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Jeff Bezos is now the richest man in the world

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Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is now no longer just the world’s most swole tech CEO, he’s also the richest. On Thursday morning, Bezos surpassed Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates as the world’s richest man, according to Bloomberg. Bezos achieved the feat when the value of a single Amazon share increased to $1,065.92 ahead of the release of...

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Thu, 27 Jul 2017 16:53:52 +0000
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Rogers continues advocacy against ‘Tower Dump’ requests in 2016 transparency report

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Rogers has released its fourth transparency report, detailing the number of requests for customer information it received from government and law enforcement over 2016, and how many times it acquiesced to those requests. “Our Transparency Report is a source of pride for us at Rogers as we strive to protect our customers’ privacy rights, while...

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Thu, 27 Jul 2017 16:41:03 +0000
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The BlackBerry KEYone can now be purchased unlocked at Walmart.ca

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The BlackBerry KEYone is now available at Walmart.ca for $650 CAD. TCL, the manufacturers of the KEYone, announced the availability to purchase the unlocked devices back in May. During that time the KEYone was to be available for $729. The company’s original announcement stated the unlocked variant was slated for a June, however in June...

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Thu, 27 Jul 2017 16:23:01 +0000
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WhatsApp Messenger now has one billion active daily users

WhatsApp adds Siri integration

WhatsApp has announced that one billion people every day actively use its messenger app. The Facebook-acquired app also now has 1.3 billion monthly users, a significant increase from its one billion monthly users counted last year. The user count even manages to top the 1.2 billion monthly users that Facebook Messenger recently revealed. In total,...

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Thu, 27 Jul 2017 15:14:24 +0000
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Brampton installs four new solar-powered electric vehicle charging stations

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The Ministry of Transportation (MTO) announced the installation of four new level two solar-powered electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in the City of Brampton on Tuesday. The city was provided with $90,000 CAD to complete the project. The four charging stations are located at the Brampton Soccer Centre. These are the first solar-powered EV charging...

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Thu, 27 Jul 2017 14:30:31 +0000
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Ontario Provincial Police need help finding one of its lost drones

OPP Drone

It turns out consumer-facing drones by DJI and GoPro aren’t the only type of unmanned aerial vehicles prone to spontaneously falling out the sky. In a somewhat humorous turn of events, Ontario Provincial Police say they’ve lost a drone (pictured above) and now they’re asking the public for help in finding its exact position. In a...

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Thu, 27 Jul 2017 14:11:01 +0000
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Genesis classic ‘The Revenge of Shinobi’ is coming to Sega Forever mobile app

The Revenge of Shinobi Sega Forever

The next classic Sega title to hit the company’s recently released Sega Forever mobile Android and iOS collection is ‘The Revenge of Shinobi,’ a classic 2D ninja-themed side-scroller originally released for the Genesis back in 1989. Similar to other titles that are included in the collection, including Virtua Tennis, Kid Chameleon, Altered Beast and of...

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Thu, 27 Jul 2017 13:00:53 +0000
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Transpod says Hyperloop would cost 50 percent less, travel four times faster than high-speed rail line

Transpod Hyperloop design

Toronto-based TransPod has released the findings of its Initial Order of Magnitute Analysis, which identifies preliminary costs for building TransPod’s ultra-high-speed hyperloop line between the cities of Toronto and Windsor. TransPod’s findings revealed that a TransPod hyperloop system will cost 50 per cent less than the projected cost of a high-speed rail line along the same route. According...

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Thu, 27 Jul 2017 12:01:45 +0000
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Telus survey says older Canadians least likely to use digital health technology, despite being most likely to benefit

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For the first time in Canadian history, the number of senior citizens has exceeded that of children in what is referred to as a “Silver Tsunami” — a metaphor used to describe population aging. With that in mind, there will likely be a need for more healthcare options geared towards elderly citizens, particular those that...

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Thu, 27 Jul 2017 11:04:32 +0000
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Asus ZenFone AR Hands-on: Purpose-built for the future of augmented reality

HTC is releasing standalone Vive VR headset in the Chinese market

Vive standalone Chinese headset

HTC has revealed that it plans to release a standalone Vive VR headset in the Chinese market at some point in the near future. Announced at ChinaJoy 2017, the first Vive standalone VR headset is likely a sign of HTC’s plans eventual plans for the North American market, though nothing has been confirmed yet. HTC...

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Thu, 27 Jul 2017 01:00:04 +0000
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Disney Research’s mixed reality Magic Bench allows users to interact with digital characters

Disney Magic Bench demo

Imagine sitting down in front of a screen when suddenly, you hear increasingly louder “ribbit” sounds and a large frog hops onto the seat beside you, shaking the seat as it lands. This is one of the demonstrations for Disney Research‘s Magic Bench, a mixed reality experience that aims to let users see, hear and...

