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Briefly: Spotify launches in Canada, Pokemon TCG reaches iPad

10/01, 5:28am

Spotify opens Canadian streaming service to everyone

Spotify has opened up its service in Canada to all users, following a brief invitational period. The streaming music service boasts over 20 million songs served on 320kbps streams, with chief content officer Ken Parks claiming the collection has been "tailor made for Canadian music fans." Users have the same ad-supported free and paid service options as other regions, with Spotify Premium priced at $10 per month.

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Home Depot confirms data breach for United States, Canada stores

09/08, 7:18pm

Breach confirmed for April forward as investigation continues, no evidence of PIN theft

An initial investigation by Home Depot into an intrusion of its payment data systems has revealed that its systems were indeed breached. The home improvement retailer began looking into the breach of its systems after it noticed irregular activity and subsequent sale of its customer data last week. Home Depot was apparently hit by the same malware responsible for the breach of Target's systems.

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Spotify expands to Canada, offers invites to selected customers

08/08, 6:35pm

Trial period will be free, pricing expected to be similar to US premium cost

Roughly a month after first announcing its expansion into Canada, subscription streaming music service Spotify is now sending invites to people who signed up to receive notification when the service was imminent. Invitations are currently still on a limited basis, but the company is testing the service in Canada presently, Electronista has verified. Canada is not yet officially listed on the company's website as one of the countries it serves, but an official debut is expected in the coming weeks.

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US, Canadian Apple Stores to start iPhone 5s screen replacements

07/31, 12:56pm

Stores receiving 'large quantities' of 5s screens

US and Canadian Apple Stores will finally start conducting iPhone 5s screen replacements on or around August 4th, sources say. Some US stores have been piloting the service for the past several months, but now Apple Stores are reportedly receiving "large quantities" of replacement screens. iPhone 5c screen services began in January.

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Briefly: Spotify heads to Canada, Google Maps adds distance measuring

07/10, 6:29am

Spotify starts accepting sign-ups for Canadian service pre-launch

Music streaming service Spotify is spreading into Canada in the near future, long after launching in a number of other major markets. While the exact date of the service's launch in the country is unknown, Engadget reports the company is accepting sign-ups for a queue to receive pre-launch invitations, suggesting that it is likely to go live for all potential users sooner rather than later.

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Window for AppleCare+ purchases doubles to 60 days

07/01, 12:10pm

Regular AppleCare plan vanishes

Apple is today making major changes to its AppleCare plans for iPhone and iPad buyers. When considering an AppleCare+ plan, shoppers now reportedly have a 60-day window after their iPhone/iPad purchase, instead of the previous 30 days. The one exception to this is in Japan, where the old limit is still in effect.

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Surface Pro 3 reaches US and Canada; Core i3, i7 versions Aug. 1

06/20, 12:42pm

Docking Station coming Aug.15

The Surface Pro 3 is now available in Canada and the US, online and at retail, Microsoft has announced. Currently the only versions on sale are Core i5 models. Microsoft has solidified a release date for Core i3 and i7 models however, which should ship August 1st.

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Apple announces slate of 2014 summer Apple Camps

06/17, 9:18am

Includes separate iMovie, iBooks workshops

Apple has opened registration for the 2014 edition of its annual Apple Camps. The program is aimed at teaching creative projects to kids aged 8 to 12 while simultaneously promoting Apple products. This year, two sets of three-day workshops are available: one is dedicated to creating a short film using iMovie and the iPad version of GarageBand, while the other involves producing an interactive book using iBooks Author and illustrations done on an iPad.

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Briefly: Voyager Air 2 wireless drive, Acer Liquid phones in Canada

06/03, 1:40am

Corsair launches palm-sized 1TB wireless hard drive

Technology company Corsair has announced the release of its palm-size wireless hard drive, the Voyager Air 2. Featuring 1TB of storage, the Voyager Air 2 offers additional file storage for tablets, phones and computers. Its rechargeable battery removes the need for cables, and its latest version software includes close synchronization, simplified media browsing and AirPlay streaming to Apple TV. The Voyager Air 2 functions with both USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 connections, and can be partitioned if desired. Priced at $180, the drive will be available this month.

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Canada relaxes airline device restrictions for take off, landing

05/27, 12:07pm

Rule change allows passenger use of mobile devices throughout Canadian flights

Airlines operating in Canada could soon allow passengers to use electronic devices during takeoff and landing, thanks to a rule change. The exemption to the Canadian Aviation Regulations will now let passengers use devices throughout entire flights within the country's borders, though it will still require airlines to adhere to certain rules for it to be allowed.

