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The Furhat is an empathetic robot that listens to all of your problems [Sticky or Not]

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I think even the most solitary of us can admit that we want someone to confide in once in a while. This isn’t always easy, though, especially when people are busy or aren’t the greatest at communicating to begin with. Naturally, technology has a (bizarre) solution — why not talk to a robot instead? That’s...

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Sun, 16 Dec 2018 00:36:13 +0000
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Google web search on mobile gets Material Design update

Following the roll-out of the new Material Design to Google Search on the web, mobile search is getting the redesign as well. Unlike the desktop homepage, Google’s mobile website features a rounded search bar along with several other aspects of the modern design. This includes other rounded elements like buttons and a navigation drawer in...

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Sat, 15 Dec 2018 21:01:52 +0000
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‘Stormbound: Kingdom Wars’ is a mix of ‘Hearthstone’ and chess [Game of the Week]

Halifax-based company to produce new ‘Peanuts’ content for Apple

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Apple has signed a deal with Halifax, Nova Scotia-based DHX Media to create new Peanuts content. DHX, a global children’s content and brands company, will produce original programs, including new series, specials and shorts based on beloved characters like Charlie Brown, Snoopy and others. These original programs will find a home on Apple’s upcoming streaming...

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Sat, 15 Dec 2018 18:57:04 +0000
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Telus Boxing Week offers discounts on phones, up to 8GB bonus data

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Vancouver-based Telus has already begun its ‘Boxing Week’ deals on phones and plans. If you missed out on some of the excellent Black Friday discounts in November, now’s your chance to take another swing at getting a new phone at a lower price. Plus, customers can get some great deals on plans too. Telus is...

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Sat, 15 Dec 2018 16:55:57 +0000
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Here are the Samsung Galaxy S10 series and Google Pixel 3 Lite XL leaks from last week

From Samsung to Google, here’s a breakdown of almost every smartphone leak from the last few days. The leaks below encompass news from December 8th to December 14th, 2018. Samsung Rumours indicate that Samsung will launch the Galaxy S10 on February 20th, 2019 during its ‘Unpacked’ event right before Mobile World Congress (MWC). The leak...

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Sat, 15 Dec 2018 15:11:08 +0000
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Alexa integration is coming to Anki’s Vector robot on December 17

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Vector, Anki’s standalone robot and the successor to the Cozmo, will soon be compatible with Amazon’s Alexa smart home assistant. Anki says the software update that is adding Alexa to Vector will release on December 17th alongside other “interactive experiences.” With Vector, Alexa is triggered by, as you have already guessed, saying “Alexa.” This then...

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Fri, 14 Dec 2018 23:00:40 +0000
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MobileSyrup’s holiday gift guides roundup [2018 Edition]

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Fri, 14 Dec 2018 22:50:57 +0000
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Toronto-made Below now available on Xbox One and PC

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Toronto-based indie developer Capybara Games has released its Below action-adventure roguelike game on Xbox One and Windows 10. In Below, you assume the role as an unnamed traveler who gets stranded on a mysterious island. Only by exploring the Isle’s deadly randomly-generated labyrinthine environments will you be able to find enough resources to survive. Below has been quite...

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Fri, 14 Dec 2018 21:47:00 +0000
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Public Safety Minister calls all reports on Canada banning Huawei from 5G ‘speculation’

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says any reports that Canada could ban Huawei from its 5G networks are “speculation.” The Sydney Morning Herald reported that Ottawa has plans to ban the Shenzhen-based smartphone giant from doing any research in 5G networks. “That’s speculation,” Goodale told the CBC in its article. For a while now Canada has...

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Fri, 14 Dec 2018 21:29:46 +0000
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Tumblr back on iOS App Store, days ahead of upcoming adult content ban

Tumblr to ban pornographic content

Anyone with an iPhone or iPad can once again download U.S. microblogging portal Tumblr’s iOS app. According to a December 14th, 2018 Engadget post, corroborated by MobileSyrup, Tumblr is back on the iOS App Store, just days ahead of the microblogging platform’s December 17th, 2018 adult content ban. “This particular update also includes changes to Tumblr’s Community Guidelines,...

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Fri, 14 Dec 2018 21:16:49 +0000
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SyrupCast Podcast Ep. 186: All I want for Christmas is spyware

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This week on the SyrupCast, MobileSyrup features editor Igor Bonifacic, telecom reporter Shruti Shekar, and special guest and Android Central managing editor, Daniel Bader discuss Huawei and Bill 66. Recently, Meng Wanzhou, the CFO of Huawei, was arrested in Vancouver on fraud charges. Meng has since been granted bail. The team talks about these developments and what...

