High-Tech at The Bay: New smartphone app tracks shoppers in Vancouver store

8200317902_04cd2c4801_zShopping at The Bay may never be the same.

Hudson’s Bay Co. is rolling out new smartphone technology at five Canadian stores, including a Vancouver location, according to the Vancouver Sun.  The location-sensing technology will blast special offers to consumers depending on exactly where they’re standing in the store.  The special sensors can also track the overall location of shoppers to better understand buying behaviours.

The Bay joins American Apparel as one of the first Canadian retailers to embrace the new location-sensing technology.   Continue reading:
High-Tech at The Bay: New smartphone app tracks shoppers in Vancouver store

Attention Canucks Fans: New App Plays Goal Horn Whenever Canucks Score

Photo credit: FreeRishad | Flickr

Photo credit: FreeRishad | Flickr

The Vancouver Canucks haven’t been scoring a ton of goals lately. But the next time the puck slides into the net you’ll be sure to know, thanks to a nifty new app.

Released in December, the Live Goal Horns app blasts a recording of the Canucks goal horn to your phone – in real-time – every time the team scores.  That means you can be walking down the street, eating dinner, in an important meeting and all the sudden hear the satisfying bwaaaahhhhhh that marks another Canucks score. (You can see a YouTube video of the app in action here.)

The app is free to download, though you have to pay $.99 to buy the actual Canucks goal horn sound file, as heard in Rogers Arena.  The app can be customized so you get updates (and hear goal horns) for any (or all) of the NHL’s 30 teams.  The horn sound is followed by a push notification with the updated game score.

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Attention Canucks Fans: New App Plays Goal Horn Whenever Canucks Score

Free App Released for Finding Best Wines in Vancouver

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Photo credit: alexbrn | Flickr

Wondering which wine pairs best with that Christmas turkey?  A new free app from one of Vancouver’s most respected wine critics just might have the answer.

Wine Critic boils down the collected wisdom of Anthony Gismondi – widely regarded as the local authority on all things wine – into a handy app available for smartphone and tablet (There’s also a website version).

Twice a week for as long as anyone can remember, Gismondi has published a column in the Vancouver Sun with his “picks of the week,” the best wines currently featured in local liquor stores at various price points (I usually shop the $20 and less category, but Gismondi outlines wine options for oenophiles of all budgets, including a $100-plus category).  His selections are so influential, in fact, that many liquor stores sell out of them on the day they’re printed.

Now, all of Gismondi’s weekly picks are compiled in the new Wine Critic app.   Continue reading:
Free App Released for Finding Best Wines in Vancouver

Rick Hansen 2.0: New app for ranking wheelchair access

Wondering how the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, the Blue Water Cafe or hundreds of other venues around Vancouver stack up in terms of wheelchair access and accessibility?

There’s an app for that.

Planat, a new app from the Rick Hansen Foundation, lets users rank and review restaurants, hotels, shops and other venues in terms of accessibility.  Since its launch in October, Planat has been used by thousands of people in 16 countries to upload info about everything from wheelchair access ramps to quality of customer service.

Hansen is returning to Vancouver on May 22 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his original Man in Motion Tour, when he traversed the globe in a wheelchair.  Since that time, accessibility for people with spinal injuries, as well as other mobility impairments, has changed dramatically.  Planat shows how far we’ve come – and how far we still have to go.

So how does the app work and who gets top marks in the city?

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Rick Hansen 2.0: New app for ranking wheelchair access

New, Free App for Finding Family Activities in Vancouver: OnTheGoKids

About a week ago, during Afternoon Tea at VanDusen Botanical Garden’s Truffles Cafe, I met Annemarie Tempelman-Kluit: Vancouverite, mom, and the founder of yoyomama, a parent- and kid-related resource for families across the Lower Mainland. As a busy, on-the-go parent, Annemarie knew first-hand how frustrating it can be to find things to do with the kids on any given day (I feel her pain!), so she and yoyomamma created “an app for that:” OnTheGoKids, a free iPhone app for finding kid and family activities in Vancouver.

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New, Free App for Finding Family Activities in Vancouver: OnTheGoKids