Mark Stevenson

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Google offering $6 in credits for every owned Chromecast

You do know that Google is giving away 90 days of free Google Play Music with every Chromecast purchase? The company has been doing that since the …

Consumer Groups to CRTC: CraveTV and shomi Should Not Be Tied to TV/Internet Services

When Rogers announced its streaming media service shomi, it was only made available to Rogers or Shaw Internet or TV customers. When Bell announced …

Net Neutrality

Google Now starts showing cards for snow conditions at ski resorts

Pretty much the only good thing about this awful cold weather is the fact that it affords us the opportunity to hit the slopes. You might freeze your …

China to have most robots in world by 2017

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - China will have more robots operating in its production plants by 2017 than any other country as it cranks up automation of its car and electronics factories, the International Federation of Robotics (IFR) said on Thursday.<p>Robots covered in plastic sheets are seen at a plant …

Robots

RadioShack files for bankruptcy; Sprint to take over some stores

(Reuters) - Electronics retailer RadioShack Corp RSHC.PK filed for U.S. bankruptcy protection on Thursday and said it had a deal in place to sell as many as 2,400 stores to an affiliate of hedge fund Standard General, its lender and largest shareholder.<p>A RadioShack store is pictured in the …

Mobile Devices

Google to Take a ‘Significant’ Hit if Apple Switches Default Search Engines

The search giant lost market share in the US on desktop computers and tablets in January, while Yahoo has increased its presence since replacing …

Engines

Apple said to be tapping Samsung's manufacturing for 14nm A9 chip

Apple and Samsung have been fierce competitors for years, but the two are also partners. Samsung’s chips power the phones of its biggest rival. The …

Twitter strikes deal for tweets to appear in Google searches

Twitter Inc. has struck a deal with Google Inc. to make its 140-character updates more searchable online.<p>In the first half of this year, tweets will start to be visible in Google's search results as soon as they're posted, thanks to a deal giving the Web company access to Twitter's firehose, the …

Free WiFi now live in Toronto's St. Patrick and Museum stations

BAI Canada and the Toronto Transit Commission have expanded free WiFi service into more subways stations on Line 1, with St. Patrick and Museum now …

Ryan Seacrest-backed smartphone keyboard Typo fined $860K in BlackBerry patent spat

A U.S. judge had ordered a company partly financed by Ryan Seacrest to pay $860,600 in fines for ignoring a previous court order to stop selling a …

Nexus 6 now available at WIND Mobile

WIND Mobile received its first shipment of Nexus 6 inventory last December, but rather than selling the devices through its retail channel it decided …

Starbucks bringing its ‘Mobile Order & Pay’ option to Canada this year

Starbucks is upping the ante in the mobile space by adding an ordering option to its payment app.<p>In an interview with the <i>Toronto Star</i>, Starbucks …

10 Of The Most Fabulous Housing Designs Of 2014

From a house dangling off a cliff to an apartment designed to make friends, here are the most ingenious residential designs of the year.<p>Not everyone can live in a one-of-a-kind, architect-designed home, but there is no shortage of spectacular designs that make us wish we did, whether it’s a …

Canadian Robot to Hitchhike Across Country Without Human Supervision

Robotics

New tool helps Canadians find out if telecoms are collecting their info

Canadians concerned about their online privacy have a new way to find out whether their telecom provider is collecting information about them — and …

Motorola closing its Texas factory

While Canadians didn’t directly benefit from Motorola’s Texas-based manufacturing facility, we’re sad to hear that it will be closing its doors by …

Interview with a cyborg: How machines mesh with mankind

While science fiction may have familiarized us with the concept of cyborgs, one wouldn't expect to come face to face via Skype with a living person blurring the line between man and machine.<p>Thirty-one-year-old Neil Harbisson calls himself a cyborg. The artist from the Catalonia region in Spain is …

Sharp drops to five-month low on report of new share issue

TOKYO (Reuters) - Shares in Sharp Corp fell to a five-month low on Monday after the Asahi newspaper said Japan’s largest display maker is considering another issue of new shares that could raise around 200 billion yen ($1.97 billion) to bolster its stretched finances.<p>A pedestrian walks past a logo …

IT

Heartbleed bug: RCMP asked Revenue Canada to delay news of SIN thefts

The Canada Revenue Agency knew last Friday that hundreds of Canadians had their social insurance numbers stolen from its website because of the …

Israeli startup says its device can charge your phone in 30 seconds | The Star

Say goodbye to saying goodbye to your smartphone for a few hours while it charges.<p>An Israeli tech startup called StoreDot has unveiled a prototype …

Auto jobs will disappear. Windsor needs a controlled exit strategy

Tina Verpaelst inspects a steering wheel for a Chrysler Minivan at the Windsor Assembly plant in 2011. (Fabrizio Costantini/Getty)<p>Should the federal …

Unemployment

Regulators line up to crack down on bitcoin

It’s not so much a question of whether bitcoin and other virtual currencies should be regulated.<p>Rather, it’s more a question of which government …

Could bitcoin ever overtake the dollar?

Bitcoin’s future as a digital alternative to paper money is a subject of fierce debate, but the cryptocurrency may also have a future as the basis …

Bitcoin: ‘Highest risk, highest return’

The past year has seen a flood of venture-capital investments into bitcoin-related companies. At the same time, the price of bitcoin has swung wildly …

Bitcoin

Air Canada Wi-Fi to be available across North America

Air Canada is introducing Wi-Fi access to dozens of its aircraft beginning in May, with the aim of making wireless internet available on 130 of its …

Microsoft has an ambitious comeback plan that might actually work

Under new chief executive Satya Nadella, Microsoft is charging ahead with a “universal app” strategy – the idea that software developers can create …

Apps

Air Canada CEO paid $7.8 million in 2013 | The Star

MONTREAL—Air Canada’s chief executive received more than $7.8 million in compensation last year as he oversaw a dramatic turnaround in the airline’s …