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Last Build Date: Tue, 20 Feb 2018 19:59:29 +0000

 



Snapchat now features GIPHY GIF stickers and a tabs section for stories

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 19:59:29 +0000

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Typically, Instagram is known for lifting its features from Snapchat, such as the 24-hour ephemeral stories. Now, however, the roles have been reversed. Last month, Instagram rolled out support for GIFs generated from GIPHY, and now, Snapchat has done the same. GIF stickers can be added by tapping the Sticker icon and using the search...

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Android P will prevent idle apps from secretly accessing your smartphone’s camera

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 19:31:53 +0000

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Google is working on an Android P feature that will prevent idle apps from accessing a user’s smartphone or tablet camera to capture images or video without their knowledge. According to an Android P source code commit spotted by XDA-Developers, the next major release of Google’s mobile operating system — which the search giant will likely...

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Here are the free Xbox games hitting Games with Gold in March

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 19:16:02 +0000

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Microsoft has announced the free games coming to its premium Games with Gold Xbox One and Xbox 360 service in the month of March. March’s free titles include the following: Trials of the Blood Dragon Ubisoft-developed game Trials of the Blood Dragon is a singleplayer title with competitive and precise physical-based racing trials. The game is full...

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CCTS received more than 1600 complaints over Public Mobile $40/4GB price hike

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 19:02:33 +0000

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The furor over Public Mobile’s recent attempt at raising the rates on its $40/4GB promotional plans generated over 1600 complaints in the day-and-a-half following the carrier’s announcement, according to Canada’s commission for telecom complaints. Howard Maker, CEO and commissioner for the Commission for Complaints for Telecom-television Services (CCTS), told iPhoneinCanada‘s Gary Ng: “Last week’s events...

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Here are the changes to Canadian carrier rate plans this week [February 20 – February 25]

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 18:27:20 +0000

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There are over 30 million wireless subscribers in Canada and if you’re in the market to switch carriers, then you’ll want to know about the latest promotions and cell phone rate plan changes. You can find all those changes and additions below in a simple, easy to read chart. Every week MobileSyrup will post the...

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Quebecor files to appeal ‘baffling’ CRTC decision on TVA Sports

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 18:17:35 +0000

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Quebecor is challenging a decision made by Canada’s telecom regulator regarding the rate Bell TV pays to broadcast TVA Sports content. The Quebec media company, which owns regional carrier Videotron, reported on February 16th that it had filed an application to appeal the regulator’s decision to the Federal Court of Appeal. Quebecor raised the rates...

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Google Pay branding is now replacing Android Pay in the Play Store

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 17:59:19 +0000

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Google’s rebrand of Android Pay, Google Pay, is now rolling out in Canada. Google Pay is the combination of Google Wallet — a platform we still don’t have in Canada — and Android Pay. Despite this, Android Pay is now known as Google Pay, even for us Canadians. Google also plans on introducing Google Pay...

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Coinbase releases statement on duplicate charges problem, says issue was not internal

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 17:53:43 +0000

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U.S.-based cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase has released a statement exonerating itself as the culprit behind a string of duplicate transactions charged to customers purchasing stakes in cryptocurrencies. “This issue was not caused by Coinbase,” reads an excerpt from a February 16th, 2018 Coinbase media release. “Worldpay and Coinbase have been working with Visa and Visa issuing...

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Samsung to slash OLED panel production due to weak iPhone X demand

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 17:53:11 +0000

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Samsung is planning to significantly reduce its OLED panel production for Apple in the January-March period as the result of weaker than expected demand for the iPhone X, according to a report from Nikkei. The Japanese news agency reports that Samsung is now looking to supply panels for 20 million or fewer iPhone X units,...

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Telus to thank for Canada’s LTE ‘speed boost,’ according to OpenSignal LTE report

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 16:29:59 +0000

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Roughly 82 percent of all Canadians have access to 4G LTE, according to OpenSignal’s February 2018 State of LTE report. Additionally, Canada’s average LTE speeds hover around 32.90 Mbps — a figure that OpenSignals says is bolstered by national carrier Telus’s recent network upgrades. “In North America, Canada’s speeds surged past 30 Mbps on the...

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Google Chrome mobile browser now shortens URL links

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 16:10:21 +0000

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The mobile variant of Google’s Chrome web browser is going to turn sharing links into a much cleaner experience. As of Chrome v64, links will automatically be shortened when users attempt to share lengthy URLs through the browser’s ‘Share’ menu. Of course, Chrome won’t shorten links that are already a reasonable length. Additionally, manually copying...

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Google testing split-screen functionality for Android apps on Chromebooks

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 16:08:53 +0000

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Split-screen multi-tasking on a Chromebook is set to get a whole lot more convenient in the future. A recent update to the Chrome operating system’s Canary test channel has made it so users can run a Chrome OS app and an Android app side-by-side or two Android apps. Users just have to drag and hold...

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Samsung Galaxy S9+ will reportedly sport a 3,500mAh battery

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 15:52:08 +0000

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Samsung will unveil the Galaxy S9 and S9+ this upcoming Sunday. This means we’re drawing near to the end of the copious Galaxy S9-related leaks. However, leaker Evan Blass and German publication WinFuture have continued dishing out literally everything you need to know about the two handsets. + pic.twitter.com/T5NGjyPGkR — Evan Blass (@evleaks) February 19, 2018...

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Pixel owners get an early sneak peak of Wes Anderson’s ‘Isle of Dogs’ VR experience

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 23:00:59 +0000

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Between a best-in-class camera and superlative software, there a lot perks to owning a Pixel device. But the Pixel and Pixel 2 may have just gotten their best perk yet. Starting this week, owners of any one of Google’s Pixel devices can download and watch Isle of Dogs Behind the Scenes (In Virtual Reality). The VR experience is a mockumentary tied to Wes...

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Apple issues software update to fix iOS character bug that crashed iPhones

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 22:43:57 +0000

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A bug in iOS 11 was discovered last week that allowed users to send a specific character in Telugu (native to India) to iPhones and iPads that caused them to crash, which eventually blocked access to messaging apps like iMessage, WhatsApp, Outlook, Gmail and Facebook Messenger. The bug also impacted Apple’s SpringBoard software, which manages...

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