• Top Cyber Monday Deals on HDTVs, Laptops, and Phones

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    When it comes to holiday shopping, I’m a multitasker. I like shopping while earning the money to pay for my purchases. And, since I work at home, that means online shopping. In my jammies. So Cyber Monday is my deal day of choice. 

    I am probably prejudiced towards the deals on this sale day because it would take a mighty fine deal to get me out of bed and into the cold to stand in a line on Black Friday. But I do think the deals are better. Plus? No one wants to fight me. All the hype may be over Black Friday but I have been waiting patiently all weekend for its slightly less popular but much more relaxed sister Cyber Monday.

    And it was worth the wait. Here are a fist grab of some of the deals of today. This was totally worth crawling out of bed and into a pair of fuzzy slippers for.


    Need a big TV?

    How about an LG Electronics 60-inch 1080p TV for less than $700 at Amazon.com/cybermonday?


    This smart TV lists for $1300 normally and is usually discounted to

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  • Jarred Lieberman and Aaron Huberman use a laptop at Bialik High School in Montreal Mar 9, 2006. (CP)Jarred Lieberman and Aaron Huberman use a laptop at Bialik High School in Montreal Mar 9, 2006. (CP)

    When choosing a private school for your child, it’s a case of buyer beware.

    For $300, anyone can start a for-profit school in Ontario. The province’s Ministry of Education doesn’t monitor elementary schools; inspectors only visit the schools that grant credits toward the Ontario Secondary School Diploma. The ministry does not require that private school teachers and principals be certified by the Ontario College of Teachers.

    Enrolment in private institutions is increasing in almost every province, reports the Fraser Institute. In a recent release, they say their study shows an almost 17 per cent increase in private school enrolment since 2000/2001, while the public system has lost 8 per cent.

    In provinces where the government partially funds private schools, enrolment has increased at a greater rate than in provinces where parents shoulder the full cost of their children’s education.

    Private schools in Ontario and Nova Scotia, whether they’re run as businesses or non-profit

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  • Three Ways to Find Adventure in Toronto

    By Carri Wilbanks / Catch Carri

    Toronto, Canada will forever be one of my favorite places to visit. For one thing, it’s the fourth largest city in North America (after Mexico City, New York, and Los Angeles) so it runs at a fast pace and is constantly evolving with new ideas and businesses. Second, it’s a very multicultural city, which means there’s a ton of diversity, history, and of course different types of authentic food from across the world. And third, it’s the kind of place that encourages an active lifestyle — there’s even a fitness center in the airport and you’ll see a lot of bike commuters peddling through town. But most of all I love that if you combine all of three of these aspects, you get a city that offers a unique array of urban adventures. So no matter what kind of thrill you’re after — from an adrenaline rush to an authentic local experience — add these three activities to your next Toronto itinerary.


    Test your nerves at the top of the CN Tower. (Photo: Carri

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  • Drivers in Spruce Grove, Alta. are the least likely on the list to have this happen to them. (Thinkstock)Drivers in Spruce Grove, Alta. are the least likely on the list to have this happen to them. (Thinkstock)

    You may want to pay extra attention if you spend time behind the wheel in Montreal: you are almost three times as likely to be involved in an auto accident than if you drive in Spruce Grove, Alta.

    At least that’s what Allstate Canada’s latest safe-driving survey suggests. The same goes Halifax, of all places, for some Toronto suburbs and for our nation’s capital.

    While the rate of deaths and injuries due to auto accidents keeps falling nationally despite more cars on the road, we seem to be bumping into each other with more frequency.

    According to the insurance company’s data from its seventh such study, there’s been a 7.3 per cent increase in collisions reflected in a rise of Allstate insurance claims to 5.57 per 100 vehicles from 5.19 in the last study.

    At least some of that can be attributed to the recent harsh winters in central and eastern Canada, says Jason Foroglou, agency manager for Allstate’s Curtis-Oshawa branch.

    “Probably number 1 is weather,” he told Yahoo Canada. “The

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  • 'Tis the season for dangerous and harmful toys.

