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Toronto Blue Jays’ Marcus Stroman talks MLB The Show 18, technology and his Canadian love

2 hours 24 min ago

Extremely happy and crazy excited.

This is how Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman said he felt after hearing the news that he was going to be on the Canadian cover of Sony’s MLB The Show 18 this year, which is now available for the PlayStation 4.

“To see my face on the cover of the best (baseball) game out there. The most authentic and real game out. It’s truly a special moment,” Stroman says in an interview.

“It’s a testament to not only myself, but to my family, friends and everyone that had a piece and was involved in getting me to the point I am today.”

Stroman is sitting on a couch in the upstairs of one of Toronto’s largest sports bars, right down the street from the Rogers Centre where his real-life professional baseball team plays. It’s a weekday morning following a major snowstorm in the city, and the bar is closed to the public.

On the TV screens surrounding Stroman is footage of his digital self playing with his digital team in MLB The Show 18. Cardboard signs next to him display the cover of the game, which has resonated with the nearly 27-year-old’s fan base.

“It’s cool to see people actually enjoying and loving it because I had a lot to do in deciding and picking the cover with MLB The Show. We really collab’ed on that,” he says.

“It wasn’t just like, ‘hey, here is an image and we are throwing it on.’ We went through a bunch of different graphics and gradients until we found something that fit what I wanted to see, as well as what they wanted to feel.”

Stroman has even had fans south of the border share images with him on social media of them driving to Canada just to pick up the Canadian version of the game.

“Seeing people in the States saying they want the Canadian cover and ask how they can go about getting it is awesome,” he adds. “The fan appreciation is great.”

MLB The Show 18 features a so-called tune-up in most of the core areas of the game, which is already widely considered the most realistic baseball game on the market.

In this year’s version, gamers can take that realism even further by doing things such as creating their own batting stance, experiencing better baseball physics and selecting from multiple player archetypes during Road to the Show.

In addition, MLB The Show has a new commentator with an adaptive script that will tell the journey of a player or team over the course of the season. The replay system has also been upgraded to include full-speed replays and 3D ball trails.

“The development of the game over the past few years have been pretty crazy. If I were to play a mode, I’d do Road to the Show and start from the bottom to work my way through the minors,” Stroman said.

“From someone who has gone through the process and to see it in game form is crazy. That’s me being very real. It’s got it almost to a tee, so it’s pretty special.”

Up-to-date technology

While Stroman says he will “get on the sticks” to play the game with his teammates in the clubhouse or on the bus, he’s also a big fan of technology as a whole.

“With my life, I try to move as efficient as possible and I think that tech is the only way to make that happen,” he says. “Whether it be the new iPhone, gaming or whatever it is, I’m always updated and ready to rock. I’m very in tune with whatever new formats or tech there is.”

Stroman is also a big social media guy, always personally interacting with and growing his fanbase on a daily basis.

“That’s all me. I’m a big iPhone guy, so I cross platform on that between Twitter and Instagram. That’s all my tweets and Instagram posts,” he said.

“My people or agent aren’t touching it. I know you get a lot of that, but as far as my social media accounts, it is all authentic. I try to keep it that way for a reason because I feel like that’s the only way to truly connect with the fanbase.”

Side hustles and Canadian Love

Stroman signed with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2012 and has since won awards such a Gold Glove in 2017 and MVP of the World Baseball Classic last year after leading Team USA to win the championship.

Baseball isn’t all that defines him, however. Stroman started his own brand called HDMH, which stands for his (trademarked) catchphrase: Height Doesn’t Measure Heart. Clothing, hats and other accessories are available for purchase under the brand, but fans have even shared photos of getting the initials tattooed on their body.

In addition to getting into fashion with HDMH — which is a family business, run with his mom, sister and brother-in-law — Stroman has also rapped on multiple songs and videos with musical friends.

“By doing all of those things aside from baseball, they put my head in a good mental space that allow me to compete and need to be when it comes to being on the mound,” he said.

“I have hobbies. I’m just like a normal person, too. I don’t go home and throw baseballs against the wall 24/7… I love enjoying life and that is the biggest thing. I realize how truly blessed I am to be in the position I am, so I wake up every day with a smile on my face and try to conquer and capitalize anything that is thrown my way.”

Part of that is loving Canada and the city of Toronto, Stroman adds.

“I didn’t know anything about Toronto or Canada when I was drafted to the team, so I came up here not knowing anything and I just dove into the city,” he says.

“It’s been nothing but love and appreciation. The Canadian fans across Canada are the most passionate and loyal fans ever. I love everything about Canada and love playing here. We don’t play for a city, we play for a country.”

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Categories: Science

Top Canadian mobile stories from the past week

5 hours 21 min ago

Every week we bring you the latest in Canadian mobile news. Listed below is a quick overview of the top stories from the past seven days.

