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July 6, 2018 9:05 PM Netflix testing higher-priced ‘Ultra’ plans

However, the company said in a statement given to USA Today: “We continuously test new things at Netflix and these tests typically vary in length of time. In this case, we are testing slightly different price points and features to better understand how consumers value Netflix. Not everyone will see this test and we may not ever offer the specific price 28

July 5, 2018 5:03 PM App traps: how cheap smartphones help themselves to user data

Upstream Systems, a London-based mobile commerce and security firm that uncovered the GMobi app’s activity and shared it exclusively with the Journal, says it bought four new devices that, once activated, began sending data to GMobi via its firmware-updating app. This included 15-digit International Mobile Equipment Identification, or IMEI, numbers 60

June 27, 2018 7:06 PM Japanese spacecraft arrives at asteroid to collect samples

The first touchdown is planned for September or October. Before the final touchdown, scheduled for April or May, Hayabusa2 will send out a squat cylinder that will detonate above the asteroid, shooting a 2-kilogram copper projectile into it at high speed to make a crater. Hayabusa2 will hide on the other side of the asteroid to protect itself during 13

June 20, 2018 7:20 PM Instagram unveils new video service in challenge to YouTube

Instagram moving further from its roots as a photo-sharing service as it dives into longer-form video Facebook's Instagram service is loosening its restraints on video in an attempt to lure younger viewers away from YouTube when they're looking for something to watch on their smartphones. The expansion announced Wednesday, dubbed IGTV, will increase 28

June 19, 2018 1:27 PM Indian authorities break up police test-cheating gang

Those arrested included so-called “solvers” — people paid to take a test for someone else — and agents who represent them. Police also seized small listening devices, designed to be worn inside the ear, so that answers could be dictated to test-takers. In some cases, police said cheaters would take photos of the tests and message them to people waiting 9

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 13

April 20, 2018 1:04 PM Pump prices, airline tickets help propel Canada’s inflation rate to 2.3%

OTTAWA — Canada’s annual inflation rate continued creeping higher last month to hit 2.3 per cent. The March figure from Statistics Canada shows the pace of inflation inched a little farther past the midpoint of the central bank’s ideal range of between one and three per cent. By comparison, inflation was 2.2 per cent in February and 1.7 per cent in January 21

March 30, 2018 2:57 PM 1 in 4 anglophone Canadians have cut the cord on TV, survey suggests

One in four anglophone Canadians have cut the cord and no longer pay for a traditional TV service, while just over half are Netflix users, a report by the Media Technology Monitor suggests. Based on telephone surveys with 4,156 Canadians conducted by Forum Research Inc. between Sept. 27, 2017 and Dec. 8, 2017, 73 per cent of respondents said they had a TV subscription 20

March 13, 2018 1:17 AM TTC internal report on fare evasion raises red flags over lost revenue

“We acknowledge there are areas in the system that are at risk of fare evasion,” he said, “but we stand by the public statements we have made” about policies such as all-door streetcar boarding. The agency has said it has no evidence the new rules have contributed to increased fare evasion. Ross added the agency is working with Metrolinx, the provincial 35

March 3, 2018 11:51 PM Woman wins Keys conch-blowing contest; accepts proposal

KEY WEST, Fla.—A Florida retiree has won the women’s division in Key West’s annual Conch Shell Blowing Contest — and accepted a marriage proposal from a fellow competitor. Seventy-year-old Mary Lou Smith impressed the judges Saturday with long blasts on the fluted, pink-lined shell. And when Rick Race, 73, proposed on stage, she accepted by joining him in a joyous 23