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Images of cancelled ‘Xbox Watch’ surface online

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Images of a wearable called the “Xbox Watch” have surfaced online. According to Windows Central, the device has appeared before, but this is the first time we’ve seen images with the screen on — no charger seems to have ever been made for the Xbox Watch. Twitter user Hikari Calyx says that they had to “disassemble...

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Mon, 22 Jan 2018 19:31:37 +0000
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Facebook admits it can sometimes be damaging to democracy

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Facebook says it can’t guarantee it’s always good for democracy. In a new blog post, the social media network admitted that it “should have been quicker to identify” instances of foreign interference in the U.S. democratic process. Facebook is referring to the fact that Russian agents used Facebook to spread roughly 80,000 posts centred around divisive...

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Mon, 22 Jan 2018 19:14:21 +0000
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Tesla plans to set up seven ‘Superchargers’ in the Maritimes by the end of 2018

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Tesla’s Supercharger network is expanding into Canada’s maritime provinces. Five Supercharger stations are opening in New Brunswick and two in Nova Scotia by the end of 2018. The stations in Nova Scotia will pop up in Halifax and Truro, while in New Brunswick, they’re arriving in Saint John, Fredericton, Moncton, Edmundston and Woodstock. The sites...

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Mon, 22 Jan 2018 19:02:42 +0000
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Sobeys is bringing a brand new online grocery platform to Canada

Sobeys has announced that the company is partnering with British grocery giant Ocado to bring a “best in the world” online grocery platform to the Canadian market. The service, built upon the Ocado Smart Platform, will feature an end-t0-end shopping solution incorporating online grocery ordering, automated fulfillment and home delivery. Sobeys and Ocado will build their...

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Mon, 22 Jan 2018 18:16:38 +0000
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UBreakiFix Canada strikes up partnership with Telus, in talks with other carriers

Quebec teenager issues cease-and-desist letter to school board over smartphone seizures

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A 15-year-old Quebec student issued his school board with a cease-and-desist letter, arguing that his school’s smartphone seizure policy is unconstitutional. Charles-Grave Secondary School student Vincet Duguay’s letter reportedly argues that his school’s policy to confiscate student devices for 24 hours is unconstitutional. According to the Canadian Press, Duguay hand-delivered the letter on January 17th,...

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Mon, 22 Jan 2018 17:19:54 +0000
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Ghost Hackers with this Highly Encrypted VPN

Let's face it: surfing on a public connection might be dangerous, but the convenience is too good to pass up. So, if you're going to connect at a cafe or hotel, you ought to make sure you're at least doing it safely with a VPN watching your six. While thousands exist on the market, few VPNs offer the level of coverage that Avira Phantom VPN does, and lifetime plans are on sale for $39.99 for a limited time.

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Mon, 22 Jan 2018 17:00:00 +0000
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Rogers officially terminates support for Viceland television station

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After months of speculation, Rogers has officially terminated its partnership with Vice for Vice Studio Canada and the Viceland television station. Vice has also acquired full ownership of its studio business as well as Viceland’s content library. The Viceland television station will also cease broadcasting on March 31st, 2018, according to a January 22nd, 2018...

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Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:51:41 +0000
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It looks like Apple’s HomePod voice-activated speaker could be launching soon

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If there’s any truth to new speculation, Apple’s voice-activated HomePod speaker is inching closer to a commercial release, at least in the U.S. To start, the FCC recently approved the HomePod. While the filing doesn’t reveal anything we didn’t already know about the device, FCC approval is usually an indication that a launch is imminent....

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Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:42:08 +0000
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Sony might be ditching the headphone jack according to FCC listing

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Following the trend of other phone manufacturers, such as HTC, Google and even Razer, it looks like Sony plans on launching a smartphone without a headphone jack. A Sony device has recently passed through the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) with schematics that illustrates a phone without a headphone jack. The image suggests the device requires...

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Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:35:05 +0000
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Apple’s new iPhone X commercial praises the art of the selfie

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Apple recently dropped a new commercial for the company’s still-difficult-to-find iPhone X, showing off the camera’s usually excellent ability to snap selfies, complete with a monologue by boxing legend Muhammad Ali. Ali’s words fit in well with the ad, emphasizing how important self confidence is and how selfies are often part of that in our...

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Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:30:20 +0000
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Verizon’s Go Unlimited plan now works in Canada

Verizon’s Go Unlimited plan now works in Canada and Mexico, according to the carrier’s website. Customers on the plan can now use their unlimited data, talk and text when they travel to either of the U.S.’s North American neighbours. Droidlife originally reported that the change was coming January 25th, but it appears to already be...

