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A FEW years back, everyone in the tech industry was talking about Foursquare. You may have even downloaded the app. At the time, it allowed you to check in to places around your city and hopefully connect with your friends. While the app took off in cities with early tech adopters, it sputtered in most other cases, as people just didn't have enough friends using the app to make it useful.

Fast forward a couple of years and all those check-ins helped Foursquare create very detailed databases and maps of cities around the world, complete with user-driven info on restaurants, coffee shops, tourist attractions and anything else you can think of.

Seeing an opportunity, Foursquare has relaunched as a city guide that will recommend places you might be interested in visiting. The check-in portion of the old Foursquare functionality is still around, but the app has been spun off on its own and renamed Swarm. By splitting these two functionalities, Foursquare has given itself a new lease on life. Need to know where to get the best espresso or places to take photos in a city? Foursquare should have you covered. It's worth re-installing the app if you're curious about its evolution or just want to explore your city and the neighbourhoods you don't always get to.


Le Burger Week 2014

HAPPENING for the second year in Winnipeg, Le Burger Week is a full-on battle for burger supremacy among some of the city's finest chefs. At the nationally recognized event, this year you'll be able to dine on everything from Fitzroy's take on an American cheeseburger and Cibo Waterfront Café's concoction the Rob Ford to Deer + Almond's fried chicken burger and pop-up diner Table Manners' the Bear Burger.

Le Burger Week 2014 runs Sept. 1-7. Voting takes place online at Be sure to share pictures of your favourite burgers on social media using the hashtag #leburgerweek.


Video of the Week: State of Emergency -- Ferguson, Mo. (Dispatch 1)

IF you don't have cable news or haven't had the time to keep up with what's happening in Ferguson, Mo., Vice News has been at street level from the beginning and has been uploading short dispatches from the community to its YouTube channel.

Filled with interviews, uncensored footage from the protests and images of the increasing militarization and aggressiveness of the police force that is gathered in Ferguson, these short dispatches can give you a sense of what's happening and how the community is reaching its boiling point.


Download of the Week: Brent Phillips -- Peg City Hustle

One of Winnipeg's house music veterans, Brent Phillips might not be behind the decks every weekend anymore, but he recently performed alongside fellow house veteran Joe Silva and minimal techno producer Ali Khan as part of the Fundraiser in Honour of Karla and Sophie at Union Sound Hall last week and is scheduled as a guest on 95.9 FM's Phase One Radio on Sept. 11 (full disclosure: I book the guests for this radio program). Phillips was also scheduled to DJ at the Housing Market event, which was postponed owing to inclement weather. It had been nearly a year since Phillips got behind the decks at a club, so these online mixes and radio show sets should tide you over until his next booking.


Anthony Augustine is a freelance music, technology and pop culture writer who spends way too much time in front of a computer. Got a site you think he should see? Email him at or follow him at

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 28, 2014 C17

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