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Hot on the heels of Best Buy's announcement that it will start selling Apple Watch in the U.S. on Aug. 7, the big box electronics retailer confirmed its Canadian outlets plan to commence sales of the wearable one week later.

Best Buy Canada on Thursday told local website MobileSyrup to expect Apple Watch to land at 50 brick-and-mortar stores across Canada, as well as online, on Aug. 14. Watch will also be available for "feel and try-on" sessions at 20 stores. "It has become one of the most popular searched products on BestBuy.ca," said Tony Sandhu, senior vice president of merchandising at Best Buy Canada. "We're excited to bring the highly-coveted Apple Watch to more Canadian consumers, especially with the holidays coming up."Apple confirmed Best Buy Canada's announcement in a separate statement. Like Best Buy's U.S. Apple Watch launch, Canadian stores will not gain access to solid gold Apple Watch Edition models, meaning selection is limited to stainless steel Apple Watch and Apple Watch Sport versions. The company plans to sell a number of official Apple accessories like straps and charging cables alongside Watch units. Best Buy announced on Sunday that it will start stocking Apple Watch at U.S. outlets on Aug. 7, making it the first major retailer to carry Apple Watch outside of Apple's own stores, pop-up shops and a handful of high-end boutiques. Initial availability is expected to be limited, but Best Buy plans to expand Apple Watch sales to more than 300 locations before the lucrative holiday shopping season.
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After reporting an earnings beat earlier today, shares of mobile device management firm MobileIron fell roughly six percent during regular trading.

The firm reported $34.8 million in revenue, resulting in an adjusted loss of $0.25 per share. Investors had expected $33.68 million in revenue, and adjusted profit of negative $0.27 per share. The firm beat on both revenue, and profit.

As noted by other sources, the firm guided in-line with expectations, including revenue of $37 million to $38 million for the current quarter.

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Facebook has had the same policy for years: if you want to sign up for an account you must use your real name and prove it with ID. However, that is now becoming an issue in some countries due to the privacy concerns and complaints it raises. In Germany, the practice has been deemed unacceptable and the social network is being told to allow fake names.

The ruling comes from the Hamburg Data Protection Authority (HDPA) after it conducted a review following a complaint from a German woman. She had setup a Facebook account using a false name. Facebook blocked her account, requested ID, and changed her account to use her real name. She did not want this to happen, but the practice was forced upon her by the service.

The HDPA views this as a violation of the woman’s privacy rights. Facebook takes the opposite view that real names actually protect privacy and promote online safety because everyone know who they are talking to–nobody is hiding. As Facebook has its European headquarters based in Ireland, it believes it can abide by Irish laws and apply them to all of Europe, which means the real name requirement stands.

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The Federal Communications Commission received about 2,000 net neutrality complaints from consumers over a one-month period, according to a National Journal article today. The overarching theme of the complaints is that customers are fed up with their Internet service providers, often due to slow speeds, high prices, and data caps. In a sampling of 60 complaints, the most frequent targets were AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon.

There doesn't seem to be any smoking-gun proof of violations of the core net neutrality rules that prohibit Internet service providers from blocking or throttling traffic or prioritizing services in exchange for payment. But the FCC's reclassification of broadband providers as common carriers allows customers to complain that general business practices are “unjust” or “unreasonable," making it a judgment call as to whether many of the early complaints are really violations.

National Journal filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the FCC, which provided an estimate of the number of complaints received in the first month after the rules took effect June 12. The FCC also provided copies of 60 complaints, which are available here.

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It is no conspiracy. Look at all the leaders that are calling for a "New World Order." Biden, Bush, Putin, etc. Google is your friend... unless you are boB.

“The ‘affirmative task’ before us is to “create a New World Order.”
–VP Joe Biden, speech Import Export Bank, April 5, 2013

“I think that his [Obama’s] task will be to develop an overall strategy for America in this period, when really a New World Order can be created.”
—Henry Kissinger, CNBC 2008

“We will succeed in the Gulf. And when we do, the world community will have sent an enduring warning to any dictator or despot, present or future, who contemplates outlaw aggression. The world can therefore seize this opportunity to fufill the long-held promise of a new world order – where brutality will go unrewarded, and aggression will meet collective resistance.”
–President George HW Bush, State of the Union Address 1991

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CVS is turning to IBM’s thirstiest supercomputer, Watson, to see if it can predict which customers are at risk chronic illnesses, such as diabetes.

