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How to save and manage data usage on your smartphone

Winston Sih | posted Monday, Feb 8th, 2016

  • Tip 1: Turn off Wi-Fi assist
  • Tip 2: Save your Google Maps offline on your device on Wi-Fi to prevent downloading when out and about.
  • Tip 3: Snapchat user? Turn on ‘travel mode’
  • Tip 4: Manage your background updates on apps
  • Tip 5: Listen to Spotify, read Next Issue? Turn on offline downloads and sync music on Wi-Fi
  • Tip 6: Disable Facebook autoplay videos
  • Tip 7: Turn off auto-update on apps over cellular

Broncos defence dominates Panthers in 24-10 Super Bowl win

Barry Wilner, The Associated Press | posted Monday, Feb 8th, 2016

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Peyton Manning gave himself a chance to have Super ending to his career, and Von Miller and the Denver defence made the plays to secure the title for the Broncos.

Manning and Panthers quarterback Cam Newton were harassed all game Sunday, and the Broncos made enough big plays for the 24-10 victory, Manning’s 200th and perhaps his last before retirement.

He wasn’t the star — game MVP Miller seemingly was everywhere on every Carolina play — but Manning really hasn’t been the headliner in this injury-shortened season.

Emulating his Broncos boss, John Elway, the 39-year-old Manning can ride off with the Lombardi Trophy after leading Denver to its third NFL title, first since 1999 — when Elway was the quarterback.

“I’ll take some time to reflect,” Manning said when asked if Super Bowl 50 is the end. “I got a couple priorities first. I’m going to go kiss my wife and my kids. … I’m going to drink a lot of Budweiser tonight. Take care of those things first.”

Denver’s suffocating defence kept Newton jittery all day. Despite wearing gold shoes before the golden Super Bowl, Newton couldn’t finish off a dynamic season in which he was the league’s MVP. Miller twice stripped him, once for a touchdown, the second time setting up a clinching TD. Denver’s top-ranked defence, the one that ran roughshod over Tom Brady in the AFC championship, simply wouldn’t let Newton get comfortable.

“It’s every one of these guys who go me to this,” Miller said.

Newton was sacked six times — receiver Ted Ginn Jr., went down once on an aborted trick play — and if Miller wasn’t torturing him, DeMarcus Ware was. Ware had two of the seven sacks, the most ever by one team in the Super Bowl.

Carolina’s potent offence that led the league with 500 points was held to its fewest points of the year, and Denver set an ignominious mark with 194 yards gained, the fewest for a Super Bowl winner.

So what: The Broncos (15-4) are champions and Manning is the first quarterback to win Super Bowls with two franchises, Indianapolis in 2007 was the other.

Manning finished 13 for 23 for 141 yards against a strong Carolina (17-2) defence that just couldn’t match Miller and company.

“This game was much like this season has been, testing our toughness, our resiliency, our unselfishness,” he said. “It’s only fitting that it turned out that way.”

“I feel very, very grateful. … Obviously, it’s very special to cap it off with a Super Bowl championship.”

Denver’s defence stole Carolina’s act. The Panthers led the league with 39 takeaways and were a plus-20 in turnovers. On the Super Bowl stage, though, Assistant Coach of the Year Wade Phillips got his first ring because his unit was impenetrable.

It was a far cry from two years ago, when the Broncos were routed by Seattle 43-8.

Carolina has made a habit of sprinting out of the gate in the playoffs. This time, it was Denver that got the quick start.

Manning opened the game with an 18-yard completion to Owen Daniels, later hit Andre Caldwell for 22, and C.J. Anderson had a 13-yard run. When the Panthers held, Brandon McManus kicked a 34-yard field goal.

The Panthers went nowhere on their first series, then their defence forced a three-and-out. It was the first of seven such aborted drives for both sides in the first half.

Carolina’s Ron Rivera, the Coach of the Year, lost a challenge on a pass to Jerricho Cotchery , and it was a key decision because two plays later, Miller burst through and didn’t even go for the sack. He reached directly for the ball, stripping it from Newton. It rolled to the goal line, where Malik Jackson pounced on it for a 10-0 lead.