  • Moto G6, G6 Play, E5 Plus and E5 Play Hands-on: Moving the middle forward [Read here]
  • Bell and Virgin increasing customer Connection Charge to $30 per device [Read here]
  • Asus ZenFone Max Plus M1 offers a 5.7-inch display and 4,130mAh battery for $300 CAD [Read here]
  • Rogers announces multi-year 5G plan, including partnership with Ericsson [Read here]
  • Bell partners with Australian telco NetComm to deliver high-speed internet to rural Ontario and Quebec communities [Read here]
  • Canada’s privacy commissioner calls for stronger privacy laws and increased authority [Read here]
  • Eastlink is expanding its wireless service further into New Brunswick [Read here]
  • Rogers adds 95,000 net postpaid in Q1 2018 [Read here]
  • A look back at the iPhone X six months later [Read here]
  • Samsung Pay now supports RBC cards [Read here]
  • Here’s how to make Netflix’s recommendations not suck [Read here]
  • Fitbit Versa now available in Canada [Read here]
  • Bell is increasing the price of its BYOD small business plans [Read here]
  • BlackBerry CEO John Chen wants someone to revitalize the Bold [Read here]
  • Tesla Model 3 currently eligible for a $14,000 rebate in Ontario [Read here]
  • $40 million electric bus pilot project launching in Ontario [Read here]

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Categories: Science

Rylo Review: 360 camera that puts you in the director’s chair

Sat, 04/21/2018 - 17:02

Action cams are great.

Their go-anywhere design and cinematic quality let us capture some of our most memorable moments — usually while we’re in the middle of enjoying them. 360 cams are also pretty cool, giving us the ability to ‘look around’ our footage and photos after the fact, possibly revealing something that we missed. But what if we could combine these two great ideas into one all-purpose camera?

That’s the premise of the Rylo ($500 USD), a new 4K 360 camera that gives users a unique way of sharing their photos and footage. Just like regular 360 cameras (Samsung Gear 360, Ricoh Theta S, Nikon KeyMission 360 etc.), Rylo captures 360 photos and videos, thanks to its dual 7mm, F2.8 lenses. But what sets the Rylo apart, is the ability to use that material to create standard high-def videos, that you direct.

It sounds weird, but it’s a game changer. Read on for our review of the Rylo.

Crazy simple

The Rylo is minimalist in every way. In the box, you’ll find the camera, a protective pouch, a battery, an SD card, and two cables — one for transfers, the other for charging. With a sleek, brushed aluminum-wrapped body, it’s as beautiful as a camera gets. But without an easy way to grip it while shooting, or a tripod mount, you’ll definitely need the Everyday Case ($30 USD), which comes in its own box and currently ships free with every Rylo (for now).

Calling it a case may be an overstatement — it’s more like a frame with an integrated GoPro-compatible mount — as it does little to protect the camera. But it comes with a small handle that has a loop lanyard, and a standard tripod mounting hole beneath a protective end cap.

The Rylo itself couldn’t be simpler to operate. There’s a single button on the top of the camera’s body that does double-duty as a power toggle and a start-stop-shutter trigger. On the ‘back’ of the Rylo — a term that’s almost meaningless in a 360 world — is a small OLED screen with a flush mounted button beside it.

The screen lets you know the bare minimum you need to operate the camera: Whether you’re shooting 360 video, 180 video (with the back camera disabled) or stills, how much of each you can still cram onto the SD card (Rylo includes a 16GB card, but can handle up to 256GB), and battery life. The button toggles you through the three shooting modes.

For videos, you start and stop recording with the top button. For photos, you can decide — using a setting in the app — how long of a delay you want after you press the button: none, three, or ten seconds… helpful when you need to get your hand (or your whole body) out of the shot.

The only thing you need to be aware of, is that the Rylo places a hard limit on the size of a single video, at 4GB. That’s roughly equivalent to nine minutes, but it will vary depending on how complex your environment is. The camera will keep recording beyond this limit, but you’ll end up with multiple files. More on this later. Rylo claims that a fully charged battery will let you shoot continuously for 60 minutes (assuming you’ve got that much room on your card) and we think that’s fairly accurate.

No tripod needed

What makes 360 footage fun is the feeling of “being there,” but most of us could do without the shakiness inherent in almost all action videos. Too much of it and you may end up feeling nauseated.

Thankfully, Rylo has top-notch image stabilization, which eliminates all but the biggest of bumps. The result is silky smooth video.

Don’t forget the cable

Unlike almost every other camera on the market these days, the Rylo doesn’t do wireless transfers. It has Bluetooth, but no Wi-Fi, which means using a physical cable for moving files around. In fact, when you buy it, you have to choose if you’ll be using it mostly with an iPhone or an Android device, so that you get the right transfer cable (you can buy the other cable as well, as an accessory).

We miss the freedom of having a wireless connection, and frankly having yet another cable to lose or damage feels very 2005, and yet, there’s no mistaking the advantages: Super-fast transfers of massive video files, and zero hassles with flaky wireless connections.

