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January 15, 2013

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Vodafone deal makes Dropbox a part of your smartphone backups

Dropbox just scored a huge deal that will not only put its cloud storage in front of a lot of people, but help you safeguard your smartphone's data. The company has forged a partnership with Vodafone that both gives the carrier...
by Jon Fingas
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Ford’s foldable e-bike does the pedaling when your heart rate goes up

At CES in January, Ford threw down its "Smart Mobility Plan" to make transport easier using a combination of cars and electric bikes. Today at MWC, it just revealed the actual "bike" part of that with its "Handle on Mobility" e...
by Steve Dent
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Why Toronto is now the ‘wild, wild west’ of music festivals


If music festivals are your thing, the summer of 2015 i...

by Ben Rayner - Pop Music Critic
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Aboriginal girls’ visits to Florida centre sparked undercover probe


An investigator at Florida’s Department of Health we...

by Anonymous
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‘That was when I jumped up from my chair’

Via TheFix.com: For the past two years, since I’ve spoken more frequently about being in recovery on social media, and as mobile Internet services and social media applications have sought to more aggressively insert adve...
by Kathy Shaidle
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Jim Goad: Is It a Hate Crime To Call Madonna a Shriveled Up Old Hag?

Jim Goad writes: There was a point around when she first became a star when it occurred to me that people such as Madonna and Mick Jagger—musical performers whose careers depended much more on their sex appeal than any in...
by Kathy Shaidle
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Why I’m Not Fazed by Long Term Weight Management Stats

by Yoni Freedhoff

 

 
 

Jolla takes on Android with a promise not to sell your data

When Jolla launched its tablet on Indiegogo, it was an instant success. Today that tablet is being shown to the media for the first time at MWC. But, that's not all that the plucky mobile start-up has to reveal. With the new ta...
by James Trew
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Blackphone launches a new phone and tablet alongside its privacy platform

Silent Circle, the outfit behind the security-oriented Blackphone, has just revealed two new handsets and "the world's first enterprise privacy platform." The first Blackphone was unveiled last year for (understandably) paranoi...
by Steve Dent
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‘The real enemy is a DC-based conservative establishment that is indifferent or outright hostile to cultural pursuits’

This: They argue that building a conservative counterculture is a waste of time, and will make no difference. Some even go so far as to argue that middlebrow culture is inherently liberal or corrupting. It’s as if the rig...
by Kathy Shaidle
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‘The guy is an INTJ. Like all INTJs he is good at everything and they get so much done.’

Says another rare female INTJ: I console myself with the fact that INTJs are rude and the only personality type that is more unlikeable is my husband’s (ISTP).

Kathy Shaidle's NEW book, Confessions of a Fail...
by Kathy Shaidle
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I smell bullshit: ‘No one could see the color blue until modern times’

I figured this had to be Malcolm Gladwell but incredibly, no. This sounds like “butterfly effect”/”100th monkey” business-consultant pseudoscience to me. Why? Tekhelet.

Kathy Shaidle's NEW boo...
by Kathy Shaidle
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Toronto Pan Am Games ticket sales right on target


Nearly 300,000 tickets have been sold to this summer&rsquo...

by Kerry Gillespie - Sports reporter
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The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Elephant in the Room, the Astigmatic Seer, and other horrifying budget tales #nlpoli

Has anyone noticed a small problem in all the discussions about next year’s budget?

On Point’s David Cochrane had both NAPE’s Carol Furlong and the Conservative’s pet economist Wade Locke on th...

by Anonymous
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Cyanogen celebrates its new Qualcomm partnership with a complete rebrand

Many people know Cyanogen for delivering Android updates for phones that have long been ignored by their manufacturers. However, over the past two years, its creators have worked hard to turn it into a legitimate entity by form...
by Matt Brian
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Amazon’s Echo wireless speaker will soon run custom apps

Amazon's voice-savvy Echo speaker is only handy for a few tasks right now, but it's about to become much more flexible. The online giant is now taking sign-ups for a beta developer kit that will let people create apps for the g...
by Jon Fingas
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Leonardo DiCaprio & Rihanna — First Photo!! Banging, But It’s a Little One-Sided

Rihanna and Leo DiCaprio should be a perfect match -- neither's into settling down with one person for too long -- but now that they're banging ... one of them is way more committed than the other. We got pics of RiRi an...
by TMZ Staff
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Lena Dunham — Too Bad, So Sad … I Got a New House :(

Lena Dunham better buy a lot of Kleenex ... she threw down nearly $2.7 million for a new pad in L.A. -- you know, the same city that makes her super depressed. Dunham told Vogue last year that L.A. just wasn't her bag --...
by TMZ Staff
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J.J. Watt — Mystery Cabin Revealed … AND IT’S FREAKIN’ SICK

Just because J.J. Watt bought a cabin in the middle of nowhere, doesn't mean he's gotta rough it -- 'cause TMZ Sports has the first pic of J.J.'s new Wisconsin pad ... and it's AWESOME! Watt bought the digs last month as a...
by TMZ Staff
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Montreal Simon: Why Benjamin Netanyahu Could End Up Hurting Stephen Harper

Oh. My. Gorilla. I see Benjamin Netanyahu has begun his controversial visit to the United States.Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has arrived in the US to argue against a possible nuclear deal with Iran. Mr Netanyahu sa...

by Simon
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NFL Star Vernon Davis — Training Attack Dogs!!

