Former Canadian security chiefs worry about Huawei's increasing presence in Canada

Huawei was about to score a big coup by having Verizon and AT&T offer carrier versions of its Huawei Mate 10 Pro earlier this year. It was a surprise when both wireless operators decided at the last minute not to carry the high-end phone. Apparently, the U.S. government got to both companies to warn them about Huawei’s alleged ties to the Chinese government. As far back as 2012, there was talk about Huawei and ZTE products sending data to servers owned by the Chinese government.

Now, that concern has migrated north of the border according to Canada’s most widely read newspaper. The Globe …


Canadian Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ and Galaxy Note 8 owners to soon receive Oreo

The Android Oreo update is heading for the Canadian border and those in the country totin’ the Samsung Galaxy S8, Samsung Galaxy S8+ and the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. On its members app, Samsung Canada announced that the Galaxy 8 and Galaxy 8+ will receive the Android 8.0 update OTA starting on March 19th.  Those with the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will receive it on March 28th.

The most well known feature on Android 8.0 is the Picture-in-Picture capability that allows users to watch a video while still interacting with the app running in the background. Notification Channels will show, well, …

Apple explains CPU throttling to Canadian government, denies planned obsolescence

Apple has already explained to its customers why it throttled the CPU on several older units. Back in December, when it was discovered that certain iPhone models were set by Apple to run slower, the company explained that the batteries in these units were getting weaker and could not keep the phone running while working on certain complex tasks. Apple explained that it was not throttling CPU speeds as a way to force iPhone users to buy the latest models.

What ticked off iPhone users was that Apple had slipped in the software allowing it to throttle these handsets, with the update to iOS …

Man's encounter with bears is the most Canadian thing you’ll ever see

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If a bear happens to enter your yard, experts say you should attempt to scare it away with loud noises, creating a negative experience for the wild animal. This way, bears won’t lose their fear in humans, which can become incredibly dangerous. 

Jordan Cote took a more polite approach. 

“How a Canadian responds to wildlife,” Cote wrote on Facebook along with a video which shows him politely asking a mama bear and her two cubs to please move along. 

“I need you guys to go, OK?” Cote says to the three bears. When they start to walk away he thanks them, before a final sendoff.

“Hope you enjoyed my yard. Have a good day,” Cote says calmly.  Read more…

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Prototype of the unreleased Nvidia Shield Portable 2 gaming tablet found in Canadian pawn shop

Pawn shops are a bit like casinos — 99 percent of the time there’s nothing to be gained from being a patron, but that one other percent is the reason why such establishments exist in the first place. And the following story is a classic take on the old “person unknowingly buys something which turns out to be rare and valuable” story.

You may remember the Nvidia Shield Portable (also known as the Nvidia Shield before it got renamed) as one of the results of the early ’10s smartphone gaming craze that also brought us failures like the Sony Ericsson Xperia …

U.S., Canadian governments have their voice and text protected by BlackBerry's SecuSUITE

There is light at the end of the tunnel at BlackBerry headquarters in Waterloo. And no, it isn’t from an oncoming train. The company has a well received handset in the BlackBerry KEYone, it reported strong earnings for its fiscal first quarter, and its cybersecurity offering is providing more protection for the U.S. and Canadian governments. SecuSUITE for Government, a multi-platform solution designed to offer end-to-end encryption for texts and voice calls, is now a part of BlackBerry Secure.

With SecuSUITE for government on the job, federal agencies are protected from eavesdropping and …

Samsung Galaxy S8 Canadian release date allegedly confirmed

Just last week, we told you that the Samsung Galaxy S8 could be available to buy starting April 28 – a week later than previously assumed. Now, BGR reports that an important “supply chain source” confirmed this release date, though only for the Canadian market.

If the S8 is hitting shelves in Canada on April 28, it’s very likely that this is also the smartphone’s launch date for the US (via all major carriers). We’re saying this because, as you may remember, last year’s Galaxy S7 series was released on the very same day (March 11) in the US, Canada, and many other markets.

Of course, …