App magic

The real wizardry starts when the shooting stops. Once you’ve imported your content to your phone using the included cable, the Rylo app gives you a wealth of editing and saving options. You can trim the length and alter the speed of your videos (up to 16x faster timelapse — sorry, no slow-mo), modify how they look with six tuning adjustments, and fix any problems with the level. Our only real gripe here is that there’s no Instagram-ish set of one-touch filters.

A feature called FrontBack View lets you add a picture-in-picture (or side-by-side) of what the second camera lens sees. In practice, you can have any point of view you like — even the same view as the main window. We’d like it if the app let you move the FrontBack window anywhere in the frame, but for now you’re stuck with the template.

There’s also a choice of crop formats: From a phone-friendly portrait, to the more conventional square, wide, or cinema. From there, you can choose to save it to your camera roll as either an HD video or a 360 video, with or without audio.

But the real jaw-dropping features are Follow This and Look Here. Follow This lets you identify an object or person (or animal?) in your footage just by tapping on it, and then automatically follow it, wherever it goes, for as long as it can see it. It works incredibly well, though on one video it hilariously lost track of the car we were following and decided to follow a truck instead.

With Look Here, you can pick a specific area of the 360 view and the point of view will gently swing over to that position from wherever it had been looking beforehand. With careful use of Follow This and Look Here, you can direct an entire video, after the fact, and change it as many times as you like. We found Rylo’s app interface for all of the features very intuitive: It took less than 20 minutes of messing around to output several fun variations on a video shot from the handlebars of a motorcycle.

If that explanation has you scratching your head, think about this way: If you mounted a GoPro on a really expensive motorized professional tripod, which you could remote control to point anywhere you wanted while shooting, that’s effectively what Rylo gives you. But Rylo is actually way better than that fictional set up, because if you don’t like the way those tripod moves look, you don’t need to re-shoot the whole video — you simply change the Follow This and Look Here guides in the video until you get exactly what you want.

Freedom ain’t free

Being able to choose whether you want an immersive 360 video that lets viewers decide what to look at, or an HD video where you control the camera’s gaze, is the ultimate in creative freedom.

Being able to make that choice from the same footage is the ultimate in convenience. It’s a potent cocktail that goes a long way to justifying the Rylo’s steep price tag. While not for sale yet in Canada, will sell and ship one for $500 USD (about $630 CAD + taxes and duties). This is hardly discretionary spending for the average consumer, especially given that the price of decent action and 360 cameras have been dropping steadily as their features improve.

If the price doesn’t faze you, another limitation to consider is that currently, the company doesn’t offer desktop software, though it tells us that plans to do so are in the works. This means that all of your editing and exporting of movies and photos will have to take place on your phone. 4K 360 files tend to be monstrously large, and if your phone is short on storage space, this will limit the number of videos you can save.

There’s always the option of saving your raw footage from your SD card to your computer, but given that there’s no way to edit them there using Rylo’s clever tools, this is purely an exercise in data protection. If you intend on shooting a lot of footage, you’ll need a big SD card, lots of room on your phone, and ideally, a portable hard drive that you can backup your files to when that room runs out. Speaking of file, remember that 4GB file size limit?

Even though Rylo will keep recording, creating new files when it hits that hard stop, there’s no way to join those files together in the app, which is unfortunate.

The competition

We found two other 360 cameras that offer Rylo’s shoot-then-point feature, the GoPro Fusion $700 US ($900 CAD) and the Insta360 One ($460 CAD).

The GoPro Fusion is already waterproof without the need for an extra case, and it has both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi for fully wireless transfers. It comes with a stick/tripod combo called a Fusion Grip, it can be controlled with voice commands, it captures 360 audio, and it shoots in 5.2K, giving it more detail to work from than the Rylo’s 4K resolution. These are all solid benefits over the Rylo, but we wouldn’t call them deal-breakers.

The Fusion doesn’t come with an SD card, and GoPro’s version of shoot-then-point — which it calls Overcapture — works a little differently. There’s no auto-follow of on-screen objects, and instead of pointing where you want the camera to look, you have to play virtual camera operator, by moving your phone’s screen around in real space, while the video rolls. Don’t like how it worked out? You’ll have to do it all again.

The Insta360 One is a bargain compared to both the Rylo and GoPro Fusion, and even has an auto-follow feature that looks identical to Rylo’s Follow This, and a slow-mo 120fps mode, which is missing from the other two cameras. It has a cool feature which automatically erases a selfie-stick from footage, giving the videos a ‘flying camera’ look.

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Categories: Science

Return to a different era of mobile gaming with N.O.V.A. Legacy [Game of the Week]

Sat, 04/21/2018 - 14:03

It’s important to remember that the early days of gaming on the iOS App Store — and the now rebranded Android Market — were often defined by solitaire clones and awful ripoffs of console titles.

Granted, every now and then, a developer, usually Gameloft , would release a console rip off that not only showcased how powerful smartphones were becoming, but also one that showed that it might one day be possible to replicate console gaming on a 3.5-inch touchscreen.