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Wed, 26 Jul 2017 23:12:35 +0000
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Facebook is reportedly working on its own smart speaker

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Social media platform, Facebook, is reportedly working on a new smart speaker that features a 15-inch display, says a report stemming from Digitimes. Additionally the source claims Taiwanese manufacturer Pegatronics has already started working on the product in China and that it could be released in Q1 of 2018. The smart speaker is said to...

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Wed, 26 Jul 2017 22:07:50 +0000
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Wireless data congestion was to blame for Pokémon Go Fest disaster, says Niantic CEO

Niantic CEO John Hanke

In a lengthy blog post, Niantic CEO John Hanke has responded to the disaster that was Pokémon Go Fest, attempting to provide context as to what went wrong. According to Hanke, despite the best efforts of Niantic and American wireless carriers, which were appraised of the event ahead of time, network congestion led to the game...

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Wed, 26 Jul 2017 21:48:18 +0000
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McDonald’s Canada is turning cardboard drink trays into speakers

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McDonald’s wants to turn your ordinary drink tray into what the company has dubbed, the ‘McDonald’s Boombox.’ Yes, you read that correctly; McDonald’s, the fast food restaurant, is giving away free cardboard speakers; welcome to 2017. Created through a partnership with the University of Waterloo’s Audio Research Group, as well as industrial design organization Stacklab,...

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Wed, 26 Jul 2017 20:48:42 +0000
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Facebook Q2 2017 earnings exceed expectations with $9.32 billion in revenue, 2.01 billion users

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Facebook beat Wall Street expectations for its second quarter earnings, posting $9.32 billion USD in revenue and 2.01 billion users, compared to estimates of $9.2 billion and 1.98 billion, respectively. Revenue in this quarter in 2016 was $6.43 billion, marking a 45 percent increase. However, revenue growth was 59 percent year-over-year in Q2 2016, suggesting...

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Wed, 26 Jul 2017 20:45:47 +0000
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Here are the free games hitting PlayStation Plus in August

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

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Wed, 26 Jul 2017 20:00:20 +0000
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Surface Studio Review: Beautiful, but expensive

Surface Studio

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Wed, 26 Jul 2017 19:28:33 +0000
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Google will no longer display search results as you type

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If you’ve had to chance to use Google Search today, you may have noticed subconsciously there’s something different about Google’s most famous service. In a surprise move, Google has disabled Instant Search, a feature that, prior to today, would automatically populate a search query with results as the user typed. In a statement issued to...

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Wed, 26 Jul 2017 19:04:48 +0000
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HTC U11 features Amazon’s Alexa, even in Canada

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The HTC U11 was unveiled back in May and with it the promise of two voice activated assistants on the one device, Google Assistant and Amazon’s Alexa. The smartphone was released with Android 7.1.1 (Nougat) featuring Google Assistant, but HTC fans were told to wait for the Amazon Alexa integration. Furthermore it was unclear at...

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Wed, 26 Jul 2017 18:39:42 +0000
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News for Canada

Life beyond the roadblock: When wildfires forced most others out, they stayed behind

Mayer and Mcdonald

Access to Williams Lake, B.C., has been extremely restricted since the July 15 evacuation that ordered people out of the community because of the encroaching wildfire, but CBC News obtained a permit to visit the people who defied that order and are living within the fire zone in the B.C. Interior.


Thu, 27 Jul 2017 05:00:00 EDT
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'Tremendous injustice' as migrant workers sent back to Jamaica

Waldin Simpson migrant worker

Two farm workers in southwestern Ontario on a work program from Jamaica are being sent home today. The farm owner says it's because there's not enough work, but one worker says it's because he complained about pay.


Thu, 27 Jul 2017 10:51:02 EDT
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Military cops struggle to enforce mental health laws

Military Police

The military is looking for ways to plug a frustrating, potentially risky, loophole when it comes to the jurisdiction of military police — because MPs do not have the authority to enforce certain provincial laws.


Thu, 27 Jul 2017 05:00:00 EDT
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Anglicans and Muslims pray under same roof in southwestern Ontario town

Najam Jutt

A Christian clergyman kneeling inside a mosque would normally be an unusual occurrence, but in Leamington — the small farming community in southwestern Ontario — it's become a common sight.


Wed, 26 Jul 2017 05:00:00 EDT
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MPP tweet saying police officer 'murdered' Ottawa man not written by her, says assistant

Meilleur, Des Rosiers, Wynne

Ottawa–Vanier MPP Nathalie Des Rosiers has been taking criticism on social media for a post from her Twitter account that a "careless" Ottawa police officer "murdered" Abdirahman Abdi, but her executive assistant says Des Rosiers didn't write it.


