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Tech blog roundup

by Saleem Khan, CBC News Online

Robots, space (both real and in science fiction), the spin on Windows Vista and the surprising things people will click on while surfing the internet were all among the subjects that have caught our attention lately. Here's the list:

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Florida teens who recorded drowning and laughed could be charged
A group of Florida teenagers who recorded a man drowning on cellphones and laughed about it rather than calling for help could face charges, according the police chief in Cocoa, Fla.
U.S. Congress strikes deal on sanctions bill, handcuffing Trump on Russia
U.S. lawmakers have reached agreement on legislation would limit any potential effort by U.S. President Donald Trump to try to lift sanctions against Moscow.
UN calls for meeting over escalating Israeli-Palestinian violence
The United Nations Security Council will meet on Monday to discuss the spate of Israeli-Palestinian violence in years, diplomats said on Saturday as clashes continued around a Jerusalem holy site.
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Thousands free to return home as some B.C. wildfire evacuation orders downgraded
As thousands of evacuees got the OK to return home Saturday, federal public safety Min. Ralph Goodale said Ottawa will match financial aid contributions to the Canadian Red Cross.
Canadians set record with U.S. real estate shopping spree
The big spending comes despite the loonie's relative weakness compared to the greenback.
Indigenous Games leaves lasting impact on all who participated video
On the field, court, pitch or pool, there was no shortage of athletic triumphs as competitors from 22 teams battled for medals in 14 sports at the North American Indigenous Games. But for many, the event was more about the spirit of competition than reaching the podium.
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Trudeau 'not working hard enough' on NAFTA file, says Scheer video audio
The leader of the Official Opposition is calling out Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's credentials handling the North American Trade Agreement file, less than a month before negotiations with the U.S. and Mexico get underway.
Wildrose and PC members approve unite-the-right deal with 95% voting 'yes'
Alberta Wildrose and Progressive Conservative party members have ratified the agreement to join forces and form the new United Conservative Party, with 95 per cent from both factions voting in favour.
Thousands free to return home as some B.C. wildfire evacuation orders downgraded
As thousands of evacuees got the OK to return home Saturday, federal public safety Min. Ralph Goodale said Ottawa will match financial aid contributions to the Canadian Red Cross.
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Health »

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Arts & Entertainment»

Wonder Woman 2 among upcoming Warner Bros. superhero films
After smashing box office records this year, a Wonder Woman sequel was officially confirmed Saturday at San Diego's annual Comic-Con fan gathering.
Ben Affleck refutes rumours that he's out as Batman
Ben Affleck says he is still Batman and has the support of Warner Bros for the stand-alone film.
Home Alone, Sopranos actor John Heard dead at 72
John Heard, best known for his roles in Home Alone, Big, and Beaches, died Friday. He was 72.
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Technology & Science »

Analysis Hyperloop technology will revolutionize transportation, but it has to get off the ground first
A hyperloop is a vacuum-sealed tube that would theoretically allow pods of humans to travel at speeds close to the speed of sound. It might sound like science fiction, but it's closer to reality than you might think.
Common genetic trait links human and doggy friendliness
Scientists studying the genetic basis for dog friendliness have found it comes from a portion of their genome that is similar to the area in the human genome that relates to sociability.
Video Couple catches slow, snaky death of rare Canadian salamander found only in Manitoba video
It was a sunny July day on the Prairies when Laura Reeves witnessed the slow death of a secretive amphibian in southeastern Manitoba that isn't found anywhere else in Canada.
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Money »

Canadians set record with U.S. real estate shopping spree
The big spending comes despite the loonie's relative weakness compared to the greenback.
Face your financial future now rather than hiding from your debt video
Trade your book club for a debt-destruction club, says personal-finance expert Bruce Sellery.
Muslim designers push forward modest fashion movement
Despite the recent arrest of a young Saudi woman wearing a miniskirt in a video that went viral, a growing number of Canadian fashion designers are looking to prove that fashion for Muslim women can be both modest and fun.
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Consumer Life »

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Indigenous Games: Akwesasne athlete inspires women by breaking barriers
Akwesasne athlete Kawehnokwiio Bailey Thomas grew up playing hockey on a male-dominated squad and was a victim of bullying simply because she was a girl. However, the volleyball player never let that become an excuse or get in the way of her development.
Liam Stanley captures silver for Canada at para athletics worlds
Liam Stanley put Canada back on the podium Saturday at the world para athletics championships.
Video Savoured Moments from the Indigenous Games video
Athletes share the moments that they loved most
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