Adriano Vertullo

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This is the easiest way to pay less in taxes

Do you think discussions of 401(k) investing are boring? Maybe it’s time to think again.<p>With pensions a rarity these days, even for government …

Retirement

Samsung launches flagship Galaxy S5 into a mature market

If tech reviewers say Samsung's new Galaxy S5 isn't as awe-inspiring as some of the company's older phones that's fine with Paul Brennan.<p>The senior vice president of mobile and enterprise for Samsung Canada admits it's getting harder to wow tech-savvy consumers with each new release.<p>And so Samsung …

Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone review

There's a lot to like about Samsung's new Galaxy S5 smartphone —among them, its relative lack of features.<p>Don't get me wrong. The company's new …

The 5 reasons One (M8) is better than the Galaxy S5, according to HTC

In a rare coincidence, HTC and Samsung are releasing their hero devices in the US almost at the same time. While HTC pulled off a quick release of the One M8, it was only available on Verizon initially, meaning that customers of AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint had to wait until yesterday to join in the …

Bell launches Quebec-only $80/month plan with Unlimited calling, texts and 4GB data

Quebec continues to be a hotbed of competition and the carriers are volleying back and forth for consumers hard earned dollars.<p>Bell is the latest …

Using the PlayStation 4's virtual reality headset, Project Morpheus (update: now with video!)

The cat's out of the bag and... uh, on our head? Okay, we can do better than that, but what we're trying to say is that we just used Sony's new PlayStation 4 virtual reality headset: Project Morpheus. You already know the specs and all that good stuff; we're here to tell you what it's like using …

How to learn like a memory champion

Companies are creating learning aids that tap the science of memories, says David Robson. Do they work in the classroom?<p>For most of his 20s, Ed Cooke had been hovering around the top 10 of the World Memory Championships. His achievements included memorising 2,265 binary digits in 30 minutes and the …

Oxford University

In booming Alberta, Quebec sovereignty just isn’t that important

If you didn't catch the historic significance of Stephen Harper heading to South Korea to sign a trade deal at the same time Quebeckers once again debate their future within Canada, then you don't understand where this country is heading.<p>While the Central Canadian commentariat gears up for a richly …

Colorado gets high on pot revenue, marijuana tourists

You may have read about it, you may have heard it on the news, or seen it on Facebook.<p>But believe me, nothing prepares you for Grandma cookies baked …

Cannabis

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HTC pledges to provide 2 year's worth of updates to new flagship devices

One of the big sticking points to purchasing HTC smartphones in the past few years was the relative lack of updates provided for flagships, and while there are more than a few reasons why HTC is no longer at the top of the Android tree, the fact that many customers have been burned by HTC due to a …

Specs for Sony Xperia tablet Z2 leaked, Triluminos display touted

Original Sony Xperia tablet Z, new version coming soon!<p>The Sony Xperia Tablet Z is an excellent tablet and we awarded it second place in our Best Android Tablets of 2013 roundup for the big tablet category. However the Xperia Tablet Z is in need of an update and it looks like one is …

These HTC M8 images could be the real deal

The latest leaked images of the HTC M8 could be genuine, if one insider is to be believed.<p>We’ve seen several M8-related “leaks” surfacing over the last couple of weeks, though some of them have been shot down by people who are supposedly familiar with HTC’s new lineup. Among them is Shen Ye, an …

This Famous Google Exec Quit His Job To Work In China — And He's Been Totally Blown Away By What He Found

For years, Hugo Barra was one of the most visible executives at Google. He was a product manager for its Android team. Every year at Google's biggest conference, Google I/O, Barra would show off Android's latest new features for the whole world. Then, in August of this year, Barra quit Google to …

Abe’s militarism defies history

Seventy-two years ago, nearly 2,000 Canadian soldiers fought side by side with the Chinese people and Allied forces to defend Hong Kong from Japanese invasion. More than 500 Canadian soldiers lost their lives in the battle or died later in captivity. Last month, the Canadian consulate in Hong Kong …

Biggest Android news of 2013

Android has enjoyed a very big year. The platform has been growing faster than the competition. A flurry of new smartphones and tablets has been launched. New form factors and innovations, from voice controls to curved displays, point the way to a brighter smartphone future. Our favorite mobile OS …

Vehicular Values: Why Context Matters

When it comes to putting a finer point on a car's personality, there's no arguing that test drives matter. But taking that concept one step further, I'd argue that geography puts an equally important spin on how our subjective automotive points of view are shaped.<p>Case in point: my two separate …

Global warming to scorch past milestone in 2047, study predicts

Starting in about a decade, Kingston, Jamaica, will probably be off-the-charts hot — permanently. Other places will soon follow. Singapore in 2028. …

Climate Change

$1.3B medical marijuana free market coming to Canada

Medical marijuana by the numbers<p>Current number of users approved by Health Canada: 37,359.<br>• Number of patients with personal licences to grow marijuana …

A snowbird’s guide to the perils of owning U.S. real estate

<i>Tim Cestnick is president of</i> WaterStreet Family Offices<i>, and author of several tax and personal finance books.</i> tcestnick@waterstreet.ca<p>It was my wife Carolyn's birthday last week. Somehow I manage to mess up the gift-buying process every year. This problem dates back to the first year we were …

Oppo's N1 pairs CyanogenMod with a swiveling camera

Cyanogen wants its take on Android to grow from a hacker favorite to a true consumer operating system. And Oppo, a Chinese company known more in the US for building high-end Blu-ray players sold through Best Buy stores, is the first hardware partner working with Cyanogen to try and make this …

iPhone 5S

Apple unveiled the new iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C smartphones during a special media event, and in what follows we’re going to see how Apple’s high-end 2013 handset does against its main Android rivals in a raw specs battle.<p>The iPhone 5S is Apple’s next flagship device, which means it will compete in …

iPhone 5s vs. the competition: Spec comparison

It's no secret that Apple has just unveiled its latest devices, the iPhone 5s and 5c, and while our friends over at iMore dive deeper into the …

Apple's iPhone 5s and 5c keynote now available to watch online

You've probably already read the news, but now you can hear it right from Tim Cook and Apple's top executives themselves. Apple has posted a video of the full keynote presentation for the new iPhones. It covers a lot of ground — two brand new iPhones, Apple's major changes to iOS, and the latest …

Senate financial clerk job posting comes with a warning about ‘unpleasant interactions’

OTTAWA — The Senate is searching for a new employee to join its team overseeing the expense claims of senators, but warning prospective applicants …