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Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:13:15 +0000
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The City of Vancouver partnered with Shaw to expand free public Wi-Fi

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Vancouverites now have even more opportunities to connect to public Wi-Fi, courtesy of regional carrier Shaw. The City of Vancouver has partnered with Shaw to expand the city’s public Wi-Fi offerings, with VanWiFi covering over 600 locations. “Shaw’s expansion of #VanWiFi is a huge win for our residents and businesses, covering more than 500 locations...

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Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:36:59 +0000
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Game of Thrones and Silicon Valley are coming to CraveTV

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Bell Media has announced that it will begin streaming the first three seasons of hit show Game of Thrones, starting February 16th. Season four and five will follow shortly after. CraveTV will add season six and seven sometime in 2018 — in time for viewers to be caught up for season eight commencing 2019. Seasons one to...

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Mon, 22 Jan 2018 14:39:37 +0000
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Sphero lays off 45 staff members following poor holiday sales season

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On Friday, Sphero laid off 45 employees, according to a new report from TechCrunch. Like Tile last week, Sphero is blaming a holiday sales season that didn’t live up to its expectations for the layoffs. The majority of affected employees had been working at the company’s Colorado headquarters, though staff cuts also took place at the Sphero’s...

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Mon, 22 Jan 2018 14:25:55 +0000
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Essential Phone now available for $460 outright at Koodo

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Telus flanker brand Koodo has started selling the Essential Phone for $460 outright. The high-end Android phone is also available for $100 upfront on a two-year, $15 per month Tab Medium plan, and $220 upfront on a $10 per month Tab Small plan. The Essential Phone first came to Canada via Telus last September. At launch,...

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Mon, 22 Jan 2018 13:30:28 +0000
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How to cancel app subscriptions on the App Store and Google Play Store

Want to cut back on all those monthly expenses and get rid of some recurring app subscriptions? There are a few steps you’ll need to take. Here’s how for both iOS and Android. App Store Cancelling a subscription on the App Store on iPhone, iPad or iPod touch only takes a few steps. 1) Go...

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Mon, 22 Jan 2018 13:10:48 +0000
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Here’s a roundup of last week’s smartphone rumours and leaks

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From Samsung to LG, to Motorola and Sony, a number of leaks surfaced last week in the smartphone world. It’s hard to keep track of them all, so here’s a breakdown of everything, including leaked patents, specs, and of course, news from reliable leaker Evan Blass. Note these leaks encompass everything from Saturday January 13th to Friday...

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Mon, 22 Jan 2018 11:58:20 +0000
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News for Canada

Nearly 100 people submit statements in Winnipeg case under new Canadian victims rights bill

Cooper Nemeth's friends, family

An “unprecedented” number of victim impact statements has delayed the sentencing hearing for the killer of a Winnipeg high school student — and legal experts says the relatively new Canadian Victims Bill of Rights is to blame.


Mon, 22 Jan 2018 05:00:00 EST
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Man living in shack on northern Alberta reserve pleads for housing with running water

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A man living in a shack without running water for more than 12 years on a northern Alberta reserve is asking for help.


Sun, 21 Jan 2018 13:23:35 EST
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Family of Ontario crash victim denied chance to face accused

Robert Cadieux

After Kristine Cadieux died in a collision last June on Highway 401, her husband expected a chance to face the driver who caused it and deliver a victim impact statement in court. But Cadieux says he wasn't told about any court proceedings until three days after the man was sentenced.


Mon, 22 Jan 2018 05:00:00 EST
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'Somebody died because of that': Canada's mentally ill allowed to own, buy guns

Adrian Clavier, left, and Corey Lewis

The country's gun control system is specifically designed to keep Canadians safe, yet it's allowing mentally ill people to get their hands on guns — and they are being used in suicides


Sun, 21 Jan 2018 21:00:00 EST
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Winnipeg guitarist who left mother to die on floor pleads guilty to negligence

Ron Siwicki, Winnipeg guitarist, pleads guilty of letting mom die on floor

Ron Siwicki has pleaded guilty to criminal negligence after his injured 89-year-old mother was left to die on the floor of their shared Winnipeg home.


Mon, 22 Jan 2018 11:30:32 EST
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Pop-up pot stalls causing concern in Vancouver

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Vendors openly selling cannabis and edibles from tents and tables at Robson Square are causing concern among Vancouver residents and at city hall.