If you thought Vernon Davis was a beast ... WAIT'LL YOU SEE WHAT HIS NEW DOG CAN DO!!!! The SF 49ers tight end just bought an adorable Belgian Malinois for his family -- and is in the process of training it to serve as a home p...
by TMZ Staff
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Google+ is being broken into services you might want to use

It's been the punchline to plenty of gags, and now it looks as if Google is finally ready to do something with its homegrown social network. The search engine has announced that the visual elements of Google+ is being moved int...
by Daniel Cooper
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Ludacris — Baby Mama Is Workin’ 9 to 5 … To Get Custody Back!

Ludacris' baby mama is taking drastic measures to regain custody of their 1-year-old daughter ... SHE GOT A JOB!!!  According to our sources, Tamika Fuller took losing custody of daughter Cai to Ludacris very hard ... and ...
by TMZ Staff
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Qualcomm’s next chips will help smartphones think for themselves

Qualcomm teased the prospect of smartphones that learn a couple of years ago, and it's now much closer to making them a practical reality. The chip designer has revealed its next big mobile processor, the Snapdragon 820, will b...
by Jon Fingas
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Ex ‘Sons of Anarchy’ Star’s Dad — My Dead Son’s Company Is Ripping Me Off

Former "Sons of Anarchy" star Johnny Lewis -- who's been dead for more than 2 years -- just got sued by his own father for a huge chunk of cash the actor failed to pay back before his death.  If you recall, Johnny fel...
by TMZ Staff
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Guess Who This Dressed Up Kid Turned Into!

Before this costumed little kid was a hot Hollywood actress she was just another silly little lady playing dress up on Long Island, New York. Can you guess who she is!?
by TMZ Staff
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Microsoft’s Lumia 640 and 640 XL are its new budget phone stars

After mistakenly letting the cat out of the bag yesterday, Microsoft has officially unveiled its latest Lumia phones at Mobile World Congress -- and they're pretty tempting if you're looking for a good deal. The new Lumia 640 a...
by Anonymous
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Xiaomi’s action cam bests a GoPro Hero for half the price

Xiaomi has unleashed a 399 CNY ($64) action cam onto unsuspecting cats in China, but will it join the Mi band in the US? The Yi Camera actually trumps the specs of GoPro's entry-level camera with 1080P, 60fps video and 64GB of ...
by Steve Dent
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Venmo halfheartedly responds to its mobile payment security woes

eBay's Venmo mobile payment service can be extra-helpful when you need to repay a debt to a friend, but it's grappling with some significant security problems -- and it's not clear that a proper fix is in sight. Slate notes tha...
by Jon Fingas
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Lenovo’s 16-megapixel Vibe Shot is a smartphone that looks like a camera

Even though Lenovo unveiled new tablets a little over 12 hours ago, it isn't quite done with Mobile World Congress announcements just yet. Now it's taking the wrapper off three more devices, two of which are Android smartphones...
by Nicole Lee
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Canucks overcome bad start, even worse finish to beat Blues in shootout

Maybe Jim Benning should just take the day off. His Vancouver Canucks don’t seem to need any help. Not in the chemistry or heart departments, anyway.
by Vancouver Sun - News
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Sony has a new flagship tablet to fight the iPad Air 2

2014 was an odd year for Sony. Can you think of another company that released five flagship products in a single year? We're talking the Xperia Z2, the Z3, the Z3 Compact, the Z2 Tablet, the Z3 Tablet Compact. That's an awful l...
by Anonymous
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#299 Finally pulling out an ingrown hair

Pull, pull, twist. Pull, pull, squeeze. Pull, pull, yank. Pull, pull, tweeze. SPROINNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNG!!! AWESOME! Photo from: here
by nkspas
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daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Rob Anders still lurking around the Wildrose Party

Twice denied an opportunity to run for the leadership of the Wildrose Party, controversial Conservative Party Member of Parliament Rob Anders is still lurking in the shadows of the deflated Alberta conservative opposition pa...

by Anonymous
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Politicians must fight panic over Muslims in Quebec: Editorial


If there was any doubt that anti-Muslim hysteria is getti...

by TORONTO STAR
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Reader’s Diary #1125- Jo Senior: The Green Suitcase


 
 

Photo of the Day: Toronto From 2000 Feet

UrbanToronto's ongoing vertical growth spurt gets a lot of airplay in the media these days, as people around the city take notice of the transformational effect of redevelopment. Aerial views of the city, whether captured via p...
by Jack Landau
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Tens of thousands of Russians take to the streets to protest assassination of Putin critic: ‘I am not afraid’

'I know that for many people Boris’s death will become so much of a Rubicon that the entire country may become different'
by Vancouver Sun - News
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