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DEWALT phone built rugged & tough to take abuse on job sites

By Erin L / March 7, 2017 / Comments Off on DEWALT phone built rugged & tough to take abuse on job sites

Smartphones are often delicate pieces of technology.  The glass screens and thin metal casings may look pretty, but they’re not suited to some industries or locations like a construction site. Now DEWALT, known for its power tool line has come out with an Android phone that’s built so tough it doesn’t even need a case.…

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Artists to use old farm equipment to create giant walk-in camera

By Erin L / August 25, 2016 / Comments Off on Artists to use old farm equipment to create giant walk-in camera

Four artists are banding together to create works of art inside a giant empty grain bin.  The project will create a massive ‘camera obscura’ inside the old corrugated metal structure. The plan is unfolding at the Coutts Centre for Western Canadian Heritage northeast of Nanton, Alberta. Camera obscura is Latin for ‘dark room,’  and as the group…

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‘Magic Wand’ is a reality on Kickstarter

By Erin L / January 15, 2016 / Comments Off on ‘Magic Wand’ is a reality on Kickstarter

Magic wands are the stuff of sci-fi and Cinderella. While once upon a time a Fairy Godmother used a special stick to sprinkle magic and turn pumpkins to coaches and mice into horses, it turns out a magic wand, of sorts, may actually exist. Developed in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, the Gestor is “wireless air mouse”…

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Learning the history of Calgary’s Barron Building through Beakerhead 

By Erin L / September 19, 2015 / Comments Off on Learning the history of Calgary’s Barron Building through Beakerhead 

Not many organizations could take a stripped to the bricks, abandoned art deco era office building and into something cool that people want to see. But Calgary’s art science and engineering mashup known as Beakerhead is doing just that. In this case, they’ve taken Calgary’s Barron Building and turned it into a chic art showcase space. The…

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BioLite’s cooking and camping gear charges devices and may blow your mind

By Erin L / May 23, 2015 / 1 Comment

I’m forever sourcing out new camping gear. Every time I pack up, I realize how much duplication we have, how heavy or unwieldy some of our items are, or that we often bring things we just don’t need. So when I read about BioLite, I was intrigued. The company develops and manufactures what it dubs,…

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“Frost Quake” Boom Rattles City, Rip in Ground Now Located at Epicentre

By Erin L / March 10, 2014 / Comments Off on “Frost Quake” Boom Rattles City, Rip in Ground Now Located at Epicentre

“Frost Quake” Boom Rattles City, Rip in Ground Now Located at Epicentre The epicenter of what’s now believed to be a ‘frost quake’, has been located in northwest Calgary. A group of researchers was able to pinpoint the location with help from an amateur seismologist who recorded the quake’s seismic signature on his home-built basement…

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Update: How to Avoid Unnecessary Brokerage Fees

By Erin L / October 9, 2013 / 57 Comments

Why did that cross-border package cost you so much? Brokerage fees are fees charged by your shipper (UPS, FedEx, DHL, etc) to clear your package through customs. The problem is in many cases, your brokerage charges are much, MUCH more than the actual duties and taxes. Here’s how to avoid them/

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