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Top Canadian mobile stories from the past week

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Every week we bring you the latest in Canadian mobile news. Listed below is a quick overview of the top stories from the past seven days. Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL Review: All the small things [Read here] Amazon to announce location of its second headquarters soon [Read here] Region of Waterloo Library to...

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Sun, 21 Oct 2018 11:03:54 +0000
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Macaw lets you take Twitter into your own hands [App of the Week]

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Sat, 20 Oct 2018 23:00:54 +0000
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Google app beta teardown reveals new ‘Lists and Notes’ web app

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A teardown of Google app beta version 8.33 revealed intriguing new Assistant features, including a new ‘Lists and Notes’ web app. As with all teardowns, it’s important to note that these features are often works in progress extracted from code within the app. Unfortunately, not everything will see final release. However, in this case, I...

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Sat, 20 Oct 2018 20:27:46 +0000
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Netflix, Marvel cancel ‘Luke Cage’ one week after ‘Iron Fist’

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Following on the heels of the Iron Fist cancellation, Netflix cancelled Luke Cage. When Marvel and Netflix cancelled Iron Fist a week ago, reports expected Netflix would renew Luke Cage. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Netflix and Marvel cancelled the show due to “creative differences,” according to Deadline. Some executives reportedly had issues with the...

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Sat, 20 Oct 2018 18:38:30 +0000
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Google makes Pixel 3 display corners rounder with software

It appears Google is rounding the corners of the Pixel 3 display with software. While Google hasn’t released an official response yet, popular opinion seems to be that the software rounding brings the display in line with Google’s new Material Design. It also helps the display corners better match the phone’s rounded corners. One of...

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Sat, 20 Oct 2018 16:28:16 +0000
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JBL and Lenovo smart displays available for pre-order at Best Buy Canada

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If you’ve been eagerly waiting for a smart home display to come to Canada, you’re in luck. Both the JBL Link View Smart Display and the Lenovo Smart Display have appeared on the Best Buy Canada website. The devices are available for pre-order and they come with some special offers. The JBL Link View will...

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Sat, 20 Oct 2018 14:34:44 +0000
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Contest: Win a Telus Google Pixel 3 XL

Google’s Pixel 3 XL is now the talk of the town, and with it being the newest flagship with a stock Android experience, many people are excited about the handset. Even though the phone sports a deep notch and doesn’t have all too many innovations, the handset delivers a great experience. The Pixel 3 XL is almost...

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Sat, 20 Oct 2018 12:31:04 +0000
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Luxury brand Vertu’s Aster P smartphone retails for $5,635 CAD

Luxury manufacturer Vertu has introduced a new handset called the Aster P, according to GSMArena.  Vertu announced that its latest phone features a titanium alloy frame, sapphire glass screen and back panels made from real leather. The handset sports a Snapdragon 660 processor, 12-megapixel rear-facing shooter and a 3,200mAh battery. Additionally, it features 6GB of RAM,...

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Fri, 19 Oct 2018 21:41:12 +0000
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Xplore Mobile reaching out to Manitoba Bell, Virgin Mobile subscribers to begin transition process

Xplore Mobile, the recently unveiled wireless brand owned by New Brunswick-based rural internet service provider Xplornet, has begun reaching out to some Bell customers in Manitoba to prepare them for a transition to the fledgling network. As per the terms of Montreal-based national carrier Bell’s acquisition of former Manitoba Crown carrier MTS, Bell agreed to...

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Fri, 19 Oct 2018 21:20:05 +0000
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You can reserve an item for pick-up at Best Buy through Google Assistant

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Best Buy Canada is soft-launching the ability to create ‘Reserve and Pick-up’ (RPU) orders via Google Assistant. You can access the feature on any Google Assistant enabled device with a screen for now. Unfortunately, that means Google Home smart speakers are not currently compatible with Reserve and Pick-up. To access the new feature, prompt Google...

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Fri, 19 Oct 2018 21:19:57 +0000
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Canadian-made Cuphead launches on Mac with limited-time discount

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Oakville, Ontario-based indie developer Studio MDHR has announced that its acclaimed run-and-gun platform game Cuphead is now available on Mac. The game was previously only available on Xbox One and PC, although Studio MDHR has been promising a Mac port since before the game launched in September 2017. To celebrate the Mac release, the studio is also...

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Fri, 19 Oct 2018 21:14:16 +0000
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Teardown hints Google is porting some Inbox features to Gmail

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Gmail version 8.10 is starting to roll out to users. While the update doesn’t appear to have any changes, a teardown reveals Google is working to migrate some Inbox features to Gmail. It’s important to note that teardowns crack open app APKs and look at the code for hints about upcoming features. Unfortunately, due to...