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Sony Xperia M2 phone coming to Canadian providers later this month

05/06, 6:25pm

Rogers, Fido among providers to see Sony phone by month end

Canadians holding out for one of Sony's latest phones need wait no longer than the end of May. The Sony Xperia M2, a mid-range phone with Xperia Z2 styling and less power, will be making it to Canada through carriers Rogers and Fido. An unlocked version of the phone is to follow, available through Sony's online store.

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Google Play Music service now available to Canadian customers

05/05, 4:20pm

Canadian all access customers registering before June 30 receive discount

Google announced today that Google Play Music has finally jumped the Canadian border. The music streaming service, which features over 25 millions songs across multiple music labels and genres, is finally available in Canada for the first time. The service launched in the US in 2011.

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Briefly: Rogers 700MHz LTE rolls out, Toshiba UHS-II microSD cards

04/18, 5:48am

Rogers begins 700MHz LTE rollout in Calgary, Toronto, Vancouver

Rogers is expanding the available spectrum for its LTE service in Canada, by turning on its 700MHz network. Engadget reports that areas of Calgary, Toronto, and Vancouver will see the benefits of 700MHz at first, with subscribers and AT&T customers roaming in the region able to see Rogers LTE in indoor areas where the signal was previously inaccessible. While it does not offer specific timing, Rogers plans to roll out the extra spectrum bands across the country.

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Heartbleed facilitates identity theft from Canada Revenue Agency

04/14, 2:58pm

900 taxpayers lose social insurance numbers to OpenSSL flaw

Canada's tax administration has reported that around 900 people have had personal data stolen, with the miscreants making off with the data using the Heartbleed bug. Taken by the hackers are social insurance numbers (similar to Social Security numbers in the US), and potentially other data. The breach is the first directly pointing at the Heartbleed bug as the main vector of attack.

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Briefly: Xperia Z2 exclusive to Bell in Canada, BBM updated

04/01, 7:31pm

Sony's latest waterproof smartphone to be available in May through Bell

Sony and Bell announced today the exclusive availability of Xperia Z2 waterproof smartphone in the Canadian market. The Xperia Z2 has a 5.2-inch screen, is 8.2mm (0.33-inch) thick, offers 4K video recording, and can utilize new Xperia camera apps. Sony's Xperia Z2 will be available in black, white and purple across Canada from Bell Mobility in May 2014.

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Briefly: BlackBerry sells Canadian real estate, LG's smart light bulb

03/23, 11:32pm

BlackBerry reaches agreement on selling majority of its Canadian real estate

BlackBerry announced last Friday that it has reached an agreement to sell the majority of its real estate in Canada, as part of its plan to balance finances. The company originally announced its plan to sell assets back in January, in partnership with commercial real estate service company CBRE. Several months ago, BlackBerry sold five of its buildings to the University of Waterloo for $36.44 million dollars -- much of the real estate that has been sold most recently is also located in Waterloo, Ontario, where BlackBerry's headquarters resides. BlackBerry plans to lease back a portion of the space being sold.

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Google Chromecast goes on sale in Canada, United Kingdom, Europe

03/19, 6:06am

First international expansion of Google Chromecast since US launch

Google is performing its first major international expansion of its Chromecast streaming HDMI dongle, making it available to purchase outside of the United States for the first time. Residents in a total of 11 more countries can now buy the device through Google Play and retailers, including the United Kingdom, Canada, and a number of other European countries.

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Apple withdraws contracts from Canadian campus outlets

03/18, 8:00pm

Secondary-school stores have until end of May to sell hardware

Only a day after analyst Charlie Wolf noted that Apple's North American education-segment sales had hit an all-time quarterly record, Apple has reportedly declined to re-authorize contracts permitting Apple Authorized Campus Stores across Canada, effectively ending the program -- allegedly due to declining on-campus sales. The current contracts are scheduled to end with the current school year, beginning in June.

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iPhone coming to Serbia, Lebanon, Québec's Vidéotron

03/14, 3:09pm

Device now reaching smaller niches worldwide

The iPhone will soon go on sale in two previously unreached countries, Serbia and Lebanon, according to several announcements. Serbia's Mobile Telephony -- also known as mt:s -- today revealed plans to carry the iPhone via Twitter, while rival Vip Mobile made an announcement through its website. The latter says it is only waiting on certification by RATEL, the agency that regulates electronics in Serbia.