For CVS customers who opt into the service, Watson will use data gathered from their medical records, prescriptions, and fitness devices to suggest ways in which they might improve their health. More incredibly, IBM says Watson might also be able to use predictive analytics to determine which customers are at risk of developing a chronic illness, such hypertension and obesity.

Individualizing the health advice CVS gives its customers

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To write a computer program, you’d normally sit at a traditional workstation and type. Or at least click.

An innovative computer scientist has created a gesture-controlled interface for building simple programs. A camera captures the movements of the programmer—jumps, high-fives, sideways leans, and hand claps are converted into code. As if that isn’t absurd enough, the system is named Bodyfuck.

It comes at a time when we’re moving beyond keyboards and mice for our computing needs. Those input devices aren’t dead; they just make less sense when they aren’t attached to a full-on computer. Instead, we touch our gadgets’ screens, or just speak our wishes. Innovation around gestures is happening quickly—TVs, cars, and game consoles have all been modified to capture and understand gestures—and it appears the technology is poised to give us a more convenient and simple way to interact.

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IN A WEEK when the focus has been on Redmond instead of Mountain View, it's time to check in with what's been going on in the world of Google.

First up, the company is now allowing users to bring their own encryption keys for its Compute Engine. Google explains on the Google Cloud blog: "Google Compute Engine already protects all customer data with industry-standard AES-256 bit encryption.

"Customer-Supplied Encryption Keys marries the hardened encryption framework built into Google’s infrastructure with encryption keys that are owned and controlled exclusively by you.

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HughPickens.com writes: Geoff Ralston has an interesting essay explaining why is likely that electric car penetration in the US will take off at an exponential rate over the next 5-10 years rendering laughable the paltry predictions of future electric car sales being made today. Present projections assume that electric car sales will slowly increase as the technology gets marginally better, and as more and more customers choose to forsake a better product (the gasoline car) for a worse, yet "greener" version. According to Ralston this view of the future is, simply, wrong. — electric cars will take over our roads because consumers will demand them. "Electric cars will be better than any alternative, including the loud, inconvenient, gas-powered jalopy," says Ralston. "The Tesla Model S has demonstrated that a well made, well designed electric car is far superior to anything else on the road. This has changed everything."

The Tesla Model S has sold so well because, compared to old-fashioned gasoline cars it is more fun to drive, quieter, always "full" every morning, more roomy, and it continuously gets better with automatic updates and software improvements. According to Ralston the tipping point will come when gas stations, not a massively profitable business, start to go out of business as many more electric cars are sold, making gasoline powered vehicles even more inconvenient. When that happens even more gasoline car owners will be convinced to switch. Rapidly a tipping point will be reached, at which point finding a convenient gas station will be nearly impossible and owning a gasoline powered car will positively suck. "Elon Musk has ushered in the age of the electric car, and whether or not it, too, was inevitable, it has certainly begun," concludes Ralston. "The future of automotive transportation is an electric one and you can expect that future to be here soon."

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Robert D Lonsdale, Jr runs his business from two computers in different states. He needs to keep files synced between them, but he would “prefer not to use a cloud service.”

I love cloud storage and syncing, but I can’t completely ignore its flaws. If you need a lot of storage, you have to pay an annual fee. It’s almost always slower than a local connection. And worst of all, it has some very serious security issues. NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden described Dropbox as a “targeted, wannabe PRISM partner,” and “very hostile to privacy.”

To help you get around these problems, I’m going to offer ways around the cloud. I’ll also discuss making the cloud more secure.

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Sir_patrick_stewart_ketchup_tweetJust imagine him reading this tweet in his wonderfully epic voice.

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LONDON –- Sir Patrick Stewart has started an inter-continental condiment debate after posting a fairly out-of-the-blue tweet about the origins of ketchup.

The galactic legend shared the following on Wednesday evening, immediately prompting some serious sauce-themed discussion.

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NBCUniversal is close to a deal to invest $250 million in BuzzFeed, in a transaction that will value the booming digital publisher at around $1.5 billion.

Sources say Comcast’s TV and film unit has a “handshake” agreement with BuzzFeed, which raised $50 million last year at a $850 million valuation. NBCU also is negotiating to invest in Vox Media, which owns this website, in a deal that would value Vox at $850 million. Last fall Vox Media raised money at a $380 million valuation.

