• A new feature for LinkedIn users has been unveiled, but it’s drawing more questions over privacy rather than praise for ingenuity.

    LinkedIn announced Intro on October 23, a service that shows your LinkedIn profile on emails sent through your iPhone Mail application. In the blog post about the new tool, the company explains that users will be able to see at a glance who an unknown email sender is with a brief bio and link to their LinkedIn account, right in the email client.

    But security experts have expressed concern over the new feature, as it requires all of your email to be filtered through LinkedIn’s computers.

    “LinkedIn would be effectively acting as a middle man in all your communications,” Graham Cluley, an independent security analyst in Oxford, England, told The Wall Street Journal. “If you are going to hand control of your email to a third party, your company’s IT staff should be involved.”

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  • A graphic video showing a woman’s decapitation has once again been pulled from Facebook, two days after it came to light that a recent policy change allowed videos of this nature on the site.

    According to the BBC, the decision to allow videos of beheadings on the site came back in July, when Facebook quietly made a policy change. The company informed staff that this content would be allowed, but the decision did not draw public attention.

    Earlier this week, the BBC was contacted by readers after Facebook users complained to the social network giant about a clip of a woman being beheaded by a man in a mask, uploaded on October 16. They told the BBC that Facebook was refusing to take it down.

    “The video shows a woman having her head cut off by a man in a mask,” the user told BBC.

    “She is alive when this happens. Looking at the comments a load of people have reported this to Facebook and had the same reply.”

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  • Apple has unveiled the iPad Mini with Retina Display (iPad Mini RD), its successor to the 7-inch tablet in its family of iPad Mini products. While it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles that were rumoured to be coming, there are significant improvements to the initial device, launched last year.

    Philip W. Schiller, Senior Vice President of worldwide marketing at Apple Inc, introduces the new iPad mini with retina display during an Apple event in San Francisco, California October 22, 2013. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

    Retina Display

    The namesake and most significant change to the The new Retina display, the same high-quality display found on the 10-inch iPad 5, was a needed upgrade to help it compete with other 7-inch tablets on the market. The Nexus 7’s 2013 model and the Kindle Fire HDX 7 both have 1920x1200 pixel displays, which left the old iPad Mini’s 1024x768 display in the dust. As ZDNet argued, its old resolution just isn’t good enough to compete in the market at the end of 2013, and an update was needed to stay competitive. Not wanting to just meet those expectations, Apple exceeded by giving the iPad Mini RD a 2048x1536 display.

    Philip W. Schiller, Senior Vice President of worldwide marketing at Apple Inc, introduces the processor in the new iPad Air during an Apple event in San Francisco, California October 22, 2013. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS TELECOMS SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY)

    Faster Inside, Heavier Outside

    As for where the rest of the effort

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  • Just over a month since the unveiling of the new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, we're all waiting for another Apple announcement: This time, the talk is expected to be about iPads.

    We're expecting to see a new iPad Mini with Retina display, a new generation of iPad, and a redesign of the Mac Pro. Follow our live blog beginning at 1 p.m. EST to find out exactly what Apple has in store:

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  • For Internet users that love to download movies, music and games, today's a tough day.

    isoHunt, a popular site used to find BitTorrent files to download, is shutting down. The company announced its decision on Thursday, following a lengthy legal battle with Hollywood studios from the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).

    "It’s sad to see my baby go. But I have fought the good fight," wrote Gary Fung, the company's Vancouver founder, on his own site, adding that he hasn't compromised any of the users’ privacy.

    Fung started the company in January of 2003 and went on to index several million torrents, getting up to 7.5 million unique visitors in its heyday, according to The Hollywood Reporter. His "baby" isn't the only file-sharing site to be dragged through the court circuit, The Pirate Bay and Megaupload have also taken hits in high-profile court cases. And unlucky individual users have also been targeted in the past.

    Furthermore, a 2012 U.K. study found that practically all files

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  • The Nest smoke and carbon monoxide alarm is shown at the company's offices on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, in Palo Alto, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Nest, the startup founded by Apple iPod creator Tony Fadell, today unveiled its latest re-imagining of a home essential: the smoke detector.

