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New Tablet

Amazon Canada has just released their 8″ Fire tablets in Canada, enabling people to access Netflix, Spotify, Facebook, Kindle, Prime Music and Prime video for 12 hours on one charge for less than $130.

The device has a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor and is available in with either 16 GB and 32 GB internal storage, which can be expanded by another 256 using a MicroSD card. It also has front and back facing 720p HD cameras, though these are 2 MP.

I personally don’t use my tablet for photography so I wouldn’t mind the lower resolution. But I prefer a larger screen, although this compact tablet would be great for those longer train or plane rides. I’d definitely consider one for those trips over my significantly more expensive Samsung tablet, which doesn’t have as much battery life and storage capacity as the Fire Tablet.

Yes, Youtube, Google Play and Gmail will not likely be available via an app on this tablet because of the ongoing issues in-between Google and Amazon. But you should be able to access these services through the tablet’s browser and Plex is available on this tablet, an app that allows people to access media on their personal computer.

Overall, i’d say it’s a great tablet for the price.

Fort McMurray – Where to Donate ?

Like most Canadians I have been shocked by the events in Fort McMurray, Alberta and thought i’d post an entry on this blog dedicated to how one can help the nearly 100,000 displaced residents of this area.

The Canadian Red Cross is currently on site and are of course accepting donations via a special web page and via text. To donate via the web site click here and to donate $5 text REDCROSS to 30333.

Monetary donations are also accepted via the Salvation Army by clicking here. Alberta residents wishing to volunteer through this organization can do so by clicking here.

Most of the evacuated residents are expected to go to Edmonton so that city’s local food bank is requesting local food donations and volunteers. Click here to donate food and to volunteer. Click here to make a donation.

The Edmonton Emergency Relief Society is also looking for volunteers, monetary donations and various non food items. A list of the later can be found by clicking here, where instructions to volunteer can also be found. To donate funds to this charity click here.

Alberta residents that can take in the evacuated can look for details on a special Facebook group dedicated to this aid by clicking here.

The situation is only getting worse as communities that welcomed the evacuees just south of the town are now being evacuated themselves because of a shift in the winds. And it appears that several thousand people could be stranded north of Fort McMurray if the bridges spanning the Athabasca River are lost.

Any help will likely be appreciated.

Indie Labels Hit By London Riots

A major distribution center operated by Sony has been destroyed in London, England.

The three story building, in which CDs and DVDs from indie labels XL Recordings, 4AD, Beggars, Pias, Domino and Rough Trade were stored, was burned down according to Billboard.

Pias is a major independent music distributor, representing 150 labels. They also distribute DVDs and games.