Top Canadian mobile stories from the past week

Every week we bring you the latest in Canadian mobile news. Listed below is a quick overview of the top stories from the past seven days.
Federal government invests $2.2 million to connect rural Ontario communitiesCRTC sets final wholesale rates for access to high-speed broadband networksWalmart and Instacart rollout its on-demand delivery service across CanadaTelus ranks highest in latest OpenSignal mobile experience reportStarbucks Canada and Uber Eats delivery service now live in CanadaCapital One hit with potential $600 million class-action lawsuit following data breachGreen Party of Canada pledges for affordable cellphone, internet pricesTelus launches Home Assistant for Optik TV customersMontreal now permits e-scooter use, with heavy restrictionsShopify’s new native chat feature helps merchants and customers connectMobileSyrup Back-to-school Gift Guide [2019 Edition]Bell plans to use AI to block fraud and spam callsKoodo offering some customers $70/15GB, $75/20GB plansSonos might..

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Iceland commemorates first glacier lost to climate change

Iceland on Sunday honours the passing of Okjokull, its first glacier lost to climate change, as scientists warn that some 400 others on the subarctic island risk the same fate.

A bronze plaque will be unveiled in a ceremony starting around 1400 GMT to mark Okjokull — which translates to “Ok glacier” — in the west of Iceland, in the presence of local researchers and their peers at Rice University in the United States, who initiated the project.

Iceland's Prime Minister Katrin Jakobsdottir, Environment Minister Gudmundur Ingi Gudbrandsson, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson are also due to attend the event.

“This will be the first monument to a glacier lost to climate change anywhere in the world,” Cymene Howe, associate professor of anthropology at Rice University, said in July.

The plaque bears the inscription “A letter to the future,” and is intended to raise awareness about the decline of glaciers and the effects of climate change.
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Telus email outage stretches into 3rd day, and customers say this is ‘intolerable’

– A A + For three days, Telus customers have complained of an outage that has affected the company’s email services.
Telus has offered reassurances that most of its customers can access their email now.
But complaints continue to pour in to the company’s support page on Twitter. And at least one business owner said the manner in which the corporation has communicated is “intolerable.”
WATCH: Nov. 28, 2017 — Complaints about Canadian telecom companies up
In a statement to Global News on Saturday afternoon, Telus said hundreds of team members, including technicians, are working to restore access to email.
“This is a fluid situation, and we are doing everything we can to stabilize all servers as we bring our final customers back online,” said Tony Geheran, Telus’ chief customer officer.
“Unfortunately, the issues with the remaining servers are very complex, which is why this is taking much longer than we would like. We know that our..

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Man or machine? Robot bartender goes head-to-head with humans

We’ve got robots that can vacuum our floors, robots that can pull up a recipe or the perfect song with a voice command, and even robot security guards.

Now, a robot can mix you a cocktail if you’re too tired to do it yourself.

But is it better than a good old-fashioned, flesh-and-blood bartender?

Makr Shakr is the company behind the new robot bartender, but the elegant white machine goes by “Toni.”

“(Toni) can crush ice, he can put lime, lemon, white and brown sugar and (up to) 200 ingredients, different ingredients, in order to create a new cocktail,” said Lorenzo Risitano, project manager for Makr Shakr.

Toni’s setup includes two white mechanical arms that can grasp cups and shakers, and an overhanging ceiling covered in colour-coded bottles of spirits. The six-axis arms can swivel in every direction and are waterproof, according to Makr Shakr’s website, and there are 158 bottles mounted on the overhang.

To create a drink, Toni’s arm raises a shaker to the ceiling for noz..

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Streaming in Canada this week on Amazon Prime Video, Crave and Netflix [August 12 — 18]

Every week, MobileSyrup goes over some of the most notable movies and TV shows to recently hit Canadian streaming platforms.
Typically, this column focuses on content from Amazon Prime Video Canada, Crave and Netflix Canada, although other streaming services may be mentioned when relevant.
Shows or movies that are made in Canada, involve notable Canadian cast or crew or are filmed in Canada will also be highlighted.
Amazon Prime VideoJim Gaffigan: Quality Time
Amazon’s first-ever original comedy special features Grammy-nominated comedian Jim Gaffigan. In Quality Time, Gaffigan muses on everything from horses and dog birthdays to travelling and museums.
Amazon Prime Video Canada release date: August 16th, 2019
Runtime: 1 hour, 15 minutes
Stream Jim Gaffigan: Quality Time here.
The full list of movies and shows hitting Amazon Prime Video Canada this month can be found here.
CraveAlternate Endings: Six New Ways to Die in America
This new HBO documentary highlights a sensitive but importan..

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Trade rules debated to halt ‘unprecedented’ species declines

Conservationists warned of “unprecedented” species declines Saturday as countries met in Geneva to tighten rules on trade in elephant ivory and products from other endangered animal and plants.

