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September 21, 2018 3:39 PM Amazon’s new microwave: ‘Alexa, please defrost my chicken’

SEATTLE—In a bid to control the smart home of the future, Amazon.com Inc. is offering makers of electronics a small chip that would let people use their voice to command everything from microwaves and coffee machines to room fans and guitar amplifiers. The online retail giant is hoping big manufacturers will sign up to incorporate the Alexa-enabled chips 19

September 14, 2018 7:11 PM Trump wants $200 billion in China tariffs despite talks, sources say

U.S. President Donald Trump instructed aides on Thursday to proceed with tariffs on about $200 billion more in Chinese products despite his Treasury secretary’s attempt to restart talks with Beijing to resolve the trade war, according to four people familiar with the matter. But an announcement of the new round of tariffs has been delayed as the administration 17

September 12, 2018 1:24 PM Got $1,500? Apple shows off its most expensive iPhone yet

CUPERTINO, CALIF.—Apple unveiled three new iPhones on Wednesday, including its biggest and most expensive model yet, as the company seeks to widen the product’s appeal amid slowing sales. CEO Tim Cook showed off the Apple XS, which has a bigger screen than the one on last year’s dramatically designed model , the iPhone X. It’ll cost about $1,000. A bigger 18

July 30, 2018 7:40 PM 50 years on, McDonald’s isn’t messing with its Big Mac

McDonald’s agreed to let Delligatti sell the sandwich at a single location, on the condition that he use the company’s standard bun. It didn’t work. Delligatti tried a bigger sesame seed bun, and the burger soon lifted sales by more than 12 per cent. After similar results at more stores, the Big Mac was added to the national menu in 1968. Other ideas 26

June 15, 2018 5:46 PM Apple announces multi-year content deal with Oprah Winfrey

Apple says the programs will be released worldwide as part of a lineup of original content Apple says it has reached a multi-year deal with Oprah Winfrey to create original programs for its streaming service. Apple said Friday the programs will be released worldwide as part of a lineup of original content. Apple has yet to launch its service, whose major 33

June 8, 2018 10:19 PM G7 menu features local Quebec ingredients, ‘cedar snowball’ and caribou moss

LA MALBAIE, QUE.—The world leaders and dignitaries assembled for the G7 summit in La Malbaie will be dining on a few local specialties including Charlevoix duck and quail eggs — along with Canadian maple leaves and a lichen called caribou moss. The three meals hosted by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau draw heavily on ingredients from the host region, including 19

June 5, 2018 8:44 PM Federal panel to review broadcasting rules for the internet era

OTTAWA — A federal review into Canada’s broadcasting and telecommunications laws will examine the “disruptive and dramatic change” facing media industries — and what that change means for the country’s democratic institutions. The Liberals government announced Tuesday that it will launch a wide-ranging, 18-month review into Canada’s broadcasting and telecommunications 27

June 4, 2018 7:53 PM Apple announces anti-addiction features for iPhones

The most notable enhancement is called “Screen Time,” an activity report showing how much time you’re spending inside of individual apps, how often you pick up your phone and which apps are sending you the most notifications. People can set time limits on specific apps and get alerts reminding them to stop using that software as the limit approaches 19

May 18, 2018 2:06 PM YouTube picks Toronto-raised Jessie Reyez to launch new marketing blitz platform

YouTube says it will launch a marketing campaign for each Artist on the Rise that includes commercial spots before YouTube videos, physical advertisements on billboards and public transit, and clips about the artist produced by the streaming company. Each chosen performer will also appear in ads on social media and in-person for fan events held at YouTube’s 34

May 17, 2018 7:16 PM YouTube to launch new music streaming service

YouTube Music launches in United States, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and South Korea on May 22 Google's YouTube will launch a music streaming service next week, it said on Thursday, looking to use its popular internet video brand to tap the growing market for paid music streaming. YouTube Music, which will offer both ad-supported and $9.99 US-per-month 27