Apple Watch Series 4 ECG app now available in Canada

The Apple Watch Series 4’s ECG (electrocardiogram) feature is finally available in Canada.
The ECG app and atrial fibrillation (AFib) feature launched in the U.S. alongside the release of the Series 4 back in late September, but the functionality is only now making its way to Canada.
Starting Monday, July 22nd, the Series 4’s ECG app and irregular heart rhythm notifications will be available as part of a free watchOS 5.3 update. Both of these features help Apple Watch users identify the signs of atrial fibrillation, a common form of irregular heart rhythm.
The ECG app gives users the ability to take an electrocardiogram directly from their wrist. This health data can then be provided to physicians to attain a more accurate diagnosis, according to Apple.
Electrodes built into the back crystal and ‘Digital Crown’ of the Series 4 power the ECG app, creating a closed circuit in the wearer’s body.
The feature is capable of detecting an irregular heart rhythm in 30 seconds, indicating whethe..

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Knotel joins drove of workspace providers expanding to Canada

New-York based Proptech company Knotel, which provides flexible office spaces for enterprise companies, will be opening new locations in Toronto, BetaKit has learned. The locations represent Knotel’s first expansion into Canada.

“Unlike competitors in the flexible office industry, Knotel has always focused on…flexible office solutions to enterprise.”

Knotel is arguably a challenger to other workspace providers already operating in the city, including the likes of Breather, Spaces, and WeWork. Breather, a Montreal-based Narwhal, provides flexible workspace on an hourly, daily, or monthly basis. This year, Breather announced two new leases for a collective 10,200 square feet of private working space in Toronto.

In October, Breather also launched Breather Offices, an expansion of its flexible space service, specifically designed for companies looking for occupancy periods of a month or more, conceivably quite similar to Knotel’s offering, which provides tailored office space for compan..

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Equifax to pay up to $700M to U.S. over 2017 data breach

– A A + Equifax will pay up to $700 million to settle with the U.S. and states over a 2017 data breach that exposed Social Security numbers and other private information of nearly 150 million people.
The settlement with the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Federal Trade Commission, as well as 48 states and the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, would provide up to $425 million in monetary relief to consumers, a $100 million civil money penalty, and other relief.
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The breach was one of the largest ever to threaten the private information. The consumer reporting agency, based in Atlanta, did not detect the attack for more than six weeks. The compromised data included Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses, driver license numbers, credit card numbers and in some cases, data from passports.
Affected consumers may be eli..

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Canadian startup news of the week (07/21/19)

Welcome to BetaKit’s startup stories of the week! Here, you will find the week’s most important news, features, and editorials published on BetaKit. If you prefer this update hit your inbox every week, make sure to subscribe to the BetaKit Newsletter using the form at the bottom of this page.

Top Stories of the Week

Ontario accelerators in flux after government lapses on CLA program funding
Sources have indicated to BetaKit that public money for CLAs has run dry, with no plans from the province to renew or supplement.

New data on Montreal startup ecosystem shows need for investments in scaling, capital
In this year’s Startup Genome Global Startup Ecosystem Report, Montreal fell just short of a coveted top 30 spot.

Impact Centre updates Narwhal List to reflect 2019’s big rounds, exits
University of Toronto’s Impact Centre has updated its 2019 Narwhal List, a report that highlights Canada’s fastest scaling private tech companies.

Rob Maurin wants to replicate Wave's success at ..

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SSi Micro partners with Rogers to offer roaming services for customers

Wireless broadband internet service provider SSi Micro has entered an agreement with Rogers to provide roaming services to customers who travel to other parts of the country.
This means those customers will now be able to roam on Rogers’ wireless network when they travel Canada-wide.
SSi is headquartered in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories and provides remote-area connectivity in Canada’s North. It was the first company to launch broadband services in all 25 Nunavut communities.
Its customers will be able to use this service by maintaining their plan’s minutes and data with no additional roaming fees.
“Our customers deserve the best possible service, whether at home, at work, or travelling outside Nunavut,” said Jeff Phillipp, founder and CEO of SSi. “As the only network operator with coverage in all 25 communities, SSi Mobile is growing quickly in numbers and popularity with consumers. This partnership with Rogers adds another level of excellence, ensuring the highest quality roamin..

