Stories by John Quintet

Beeper Acquired by Wordpress Owner for $125 Million

Wordpress' parent company, Automattic, has acquired messaging app Beeper, the app founded by Canadian Eric Migicovsky (remember the Pebble smartwatch?). Beeper made headlines recently for allowing a workaround for Android users to use iMessage to message Apple users, through its app Beeper Mini. This resulted in a game of cat-and-mouse with Apple, in which the...

ArriveCan App Contractor Ordered Back by MPs for Dodging Questions

Members of Parliament (MPs) aren’t too happy with primary ArriveCan app contractor Kristian Firth, a partner at GC Strategies. On Monday, MPs unanimously adopted a motion to say Firth was in contempt of Parliament for his refusal to answer specific questions during an inquiry last month into the $60 million ArriveCan app, reports CBC News....

Android ‘Find My Device’ Network Launches in Canada

Google announced today its new Find My Device network is now rolling out for Android devices, starting first in Canada and the U.S. This crowdsourced network is similar to Apple’s Find My, where existing iPhones are leveraged to find lost items quickly and securely, but in this case, leveraging over 1 billion Android devices. Google...

How to: Watch Solar Eclipse Online Livestream in Canada

Today is the day where a once-in-a-lifetime event will take place with a total solar eclipse, where the moon will pass by in front of the sun and cast its shadow (umbra) on Earth. In order to see the total solar eclipse live, you’ll need to be in a location where the path of totality...

A&W App Promo: Blue Jays Win, You Win Free Food

A&W has announced a new promotion called "Blue Jays Win, You Win," set to reward baseball fans with free A&W food throughout the 2024 MLB season. With each Toronto Blue Jays victory, fans will be able to claim an exclusive, one-day offer via the A&W app. This promo offers up to 162 chances for fans...

Feds to Spend $2.4 Billion to Boost Artificial Intelligence Sector

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Sunday a whopping $2.4 billion investment plan from the upcoming 2024 Budget to enhance Canada's position in artificial intelligence. The 2024 Budget will be revealed on April 16. The plan looks to stimulate job creation within the AI industry, helping the development and adoption of AI technologies, and to...

Apple Now Allows Retro Game Emulators in the App Store

Apple introduced some major changes to its App Review Guidelines, now allowing game emulators for the first time globally, plus allowing music streaming apps to link to external purchases for those in the EU, as part of the the company adhering to the Digital Markets Act. 9to5Mac first reported the changes, which were confirmed to...

Bell Cuts PVR Storage: Recordings to Delete After 60 Days

Bell isn’t just making job cuts, but it’s also slashing PVR storage for Bell Fibe TV customers. Starting on May 1, cloud-based PVR TV storage will see recordings automatically deleted after 60 days. Previously, the storage duration for recordings was 365 days. This means if you have PVR recordings scheduled to record, and you happen...

Cypher 007 on Apple Arcade Gets Another Big Update

The James Bond game Cypher 007 that’s available exclusively on Apple Arcade has received a new update, according to the developers in an email to iPhone in Canada. Update 1.3 brings new chapters, characters, missions, and more achievements for players to unlock, alongside new outfits inspired by classic James Bond films such as "Casino Royale,"...

Apple Fallout: 600+ Jobs Cut After Car, Watch Display Projects Axed

Apple recently axed its $1 billion self-driving electric car project, along with an in-house team that was to make its own Apple Watch displays. Now, we have numbers on just how many jobs were cut, as reported by Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman. Over 600 employees were laid off by Apple in California, according to eight separate...

Disney+ Password Sharing Crackdown Starts in June: CEO

Looks like your password sharing days with family and friends on Disney+ are coming to an end this summer, according to the company’s CEO Bob Iger. Speaking with CNBC on Thursday, Iger said a password sharing crackdown will begin in June, in select countries, ahead of a wider lockdown in September. The move falls in...