N.O.V.A. Legacy is a 2017 remake of the 2009 N.O.V.A.: Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance.

The original N.O.V.A. and its remake star Kal Wardin, a space marine tasked with doing the things space marines always have to do. Over the course of multiple levels, Wardin must rid the galaxy of the Xeno scourge threatening the galaxy.

While N.O.V.A. Legacy does nothing to change the original’s characters or plot, it does update the now stale graphics of its 2009 predecessor, while also streamlining the original title’s multi-buttoned gameplay.

In defence of the original N.O.V.A., and all of the first-person shooters released on touch-enabled devices, very few developers in 2009 really knew how to replicate console controls without clogging the screen with virtual D-pads, shooting buttons, secondary weapon controls, as well as the occasional quick-time events to break up run-and-gun gameplay.

Interestingly enough, N.O.V.A. Legacy resolves the lack-of-controller problem by doing away with a primary weapon control entirely.

Players perform the basic shooting action by simply aligning their crosshairs with an enemy, allowing the game to fire the weapon automatically. FPS purists might balk at the mechanic, but even they would have to admit that it’s a pretty clever workaround to what used to be a truly cluttered HUD.

Fans of the FPS genre will also be happy to know that there’s a surprisingly solid modern online multiplayer packaged with the game — right down to the microtransactions.

Thankfully, the microtransactions don’t factor in too heavily during the single-player campaign, with a single caveat.

You can only play the game so many times before you run out of credits and have to wait for more to respawn or simply purchase more. It’s annoying, but is nonetheless a sign that they don’t make mobile games like they used to.

I could write pages and pages about N.O.V.A. and early Gameloft iOS and Android titles, but for the sake of brevity, I’ll conclude succinctly. N.O.V.A. Legacy is not innovative, nor is it original, nor is it particularly impressive; however, it’s good, first-person shooting fun on a device that was never intended to replicate console-style gameplay in the first place.

N.O.V.A. Legacy is free-to-play on both Android and iOS.

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Categories: Science

Far Cry 5 sticks to the series’ sandbox formula, but past issues return [This Week in Gaming]

Sat, 04/21/2018 - 10:00

While Ubisoft Montreal may have positioned Far Cry 5 as a reinvention of its popular open-world series leading up to the title’s release, the first-person shooter plays nearly identical to Far Cry 3 and even Far Cry 4.

The similarities even extend to the game’s often-discussed story, which ultimately is neither as compelling nor as satisfying as I’d hoped, particularly given the game’s messianic villain, Joseph Seed.

But the Far Cry series has always been at its best when you’re shooting and blowing things up. So, in a sense, depending on your expectations for this entry in the series, Far Cry 5 being so similar to its predecessors isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

This time around, you take on the role of a sheriff’s deputy that’s part of a task force sent into fictional Hope County, Montana. Rural Montana isn’t as exciting as a tropical island or a giant, snow-covered mountain, but there are moments where the game’s familiar valleys, plains and rivers shine, especially when running the game in native 4K on the Xbox One X.

Still, I often found myself longing for the more exotic locales of Far Cry 3 and 4; the rural Midwest of the United States just isn’t as compelling as I had hoped.

Hope County is overrun by a religious doomsday cult called Eden’s Gate. The group believes the world is coming to an end and in preparation for the collapse, they’re stocking up on guns and kidnapping new recruits.

As is typical now in the Far Cry franchise, you start the game as a newcomer in a place filled with horrible people. However, they are also individuals willing to aid you in your quest to liberate Hope County. Your job is to take control of the game’s regions by accomplishing goals such as taking out enemy outposts, destroying silos and completing core story and side missions.

Similar to past Far Cry games, your character is frustratingly inept at the start of the game.

You’re only capable of carrying two weapons at a time and abilities like the grappling hook, wingsuit and chain takedown need to be unlocked through the game’s surprisingly intuitive skill tree perk system. As in past Far Cry games, it’s a good idea to upgrade the number of weapons you’re able to carry as quickly as possible.

Far Cry 5 is also more open than past entires in the series, allowing players to tackle Hope County’s three regions — which are overseen by ‘The Father’s’ lieutenants — in any order they choose. While the game is generally wide open in terms of structure, some missions are easier to tackle once you’ve unlocked specific perks later in the game, which could lead to frustration if you stray too far from Far Cry 5’s story missions.

Ubisoft’s latest Far Cry game is truly at its best when it allows you to tackle its action movie-like missions exactly how you want. The issue here is that you first need to unlock many of these features, which results in Far Cry 5 becoming more fun towards the latter half of its runtime.

The game’s new ‘Guns For Hire’ feature is also essential, especially early on in the game. It allows you to enlist key characters, as well as random supporters of the resistance, to help you out during missions. While I experimented with different companions, I mostly stuck with Boomer, a capable canine companion — who doesn’t want to shoot crazed cultists with a dog friend?

