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Canadians can buy Google Home Hubs from third-party sellers on Amazon

Assistant-powered smart displays are shaping up to be the next big thing, but if you’re not into the Lenovo Smart Display or the JBL Link View, you’re out of luck in Canada.
Getting other smart displays, like Google’s Home Hub, can be an exercise in frustration, not to mention costly. You’d have to go through something like Kijiji, where sellers often increase the price, or order it from the U.S. since the device is not officially available in Canada. However, a RedFlagDeals user may have found a better way.
According to user ‘remik,’ you can order the Home Hub through Amazon Canada for about $150. This price fluctuates, but typically it stays in this range.
‘Classy Outfit’ sells the Hub, but the order is fulfilled by Amazon, meaning its eligible for Prime shipping and Amazon’s better return policy. Further, remik says Classy Outfit is the only third-party Home Hub seller not charging sales tax.
There are other third-party sellers, but remik says they charge sales tax based on where in..

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Alberta residents get unlimited access to RBdigital audiobooks app

Residents in Alberta now have unlimited access to thousands of audiobooks via the RBdigital app.
According to a press release, the Alberta Municipal Affairs Public Library Services branch has added the app to its province-wide offering.
The app, which is available both on iOS and Android devices, offers thousands of audiobooks.
“The fastest-growing segment in publishing is audiobooks, seeing a 20-30 percent growth over the last few years,” said Jim Schmidt, senior vice-president of library sales for Recorded Books, an independent publisher of audiobooks. The company owns the RBdigital app.
“With limited library staffing and budgets, it’s difficult for libraries to keep up with the demand for digital media. Unlimited-access audiobooks from RBdigital can help libraries provide a better patron experience by eliminating holds, while driving down the library’s cost per circulation,” he noted.
Alberta residents will be able to access the app free through their local library, the release said..

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Shiny Meltan will be available in Mystery Boxes for a limited time

While Pokémon Go players don’t have access to all of the pocket monsters within the Pokémon world, there is a special Pokémon only available in the mobile game, Meltan.
Niantic announced that the shiny version of Meltan will be available from April 24th at 4pm ET/1pm PT/ to Sunday, May 5th 4pm ET/1pm PT.
In order to catch a Shiny Meltan you need to open a Mystery Box, which players can get by sending a Pokémon from Pokémon Go to Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu or Let’s Go Eevee.
Also starting April 24th at 4pm ET/1pm PT players can open Mystery Boxes once ever three days, which should make it easier to get a Meltan.
Source: Niantic
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Bell brings wireless broadband internet to Muskoka and Haliburton County

Bell is expanding its broadband Wireless Home Internet service to several communities in the District Municipality of Muskoka and Haliburton County.
Currently, Wireless Home Internet is available to residents in Bracebridge, Dorset, Gravenhurst, Port Sandfield and Windermere. Now, service will be expanded to other communities in the region, such as Bala, Baysville, Brackenrig, Carnarvon, Dwight, Honey Harbour, Huntsville, Milford Bay and Minden.
Bell technicians install Wireless Home Internet service by placing a small antenna outside a customer’s home that connects to Bell’s LTE network. Additionally, customers receive the advanced Bell Home Hub modem, which provides high-speed Wi-Fi throughout the home.
“We’re pleased to extend Bell’s innovative Wireless Home Internet service to year-round and seasonal residents alike in Ontario’s cottage country, part of our extensive campaign to bring broadband Internet access to smaller towns and rural communities,” said Rizwan Jamal, President of..

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Tesla is still burning through cash, but it predicted this: Q1 2019 report

Tesla began its first-quarter 2019 earnings report by hyping up how many Model 3s it’s still selling, but after that, things got a little dicier.
The company did share that it doesn’t build the Model 3 to order and instead manufactures them in batches depending on trim level and region. Since the first quarter of 2019 was the first time the automaker started selling vehicles overseas, it faced “challenges in ramping up [its] logistics channels and increasing the capacity of [its] international delivery operations.
This is a slightly more detailed reason why it shipped fewer cars last quarter than Q4 2018.
When it gets into the money side of things Tesla’s net loss was $702 million USD (roughly, 947 million CAD). To make matters worse, the company doesn’t expect to make another profit until the third quarter of the year — Tesla’s last profitable quarters were in the latter half of 2018.
The company is still maintaining its overall goal to deliver 360,000 to 400,000 vehicles throughout ..

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Tesla shows off car with no steering wheel

As Tesla nears a fully self-driving future, the company has revealed what its vehicles will look like without a steering wheel.
Tesla shared its vision for an autonomous vehicle future on Monday, and during that presentation Elon Musk, the company’s CEO, talked about Tesla vehicles that can’t be controlled by humans
Musk predicts that once humans get used to the idea of cars that can drive themselves he thinks that we’ll request vehicles without steering wheels since human drivers will likely be more dangerous than vehicles with sensors and cameras pointed in all directions.
This raises an interesting point: humans are definitely unpredictable, but will we ever get to a point where we can trust computers enough? Sure, when computers work optimally, they’re able to see more and react quicker than a human, but what happens when they fail? Lousy weather, software and hardware malfunctions are all variables that need to be taken into account when we think about this future.
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Nintendo’s often-rumoured cheaper Switch could launch this June

It looks like Nintendo’s often-rumoured cheaper Nintendo Switch could be set to launch this June, according to a recent report from Bloomberg that backs up earlier rumours.
Although it’s still unclear what exactly will be changed about the console to make it cheaper, it’s possible the home console-portable hybrid system could feature a smaller display and lack the ability to connect to a television.
Dropping a more affordable version of a console has become an expected strategy for Nintendo. For example, when 3DS sales began to lag, Nintendo released the 2DS, a version of the handheld system that features a modified design and a lack of 3D functionality.
Bloomberg goes on to state that Nintendo also still plans to release a “modest upgrade” to the Switch later this year. The system is reported to feature “enhanced features targeted at avid video gamers,” according to a The Wall Street Journal report from earlier this month.
Though this sounds similar to the strategy surrounding the ‘Ne..

