailo, and others. There are also Now cards from Gmail mark-ups such as Booking.com, Urbanspoon, Stubhub, Vivid Seats, Air Canada, Avis, Hertz, Cathay Pacific, Priceline, and others.

The complete listing can be found on this page: http://www.google.ca/landing/now/integrations.html

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Google Now has been expanding the range and variety of its Google Now cards, with 40 third-party partners unveiled in January. Seventy are being added to the Google app on Android today, bringing the total pool of Now partners up to 110.

Some marquee partners from the new group include Zipcar, which will now display upcoming end times for reservations so that you can remember to get it back to the designated spot in time to avoid a penalty; Spotify, which can now offer up playlists based on your recent listening trends and other contextual info, such as time of day; ABC News and Circa for breaking news; delivery reminders for food ordering service Eat24; and fitness progress reminders from apps like Runkeeper. OpenTable will even let you pay your restaurant bill directly from Now.

Cards from these new partners require that you have the latest version of the official Google…

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Twitter Officially Launches Its “Retweet With Comment” Feature

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For those Twitter users that like to put their own commentary for other people’s tweets, this is good news as you can now do so with more characters, but still within the 140-character limit.

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Twitter just officially launched its “retweet with comment” feature, which it began testing last summer.

“Retweet with comment” allows users to embed a tweet in their own tweets, which lets them get around Twitter’s 140-character limit when they write their own commentary. The feature is now available on Twitter’s site and iOS app and will be available on its Android app soon.

The feature’s arrival has been heralded with much (somewhat ironic) rejoicing by Twitter users. Unfortunately, you can’t embed the full retweet and comment, as I just found out to my disconcertment while preparing this post (click on the embedded tweets to see how they look in the wild).

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Caliber Debuts A Messaging App Designed For Business Professionals

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Caliber is the messaging app for professionals. Two people who are both on LinkedIn will be able to message each other using this app.

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A number of startups in years past have tried to carve out their own niche in the business networking space under the looming shadow of LinkedIn by offering an alternative way to connect with industry colleagues, often on mobile. But today, a new app called Caliber is offering a slightly different take on the concept: instead of trying to compete with LinkedIn directly, its service offers a complementary tool that lets you chat with your LinkedIn contacts as well as grow your network without being overrun by request spam.

Caliber itself first launched last summer, but initially offered a Tinder-like app for making business connections. That app grew to 20,000 users, but the team realized that it wasn’t quite what people wanted. Users didn’t want to just connect with other interesting people, they wanted to be able to reach their business contacts and message them, explains company co-founder and CEO Andres Blank.

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Twitter Starts Breaking Meerkat Features By Limiting Social Graph Access

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Have you heard of Meerkat? For those who are unaware, Meerkat is a live streaming service which integrates closely with Twitter, automatically announcing that a users’ stream is beginning by sending a tweet. Twitter, apparently, has bought a direct competitor company of Meerkat called Periscope, which is why they blocked their access to its social graph which Meerkat uses.

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Talk about timing: Twitter confirms they’ve bought Meerkat-competitor Periscope, and but a few hours later Twitter makes a move that kills off a few Meerkat features.

Meerkat is a fast-rising, Twitter-centric live video broadcasting platform that seems to be gaining quite the fanbase since launching just a few weeks back. Viewers of your livestream can tweet at you and have those tweets appear on your screen, allowing for quick, on-the-fly interaction and discussion.

Much of Meerkat’s success and draw lays in its tight integration with Twitter — something that many have noted could be an issue moving forward, be it that Twitter decides to get into live video themselves. Which, of course, they’ve just done.

And now Twitter has begun to cut off off Meerkat’s access to Twitter’s social graph.

So what’s that mean? Until now, new Meerkat users could login to the service with their Twitter account, and…

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shomi Now Available in Beta Trial for Rogers and Shaw Customers #readysetshomi

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shomi Launch at Rogers Bramptonshomi, the new video streaming service in Canada, was launched last Tuesday, November 4, 2014. It is available in beta trial first to Rogers and Shaw Internet or TV customers. Eligible Rogers customers can sign-up for a 30-day trial, after which will be $8.99 per month. If you only want to test it out, make sure to cancel at anytime before the 30 days are up.

Past seasons of current hit TV shows which are not available on any other streaming service (like Netflix) are available on shomi such as 2 Broke Girls, Revenge, New Girl (a few of the shows I watch). Other shows include American Horror Story, The Blacklist, Modern Family, The Originals, Rookie Blue, Sleepy Hollow, Shameless, Sons of Anarchy, and Vikings. 30% of the content will be Canadian content (both TV shows and movies). If you’re not sure what to watch, shomi has trailers, Rotten Tomatoes ratings, and factoids to help you in deciding what to watch.

shomi PopcornSo some may ask, what’s the difference between shomi and content on Rogers On Demand (ROD) or Rogers Anyplace TV (RAPTV)? ROD and RAPTV have access to multiple seasons of shows, as well as the currently-aired season, and newly-released movies the same day they are released on DVD. To access these however, customers must be subscribed to those channels airing those shows within their cable TV package, or pay on a per movie basis (for movie rentals). On the other hand, subscribers to shomi will have access to all video content available within shomi. shomi is complementary to the digital TV, ROD, and RAPTV services, not a complete replacement.

If you want to watch/subscribe to shomi on your Rogers set-top-box, it is available on channel 300 everywhere it’s offered, as well as on NextBox channel 100 in Ontario.

For more information on shomi, check out shomi.rogers.com or shaw.ca/shomi.

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