Thu, 27 Jul 2017 10:34:11 EDT
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Laid-off Sears workers try to block big cash bonuses for executive staff

Sears Canada closing

The firm representing Sears employees has filed a motion requesting that Sears’ retention payment plan be amended to exclude paying 43 head office staff a total of $7.6 million in bonuses.


Thu, 27 Jul 2017 05:00:00 EDT
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Melania Trump is coming to Toronto

Campaign 2016 Melania Trump

Melania Trump will visit Toronto in September as she leads her country's delegation at the 2017 Invictus Games, the White House announced on Thursday.


Thu, 27 Jul 2017 11:33:34 EDT
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'He would want me to be out there': Woman completes Bell Island dive days after husband's death

Ian Kinder Penny Vermeulen Empress of Ireland

Most people couldn't imagine going scuba diving three days after losing a loved one, but Penny Vermeulen says it was the best way to honour her husband.


Thu, 27 Jul 2017 10:30:00 EDT
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Drop that boombox: Music-playing hikers have Calgary man singing the blues

Kris LaBelle

Kris LaBelle and his son love hiking in Kananaskis County. They get out as often as they can, but a recent trend has the Calgary man singing the blues.


Wed, 26 Jul 2017 22:00:18 EDT
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Video of fatal police shooting should be made public, commissioner says

Anne Bertrand

New Brunswick's access to information and privacy commissioner has called for the release of a body camera tape that shows a fatal police shooting in Rothesay.


Thu, 27 Jul 2017 05:00:00 EDT
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Wildfire prompts evacuations near Monte Lake, B.C.

Monte Lake fire

A wildfire near Monte Lake, B.C., is threatening homes and has forced an evacuation order.


Wed, 26 Jul 2017 22:07:34 EDT
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'They ain't hurtin' nobody': N.S. man told to get rid of pet pigs

Vietnamese pot-bellied pigs

North Kentville, N.S. resident Noah Graves says he'd be devastated if he'd have to give up his two Vietnamese pot-bellied pigs, Einstein and Winstin.


Thu, 27 Jul 2017 06:00:00 EDT
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Man arrested in connection with 2013 killing of Manitoba teen girl

Leah Anderson

Police have arrested a 23-year-old man from Gods Lake Narrows in connection with the unsolved killing of 15-year-old Leah Anderson.


Wed, 26 Jul 2017 15:32:24 EDT
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Reducing salmonella risk from contaminated produce studied at Wilfrid Laurier

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Salmonella is usually associated with under-cooked or uncooked chicken, but people can also get sick from fruits and vegetables contaminated with the bacteria. Researchers at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ont. want to find a way to control its presence in produce.


Thu, 27 Jul 2017 10:24:19 EDT
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Have you seen this drone? The OPP lost it and wants your help

OPP Drone

The OPP is looking for public help after an operator lost contact with the machine following a software update in Southwold Township, about an hour south of London, Ont.


Thu, 27 Jul 2017 04:52:37 EDT
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Canada's endangered wild ginseng under threat from poachers

Jean-Francois Dubois

Conservation officers in Ontario and Quebec are using surveillance and other techniques to outsmart poachers bent on digging up Canada's most endangered plant: wild American ginseng, which can sell for anywhere from several hundred to several thousand dollars per root.


Wed, 26 Jul 2017 16:00:00 EDT
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'I'm really sorry this happened': U.S. woman says she was unknowingly part of Saskatoon white package case

Samantha Field

Samantha Field thought she was hired as an online freelancer to read from a book called The Floppy Hat aloud on camera. But she says she unknowingly got herself into the middle of a complex case involving bomb threats and white powder scares that paralyzed parts of Saskatoon.


Wed, 26 Jul 2017 12:33:23 EDT
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Marrisa Shen's homicide was a 'random' attack, police say

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One week after a 13-year-old girl was found dead in the park near her Burnaby, B.C., home, investigators are warning the public that Marrisa Shen's homicide appears to be a random attack.


Wed, 26 Jul 2017 15:24:07 EDT
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Supreme Court quashes seismic testing in Nunavut, but gives green light to Enbridge pipeline

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The Supreme Court of Canada has quashed plans for seismic testing in Nunavut, delivering a major victory to Inuit who argued they were inadequately consulted before the National Energy Board gave oil companies the go-ahead to conduct disruptive testing.


Wed, 26 Jul 2017 10:04:38 EDT
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Sears Canada shuts down Facebook comments amid flood of angry messages

Sears Corner Brook

After getting flooded with angry comments about how it’s treating laid-off workers and calls for a boycott, Sears Canada is both removing and no longer allowing public posts on its Facebook site.


Wed, 26 Jul 2017 17:28:16 EDT
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