. Justin Kozuch | Technology reporter covering startups, mobile and Canadian tech news

Some thoughts on Periscope and the future of journalism

Earlier today, to much fanfare and excitement, Periscope launched their long-awaited live streaming app for iOS. For those of you who are not familiar with Periscope, they were purchased in January by Twitter for an undisclosed amount (some have speculated the final price tag was between $75 and $120 million), and have joined what will undoubtedly become a crowded space as they compete with the recently-launched Meerkat.

As Periscope gained traction throughout the day, I sat down to watch a few streams, ranging from friends drinking their morning coffee to live streaming today’s Lufthansa press conference. I began to think about the role live streaming can play in journalism.

What we’re seeing is the latest salvo in the war for your device and your attention. Clear winners have emerged in the arena for short-form visual content (see Vine and Snapchat) and messaging (see WhatsApp). Even Facebook has jumped into this battle, first by separating their Messenger offering from the Facebook app, and by now giving businesses the ability to use the Messenger platform for customer service.

Live streaming has become part of our everyday experience, similar to how Facebook and Twitter became the defacto standard for sharing pictures or news about plane crashes, protests and politics. But where does it fit into journalism?

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Mobile App Guide: Toronto Public Transit Apps

With winter making an early appearance in Toronto (is it cold enough for you, citizen?), ensuring the time spent outside waiting for the bus or streetcar becomes a priority for most commuters. Unless you’re a diehard winter enthusiast like yours truly, huddling inside a transit shelter in sub-zero temperatures can sometimes feel like a test of one’s survival instincts.

However, there is hope. Mobile app developers have taken advantage of the city of Toronto’s open data initiatives and used it to help frozen commuters like yourself stay warm.

In no particular order, here are some of my favourite TTC mobile apps.

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App Review: Tab

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As we've seen with the launch of the iPhone 6, mobile payments have finally come to the iOS platform. Apple Pay, which uses NFC (Near Field Communication) to complete payments, until now has been a feature enjoyed solely by Android users, a point of … [Continue reading]

Meet A Toronto Startup: PUSH

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The sports world has birthed a myriad of innovations and inventions: Drinks to keep us hydrated and energized for longer. Meals to boost energy and provide quick bursts of performance. Prosthetics designed to allow those with handicaps to participate … [Continue reading]

Meet A Toronto Startup: pd.id

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In a 2009 Canadian national survey, women reported 460,000 incidents of sexual assault in just one year. Only about 10% of all sexual assaults are reported to police. When it comes to sexual assault, women are frequently not believed, blamed for … [Continue reading]

Meet A Toronto Startup: DownToJam

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Remember the days when bands used a "Wanted" poster for a drummer and tacked them up in a local bar or on a hydro pole? OK, maybe that's a dated reference, but searching for a potential band member hasn't really changed much over the years. The … [Continue reading]

Meet A Toronto Startup: Ringo

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Toronto, like many towns and cities across Canada and the rest of North America, is home to a plethora of apartment buildings and condominium towers. It's almost impossible to walk through the downtown core and not see a condo under construction, or … [Continue reading]

Review: Hailo Toronto Black Car Service

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Hailo is no new entry to Toronto's personal transportation space. While they've been operating in Toronto for almost 2 years now1, they've recently launched HailoBlack in a bid to bring a more diverse set of transportation options to Torontonians … [Continue reading]

Meet A Toronto Startup: Giftagram

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There's an app for everything these days, it seems: Hailing a taxi with Hailo, task automation with IFTTT and reading Internet content offline with Pocket. However, there are very few apps on the market that allow you to send a gift via your … [Continue reading]

Meet A Toronto Startup: HerscuPR

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Ask any entrepreneur about their biggest challenges and they'll tell you getting coverage for their startup is one of them. Most startups can't afford to have a PR agency on retainer and instead choose to focus on product development and revenue … [Continue reading]