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March 2012


CRTC took 130k telemarketing complaints last year: fined four.

Seriously, does the CRTC do anything other than pay its staff members' salaries? News just emerged that government agency handed out just four fines to illegal telemarketing companies last year, after receiving 130,656 complaints.

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Google Maps now gives you estimated traffic travel times

While Google Maps is great for telling you how long a journey is expected to take, those estimates left traffic out of the equation.

Although it might appear like a 20 minute journey on the screen, traffic – in reality – would make it a 35 or 40 minute journey.

Google has stepped in to remedy that problem by introducing real-time traffic estimates when you search for directions between destinations.

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Photoshop CS6 available for free

Photoshopcs6No, this is not a scam. Adobe Photoshop CS6 is free.

For now, at least.

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Apple rolls out app charts for Canada

Apple has introduced app charts for Canada this week, letting us Canucks know what’s hot and popular north of the 49th parallel.

With their new stats, we can see a list of the most-downloaded free and paid apps for the iPhone and iPad in Canada.

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Would you give an employer your Facebook info?

Nosy employers got a firm finger-wagging from Facebook last week, after the social media giant warned them not to ask for applicants' log-in details.

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Is HTC pulling the plug on Sense?

Popular smartphone manufacturer HTC appears to be temporarily pulling the plug on HTCSense.com, it’s cloud storage system found on pretty much all their recent Sense-enabled phones.

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Facebook app lets you follow your enemies

A new application for Facebook is letting you keep your friends close – but your enemies closer.

EnemyGraph is the new app that lets you create a list of enemies, including everything from people and groups you don’t like on social media.

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National Unplugging Day? Just be present, every day.

Can you handle unplugging for 24 hours? That's the challenge set for the National Day of Unplugging, which starts tonight.

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RIM's last shot as Apple trounces it on home turf

It's official: Canadians like Apple's iPhone better than RIM's BlackBerry. Who would have predicted that? Well, pretty much everyone outside of RIM, probably.

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Autonomous file-sharing sky drones ahoy!

Those wacky pirates are reportedly at it again. Remember Raspberry Pi, the cheap, light Linux computer that we wrote about a few weeks back? Infamous filesharing activist group the Pirate Bay has announced that it plans to put computers like these onto autonomous flying vehicles that will hover kilometres up in the air. The idea is that they will be able to share files by communicating with numerous radio ground stations, making it even more difficult for the authorities to take out The Pirate Bay's server infrastructure.

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Danny BradburyDanny Bradbury

Danny Bradbury is a technology journalist with 20 years' experience. He writes regularly for publications including the Guardian, the Financial Times, the Financial Post, and Backbone magazine. Danny also writes and directs documentaries.

Maurice CachoMaurice Cacho

Maurice Cacho is a Toronto-based journalist mixing his love for tech with a passion for news. He's also CP24's Web Journalist and appears daily on CP24 Breakfast and weekly on the channel's tech show, Webnation, discussing tech news and trends.