The Samsung Note 9: Bigger, badder, and boring

As Samsung President Dong Jin Koh paced around the stage in New York to introduce the company’s newest phone on Thursday, it all felt a bit surreal. The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is no doubt an impressive piece of hardware, but we’ve heard this kind of hyperbole — this is the most powerful phone ever — before. In fact we hear it at every release event, every year. The first iPhone or even the first Galaxy Note were radically new pieces of technology, but for all its genuinely powerful, novel features, the Note 9 is just another incremental upgrade. This is not really Samsung’s fault. The familiarity of the Note… Read More

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Canada’s Job Vacancy Rate Hits Record High; Here’s Where The Jobs Are

Canadian businesses are having a historically hard time finding employees, and the good news for workers is that pay is likely headed up. The latest Help Wanted Report from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) showed Canada’s job vacancy rate hit 3.1 per cent in the April-to-June quarter this year, the highest rate since the CFIB started tracking this data in 2004. This means that for every 100 jobs in the country, more than three have been sitting empty for four months or longer. A job vacancy rate is sort of the opposite of an unemployment rate: The stronger the job market, the higher the vacancy rate. Job openings… Read More

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Tribune withdraws plans for $3.9 billion merger with Sinclair

Tribune Media said Thursday that it would scrap its $3.9 billion merger with Sinclair Broadcast Group and sue Sinclair for “breach of contract,” Fox Business reports. Tribune says Sinclair promised to make a reasonable attempt to get prompt regulatory approval, but conducted unnecessarily aggressive and slow negotiations with the Justice Department and the Federal Communications Commission. The deal began to unravel last month when the FCC raised “serious concerns” about the merger, which would have created a company reaching up to 70 million households. Sinclair had said the merger would be “transformational.” Tribune CEO Peter Kern said in a statement that the FCC referred “the issue of Sinclair’s conduct” for… Read More

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Ontario Basic Income Project End Date To Be Announced, Lisa MacLeod Says

TORONTO — A basic income pilot project aimed at reducing poverty in Ontario is failing and many of the participants have dropped out, the province’s Progressive Conservative government said Wednesday as it defended its controversial decision to wind down the program. Social Services Minister Lisa MacLeod said pilot participants would receive their cheques past August, and the program’s end date would be announced later this month. “I just wanted to point out, to begin with, the basic income research project is failing, and it’s plain and simple,” MacLeod said during Question Period. “The (previous) Liberal government had difficulty signing people up for this approach. Now a sizable number, over 25… Read More

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Uniqlo Is Finally Bringing Online Shopping To Canada

If you’re a fan of affordable fashion, you might want to adjust your monthly budget: popular Japanese retailer Uniqlo has announced that they’re bringing online shopping to Canada. You can now order clothing from their mobile-only online store or app and have it delivered anywhere in Canada. This is a pretty significant change, since the five physical Uniqlo stores in the country are in Toronto and Vancouver. A Uniqlo rep confirmed that the online store will be shipping and operating across all of Canada, including Quebec, and that the mobile store will be available in both French and English. It will also offer extended sizes, from XXS up to 2XL.… Read More

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The VA is apparently being secretly run by a Mar-a-Lago shadow triumvirate

Even before Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie was sworn in July 30, he discovered what his predecessor, David Shulkin, had known: The real power at the VA resides at Mar-a-Lago, President Trump’s private club in Florida, wielded by a triumvirate of Mar-a-Lago members led by Ike Perlmutter, the almost comically reclusive CEO of Marvel Entertainment, Isaac Arnsdorf reports at ProPublica. When Trump asked Perlmutter, a friend and confidante, to help put together his government in December 2016, he agreed to be an outside adviser, selected veterans as his focus, and roped in two other friends, Palm Beach doctor Bruce Moskovitz and lawyer Marc Sherman, Arnsdorf says. The “Mar-a-Lago Crowd,” as… Read More

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