Alberta’s Distracted Driving Legislation goes into effect September 1st

Alberta’s Distracted Driving Legislation (Bill 16) which resticts the use of hand-held communication and entertainment devices will come into effect September 1, 2011.

Similar to legislation in effect in most Canadian provinces, the new law will make it illegal for drivers on all roads in both urban and rural areas of the province to text, type, dial or email using hand-held devices while operating a vehicle.

HP may bring back the TouchPad

Just two weeks after Hewlett Packard announced it would sell off its personal computer unit, shelve the webOS operating system and the HP Touchpad, the company appears to have had a change of heart.

SiriusXM promotion targets former customers

In emails sent to former satellite radio subscribers, SiriusXM in the U.S and Canada is offering lapsed customers free access to sixty channels for two weeks starting August 30th.

The free channels include a variety of commercial free music, sports, news and entertainment stations. Sorry no Stern!

Rogers LTE network coming to Toronto end of September

Rogers Communications Inc. has announced that its commercial Long Term Evolution (LTE) wireless network in Toronto was now operational. Toronto is the second market where Rogers has lit up LTE. Vancouver and Montreal are expected to come on board later this fall.

The future promise of LTE technology for Rogers is better network performance, better support for data services demanded by todays smartphones, and most importantly for Rogers lower costs in maintaining the network.

Burlington Apple store opens this weekend

Apple will open its 21st Canadian store this Saturday September 3rd at 9:30am in Burlington’s Mapleview Centre.

LG now selling the PenTouch Plasma TV in the U.S.

LG Electronics in the United States has launched the LG PenTouch Plasma television that lets viewers use a special touch-sensitive stylus pen to interact with the Internet and to create, modify and control a variety of content directly on the screen.

The line of televisions, first demonstrated at CES, includes a fifty inch model which will sell for $1,100, and two sixty inch models which will sell for $1,700 and $2,200 USD respectively. The set also requires a Windows PC (not included) for the touch interactivity.

Two thirds of American adults use social networking sites

Almost two out of three (65%) of adult internet users in the United States now say they use a social networking site, up from 61% a year ago, according to a recent report by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project.

The researchers also say that if marks the first time that more than half of all adults (which includes online and offline adults) use sites such as MySpace, Facebook or LinkedIn.

/A\ Network becomes CTV2 starting today

Bell Media’s CTV2, formerly known as the /A\ Network, launched today in standard definition.

The rebranded network will begin broadcasting in high definition to English Canadian viewers in Vancouver/Victoria, Toronto/Barrie, Ottawa, London, Windsor and Atlantic Canada on Wednesday

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