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Fri, 14 Dec 2018 20:44:41 +0000
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Apple to shutter ‘Connect’ music social media platform

Apple Music on iPhone

Apple is currently in the process of shuttering Apple Music’s pseudo-social media feature ‘Connect,’ though users are still able to search for music that was previously posted to the platform. Users will be able to listen to songs and mixes that were previously posted to the platform until May 24th, 2019, according to a letter...

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Fri, 14 Dec 2018 20:01:43 +0000
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Supreme Court rules that individuals who share computers have a right to privacy

The Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) has ruled that individuals who share computers have a reasonable expectation of privacy, in a 9-0 decision. Canada’s highest court was forced to rule on the matter in a child pornography case, in which the spouse of Thomas Reeves — an individual believed to have child pornography on a...

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Fri, 14 Dec 2018 19:59:49 +0000
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PM Trudeau says Chinese arrest of Canadians might be related to Huawei CFO arrest

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appears to tie the arrest of two Canadians in China to Canada’s arrest of Huawei’s CFO Meng Wanzhou. “China is reacting to the arrest of one of their citizens, but we are being absolutely clear on standing up for our citizens who’ve been detained, trying to figure out why, trying to...

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Fri, 14 Dec 2018 19:55:32 +0000
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Public Mobile offering Freedom Mobile subscribers 3G $50/12.5GB plan with 100GB bonus

Telus flanker brand Public Mobile is targeting Freedom Mobile subscribers with a ‘Big Binge Bonus’ of its own. Freedom Mobile subscribers who switch to Public Mobile can sign up for a $50 plan that comes with 8GB of 3G data with an additional 4.5GB of monthly bonus data, as well as a non-replenishable 100GB data...

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Fri, 14 Dec 2018 19:41:10 +0000
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Koodo offers select customers $15/10GB bonus add-on via text promo

Telus flanker brand Koodo is back at it with targeted bonus data add-ons. The carrier is sending text messages to select customers offering either 3GB of bonus add-on data for $10, or 10GB for $15 if you’re on one of the company’s Tab plans. Alternatively, BYOD customers can get 2GB for $5 or an extra 6GB...

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Fri, 14 Dec 2018 19:00:36 +0000
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Google is tweaking the look of Assistant’s pop up interface on Android

Google appears to be testing an Assistant Android interface tweak that makes the voice-activated assistant’s pop up easier to use with one hand. In the updated interface, users are able to tap the microphone, Lens and keyboard icons all with their thumb. The three icons have been condensed into a single Floating Action Button (FAB). Design...

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Fri, 14 Dec 2018 17:58:28 +0000
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CRTC mandates standards for TTY, IP relay accessibility messaging services

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Canada’s telecommunications watchdog has issued a decision mandating standards for message relay services. According to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission’s (CRTC) December 14th, 2018 decision, groups that provide text-based message relay services (MRS) like teletypewriter relay (TTY) and internet protocol relay (IP relay) will be required to implement quality of service standards, as well...

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Fri, 14 Dec 2018 17:47:07 +0000
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Apple’s pricey iPhone XR Clear Case is $55 of greatness

iPhone XR Clear Case

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Fri, 14 Dec 2018 17:46:34 +0000
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News for Canada

Punches thrown during anti-immigration protest in Edmonton

Edmonton anti-immigration protest fight

A fist fight broke out during an anti-immigration protest in downtown Edmonton Saturday afternoon, before police moved in to separate protesters and counter-demonstrators, comprising about 150 people in total.


Sat, 15 Dec 2018 18:38:21 EST
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Allstate tried to cut off auto insurance sales to drivers in Brampton, Ont., lawsuit claims

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An Ontario woman is taking Allstate Insurance Canada to court, alleging she was fired for pushing back on a "discriminatory" effort to stop selling plans to drivers who live in Brampton.


Sat, 15 Dec 2018 17:59:54 EST
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PCs delay controversial appointment of OPP chief while selection is reviewed

North Etobicoke apartment shooting

The Ontario government said Saturday it will "respect" a request from the incoming OPP commissioner to delay his appointment while the province's integrity commissioner reviews the circumstances of his selection.


Sat, 15 Dec 2018 13:27:42 EST
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N.W.T. privacy commissioner to investigate 'major breach' of health data found at dump

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The N.W.T.'s privacy commissioner says she will investigate after a man found hundreds of confidential medical records at a dump in Fort Simpson.


