Hurricane Florence victims will receive free telecom services

According to telecompaper, wireless and prepaid customers of AT&T and Verizon who live in the areas most impacted by Hurricane Florence will be receiving free services from their carrier. This will mostly apply to customers living in the Carolinas. AT&T will be providing unlimited talk, text, and data for its impacted customers. Likewise, Verizon will be giving free talk, text, and data to its customers effected by the storm. Both carriers have also lifted speed caps and restrictions for first responders in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. This small but crucial act could be lifesaving, and shows just how

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Amazon expands Whole Foods delivery to ten more cities

Last year, Amazon acquired Whole Foods and began its journey towards adding another facet to its shipping and e-commerce empire: food sales. Since the purchase, Amazon has been working to expand food delivery to Prime subscribers. Whole Foods Prime Delivery was available across 28 cities, but now Prime subscribers in Charlotte, Las Vegas, Memphis, Nashville, New Orleans, Oklahoma City, Phoenix, Raleigh, Seattle, and Tucson have the option available. Prime subscribers can “opt for free, two-hour deliveries between 8am and 10pm each day.” New York City, Los Angeles, and the Dallas/Fort Worth area have already been in the Whole Foods Prime

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Rural Ontarians want the government to take their connectivity needs seriously

According to CBC, the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) is pushing Ottawa “for a hefty investment in broadband expansion for rural and remote parts of the province.” In fact, for the 2019 federal budget, the OFA is asking “the feds to commit to rural Internet expansion to the tune of $100 million per year. That sounds like a lot, right? But the OFA argues it is necessary. Neil Currie, general manager of the OFA, compared the situation to the electrification of rural Ontario, all the way back in the 1930s. Currie told CBC that the electrification process was “an essential

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Apple releasing two new cost-effective computers in 2018

According to The Vancouver Sun, Apple plans on releasing a “new low-cost laptop and a professional-focused upgrade to the Mac mini desktop later this year.” Apple insiders told The Vancouver Sun that the laptop will look “similar to the current MacBook Air, but will include thinner bezels around the screen” and the display will “remain about 13-inches.” It will likely “be geared toward consumers looking for a cheaper Apple computer, but also schools that often buy laptops in bulk.” Given that the current MacBook air costs about US$1,000, we can assume this PC will be cheaper than that. As for

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Fido doubling data for the back to school season

According to Mobile Syrup, Canadian carrier Fido has some great deals on mobile plans for the back to school season. The publication says, “Most of the back to school plans come with an additional five extra hours of data per month through Fido Bytes, as well as Fido Xtra.” If you have your own device you want to bring to Fido, you can “hop on” a plan for $65 a month with 6GB of data,  $75 a month for 8GB of data, $85 a month for 11GB of data, and finally $115 a month for 13GB of data. These plans

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Traffic cameras may soon be able to connect to your smartphone

PHADE, a new technology developed by researchers at Purdue University, allows public surveillance cameras – such as the ones attached to traffic lights – to send personalized messages to civilian smartphones without knowing the address of that device. GCN describes one possible scenario where PHADE might come in handy: “You’re about to cross a downtown street and your smartphone beeps to tell you that a text message has arrived.  As you pull out your phone to check the message as you walk, the phone receives an alert from your local police — you’re about to step into the path of

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Air Canada leads the purchase of Aeroplan

Many retailers across Canada offer their customers the opportunity to collect Aeroplan points when they make purchases with their credit cards. Aeroplan is a loyalty program created by Aimia Inc. in which customers save points towards flights and other vacation perks. Now, Aeroplan is in the process of being acquired by a “consortium led by Air Canada” for $450 million cash, according to The Chronicle Herald. The group purchasing Aeroplan also includes TD Bank, CIBC, and Visa Canada Corp. By purchasing Aeroplan, Air Canada and these other companies agree to assume the approximate $1.9 billion in liability “associated with Aeroplan

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Could internet prices be rising in the United States?

According to CBS News, broadband service in the United States might be seeing a price increase in the near future. This is allegedly because major IPs such as AT&T and Verizon “want the Federal Communications Commission to scrap a key provision that some say helps keep broadband costs low for small businesses and consumers.” The rule in question was added in part of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. The rule makes it so “large telecom companies must allow smaller rivals to piggy-back on their networks at rates set by the government.” There has been a formal request by USTelecom, a

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How much damage are screens doing to our eyes?

Most of us use screens in our professional lives as well as during leisure time in large quantities. For as long as this has been true, new studies have been published connecting our screen time to some plethora of health risks. Most recently, as explained by Popular Science, “researchers at the University of Toledo have begun to parse the process by which close or prolonged exposure to… ‘blue light’ can trigger irreversible damage in eye cells.” Blue light, produced by our screens, can apparently cause a damaging chemical reaction in our eyes. Study author and chemistry professor Ajith Karunarathne found

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Firefox is launching Advance extension to help you find recommended websites

If you’re one of the few people who doesn’t have enough to do on the internet, Mozilla Firefox has just the new extension for you. Almost. According to The Verge, the browser is “launching a new experimental browser extension called Advance, which recommends new websites and articles based on what you’re currently reading and your recent browsing history.” Advance works in two separate parts. There is a “Read Next” sections, which recommends articles based on your current tab, as well as a “For You” section, which amalgamates all your recent browsing history to make more general recommendations. The Verge explains,

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