(Update: Sources said early BuzzFeed investors may also sell shares via secondary sales connected with the transaction.)

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Ask an Expert: All About Windows 10

Windows 10 arrived this week, and the free update is rolling out to millions of users with a wide variety of new features and tweaks that improve on the operating system. But no doubt many of you still have questions, and we have a representative from Microsoft here to answer them.

Have questions about specific features? Wondering what “free” exactly means? A Microsoft representative will be here from 7Am PT to 8 to answer your questions, so leave a comment and ask away!

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Environmental sensor firm Aclima has partnered with Google to test air quality in urban areas.
10 Cool Fitness Trackers That Aren't Apple Watch

10 Cool Fitness Trackers That Aren't Apple Watch

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When Google inadvertently allowed its Street View cars to gather the data exhaust emanating from WiFi networks in 2006, the company's use of sensors represented a privacy violation. Lawsuits, fines, and apologies followed.

More recently, Google's Street View cars have been gathering data on industrial exhaust in an effort to advance public and environmental health. Working in conjunction with Aclima, a company that creates and operates environmental sensor networks, three Google Street View vehicles spent a month last summer driving around Denver, Colo., sampling the air.

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It might have the number two in its name, but don't be fooled: the new Angry Birds game is just the latest in a seemingly endless trickle of apps featuring Rovio's feathered friends. We've seen Angry Birds interpretations of Star Wars, Transformers and even Mario Kart -- but today the company is back with "the first sequel" to the original. You're still flinging colorful birds at pigs, but the gameplay has been tweaked with new multi-stage levels, spells and boss piggie battles. Rovio has been having a tough time of late, so it's no doubt hoping that this app is the one to recapture the first game's runaway success.

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Modern smartphones are filled to the brim with sensors, radios, and all sorts of other wireless gadgetry. Despite the odd exception here and there, chances are your handset of choice sports NFC, Wi-Fi, and cellular capabilities at the very least. But one thing it’s likely missing is FM radio, because smartphone giants have long declined to enable the requisite chipsets in their top-end smartphones.

That’ll change, though, if AT&T has its way. Next year, the carrier will request that handset makers support FM radio on its network. The new policy aims to switch on FM radio “on as many [AT&T] devices as possible” according to NextRadio, AT&T’s strategic rollout partner. If all goes according to plan, it’ll be a seamless transition: newer smartphones will ship with FM hardware activated, and older handsets will get the functionality in over-the-air updates.

Related: Norway to kill FM radio dead in 2017

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Germany Has Ordered Facebook to Allow Fake Names

The issue of using fake names on Facebook has been long-raging. But for Germany, the case seems pretty clear: a national privacy watchdog has told Facebook that it may not prevent the use of fake names.

Reuters reports that the Hamburg-based data protection authority, which polices Facebook in Germany, “could not unilaterally change users’ chosen usernames to their real names, nor could it ask them for official ID.” The demand was spurred by a complaint from a woman, who reported that Facebook blocked her account, demanded ID, then changed her username to her real one. The woman argued that she didn’t want to use her real name for business reasons, and the watchodog claims that being forced to violates her privacy rights.

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1-credit-amazon-prime-video.pngRichard Hammond, Jeremy Clarkson and James May left the BBC's "Top Gear" in controversial circumstances. BBC

The three stars of the BBC's blockbuster motoring show "Top Gear" will return, in an online-only show created by Amazon, the online retailer has confirmed.

The popular trio made a high-profile exit from the BBC's "Top Gear" car programme earlier this year, following Clarkson's suspension for punching a producer. The move to Amazon follows months of speculation regarding Clarkson, Hammond and May's next move.

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According to a filing with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Apple is investigating an advanced tablet stylus design capable of simulating the texture of onscreen graphics as it moves across a display surface.

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Source: USPTO

Apple's patent application for a "Touch implement with haptic feedback for simulating surface texture" details a stylus input device with onboard electronics that enable it to sense contact with a touchscreen, gather information about a displayed texture and output vibratory feedback corresponding to said texture.

In some embodiments, the stylus contains contact sensors to determine when the device touches down on a target surface, while other implementations rely on capacitive sensors, pressure sensors and cameras. Sensors like photodiodes are also used to determine textures depicted onscreen, such as wood, paper, glass and more.

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