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iPhone Reuse and Recycle program reaches Canada

03/10, 10:36am

Initiative making gradual international expansion

As anticipated, the iPhone Reuse and Recycling program has been introduced at Canadian Apple Stores. The option lets people trade in an old iPhone for a gift card, usually to put towards the purchase of a new phone. In Canada, Apple is promising "up to $275" for previous devices.

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Apple iPhone trade-in program coming soon to Canada, source says

02/24, 9:18am

Program still in limited reach internationally

Apple's iPhone Reuse and Recycling trade-in program will be launching in Canada in the next few weeks, a source says. The person explains that staff training is due to begin this week. As elsewhere, the backend of the program is expected to be handled by BrightStar.

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Rogers preparing to offer early smartphone upgrades with Next program

02/21, 5:46am

Rogers Next will offer 12-month upgrades for $25 monthly fee

Rogers of Canada is following the lead of its American carrier counterparts, by offering customers an earlier upgrade via an extra subscription. Rogers Next, similar to T-Mobile Jump, AT&T Next, and Verizon Edge, will allow customers to trade in smartphones every 12 months for a new device, with no up-front charges on a large number of devices, no connection fees, nor early upgrade fees.

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Two-step Apple ID verification reaches several new countries

02/20, 12:25pm

Supporting regions still under a dozen

Apple has brought its two-step verification process to several more countries, the company's support pages show. Until today, only the US, UK, Australia, Ireland, and New Zealand were supported. Now however the list also includes Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and Spain.

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Android KitKat for HTC One reaches Canadian carriers, Sprint early

02/02, 11:06am

KitKat update for Android starts North American roll-out

Owners of the HTC One in Canada have started to receive the Android 4.2.2 update to their devices, despite it only entering carrier testing late last week. At the same time as Canada's rollout, the Android KitKat update for Sprint subscribers has been made available to download, though as a "customer initiated request" rather than a pushed update.

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North American Mac Pro shipping times slip into March

01/22, 3:26pm

Delays follow path of international storefronts

Apple's online stores in the US, Canada, and Mexico now listing "March" shipping times for the 2013 Mac Pro, shoppers note. Until recently, the stores were quoting February delivery dates. The new times are however consistent with changes at Apple's international storefronts.

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PayPal begins testing In-Context Checkout feature on websites

01/13, 2:52pm

Testing of hands-free Beacon system expands

Transaction service PayPal has started testing a new web feature called In-Context Checkout, reports say. Normally, web-based PayPal transactions have to be completed at paypal.com. With the in-context code in place, choosing PayPal checkout at a retailer's website will simply conjure a pop-up, where billing and shipping information can be entered. At the moment only a handful of retailers have the option, but PayPal is promising that more vendors will adopt it in the first half of 2014.

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Canada, UK get 'Boxing Day' specials on iTunes albums, songs

12/26, 8:00pm

US residents enjoy special holiday 'channels' on iTunes Radio instead

While US residents can brag on their ability to listen to special "holiday" channels on iTunes Radio, other countries have their own iTunes celebrations going on -- the Canadian iTunes Store, for example, has launched a "Boxing Day" sale on select albums and songs, while the UK store has a similar sale (but not, strangely, labeled as "Boxing Day" related). In both countries and a few others, "Boxing Day" kicks off a week of sales from all manner of retailers.

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AT&T teams with Rogers for LTE roaming in Canada

12/09, 11:56am

Carrier promotes global data packages

AT&T has announced that its customers can take advantage of LTE roaming while traveling in Canada. The service is one of the first to enable LTE connectivity for US travelers as they head across northern borders, through a roaming agreement with Canadian carrier Rogers Communications.

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Only select US, Canadian Apple Stores opening early on Black Friday

11/22, 2:53pm

Canadian stores typically opening later than in US

Only some Apple Stores in the US and Canada will be opening early on Black Friday, reports note. In the US a portion, generally ones inside malls, will be open at 6AM. Others will be open at their regular times, and/or between 7 and 9AM. Canadian outlets will be open no earlier than 7AM, but otherwise follow a similar pattern. Apple's retail website provides details for individual store hours.

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Lenovo buyout of BlackBerry claimed blocked by Canadian government

11/06, 7:04am

National security concerns over telecoms infrastructure nixed buyout plans

Lenovo could have bought ailing smartphone manufacturer BlackBerry, but was denied by the Canadian government. Alleged interference of inter-company discussions by Ottawa government officials made it clear to BlackBerry executives that a takeover by a Chinese company would not proceed, due to potential national security concerns.

