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AT&T plays Grinch to Apple's Christmas

By Peter Nowak, CBCNews.ca

Steve Jobs must be righteously ticked off today. That's because Randall Stephenson has gone and spilled the beans on the faster, better 3G iPhone. The AT&T chief executive officer confirmed that Apple will remedy the chief complaint on the iPhone - that its connection speed is too slow - by releasing a faster 3G device next year. This will probably come as no surprise to anybody, but one must wonder why in the world Stephenson would say this just weeks before Christmas.

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Do controllers make games more real?

by Paul Jay, CBCNews.ca

In the old days of console gaming, releasing a game-specific controller was always something of a risk: if the game flopped, then the driving wheels and laser-pointer guns would collect dust in a corner while the multi-tasking joystick would likely wear out from excessive button mashing.

These days, however, peripheral controllers are all the rage, thanks in large part to the Nintendo Wii but also the Guitar Hero video game franchise.

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Microsoft opening data centre... in Siberia?

By Peter Nowak, CBCNews.ca

Regular readers of the blog know that we here like our conspiracy theories, and suggestions thereof. In that vein, how's this for one: Microsoft is building a data centre in Siberia. Yes, that's right. Siberia. Why would Microsoft pick a place that's synonymous with isolation to build a data centre?

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What will the mobile internet bring?

By Peter Nowak, CBCNews.ca

Our cellphone series continues today with a look at how Google and Apple are looking to change the industry with their respective Android and iPhone devices (by the way, if you haven't seen the Android demo, check it out here). Each company has its own motives for getting into the business but they share a common interest in trying to make the mobile internet easier and cheaper to use.

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How to navigate the cellphone maze

By Peter Nowak, CBCNews.ca

Today begins our week-long look at cellphones. Why so much attention to a seemingly innocuous gadget? Our senior producer Ian Johnson explains, but in a nutshell - we're on the cusp of a massive change. If you think the internet revolutionized our lives, recent moves by Google and Apple mean the mobile internet is finally starting to materialize - and it's going to change our world even more. Secondly, and more specific to Canada, with an upcoming auction of public airwaves, our government is on the verge of deciding whether our cellphone industry is going to enjoy the status quo, or whether there's going to be a shakeup with new carriers entering the market.

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Canadians take responsibility for environment: poll

by Eve Savory, CBCNews.ca

If Canadians had their way, Canada would be a global leader on fighting climate change, winning praise and respect for its policies.

The latest Environics poll found 67 percent of Canadians want their country to be the leader or at least among the leaders. True to their “green” image, Vancouverites believed that more strongly than people anywhere else.

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Wording climate change policy no easy task

by Eve Savory, CBCNews.ca

It’s a task to give pause. First, visualize thousands of peer-reviewed studies on climate change, already boiled down to three massive volumes and their summaries. Your job is to sum up the whole thing in just five pages. And do it in layman’s language.

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Admiring the view off Vancouver Island - undersea style

by Eve Savory, CBCNews.ca

Barring some intervention by the sea-gods, in about a year the world will be able to see
beneath the surface of the Pacific ocean off the west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

Live. In real time.

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Extinctions could cut plant productivity in half

by Eve Savory, CBCNews.ca

In a study that has startled even its authors, scientists have concluded that the extinction of plant species can reduce an ecosystem’s ability to support life by up to fifty percent.

It’s called "productivity" and what a plant produces is essential to life on earth: oxygen. That’s not all. Plants produce food in crops, fibre in trees, clean water, and biofuels. And they suck the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere.

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What's an album worth online?

by Jennifer Wilson, CBCNews.ca

What's an album worth when you launch it online? Most fans say nothing, according to Radiohead's latest experience.

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Chalking up a triumph for mechanical friends

by Eve Savory, CBCNews.ca

Maybe it was the robot’s gorgeous blue eyes, maybe it was the way he giggled when they touched his head. Whatever the reason, toddlers in a University of California San Diego experiment accepted a breakdancing, singing robot as a peer — convincing researchers the technology is almost ready for prime time.

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Canadians fare well in cross-continent solar car race

by Paul Jay, CBCNews.ca

Last week we mentioned the 2007 Panasonic World Solar Challenge, a road race in Australia for 41 solar-powered cars. Well the results are in, and the Canadian teams of university students posted some good results and one award winner.

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