    On November 18, World Against Toys Causing Harm, (W.A.T.C.H.) a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public about dangerous children's products and protecting children from harm, released their annual “10 Worst Toys” list just in time for the holiday season. This year's list includes toys that have the potential to cause everything from allergic reactions and choking hazards to strangulation, head and neck or blunt force trauma injuries.

    Meanwhile, Canadian toymaker Spin Master recently drew the ire of concerned parents who reported their children got the company's sticky Bunchems building toy stuck in their hair. This forced Spin Master to enhance their warning against putting the toy near your hair and release a video on how to take them out.

    Since Spin Master launched Bunchems in August 2015, we have received an overwhelmingly positive response from children, parents and industry partners,” Arlene Biran, Spin Master's

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  • How to Avoid Political Arguments on Facebook

    It’s that time of year: time to see family and friends, to catch up on what everyone’s been doing this past year, and to remember why it is you see Cousin Joe only once a year because, oh lord, there he goes again, spouting off about politics, and now everyone’s staring at his or her plate wishing he’d just shut the hell up.

    Facebook is a lot like those holiday get-togethers, only it’s year-round: great place to catch up with loved ones (and the merely liked ones), but also a great platform for the splenetic venting of the politically and otherwise deranged.

    You have a choice at both the holiday table and on Facebook: Squelch your political opinions for the sake of group harmony, or speak your mind. And while I certainly admire the latter, I have to admit that I generally choose the former.

    I may have inspired some squelching myself: I’ve posted plenty of political stuff on Facebook over the years that generated heated debates in the replies — debates I didn’t necessarily want on my

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  • Charles Koch: My body is full of harpoons

    The billionaire CEO of Koch Industries has mostly stayed out of the limelight, choosing instead to remain behind the scenes, donating money to politicians who share his vision of smaller government but avoiding publicity as much as possible—that is, until recently.

    Charles Koch, author of the new book, Good Profit: How Creating Value for Others Built One of the World’s Most Successful Companies, sat down with Yahoo Finance editor-in-chief Andy Serwer to explain why he's finally decided to step off the sidelines and into the public fray.

    “I always followed what the mama said to the baby whale. She said, ‘Son, the time you got harpooned is when you spout[ed] off.’ So, I’ve followed that, and what I didn’t realize is my body was full of harpoons already, so what difference would it make if it got a few more?”

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    Part of the mission of Koch’s book is to correct the record about his philosophy on business and politics. Koch

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  • Image of Woodleigh Replics property from Facebook.Image of Woodleigh Replics property from Facebook.

    It was an anglophile’s labour of love, and now it’s for sale. But the absence of offers has real estate agent Allan Weeks turning to social media to scare up potential buyers for his unique property on beautiful Prince Edward Island.

    Weeks, who is also a farmer, owns Woodleigh Replicas, a collection of miniature British castles and mostly medieval homes set on a park-like 20-acre (8.1-hectare) property about a 20-minute drive from Summerside.

    Weeks owns Woodleigh with his brother, and posted an offer on his Facebook page promising $10,000 to anyone who could make a customer referral that resulted in a sale. The post, which went up a week ago, has been shared more than 2,000 times, according to CBC News.

    Screengrab of Weeks' post from Facebook.Screengrab of Weeks' post from Facebook.

    Turning to social media was his son Tayler’s idea, Weeks told Yahoo Canada. The recent graduate in marketing from St. Francis Xavier University told his father it would give the listing a wider audience. And it’s worked, Weeks said.

    “The social media really beefed it up,” Weeks said

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  • Prototype Swatch watches are displayed during the Sotheby's preview on March 10, 2015. (Getty Images)Prototype Swatch watches are displayed during the Sotheby's preview on March 10, 2015. (Getty Images)

    Apple is a company that knows how to sell small shiny objects to its many devoted fans.

    It only makes sense, then, that they’re using this expertise to sell the Apple Watch Edition, which sells for $13,000 to $22,000 in Canada, to the company’s fans who enjoy the finer things in life.