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Briefly: Kindle Fire HDX in UK and Canada, Tesco offers 4G access

10/18, 7:14am

Amazon opens pre-orders for Kindle Fire HD, HDX in UK, Canada

Amazon has opened up pre-orders for its new Kindle Fire HDX and updated Kindle Fire HD in the United Kingdom and Canada. The lower-resolution Kindle Fire HD will be shipping in both countries from October 24th, starting from 119 and $149. While those in the UK will have to wait until November 19th to receive their HDX models in both 7-inch and 8.9-inch forms, starting from 199 and 329 respectively, Canada will have to wait until November 26th, with the tablets priced at $254 and $399.

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Canada to require unbundled 'a la carte' cable TV channels

10/14, 1:15pm

Industry minister calls for changes

The Canadian government is reportedly preparing to establish new regulations that will force cable TV companies to offer unbundled channels. Several cable services already offer "a la carte" pricing for individual channels, however comments from the country's industry minister, James Moore, suggests the government will mandate the service option as part of a broader consumer-protection strategy.

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iPhone 5s shipping times change to 2-3 weeks at Apple online store

10/11, 4:16pm

US, Canada, China, Australia see new forecasts

Shipping times for the iPhone 5s have changed at Apple's online store, checks show. As recently as yesterday, the device was only listed as shipping in "October" for US buyers. Now orders are set to arrive in two to three weeks; the same forecast has been applied to the Canadian, Chinese, and Australian storefronts, and possibly others.

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Apple hosts recruiting event aimed at BlackBerry workers

10/10, 2:45pm

Sends private invites through LinkedIn

On September 26th, Apple hosted a recruitment event aimed explicitly at BlackBerry workers, says Canada's Financial Post. The event took place at the Cambridge Hotel and Conference Centre in Cambridge, Ontario, a little over 14 miles from BlackBerry's Waterloo headquarters. To attract people the company is said to have sent out invitations to BlackBerry employees via LinkedIn.

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iTunes Radio beginning to reach Canada and UK listeners

10/10, 11:17am

Beats predictions from sources

iTunes Radio is already rolling out in Canada and the UK, according to anecdotal reports. Until this week, the service was only accessible in the US. The timing beats out predictions by Bloomberg sources, who suggested that Canada and the UK would only get Radio in early 2014. There is no word yet of Australia, New Zealand, or various Nordic countries getting access; the Bloomberg sources suggested those regions would be joining Canada and the UK in roughly the same timeframe.

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Canadian carrier Rogers suffers nationwide disruption [U]

10/09, 8:14pm

Subsidiary Fido also affected; website down as well

[Update: service restored after five hours] In an unusual national disruption, Canadian cell carrier Rogers -- the country's largest carrier by subscriber base -- has suffered a near-countrywide failure of wireless voice communications, though 3G and LTE data appears to be unaffected. Between Rogers Wireless and its subsidiaries Fido and Chatr, the company controls about 34 percent of Canada's cell phone market. Customers from Halifax, Nova Scotia to Victoria, British Columbia say they have been without service for much of the evening, while some report partial service.

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Report: First expansion of iTunes Radio coming in early 2014

10/07, 11:04pm

English-speaking and Nordic countries in initial rollout plans

Apple is expected to make English-speaking and Nordic countries the first wave of its expansion of iTunes Radio into non-US countries, pulling ahead of main rival Pandora in terms of international reach, Bloomberg reports. Citing "people with knowledge of the situation," Apple expects to bring the new streaming-radio feature of iTunes to Canada, the UK, several Nordic countries, Australia and New Zealand in a timeframe said to be aimed for early 2014.

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Apple want ad suggests iTunes Radio on its way to Canada

10/04, 9:32pm

America's northern neighbor likely to be first outside country to gain the service

Apple has posted job notices seeking iTunes Radio programmers for Canada, a sign that the well-received free music-streaming service will be expanding into the US' closest ally as one of, if not the, first countries outside America to gain the service. The posting suggests that the launch of the service in Canada may occur as early as sometime later this month, presuming some strong candidates can be found.

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Briefly: Rogers drops BlackBerry Z30, Instagram confirms advertising

10/04, 7:14am

Rogers will not carry BlackBerry Z30 over limited store space

Canadian carrier Rogers is refusing to carry the BlackBerry Z30 in stores, citing that it can only "pick what we think are the biggest winners" to display on its limited shelf space. The Globe and Mail reports that it will still stock the Z10 and Q10 smartphones, suggesting it won't be going as far as T-Mobile, but a BlackBerry spokesperson revealed that competitors Bell and Telus will sell the Z30.

