Here s a British Airways Airbus A380 attempting to land at Vancouver airport.You can see the world s largest passenger airplane make its final approach and come so, so close to the ground — but then decide to abort and make a go-around instead.It s mightily impressive to see such a big plane make a manoeuvre like this.Adobe Flash Player or an HTML5 supported browser is required for video playback.Get the latest Flash PlayerLearn more about upgrading to an HTML5 browser
Wile Dutch startups have sprung up only very recently in this space, they ve done so in large numbers — and they re highly concentrated in the content creation end of the supply chain.Adriaan Rijkens, who runs the country s top VR meetup events, estimates that there are about 30 VR companies in the Netherlands at the moment.And while the focus now is very much on content creation, we should begin to see platforms and product companies emerging soon too.I was raised in Vancouver and I m allergic to cloudy, rainy, weather, so the Netherlands, although lovely and a favourite place to visit as a tourist, was not a place I ever thought of moving to.But after doing two modules at the THNK – School of Creative Leadership campus in Amsterdam, seeing all of these Dutch VR companies, and how talented they are, visiting the world s first permanent VR cinema in Amsterdam, and finding out about the country s awesome startup visa option, the decision to move there was unavoidable.While I was in town for my second THNK module, I scoured Linkedin for relevant contacts that I could interview for the sake of sanity testing my concept.One of the key barriers to attracting investment and getting their hands on capital is the fact that while there are plenty of technology and content players, there is a lack of companies addressing the issue of deliverability and distribution models that fill the gap between users and products.But community spirits are strong and each startup seems to have steady work for the time being.Adriaan Rijkens, who I mentioned earlier, runs VR/Heroes, a two-year old VR agency based in Rotterdam.He started ArtBeat in 2001, which means he has a whopping 15 years of experience creating VR projects.Versteeg describes the following types of companies in the VR space in the Netherlands based on his broad view of the landscape:The VR market is projected to hit $30 or 40 billion globally by 2020 depending on whether you reference Tim Merel at Digi-Capital or SuperData Research.But for those who aspire to be, as Molsbergen puts it, true belieVRs , their aspirations will have to be tempered by the sobriety of indicators like the Gartner Hype Cycle, which currently places VR on the slope of enlightenment, with still at least four years left before we can expect the kind of maturity to arrive that allows for investor confidence.Follow him on Twitter: @whiteboxamir.
Image Source: MarvelBecause there can never be too many superhero shows on television, Marvel confirmed this week that FX has picked up X-Men spinoff series Legion for an eight-episode first season.Production will begin in Vancouver this summer with the season set to debut on FX in early 2017.DON T MISS: Game of Thrones is falling apartIn case you re unfamiliar with the story of Legion aka David Haller , here s a synopsis from Marvel with some key information:Since he was a teenager, David has struggled with mental illness.Diagnosed as schizophrenic, David has been in and out of psychiatric hospitals for years.Additionally, the fact that Haller and those attempting to diagnose him haven t pegged him as a mutant might be a hint that Legion won t take place in the same timeline.Noah Hawley, best known as the creator of the excellent FX series Fargo, will serve as the show s executive producer along with a host of talent from Fox and Marvel, including Bryan Singer, Simon Kinberg and Jeph Loeb.
FX Networks has put its support behind the upcoming X-Men spinoff series Legion with a full-season order that will have the show begin filming later this year.The vote of confidence in the project was accompanied by the first, official photo from the show.Executive produced by Fargo television series creator Noah Hawley, Legion isn t expected to connect with the X-Men movie universe despite the comic-book roots of Stevens character, the title of the show, and certain elements of its premise.In the Marvel Comics universe, Haller was the son of telepathic X-Men team leader Charles Xavier, and was plagued by a dissociative identity disorder that gave each of his various personas control of one of his mutant abilities.Marvel Television is thrilled to not only have our first partnership with FX go to series, but working with the enormously talented Noah Hawley makes it even better, said Marvel TV s Jeph Loeb, who also serves as an executive producer on the series, in a statement accompanying the announcement.Legion is expected to begin filming this summer in Vancouver and to premiere on FX in early 2017.
