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Make your glasses into smart glasses and Samsung Pay expands in Canada
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Make your glasses into smart glasses and Samsung Pay expands in Canada 

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PogoCam 

There’s a way to turn the glasses you already own into a pair of the smart glasses. Thanks to PogoCam from PogoTec. 

This is a tiny camera, that you can attach to your existing pair of glasses or even sun glasses. It is fairly light and is not in your way to block your view. This camera which is removable has the function to record memories with the touch of a button on top. 

It can hold up to 100 photos or six 30-second videos. The photos have a 5MP resolution, while videos are in 720p. 

You can soon pre-order a PogoCam now for $149 US, with shipment expected for this fall. 

Samsung Pay 

Samsung Pay is getting its first big expansion in Canada. This includes the addition of new partners and the ability to finally use debit cards. 

The new partners for Samsung Pay in Canada include Interac Debit, Scotiabank, American Express Canada, ATB Financial, Visa Canada, and Mastercard. Cards through these partners can be used on Samsung Pay now, and in addition to them, support for Tangerine and Peoples Card Services will also be rolling out soon. 

Apple ID 

Apple has made an update to the process of changing the email address associated with your Apple ID. You can now change your Apple ID from a third-party email service such as Gmail or Yahoo to an Apple domain. 

Now, with the update you can change your Apple ID from a third-party email to @iCloud.com, @me.com, or @mac.com account. 

To make the switch: 

  • Go to Settings > at the top where you see your name (tap) > Name, Phone Numbers, Email. 
  • Next to Contactable At, tap Edit, then delete your current Apple ID. 
  • Tap Continue. Enter the Apple ID that you want to use. 
  • Tap Next. 
  • Use your Apple ID account page. Go to appleid.apple.com and sign in. 
  • In the Account section, click Edit. 
  • Under your Apple ID, click Change Apple ID. 
  • Enter the Apple ID that you want to use. 
  • Click Continue. 

Note: Once you changed your Apple ID from a third-party email address to an Apple domain, you cannot change back. 

Tech Bytes 

Amazon announced its entry into the smart security camera business last week with the new $119 Cloud Cam. 

The Cloud Cam works with a Cloud Cam app which is available on the Play Store. This is like a control center of your cameras on your phone. You can add cams, rename them, view the live stream if you want to drop in and check something, and activate two-way audio to talk to your kids or anyone at home, calm your pets, or scare an intruder. You also get notifications for motion alerts with the option to replay, download, share, or delete the automatically recorded videos. 

The app lets you manage person alerts plus viewfinder zones to exclude areas you don’t want to be monitored. Plus, you can use your phone as a presence detector and automatically turn off recording when you’re home for privacy. 

Social media giants Facebook and Instagram have told a parliamentary inquiry they are strongly opposed to any tightening of the laws on cyber bullying, saying prevention is better than cure. 

The two platforms were invited to respond to the Senate’s legal and constitutional affairs committee, which is looking at whether existing laws go far enough to punish perpetrators of cyber bullying. 

Concerns about cyber bullying and poor mental health resulting from sleep deprivation have prompted the principal of a private girls’ school to urge parents to ban all digital devices from bedrooms after lights out. 

A recent study by the Australian Research Council indicated 75 per cent of Year 8s and 78 per cent of Year 11s were using their phones well into the night, up from 15 per cent in 2011. 

The research also found most cyber bullying took place on social media late at night.

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