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‘Splinter Cell’ movie: Joseph Kahn might be new director; will Tom Hardy’s other gadgets be stripped off?

Since writers including Director Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow) have backed out from the “Splinter Cell” movie in the earlier part of this year, Ubisoft is on the search for a new director. Joseph Kahn might be hired to take on directing duties. Whoever will finally take the lead may also have a final say if viewers will see Tom ... Read More »

Can Product Hunt Make Its Tech Audience Like Books Too (Or Just Tech Books)?

A new books section that popular app and gadget discovery site Product Hunt is launching today is perhaps its first real reckoning moment — an opportunity to see whether a broader audience would use this kind of service. “In some ways [books are] becoming more democratized in terms of distribution — people are self publishing,” said founder Ryan Hoover in an interview. “It’s an interesting place ... Read More »

Google Photos vs. Apple’s Photos vs. Yahoo’s Flickr

Google’s new service for organizing and backing up images blends some of the best of what Apple and Yahoo have rolled out in recent months. These services come as smartphone cameras get better, and people take more photos and video with them. The problem is many of the images simply sit on the phones, taking up valuable space. Worse, digital ... Read More »

Sony Testing Android Concept UI Based on Android 5.1 Lollipop

Sony will start testing an initiative called ‘Android Concept’ from July 27 to September 13 with Sony Xperia Z3 users in Sweden. The initiative by the Japanese smartphone maker is aimed at improving “Sony Mobile’s overall Android experience first and foremost.” As a part of the initiative, Sony would be letting testers run early builds of a new version of ... Read More »

The rollup TV is coming: LG builds $900m plant to make bendable screens for phones and other gadgets

LG has revealed a new $900m flexible screen plant designed to keep up with exploding demand for new screens. The screens are expected to be used in everything from smartwatches to TVs, with plans for another plant to build big screen TVs already underway. The technology is already used in the Apple Watch, and handsets like Samsung’s S6 Galaxy Edge ... Read More »

Motorola Moto X (Gen 3) Design Tipped in Leaked Images

As the Motorola’s July 28 event nears, more leaks for the unannounced Moto G (Gen 3) handset have been popping up on the Internet. However, a set of new images of the Moto X (Gen 3) have now also leaked to the Web. The images posted on the Android Peru Facebook community page on Wednesday, shows the Moto X (Gen ... Read More »

Amazon’s Birthday Present: Surprise Q2 Profit

Investors helped Amazon celebrate its 20th birthday, pushing the online retailer’s stock up 17 percent in aftermarket trading Thursday after it reported a surprise second-quarter profit. If the jump holds in Friday trading, Amazon’s stock-market value could surpass that of its longtime retail rival Wal-Mart Stores Inc., signaling a sea change in the US retail landscape. Amazon, which turned 20 ... Read More »

Richmond police chief investigating Facebook post by department’s HR head

Richmond Police Chief Alfred Durham has commenced an internal affairs investigation of his department’s human resources director after she posted a Facebook message last week that some officers view as offensive, demeaning and “over the top.” HR Director Antoinette Archer’s message, posted on her Facebook page July 13, “concerned me so much that I opened up an internal affairs investigation,” ... Read More »

Why you shouldn’t fear your finances (you’re probably richer than you think)

Do you procrastinate about taking care of financial matters in your life? Recently a fascinating article about financial procrastination appeared online. The author publicly admitted that “after years of procrastinating,” he finally logged on to his retirement account. It took him years to get around to dealing with it because the entire task made him anxious. Moreover, he stated he ... Read More »

HOME NEWS POLITICS LOCAL NEWS CRIME NATIONAL WORLD TRAFFIC Falling dollar bolsters treasury as oil drop hits provincial coffers

The diving dollar is one of few bright spots for Alberta’s finances as energy prices continue to slump. The Canadian dollar hit its lowest level since 2004 this week as oil prices resumed their fall and recession worries grew, with the loonie sliding to 76.69 cents US Thursday. While plunging oil prices have hammered Alberta’s bottom line since last fall, a lower dollar softens the ... Read More »