Just in time for summer comes more evidence that the four-day workweek is good for your work and personal life.The boss of a Vancouver-based company describes in The Wall Street Journal how he was close to total burnout five years ago.Brian Scudamore, who is chief executive and founder of home services company O2E Brands, also decided to designate Mondays as think days, when he works from home and takes no meetings.Working more means that there s less time to exercise, de-stress and sleep, among other things.Long hours are particularly hard on the health of lower-income workers, research shows.The higher-ups at one consulting firm had no idea that some of their best workers were only pretending to put in 80-hour workweeks, according to a widely cited study from Erin Reid, a professor at Boston University s business school.
Leak appears to show Frank West making a return to the series ThisGenGamingDead Rising 4 has been tipped for reveal at E3, after new screenshots and promotional material purporting to be from the game appeared online.Reports suggest the latest instalment in Capcom's open-world zombie game will be a Microsoft exclusive and will see the return of Frank West, protagonist of the original Dead Rising.Dead Rising 3 was generally considered a win for Capcom Vancouver and Microsoft, receiving generally positive reviews and shifting over 1.2 million copies.ThisGenGaming reports that Dead Rising 4 will be announced at Microsoft's E3 press conference as a Windows Store exclusive, meaning it will land on both Windows 10 PCs and the Xbox One, as well as presumably any new iterations of the console rumoured to be announced at the event.For now it sounds like PlayStation owners could miss out on the love, but all is not lost: Capcom is said to be bringing at least one new Resident Evil title to this year's Los Angeles trade show, which could appear in the form of Resident Evil 7 or the ground-up remake of 1998's Resi 2.Whatever happens, IBTimes UK will be at the helm to bring you all the breaking news from E3 2016.
Are you tired of nagging your children to sit up straight and stop slouching over their smartphones, tablets and other gadgets?A Vancouver-based company called Medical Wearable Solutions has developed a possible solution to the problem with a new gadget that monitors the wearer's posture and encourages them to sit up straight."Early feedback on prototypes showed that children respond very quickly to the EyeForcer's notifications," the firm claimed on its KickStarter page.While the device is primarily aimed at children, it could prove useful for those who spend hours hunched over computers at work or constantly find themselves staring down at phones or tablets all day.The wearable costs $120 £83 and is slated to begin shipping in November 2016.A KickStarter campaign has raised CA $16,673 £9,088 backed by 15 people so far with 27 days to go to reach its $200,000 goal.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau became the latest luminary to try the Microsoft HoloLens holographic goggles, at the opening of the Microsoft Canada Excellence Centre in Vancouver.And he looks like he's super-into them:HoloLens is a wearable Windows 10 computer that sits on your head and projects three-dimensional "holograms" into your field of vision.It's pretty neat.Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella wasn't on-hand to do a personal demo with Trudeau, as he was with Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff.But Microsoft President Brad Smith was around to welcome Trudeau and promote Vancouver as a rising star in the tech market.The Microsoft Canada Excellence Centre, or MCEC, will house developers working on the whole range of Microsoft products, per a blog post."Microsoft is showing that it recognizes the country's tremendous potential to be a world leader in the innovation sector," Trudeau said in that blog post."It will provide new opportunities for Canada's young people, and our highly educated workforce as a whole, to shape the future."This might have been a particular thrill for Trudeau: In addition to being a an athlete, Trudeau is known to be a bit of a nerd, schooling a reporter with a quick lesson on quantum computing back in April 2016.