    Apple’s basic watch starts at $449, but the ones at the high end of the range have an 18 carat gold case and a sapphire crystal. An extended warranty is available for an extra $2,000. None of the watches come with the necessary iPhone to use all the features.

    Compared to some of the less technically-advanced watches out there, however, like the timepieces Nate Borgelt sells, they’re a relative bargain.

    “I have clients who have $100,000 mechanical pieces, and wear their iWatch,” says Borgelt, Assistant Vice President, Specialist Watches & Clocks at Sotheby’s.

    The computerized watches are a remarkable contrast to the rare masterpieces Borgelt usually handles at the elite auction house, where the prices for

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  • How to Find Great Deals on Gifts

    Before I became a professional deal seeker, I was a talented amateur. Not paying too much, negotiating a deal, and finding a great price is an art. It’s an art that I learned from my mother and she learned from hers. I am a serious deal seeker. 

    But I am not willing to get up at dawn and stand in line outside a retailer to get a deal, because I think sleep and comfort are the best deals going. Some people enjoy it. And to them I say: Have fun!

    But getting a good deal is an art that has become less time consuming and much easier to do while staying warm and comfy because of technology.

    How to get Black Friday deals and keep your sanity

    Black Friday is insane. The deals are insane. The crowds are insane. The things people will do for a deal are insane. Don’t get me wrong. It’s a great time to get deals (sometimes, and on some things). I keep an eye on the the sale offerings. But I do not fall for the hype. And I would never get into fisticuffs to save few bucks. 

    Often, you can get

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  • A diabetes testing kit, showing just some of the components a diabetic needs to pay for. (Thinkstock)A diabetes testing kit, showing just some of the components a diabetic needs to pay for. (Thinkstock)

    Days after his Grade 8 graduation, Julie Vanderschot’s 13-year-old son began to have blurry vision and stomach pains. He was rapidly losing weight, had difficulty chewing, was insatiably thirsty and frequently needed to use the bathroom.

    At the same time, he was taking medication to treat an infected tendon in his foot, which he’d hurt in a bicycle accident. “We initially mistook some of the symptoms as side effects of the antibiotics,” said Vanderschot, a policy analyst in Ottawa.

    Her son was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, an autoimmune disease in which the pancreas can’t produce insulin because the immune system attacks and destroys the cells that produce it. Insulin is a crucial hormone that helps shuttle glucose from the blood into the body’s cells where it’s used as an energy source.

    In the weeks and months that followed, the family attended training and education sessions at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), learning how to test blood-glucose levels, administer

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  • Bargains that are worth crossing the border

    Budget-conscious Canadians have demonstrated they’ll drive significant distances, wait in long border lineups and wrangle with assorted duties, taxes and shipping charges in pursuit of a bargain. The Retail Council of Canada figures Canadians buy $8 billion of goods in the U.S. each year online and in-store.

    U.S. Thanksgiving weekend Black Friday sales, where cheaper U.S. prices meet deep discounts, can be especially hassle-worthy. But with the loonie currently worth less than 75 American cents, combined with the fact that Canadian retailers are increasingly taking the Black Friday sale season more seriously, cross-border shopping has lost much of its allure.

    “There’s definitely a difference in Canadians’ willingness to go cross-border shopping this year,” says Kristen Larrea, communications manager at RetailMeNot, an international company that helps retailers with consumer engagement and sales. “Cross-border shopping is not offering what it used to.”

    In a recent survey, RetailMeNot

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  • Here’s 17 Of The Strangest Job Interview Questions Ever Asked

    Job interviews: They’re always the daunting, terrifying thing that stands in the way of you, and your dream job.

    And because of this, you can nearly always guarantee that they’ll be designed to suss you out, and see how you’ll react in the strangest of scenarios. 

    With that in mind, here’s 17 of the strangest, most off-putting questions that interviewees at top companies such as Google have had to endure. 


    1) Google: Choose a city and estimate how many piano tuners operate a business there.

    2) Facebook: How many Big Macs does McDonald’s sell each year in the U.S?

    3) Google: If you could only choose one song to play every time you walked into a room for the rest of your life, what would it be?

    4) Cisco: ‘What kind of tree would you be?’