Miller dabbed in the end zone in front of legions of orange-clad Broncos fans after Denver’s first defensive touchdown in a Super Bowl.

Miller spied on Newton at times, and Newton noticed. But Newton escaped him for runs of 11 and 12 yards — Miller’s hard tackle out of bounds bothered several Panthers — and a 19-yard pass to Greg Olsen on a misdirection play kept alive Carolina’s first scoring drive.

Jonathan Stewart, back from hurting his right foot earlier, dived in from the 1 to make it 10-7.

But sloppiness — and strong defence — marked the rest of the game.

The first half ended 13-7 after McManus made a 33-yarder that followed the longest punt return in Super Bowl history. It was a strange runback, too.

Brad Nortman’s kick from his 12 was barely deflected, and the ball fluttered to Jordan Norwood. One Panther bumped Norwood, but he didn’t call for a fair catch, then took off to his right. Escorted by a bevy of blockers, he appeared headed for a touchdown until DE Mario Addison chased him down at the Carolina 14, a 61-yard jaunt.

Denver also forced the first fumble of the season by All-Pro fullback Mike Tolbert.

But the Broncos also had a giveaway when Manning was picked by DE Kony Ealy on a zone blitz deep in Panthers territory. And the lead was only six at halftime.

The margin stayed there when Graham Gano hit the right upright on a 44-yard field goal attempt to open the second half. Then his counterpart, McManus, made his 10th in as many post-season tries for a 16-7 margin. The kicker was rescuing Denver’s inept short-yardage offence, just as he did in a playoff win over Pittsburgh when he made five field goals.

Gano made up for his miss with a 39-yarder to make it a one-score game with 10:21 remaining. The 50th Super Bowl came down to the last quarter — and as it had all day, Denver’s defence dominated.

Ghomeshi back in court for second week of trial

The Canadian Press | posted Monday, Feb 8th, 2016

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The trial of Jian Ghomeshi, the disgraced former broadcaster accused of sexual assault, will continue Monday.

Ghomeshi is charged with four counts of sexual assault, and one count of overcome resistance by choking, which he has pleaded not guilty to.

Last week, the court heard from former actress Lucy DeCoutere, the only one of the three complainants in the case who can be publicly named.

Ghomeshi’s lawyer launched an intense cross-examination of DeCoutere over emails sent to the former CBC host.

One of them, sent a few hours after DeCoutere alleges Ghomeshi assaulted her, expressed a desire to have sex with him.

But DeCoutere said that doesn’t change the fact that she was assaulted.

The court has yet to hear from a third complainant who is slated to testify in the trial.

Ghomeshi acknowledged in 2014 that he engaged in rough sex acts, but said it was consensual.

Taxi protest planned for NBA All-Star weekend in Toronto

CityNews | posted Monday, Feb 8th, 2016

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Hundreds of taxi drivers joined together on Sunday evening at the Woodbine Banquet Hall to announce, with screaming approval, that they will be protesting during NBA All-Star weekend.

“We are going for a heavy duty strike much bigger than December 9th,” said Paul Sekhon, head of the newly formed United Taxi Workers Association of the GTA.

Sekhon told CityNews that the strike will start on Friday.

Representatives from all of the region’s taxi associations sat down together for the first time on to plan the strike. The Workers Association, formed at Sunday night’s meeting, is an umbrella group, designed to protect all members of the taxi industry, from drivers all the way up to brokerages.

Organizers say that since city council voted to delay a possible injunction against UberX last week, cabbies are being forced to take matters into their own hands. The City of Toronto has also granted a taxi brokerage license to Uber, putting it on the same footing as regulated taxi companies Beck and Royal.

Taxi industry leaders are planning to release more details about their upcoming protest on Wednesday.

Mayor John Tory is expected to outline the city’s response on Monday morning, ahead of an NBA All-Star announcement.

Toronto, like many cities around the world, has been struggling to monitor ridesharing services like Uber since it first set up shop in 2012.

Earlier this month, insurance company Aviva Canada announced that it had plans to provide ride-sharing drivers with special coverage.

