• The Sport version of the Apple Watch features a durable band and lighter body.The Sport version of the Apple Watch features a durable band and lighter body.

    The Apple Watch Sport is certainly fashionable, but what about function?

    The gorgeous gadget is currently part of a 12-page ad in the fashion bible, Vogue, and starts at $349 (US). And while it’s not yet clear when the watch will be available north of the border, many fitness-conscious Canadians are already considering splurging on one.

    Apple Inc. is expected to unveil more details on Mar. 9. We already know the sport version comes with a bevy of functions, including Wi-Fi, GPS, a heart-rate sensor and an accelerometer. There will also likely be a boatload of apps allowing you to track your activity and boast about it online.

    Jodi Robinson, a registered dietitian and fitness professional based in Grimsby, Ont., says many of her clients like to use activity trackers.

    “They can help with accountability and motivation,” said Robinson in an interview with Yahoo Canada News.

    She warns people shouldn’t focus too much on the stats as they might not be accurate. Dr. Gareth Jones, an assistant

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  • There's nothing worse than going out for the day in a big city like Toronto or New York City, only to find yourself needing to answer the call of nature without a public bathroom in sight.

    Unless you have the supernatual abilities of George Costanza to know all the best public bathrooms in any given area*, you may be interested in this unusual app: Airpnp, a service that, for a fee, lets you use the private facilities of someone in the area.

    As the name suggests, it's modeled after Airbnb, a service that connects people willing to offer accomodations with people willing to stay in those accomodations, for a charge.

    With Airpnp, however, many opt to charge very little, or waive the fee altogether.

    “It’s like a pay-it-forward," Duncan, a worker at an office with an Airpnp bathroom in New York City, told The New York Post. "There’s going to be some time in our life when we really need to go, and it would be really nice for someone to lend you their potty.”

    Currently there aren't many

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    A recent Symantec survey shows that a majority of Canadians often worry about their mobile privacy, but have no problem trading it in for a free smartphone app.

    James Nguyen, a Symantec mobile security expert warns Android users to think twice before they download free apps from Google Play because while they may not be paying with their bank accounts, they could be offering up personal information in exchange, instead.

    "There are a lot of free apps out there and they rarely come without a cost," Nguyen said. "Your personal data is used as a sense of currency. It's a trade off."

    The survey results show that 54 per cent of Canadians are willing to make that trade.


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    When Android apps are downloaded, users are immediately prompted with a message alerting them of what information the app requires in order to be installed. Some apps require

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  • Canadians poised to get more choice in mobile phone service

    The government announced today it would be auctioning off more of the wireless spectrum and reserving a portion for smaller companies

    (Reuters photo)(Reuters photo)

    Finally, there’s some good news for Canadians on the telecom front.

    Minister of Industry James Moore announced today that the wireless spectrum in Canada is being expanded and opened up to more competition.

    He said in Vancouver today that the government will be making more of the spectrum available via auction to companies – 60 per cent more, in fact.

    “Spectrum is essential to power our wireless devices, and our government is making it more available than ever before,” Moore said in a press release. “The end result is that Canadians will benefit from more competition, lower prices and better service in our wireless sector. The Harper Government is committed to delivering competitively-priced wireless services on the latest technologies.”

    In order to open up the market to more than the three main players in the Canadian telecom scene, 25 per cent of the available wireless spectrum will be reserved for telecom companies outside of the “big three.”

    “That 25 per cent is a real key

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  • Zuckerberg said Thursday that Facebook was thinking about adding a “dislike” button. (Business Insider)Zuckerberg said Thursday that Facebook was thinking about adding a “dislike” button. (Business Insider)

    It's long been the request of Facebook users, and now, it looks like they could soon be getting their wish: Mark Zuckerberg is considering options that essentially give users the ability to 'dislike' posts on the site.

    At a  public question-and-answer session in California on Thursday, the Facebook CEO was asked if the company would ever consider rolling out a 'dislike' button for posts. Zuckerberg said it's a problem they've wrestled with in the past, Venturebeat reports, as they acknowledge not all posts merit a 'like' in support; if a Facebook friend posts sad news, for example, and friends want to offer a simple show of support, a 'like' seems inappropriate, but commenting brings in the more complex issue of saying the right thing.