Despite what the game’s early marketing material promised, Far Cry 5 completely avoids the subject of discussing race. Some of Eden’s Gate cult members are people of colour, though most are white, including the group’s leadership structure.

Themes of extremism, nationalism and white supremacy are avoided by Ubisoft, with the underlying message behind Far Cry 5 being that murderous cults are bad. This is a disappointing move on the developer’s part, as Far Cry 5 seemed primed to provide intelligent commentary on the current socio-political climate of the United States and the broader world.

The only instances where politics do come in to play, such as a side mission where you’re essentially looking for what is the Donald Trump pee tape, come off as Grand Theft Auto-like satire and are at odds with Far Cry 5’s otherwise serious tone.

The game also rarely addressed the simple fact that this small county in the Midwestern United States had essentially become a war zone, which I found bizarre.

Some of the Far Cry series’ more frustrating elements have also made a return in this fifth entry in the series. In 2008’s Far Cry 2 — which was an otherwise groundbreaking game — relentless rebels attacked you at every turn in the middle of story missions. While these random skirmishes started off entertaining, they quickly grew annoying.

For the most part, Far Cry 3 and Far Cry 4 nixed these frustrating diversions. However, in Far Cry 5, even after putting significant effort into lowering Eden Gate’s control of specific areas of the game’s map, I was still constantly attacked by roving bands of cultists.

At times, this led to entertaining organic experiences, though. For example, while driving an 18-wheeler cab affectionately named the ‘Widowmaker,’ I was attacked by a helicopter. I managed to shoot down the aerial vehicle, only to watch it smash into a pickup truck chasing me with a mounted gun. It’s moments like this where Far Cry 5 is at its best. In most other instances, the relentless pursuit of murder hungry cultists became a nuisance the game could do without.

Far Cry 5 also features a co-operative mode that allows players to experience the entire game with a friend. It’s important to note that when playing co-operatively, only the host actually makes story progress, with the guest retaining experience and loot.

And of course, since this is 2018, the game also includes a competitive multiplayer mode called Far Cry Arcade, complete with a surprisingly capable map editor that features assets from Far Cry 4, Far Cry Primal, Watch Dogs, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag and Assassin’s Creed Unity.

Admittedly, I haven’t spent much time with either of these game modes, but they are a nice addition to the game’s overall package.

While Far Cry 5 ultimately offers a solid experience despite some missteps, I’m beginning to question how long Ubisoft can continue on the franchise’s current path before it begins to feel stale.

Far Cry 5 is available on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4. The game plays in native 4K (4096 x 2160 pixels) on the Xbox One X with HDR. On the PlayStation 4 Pro, Far Cry 5 runs at 2880 x 1620 pixels with HDR.

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Categories: Science

Capcom’s Vancouver studio is shutting down Puzzle Fighter

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 19:00

Capcom’s Vancouver is shuttering its Puzzle Fighter mobile game to focus on the development of the next entry in the Dead Rising franchise.

The game is being removed from the App Store and Google Play on July 1st. Following this, the Puzzle Fighter’s severs will be shut down on July 31st.

To help smooth over the game being shut down, all players are being gifted 10,000 in-game gems. Locked characters and stages will also be available for free. Select characters like Dr. Wily and Regina are available today, with Ada Wong and the stages Darminor and Uroboros Laboratory being available on April 23rd.

As another act of fan service, the game’s soundtrack is also streaming on SoundCloud.

All forms of in-app purchases will be disabled on April 23rd, but players will still be able to spend the in-game currency that they already have.

The studio restructured in February resulting in a number of layoffs. Afterwards it was reported that the scope of the next Dead Rising game would be cut back.

The game can still be downloaded from the App Store here and Google Play here.

Source: Capcom Via: IGN

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Samsung is reportedly involved in bidding for Nokia Health

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 18:13

Earlier this week, news came out that Nest, via parent companies Google and Alphabet, was working towards an acquisition of Nokia’s Health division.

At the time, French publication Les Echos was reporting that, in addition to Nest, three other companies were involved in negotiations with Nokia. According to Les Echos, two of the companies were from Europe, while the final is based outside of the EU.

According to a new report from Le Monde, the fourth, non-European company involved in bidding is Samsung.

The publication adds that the eventual buyer is likely to pay less than the €170 million Nokia paid to acquired Withings in the first place. Like Les Echos, Le Monde is also reporting that the French government would prefer if Nokia were to sell the division to a local company.   

It makes a lot of sense that Samsung would be interested in Nokia Health. The South Korean consumer electronics giant manufactures both fitness wearables like the Gear Fit 2 Pro and smart home devices through its SmartThings brand. The addition of Nokia Health’s product portfolio would be a natural fit for Samsung.

Of course, the company still has to win the bid, which means the future of Nokia Health is still in anyone’s hands.

Source: Le Monde Via: Android Authority

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Nintendo labo replacement parts start at $2.49 in Canada

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 17:10

Nintendo Labo launched today and there has been some speculation related to how durable the game’s cardboard sets actually are.