Sat, 15 Dec 2018 07:00:00 EST
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Rash of bomb threats a learning opportunity for response capacity, says Goodale

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Law enforcement officials in Canada and beyond will be working to learn lessons about how to best respond to bomb threats after a rash of such incidents this week, the federal public safety minister said Friday.


Fri, 14 Dec 2018 17:38:49 EST
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PM plans changes to ensure Senate can remain less partisan

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​Justin Trudeau says his government hopes to make legal changes that will cement his transformation of the Senate into a more independent, non-partisan chamber, making it harder for a future prime minister to turn back the clock.


Sat, 15 Dec 2018 10:31:41 EST
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GM working to retrain employees affected by Oshawa plant closure

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General Motors of Canada says it's working with other employers to identify jobs and targeted training programs for GM employees affected by the closure of the Oshawa Assembly plant next year.


Fri, 14 Dec 2018 11:38:06 EST
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Mikael Kingsbury fights off food poisoning for 51st World Cup victory

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Canadian freestyle skier Mikael Kingsbury earned his 51st career World Cup victory on Saturday with a gold medal in moguls in Thaiwoo, China.


Sat, 15 Dec 2018 08:04:55 EST
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Beer battle brewing between Regina craft brewer and Minhas distillery

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The Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority confirmed it has received complaints about a brewery in the province.


Fri, 14 Dec 2018 19:41:40 EST
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Suncor warns oil cutbacks mandated by Alberta government pose safety, operational risks

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Forced Alberta government crude oil production cuts next year will result in "unintended consequences" that could include increased safety hazards for its employees, Suncor Energy Inc. warned Friday.


Fri, 14 Dec 2018 10:34:41 EST
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Thunder Bay police charge man with 2nd degree murder in killing of Braiden Jacob

Braiden Jacob

The Thunder Bay Police Service said Friday that a man has been arrested and charged in connection with the death of 17-year-old Braiden Jacob from Webequie First Nation.


Fri, 14 Dec 2018 21:35:46 EST
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Supreme Court quashes mandatory victims' surcharge for convicted criminals

Supreme Court of Canada Justicia CP

Canada's top court has quashed a mandatory fine slapped on convicted criminals, overturning a surcharge that critics blamed for keeping impoverished people trapped in the criminal justice system.


Fri, 14 Dec 2018 10:14:53 EST
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U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo says China's detention of 2 Canadians is 'unlawful'

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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said two Canadian citizens being held in China are being unlawfully detained and they should be returned to Canada.


Fri, 14 Dec 2018 09:07:46 EST
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$1.1B pledged by Washington governor in 'herculean effort' to save orcas

Conservationists call for orca action

With scientists warning that the Northwest's beloved killer whales are on the brink of extinction, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced dramatic plans Thursday to help the population recover — including $1.1 billion USD in spending and a partial whale-watching ban.


Fri, 14 Dec 2018 00:20:28 EST
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Peter MacKay, Scott Brison could be called as witnesses in Vice-Admiral Mark Norman's trial

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The Crown in Vice-Admiral Mark Norman's breach of trust case tabled its witness list today — and it reads like a political, military, bureaucratic and business who’s-who of official Ottawa.


Fri, 14 Dec 2018 18:35:04 EST
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'It's creepy': Security cameras spotted in plastic surgeon's consult room

Consult room of Dr. Martin Jugenburg

A Toronto plastic surgeon who may be filming patients in states of undress without their consent is being investigated by both the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario and the province's privacy commissioner following a Marketplace investigation.


Fri, 14 Dec 2018 04:00:21 EST
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'This is not a small problem': TSB's Fond-du-Lac investigation finds planes often aren't de-iced

Fond-du-Lac crash

"Almost 40 per cent of participating pilots said that they are rarely or never able to have their aircraft effectively de-iced at remote airports," said lead TSB investigator David Ross.


Fri, 14 Dec 2018 09:32:09 EST
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Debt to income ratio inches up to almost 178% in third quarter

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The amount Canadians owe relative to their income ticked higher in the third quarter.


Fri, 14 Dec 2018 09:24:24 EST
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Ex-Canadian gymnastics coach's sex assault trial shows sport still in flux

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The trial of former high-ranking gymnastics coach Dave Brubaker on allegations of sexual assault offers another portrait of a sport we are assured has changed. But listening to the testimony in Sarnia, Ont., in this case, you might wonder if that's possible.


Fri, 14 Dec 2018 11:13:25 EST
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London, Ont. cop pleads guilty to kicking, punching woman while she was in restraints

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A London police sergeant pleaded guilty to three Police Services Act charges for an incident involving a young drunk woman in 2016.


Fri, 14 Dec 2018 10:10:19 EST
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