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Kim Kardashian wants to buy BlackBerry?

- October 29th, 2014

Move over Lenovo,  as it sounds like there may be someone else who is interested in purchasing BlackBerry. Namely, socialite-turned-reality-TV-star Kim Kardashian.

In an onstage interview with Re/code’s Kara Swisher, Kardashian expressed her love for the Waterloo, Ont.-based company.

Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian arrives at the Tao Nightclub at The Venetian Las Vegas to celebrate her 34th birthday on Oct. 25, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (David Becker/Getty Images/AFP)

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Feds launch drone safety campaign

- October 22nd, 2014

On Tuesday, Transport Minister Lisa Raitt launched a safety awareness campaign for unmanned air vehicles – or drones, as they’re more commonly known.

“As Minister of Transport, it’s my job to make sure we keep our skies safe for aircraft of all sizes,” Raitt said in the press release. “This campaign will help build awareness so that Canadians always think safety first and understand how to operate their drones safely and legally.”

Drone

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A look at Motorola’s new phones and smartwatch

- October 7th, 2014

Last week, I was given the opportunity to get a brief look at some of the new products coming from Motorola this fall – namely the updates to both the Moto X and Moto G and the new smartwatch, the Moto 360.

Moto X

Motorola, much like HTC has done with its One smartphone, has made the irritating decision for its flagship smartphone to not affix any numerals or symbols at the end of its name. So the new product has exactly the same as the last one, Moto X.

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Seriously… Windows 10?!

- October 1st, 2014

When Terry Myerson, head of operating systems for Microsoft, unveiled the latest version of Windows at an event in San Francisco on Tuesday, he said the choice of skipping over Windows 9 in the naming scheme because the new product “represents the first step for a whole new generation of Windows.”

“Windows 10 will run on the broadest type of devices ever, from the smallest Internet of Things to enterprise data centres worldwide,” he said. “Some of these devices have four-inch screens, some of these devices have 80-inch screens and some don’t have any screen at all.”

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A man needs a robot maid

- September 30th, 2014

“I was thinking that maybe I’d get a maid
Find a place nearby for her to stay.
Just someone to keep my house clean,
Fix my meals and go away.” – Neil Young

I hate to clean. It’s draining and I never get a sense of accomplishment at the end as everything gets dirty again. It’s like Sisyphus vacuuming up a hill.  So I share the sentiment in the Neil Young song A Man Needs a Maid.

While I don’t generally need someone to make my meals as I often eat out or order in,  I do occasionally get someone in to clean. But it gets expensive to do this on a regular basis. But iRobot has some products can cut down on the monotony of housework.

While they’re not exactly Rosie from The Jetsons, iRobot offers a line of robotic cleaners to help keep your home sparkling. You’ve likely heard of its line of Roomba vacuum cleaners before, if not from personal experience, at least from the series of YouTube videos of pets riding them.

But iRobot also offers products to help with other household chores. So in addition to getting to check out the latest top-of-the-line Roomba 880, I also got to test the Scooba 450, iRobot’s new floor-scrubbing robot.

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