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HeadCheck Health brings digital concussion platform to CFL

Vancouver-based HeadCheck Health is partnering with the Canadian Football League (CFL) to bring teams a new digital concussion platform, aimed to help execute and monitor the effectiveness of the CFL’s concussion protocol.

“”We’re excited to… showcase our ability to make a difference in player safety.”

The partnership will see the nine CFL teams use HeadCheck’s platform to complete baseline, sideline, and post-injury concussion evaluations for players. Medical staff will also obtain access to a player’s concussion history, and use similar data to conduct sideline or post-injury concussion assessments to improve decision-making in potential injury scenarios.

“We’re delighted to partner with HeadCheck as part of our ongoing commitment to player health and safety,” said Kevin McDonald, vice president of the CFL’s football operations and player safety. “Their application streamlines our record-keeping, and that’s an important element of consistent and comprehensive care. Our medical an..

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Google Canada once again slashes Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL by $250

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Google Canada has once again dropped the price of the Pixel 3 and 3 XL for a limited time.
Similar to so many other promos for this Android-powered smartphone, Google notes that these $250 savings are available now “until July 27, 2019 at 11:59pm PT, while supplies last and subject to availability.”
Here’s the complete pricing for both models:
64GB Pixel 3 is $749 CAD from $999128GB Pixel 3 is $879 from $1,12964GB Pixel 3 XL is $879 from $1,129128GB variant Pixel 3 XL is $1,009 from $1,259The Pixel 3 has a 5.5-inch display with a 1,080 x 2,160-pixel resolution, 4GB of RAM, dual front-firing stereo speakers, a Snapdragon 845 processor and comes in ‘Clearly White,’ ‘Just Black’ and ‘Not Pink.’ The larger 6.3-inch Pixel 3 XL features a 1,440 x 2,960-pixel resolution display, a Snapdragon 845 processor..

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S|W: The SaaS Weekly – Wattpad’s making money moves

The SaaS Weekly is a weekly newsletter covering major SaaS news from Canada and around the globe.

Subscribe to S|W using the form at the bottom of this page to ensure you don’t miss out on the most important SaaS news every week!

Wattpad launches monetization model globally
Toronto-based Wattpad has announced that two of its monetization initiatives, Wattpad Paid Stories and Wattpad Premium, are now available to all of its users.

On a growth tear, work trip SaaS TravelPerk adds $60M to its Series C
Investors increasing the size of their Series C commitment are Kinnevik, partners of DST Global, Target Global, Felix Capital, Sunstone, and LocalGlobe.

Microsoft gets boost in SaaS revenue and pushes Teams platform
It is still a long way behind AWS, but the Microsoft cloud is the company’s big money-maker. It is also seeing Teams establish itself as a platform.

Rival Technologies raises first financing round totalling $8.5 million CAD
Rival Technologies, a voice, video, and chat market..

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Here are the changes to Canadian carrier rate plans this week [July 22 – July 28]

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 latest weekly rate plan deals. You can also check out our MobileSyrup’s rate plan calculator for details on plans, as well as to find the right plan for you.
Keep in mind that rate plans are always subject to change and that we’ll do our best to keep this list updated as accurately as possible.
Canadian carrier rate plan changes this week7-Eleven SpeakoutNew
Free SIM & $25 Top Up Bonus with $100 Top up purchase$20 off any phone with $50+ Top up voucherBellNew
Remove Unlimited Local calling option in Manitoba & SaskatchewanOngoing
$10/mo. off Unlimited plans in Manitoba & SaskatchewanDouble data on 3GB, 5GB and 7GB data options (Main regions)4GB bonus data on data options up to 6..

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Messages gets new icons, transparent navigation bar in server-side update

Google has pushed out a few small stealth updates that subtly tweak the look of icons and other aspects of its Messages app.
Primarily, the changes bring the iconography more in line with the style in Android Q, but Android Police notes that Messages now supports a transparent navigation bar as well. The latter piece is related to the new gestures in Android Q, but it isn’t clear when Google implemented the change.
For the iconography, the main changes apply to the ‘attachment’ and ‘photos’ buttons. Both are now outlines, similar to how Android Q does its iconography.
Additionally, the text entry field also features an outline around it, instead of being a single solid colour like before. The send button is also an outline now. Interestingly, the new text entry field says ‘Chat message’ where the old style says ‘Text message.’ While it seems like an indicator of RCS, Android Police reports that the presence of Google’s messaging service makes no difference to this.
However, the change ..

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