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10/16/2013

Walmart expands online grocery shopping to Canada

It started with Grocery Gateway a few years ago, offering a way for people to buy their groceries online, and get everything delivered to the door.

Now, shoppers will be able to shop for groceries online through a retailer we're all familiar with – Walmart.

The retailing giant is set to expand online grocery sales and delivery to Canada, a new report suggests.

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07/10/2013

My adventure in barefoot running

I've been running long enough that shoe choice is hardly a consideration. Asics. Something in the 1100 series. I make the trek to the shoe store, locate my size, pay the cashier and I'm on my merry way. It's the easiest transaction either of us will have all day.


So why would I want to climb aboard the barefoot running bandwagon?

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12/06/2012

Nest thermostat now sold in Canadian stores

The neat Nest thermostat is now available in several major Canadian retail outlets, the company announced this week.

Nest is a smart thermostat that is connected to the Internet to help you save as much money as possible on your energy bills.

Previously, you could only order Nest online. Not that anything’s wrong with that, but you can now touch and feel it in person before you buy it at a couple of home improvement outlets.

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10/02/2012

Sortable.com launches improved site to help you pick gadgets

1348768343524Shopping online makes it easy to compare prices and feature from website to website. Just open a new tab, perform a Google search for the products, get all the different products displayed in different tabs, flip between tabs to compare the products feature-by-feature...accidentally close a tab...

Okay. Comparison shopping online could be easy. But that’s not always the case.

Meet Sortable.com. The Waterloo, Ont.-based startup has just relaunched its website designed to help you make easier decisions between the gadgets you’re looking to buy.

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09/17/2012

Researchers crack credit cards’ chip and pin features

Credit-cards300Think your credit card’s hack-proof chip is safe? Think again.

A group of researchers from the U.K. have managed to crack a “weakness” found in chip and pin banking cards – a flaw that was previously thought to be nonexistent.

Experts at Cambridge University found the cards could be cloned, or copied, to make other transactions.

Here’s how they cracked it: Each time a purchase is made using a chip and pin card, an “unpredictable number” (UN) is generated at the sales terminal.

This supposedly random number is used to authenticated the card – and the purchase.

But the researchers found that “lackluster equipment” used at sales terminals would make the number highly predictable.

In a blog post, researcher Mike Bond said the card can be cloned once someone can predict the UN.

So what are the banks doing about this? According to the BBC, the researchers reached out to some in Europe, which were “explicitly aware of the problem for a number of years.” The weakness was found to be a surprise to some other banks.

Not exactly reassuring, is that?

Hopefully, the idea is that the banks will take steps to prevent anyone from being ripped off – but that’s before more bad guys figure out ways to scam these chip and pin cards.

Have you been a victim of credit card fraud?

* Video: How unused credit cards can improve your credit score

- Maurice Cacho, MSN Tech & Gadgets

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04/02/2012

Bad news keeps piling up for Groupon

Groupon – one of the biggest daily deals sites on the Internet – is increasingly finding itself in hot water.

Just last week, the company’s Dubai-based operations were targeted by authorities due to overwhelming complaints.

Now, Groupon is in trouble on the stock market, with its shares dropping in price like a Groupon deal itself.

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10/21/2011

Field Agent app pays users for small tasks

 

Field_agentMost smartphone apps are either free or cost a few dollars. But here’s a twist: there is an app now available to Canadians that pays us money to use it.

 

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05/26/2011

Google opens its wallet, asks you to put your cards in it

Would you be happy with Google poking its nose around inside your wallet? More to the point, would you be happy if Google actually provided your wallet for you? That is the company's plan, and it points to a broader industry trend could see your smart phone become your primary method of payment. The company has announced Google Wallet, which will enable you to pay for things by simply using your cell phone, no cash required.

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05/01/2011

Intel flaunts future tech waiting in the wings

IMG_6446-2 We all know Intel processors power a fairly large number of netbooks, laptops and desktop computers. A new report said Intel has an 81 per cent market share.

But what do things look like when it comes to technology of the future?

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01/21/2011

Google gets into group buying

Coupons used to be something you clipped from the back of weekly superstore catalogues. Now, thanks to sites such as Groupon and LivingSocial, they are becoming a team sport - and Google is about to make a big splash in that particular pond.

Group buying is becoming big business. Groupon, which is the most popular player in this category, publishes deals arranged with retailers and service providers. The deals are often extreme - half off at your local restaurant, 60% off two nights at a ski resort, and so on. The deals are advertised, but don't go live until enough Groupon members pledge to pay. When a certain threshold is reached, the deal is activated.

Groupon recently turned down a $6bn buyout offer from Google, and the rumour mill says that it is now looking at a $15bn initial public offering in the next couple of years. This is a firm that's barely two years old. It's an amazing achievement. But Google is determined not to be outclassed here.

Enter Google Offers, a forthcoming service recently leaked to bloggers. It looks like a Groupon clone, and will likely have the Groupon folks hopping mad. Mashable has published a leaked fact sheet on Google Offers for all to see. 

Google has a unique advantage here with its Google Checkout service. Presumably, members could pay using that system, which is a PayPal rival, although that won't be confirmed until the service launches. In the meantime, though, do we really want Google gaining even more information about us, including what we're buying and what deals we're interested in?

Danny Bradbury, MSN Tech & Gadgets

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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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