Porsche CrashLet s say you re a 16-year-old who took your mom s car on a totally illegal joyride and hit a parked car.DON T MISS: Leaked photos show off the Tesla Model 3 s secretive interiorAccording to Jalopnik, the Porsche Cayenne belonged to the mother of the unlicensed 16-year-old who is driving it in the video.The hit-and-run happened on June 16th in Vancouver, when the teenager hit a parked car.After doing so and breaking one of the wheels in the process , he drove to a friend s house, where he was planning on hiding the car.I guess a few scuffs aren t a big deal when you ve committed a couple felonies and trashed your mom s car.Thanks to the YouTube video, Canadian police have managed to bring the teenager to justice, charging him with hit and run, driving without due care, and driving without a license.
Photo: Rob KruytWalk in to any major grocery store in British Columbia, Canada and shoppers will no doubt find an unmanned terminal subbing in for a cashier, allowing customers to scan their own groceries before paying their bill.So it s little wonder a June report from Toronto's Ryerson University s Brookfield Institute for Innovation Entrepreneurship BIIE cautions service-oriented workers like cashiers and retail salespeople are at a 92 per cent to 97 per cent risk of being affected by advances in automation and artificial intelligence AI within 20 years.Davyde Wachell, CEO of Vancouver s Responsive Capital Management, even envisions artificial intelligence going so far as to shake up the job market in the financial sector.Already, robo-advisers are using automated tools to manage portfolios – a system known as passive portfolio management that relies on price averages to match market returns.His company developed an AI-powered platform as part of a partnership with Genus Capital Management, which is now using it to manage US$0.9 billion of institutional and private wealth.So Canadians shouldn t expect the labour market to resemble The Jetsons in 20 years, with four-limbed robots taking over all the routine tasks.
But drones are still limited to flying within the line of sight, or the range where a human operator can see them.The one-year-old startup is building a collision avoidance system that it hopes will be so effective it can move the entire industry forward, says CEO and co-founder Alex Harmsen.If the threat of drone crashes sounds like a bit of fear mongering consider just last week, a drone actually did fall onto a woman s head at a sporting event in Canada, seriously injuring her and sparking an investigation by the Transportation Safety Board of Canada.And last year a commercial drone crashed at the Louis Armstrong Stadium during the U.S. Open tennis tournament, causing debris to hit and injure a toddler.While many drone accidents have been blamed on hobbyist, not professional operators, these still represent the risk of using drones over populated areas.Originally founded in 2015 in Vancouver, Iris Automation plans to relocate or at least establish a R and business office in California, Harmsen said.
This travel stove is a lightweight, compact dream.Designed to be an all-in-one cooking system, the Genesis Base Camp System consists of a number of components that nest together like a set of culinary babushka dolls.The Base Camp System s rugged nylon carry case hugs the contours of the system s 5-liter pot, which in turn contains a fuel regulator, a 10-inch ceramic-coated frypan, a strainer lid that fits both the pot and the fry pan, a dual burner Genesis camp stove, and a flexible plastic windscreen.With a fresh 1-pound tank, I found that I was able to cook three square meals a day for a whole weekend, and still had enough propane left over to barbecue a number of meals on my grill once I got home.Regulating the amount of heat put out by the burners on most of the camp stoves I ve used in the past has traditionally proved to be a challenge: You either cook over a high flame, or adjust the flow of fuel with the same care as you would use to dismantle a bomb for fear of accidentally extinguishing your burner.While most people will find that the Genesis Base Camp System provides all of the basics they ll need to cook away from home, through the use of an adapter, it s possible to connect one of Jetboil s Luna Satellite burners or even a second Genesis stove, making for a culinary setup that can go toe-to-toe with your kitchen at home.