Celebrate with Beyoncé, JT, dragons and street food in Toronto this weekend

Amber LeBlanc and Diana Pereira | posted Friday, Feb 5th, 2016

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Since it feels like spring (at the moment), you may as well make some weekend plans before your hibernating gene kicks in again when the weather gets cooler.

Weekend events

Dragon Ball
To mark the upcoming Lunar New Year, one of the region’s premiere galas is being held this weekend at Metro Toronto Convention Centre. This year’s black tie Dragon Ball opens Saturday with a grand reception, followed by a four-course dinner at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The event will raise money for the Yee Hong Community Wellness Foundation, which helps seniors lead independent lives. Tickets are available here.

Clearance Actor Alan Cumming at home in New York. Photo via alancumming.com
Clearance Actor Alan Cumming at home in New York. Photo via alancumming.com

Alan Cumming Live
A four-time Emmy nominee and Tony-award winning star is in Toronto this weekend at Winter Garden Theatre. Alan Cumming, who currently stars in The Good Wife, will be performing “Sappy Songs” at the Winter Garden Theatre Saturday night. The New York Times has called his show an “emotional firestorm,” in which he performs songs by Billy Joel, Rufus Wainwaight and Miley Cyrus. Tickets are available here.

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra performing at Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in Florida. Photo via facebook.com/torontosymphonyorchestra.
The Toronto Symphony Orchestra performing at Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in Florida. Photo via facebook.com/torontosymphonyorchestra.

TSO teams up with Science Centre
A right brain-left brain meeting is happening Saturday at Roy Thomson Hall. The Toronto Symphony Orchestra teams up with the Ontario Science Centre for a concert which explores different sounds, technology, space and science experiments. Kids are encouraged to come out, especially budding scientists. The TSO says it’s suitable for children ages 5 to 12.

Midnight MRKT at 2nd Floor Events
Street food and cocktails will be served at this late-night shopping event on Friday where local retailers will sell their wares (cash only). Bring your dancing shoes because there will be a DJ spinning some tunes. $5 tickets will be on sale at the door.

Beyonce vs. JT Photo via FACEBOOK
Beyonce vs. JT Photo via FACEBOOK

Queen B vs JT: Battle of the Sexes Video Dance Party
You may want to wear a “Halo” or a “Suit and Tie” for this event. Beyoncé meets Justin Timberlake at this video dance party at the Gladstone Hotel. Tickets are $12.25 and are available here.

Valentine's popup shop at Fika Photo via FACEBOOK
Valentine’s popup shop at Fika Photo via FACEBOOK

Valentine’s pop-up shop in Kensington Market
While picking up your groceries at the market this weekend, you may want to pick up a few sweet things (for your beau, or better yet, for yourself!) ahead of Valentine’s Day, Or for no reason at all, if you don’t buy into the Hallmark holiday. Fika, an independent cafe, will be hosting a pop-up shop, showcasing five artists, makers and designers selling gifts such as cards, textiles and jewelry.

TTC closures

There are no scheduled TTC closures this weekend.

Drake, Reynolds and Mirren among celebs in Super Bowl commercials

Christine Chubb | posted Friday, Feb 5th, 2016

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It’s cliche to say, but the commercials really are the best thing about the Super Bowl.

This year some of the biggest celebrities on the planet are headed to the small screen for these multi-million dollar ads.

Some have messages, some are funny and some … we’ll let you decide.

Helen Mirren – Budweiser

Oscar winning actress and all around bad-ass Helen Mirren uses 60 seconds of Budweiser’s time not just to promote the product but to offer up a no holds barred PSA against drinking and driving.

Titled ‘Simply Put’, Mirren unleashes a tongue lashing, calling those who still drink a drive, among other things, ‘a human form of pollution,’ while sitting at a low-lit leather booth in front of a cheeseburger.

Ryan Reynolds – Hyundai

Ryan Reynolds stars in every woman’s fantasy – a town filled with dozens of Ryan Reynolds. Complete with Salt-N-Pepa’s ‘What A Man,” this dream come true is courtesy of the 2017 Hyundai Elantra.