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Fri, 19 Oct 2018 20:44:34 +0000
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Excellent ‘metroidvania’ game Dead Cells is coming to Android

Popular independently developed ‘metroidvania’ title Dead Cells is coming to Android, according to a recently published Google Play Store listing. First spotted by Android Police, the game’s Play Store page currently does not list a price nor is there a description. That said, it’s still possible to pre-register to get updates on the title. There’s also...

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Fri, 19 Oct 2018 20:40:51 +0000
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Photos shot with the Pixel 3 aren’t always saving, according to some users

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Some Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL users are reporting that the smartphone isn’t always saving photos after they snap them. Pixel 3 owners, both on Reddit and Google’s Community Support Forum are sharing various instances of the smartphone not consistently saving images. Further, the issue seems also to be affecting original Pixel smartphones,...

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Fri, 19 Oct 2018 20:04:47 +0000
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Public Mobile once again brings back $40/4.5GB at 3G speeds promo

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Telus low-cost flanker brand Public Mobile is bringing back its $40 for 4.5GB at 3G speeds plan. As of October 19th, 2018, new and existing subscribers can sign up for a plan with 4.5GB of data for $40 per month at 3G speeds. The 30-day plan features unlimited Canada-wide talk, unlimited international text and picture messaging....

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Fri, 19 Oct 2018 20:03:47 +0000
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Telus launches new Friendly Future Foundation with $120 million endowment

National carrier Telus today announced the launch of a new independent charitable organization called the Telus Friendly Future Foundation. To get the initiative off the ground, the carrier is creating a $120 million endowment fund. According to Telus, the donation is the largest ever made by a publicly traded company in Canada, and one the largest...

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Fri, 19 Oct 2018 19:59:56 +0000
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Chrome 70 brings ‘Picture in Picture’ video to Windows, macOS and Linux

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Chrome 70 brought a wealth of changes to the desktop. Along with fixes to a controversial move to sign-in practices, Chrome 70 also brought ‘Picture in Picture’ (PiP) to the desktop. Initially, Chrome 69 beta brought the feature to the desktop, but users had to enable it manually. Chrome 70 turns it on by default...

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Fri, 19 Oct 2018 19:52:32 +0000
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Pixel 3 XL’s top speaker is significantly quieter than the bottom

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The Pixel 3 and 3 XL are having a rough go in the audio department. Not only are both phones experiencing poor audio quality in recorded videos, but now reports have surfaced that they feature a speaker imbalance. That means one of the two speakers is louder than the other. For the Pixel 3 XL,...

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Fri, 19 Oct 2018 19:44:59 +0000
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Apple CEO Tim Cook calls on Bloomberg to retract Chinese spy chips story: report

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Cupertino computing giant Apple’s CEO Tim Cook took time out of an interview with BuzzFeed News to suggest that Bloomberg should retract a story alleging that Chinese spy chips were installed in Apple servers. “There is no truth in their story about Apple,” said Cook during a phone interview with BuzzFeed News. “They need to...

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Fri, 19 Oct 2018 19:42:02 +0000
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OnePlus moves OnePlus 6T announcement to October 29th

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After it had initially planned to unveil the OnePlus 6T on Tuesday, October 30th, 2018, Chinese device manufacturer OnePlus announced today that it will launch its next smartphone on Monday, October 29th instead. The move comes after Apple announced its ‘There’s more in the making‘ event on Thursday. Both events were scheduled to take place within hours...

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Fri, 19 Oct 2018 19:03:58 +0000
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News for Canada

'It's a mess': Pot shop owners say Alberta is running out of weed

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After four days of lineups at pot shops across the province, some store owners say there's not enough weed left to keep their doors open and they're struggling to order more.


Sat, 20 Oct 2018 17:23:39 EDT
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New mayors elected as political dynasties fall in elections across B.C.

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This is the first municipal vote in B.C. since new campaign finance rules were implemented that limit corporate and union donations. It's also an election that will see big change in some Metro Vancouver cities, where more than a dozen mayors are not seeking re-election.


Sat, 20 Oct 2018 23:00:00 EDT
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Kennedy Stewart elected mayor of Vancouver

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For the first time in more than three decades, Vancouver has elected an independent mayor, choosing Kennedy Stewart from a crowded field of contenders.


Sat, 20 Oct 2018 19:45:00 EDT
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4 things you should know about pot pardons, from a Windsor lawyer

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While the crime has been forgiven, the records are not wiped out. And they might turn up on certain types of background checks.


