Tech round-up for January 19: Trade up your iPad, MLS goes digital, car rental disruption from Turo

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This week, EA Sports’ FIFA 18 is the new battleground for Major League Soccer, and Turo gives you options when renting a car. But first, find out how you can get a credit towards a new iPad by trading in your old one.

iPad trade-in program comes to Canada

If you’re miffed because you didn’t get a new iPad for Christmas, why not give yourself a gift. The coveted iPad trade-up program is now running in Canada.

You can get up to $380 credit towards a new model. You can find out what your old iPad is worth by taking it to your local Apple store, or at the trade-up program website.

Major League Soccer plugs into esports with eMLS competitive league

Video game soccer games are being adopted by Major League Soccer, the professional soccer league in Canada and the U.S.

Nineteen of the league’s 23 clubs, including Montreal Impact, Toronto FC, and Vancouver Whitecaps FC, will name professional gamers who will compete playing EA Sports’ FIFA 18.

The new video game league will debut with the eMLS Cup in April at the PAX East gaming festival.

Competition will be fierce, as one gamer, representing one team, will be representing MLS in the EA Sports FIFA 18 Global Series Playoffs.

So far only two teams have named their representatives. Christopher Holly will represent New York City FC, while Mike LaBelle will be playing for the New York Red Bulls.

This echoes moves made by the NBA and the NFL to have eSports representatives for teams competing against each other in leagues and tournaments. The Madden NFL Club Championship finals, with one representative for every team, will take place at the NFL Pro Bowl, with the top finishers competing for the championship during the Super Bowl Experience in Minnesota. The winner gets a cash prize and two tickets to the live game.

Turo disrupting car rental business

Turo is the Airbnb of car renting. Instead of paying market rates to the big multinational companies when you’re traveling to other cities, you can rent a car from a local.

The company started operating in 2009, and in the spring of 2016 moved into Alberta, Ontario, and Quebec. Last fall, it started operating in B.C.

The appeal for renters is cheaper prices, delivery of cars to where you are, like the airport, and access to a wider range of vehicles, including fancier cars like BMWs, Mercedes, and even Teslas.

Businesses are seizing opportunity here, too. The DoubleTree hotel in Victoria has two Toyota Prius hybrids available for around $20 a day.

If you want to list your vehicle, maybe to cover a portion of your payment, you’re covered by Turo’s group insurance policy. Except in B.C., which has a “unique” regulatory structure, according to a release by Turo. In B.C., vehicle providers actually extend commercial rental insurance to users.

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