Luckily for those interested in Labo, replacement parts start at $2.49 CAD.

Nintendo only sells Labo in $90 and $100 kits, but if some of those pieces break there is an option to buy replacements on the Nintendo Store website. 

Some of the replacement packages are full kits like the piano and the RC car, which cost $16 and $4, respectively.

The more complex sets are split into smaller replacement packages. There are seven different cardboard packages for the robot kit ranging from $7.49 to $17.49.

While it’s not as good as being able to order just the exact part you need, it’s reassuring to know that Nintendo is looking out for people that break or lose parts of their Labo kits.

Sadly, it doesn’t look like Labo game can be purchased without the full kits, so anyone thinking of buying cheap replacement parts and just playing a single Labo session, are out of luck.

Source: Nintendo

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LG G7 ThinQ to reportedly feature dedicated Google Assistant button

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 17:05

The most recent rumour regarding the LG G7 ThinQ points to the company’s device featuring a dedicated button for Google Assistant, according to CNET who spoke with sources familiar with the upcoming smartphone.

LG will place the Google Assistant button on the left side of the handset. According to the source. The G7 ThinQ will also supposedly get custom LG commands for Google Assistant.

CNET goes on to say that the G7 ThinQ’s Assistant button can’t be reprogrammed, similar to the Samsung’s Bixby button.

LG has previously confirmed that the G7 ThinQ will heavily feature artificial intelligence.

LG will officially reveal the G7 ThinQ on May 2nd, 2018.

The LG G7 ThinQ is expected to feature a Snapdragon 845 chipset, 4GB of RAM, a 6-inch MLCD display and an iPhone X-inspired notch.

Source: CNET

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Rogers email changes cause concerns among subscribers

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 17:01

A recent change to the Rogers email platform has caused concern among subscribers using a email account.

The Rogers email client is powered by Yahoo, which was acquired by Verizon in 2017. Verizon merged Yahoo, as well as its email service, with AOL to create a new brand called Oath.

According to comments submitted to MobileSyrup, as well as a number of irate commenters on the Rogers community forums, Rogers email users are receiving notifications regarding a new Oath terms of service intended to unify the privacy policies of both Yahoo and AOL users.

Globe and Mail story has expanded on the issue, reporting that one of the outlined terms enumerates that Oath analyzes “‘content and information,’ including e-mails, photos and attachments ‘when you use our services.'”

One Rogers community forum commenter stated that they had a conversation with a Roger technical services representative who informed the commenter that “we have no choice but to agree if we want to get into our email accounts.”

MobileSyrup has reached out to Rogers for comment. This story will be updated with a response.

Source: Globe and Mail

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LG reportedly having difficult meeting Apple’s supply demand for iPhone LED displays

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 16:35

Apple’s goal of minimizing its reliance on Samsung-manufactured iPhone OLED displays has reportedly hit a snag.

According to a new report from the Wall Street Journal, LG Display’s OLED screens destined for the iPhone production line have run into production problems. The publication is reporting that Apple is questioning whether LG is capable of meeting the required display supply demand as the tech giant’s potential second iPhone OLED screen supplier.

Apple currently utilizes Samsung as its only OLED display supplier for the iPhone X. With multiple versions of the iPhone reportedly on the horizon that feature OLED displays, it makes sense that Apple would be looking to diversify its OLED supply chain.

With the release of the V30, LG returned to using OLED displays in its smartphones. That said, issues with the display’s quality quickly appeared.

LG also supplied the Pixel 2 XL’s display for Google. While some Pixel 2 smartphones reportedly have great displays, others suffer from screen burn-in issues and other quality related defects.

Source: Wall Street Journal

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Save $50 when you buy two Echo Spot smart speakers from Amazon Canada

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 16:14

Amazon recently announced that the Echo Spot was set to come to Canada on April 25th.

The Echo Spot is the latest of the company’s smart speakers, but it’s vastly different than other models because it features a built-in display. For those interested, the retail price for the Echo Spot is $169.99 CAD. However, Amazon is offering a new promo where Canadian consumers can get $50 off when they buy two devices at the same time, which means the checkout price is $289.98.

The Spot features a front-facing camera, built-in speaker, Bluetooth connectivity, 3.5mm stereo cable port. It also supports multi-room audio, hands-free calling and the ability to control other smart home devices through voice commands.

In addition to the usual weather forecast, commute times, music and alarms, specific Canadian content integration includes CTV News and Entertainment Tonight Canada.

Source: Amazon Canada

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HTC is reportedly releasing U12+ late May or early June

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 15:53

A new rumour points to the HTC U12+ coming out in late May or early June. The news comes from Eprice, a Taiwan-based publication.

It’s not the first time we’ve heard about the HTC U12+‘ release date, however. Earlier this month, the oft-reliable Evan Blass pointed to HTC unveiling the U12+ sometime between late April to early May.