    Nest first came to prominence in 2011 with their iPod-inspired Nest Thermostat that allowed users to remotely control their home heating and cooling with an app.

    The new device, called "Nest Protect," is the second product hatched from Nest Labs Inc., in an attempt to infuse homes with more of the high-tech wizardry that people take for granted in smartphones. Besides sensing smoke, Nest Protect is designed to detect unsafe levels of carbon monoxide.

    Nest Protect's price will probably turn off many consumers. It will go on sale next month for $129 USD in more than 5,000 stores in the U.S., Canada and United Kingdom. Other less-sophisticated devices that detect both smoke and carbon monoxide typically sell for $50 to $80 apiece.

    Fadell, who ended an eight-year stint at Apple Inc. in 2009, is aiming for an audience that appreciates sleekly designed

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  • (Image from Google Play store)To those who have long tuned in to AM or FM radio, the idea of a music service that’s going free being a big deal may be pretty ridiculous. But for those who have turned to digital music services and become fans of ad-free music, today’s announcement is a very welcome one.

    Starting today, Rdio’s streaming music service is free to access on mobile devices in Canada, the U.S. and Australia. Traditionally a subscription-based service, Rdio gives its users access to 20-million-plus songs, chosen by algorithms that tailor the music to the listener’s tastes.

    In a blog post announcing the change, Rdio says that they’ll also be adding a ‘Station Sharing’ feature to allow users to post what they’re listening to on social media, and stations based on playlists and albums to add to Rdio’s already extensive channel selection.

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    While it’s an exciting move for music listeners, especially for those who

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  • Libraries are trying to keep up with the times by offering media in a whole new way: through streaming services online.Ten years ago, when you told someone you were going to visit your local library, it involved walking out your door. And if your library carried movies on DVD, it was probably a big deal.

    Now, libraries across North America are trying to keep up with the times by offering media in a whole new way: through streaming services online.

    Much like how customers access Netflix, you can use a computer or mobile device to browse the library’s collection, select the movie or TV show you’d like to watch, or music or audiobook you’d like to listen to, and you can start streaming the content for free. As with all library materials, you’ve got access to the material for a set period of time before you have to ‘return’ it (your access to the item expires).

    The service is provided by Hoopla Digital, an e-borrowing service that gives patrons with a library card to one of the participating library systems access to movies, TV shows, music, ebooks and audiobooks. Every time a patron borrows an item, the

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  • A text message is sent on a mobile phone, November 9, 2010 in Montreal.A measure announced by the Canadian government back in November has finally come into effect, preventing mobile wireless carriers from activating phones that have been reported as stolen.

    The Canadian Press reports that beginning on Sept. 30, if you report to your mobile carrier that your phone has been lost or stolen, the IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) number will be added to a database of ‘blacklisted’ numbers. Mobile devices on that list won’t be able to connect to the Canadian networks of service providers participating in the program.

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    The program will also include the data from U.S. carriers that are part of the IMEI database.

    If you want to check if your device has been reported as stolen or lost, you can check the new website protectyourdata.ca, which lets you search a pre-owned phone’s IMEI number.

    In the press release issued by the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications

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  • Since the launch of the iPhone 2G what seems like forever ago (but was actually in 2007), Apple’s famed smartphone has come a long way, technologically speaking. There’s been plenty of speed tests before to see just how far it has come, but this latest video from Everything Apple Pro on YouTube shows some surprising results, and is strangely mesmerizing.

    For those who aren’t fans of Apple products, the video’s narrator may come off a little over-exuberant when we see the results of the test. After turning the phones off, on and loading websites, the iPhone 5s is the clear overall winner, but when it comes to some tasks, it lags behind the older models.

    In the test, the iOS 7 devices all shut down simultaneously, several seconds after the devices running iOS 6. The startup test was probably the most surprising, with the iOS 7 devices all starting first, followed by the 2G, the oldest of the bunch. The 3G, 3GS and 4 brought up the rear.

    The new A7 chip installed in the latest iPhone, the

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