Post Thumbnail

Uber sees its ridesharing service as an ideal way to get you home safely when you're drunk, and it's trying out some relatively unique technology to prove its point. The company recently set up an Uber Safe kiosk in Toronto that gave sloshed Canadians a free ride if they blew into a breathalyzer -...

April 8th 2015 at 4:36pm 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

Last year Microsoft added a feature to European Xbox Ones that brought broadcast TV directly to the box, and now it's starting to roll out the same thing in the US and Canada. Currently available for users in the Preview Program, it combines with a TV tuner from Hauppauge (BYO antenna -- the tuner...

April 8th 2015 at 9:23am 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

When Amazon said it would take its delivery drone testing abroad, it wasn't kidding. The Guardian has learned that the internet shopping giant is testing its robotic Prime Air couriers in Canada (the province of British Columbia, to be exact) to get around what it sees as frustratingly slow US ap...

March 30th 2015 at 1:36pm 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

Best Buy is a mainstay of tech shopping in the US, but it knows that it's small potatoes in Canada -- it kept the country's better-known Future Shop chain going for years after a takeover, even after opening shops of its own. However, the American retailer is now making its presence felt in a big...

March 28th 2015 at 4:04pm 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

The Thirty Meter Telescope's (TMT) construction finally began in 2014 after a decade of delays, but its struggles aren't over yet. Its developers might find themselves $235 million short, since the Canadian government still hasn't released its part of the budget that the other major players have b...

March 18th 2015 at 8:33am 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

In what seems like a relatively short stretch, bitcoin has gone from shady cryptocurrency to legal tender, at least in some parts of the world. Support from a couple of big brands has certainly helped its credibility, and after Dell introduced the option to pay with bitcoin in the US last July, th...

February 19th 2015 at 11:34am 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

It's not just American and British spies who want to know what you're downloading. Documents leaked by Edward Snowden reveal that Canada's digital surveillance agency, the Communication Security Establishment, has been monitoring the file transfer activity of at least 102 sites, including Megaupl...

January 28th 2015 at 1:41pm 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

Sony will close all 14 of its Canadian retail locations, according to a press release issued on The Canadian Press. The company will shut down the stores "over the next six to eight weeks," resulting in 90 layoffs. The company has "been scaling back its business in Canada for the past year and has...

January 16th 2015 at 6:30pm 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

The days of $0.99 in the Canadian App Store have come to an end, thanks to the falling value of the Canadian loonie. We reported on the impending price increases late last week, with the actual increases starting last Thursday. Apps that were previously $0.99 are now $1.19, a 20% increase. Most o...

January 12th 2015 at 7:30pm 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

Dear Canadian readers of TUAW, if you were waiting to buy something in the App Store you might want to do it in the next day. The Vancouver Sun is reporting that software developers were recently sent an email from Apple informing them of impending price increases in the App Store. Norway and Europ...

January 8th 2015 at 10:45pm 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

Watch out, Canada: you now have to deal with anti-piracy notices, much like your American friends. The country has just implemented a copyright law provision that requires internet providers to forward copyright violation warnings to customers caught downloading allegedly pirated material. The net...

January 3rd 2015 at 4:14pm 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

Game-streaming service PlayStation Now is coming to select Samsung Smart TVs in the first half of 2015, meaning you'll be able to enjoy PS3 games without owning a Sony system or even a Sony TV. The Smart TV-based form of Sony's cloud-based service will roll out in the United States and Canada, acco...

December 24th 2014 at 8:00am 0 Comments