    5) Boeing: ‘What do you think of lava lamps? And Dilbert?’

    6) Facebook: ‘How much do you charge to wash every window in Seattle?’


    7) Biogen Idec: ‘What were you like as a child?’

    8) Hess: ‘What’s your favorite color?’

    9) Apple: ‘How many

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  • Easy Tips for Nervous Fliers: How to Keep Calm on a Plane


    You can print and clip this tip card and take it with you when you travel. (Illustration: Erik Mace for Yahoo Travel)

    Holiday season is here, and for most people, that means there’s a lot of traveling to be done. If weren’t a nervous flier already, everything that’s going on from the downing of the Russian Metrojet airplane to the threats against air travel services from groups like ISIS, and even regular old holiday travel stress is enough to make the most hardcore road warrior a little anxious when flying. So Yahoo Travel talked to psychologist Reid Wilson, author of Don’t Panic, to get some easy-peasy tips to help you stay calm, cool, collected during air travel. “Don’t sit and quietly concentrate on your worries while checking your watch,” says Wilson. “Take supportive action.” Here’s how.

    1. Pack a goody bag.

    The issue behind fear of flying is a lack of control (even if that’s not what it feels like on the surface). So having a book, puzzles, or some music to listen to —

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  • A company based out of Finland has invented a computer that might just challenge Apple and Windows for their market share.

    It’s called the Solu, a PC that fits in your pocket measuring just 10cm by 10cm that can easily connect to a bigger screen and traditional keyboard, lets you browse through apps and windows using just a swipe here or there, and automatically backs up all of your data to cloud-based storage.

    If you’re thinking it’s a concept that couldn’t possibly gain any traction, think again. The company, headed by founder Kristoffer Lawson, has surpassed its original goal to raise €200,000 via its Kicksarter campaign, reaching €219,543 (about CAD$311,000) so far.

    Take a glance at the promotional video for the device and see for yourself just how it works:

    The functionality of it appears to be on par with both the power and versatility offered by modern tablets and computers. There is however one particular challenge with the device being so small and powerful: the device

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  • Yahoo Finance Exclusive: What Warren Buffett is most optimistic about

    What gives you optimism right now?

    How can you not be optimistic? If I’d been born 200 years ago my life would have been just a tiny, tiny, tiny fraction of what it is now. Every time I get in a dentist chair I’m thankful it wasn’t 100 years ago. They would’ve been pouring whiskey down me and holding me down. Everything: medicine, education, you know, just the conveniences of the life, transportation, entertainment, everything is dramatically better than it was 50 years ago. In fact, I tell the students, these students in that class today are actually living better than John D. Rockefeller Senior lived when I was born. Here was the richest man in the world -- he could not travel as well as they can travel, he could not be entertained as well as they can be entertained, he did not have the medicine they have. In all kinds of ways they’re living better than the richest man in the world lived at the time of my birth. The luckiest group of babies ever born in the world are the babies being

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  • Privacy Warning Over ‘Most Used Words On Facebook’ Quiz

    Millions of Facebook users have unwittingly handed over all of their personal details to an online quiz company, it has been claimed.

    More than 17 million people have taken the “What Are Your Most Used Words On Facebook?” quiz, which compiles users’ posts into colourful word clouds.

    The quiz has swept across Facebook in the past few days and it has received widespread positive online media coverage.

    However, a UK tech website has questioned the methods used by the makers of the quiz to gather Facebook users’ personal information.

    Paul Bischoff, writing for Comparitech.com, said participants are giving up “almost every private detail about themselves to a company they likely know nothing about just to play a quiz”.

    The quiz was created by South Korean app company Vonvon.me. According to Comparitech, players must give their name, profile picture, age, sex and birthday to the company, as well as their entire friend list, all of their Facebook posts and their likes.

    It criticised Vonvon’s

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  • This Is Why We Prefer Having Sex In Hotel Rooms

    Why ‘dirty weekends’ can do the trick

    When couples feel like their relationship is going stale, they often opt for a ‘dirty weekend’ away to rekindle the flames of passion.

