Self-Host the web with arkOS

Self-Host the web with arkOS 5764Started by a local Montreal developer, arkOS is a project to get everyone to self-host their website, email, and files. With a Raspberry Pi, you can install and run arkOS without command line knowledge, and be your own Google Docs, Dropbox and gmail. Here's a good video explainer: What is arkOS? from The CitizenWeb Project on Vimeo. Jacob Cook, who is behind the project, explains that the project is long due after the NSA revelations, with Internet users looking for security and privacy, and having their data away from prying eyes. With an Internet connection, you can then make your data and site available on the web, without the worry that a third-party agency or hacker would one day go into your data. arkOS is now raising funds to make the project possible. Head over here to support the future of the self-hosted web. Great to see a   Read more…


Bitcredits.io is a simple Bitcoin payment processor

Bitcredits.io is a simple Bitcoin payment processor 5745Editor's correction: the retail store is going to be open later this year, and not in 3 weeks as written previously Bitcredits.io is one of the startups housed at Bitcoin Embassy. It's a simple payment processor that you can embed on your website, and lets you charge viewers for content (such as media), or simply sell online. One of the current implementation was charging for video streaming and also a DVD for those who can't attend an international Bitcoin conference. Bitcredits also remembers a balance for users that's reusable for future content consumption, giving way for Netflix-like websites powered by Bitcoin, or the real possibility for bloggers to get revenues through micro-donations, as below: Practically, implementation is through embedded javascript. While in early stage, I believe Bitcredits is well suited for most blogs or media websites. The founder says he's exploring opportunities for growth, we talked offling retailing, but of   Read more…


#hackmtl : 140 developers, 36 projects, 24 hours hackathon at the olympic stadium

999105_518699401117_1460480337_n (1) 5500Organized by the MTLStartupTalent team in partnership with PasswordBox, #hackmtl was held this weekend at the Montreal Olympic Stadium, first friday at the lower conference room with technical presentations on javascript, and then at the top of the tower the following saturday for an all-day hackathon. The organizers had the first edition a year ago at Notman House, focused on node.js, mongodb and redis. This time, it was about node.js, but as well about security and Google Chrome Web Extension. Marc-Antoine Ross from PasswordBox presents the hard knocks of building a multi-browser extension. The event gathered a lot of Computer science students from schools such as ETS, McGill and UQAM. Here we have early Saturday morning early risers going to the top of the Olympic Stadium What a view! Developers could see an inspiring view of Montreal, in a reserved floor just for the hackathon. Telus had   Read more…


Founderfuel Demo day : 800 personnes, 8 projets, 8 millions de dollars levés? Notre retour, une semaine après.

Founderfuel demo day 8 novembre 2012 4926 Une semaine après le 3ème #founderfuel demo day, nous avons voulu revenir sur cette soirée que nous avons suivi des balcons, puis dans la foule, pour mieux saisir l'esprit qui y régnait.. et afin aussi de donner la chance à tous ceux qui n'ont pas pu y assister, de se replonger dans cette soirée très attendue à Montréal. Retour au 8 Novembre 2012. La musique (« I need a dollar ») démarre, mettant fin aux dernières discussions dans la salle et déjà, nous rentrons dans une autre dimension. La salle est bondée, 800 personnes sont venues regarder les 8 startups incubés par l’un des meilleurs programme d’Amérique du nord : Founder Fuel. Le mot est lancé. Il faudra être les meilleurs. Je me souviens du premier FFdemoday, plus intimiste. Je me souviens aussi de la même ambiance pourtant qui   Read more…


Executions Labs : a bold video games incubator for Montréal

Executions Labs : a bold video games incubator for Montréal 4935Photo Credit : Heri We can see above Alexandre Pelletier-Normand and Jason Della Rocca at a recent Maison Notman event. Once known as a prolific community instigator, event organizer and IGDA director, Jason Della Rocca and his partners has announced a new video games incubator/accelerator, named Execution Labs. Here's an insightful interview: Can you present yourself, and your team? What's your most favourite game? Jason: The Execution Labs team members have all been in the game industry for over a decade each. I've been at this for about 17 years. Most of my career has been about working with and supporting developers, and especially working to foster and grow the game development community. Keith's background is more on the business side, working on game monetization, marketing and business strategy. And Alex is our ops master with tons of production and deployment experience. Not sure what the other guys are playing these days,   Read more…

Can Twitter predict stock markets?

Can Twitter predict stock markets? 4872Like weather, stock market prediction has always grasped imagination. If you can get one step ahead, through fast computers, superior intuition or advanced interfaces, you could beat other traders and get superior returns. The development of social media, mainly Twitter and Facebook, where hundreds of millions of users announce their small and big daily victories, vent their frustration or relay trends is a gold mine in many ways. StockTwits was ahead in this vision, with a consumer-facing tool that would allow investors to discuss on an online community and track different stocks. This is just the beginning though. What if you could surface sentiments from Twitter and use the data as a key decision-making tool? That's the challenge taken by OODA Technologies and qmetrica with their new product called MarketSense.io. The foundation of the new twitter prediction tool is based on Dr. Johan Bollen's research (Twitter mood predicts   Read more…


Taming the Spaghetti: Rich Web Applications with Errai [Montreal Java User Group]

tnt_rubysands_6_logo 4826The Montreal JUG is back from summer vacation, with a great presentation of the new Errai framework by the core developers from Red Hat jBoss! Register now at http://www.montreal-jug.org! In today’s Web applications, the complexity of the code written for the browser rivals the complexity of the server-side code. Handwritten JavaScript isn’t cutting it anymore. Errai brings a proven server-side programming model to the browser. In this session, members of the Errai team demonstrate how to build rich Web applications the toolable, typesafe way and without boilerplate. Errai offers a concise programming model for building next-generation Web applications by combining the best of two worlds: JavaScript and Java. It enables powerful client-server communication and brings Java enterprise standards to the browser by leveraging the Google Web Toolkit compiler. About the speakers:

Looking to startup? Be a technical or business cofounder

logo 4701[View the story "Looking to startup? Be a technical or business cofounder" on Storify]Looking to startup? Be a technical or business cofounderIt's no surprise that technical talent (programmers, engineers, CTOs) are highly sought after. Many startups are looking to either build a first prototype, get a cofounder to be able to apply to an accelerator, or get their company to the next level. Storified by Montreal Tech Watch · Fri, Jul 20 2012 07:48:17It's no surprise that technical talent (programmers, engineers, CTOs) are highly sought after. Many startups are looking to either build a first prototype, get a cofounder to be able to apply to an accelerator, or get their company to the next level. Startups from Toronto, Montreal, NYC, Waterloo are highlighted here, they were all present at the International Startup Festival, and were looking for partners to make their vision a reality. Contact @mtw or @heri   Read more…


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