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Facebook now has 2.38 billion monthly active users but faces $5 billion fine

Facebook beat revenue and monthly active user (MAU) forecasts during the first quarter of 2019, the company revealed in its first quarter 2019 earnings report.
While Facebook’s daily active user (DAU) count remained static at 1.56 billion, the social network’s number of MAU rose to 2.38 billion, above the 2.37 billion that were forecast. Of these 2.38 billion users, 186 million are in the U.S. and Canada. This is a figure that did not change during Q1, said Facebook.
Additionally, Facebook posted $15.08 billion USD (about $20.4 billion CAD) in revenue, compared to industry estimates of $14.98 billion USD (roughly $20.2 billion CAD). Specifically, Facebook says its average revenue per user has reached $6.42 USD ($8.66 CAD), up 16 percent from $5.53 USD ($7.46 CAD) a year ago.
“We had a good quarter and our business and community continue to grow,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a statement. “We are focused on building out our privacy-focused vision for the future of social network..

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You can finally use Google Fit on iOS with your Apple Watch

If you’re a die-hard Google fan but have an iOS device like an iPhone or iPad, you can now download and use the Google Fit app.
Not only will it work with iOS but you can use data from the Apple’s Health app. This means that all of the workouts and steps that your Apple Watch records will count towards your Google Fit ‘Move Minutes’ and ‘Heart Points.’
Move Minutes and Heart Points are Google Fit’s metrics for tracking your activity throughout the day. The concept is pretty simple — the more you move, the more Move Minutes you’ll get. Whenever you do something intense like a workout, you start to rack up Heart Points.
Google recommends metrics based on the American Health Association and the World Health Association’s suggested amounts of daily physical activity, but users can go in and raise or lower their goals depending on how active they are.
The app also syncs with a ton of other fitness apps like the Nike Run Club, Headspace, Daily Yoga and more to gather as much data as possible..

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Azure, Office carry Microsoft’s third quarter 2019 earnings ahead of estimates

Microsoft released its earnings for its third quarter ending March 31st, and it beat Wall Street expectations.
Reuters says the company’s total revenue rose by 14 percent. According to IBES data from Refinitiv, total revenue came in at $30.57 billion USD (about $41.24 billion CAD), beating analysts’ average estimate of $29.84 billion USD (roughly $40.26 billion CAD).
Further, Reuters says Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing unit, as well as its Office subscription software, fueled the growth.
Net income rose to $8.81 billion USD (approximately$11.89 billion CAD) from $7.42 billion USD (about $10.01 billion CAD) last year.
Interestingly, Microsoft’s Personal Computing segment was up 8 percent to $10.7 billion USD (roughly $14.44 billion CAD). This includes Windows commercial revenue, which jumped 18 percent, a 21 percent increase in Surface revenue and a five percent jump in gaming revenue.
Source: Reuters, Venture Beat
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Google I/O 2019 app gets dark mode, AR and calendar integration update

With Google I/O 2019 is less than two weeks away, it appears the tech giant has launched a new version of the I/O 2019 app.
The app includes a new dark mode now within the settings menu. Users can toggle the feature on/off or have it auto enable with the device’s ‘Battery Saver’ mode.
The app now has calendar integration allowing attendees to add sessions to their calendar, and not only within the app. Additionally, there’s an improved search functionality that works with both topics and speakers.
For attendees, they can view the Googleplex with augmented reality. However, it’s likely that the handset will require ARCore.
The app is now available on the Play Store. Google is holding I/O 2019 from May 7th to 9th in Mountain View, California.
Source: Android Police
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Motorola G7 Play now available at Bell, Rogers, Virgin Mobile and Fido

After a brief stint of exclusivity at Vidéotron, the Moto G7 Play is now more widely available with two of Canada’s ‘big three’ carriers stocking the device.
At Bell, Motorola’s latest entry-level smartphone is $0 on a two-year $25 per month rate plan. The carrier is also offering the device for $250 outright. At flanker brand Virgin Mobile, the G7 Play starts at $0 on a two-year, $45 per month, ‘Silver’ plan.
Rogers and flanker brand Fido are also carrying the device.
At Rogers, the Moto G7 starts at $0 on a two-year, $25 per month ‘Talk & Text’ plan. Adding data to the mix is available via one of Rogers’ Smart Tab plans. The most affordable Smart Tab plan starts at $95 per month and includes 3GB of data (1GB to start, plus 2GB of bonus data).
At Fido, meanwhile, the G7 Play costs $50 on a two-year Small plan. The company’s Pulse plans, which include access to Fido Roam and the carrier’s Xtra promotions, start at $65 per month. Fido is currently holding a double data promotion in whic..

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