Canadian carrier sues to block net neutrality rules for wireless TV


Bell Mobility is taking legal action to stop new rules that forbid Canada’s phone carriers from excluding their own wireless TV services from customers’ monthly data caps, a practice that regulators claim is anticompetitive.

In a filing last week with the Federal Court of Canada, Bell made a technical argument that the rules are illegal because wireless TV is a broadcasting service, not an internet service.

The legal fight comes just weeks after the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) outlawed the data cap exemptions, which let Bell customers watch up to 10 gigabits of wireless TV streaming for a nominal $5 fee — provided the streams came from Bell’s own TV partners, and not a competitor like Netflix.

In announcing the decision, the CRTC’s Chairman said the agency would intervene in cases where customer perks offered by “large vertically integrated companies” stepped on the toes of equal access principles.

The tussle over wireless TV is likely to…

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You Can Now Build Apps For Band, Microsoft’s Fitness Wearable


Microsoft is updating the Band fitness wearable today, building out its on-device feature set, launching a web portal so that users can better interact with their collected data, and releasing an SDK to allow developers to build apps for the gadget. Application updates are rolling out for iOS, Android and Windows Phone.

First up, the Band now has a dedicated cycling tool, that will help people track that specific exercise varietal. The biking tools include ‘Speed Analysis’ and tracking of your altitude changes. According to Microsoft’s note announcing the new capabilities, “feedback is at the heart of the decisions [it] make[s].” Given the popularity of cycling among the healthy, the biking features likely fit under that rubric.


Part of today’s release includes “Insights,” a tool that will allow Band users to parse their fitness and health data inside of a new web dashboard that is part of Microsoft Health, the…

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Measles Outbreak in U.S. Tops 150 Cases


The number of measles cases in the U.S. has reached 154, according to new numbers released Monday.

Between Jan. 1 to Feb. 20, more than 150 cases in 17 different states have been reported to the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC). The majority of these cases are tied to on outbreak linked to Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim, Calif.

Some have blamed the latest outbreak on parents who don’t vaccinate their children for measles—or anti-vaxxers—and the CDC reports that the majority of people who got measles were unvaccinated. Travelers from other parts of the world where the disease is still prevalent could also be bringing it into the U.S., the CDC said.

There are currently three simultaneous outbreaks of the virus, the largest connected to Disneyland and the other two in Illinois and Nevada. In 2014, the United States experienced a major outbreak of measles that…

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Microsoft Launches Developer Preview SDK And New Features For Microsoft Band


Microsoft is preparing to bring third-party apps to its Microsoft Band wearable platform. The company revealed today that it’s launching a Developer Preview SDK for the wrist-worn device, allowing third-party app makers to start to create apps for it, beyond the select partners, including MapMyFitness, that it already works with.

Opening Band to third-party apps means not only making it possible for devs to build apps for it, but it also gives Microsoft an opportunity to start building a library for future wearable devices, and to perhaps get more consumers interested in this generation and whatever comes next in less prototype-y versions of the Band.

There are many other features making their debut today for Microsoft Band, including a new Bike tile for tracking indoor and outdoor rides, featuring heart rate monitoring, revelation tracking, GPS, speed analytics, recovery, a web dashboard and more. Guided workouts now include indoor biking routines…

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Battery life, Kenny G, meta-design, the Iron Curtain green belt, experiments in parenting


1. Phone battery life should be longer. Battery innovation is hard, though, so maybe phones should be thicker.

“Take the latest iPhone. Let’s do a thought experiment, starting with what has changed between the iPhone 4 and the iPhone 6. In four years, Apple’s engineers made the iPhone 2.4 millimeters (0.094 inches) thinner, or about the thickness of three credit cards. Despite giving it a much larger screen, they also shaved off eight grams, or about the weight of a packet of ketchup. Given the size of its current battery, a little back-of-the-envelope math reveals it’s more than reasonable that if the iPhone 6 were as thick as the iPhone 4, the iPhone 6 could have double its current battery life.”

2. A shockingly deep essay about Kenny G and listening and a world that “is always selling us an idea of itself.”

“I had a friend in college who was…

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Y sigue: así fomenta TV3 el odio a “Espanya”

La tele del Règim pagada por todos que nos insulta a todos.

lidia heredia Ha, ha, us agrada? M’apujareu el sou, senyor Mas?

tv3 bilingüismo

Una prueba más de que el nacionalismo es una ideología de odio, que se alimenta de él y lo genera. Lídia Heredia (si us plau, passi pel catalanitzador de cognoms) dirige la tertulia de Els Matins de TV3. El pasado viernes 20 de febrero se entretuvo mostrando esta simpática imagen a la cámara, con motivo de la presencia del filólogo nacionalista Pau Vidal.

Una serpiente “espanyola” asfixiando a un pobre catalán. Título: El bilingüisme mata, como el libro del filólogo. Ya lo ven: una manera más de fomentar el odio a “Espanya”, a la diversidad de Cataluña y a la mayoría de catalanes que tiene el castellano como lengua madre. Todo eso desde las pantallas de TV3, la tele propagandística del nacionalismo pagada por todos…

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