Scotland rejects independence. Thousands line up to get their hands on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus out today. It may soon be impossible to stream US Netflix in Canada. Rob Ford releases audio statement from hospital bed urging to support his brother Doug. Doug Ford to begin campaigning for mayor today.
SCOTLAND REJECTS INDEPENDENCE
It was a massive day for Scots around the world, anxiously awaiting the results of a historic referendum that could have altered the face of the United Kingdom. But in the end, Scotland has rejected independence, voting to remain a part of the United Kingdom, a union that has more than 300 years of history. After the vote, Alex Salmond, leader of the Scottish National Party leader said he accepts the people’s choice and called upon all other to do the same, accepting defeat in the vote for Scottish independence.
Dominik Diamond talks with Derringer about his feelings on the Scottish people’s decision to not separate from the UK.
Too bad, Groundskeeper Willie of The Simpsons would have been a great leader:
IPHONE 6 OUT TODAY
Today is the big day, when all the Apple zombies who have lined up, waiting for a week to get their hands on latest gadget will finally touch, hopefully, the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. A free update to Apple’s iOS software for existing mobile devices became available Wednesday. The new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, which come out today, will come with the iOS 8. Apple is saying iOS 8 to is its biggest update since the app store introduction in 2008. iOS 8 will let devices work better in sync: like starting a message on an iPhone and finishing it on an iPad. The new iOS software will also let people do more things without having to switch app to app. For example, if a text message comes in as you’re writing an email, you’ll be able to pull down the text from the top of the screen and send a reply, all while stating in the email app.
People queue outside an Apple store in London for the new iPhone 6 Photo: AP
IT MAY SOON BE IMPOSSIBLE TO STREAM US NETFLIX IN CANADA
If you’re in the U.S. and log into Netflix, you can watch the final season of “Dexter,” and stream all but the most recent season of “Sons of Anarchy.” You can’t watchf that here in Canada though. Turns out, there is a trick Canadian Netflix subscribers use to access movies and TV shows that are supposed to be available only in the states. And apparently, a lot of Canadians know of this trick. Currently, about a third of Canadians who have Netflix access its U.S. service by free and subscription-based online services that mask a user’s Internet address to make it appear they actually reside elsewhere. Now, major media companies are lobbying Netflix and other services like it, trying to prevent subscribers from accessing content outside of their home country. Simon Bush, the head of Australian media lobby group AHEDA, representing major media companies such as Warner Bros., Universal and Sony Pictures, says talks to stop Australians from using U.S. Netflix services “are happening now.” Approximately 200,000 Australian households have access to the U.S. version of Netflix, when Netflix hasn’t even officially launched yet in the country. In Canada, Netflix is also facing challenges from media companies. The CBC and Netflix have found themselves in a battle over funding of future Canadian content. The CBC wants the CRTC to require Netflix to subsidize the production of local programming. In a submission to the CRTC, they argued that any “over-the-top” streaming service, similar to Netflix, earning more than $25 million a year in Canada should be required to pay into the Canadian Media Fund. Netflix representatives are scheduled to appear before the CRTC today to reiterate their opposition to a “Netflix tax.”
ROB FORD RELEASES AUDIO STATEMENT BEFORE UNDERGOING CHEMOTHERAPY
A week after Mayor Rob Ford was admitted to hospital, and one day after it was announced he is suffering from cancer, an audio recording has been released. The exhausted sounding Ford thanked the people of Toronto, along with staff at both hospitals — noting that he’s “humbled” by the kindness and support — just hours before starting chemotherapy for a rare and aggressive cancer that forced him out of the mayoral race. Ford says he is “determined to face this head on”, noting he will return “strong.” The mayor then asked that people standing behind him, to put their support behind his brother Doug, now running for the mayor’s office. In the recording, Ford says “Doug loves our city as much as I do. He’s prepared to tackle the issues head on.” Ford then encouraged his brother to jump into the race “wholeheartedly”, right now.
DOUG FORD TO BEGIN CAMPAIGNING FOR MAYOR TODAY
After a week of silence, Doug Ford is set to begin campaigning for mayor today. Ford made the announcement to reporters yesterday while outside Mount Sinai Hospital, where Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, is currently undergoing chemotherapy. “What makes Rob feel better is me out there campaigning,” Doug Ford told reporters. “I am going to go up there to his hospital room right now and he is going to give me heck for going in there and not going out door knocking. He wants me to focus on this election and we our ready to go. We already have a solid team from what Rob has built and we are just looking forward to starting this campaign and getting out there.” Earlier, the mayor released an audio statement, encouraging his brother Doug to jump into the race “wholeheartedly” and urged Torontonians to support him. Doug Ford noted that he would approach the campaign lightly, and the soft launch of his campaign officially started with the introduction of a website, dougford.ca. The web page uses the original Ford for Mayor banner that was in use during the 2010 election campaign, and until recently, the 2014 attempt by Rob Ford.Links to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram account are also available for residents to browse. A full launch of Doug Ford’s campaign has yet to be announced. “I just want to get out and meet the people. I am enthused about it,” he said Thursday.
– Q New Media Editor / Chris Bundas –
(PHOTO: Aaron Vincent Elkaim/Canadian Press)