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How is technology changing our lives? Hosting interviews with innovators, execs, and more, Canada’s tech expert Mike Agerbo explores how everything from tech gadgets to internet culture are changing our world. For over 20 years, Mike Agerbo has made technology simple for audiences. He brings the latest gadgets to Global TV audiences with his wee

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In a coordinated national effort, lawyers have filed a proposed class action suit in BC, Ontario, and Montreal alleging that Google collects and profits from the personal information of millions of Canadians. We speak to one of the lawyers representing the class action, Greg McMullen, about how the tech giant turns Canadians' electronics into tracking devices without their consent. We also provide some useful tips to help you choose the right processor next time you're shopping for a computer or laptop. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.

Sep 19

35 min

Wouldn't it be great if you could see a personalized menu, tailored to your preferences, as you enter the drive-through? Find out how Mastercard is innovating to offer you a customized drive-through experience using the power of AI technology. The hosts also talk about a home arcade setup, perfect for staying entertained during the colder months. Finally, we look at the new Huawei Windows laptops. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.

Sep 12

36 min

Do you dread mowing the lawn? Well, you're not alone and that's why Husqvarna has developed robotic lawn mowers. We speak with Husqvarna about the technology, how it works, and the models available to make lawn maintenance a breeze. We also chat about Mike's experience with 5G and the new Samsung Fold, a new smartphone with a folding display. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.

Sep 5

36 min

As kids head back to school this year many things will be different, including the way they learn digital literacy. We speak to Canada Learning Code about their new K-12 Computer Science Education Framework. We also chat with fellow tech nerd, Marc Saltzman, to get his recommendations on the hottest back-to-school tech. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.

Aug 29

36 min

On this week's show, we talk all about electric vehicles. Find out how you can save with an electric vehicle--and we're not just talking about the savings at the pump! From charging to ongoing maintenance, we've got you covered with everything you need to know before your first EV purchase. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.

Aug 22

35 min

Going back to school will look a little different this year, so the GetConnected team has a special gear guide for you. John and Mike cover essential technology like Chromebooks and laptops, workspace essentials, and tech accessories for students of all ages. Tune in next week to learn all about electric vehicles and why you should consider replacing your gas vehicle. Hint: EVs can lead to a lot of savings! See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.

Aug 15

36 min

On this week's episode, we learn how your Shaw home internet and cable service can help you save on your mobile plan. Our friend and fellow tech nerd Ted Kritsonis joins us to review the StartMe Stick and we talk about the technology in John's new electric car. We also discuss how you can take advantage of government rebates to make an electric car more affordable all while helping the environment. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.

Aug 8

35 min

Mike and John talk to iRobot about the latest line of Roomba vacuum cleaning and mopping robots. We also speak to a Canadian company that's helping organizations hire the right talent by combining psychology and AI. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.

Aug 1

37 min

With Canada's new contact tracing app available for beta testing, we discuss the privacy implications with Ann Cavoukian, past three-term Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario. We also talk about some great golf tech, perfect for summer. Finally, John introduces us to 3D printed chicken nuggets--or at least the technology behind them. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.

Jul 25

35 min

Retailers and manufacturers offer a range of refurbished technology gadgets but are these items worthwhile? The hosts talk about what you should know and look for when purchasing refurb tech. We also hear about John's first impression of Alexa Auto, now available in Canada and AJ reviews the new Google Pixel Buds 2. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.

Jul 18

35 min

Why are advertisers boycotting Facebook? And will it make a difference? Our hosts discuss the boycott and what we can expect for the technology giant in the coming weeks. We also talk about everything that was banned on social media platforms in the past week. Finally, we speak with David Tobin, CEO of Audiojack, about how COVID-19 has ignited new interest in audio-based movies.   See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.

Jul 11

35 min

A week after Apple's WWDC, the hosts continue the discussion about Big Sur and the best features of iOS 14. We also speak to Chris Pereira from Huawei about jobs in tech and how to get your foot in the door. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.

Jul 4

36 min

Why did Elon Musk call for the breakup of Amazon recently? Find out how the online shopping giant is ruffling feathers with authors. We speak with a Kansas author and book shop owner, Danny Caine, about his experience publishing and selling through Amazon. We also look at how phishing rates are rising with employees working from home due to COVID-19. Finally, we'll talk about some of Apple's big announcements from WWDC 2020. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.

Jun 27

36 min

Last week, TELUS filed suit against Shaw over ‘misleading’ ads about its Fibre+ internet service. Today, Peter Vogel, tech expert and columnist, joins us to talk about why Shaw’s advertising is misleading and how this might affect your home internet speeds if you subscribe to the Shaw Fibre+ 300 Internet Service.   We’ll also discuss how the criminal justice system in Ontario has used technology to adapt during COVID-19 with criminal lawyer and Toronto Director of the Criminal Lawyer’s Association, Jennifer Penman. Fellow gadget guy, Marc Saltzman, joins us with last minute tech gift ideas that will impress Dad this Father's Day. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.

Jun 20

35 min

Replacing both the Sonos Playbar and Playbase and supporting Dolby Atmos surround sound, the Sonos Arc is the hottest new sound bar for your television. We talk to Ted Kritsonis to hear about his first impressions and find out where the Sonos Arc really shines. We also speak to Peter Vogel to find out why the earth's magnetosphere is weakening and why we should care. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.

