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Coding and computer science should be mandatory in Canadian schools

<i>Ebony Frelix is senior vice-president of philanthropy and engagement at Salesforce.org.</i><p>Parents have certain expectations when they send their children to school. They'll learn to read, write, do math, maybe learn a second language, generally prepare for postsecondary education and build a …

How fast is the internet in your area? This website can tell you

You may often find yourself trying to load eight (or more) websites all at once — which is a totally reasonable thing to do on the internet, by the …

Vancouver couple with bulk of their assets in real estate urged to diversify

Stan and Cheryl want to retire early, sell their Vancouver house if they have to and move to their cottage to be closer to their children. The cottage, which is in another province, needs about $350,000 worth of renovations.<p>In doing so, they'll be giving up about $24,000 a year in net rental income …

Canadians’ wage growth slowed to a crawl in early 2016

Canadians' wage growth slowed to a crawl in early 2016, new data from Statistics Canada show, as employers demonstrated a cautious mood and the oil shock deepened its grip on regional payrolls.<p>Statscan's Survey of Employment, Payrolls and Hours (SEPH), the national statistical agency's monthly …

10 Best JavaScript tools for better code

As the JavaScript community grows so does the selection of helpful sources. Here are ten that you need to knowESLintProvides static code analysis for …

Trojan found in more than 100 Android apps on Google Play Store

Poisoned apps steal confidential information and serve up ads.<p>Author:<p>Published<p>in Android, Malware 36<p>Researchers have uncovered a new strain of …

Intel's first 'Skull Canyon' NUC has Core i7 power

If you're considering an Xbox One or PS4 for gaming and entertainment, Intel has another proposition for you: The first Skull Canyon NUC (next unit of computing) mini-PC. The NUC6i7KYK (yup) fits a sixth-gen Skylake Core i7 CPU, Thunderbolt 3, DDR4 RAM support and dual M.2 SSD slots (with SATA 3 …

Robert Reich: America’s problem isn’t free trade — it’s the demise of an entire economic system

Factory work was once the backbone of the middle class. Now it’s all but gone, replaced by low-paying service jobs<p>Robert Reich<p>March 17, 2016 8:30am (UTC)<p>Both Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump are blaming free-trade deals for the decline of working-class jobs and incomes. Are they right?<p>Clearly, …

Apple to FBI: Drop this case and let's figure out digital security together

Apple's war of words with the FBI and U.S. government is far from over, but in the latest salvo Apple CEO Tim Cook pressed his case in a letter to …

Tesla Model 3 Vs. Chevy Bolt -- Slugfest Begins In The Media

Here’s a not-so-bold prediction: the upcoming competition between the Chevy Bolt and the Tesla Model 3 is going to be a slugfest.<p>How do I know this? Because the battle has already begun in the media, which, so far, is not in Tesla Motors favor. (Needless to say, its cratering stock price is feeding …

Kenzen Wins For Best Startup In The Future Athlete Category At The NFL’s 1st And Future

Twelve startups campaigned for their chance to win the prize at 1st and Future, the startup pitch hosted jointly by the NFL, Stanford and TechCrunch, but only one could take home the prize in each category. Kenzen, the startup billing itself as a “personal health lab,” was among the chosen few …

The dark side to Uber’s unstoppable cash grab

Rich people making a rich company even richer<p>Uber's insane fundraising streak looks to get even more insane, as the <i>New York Times</i> is reporting that a new fund for super wealthy investors to bet on Uber has recently cropped up. But even as cash continues to rain down on Silicon Valley's biggest …

Canada's Trudeau to DiCaprio: Your climate remarks don't help

DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau urged Leonardo DiCaprio to tone down his "inflammatory rhetoric" on climate change saying it was not helping those who have lost their oil-industry jobs.<p>The movie star had told the World Economic Forum in the Swiss mountain town …

Canada

Here’s why Jada Pinkett Smith and Spike Lee’s boycott of the Oscars won’t do any good

Recently, Jada Pinkett Smith and Spike Lee, two hugely respected actors and directors in the black film community, called for a boycott of this …

Jada Pinkett Smith

The Weather On Android Just Got A Whole Lot Better

If you are and Android user and want to know whether it’ll rain or snow tomorrow, just searching for ‘weather’ on Google always gave you a quick and easy way to find out. But while Google would happily show you basic weather info, this was never the most exciting of experiences. Starting today, …

Weather

5 things to know about Flint's water crisis

<b>(CNN) —</b> An once-quiet crisis in Flint is now drawing voluminous concern from around the nation as celebrities, politicians and presidential candidates steer attention to the toxic tap water in one of Michigan's biggest and most beleaguered cities.<p>It's hard to put anything about the issue in a …

Water

Sony Xperia C4 is getting Android 5.1 Lollipop after all

Sony seems to be having a hard time making up its mind. Though the Japanese manufacturer confirmed late last year that some of its handsets would skip Android 5.1 Lollipop and go directly to Marshmallow, something changed along the way.<p>The Sony Xperia C4 was one of these few devices, but today …

A deleted scene from 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' reveals a new character's awesome power

In an interview with Collider, "Star Wars" SFX supervisor Chris Corbould reveals that Maz has abilities that ultimately didn't make the film's final cut.<p>The motion-capture character, played by Lupita Nyong'o, tells Rey (Daisy Ridley) that she knows the Force, though she's not a Jedi.<p>In a cut scene, …

'Miraculous' results from new MS treatment

A pioneering new stem cell treatment is reversing and then halting the potentially crippling effects of multiple sclerosis.<p>Patients embarking on a ground-breaking trial of the new treatment have found they can walk again and that the disease even appears to be stopped in its tracks.<p>“I started …

Cosmic particles may solve mystery of 4,600-year-old Egypt pyramid

The Bent Pyramid in Dahshur is believed to have been ancient Egypt’s first attempt to build a smooth-sided pyramid<p>CAIRO — An international team of …

Ancient History

What will be the top 10 tech trends for 2016?

Always a good read, so we figured we’d flag: tech ‘dealmaker’ GP Bullhound has released its annual report predicting the top 10 technology trends for 2016. The London-born firm has made its research report available online for free, so download the PDF now and check it out.<p>The report will be …

Alek Skarlatos: off-duty soldier who tackled train gunman

Member of Oregon National Guard was on a tour of Europe after returning from duty in Afghanistan<p>Alek Skarlatos must have thought the danger from Kalashnikov-wielding gunmen was behind him.<p>The young National Guard reservist wrapped up a tour of duty to Afghanistan in June and was in Europe to …