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Android 8.1 update brings Pixel 2 features to 2016 Pixel twins

Pixel 2 XL and Pixel 2

Google still hasn’t officially released Android 8.1 Oreo, but owners of the 2016 Pixel twins can look forward to some features taken directly from the 2017 Pixel duo. According to Android Authority, the search bar in the 2016 Pixel phones will be updated to be more in line with the 2017 Pixel twins. “It’s a...

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Wed, 22 Nov 2017 21:27:17 +0000
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Uber will soon make riders choose the reason they gave a four-star rating or lower

Uber modify pick up location

As part of its ‘180 Days of Change’ commitment to drivers, Uber is changing the way riders input driver ratings. Instead of just punching in the number of stars without any comment, you’ll need to provide your reasoning for anything under a perfect score. While this might sound labour intensive, Uber provides pre-made options underneath...

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Wed, 22 Nov 2017 20:58:15 +0000
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Here’s a list of the free games hitting Xbox’s Games with Gold in December

Each month, Sony and Microsoft discount a variety of video games available through the PlayStation Store and the Microsoft Store, making them free for the duration of the month. This post will focus only on the free games available for Microsoft’s suite of consoles in December. The company offers a set of four games that...

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Wed, 22 Nov 2017 20:15:51 +0000
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Innovation minister Navdeep Bains affirms Canada’s commitment to net neutrality

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Canada’s innovation minister has reaffirmed the government’s pro-net neutrality stance. Navdeep Bains, Canada’s minister of innovation, science and economic development, maintained the federal government’s position on net neutrality in a tweet. Canada will continue to stand for diversity and freedom of expression. Our government remains committed to the principles of net neutrality. #NetNeutrality #CdnPoli #Internet...

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Wed, 22 Nov 2017 19:49:11 +0000
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Samsung to reportedly unveil the Galaxy S9 and S9+ at CES 2018

Back of Galaxy S8 smartphone

After teasing yesterday that he would soon have more information to share on the Galaxy S9 and S9+, perennial leaker Evan Blass has published an extensive report on the two upcoming flagship devices. According to Blass, Samsung — in a break with how the company has done things in the past — will show off...

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Wed, 22 Nov 2017 19:23:15 +0000
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Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 might get a Star Wars-themed makeover

Samsung might have a Star Wars-themed Galaxy Note 8 on the way. The rumour comes courtesy of Weibo tipster Ice Universe, who posted a BB-8-themed Note 8 for the release of the Bixby AI assistant in China. It’s possible Samsung will offer special edition hardware — as it did with the Injustice Edition of the Samsung...

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Wed, 22 Nov 2017 19:04:11 +0000
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Amazon Canada discounts Asus ZenFone 3

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If you’ve been waiting to get your hands on the Asus ZenFone 3, today may be your best shot at getting one at a decent discount. Amazon Canada has discounted the ZenFone 3, in both black and white, as well as the 5.0-inch ZenFone 3 Laser by 25 percent. According to Amazon, all three deals...

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Wed, 22 Nov 2017 18:30:36 +0000
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Samsung support page suggests foldable smartphone launch may be imminent

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

It appears the day Samsung launches its mythical foldable smartphone is fast approaching. Searching “Samsung Galaxy X” on the company’s official Korean support website generates a page (seen below) associated with the model number “SM-G888N0.” SM-G888 has frequently been associated with the Galaxy X, the rumoured name of Samsung’s first foldable display smartphone, in past...

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Wed, 22 Nov 2017 18:29:19 +0000
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Lyft gains permit to test self-driving cars in California

Lyft

Ride-hailing app Lyft is now able to test self-driving technology in California, joining a roster of the top autonomous vehicle companies in the world. Lyft, which is set to arrive in Toronto and Hamilton by the end of 2017, announced its self-driving ambitions in July, stating: “We believe it’s inevitable that this is where the...

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Wed, 22 Nov 2017 17:32:30 +0000
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How uTalk Helps You Master New Languages on the Move (Black Friday Pricing)

From improving your multi-tasking skills to staving off Alzheimer's, there's a myriad of positive cognitive benefits that can be linked to learning a second language. Unfortunately, taking the time to do so is easier said than done given our busy schedules, however, uTalk Language Education is looking to change that through its 130+ language curriculum that can be accessed on any device at any time. Plus, lifetime subscriptions are going on sale at a new Black Friday price drop, saving you dividends off the normal prices.

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Wed, 22 Nov 2017 17:30:00 +0000
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Kickstart a Coding Career with 140+ Hours of Training – All for a Price You Pick

Increasingly more employers are looking for candidates who are familiar with coding to some degree. In fact, out of 26 million job listings, close to half of the top-paying jobs required some coding training. You can ensure you're part of that higher income statistic without breaking the bank thanks to the Pay What You Want: Learn to Code 2018 Bundle.

