So your financial information is being bought and sold on the internet. Now what?

If BMO and Simplii customer data is posted online, there’s not much you can do but trust them to sort it out

A growing online black market for personal information has flourished in recent years. In some cases, fraudsters fit ATMs and gas pumps with cleverly disguised hardware to clone or skim customers’ cards. In other cases, they never need … Read more...

Google is finally making it easier for you to manage your private data

Google is overhauling its user privacy policy, not because it wants to do it or because it wants to collect less data about you, but because Europe is forcing the company to allow customers to better manage their data. Google, of course, is hoarding even more data about you than Facebook, a company that’s been the news lately because of … Read more...

Windows critical flaw: This security bug is under attack right now, says Microsoft

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Microsoft patches two flaws that are already under attack, among the 67 bugs in May’s Patch Tuesday update.

Video: Microsoft’s reverse engineering unveils secrets of FinFisher government spyware

Microsoft’s Patch Tuesday update addresses a critical flaw in the Windows VBScript engine that attackers are using to compromise Windows machines through Internet Explorer.

The patch follows an alarm by researchers at … Read more...

Gmail will soon be able to finish some sentences for you

  • Google is launching a new Gmail feature called Smart Compose that uses artificial intelligence to make simple suggestions when a user writes an email.
  • Smart Compose has a limited scope of suggestions and won’t fundamentally change the way you write emails, but it’s a fun way to see Google’s AI chops in action while saving a tiny bit of time.
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THIS PHONE CASE HOUSES (AND CHARGES) YOUR EARBUDS

Make listening to music easy again

Technology was supposed to make everything easier.

And yet, an abbreviated list of all the things you need to listen to music on your phone in 2018 includes wireless earbuds (since your headphone jack is gone), a charging case, an extra battery pack and a couple of USB/Lightning cords.

Oh, and backup wired headphones … Read more...

A Restaurant in Boston Has Replaced Chefs with Robots

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Resistance is futile so, I, for one, welcome our mechanical overlords.

At Daniel Boulud’s eponymous restaurant in Manhattan, a brigade of chefs works in unison every night to cook Dover sole with green asparagus or roasted veal tenderloin with a gorgonzola emulsion.  The artfully crafted dishes call to mind the old Julia Child quote: “It’s so beautifully arranged on the … Read more...

Windows 10: We’re going to kill off passwords and here’s how, says Microsoft

Microsoft wants to banish ‘​inconvenient, insecure, and expensive’ passwords. So what’s going to replace them?

Microsoft wants to banish the use of passwords to log into Windows devices, and has showcased some of the new technologies it wants to use to make this happen.

“Nobody likes passwords. They are inconvenient, insecure, and expensive. In fact, we dislike them so … Read more...

Apple offering battery replacement program for some 13-inch MacBook Pros

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Apple has today begun rolling out a battery replacement program for the non Touch Bar 13-inch MacBook Pro.

The company says there is an issue with a small number of MacBook Pros manufactured between October 2016 and October 2017. Affected users can mail in their MacBook Pro, find an Apple Authorized Service Provider, or visit an Apple Retail Store.

To … Read more...

Apple Plans to Use Its Own Chips in Macs From 2020, Replacing Intel

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  • Move would be major blow to Intel, Apple’s Mac chip supplier
  • Apple working on software platform to merge iPad, Mac apps

Apple Inc. is planning to use its own chips in Mac computers beginning as early as 2020, replacing processors from Intel Corp., according to people familiar with the plans.

The initiative, code named Kalamata, is still in the … Read more...

Health Canada issues recall for USB chargers due to risk of fire and shock

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Health Canada is recalling several uncertified USB chargers for risk of electric shock and fire.

The USB chargers were sold at retailers across Canada.

The recall applies to the following models:

Product Description

Sample obtained at

Importer

Number of Units Affected

Date of recall

ROX USB Wall Charger – SM081

UPC: 200100100819

Bargain Basket, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

Anex Select Imports,

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