Sun, 21 Oct 2018 06:00:00 EDT
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'You can't do this to people': Sixties Scoop survivors tell their stories in Winnipeg

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Shannon Marks and her mother Linda Dwyar are together today, but they are still working at putting together the pieces of a relationship torn apart for more than two decades.


Sun, 21 Oct 2018 07:47:20 EDT
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Health officials investigate salmonella outbreak in 5 provinces

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Public health officials in five provinces are investigating a salmonella outbreak that has affected 45 individuals, some of whom ate cucumbers, although other sources are being investigated.


Sat, 20 Oct 2018 17:16:40 EDT
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Tornado recovery efforts continue, one month after the storm

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One month after six tornadoes ripped through parts of Ottawa and Gatineau, the communities they hit are still reeling from the damage.


Sun, 21 Oct 2018 04:00:00 EDT
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'I can't do this alone': Kids from Northern Quebec still taking medevac flights without parents

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Parents of a six-year-old Waswanipi boy, who was taken on a medevac flight to Montreal on his own in August, described the trauma their son experienced at Quebec's inquiry into the treatment of Indigenous people.


Sat, 20 Oct 2018 15:14:16 EDT
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'Not-so-great one' toasts setting up Wayne Gretzky's 1st pro goal 40 years ago

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Today is the 40th anniversary of Wayne Gretzky's first goal in professional hockey. Other than the Great One, there's likely no one who will celebrate the day more than Kevin Morrison of Sydney, N.S.


Fri, 19 Oct 2018 19:33:16 EDT
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Privacy commissioner investigating personal data collection at cannabis stores

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P.E.I.'s information and privacy commissioner has launched an investigation to see if the new government run cannabis stores are collecting personal data from customers — and how they're using any information collected.


Fri, 19 Oct 2018 05:00:00 EDT
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Statistics Canada adds warning to survey after concerns raised about triggering questions

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Statistics Canada has surveyed more than 35,000 Canadians on gender-based violence, including sensitive questions about domestic violence, sexual abuse, online harassment and discrimination.


Sat, 20 Oct 2018 14:44:28 EDT
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Saint John police investigate woman's death after fall from cliff

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Police say a 36-year-old woman has died after falling off a cliff in Saint John.


Sat, 20 Oct 2018 14:55:51 EDT
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Canada's re-engagement with Iran blocked by act that allows its assets to be seized, says retired envoy

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The real reason the Liberal government hasn't been able to re-establish relations with Iran is due to its adherence to a "stupid" Canadian law allowing the seizure of Iranian assets, says Canada's recently expelled ambassador to Saudi Arabia.


Sat, 20 Oct 2018 11:59:04 EDT
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Icelandair plane with cracked window makes emergency landing in Bagotville, Que.

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Icelandair says one of its planes made an emergency landing in Quebec late Friday night because of a cracked cockpit window.


Sat, 20 Oct 2018 09:37:34 EDT
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'I owe my life to this game': Jordin Tootoo retiring from NHL

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Jordin Tootoo, the first Inuk to play in the NHL, has announced his retirement from the league.


Fri, 19 Oct 2018 21:10:11 EDT
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Final report on 2017-18 spending shows $19-billion federal deficit last year

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The red ink on the federal government's budget showed no signs of fading as the annual financial report card revealed a $19-billion deficit for the second straight fiscal year.


Fri, 19 Oct 2018 17:43:43 EDT
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Winter is coming, but will the Games return to Calgary?

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The road to the next Olympic Winter Games may have Beijing as its ultimate destination, but, as Scott Russell writes, the curtain goes up on the winter sport season with one overarching story dominating the winter sport narrative: Will Calgary take the plunge and bid for the Olympics in 2026?


Thu, 18 Oct 2018 09:35:45 EDT
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Calgary Police Association files grievance over cannabis ban for officers

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Current rules prohibit Calgary police officers from consuming marijuana, even when they're not on duty.


Fri, 19 Oct 2018 18:49:07 EDT
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Workers tied up in armed attack on legal Ontario pot grow-op

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Four workers were tied up and several items were taken in an armed attack on a legal marijuana grow-op near Beaverton, Ont., early Thursday morning, police say.


Fri, 19 Oct 2018 20:38:13 EDT
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'Tokenism and optics': Inuit orgs slam feds on Nutrition North consultations

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Canada's Inuit organizations have pulled out of the federal government's Indigenous Working Group on food security, saying the structure is disrespectful to Inuit rights.


Fri, 19 Oct 2018 05:00:00 EDT
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