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Our northern neighbors not only excel at making maple syrup, they’re also very successful at educating their youngsters. A new test measured the computer competency of thousands of Canadian kids, who reached an above average score, reports Engadget. In Ontario, 60,000 eighth graders took the International Computer Literacy Study, which assesses their ability to use …

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Thus far in our “Powering the holidays” series, we’ve looked at companies providing the speed, data, monitoring and privacy protection that enable e-commerce businesses to thrive at the busiest time of the year. Even if merchants somehow master all of that, none of it matters much if deliveries show up after Christmas. All of their …

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Google is now letting Web users pay a monthly fee to remove ads from sites. The subscription service, called Google Contributor, asks users to pay $1 to $3 a month to remove advertising from partner sites on both desktop and mobile. Users who sign up for the service will see a “thank you” message from …

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Will a virtual visualization make a real difference in the way you manage your portfolio? That’s what Fidelity Investments is betting on with the beta launch of “StockCity,” a virtual reality platform that lets customers zoom through their portfolio as if they were on a helicopter winding around New York City, with stocks depicted as …

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An Apple store in the China Central Mall in Beijing, China

A jury has told Apple to pay a Texas company $23.6 million for using SkyTel pager technology in its iPhone and other devices without permission, Bloomberg reported. Owned by Mobile Telecommunications Technologies, the patents are from the 1990s and are mostly on the cusp of expiration, the news site said. MTel had sought $237.2 million, …

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The Uber app on a mobile phone in Madrid, Spain.

Uber, the taxi-hailing app, has unveiled a new feature that will enable passengers to listen to their own Spotify playlists as they travel, in what the group has described as a “first of its kind partnership”. In a call to investors on Monday afternoon, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick announced plans to team up with the …

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John Chen, chief executive officer of BlackBerry.

BlackBerry and Samsung announced on Thursday that they are joining forces to improve Android security with the BlackBerry Enterprise Service 12 server, which manages enterprise mobile devices running on Android, iOS, Windows Phone and BlackBerry’s own mobile operating system. The partnership with Samsung aims to win over even more enterprise customers. Beginning in early 2015, Samsung …

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Jack Ma, founder of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. at the 2014 CGI annual meeting in New York.

The richest man in China is unhappy. Speaking to CNBC from his company’s headquarters in Hangzhou, China, Alibaba founder and executive chairman Jack Ma said he has not been happy recently, and he finds being his country’s richest man “a great pain.” “This month I’m not very happy—I think too much pressure,” Ma said. “I …

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The US Postal Service says employees’ personal data, including Social Security numbers, may have been compromised. Dow Jones reported the total number of staff potentially affected at more than 500,000. In a statement Monday, the USPS said the FBI was leading an investigation. It also said customer credit card data did not appear to be …

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The 2014 Money20/20 Hackathon in Las Vegas where PayPal recruits for IT workers

At the Money 2020 Hackathon in Las Vegas, there’s more than just the $125,000 in prize money at stake. Winners here may also land a job with one of the hackathon’s sponsors PayPal. “They get to learn about our products and our company,” said PayPal’s Chief Technology Officer James Barrese. “We get to see what …

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Over the past 10 years, no disorder has become so familiar to Americans, yet remained so mysterious, as autism. Now affecting 1 in every 68 children born in the United States—up from 1 in 166 a decade ago—the condition has so far resisted nearly all efforts to cure it, curb it or even precisely define …

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The Google Mobile Wallet app for cardless payments is displayed on a smartphone screen at the Mobile World Congress.

To save this holiday season, it may pay to pull out your phone instead of your cash. But don’t plan to leave your wallet at home just yet. As mobile wallet technologies race to attract consumers, more platforms—and their retail partners—are using incentives to get shoppers to pay without pulling out cash or a credit …

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Amazon has introduced a new benefit for its Prime membership package: Prime Photos. This service provides free unlimited photo storage in the Amazon Cloud. Prime Photos accepts uploads from iOS and Android devices, Fire tablets and Fire phones, as well as Mac and Windows computers. Amazon boasts secure access to photo collections at any time …

Activision aims for higher sales

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQsJPLjSzOQ&feature=youtu.beCan Activision’s “Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare” game help the brand reverse its slump in sales?

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The new Apple Pay mobile payment system on the iPhone 6

Apple may already be declaring victory in mobile payments, but the mobile wallet wars are just beginning. Competitors will be stepping up their game to gain mobile market share and at least one (if not more) also will become a leader in the mobile payment market. Read More With Apple Pay, tech giant bets big on …