Monday, September 15, 2014


Technology available today for cars to find space, park themselves, but hurdles remain

DETROIT — With a thumb swipe on a smartphone, your car one day will be able to drive into a parking deck, find an open spot and back into a space — all by itself.

Google warns against new TV regulations

GATINEAU, Que.—Online delivery services such as Netflix and YouTube would be harmed if regulations for Canada’s broadcast industry are extended to the digital world, says Google Canada.
The content driver issued the warning today at the start of two weeks of Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission hearings looking at how consumers view and pay for TV programming.

CRTC set to hold hearing into broad proposals for changing TV delivery system

OTTAWA — Canada’s broadcast regulator is set to begin a two-week public hearing into sweeping proposals that could, if adopted, dramatically change how Canadians receive and pay for their television.

Canada leading international effort to develop standards for ‘flushable wipes’

OTTAWA — Canada is leading an international work group to come up with an industry-wide standard for so-called flushable wipes as waste-water experts in North America and beyond blame the personal towelettes for a host of sewage system problems.

‘Hitchbot’ nearing journey’s end

KELOWNA, B.C.—The chatty, social-media-savvy robot that’s been thumbing rides with Canadians over the past three weeks is nearing the end of its Halifax-to-Victoria hitchhiking adventure.
Its creators say the last time it checked in early yesterday morning, “Hitchbot” was passing through Kelowna, B.C. on its way to the Open Space art centre on Vancouver Island.

Be careful on Twitter, recruits: College coaches are watching for bad social media behaviour

At St. Paul’s Episcopal School in Mobile, Alabama, the high school that produced Crimson Tide quarterbacks AJ McCarron and Jake Coker, there’s a new preseason ritual for football players: the social media talk.

Companies cater to outdoor enthusiasts who want to take electronic devices into wilderness

SALT LAKE CITY — It used to be that outdoor enthusiasts went into the wilderness to unplug. Now, most want to stay plugged in to their electronic devices as long as they can.

How to strengthen and secure your passwords in 7 simple steps

NEW YORK — This week’s news that a Russian crime ring has amassed some 1.2 billion username and password combinations makes now a good time to review ways to protect yourself online.
The hacking misdeeds were described in a New York Times story based on the findings of Hold Security, a Milwaukee firm that has a history of uncovering online security breaches.

Exclusivity clauses banned in wireless roaming contracts

OTTAWA—Wireless carriers in Canada have been banned from imposing exclusivity conditions in contracts that forced smaller firms to use more expensive roaming networks.
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission issued the prohibition order late last week, saying it was aimed at enhancing competition in the wireless marketplace.

NASA Mars mission in 2020 to try to turn Martian air into key rocket fuel ingredient: oxygen

WASHINGTON — NASA plans to make oxygen — a key ingredient of rocket fuel — on Mars early next decade.
Space agency officials unveiled seven instruments they plan to put on a Martian rover that would launch in 2020, including two devices aimed at bigger future Mars missions.

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