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Canada's Best Brands 2016, According To Canadian Business Magazine

(0) Comments | Posted October 31, 2015 | 1:10 PM

Most of the time, businesses are assessed by things like revenue, profits and stock performance.

But the average Canadian doesn't really care about how well the shares of [insert company name here] are doing.

Thankfully, Canadian Business has compiled a list of the Top 25 most influential brands...

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Apple Pay Launches In Canada, But Only For American Express Cardholders

(2) Comments | Posted October 28, 2015 | 12:32 PM

American Express announced this week it will be partnering with Apple to release Apple Pay, Apple's mobile wallet, in Canada and other "key global markets."

"With our global reach, we are able to bring Apple Pay to Card Members quickly in these important countries," Tony Prentice, American Express'...

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Walmart Wants Delivery Drones, Too

(0) Comments | Posted October 27, 2015 | 12:54 PM

Wal-Mart asked the Federal Aviation Administration Monday for permission to test drones for home delivery, curbside pickup and checking warehouse inventories, Reuters reports.

The retail giant has been conducting indoor tests for months and is now looking to use the machines outdoors to "research drone use in 'deliveries...

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Canada's Most Expensive Homes, October 2015

(1) Comments | Posted October 27, 2015 | 7:57 AM

Experts predict that Canada's fiery housing market will begin to "moderate" in the next two years. Meaning sellers shouldn't expect to see properties for sale commanding the lofty bids they once did.

MLS forecasts the average price to be between $417,000 and $459,000 this year. In 2016, it...

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Cypress Umbrella Promises To Be '10 Times Stronger' Than Any Umbrella You've Owned

(13) Comments | Posted October 24, 2015 | 2:33 PM

We've all had this problem. It's raining and windy. You're cold, wet, and just want to get to where you're going, dry. Then Mother Nature suddenly throws a strong gust of wind towards you and your poor, battered umbrella.

Now you're cold and the only thing...

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The Best Canadian Credit Cards Of 2015

(2) Comments | Posted October 21, 2015 | 1:01 PM

With so many different things to take into account, shopping around for credit cards isn't easy.

Points, miles, cash back, and annual fees are some of the things that need to be considered when consumers choose which credit card is best for them.

“It can be tricky to assess...

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Air Canada In-Flight Food Just Went Gourmet (For Business Class Travellers)

(6) Comments | Posted October 20, 2015 | 3:53 PM

Let's face it, if you want a good meal, airline food doesn't really come to mind.

Heck, the stuff isn't really known for the attributes that make food enjoyable, like flavour or texture or even looking good.

It seems Air Canada wants to end the era of poor-quality, bland...

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Justin Trudeau Bat Flip Is The New Mic Drop

(0) Comments | Posted October 20, 2015 | 12:23 PM

Justin Trudeau secured a majority government in Monday's federal election, and he may have also won the Internet with a little help from one of our favourite Blue Jays.

When Toronto's Jose Bautista famously tossed his bat in celebration after landing a home run that propelled his team...

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Nike Is One Step Closer To Being Able To 3D-Print Shoes

(2) Comments | Posted October 16, 2015 | 2:06 PM

There are going to be some pretty cool kicks.

Yesterday, Nike was granted a patent for a major technology that will bring it one step closer to being able to 3D-print shoes — and reduce its employment costs.

Nike COO Eric Sprunk described the new technology at the...

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Uber Canada Partners With Air Miles, As UberRUSH Delivery Service Launches In U.S.

(1) Comments | Posted October 15, 2015 | 12:57 PM

Running a business of any size is no mean feat. Day-to-day operations are complex enough, but if you want to offer delivery to your customers, you could be biting off more than you can chew, logistically.

Now business owners in Chicago, New York, and San Francisco can use the power...

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BlackBerry Phones May Soon Be A Thing Of The Past: CEO

(13) Comments | Posted October 14, 2015 | 4:17 PM

Five million.

That's how many phones BlackBerry's CEO, John Chen, says the company needs to sell a year to make its handset business profitable, The Verge reports.

If it doesn't, Chen hints that the company may leave the handset business altogether — a stark contrast to the days...

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Hazing Ritual Forces Chinese Flight Attendants Into Overhead Bins

(1) Comments | Posted October 14, 2015 | 11:28 AM

Chinese airlines have some pretty strict requirements for their flight attendants.

Hong Kong Airlines requires them to be martial artists.

China Southern Airlines requires flight crew to have "nice legs, be no older than 24 and be taller than average."

At Kunming Airlines, female flight attendants...

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The Top One Per Cent Own Half Of The World: Credit Suisse Report

(49) Comments | Posted October 13, 2015 | 2:35 PM

Despite global wealth decreasing by $12.4 trillion over the past year, mainly due to currency fluctuations, the global distribution of wealth has become even more unequal.

Today the top one per cent "account for half of all assets in the world," according to Credit Suisse's 2015 Global...

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Pepsi Is Launching Smartphones In China

(0) Comments | Posted October 13, 2015 | 12:19 PM

Get ready, Pepsi fans with relatives in China: PepsiCo will be launching smartphones and accessories in the coming months.

To be clear, the food and beverage company says it will not be getting into the mobile phone manufacturing business. Instead, the company will be working with a licensing partner to...

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Meet Kasita, The Tiny Smart Home That Can Move Between Cities

(7) Comments | Posted October 8, 2015 | 7:39 PM

Unfortunately for Canadians, owning a place to call your own in the city isn't very cheap.

Cue Kasita, a U.S. startup aiming to "solve the urban sustainability crisis; allowing you to own an ultimate smart home."

Kasita's modular homes fit into a "stack" that can occupy...

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Staff Playing Hooky To Watch The Jays Game? These Guys Have Got You Covered.

(0) Comments | Posted October 8, 2015 | 1:49 PM

Employees playing hooky to watch the Jays game? Don't worry, Hays has you covered, boss.

With the Jays' first couple of playoff games scheduled for the middle of the workday, fans are contemplating how to get out of work to support their team.

"I'm going...

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#WestJetVegasUpgrade Takes Passengers On An Epic Vegas Trip

(2) Comments | Posted October 6, 2015 | 11:08 AM

WestJet is getting pretty good at the whole: "surprising people with really awesome experiences" thing.

They've nailed Christmas

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and playing golf.

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They're...

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BlackBerry CEO John Chen's Awkward Demo Of New Phone Probably Won't Help Company

(7) Comments | Posted September 30, 2015 | 2:36 PM

BlackBerry is hoping its first Android phone will help the company turn around its sagging sales.

The phone, called Priv (short for "privacy"), was demoed by BlackBerry's CEO John Chen in an recent interview with BNN.

The moment turns a little awkward. You...

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Toronto's Old City Hall May Soon Become A Mall

(2) Comments | Posted September 29, 2015 | 11:32 AM

Toronto's Old City Hall could be filled with shoppers instead of lawyers as the provincial and municipal courts prepare to leave the building sometime in the next decade.

A city staff report, to be considered by the Government Management Committee on Oct. 5, makes a number of recommendations,...

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Khurshid Guru 'MacGyvers' A Nebulizer For A Toddler Having An Asthma Attack On An Air Canada Flight

(6) Comments | Posted September 27, 2015 | 5:17 PM

When it comes to saving lives on a transatlantic flight, sometimes you have to get creative.

Dr. Khurshid Guru, director of Robotic Surgery at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute, was travelling from Spain to the U.S. on an Air Canada flight when he learned there was a...

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