iOS 12.2 beta 1 brings Apple News to Canada

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Apple News has finally landed in Canada, eh.
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iOS developers didn’t have to wait long for Apple to bust out new software for testing after the company put out iOS 12.1.3 just a few days ago.

The first iOS 12.2 beta was seeded to developers this morning bringing a host of new fixes and under-the-hood improvements. There are also a couple of new features, including support for Apple News for users in Canada for the first time ever.

MagicScroll tablet phone rolls up to fit in your pocket

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The MagicScroll is a tablet with a display flexible enough to roll into a cylinder.
The MagicScroll is a tablet with a display flexible enough to roll into a cylinder.
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Forget folding displays. A group of Canadian researchers created a working prototype of a rollable tablet. The MagicScroll is intended to show that computer screens don’t have to be flat.

The biggest challenge in mobile design today is somehow making larger and larger displays fit in a pants pocket. The MagicScroll accomplishes that by rolling up into a cylinder.

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds fights Fortnite on iPhone in U.S.

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PUBG Mobile reaches the West.
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It is shaping up to be a spectacular month for battle royale games on iOS. After the hugely popular Fortnite landed in the App Store last week, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has made its way to iPhone and iPad.

After a round of beta testing in Canada, the free PUBG Mobile is now available on iOS (and Android) in the United States and other locations around the world.

Apple defends iPhone slowdown in Canadian parliament

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Apple's still defending the iPhone slowdown controversy.
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Apple and Geekbench’s John Poole have testified in front of Canada’s House of Commons committee regarding the iPhone slowdown controversy, and how Apple handled it.

A representative for Apple Canada read prepared remarks, saying that the offending iOS update was intended to help devices continue to use old iPhones for longer. Meanwhile, Poole was asked to explain a few technical details of the slowdown and his thoughts on whether Apple purposely mislead the public.

Tim Cook takes first trip to Canada as Apple CEO

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Tim Cook made a surprise visit to a Toronto Apple Store.
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Tim Cook sure racks up the air miles! This week, Apple’s CEO visited Canada, where he made a surprise appearance at a downtown Toronto Apple Store, and took in a Maple Leafs game for good measure.

Incredibly, this is Cook’s first ever visit to Canada since assuming the role of Apple CEO back in August 2011.

Tim Cook promises employees to work with Congress to help Dreamers

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Tim Cook greeting employees at CTS.
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Apple CEO Tim Cook sent out a new letter this morning pledging to help fight for the protection of his employees who are now at risk of being deported.

The letter comes just hours after Donald Trump’s administration revealed plans to officially rescind Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in the next six months. If Trump’s plan goes through, hundreds of Apple employees who are Dreamers could be forced out of the country. In his email, Cook says he’ll work with members of Congress from both parties to ensure that doesn’t happen.

Read Tim’s inspiring note to employees:

Apple shares inspiring ‘Portrait of Canada’ in latest iPhone ad

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One of the many breathtaking shots of Canada shot on iPhone.
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Apple published a new video to celebrate Canada’s inclusive spirit today as the company’s latest ad for its ‘Shot on iPhone’ campaign.

The inspiring commercial was created by three Canadian artists with the help of iPhone owners across the country. Like many of Apple’s other ‘Shot on iPhone’ ads the new ‘Portrait of Canada’ spot features a montage of short videos and photographs captured by iPhone.

Apple Watch now available from Sport Chek stores in Canada

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It's even easier to get your hands on Apple Watch in Canada.
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Sport Chek, the largest sports retailer in Canada, now stocks multiple models of Apple Watch.

Its selection isn’t quite as big as the Apple’s but its prices are the same, and it’s more convenient for those who don’t live near an official Apple store.

Forget replacing humans, Apple wants AI to improve our memory

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Siri may soon remember every detail of your life.
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If Apple has its way in the field of artificial intelligence, robots and algorithms won’t just be used to replace you at work, they could help fix your brain too.

Apple executive and Siri co-creator, Tom Gruber, laid out a different vision for artificial intelligence today while speaking at the TED 2017 conference in Vancouver, Canada. During his remarks, Gruber told the crowd how he thinks AI could become more helpful than harmful.

Samsung Galaxy S7 explodes in man’s face

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Galaxy Note 7 that exploded while charging.
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A Canadian man says he’s lucky to still have his eyes after a Samsung Galaxy S7 exploded in his hands.

Amarjit Mann told a local news station that he felt something in his pocket getting warm while he was driving. He pulled out his Galaxy S7 and says it exploded immediately. Sparks from the blast hit him in the cheek.