Mon, 22 Jan 2018 10:00:00 EST
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Lower U.S. business taxes, uncertainty over NAFTA complicate Trudeau's investment pitch in Davos

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Finance Minister Bill Morneau, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and Status of Women Minister Maryam Monsef set off today for the annual gathering in Switzerland with goals that include attracting investment, promoting a gender-balanced economy and preparing for hosting the G7 in June.


Mon, 22 Jan 2018 05:00:00 EST
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'My mother didn't die for nothing,' says Inuvik woman ahead of Yellowknife MMIWG inquiry

Lesa Semmler, Joyce Semmler

Lesa Semmler will be one of the first to publicly testify when the Inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls hearings begin in Yellowknife Tuesday.


Mon, 22 Jan 2018 08:00:00 EST
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Traces of blood found by police in Bruce McArthur's vehicle, auto shop owner says

Dominic Vetere

The owner of an auto parts shop says police had been investigating Bruce McArthur, who has been charged in the murder of two men, since early October, when they first came looking for a vehicle he sold.


Sun, 21 Jan 2018 17:23:02 EST
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In a city of accents, what's considered 'cute' versus 'foreign' reveals a hierarchy

Yunxiang Gao

By all accounts, Yunxiang Gao is a well-educated, qualified professor and her credentials and accolades speak volumes, yet some students fixate on her accent.


Mon, 22 Jan 2018 05:00:00 EST
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With a deep tech talent pool, Toronto could hit Amazon's 'sweet spot' with bid for new HQ

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Toronto faces stiff competition in its bid to court Amazon, but some Canadian tech watchers agree that among the 20 cities short-listed as potential locations for the company's second headquarters, Toronto might just hit "the sweet spot."


Sun, 21 Jan 2018 14:04:26 EST
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Edmonton girl, 3, suffers serious injury to her hand due to botched IV line, mother says

Jalena Gunther

An Edmonton mother is worried her three-year-old daughter, who is recovering from open-heart surgery, sustained lifelong damage to her hand after a misplaced IV line caused the tissue to blister and decay.


Sun, 21 Jan 2018 19:28:23 EST
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Quebec City Muslims alarmed by increasingly public displays of racism one year after mosque shooting

Mosque anniversary - Rachid Raffa

Muslims from three generations reflect on the year that has passed since the deadly shooting at a Quebec City mosque on Jan. 29, 2017, which left six dead.


Sun, 21 Jan 2018 19:00:00 EST
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Insurers say Canadian weather getting weirder

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An index compiled by the insurance industry indicates extreme weather in Canada is falling outside the range of normal variability more frequently.


Sun, 21 Jan 2018 15:33:08 EST
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Amazon would have been welcome, say Canadian tech sector CEOs whose cities were snubbed

Amazon warehouse

Tech sector entrepreneurs whose Canadian cities were snubbed by Amazon in its search for a second corporate campus say they are disappointed, despite fears they would have seen increased competition for scarce skilled talent.


Sun, 21 Jan 2018 11:30:08 EST
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Rogers sales tactics and the 'Tide pod challenge': CBC's Marketplace consumer cheat sheet

Tv Boxes Legal Battle

Miss something this week? Don't panic. CBC's Marketplace rounds up the consumer and health news you need.


Sun, 21 Jan 2018 05:00:21 EST
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Wind wreaks havoc, leaves thousands without power in B.C.

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BC Hydro crews are working to restore electricity for thousands of customers on the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island, while BC Ferries sailings also impacted, along with some mountain resort operations.


Sun, 21 Jan 2018 11:49:35 EST
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Farmers Dairy milk pulled from shelves for 'off-taste flavour'

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If you recently bought Farmers Dairy milk that tastes off, the company says you can return it for a full refund.


Sun, 21 Jan 2018 14:54:59 EST
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Speed Skating Canada investigating 'substantive' complaints against head coach

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The head of Speed Skating Canada tells CBC News the organization is investigating “substantive” complaints against its head coach, Michael Crowe.


Sat, 20 Jan 2018 20:19:36 EST
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New tactics, old scam: CRA fraud scheme still making the rounds

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Police in Newfoundland and Labrador have had so many calls about a CRA scam already this year that they're asking people to call only if they've lost money. Meanwhile, one N.L. woman duped by a text version of the scam is worried about identity theft after sharing her personal information.


Sun, 21 Jan 2018 07:30:00 EST
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