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Carriers in Canada create single unified stolen phone database

10/01, 10:56am

Canadian stolen IMEI register connects with international GSMA database

A number of carriers in Canada, along with the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA), are working together on a new national blacklist of mobile phones and carrier-connected devices. The new service will prevent stolen phones listed on an international database from being used on Canadian carrier networks.

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BlackBerry Z30 hits FCC, Q10, Z10 on sale from BlackBerry itself

09/29, 8:16pm

BlackBerry smartphones in website sales supplied unlocked

BlackBerry is attempting to improve the sales of some of its smartphones by making them available directly. The manufacturer is selling the BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry Q10 through its website, with the incoming BlackBerry Z30 also being seen at the FCC ahead of its expected release on networks in Canada in the near future.

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Briefly: Moto X reaches Sprint, Roku 3 launches in Canada

09/06, 2:59pm

Moto X goes on sale through Sprint, $100 credit for number transfers

Sprint has started selling Motorola's flagship smartphone, the Moto X, on its network. Priced at $200 alongside a two-year contract, the carrier will be offering customers switching their number to Sprint a $100 instant credit off the up-front cost of the device. Though it is not launching with Moto Maker customizations, Sprint states that it will be available to its customers "in the coming months."

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Verizon still considering international expansion; Canada ruled out

09/03, 11:57am

Lowell McAdam speaks following Vodafone announcement

Verizon Wireless has reportedly left open the possibility of international expansion, though the company is no longer considering a foray into the Canadian market, according to CEO Lowell McAdam's comments during a Tuesday conference call with analysts. The company's $130 billion commitment to buy Vodafone's 45-percent stake has raised questions regarding potential expansion and other investments.

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Briefly: Nokia Lumia 1020 in Canada, Asus teases Android tablet

08/31, 9:19pm

Nokia Lumia 1020 due on Telus, Rogers in Canada in the future

The Nokia Lumia 1020 will be heading to Canadian carriers in the near future. The phone producer's Twitter feed for Canada states that the camera, complete with its 41-megapixel rear camera, will be available to buy on both Rogers and Telus soon. Launch dates and prices for each carrier were not revealed, but should be a similar cost to that of the AT&T version, namely around $300 on a two-year contract.

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Canadian government to monitor BlackBerry, will not bail out company

08/23, 10:56am

No intention of helping Canadian phone manufacturer by government

Phone manufacturer BlackBerry will not receive government assistance as it attempts to rectify its financial situation, according to a Canadian government minister. Industry Minister James Moore advised that the government is hoping BlackBerry manages to turn itself around, but it will not intervene if the company is unable to do so.

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LG G2 will land on 6 Canadian carriers, wireless charging on Verizon

08/16, 6:17am

European customers to also have G2 wireless charging via accessory

More details concerning the launch and charging of the LG G2 have been revealed. Six carriers will be offering the smartphone in Canada, while wireless charging has been touted for the Verizon variant and also for European carriers, though the version crossing the Atlantic will not have the capability built into the device.

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Verizon temporarily backs away from Wind, Mobilicity acquisitions

08/15, 11:03am

Report claims Verizon to bid in Canadian spectrum auction instead

Verizon may be putting a hold on its attempts to purchase two Canadian carriers, in favor of acquiring spectrum directly, according to a report. The American carrier, believed to be offering at least $600 million to Wind Mobile and a similar figure for Mobilicity, is now considering bidding in a Canadian government wireless spectrum auction instead.

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Apple extends adapter takeback program to UK, other countries

08/12, 4:54pm

New countries to join August 16th

Apple is extending the number of eligible countries in its USB adapter takeback program. The program began in China August 9th, and is coming to the US on August 16th. Now also joining on the 16th will be Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, and the UK.

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Apple takes out print ads for 'Designed by Apple' campaign

06/25, 12:11pm

iPhone maker saturates different media

Apple is starting to run prints ads as part of its Designed by Apple in California marketing campaign. The company has taken out a two-page ad (below) in prominent Canadian newspaper the Toronto Star, using text echoing a TV ad that premiered earlier this month at WWDC 2013. Both spots are focused on corporate branding rather than selling any specific Apple product.

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Apple announces 2013 summer filmmaking camps at Apple Stores

06/20, 2:56pm

Apple Camp registrations open in US, Canada

Apple has announced the 2013 slate of its annual Apple Camps for kids, which are hosted at Apple Stores. The focus this year is on producing a short iMovie clip using self-shot footage, with a soundtrack produced in the iPad version of GarageBand. Each workshop will stretch over three days, ending with the videos being shown at a camp film festival.

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