With the introduction of high-end devices such as the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive, as well as the simple ones such as Google Cardboard, virtual reality is the next digital frontier.Ray Bradbury s 1951 story The Veldt dealt with a pair of children and a virtual nursery, while Frederik Pohl s 1955 short story The Tunnel Under the World told the story of a man who relived the same day over and over, only to discover that he was trapped in a cruel marketing simulation.Virtual reality provided a useful device for authors to examine a couple of interesting themes, territory unexplored by fiction at large.Technological advances were beginning to allow for the possibility for multiple realities: the real world, and ones which the characters could no longer distinguish between real and fake.While it doesn t directly predict the rise of virtual reality, it does act as an important precursor to the entire cyberpunk genre.In it, a woman named Philadelphia Burke suffers from pituitary dystrophy, and is given a new opportunity in her life after she attempts to commit suicide.The Girl Who Was Plugged In was a major work from its author, who earned a Hugo Award for best novella in 1974, and it would become a major precursor to a subgenre of science fiction that would change the idea of virtual reality forever.By far the most influential work of cyberpunk fiction is Neuromancer by William Gibson.Written a decade after Tiptree s novella, Gibson was struck by an experience that he had in a Vancouver arcade: Even in this primitive form, the kids who were playing them were so physically involved; it seemed to me that they wanted to be inside the games, within the notational space of the machine.
But that s exactly the case for developer Hothead Games, which is celebrating its 10-year anniversary in 2016.Today, Hothead is best known as the developer responsible for the popular mobile sniper game Kill Shot Bravo, which the studio recently updated and released in China.But to get to this point, the company has had to stumble along the way before figuring out what the hell a live ops is and settling lawsuits with competitors.Hothead started in 2006 with the goal of making smaller downloadable games for consoles.Director of development Vlad Ceraldi and director of technology Joel Deyoung founded the company in Vancouver after working at The Simpsons: Hit & Run studio Radical Entertainment together.The company worked on the Penny Arcade game On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness: Episode One and Deathspank with beloved adventure game director Ron Gilbert.In the following years, Hothead deliberately charged into this new space with the idea of applying its development know how in an all-digital ecosystem, and I caught up with the team to chat with them about that history and how it ended up where it is today.Check out my interview with Hothead s executives about their history right here:GamesBeat: Tell me about the transition from console to mobile.We made our plans to burn all our bridges and focus everything on mobile.
"Few major cities have been quite as inhospitable to Uber as Vancouver, which sent the company fleeing four years ago after regulators declared it a limousine service and essentially destroyed the business logic.Canada's third-largest metropolis bills itself as Silicon Valley North—home to local unicorn Hootsuite and a thriving tech scene that employs thousands of young people.Public transportation is spotty, there are half as many taxis per 1,000 people as in Toronto, and the sprawling city of 2.5 million suffers from the nation's worst traffic.At the time, the San Francisco company was embarking on its first major global expansion and considered Vancouver a natural beachhead.The six-member panel sets fares and interprets provincial rules governing taxis, black cars and limousines.In BC, limos and black cars must charge a minimum fare of $75, a rate set to keep them from competing with taxis.
The first TV show Mary Elizabeth Winstead starred in—playing a half-human, half-werewolf teenage girl—was shot in Vancouver.Though CBS canceled Wolf Lake after one season, Winstead fell in love with the coastal Canadian town and has worked there on and off ever since.Over time, the actress has graduated from her scream-queen origins to leading roles in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and this year s 10 Cloverfield Lane, the J.J. Abrams-produced thriller in which she s abducted by a terrifying prepper played by John Goodman.Winstead returned to TV in June on CBS BrainDead, a show about zombie politicians by the creators of The Good Wife.But despite Winstead s onscreen flair for the eerie and bizarre, her real life is more about chic eats and outdoor adventure.Also, I m a little bit of a sucker for a quintessential hipster coffee shop, and Gastown is home to my favorite, Nelson the Seagull.
