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09/10/2013

Recap of Apple's 2013 iPhone event

Join our reporters and editors as they report live from Cupertino, New York City, and beyond during Apple's next product announcement on September 10, 2013. Will Apple unveil an iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C? New iPads? Updated iMacs? Apple TV hardware? Or will Apple turn up the dial on iTunes Radio? Tune in with us. 

08/29/2013

New app will let you sell (or buy) leftover food

Leftover_swapIs that medium pizza way too much sauce and cheese for just one person? Can’t handle the 500 grams of sodium in that pad thai?

A new app will let you give your portion of leftover food to others – or find a leftover meal to flesh out your dinner plans.

There are several ideas that prompted the app developers to come up with Leftover Swap.

For starters, meal portions are so big at many takeout and fast food restaurants, it’s sometimes impossible to polish off a meal that weighs as much as the weights at a gym. Ok – you might be able to eat the whole thing, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s good for you.

Also, a lot of leftover food just goes to waste. Think of all the energy that went into producing the ingredients, cooking it, and then delivering the meal to your door.

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07/16/2013

Scotia iTrade launches new iPad app for couch investing

Scotia_itrade_quotesWhen it comes to investing online, I flip through websites, services and research sources like a salesmen through a rolodex making cold calls.

There are several sites and apps, and now there’s a new one entering the fray: Scotia iTrade.

The Globe ranked iTrade fourth overall out of 12 in its list of online brokers, so the service seems to be doing something reasonably well.

The iTrade app is built from the ground-up for Apple’s tablet, taking advantage of the screen real estate to display charts, numbers and tabs to sort through your portfolio – or to sort through stocks you might be interested in buying and selling.

U­sers can drag their finger across the screen to draw their own trend lines and analyze trends to inform their investment decisions.

The charting tool also lets users check out a wide group of overlays of important indicators, such as moving averages, RSI MACD and Bollinger Bands.

While the iTrade app offers research reports from various outlets, it’s also worth highlighting here a great app for investors to research U.S. equities is Stock Guru.  

And if you’re not a tablet guy or gal, check out Vuru.com for algorithm-supported analysis.

Which apps do you use for stock trading on your mobile devices? Why do you like them?

- Maurice Cacho, MSN Tech & Gadgets

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05/06/2013

Parrot bringing Android-based car stereos to Canada

Photo (3)Parrot, a company largely unheard of in Canada, is bringing Android-based car stereo systems to this country.

But these aren't just typical stereo systems in your Ford Focus, or the ones teens are sticking in souped-up Honda Civics - they're full-fledged in-car entertainment units that do everything from playing music to creeping friends on Facebook.

Yup. The latter feature, however, can only be done when the car is in park.

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03/07/2013

Google offering discounts to celebrate Play store's birthday

Google's app and media marketplace is celebrating its first birthday – and the tech giant is offering several deals to mark the occasion.

And, they've released some numbers that hint at how successful their Android mobile ecosystem has become.

Google Play is the company's equivalent to Apple's popular App Store – both offer apps (obviously), magazines, movies, books, TV shows, etc.

I'll get to the types of discounts in a moment, but first: just how popular is Android?

Very popular, the numbers suggest.

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02/27/2013

Samsung catches up to Apple with its own Wallet app

Samsung launched its latest weapon in the battle with Apple this week, announcing its own application to manage tickets and coupons on Android phones. 

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02/12/2013

Verizon comes up with list of apps that could drain your phone's battery life

While the app store is littered with dozens of great apps that do everything from shooting videos to shooting aliens, many are notorious for draining your phones battery life as fast as a dog drinks water on a hot summer's day.

But a major U.S. carrier is releasing a list of the apps -- apps it has evaluated-- based on how many bits of data they'll hog, how much battery juice they'll suck up and how big a security risk they create for users.

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01/17/2013

How to get more apps in Windows 8 by changing the location

While Microsoft is pumping a lot of money into Windows 8 app development, not all titles are accessible to Canadians.

It's not like we're getting short-changed on purpose. 

It seems many app developers, when selecting the region for their apps, pick the United States instead of the rest of the world...or even North America.

This, unfortuantely, rules out many apps from the Store that we get access to in Canada. 

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01/08/2013

What makes Apple's 40 billion app downloads special?

Apple tossed out a big number yesterday, boasting about how many apps it has sold. But is that number really significant? No, not really. There was another number that was even more meaningful - the number of apps downloaded just last year.

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10/24/2012

App calls out bad parking for all to see

Parking_doucheAre you sick of those smug guys with flashy BMWs, who park their cars diagonally across two spots? Or the fellow with the Land Rover who parks on the curb, because he can?

We’ve all seen awful parking jobs and stared helplessly at their disgraceful automotive habits. But some folks have decided to call out the bad parkers.

An online news group in Russia has created an app to call out the most hideous parkers around.

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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.

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