Jun 13

35 min

Several years ago, a Coronavirus swept through the U.S. and killed 1 million of the population it infected: pigs. We speak with Brian Jackson, CIO at Infotech Research Group, about the technology behind the biosecurity measures farmers implemented in response. These tools, including facial recognition scanners connected to commercial locks, may hold the key to managing COVID-19 infections in long term care homes and hospitals. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.

Jun 6

35 min

Is Jeff Bezos poised to take over the largest movie theater chain in world? We discuss the strategic implications of an acquisition with Forbes Senior Contributor, Enrique Dans. Brian Jackson, CIO at Infotech Research Group, also joins us to talk about the use of robots in hospitals. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.

May 30

36 min

The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to another epidemic: misinformation. Mike Agerbo and John Biehler speak with Philip Mai and Anatoliy Gruzd from Ryerson University's Social Media lab about their project, COVID19Misinfo.org. We also look at a specific case of misinformation, known as #FilmYourHospital, and how it spread through social media. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.

May 23

36 min

Working with AI, Canadian researchers are working on a number of projects that could help in the fight against the novel coronavirus. We speak with Sasha Luccioni, Director of Scientific Projects at the AI for Humanity Department at Mila in Quebec, about the efforts to find treatments for COVID-19  and to optimize hospital equipment allocation based on predictions of infection rates.   See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.

May 16

34 min

Forced to stay home due to the pandemic, Canadians are adjusting to a virtual way of life. We speak with Alex Fraser, VP of Western Operations at a Vancouver restaurant consultancy, about the effects of using third party delivery services on your favourite restaurants. We also get some practical information about accessing virtual health care during the pandemic and beyond from Dr. Richard Tytus, MD and CEO at WeCare. We cover everything from access to specialists to security in telehealth. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.

May 9

34 min

Looking for a unique DIY project to focus on during the COVID-19 pandemic? We talk with fellow tech nerd and digital nomad, Duane Storey, about building a tube amplifier for sound with a more musical quality. The perfect project for music lovers, making a tube amp will keep you busy and diving into the history of audio equipment. We also open the GetConnected mailbag and answer listener tech queries. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.

May 2

35 min

Using low-Earth orbit satellites, Starlink plans to bring Internet services to the masses, and especially remote areas. We speak with tech expert and columnist, Peter Vogel, to learn about the ambitious vision of the company. We also discuss the downsides of the project and its potential effects on the night's sky. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.

Apr 25

36 min

Want to feel more comfortable with digital technology and the internet of things? Author of You and the Internet of Things, Vicki McLeod joins us with a primer on the fundamentals of technology and smart devices. We chat about current technologies like video streaming, home networking, and ride sharing. We also discuss security and what users should be be aware of as they introduce connected home devices into their homes. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.

Apr 18

36 min

As COVID-19 spreads throughout Canada, health care facilities are experiencing significant shortages in personal protective equipment, or PPE. We speak with Tinkerine Studios, a Vancouver 3D printer manufacturer for education, about their work to shift their production to medical supplies. We also discuss whether a PhotoStick is worth it and alternatives that will help you back up your photos and videos. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.

Apr 11

35 min

With many of us spending more time at home, it's a great time to do a bit of digital housekeeping. Hosts Mike Agerbo, AJ Vickery, and John Biehler discuss ways to organize and back up your photo library using the cloud and tools like Google Photo and Flickr. Later in the show, we speak with Phil Watkins from Intel and Chris Kostyuk from StudioCloud about how the special effects and animation industry is shifting to accommodate working from home. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.

Apr 4

35 min

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Mar 28

36 min

Get Connected - March 21, 2020 See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.

Mar 21

36 min

Get Connected - March 7, 2020 See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.

Mar 7

36 min

Get Connected - February 29, 2020 See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.

Feb 29

36 min

Get Connected - February 22, 2020 See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.

Feb 22

36 min

Get Connected - February 15, 2020 See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.

Feb 15

36 min

Get Connected - February 8, 2020 See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.

Feb 8

35 min

Get Connected - February 1, 2020 See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.

Feb 1

36 min

Get Connected - January 25, 2020 See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.

Jan 25

36 min

Get Connected - January 18, 2020 See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.

Jan 18

36 min

Get Connected - January 11, 2020 See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.

Jan 11

36 min

Get Connected - January 4, 2020 See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.

Jan 4

36 min

Get Connected - December 28, 2019 See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.

Dec 2019

37 min

Get Connected - December 21, 2019 See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.

Dec 2019

36 min

Get Connected - December 14, 2019 See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.

Dec 2019

36 min

Get Connected - December 7, 2019 See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.

Dec 2019

37 min

Get Connected - November 30, 2019 See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.

Nov 2019

36 min

Get Connected - November 23, 2019 See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.

Nov 2019

36 min

Get Connected - November 16, 2019 See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.

Nov 2019

36 min

Get Connected - November 9, 2019 See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.

Nov 2019

36 min

Get Connected - November 2, 2019 See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.

Nov 2019

35 min

Get Connected - October 26, 2019 See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.

Oct 2019

36 min

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Oct 2019

35 min

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Oct 2019

36 min

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Oct 2019

36 min

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