    Researchers now believe that they know why it works.

    A sex expert says that the sheer novelty of a hotel room causes a rush of the brain’s ‘pleasure chemical’ dopamine to the brain.

    'The novelty of the hotel room is going to stimulate dopamine transmission in the brain, which plays a big role in arousal and sexual excitement,' said sex therapist and author Ian Kerner, in an interview with Huffington Post.

    'There's a psychological mindset when people check into a hotel that they can pamper themselves.

    'There's something a little luxurious, languorous, and sumptuous about a hotel that lends itself to feeling sexual.'4

    'So often I advise couples to turn their bedroom into a love nest that's free from distractions,' said Kerner.

    'I think a hotel – as a sort of generic luxury – automatically helps people tune out the anxiety.'

    'You're in a place out of time, out

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  • Six bizarre things billionaires have done with their money

    Billionaires are known for their eccentric spending and publicity stunts.

    But while some choose to spend their money buying million-dollar mansions, going on extravagant holidays and a car collection, some have a little more unconventional way of spending money.

    Below is a list of six of the most bizarre things billionaires have done with their money.

    Also read: Meet the accidental billionaires

    To ‘turn’ lesbian daughter straight

    Hong Kong billionaire, Cecil Chao, made headlines in September 2012 for offering around $65 million to any man who could turn his lesbian daughter straight.

    After thousands of eligible bachelors failed to change his daughter’s sexual orientation, Chao doubled the reward to $120 million in January 2014.

    Dinosaur DNA

    In 2012, Australian billionaire Clive Palmer spent millions of dollars on research into cloning dinosaur DNA in attempt to create his own real life Jurassic Park at his Palmer Resort in Coolum, Queensland.

    Once that failed he invested

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  • Holiday Gift Guide: 10 Awesome ‘Star Wars’ Toys and Games

    Merchandising, merchandising! Yogurt had it right — the only thing bigger than Star Wars is the business of selling people Star Wars stuff.

    And oh, how much stuff there is right now. You can’t swing a lightsaber without hitting a Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens-branded mug or t-shirt these days, but look past the fluff and you’ll find a small galaxy’s worth of legitimately cool playthings. If you’re gifting some Star Wars this year, these are the toys you’re looking for.


    BB-8 by Sphero

    The Force Awakens isn’t out yet, but it’s already turned the adorable BB-8 into a mega-star. A killer toy was inevitable, but no one was prepared for Sphero’s impossibly clever take on the rotund ‘bot. Controlled via your iOS or Android device, BB-8 responds quickly to a virtual joystick and can even by guided by voice commands. He’s both pricey and in short supply, however, and while Sphero is cranking up production to make sure everyone from here to Hoth can pick one up, he might be a

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  • How the Internet Aids Terrorists — And How It Can Be Used to Stop Them

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    The terrorist attacks in Paris last weekend have predictably resulted in calls for ratcheting up the Surveillance Industrial Complex and for clamping down on freedom of speech across the Net. They also raised some questions: Is the Internet in fact a breeding ground for terrorists? And if it is, is there anything can we do about it?

    At the Family Online Safety Institute’s annual conference in Washington D.C. this week, a panel of experts from the U.S. State Department and non-governmental organizations convened to discuss those questions.

    Their conclusions: More surveillance is not the answer. And while the Internet can indeed help terrorists extend their recruiting efforts, it can also give us ample tools to combat them.

    The medium is not the message

    “Is it the Internet’s fault there are terrorists?” asked Nuala O'Connor, moderator of the panel and President/CEO of the Center for Democracy and Technology. “My snarky response is, ‘I was born in Belfast in the

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  • You'll need a Fido cellphone plan to take full advantage of the discounted rates available. (Thinkstock)You'll need a Fido cellphone plan to take full advantage of the discounted rates available. (Thinkstock)

    With Internet access as expensive as it is in Canada, Fido is looking to buck the trend by offering two solid packages at a reasonable price. The catch? You have to be a Fido customer to get in on the deal.

