Bud’s Weekly Geek-out: Facebook Messenger App

Is the dreaded mobile Facebook Messenger app going to secretly document your life and report back to the mother ship? Bud investigates.

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Innovation Elsewhere has been taken over by Bud’s Weekly Geek-out, a weekly radio spot on the The Zone @ 91-3 sponsored by the folks at Tectoria (that’s us).


Innovation Elsewhere: Touch+

Innovation Elsewhere has been taken over by Bud’s Weekly Geek-out, a weekly radio spot on the The Zone @ 91-3 sponsored by the folks at Tectoria (that’s us).

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Wanna use your desk as a touchpad? Your keyboard? The AIR? Now, you can, with a neat little doohickey called Touch+.

Innovation Elsewhere: GBA4iOS

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You can play every Game Boy Advance game on your iPhone right now, thanks to GBA4iOS from developer Riley Testut.

Using a loophole in Apple’s app installation systems, this emulator can easily be installed on any iOS device, for free. There is a slight (but seemingly easily) trick you must do to your iPhone settings. After you perform the hack, you can download the app directly from the GBA4iOS website.

The emulator with full support for Game Boy Advance, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy itself, plus accelerated speed and Dropbox syncing for saves between multiple devices.

We’re not sure if this conforms to the App Store’s terms of service (so watch out) but if you’re missing your long-lost Game Boy this may be fun to play with!

Hasbro Launches 3D Printing for Fan Art


Hasbro has a new idea about how to make money off fan art: 3D-print it. The company has launched a new site called SuperFanArt where My Little Pony fans can buy figurines designed by non-professional artists, created on-demand by Shapeways.

Anyone with a eye for design is encouraged to contact Hasbro to join the list of approved artists.

Hasbro, which owns My Little Pony, Transformers and many other popular toy brands, would start with My Little Pony with other toy lines proposed in the future. Five individual artists that have almost total control over how they design products with Hasbro’s pony toy line. Over time, more brands and artists will be added to the website, which was launched to coincide with Comic-Con.

The marketplace Hasbro is hoping to create is similar to Etsy, a website where more than 19,000 My Little Pony and 4,700 Transformers items are currently listed. Many of those items are made by sellers that likely aren’t paying Hasbro a licensing fee, and so by creating its own marketplace, the toy company can compete with those sellers.

Innovation Elsewhere: Name Your Own Exoplanet!

exoplanetsIf you ever wanted your own planet, now’s your chance.

The International Astronomical Union has invited the public to suggest official names for 20 to 30 planets found outside of our solar system.

See the invite here.

Over 1800 exoplanets have been discovered (1810 planets in 1125 planetary systems including 466 multiple planetary systems.

Astronomy clubs around the world will vote for which of 305 well-studied worlds they feel deserve more exciting names.

Once the list has been nailed down to 20 or 30, the clubs will be invited to suggest names for them through citizen science organisation Zooniverse. But there are strict rules. You can’t suggest anything copyrighted, or anything named after a living person or a person known for political, military or religious activities. Names of pet animals are also forbidden.

To suggest a name, you’ll need to be a member of an astronomical club. Or form one, make a website, and register the group with the IAU as soon as possible.

Innovation Elsewhere: General Harmonics

It turns out that Pied Piper, the company from television’s Silicon Valley, HBO’s satirical take on the tech industry, may actually exists in real life.

General Harmonics is a small startup from Vancouver that’s looking to revolutionize the way we stream media.

In the show Silicon Valley, Pied Piper is a fictional company that makes compression software that makes files incredibly small, allowing for faster downloads and taking up less storage.GENERAL HARMONICS CORPORATION - Mitch Singer, former Chief

Canada’s General Harmonics doesn’t do that – instead of compressing files down to ever smaller sizes, the company’s technology looks at media as “systems of information,” or very detailed descriptions of the parts they’re composed of.

Using their technology, a song is seen in terms of its vocals and the instruments played. The description of each of those elements takes up less space than the actual digital audio file would.

General Harmonics says it can deliver CD-quality music in one-twentieth the original file size.

The implication is companies like SpotifyPandora, or Apple could significantly cut down on server costs — or, more likely, serve customers better for the same level of spending.