It’s currently unclear when the device will launch, however. It’s also odd that HTC hasn’t tweeted any teasers of the upcoming handset. In fact, exactly a year ago, HTC announced the launch date for the HTC U11. The company also tweeted teasers of the device in advance, as well.

I eagerly wait for more concrete information from the Taiwanese company. Until then, we can assume the phone will make an appearance in either May or June. HTC revealed the U11 on May 16th.

Spec-wise, the phone will feature an LCD panel, Edge Sene 2.0, a Snapdragon 845 chipset and an 18:9 aspect ratio.

Source: Eprice Via: PhoneArena

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‘Delete Facebook’ movement stronger in Canada than many other countries, says study

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 15:24

The increasing privacy concerns stemming from the Facebook and Cambridge Analytica scandal have prompted many users to start a ‘Delete Facebook’ movement.

In fact, according to a new study, the burgeoning movement is actually stronger in Canada — where over 620,000 people were affected in Cambridge Analytica data breach — than it is in many other countries.

Throughout the month of March,, a U.K.-based virtual private network comparison site, says it analyzed web searches about deleting Facebook accounts in 255 locations in 17 different countries.

In Canada, found a 175 percent surge in these searches in March, compared to the average of previous months. By contrast, figures from elsewhere in the world were markedly lower, including the U.S. (132 percent), the U.K. (101 percent), Australia (95 percent), the Netherlands (61 percent), India (50 percent) and Germany (47 percent).

“Certain Canadian cities were especially quick to distance themselves,” head of research Simon Migliano wrote in a press release. “The most intense surges in search terms notably centered in the biggest cities, such as Vancouver, Toronto and Ottawa.”

To that point, broke down surges in some of Canada’s biggest cities, including:

  • Vancouver – 250 percent
  • Toronto – 190 percent
  • Ottawa – 182 percent
  • Calgary – 151 percent
  • London, Ontario – 143 percent
  • Winnipeg – 134 percent
  • Mississauga, Ontario – 127 percent
  • Vaughan, Ontario – 125 percent
  • Surrey, British Columbia – 116 percent
  • Saskatoon – 113 percent

It’s important to note that the entire controversy actually has roots in Canada. The whistleblower behind the whole scandal, former Cambridge Analytica director of research Christopher Wylie, is from Victoria, B.C.

Wylie may also appear before a Canadian parliamentary committee by the end of the month, according to a recent report from Global News.

In total, Facebook says over 87 million users around the world had their data improperly accessed by Cambridge Analytica.

Via: CTV News

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First look at Facebook’s upcoming message deletion feature reportedly revealed

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 15:20

Amid the Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal, Facebook has also received criticism for discretely deleting messages sent from CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

The recipients of the messages weren’t notified of the deletion, which an ‘unsend’ feature’ was never offered to any of Facebook Messenger’s over 1.2 billion worldwide users in the first place.

To address what many considered a breach of trust, Facebook confirmed to TechCrunch earlier in April that it will be rolling out the ability to delete messages to all users.

Now, a first look at the feature appears to have been revealed, courtesy of The Next Web. 

However, it’s still unclear when this feature will become available to all users, beyond “the next several months” window Facebook gave to TechCrunch. As The Next Web reports, the feature was recently discovered in the latest build of Messenger on iOS, so it’s possible the feature could roll out soon.

Facebook sister app Instagram has let users unsend messages for years now, while Whatsapp rolled out a similar message deletion option to all users last year. On Whatsapp, users have the option of deleting a message in their version of a conversation or for all participants. Based on the above image, Facebook Messenger seems set to give the option for the latter.

Body image credit: The Next Web

Source: The Next Web

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Facebook is making a Slack-like version of Messenger for kids in school

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 14:57

Facebook is working on a new section of Messenger that will make the chat app function like Slack for students.

The platform will reportedly be called ‘High School Networks for Messenger’.

The feature isn’t live yet, so details are scarce but a report from The Next Web claims that the platform will roll out to teenagers that are currently enrolled in high school, allowing them to connect with classmates, check their grades and invite other students to the platform.

If the feature ever sees a full launch, it will be interesting to see if schools and students embrace it over existing methods of online communication such as email and other chat apps like WhatsApp or Slack.

In any case, whatever Facebook can do to attract young users is a good move for the company. A recent report claims Facebook use among teens will decline in the future, unless the company does something to bring them back.

Source: The Next Web 

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SyrupCast Ep. 166: Let’s talk about notches (again)

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 14:35

This week on the SyrupCast, MobileSyrup features editor Igor Bonifacic is joined by managing editor Patrick O’Rourke and telecom reporter Sameer Chhabra to talk about Motorola’s new phones and Patrick’s look back at the iPhone X six months after the phone’s release.

Motorola just announced its 2018 series of mid-range smartphones. The team discusses the strategy behind Motorola releasing so many mid-range smartphones at once, as well as Sameer’s experience at the company’s G6 and E5 preview event in New York.