    Starting today, those of you looking to switch up your internet service provider, and who happen to be existing Fido customers, can take advantage of a 300GB internet package for $50 per month or indulge in unlimited access for $65 per month. Customers who do not have a Fido service will have to fork over $70 or $85 respectively. We’ve provided a table below of comparable plans from other service providers to show just how good a deal Fido customers are actually getting.

    Comparatively, existing Fido customers are getting a pretty solid deal. In terms of speed, usage and price it’s not too bad if you have a manageable Fido wireless bill. The real draw here, though, is that you’re not locked into a long term contract. If a new, faster and more affordable service comes along down the

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  • Hasbro CEO: More Star Wars toys are coming

    The unofficial start of the holiday shopping season is still a week away, but already some toys are flying off the shelves faster than the Millennium Falcon can make the Kessel Run. Toys based on the upcoming Star Wars film, The Force Awakens, are in particularly high demand. Pawtucket, Rhode Island-based Hasbro (HAS) paid the Walt Disney Company (DIS) a reported $225 million for Star Wars merchandising rights back in 2013, and it seems the deal is starting to pay off. So much so that there are reports of supply shortages for some of the more popular items.

    “After Force Friday, we had such a great response that we were a little short of product, and we’re catching up,” says Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner. “In the next week or two we’ll be caught up, and by the time the movie comes out on December 18th, we’ll be in great position.”

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    So will you be able to find all the Star Wars toys you want before Christmas? Goldner won’t quite

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  • 2016 Toyota Prius: First Drive


    We sent an ardent fan of Toyota’s best-selling hybrid to test whether the new edition moved the car forward, or just complicated its style.

    What Is It? The 2016 Toyota Prius, the fourth generation of the world’s most popular hybrid sedan.

    Starting Price: $24,200-$30,000.

    Competitors: None. The Prius sells seven times better than its nearest hybrid-segment competitor, even in this, the last year of its lifecycle.

    Alternatives: Nissan Leaf, BMW i3, Hyundai Sonata Hybrid.

    Pros: Best fuel economy on Earth outside of pure electric cars or the Porsche 918 hybrid supercar; improved handling and ride feel, updated tech and interior.

    Cons: Slow 0-60 time, cheesy exterior resdesign.

    Would I buy it with my own money? I have before, and will again.


    You’d be hard-pressed to find another car writer who enjoys driving a Prius, much less owns one. Yet here I am, on my third model. My wife and I got our first Prius in 2006, when gas prices were through the ceiling, and we’re still rolling slowly

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  • Russia intensifies strikes against ISIL in SyriaRussia intensifies strikes against ISIL in Syria

    The falling oil prices that are devastating Canada’s economy are also hurting ISIL, but it’s unclear if the commodity’s decline will spell an end to the murderous terrorist group that’s behind the Paris attacks.

    “Operating in large swathes of territory in eastern Syria and western and northern Iraq allows ISIL to control numerous oilfields from which it continues to extract oil for its own use, its own refining and for onward sale or swap to local and regional markets,” according to the international Financial Action Task Force (FATF), of which Canada is a member.

    In a February report, the FATF estimated that ISIL was selling crude at source for a deeply discounted $25-$30 per barrel to middlemen, who then marked it up to $60-$100 per barrel (bbl).

    “We note that during the preparation of this report, there has been a substantial decline in global crude oil prices (from approximately $80USD/bbl to $50USD/bbl), and so the price at which ISIL sells crude oil (and the revenue generated

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  • We’ve become accustomed to the fast pace of technological change. We’re conditioned to upgrade our mobile phones every couple of years and tossing out perfectly good TVs and computers when something newer goes on the market.

    So it’s unlikely you’ll have time to mourn the passing of the Zune music player or the Betamax video recording format.

    Last Sunday, Nov. 15, marked the last dayZune owners could download or stream music for Microsoft’s decade-old Apple iPod fighter. Microsoft said subscribers to the service could transition to its Groove Music Pass for other devices but their Zune players would be orphaned, though still capable of playing existing MP3s.

    Coincidentally, Sony announced this week that it will stop selling Betamax cassettes next March. I know, I didn’t think you could still buy them, either. Apparently they are still available in Japan more than a decade after Sony stopped making the home recorders themselves.

