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Southwest Airlines now lets you use electronics during takeoff and landing

The days of having to turn off your cellphone when boarding a flight are nearly done. Southwest Airlines just became the latest US carrier to allow personal electronics use during all phases of flight. It's the seventh major US airline to do so.<p>Though Southwest seems quite happy about the decision …

China workers protest as Nokia-Microsoft deal progresses

Factory workers in southern China are protesting Nokia's recent deal to sell off its Devices business to Microsoft, according to a new report.<p>Workers who build Nokia products in China gathered Wednesday outside their factory to protest, saying that the contracts they were forced to sign after Nokia …

Compensation

Hackers Broke Into Syria's Secret Police Computers And Found... Porn

An exiled Syrian hacker has claimed to have cracked the systems of the country’s brutal secret police to find evidence that intelligence officers spent their working days watching pornography.<p>The computer expert was a leading member of a youth wing of the Syrian opposition, and fled to Europe in …

Kansas City Residents Get A Second Chance For Google Fiber, Ahead Of Further Regional Expansions Starting This March

Kansas City residents are getting a second change to sign up for Google Fiber, says Google. The efforts to slowly build out several high-speed networks where Google acts as an Internet Service provider first began in Kansas City, Mo. around two years ago, before arriving in other markets, like …

Google Now Holds a Patent for Posting Personalized Automated Responses on Social Networks

Google has been granted a patent by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for “Automated generation of suggestions for personalized reactions in a social network”, meaning faking interaction on your chosen social network could get even easier.<p>Granted yesterday, the filing explains …

iPhones now involved in 14 percent of all NYC crime

Phone theft is big business.<p>However, in New York, iPhones and other Apple products are regarded as the ultimate heist.<p>As Fox 5 New York reports, the NYPD announced that there were 16,000 Apple-picking thefts in 2012. This equates to 14 percent of all New York City crime.<p>Indeed, 45 percent of all …

Coin eight-in-one Bluetooth credit card adds security features, boosted pre-order availability

Judging by the millions of YouTube views since it launched just last week, there's quite a bit of interest in Coin. The Bluetooth-enabled swipeable lets you add in identifying info from up to eight individual credit, debit, membership, loyalty and gift cards, and comes along with companion Android …

Microsoft wants to sell you anti-Google mugs and t-shirts

Microsoft’s anti-Google “Scroogled” campaign has been quietly attempting to convince consumers to avoid Google services for the past few months, but it’s back today with a vengeance. Microsoft has dedicated an entire section of its online store to selling anti-Google mugs, hats, t-shirts, and …

Signs of 'sudden' cardiac death may come weeks before, study finds

Signs of approaching "sudden" cardiac arrest, an electrical malfunction that stops the heart, usually appear at least a month ahead of time, according to a study of middle-age men in Portland, Oregon.<p>"We're looking at how to identify the Tim Russerts and Jim Gandolfinis - middle aged men in their …

Dutch alcoholics paid to clean up Amsterdam streets – in beer

Instead of loitering in the streets, Dutch alcoholics clean them up – and get paid in beer.<p>Only in Amsterdam, you might say.<p>As part of a government-funded scheme, about 20 chronic alcoholics receive five cans of beer, half a pouch of rolling tobacco and the equivalent of $13 each for six hours of …

Alcohol

Canadian, World, Politics and Business News & Analysis

Fitness trainer’s photo with Ford raises new questions; new info on wiretaps released

As Mayor Rob Ford faced a downsized office and new details from a police investigation were revealed, a strange new allegation has surfaced – a photo suggesting his new fitness program involves a trainer with a past conviction for distributing steroids.<p><b>Wednesday's developments:</b><p>A Toronto man who …

Big Three carriers promise to be Wireless Code compliant prior to December 2nd enforcement

TELUS, Bell and Rogers, Canada’s three largest telcos based on wireless subscribers, have independently announced they will be fully compliant with …

Liquid Damage Indicator Will No Longer Affect iPhone’s Trade-In Value [Report]

As per Apple’s existing “Reuse and Recycle” program, if an iPhone’s liquid contact indicator is tripped, the handset becomes completely worthless as …

Rogers updates MyAccount app for iOS, adds First Rewards integration

Rogers has finally given its MyAccount app on iOS an overhaul, removing the requirement to connect over a data network and significantly speeding …

In smartphone world, it’s a two-horse race as BlackBerry falls further behind

For all its meteoric growth, evidence is mounting that the smartphone industry has only been kind to two manufacturers – and especially cruel to one.<p>A new report from Canaccord Genuity, released Thursday, shows that Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., the two most successful …

Apple Agrees to Pay More Taxes in New Campus 2 Deal with Cupertino

The new campus deal with Cupertino brings additional Apple tax dollars to the city’s budget, as the company agreed to increase the amount of taxes it …

BlackBerry Unveils Porsche Design P'9982, an 'Elite' Smartphone Costing $2,200

Porsche Design and BlackBerry today announced thr Porsche Design P’9982 smartphone from BlackBerry.<p>BlackBerry says the luxury device is “uniquely …

Google begins Android 4.4 OTA update for the Nexus 4

Last night, a few Nexus devices began receiving an update to a new Android 4.4 build, KRT16S, after initially receiving a more bug-filled version …

Canadian, World, Politics and Business News & Analysis

Review: Xbox One a bold leap into an uncertain future for gamers

More than most gadgets, the Xbox One is a snapshot of our times. No other piece of technology released this year quite encapsulates the promise and potential peril of the age we're living in. Microsoft's new console, ostensibly a device for playing video games – but which aims to be much, much more …

Casual work linked to childlessness by 35

Women who have worked in temporary jobs are less likely to have had a child before the age of 35, new research published in a medical journal …

Medical Journals

Methadone clinic could be one answer to recovery homes debate in B.C.

The ongoing debate about recovery homes in B.C. is part of the broader, complex challenge of tackling mental-health and substance-abuse issues in the province, where an estimated one in five people deal with such problems each year.<p>One new strategy could involve a low-threshold or low-barrier …

Bell upgrading Samsung Galaxy S4 and S4 mini to Android 4.3 on November 23rd, brings Galaxy Gear compatibility

If you have the Samsung Galaxy S4 or the S4 mini, you’ll love what’s coming this weekend.<p>According to an internal Bell doc we received, owners of …

TELUS Upgrade Promise (T-UP!) now live, expands to all iPhones and coming to 'additional devices in the near future'

TELUS launched the TELUS Upgrade Promise (T-UP!) back in September. This was a limited time promotion that saw those who bought the new iPhone 5s, …

Google Glass grows up, releases developer kit and new apps to make it less toy, more tool

It was a big day for Google Glass yesterday with the release of the Glass Development Kit (GDK). The GDK finally gives developers access to Glass’s …

Microsoft, Sony face off in video game industry’s once-in-a-decade moment

The video game industry's once-in-a-decade moment has arrived.<p>In the span of one week, from last Friday to this Friday, the two biggest players in the video game console industry release new versions of their signature hardware – a cycle that takes upward of eight to 10 years.<p>The launch of new …

Google kills Currents, launches a Flipboard-style Newsstand with support for newspaper paywalls

In addition to the magazine partners it already had through Currents, Google is adding subscription-only newspaper providers like the <i>New York Times</i> …

Vanatoo's mighty mini speakers deliver a knockout punch

My advice to speaker shoppers who prioritize sound quality is go for a good set of big speakers. They conjure the sound of music more realistically than tiny ones. I know all too well that most folks settle for something smaller, and usually it's a case of the smaller, the better. That's why …