On the high-end of the smartphone market, Patrick discusses what it’s been like to use the iPhone X for the past six months. His main takeaway is that the gestures he initially found clunky are now so ingrained that he has a hard time using any other smartphone. He also has new thoughts on the look of the phone.

Tune in to hear the SyrupCast team’s thoughts.

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Total runtime: 34:43
Moto launch: 1:45
iPhone 10 updated review: 14:40
Shoutouts: 28:00

Sameer shouts out the House of Commons standing committee on access to information privacy and ethics. Patrick gives his shoutout to Nintendo for filing a wireless communication patent for the Switch. Finally, Igor shouts out the movie In The Fade.

We record the SyrupCast in Toronto at StartWell.

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Rogers’ Joe Natale: “We are at the brink of a technological revolution”

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 14:22

According to Rogers CEO Joe Natale, the company — and the country — is on the brink of a technological revolution.

Natale delivered these remarks at the company’s annual general meeting (AGM) on April 20th, 2018.

“As a company, we have one clear purpose,” said Natale. “To connect Canadians to a world of possibilities and the moments that matter most in their lives.”

Natale’s speech touched on the company’s strong 2017 fiscal performance, as well as its Q1 2018 performance. Rogers reported that between January and March 2018 its revenue increased to $3.63 billion CAD.

“The move to 5G isn’t just about taking the next step” — Joe Natale

Natale also discussed the company’s future, while directly addressing 5G.

“The move to 5G isn’t just about taking the next step,” said Natale. “It is about making a giant leap.”

“With it, we will deliver a world of possibilities. We will connect machines and vehicles. We will build smart homes and smart cities.”

According to Natale, Rogers has invested over $25 billion in their wireless network, paying $1.2 billion in taxes and fees over the last year, while also contributing $13 billion to the Canadian economy and approximately $60 million to local communities.

“Ignite TV will integrate all forms of entertainment…” — Joe Natale

Natale also spoke about the company’s Ignite TV platform — which recently completed employee trials and is currently installed in approximately 1,400 Ontario employee homes.

“Ignite TV will integrate all forms of entertainment, including Netflix and YouTube, into one seamless experience.”

According to Natale, the goal is for Ignite TV to serve as the centre of a “fully integrated smart home.”

“It will offer an easy and intuitive interface controlled by a voice remote,” said Natale.

Additionally, Natale said that the company is “on track” to launching its Ignite TV platform “later this year.”

Other AGM business

While Natale’s speech was certainly the centrepoint of the company’s 2018 AGM, the company used the AGM to address the departure of Charles Sirois, a board member and the lead director of Rogers.

Additionally, Edward Rogers thanked outgoing chairman Alan Horn for his contribution to the company.

“I’m also pleased that Alan will continue to be a member of our board and be a big part of this company and our future,” said Rogers, who replaced Horn as board chair in December 2017.

Rogers also re-elected its entire board — excluding Charles Sirois, who retired today.

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Google and DeepMind don’t seem to be getting along

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 14:01

It’s beginning to seem like employees at Google are not happy with the company’s neural networking subsidiary DeepMind.

A recent report from The Information indicates some Google developers who are part of other AI research divisions at the company, such as Google Brain, are not happy that Deep Mind doesn’t generate much revenue for the company.

Other staff members are upset that DeepMind has “special status” within Alphabet that allows it to work on projects that might not yield results for years.

Another interesting anecdote from the report is that DeepMind was supposed to develop a video recommendation system for YouTube, but that the company wasn’t able to complete the project.

Part of the reasoning for this is apparently that DeepMind had difficulty working with the time zone difference between London, England and YouTube’s offices in California. The company also feuded with the video company in relation to data sharing.

DeepMind is a very private company and according to the report it objected to a “powered by DeepMind” tag on some of the Google products it helped create.

Google purchased DeepMind in 2014 for a reported $600 million and is most well-known for creating the AlphaGo program that beat the world’s top player in the game of Go.

The company also has two international labs in Canada, with one being located in Edmonton and the most recent one opening up in Montreal.

Source: The Information

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OnePlus 6 will feature ‘Designed by OnePlus’ on its rear

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 13:16

As anticipation builds for the next flagship smartphone from OnePlus, the company continues to tease the masses with specs and features. This time OnePlus showcased an etching on the rear of what looks like a glass backing.

The OnePlus 6 is expected to be announced later this month with a release date sometime in May. On Twitter OnePlus noted, “Same expert craftsmanship, new materials.” The attached also picture revealed “designed by OnePlus,” on the back of the OnePlus 6. This is similar to the “designed by Apple in California” message Apple inscribes on its smartphones. The iPhone X is Apple’s first smartphone not to feature this label.

Same expert craftsmanship, new materials. #OnePlus6

— OnePlus (@oneplus) April 20, 2018

OnePlus co-founders Pete Lau and Carl Pei recently revealed the OnePlus 6 will feature Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 845 chipset, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage and an improved camera.

Source: Twitter

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