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Wed, 22 Nov 2017 17:30:00 +0000
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Potential BlackBerry KEYone successor surfaces on benchmarking platform

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It seems a new BlackBerry device has hit the hands of testers. A device titled Qualcomm BBF100-1 hit benchmarking platform Geekbench on November 21st, featuring a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor and 6GB of RAM. The handset fits within the naming conventions of a BlackBerry model number, which generally start with ‘BB’ and then a third...

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Wed, 22 Nov 2017 16:40:15 +0000
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Apple acquires Montreal-based virtual reality headset makers Vrvana

Apple has acquired Vrvana, the company behind the unreleased Totem virtual reality (VR) headset, according to TechCrunch. Apple acquired the Montreal-based startup for $30 million USD, two sources told the publication. Apple’s acquisition of Vrvana is interesting due to Apple’s reported plans to make an augmented reality (AR) headset. According to Bloomberg, Apple plans to unveil its...

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Wed, 22 Nov 2017 16:28:14 +0000
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Garrick Tiplady to lead Facebook and Instagram Canada teams

Facebook Canada’s getting a new managing director. Garrick Tiplady — the former CEO of Canadian video distribution company Vemba — has been tapped for the role, and will begin in December 2017. Tiplady is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario’s Richard Ivey School of Business, and previously held the role of senior vice...

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Wed, 22 Nov 2017 15:55:59 +0000
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Spotify discounts Premium service to $0.99 for a limited time

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In the spirit of the coming New Year, Spotify is reducing the price of its Premium music streaming tier to just $0.99 per month for three months. New Spotify users have until December 31st, 2017 to take advantage of the company’s offer. It’s unavailable to users who have already tried Premium. It’s also not available...

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Wed, 22 Nov 2017 15:30:31 +0000
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OnePlus 5T is the company’s fastest selling device yet

OnePlus 5T smartphone

OnePlus only released the OnePlus 5T yesterday, but already the handset is the company’s fastest selling device yet. Record-breaking launch day sales – in just 6 hours, the #OnePlus5T has become our fastest selling device. Order now. https://t.co/vErBcGRqXX pic.twitter.com/0DvxL1dqUA — OnePlus (@oneplus) November 22, 2017 The company says it sold a record-breaking number of OnePlus 5T...

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Wed, 22 Nov 2017 14:57:54 +0000
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Over 75 percent of Canadian preschoolers spend too much time in front of screens, experts say

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Canadian children aged four are spending too much time in front of electronic screens, according to health experts. While it’s recommended that preschoolers no more than one hour of sedentary screen time per day, 76 percent of them are said to be doing so nonetheless. To help fix this, new children activity guidelines have been...

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Wed, 22 Nov 2017 13:04:11 +0000
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The LG G6 Plus is now available in Canada exclusively through Vidéotron

LG G6 Plus models

LG has announced that starting today, the LG G6 Plus is available in Canada through Quebec-regional carrier Vidéotron. The carrier is offering the device at $49.95 CAD on a two-year contract with a monthly plan of $79.95 or more. The arrival of the G6 Plus is a surprise reveal, considering LG previously told MobileSyrup the G6 Plus...

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Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:00:28 +0000
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Canada lags behind the U.S. and UK in connected car tech adoption, says report

BlackBerry in-car

According to ABI Research forecasts, there will be approximately 500 million connected cars worldwide by 2022. However, Canada is poised to play a small role in that expansion, with only 4.9 percent of passenger vehicles in the country having built-in connectivity from the manufacturer. This places Canada markedly behind leading countries like the United States,...

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Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:00:03 +0000
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Freedom Mobile to launch iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X on December 8

iPhone X

December 8th will be a historic day for Freedom Mobile: it marks the first time the Shaw-owned operator will sell brand new Apple iPhones. Freedom has confirmed to MobileSyrup that it will launch pre-orders for the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X on December 8th across its entire coverage footprint. Additionally, in its...

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Wed, 22 Nov 2017 10:09:57 +0000
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News for Canada

Liberals' tax proposals still need work despite changes, critics insist

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A coalition of industry associations says Bill Morneau must make more changes to the controversial tax proposals he first unveiled last summer to ensure he addresses deep, persistent concerns in the small-business community.


Wed, 22 Nov 2017 09:18:19 EST
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Bell customers, employees flood CBC with complaints about high-pressure sales

Shaelene McInnis

CBC's Go Public heard from frustrated Bell employees and customers coast to coast after our investigation into allegations of high-pressure sales tactics at Canada's largest telecommunications provider.


Wed, 22 Nov 2017 05:00:21 EST
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'My life was ripped apart': Two Calgary Muslim men say CSIS wrongfully targeted them

Muslim privacy concerns CSIS

Two Muslim men from Calgary say Canada’s security agencies wrongly lumped them in with a cluster of jihadis who left to fight with ISIS, and their lives have been disrupted.


Wed, 22 Nov 2017 05:00:00 EST
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Mail bomb victim Maria Mitousis hesitated before opening 'weird' package

Maria Mitousis

The lawyer who suffered devastating injuries when a mail bomb exploded in her hands is testifying Wednesday at the trial of Guido Amsel.