The Vancouver native, who is currently promoting the upcoming film ‘Deadpool’ described it on Twitter as “Of all the roles I’ve played, this was the most…. roles”

Welcome to ‘Ryanville.’

Drake – T-Mobile

Toronto rap superstar Drake pokes fun at corporate suits in a commercial for T-Mobile titled ‘Restricted Bling.’

The former ‘Degrassi: The Next Generation’ star dusted off his acting chops while smiling politely at companies attempting to insert sales pitches into songs without considering artistic message.

And you thought 2016 was the year you were going to get ‘Hotline Bling’ out of your head.

And while the big names may get all the attention, the real winner of the Super Bowl 2016 commercial battle may just be Heinz Ketchup with its absolutely adorable ad ‘Wiener Stampede.’

Enjoy!

The 5 Apple Watch Apps You Need to Try

Claudia Steven | posted Thursday, Feb 4th, 2016

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Ultimate Photo Editor Lite
What it does: If you can take a selfie on your Apple Watch, you should be able to edit it right? Right. The Ultimate Photo Editor Lite isn’t exactly a replacement for Photoshop, but it definitely covers the essentials. Enhance your photo with basic editing tools and add filters, frames or light leaks. Save your finished work of art in high-resolution and share with your friends and social networks right from your watch.
Cost: Free

Supercat Momo

What it does: While we’re all obsessed with Neko Atsume: Kitty Collector, it sadly isn’t yet available for Apple Watch. So, feed your cat-hoarding addiction with Supercat Momo. In this Super Mario-style adventure game, you become a cat trying to protect your village from the threat of fiery dragons. Jump and run to collect coins and defeat your enemies. All in a day’s work, right?
Cost: 
Free + in-app purchases

Runkeeper
What it does: 
Whether you run marathons or are working on your New Year’s resolutions, Runkeeper is the perfect app for motivating you to hit the pavement. Compare each run to track your progress and achieve fitness goals by saving your distance, time and heart rate. For beginners, try the run/walk training plans to help ease into your ambitious fitness routine. Bonus: You can sync your customized Spotify or iTunes playlists with this app.
Cost: 
Free + in-app purchases

BLINQ
What it does: 
 Similar to Tinder, BLINQ prompts you to swipe to say “Hi” or “Bye” to other app users/potential hook-ups in your area. Out with your friends? Check out InstaConnect to find matches at the same bar or club in real-time. But that’s not all: Stay up-to-date on the the most popular events in your city using HotList or see which area has the most activity on the HeatMap.
Cost: 
Free

Keep 
What it does: 
If Pinterest and your shopping addiction came together and had a baby, it would be Keep. Discover new products when you scroll through Keep’s endless feed of the latest in fashion, decor and design. Each item is linked to an online store allowing you to check the price and purchase directly through the app. If you see something you like but aren’t ready to buy, save for later in a customizable collection. Our favourite feature? If you “keep” an item in your collection, you’ll receive a notification as soon as it goes on sale. 
Cost: 
Free (aside from all the $$$ we will now be spending on sale items directly from our watches)

Muzzo expected to plead guilty to drunk driving charges

CityNews | posted Thursday, Feb 4th, 2016

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The man accused of being behind the wheel of the SUV that killed three children and their grandfather last September is due back in court on Thursday.

Marco Muzzo, 29, is expected to plead guilty to charges related to the crash in Vaughan.

The Toronto Sun reports that a recent Supreme Court decision on drunk driving could increase the amount of jail time Muzzo receives.

Legal experts say the court’s ruling has opened the door to judges imposing longer sentences.

Muzzo is facing four counts of drunk driving causing death.

Nine-year-old Daniel Neville-Lake, his five-year-old brother Harrison, their two-year-old sister Milly, and their 65-year-old grandfather Gary Neville died after the van they were in was T-boned by an SUV.

The children’s grandmother and great-grandmother were seriously injured in the crash.

The children’s parents, who’ve attended all of Muzzo’s court hearings to date, said they were “cautiously optimistic” about his intentions to plead guilty because it would allow them to move forward.

With files from The Canadian Press

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