    The demise of Betamax and Zune illustrate two different

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  • Dubai Police Add Luxury Porsche 918 Spyder To Their Speedy Fleet

    Being a getaway driver just got a little bit harder.

    In The Fast and the Furious movies, it’s customary for the police vehicles to be overwhelmed by the speed of the criminals’ souped-up supercars.

    But in real life, one police force is doing everything it can to make sure the bad guys can’t outrun the cops.

    Officers in Dubai will be queuing up in the car park to get behind the wheel of the latest addition to the force’s fleet: a Porsche 918 Spyder hybrid.

    Only 918 models were made, each costing about £555,000.

    It will be used to patrol tourist areas and is equipped with on-board speed cameras. The sports car has only just gone on display at the Dubai International Motor Show.

    Dubai police chief, Major General Khamis Mattar Al Mazeina, said the car will be linked electronically with the control centre like other vehicles.

    Earlier this year, the force added three Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrids to its fleet.

    Officers already have access to a Bugatti Veyron, a Lamborghini Aventador, a

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  • Richard Branson adds another Caribbean retreat to luxury portfolio

    Sir Richard Branson has added another stunning address to his collection of award-winning retreats on the unspoiled shores of British Virgin Islands.

    Called The Branson Estate on Moskito Island, the exclusive property is set to be open for visitors from early next year.

    An unbeatable view from the rooms. Photo: Virgin Limited Edition

    The Branson Estate was inspired by Necker Island, Sir Richard Branson’s home and private hideaway and just a short boat ride away.

    Staying at the eco-retreat doesn’t come cheap, costing over $66,000 per night for up to 22 guests. The price tag does include all meals (tailored of course) and drinks, return transfers and a DJ for one night during your stay.

    RELATED: Branson to enter cruise market

    The recreation area is very inviting. Photo: Virgin Limited Edition

    The estate consists of three villas – each with their own infinity pool - and a central recreation area with a wraparound infinity pool and swim-up bar, nearby tennis pavilion and a

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  • Tim Hortons breakfast sandwich in a combo (courtesy Tim Hortons)Tim Hortons breakfast sandwich in a combo (courtesy Tim Hortons)

    Environmentalists are criticizing Tim Hortons’ move away from china cups and plates in some Ontario cafes, saying the cost-cutting measure is bad for the Earth.

    “It’s pretty outrageous that Tim Hortons is eliminating washable ceramic cups from some locations, particularly since many of its stores have been caught simply trashing paper cups despite telling customers that they were recycling them,” Adria Vasil, author of “Ecoholic,” tells Yahoo Canada News.

    The Canadian coffee chain, acquired last year by 3G Capital Partners LP, is offering only disposable cups and dinnerware in some of its restaurants. Signs posted in test outlets thank customers for “joining our efforts to reduce water usage and improve our recycling program.”

    “The coffee company is trying to put a green spin on things by telling consumers that they’re eliminating ceramic cups to save on water, but that’s mostly greenwash,” says Vasil of the claims by Tim Hortons, pointing to the cost-cutting reputation of the

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  • An Apple iphone 6 with Apple Pay is shown June 3, 2015. REUTERS/Mike BlakeAn Apple iphone 6 with Apple Pay is shown June 3, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Blake

    Apple Pay is finally here in Canada. iPhone users can start making mobile payment as of November 17.

    The announcement was made surprisingly quietly, however, as the news came via American Express rather than Apple itself. Based on the experience of one writer, you wouldn’t have even known it was coming today unless you called American Express customer service to ask why your card wasn’t working.

    Although this information isn’t exactly coming via a widespread press release, Apple CEO Tim Cook did say the device would be available in both Canada and Australia before the end of the year. And it does make complete sense that the company would want Apple Pay to be available to consumers as the biggest retail shopping days of the year approach.

    “…the service is set to launch this Tuesday, November 17, 2015,” writes Gary Ng on iPhone in Canada. “Customer service representatives we spoke with confirmed the date over the phone numerous times, and it is in line with what you’ve told us as

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