Thousands of conservationists and policymakers from more than 180 countries will meet for 12 days to evaluate regulations and species protection listings under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).

“Business as usual is no longer an option,” CITES Secretary General Ivonne Higuero said at the start of the meeting, warning that “nature's dangerous decline is unprecedented.”

The treaty, created more than four decades ago, regulates trade in over 35,000 species of plants and animals and contains mechanisms to help crack down on illegal trade and sanction countries that break the rules.

The sense of urgency was palpable at the conference, which will evaluate 56 proposed changes to protection listings, for species of large mammals like elephants, rhinos and ..

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Ikea turns its smart home products into its own division within the company

The Swedish furniture company Ikea is cementing its smart home products as a future part of its company with the Ikea Home Smart business unit.
While the company has been making smart home products for a while, but now it’s committed and plans to accelerate its plans.
There’s no mention in the company’s blog post what precisely this means, but it seems likely that we’ll start to see a lot more smart home products from Ikea.
“We have decided to invest significantly in Home Smart across IKEA to fast-forward the development. This is the biggest New Business we are establishing since the introduction of Children’s IKEA,” says Peter van der Poel, Manager IKEA Range & Supply.
Currently, Ikea offers a selection of smart lights, wireless chargers, smart plugs, and recently it’s partnered with Sonos to make Wi-Fi-enabled speakers.
Ikea is also supposed to be launching a series of smart blinds.
Source: Ikea
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Sonos’ first portable Bluetooth speaker leaks in product images

It looks like Sonos is about to release a portable speaker with Bluetooth and a charging base for your home called the Sonos Move.
Sonos is known for making high-end wireless audio solutions that connect to one another and play music via Wi-Fi. This new speaker looks to be a combination of the company’s traditional functionality and Bluetooth, according to WinFuture.
There isn’t a lot of concrete details in the leak, but some of the hardware is shown off in the pictures.
Overall the speaker looks very similar to a Sonos One speaker but has a few differences. It seems like the new speaker has a tighter grill, a more extensive base along the bottom and a recessed handle on the back so it can be carried.
On the top, it looks like the speaker still has the same six microphone array that’s on the Sonos One so it should have smart speaker capabilities too.
The most interesting addition is what looks like some kind of charging base. Since the speaker is portable and can work in the home like..

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Cyberattacks targeting students on the rise: Here’s how to protect your data

Cyberattacks targeting post-secondary students are becoming increasingly common, but new research shows only 15 per cent of Canadian students have taken extra steps to protect their online data.

According to research from cybersecurity firm McAfee, publically disclosed cyberattacks targeting the education sector increased 50 per cent year-over-year in the first quarter of 2019.

But of the 1,000 students surveyed by McAfee, only 15 per cent admitted to taking extra steps to protect their personal academic data online – while over 70 per cent proactively protected their bank of financial information.

“It is crucial that students, parents and educational institutions are more thorough and proactive about protecting what matters to them – and students’ futures,” Gary Davis, McAfee’s chief consumer security analyst, said in a release.

“It is equally important that we educate students about cyber safety, after all, nearly half of college students are unaware of the likelihood that th..

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Leak suggests upcoming Apple Watch to have titanium and ceramic shells

A new software leak suggests that Apple is preparing to release two new versions of the Apple Watch Series 4. One with a Ceramic Case and another in titanium.
The publication iHelp BR, who found out that Apple is likely holding its fall iPhone event on September 10th, discovered this leak.
It found the Apple Watch startup files within the most recent WatchOS 6 beta and two new files say that the watch will launch with both a ceramic and titanium case.
This wouldn’t be the first time that Apple has used ceramic. The Apple Watch Series 2 and Series 3 Edition tiers were made out of the more durable material but cost over a thousand dollars. The base-level watch currently costs $519 in Canada.
There’s no real basis to find out how much Apple may charge for the titanium option.
One interesting thing is that iHelp BR found these files inside of the OS intended for the Apple Watch Series 4, suggesting that there might not be a new Series this year and instead just new case options for the Ser..

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Do you care about the 3.5mm headphone jack?

We’re inching closer to the end people. The Note 10 and 10+ are on the cusp of being released to the public, and it recently dropped the headphone jack.
This adds another phone to the growing pile of devices without a headphone jack. Samsung used to be the stronghold on headphone jacks since all of its flagships still featured the legacy headphone port.
Does the Note 10-series dropping the port suggest that the Korean company is moving away from the headphone jack? Hopefully not, but it could be the beginning of the end.
That leads us to question if we need the headphone jack anymore? Sure, it’s nice to have, but once you get a set of wireless headphones, it’s easy to forget about it.
So let us know in the comments how you feel about the headphone jack being gone from the Note 10 and if you still have a phone with a 3.5mm port.
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