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BlackBerrys Accounted for Only 3% of Smartphones Used in Canada at End of 2017

BlackBerrys Accounted for Only 3% of Smartphones Used in Canada at End of 2017

By Michael Oliveira, The Canadian Press

BlackBerry
A man touches the new BlackBerry KEYone before the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. According to online measurement firm comScore, there aren’t many holdouts left in Canada still using a BlackBerry. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Manu Fernandez)

TORONTO – Somewhat reluctantly, Athar Afzal finally gave up on BlackBerry earlier this year.

He was a longtime fan of the iconic Canadian phone brand but his company forced employees who weren’t already using iPhones to transition over. He was ready to make the change though, having grown fed up with the slowness of his aging BlackBerry Priv.

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Mobile Devices to Sound Off with Emergency Test Signal This Week

Mobile Devices to Sound Off with Emergency Test Signal This Week

Alert Ready
A text message from Telus is seen on a smartphone in Toronto on Friday, May 4, 2018. Mobile devices across Canada will be buzzing a little more than usual this week as emergency management officials test the new nationwide public alerting system. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graeme Roy)

If you hear an unfamiliar tone emitting from your cell phone this week, don’t be alarmed, it’s only a test.

Alert Ready, Canada’s public emergency alerting system, will carry out a nationwide test and push out notifications to every cell phone and tablet connected to an LTE network. Radio and television broadcasters will also take part in the alert.

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WestJet Severs Ties with Hopper App After ‘Confusion’ About Secret Fares

WestJet Severs Ties with Hopper App After ‘Confusion’ About Secret Fares

By The Canadian Press

WestJet
A Westjet Boeing 737-700 plane arrives at Vancouver International Airport in Richmond, B.C., on Monday, February 3, 2014. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

WestJet Airlines said it is severing ties with airfare finder app Hopper due to confusion over the developer’s announcement the airline would offer “secret fares” on its app.

Montreal-based Hopper announced Wednesday that WestJet and Air Canada were among its first global partners to unload some of their seats via “secret fares” at discounts of up to 35 per cent.

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Amazon to Expand Vancouver Tech Hub, Build Office Tower on Old Post Office Site

Amazon to Expand Vancouver Tech Hub, Build Office Tower on Old Post Office Site

By The Canadian Press

Amazon
In this Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, file photo, an Amazon employee gives her dog a biscuit as the pair head into a company building, where dogs are welcome, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

VANCOUVER – Online retail giant Amazon has announced it will expand its Vancouver tech hub and create 3,000 new high-tech jobs.

Amazon’s general manager of web services Jesse Dougherty says the new positions will be focused on e-commerce technology, cloud computing and machine learning, and they’ll be working in new office tower the company is building on the site of the city’s old post office.

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Commons Committee Calls on Liberals to Tax E-Commerce Services Like Netflix

Commons Committee Calls on Liberals to Tax E-Commerce Services Like Netflix

By Jordan Press, The Canadian Press

Netflix
This March 19, 2018 photo shows the Netflix app on an iPad in Baltimore. A Liberal-dominated House of Commons committee is calling on the Trudeau government to make Internet giants like Netflix collect and remit sales taxes on their services. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Patrick Semansky)

OTTAWA – A Liberal-dominated House of Commons committee is calling on the Trudeau government to make internet giants like Netflix collect and remit sales taxes on as part of a series of recommendations to help Canada’s small businesses compete online.

The international trade committee’s report on e-commerce issues recommended the government apply sales taxes “on tangible and intangible products” sold through online platforms, and tax the profits from those sales.

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‘Death Road to Canada’ Game Release on Hold Due to Toronto Van Attack

‘Death Road to Canada’ Game Release on Hold Due to Toronto Van Attack

By Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press

Death Road to Canada
An image from the video game “Death Road to Canada” is seen in this undated handout photo. Wednesday’s scheduled console release of the video game “Death Road to Canada” has been delayed due to Monday’s horrific van attack in Toronto. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Rocketcat Games)

TORONTO – Wednesday’s scheduled console release of the video game “Death Road to Canada” has been delayed due to Monday’s horrific van attack in Toronto.

London-based Ukiyo Publishing says it has put the game’s release on hold because of the rampage that killed 10 pedestrians and injured 15 others.

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Fact or Fiction in the World of Online News: Jackman-Atkinson

Fact or Fiction in the World of Online News: Jackman-Atkinson

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, Neepawa Banner & Press

Laptop News

NEEPAWA, Man. — In the past few months, I’ve had a couple of people send me news articles they’ve found online and ask me if I thought they were true. In each case, some investigation revealed that they were in fact completely fabricated. The whole phenomenon of “fake news” is recent and while slants and biases have probably existed since the first newspapers, today we find ourselves in uncharted waters. On the internet today, you don’t have to look hard to find “news” that is completely made up, but packaged to make readers believe that it is real.

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Waze Partners with CAA to Allow In-App Call for Help

Waze Partners with CAA to Allow In-App Call for Help

Waze Traffic - Winnipeg
The Waze traffic app now includes support for CAA members to request roadside assistance.

Drivers in need of roadside assistance now have a new way of calling for help through a partnership between CAA and Waze.

The real-time crowdsourced navigation app will now include a feature for CAA members to request help.

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Video Game Developer Ubisoft Opening Winnipeg Studio

Video Game Developer Ubisoft Opening Winnipeg Studio

Ubisoft Winnipeg

Darryl Long
Darryl Long, managing director of Ubisoft Winnipeg (HANDOUT)

Video game giant Ubisoft is setting up shop in Winnipeg, creating 100 new jobs as part of a $35 million investment over the next five years.

The Ubisoft Winnipeg studio is the latest addition to a global market, with the third-largest independent video game publisher already operating in more than 30 countries.

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