One of the realities of living in Toronto, Canada, about a two-hour drive from the nearest American city when traffic cooperates, is experiencing a distinctly four-season climate. Winter lives up to the stereotype of being bitterly cold, before giving way to a mild and rainy spring, and eventually a hot and humid summer. The warmth lasts for no more than three to four months, however, before the leaves turn orange in October…

Well-known mobile phone leaker Evan Blass has this morning predicted which week of September that Apple will announce the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. Blass, who has accurately leaked images and details about unreleased smartphones on Twitter (@evleaks) in the past, tweeted today simply “iPhone 2016 release: week of September 12th.” Blass is better known for leaking Android-based smartphone details ahead of their official confirmation, but his prediction for the iPhone 7’s…

Apple became a target of anti-U.S. protest in China this week, following an international ruling against the country’s controversial territorial claims. Reuters reports that a “handful” of unofficial Apple stores were picketed and social media users encouraged each other to destroy their Apple products, as the company became a symbol of perceived injustice in its biggest overseas market. Earlier this month, The Hague declared that China has no legal basis for its…

A new video and images posted to Chinese microblogging site Weibo and picked up this morning by NWE offer a side-by-side comparison of an iPhone 7 casing against Apple’s current flagship iPhone 6s. Embedded below, the new video runs to over two and a half minutes and gives a much better idea of the prospective design than last week’s seven-second clip. Whatever the origin of the assembled 4.7-inch iPhone 7 unit, it…

Yelp is getting in on the Pokémon Go action, adding a new filter that will let users discover restaurants and other businesses located near PokéStops to make it easier to find new Pokémon and other bonuses. Added via an over-the-air update going out today, Yelp’s new Pokémon filter is available at the top of the app when searching for a venue to visit, right alongside other filters like “Good for Lunch,” “Price,”…

Apple has submitted a proposal to the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board calling for a simplified way to pay songwriters and music publishers for streaming music, according to Billboard. While the change would benefit labels, artists and publishers, it would make it more difficult for streaming services like Spotify to continue offering free tiers. Apple, which has always had a gift for creative simplicity, wants to make this process easier and more transparent, according…

Pokémon Go launched this morning in 26 new countries across Europe, capping a blockbuster week in which the augmented reality-based title became the most popular mobile game ever and saw Nintendo shares set record trading volumes in Tokyo. The announcement of the multi-country launch was made earlier today on the official Pokémon Go Facebook page. Pokémon Go is available in twenty-six new countries. As of tonight, Trainers living in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria,…

Apple Pay has launched in Switzerland today with support for MasterCard and Visa cards issued by Bonus Card, Cornèr Bank, and Swiss Bankers. Other banks and participating issuers will likely be added in the future. Eligible cards can be scanned or added manually to Apple Pay by tapping the “Add Credit or Debit Card” option in the Wallet app on iOS 8.1 or later. Apple Pay is compatible with iPhone 6 or…

Microsoft has released a major update for its Outlook Groups iOS app that promises an improved user experience and more collaborative functions for Office 365 users. For those unfamiliar with Outlook Groups, Microsoft’s relatively new service lets Office 365 work and education subscribers create public and private groups in Outlook 2016 which aim to offer several benefits over traditional distribution lists. Group members get access to shared inboxes, calendars, cloud storage and…

Verizon has announced a series of changes to its monthly service plans effective July 7 and previewed a new version of its My Verizon app in tow. The biggest change is that Verizon’s unlimited talk and text plans now offer at least 30 percent more data, albeit at higher price points. Old Plans – S: 1GB for $30/month – M: 3GB for $45/month – L: 6GB for $60/month – XL: 12GB for…