Wed, 22 Nov 2017 10:31:30 EST
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Alberta's economy to grow at blistering 6.7% pace this year, says Conference Board of Canada

Oil consumer economy

Alberta's economy is on pace to grow by a blistering 6.7 per cent this year, far outpacing every other province, according to the latest forecast from the Conference Board of Canada.


Wed, 22 Nov 2017 13:31:12 EST
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'Every season is tick season': Experts warn of winter Lyme disease risk

Blacklegged tick

Despite freezing temperatures, experts say blacklegged ticks are now active in Nova Scotia all year long.


Wed, 22 Nov 2017 07:00:00 EST
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'It was very emotional': A cancer patient gets her eyebrows back

Microblading

Erica Fleck lost her hair during during chemotherapy. "You say it doesn't matter, but it really does and if you look good, you feel good," she says.


Wed, 22 Nov 2017 06:00:00 EST
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Dwight Ball's apartment, cars watched as daughter tracked during Phillips murder investigation

Jade Ball and Brandon Phillips

Jurors at the first-degree murder trial of Brandon Phillips are hearing from crime scene analysts as the Crown begins to wrap up its case.


Wed, 22 Nov 2017 04:30:00 EST
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Service dog handlers face bitter pushback, kicked out of public places

Mike Rude and Spark

Two handlers of service dogs in Newfoundland and Labrador say they've recently been kicked out of public places and yelled at for having their dogs with them.


Wed, 22 Nov 2017 06:30:00 EST
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Rachel Notley urges political foes, allies to support Alberta pipeline projects

Rachel Notley

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley issued warnings to all political parties to take off their partisan blinders or both the environment and Canada's energy industry will fail.


Wed, 22 Nov 2017 08:46:29 EST
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National inquiry into MMIWG community hearings LIVE

National inquiry into MMIWG community hearings LIVE

Inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls begins in Saskatoon and runs for 3 days


Wed, 22 Nov 2017 11:00:00 EST
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'Cult-like worshippers' turn Canadian-invented Instant Pot into a phenomenon

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The Ottawa inventor of the Instant Pot electric pressure cooker believes he can sell half a million devices in one day on Black Friday. The gadget has already set sales records on Amazon and continues to grow in popularity both in the US and Canada.


Wed, 22 Nov 2017 05:00:00 EST
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Cities grapple with bylaw and regulation changes as they race to make legal pot deadline

Pot Shop

Now that the federal government has released more details on its legislation to legalize pot, some cities have already taken steps to make sure they are ready for next July's deadline.


Wed, 22 Nov 2017 05:00:00 EST
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Veteran calls for government ID cards as 'small token' of thanks

Remembrance Day Halifax Nov. 11, 2017

A Halifax veteran says a little piece of plastic could go a long way in recognizing the contribution made by retired service members to Canada. He's helping present a petition to Parliament.


Wed, 22 Nov 2017 06:00:00 EST
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'Treated like a terrorist:' Edmontonians urge federal government to fix no-fly system

Eleanor Mohammed and Bashir Mohamed

An Edmonton university graduate and a professional planner flagged on Canada’s no-fly list are among those urging the federal government to overhaul the system in next year’s budget.


Wed, 22 Nov 2017 08:00:00 EST
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'I just want my daughter back': Sex trafficking victims often caught in vicious cycle trying to escape

Cathy

From a patchwork assortment of support services to the deep-rooted psychological trauma experienced by victims, CBC Toronto has found there is a complex web of factors that lead women to return over and over to the clutches of sex trafficking, some as many as five times before breaking free.


Wed, 22 Nov 2017 05:00:00 EST
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Till death: After 65 years, husband and wife die just 32 hours apart

Duivenvoorden

On Jan. 28, 1953, Anthony Duivenvoorden and Sophia Juffermans vowed to be faithful to one another until death. They kept their promise.


Wed, 22 Nov 2017 05:30:00 EST
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Laurier professor, president apologize to TA over video sanction

Lindsay Shepherd Laurier teaching assistant sanctioned

Wilfrid Laurier University president and vice-chancellor Deborah MacLatchy issued an apology to teaching assistant Lindsay Shepherd on Tuesday afternoon. Shepherd was sanctioned after showing a debate featuring controversial U of T professor Jordan Peterson in her class.


Tue, 21 Nov 2017 15:41:08 EST
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Proposed pot regulations open door to craft growers, licensing non-violent offenders

According to Health Canada, 74,013 people in Alberta are registered to receive medicinal marijuana

Federal Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor has released the Liberal government's proposed cannabis regulations opening the door to craft marijuana producers, allowing low-risk offenders to participate in the industry and offering some leeway on packaging.


Tue, 21 Nov 2017 12:34:59 EST
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'There were no brakes': Lac-Mégantic expert witness describes how fuel-car convoy became runaway train

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Steven Callaghan, an expert witness in railway accidents, told the judge and jury in the Lac-Mégantic trial none of the ghost train's 73 tanker cars had handbrakes applied, so when the runaway train broke away from its locomotives, it had no brakes at all.


Tue, 21 Nov 2017 15:37:38 EST
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