Google is no stranger to litigation, but for the past couple of years, the company has been fighting a case in Canada that could have far-reaching implications — not only for Google, but for the global internet-using population.In light of this, a number of technology organizations, human rights groups, media companies, and freedom-of-speech bodies are coming to the internet giant s defense.The background to the case dates to 2011, when Canada-based industrial networking company Equustek began proceedings in the Supreme Court of British Columbia for an injunction to be brought against a competitor called Datalink Technologies.Equustek argued that Datalink had infringed on Equustek s intellectual property rights with products sold under the Datalink brand.The long and short of this case was that Datalink was ordered to stop selling the products in question, but because Datalink had seemingly shifted to an entirely online operation, Canadian authorities were unable to enforce the ruling.Datalink continued to sell the products, and warrants were ultimately issued for the arrest of key personnel at Datalink.Running out of options to prevent Datalink from marketing the products, Equustek turned to the mighty Google for help, asking it to block Datalink s websites from search results.But Google didn t go far enough, in the eyes of Equustek, which wanted entire websites de-indexed from Google s search results.Indeed, though the defendants had originally operated out of Vancouver, they subsequently switched to using a complex and ever expanding network of websites through which they advertise and sell their product, a court document noted.Thus, in 2014, Equustek filed a motion against Google Inc. and Google Canada Corporation to force the search engine to comply with its requests.
Cars are one one of the top contributors to greenhouse gas emissions globally, and cars in cities can be especially heavy with their contributions, owing to traffic and population density.And while encouraging everyone to bike or use public transit probably isn t going to convince everyone to ditch car ownership, car sharing services seem to be winning more city denizens over, and a new study shows that the results of said services are good, both for the environment, and for reducing unnecessary personal budget burdens.The study full PDF available here , conducted by research group Innovative Mobility Research IMR working out of the Transportation Sustainability Research Center at UC Berkeley, looked specifically at one-way car sharing in North America, with a focus on car2go since it has the largest reach and is present in a number of major urban markets.With one-way carsharing, members of the service can pick up a car at one spot, and drop it at another – here in Toronto, for instance, car2go vehicles can be picked up on city streets, in city-run Green P parking lots, and at the airport.The IMR s study focused on car2go members in Calgary, San Diego, Seattle, Vancouver, and Washington, and relies on self-reported info derived from polling car2go users, combined with vehicle activity data provided by car2go for the purposes of the study.What they found was that both vehicle ownership and emissions from driving dropped as a result of car sharing programs being present in these cities.
Google today is announcing the launch of a new Oregon region for its Google Cloud Platform cloud infrastructure, along with a new Cloud Natural Language application programming interface API that will let developers integrate Google s natural language understanding technology into third-party applications.The Cloud Natural Language API, now in open beta, is available in English, Japanese, and Spanish.It will be capable of powering sentiment analysis, entity recognition, and syntax analysis, as Cloud Natural Language and Translate API product manager Apoorv Saxena, Cloud Speech API product manager Dan Aharon, and product manager Dave Stiver wrote in a blog post.The new Oregon region, which will be listed under the label us-west1, will initially offer Google Compute Engine, Google Container Engine, and Google Cloud Storage services, wrote Saxena, Aharon, and Stiver.Our initial testing shows that users in cities such as Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, and Los Angeles can expect to see a 30-80 percent reduction in latency for applications served from us-west1, compared to us-central1, they wrote.Oregon is the state Google selected when it decided to build its first data center in the 2000s.So it was no surprise to see Google declare earlier this year that Oregon is one of the 12 places where it would be opening new cloud regions.Amazon Web Services AWS , the leading public cloud, maintains more data center regions than the Google cloud, hence Google s expansion campaign.But natural language understanding represents a competitive opportunity for Google, which boasts multiple applications with more than 1 billion active users.So the search company has been exposing trained machine learning services for others to use.
If you live in a big city, do you even want to own a car?When parking can cost almost as much as your rent and definitely more than a car payment, the appeal fades fast.Daimler s Car2go car-sharing service, first launched in Austin, Texas, in 2010 and now available in 30 cities around the world, is demonstrating a significant impact on city transit.The positive results were found by a study by the University of California, Berkeley s Transportation Sustainability Research Center, as reported by CNN Money.Researchers polled Car2go users in Calgary, Canada; San Diego; Vancouver, British Columbia; Seattle; and the District of Columbia.The study surveyed nearly 9,500 users and included trip data provided by Car2go.