    But Zuckerberg elaborated that while it's been considered, he doesn't think it would have a very positive effect on the community, or the world in general.

    "The like button is valuable because it’s a quick way to share a positive sentiment," Zuckerberg

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  • Whenever there's a new computer bug, or weakness in a major system, the media (yes, even us) are guilty of splashing the news across television and computer screens, jumping on the buzzwords of the day like "shellshock" and "bash bug."

    And while these are often significant problems that are being reported on, the reality is that by the time you read about it in the news, a fix has probably already been created for it or is in the works. Once it gets to that point, the onus then falls on you to make sure you're taking the right steps to protect your computers.

    That was largely the case with Shellshock, a bug identified last week by a researcher who came across it while delving into Bash, or Bourne-Again SHell, a type of computer program that allows humans and computers to communicate with one another. Bash is used in the Mac OS X operating system, as well as Linux and Unix. Unless you're weeding into the nitty-gritty code of your computer (accessed on a Mac via 'Terminal'), you'll

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  • (Photo courtesy BuzzFeed)(Photo courtesy BuzzFeed)

    You know Songza and Grooveshark, Rdio and YouTube.

    Google Play Music, SoundCloud and iTunes.

    But do you recall, the most famous music streaming service of all?

    After years of waiting, Canadian music listeners have access to Spotify, one of the most popular music streaming services out there. For years, they've bemoaned having to settle for other streaming sites and other alternatives, or have needed to get creative when it came to gaining access to the site. Now, they have full access to both the free and premium services on the site.

    By signing up for Spotify, users have instant access to a massive catalogue of over 20 million songs. It can be searched by artist, album or song, and a deep playlist functionality similar to Songza is built into both the desktop and mobile apps. Users can also build their own playlists, which can then be shared with friends on social media.

    The full, ad-free Spotify Premium experience costs $9.99 a month, but users can also opt for a free account. Users

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  • iPhone and Android users may be loyal to their brands, but there doesn't seem to be any technology fanbase quite as devout as the BlackBerry user. In the face of financial troubles, a short-term CEO and an ever-diminishing slice of the smartphone marketshare, BlackBerry fans remain true to their handset of choice.

    Today, their patience has paid off. At an event in Waterloo, Ontario today, BlackBerry (with the help of Wayne Gretzky) launched its latest smartphone, the BlackBerry Passport. The square-screened device, offering a wide screen and physical keyboard, which doubles as a touch pad, is the first new device since BlackBerry launched the Z30 last October.

    [ Yahoo Finance: BlackBerry Passport signals a deliberately different company ]

    We took a look at what reviewers around the 'net are saying about the new BlackBerry Passport, and here are some of the highlights and lowlights of the new device:

    The Wall Street Journal:

    [I]f this were a romantic comedy, the new BlackBerry
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  • The last thing you want to have happen to your brand-new smartphone is have it bend out of shape. But unfortunately, that's exactly what a lot of iPhone 6 Plus owners are reporting as happening.

    The issue was brought to light on the Apple blog and forum site MacRumours, where users started highlighting their issues with bent smartphones on Tuesday. Shortly after, a blogger with Geek.com reported seeing the same issue, and even showed the damage that had been done with this GIF:

    The two users who posted to the MacRumours forums reported that the iPhone 6 Plus had been placed in a pocket, and then after several hours of sitting, the phone showed a visible bend near the volume buttons on the phone. User hanzoh reported that he placed the phone in his front pocket, drove four hours to a wedding, sat for dinner, did some dancing, then drove four hours back. When he took it out of his front pocket and placed it on the coffee table, the phone appeared to be slightly bent.

    Another user

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  • Everyone has heard by now that somewhere in the dark recesses of the Internet (or at least 4chan), there is a trove of naked celebrity photos procured by a hacker from Apple's iCloud server. People are still theorizing as to how exactly it was done, but Apple has mobilized and says it fixed the problem exploited by the hacker that allowed access to iCloud, and the FBI is now investigating. But that probably doesn't make Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, or any of the other celebrities involved feel any better.

    In light of the news, tech journalist Marc Saltzman tweeted out some straightforward advice for keeping yourself safe:

    We break down how to implement each of his suggestions:

    Two-step authentication

    This method is being employed by several major companies, including Google and Microsoft, to

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