Amazon’s Zoox unveils autonomous electric vehicle

Amazon’s Zoox unveils autonomous electric vehicle
  An autonomous vehicle company acquired this year by Amazon has unveiled a four-person “robo-taxi,” a compact, multidirectional vehicle designed for dense, urban environments. The carriage-style interior of the vehicle produced by Zoox Inc. has two benches that face each other. There is no steering wheel. It measures just under 12 feet long, about a foot shorter than a standard... Read More

US agencies hacked in monthslong global cyberspying campaign

US agencies hacked in monthslong global cyberspying campaign
  WASHINGTON — U.S. government agencies were ordered to scour their networks for malware and disconnect potentially compromised servers on Monday after authorities learned that the Treasury and Commerce departments were hacked in a global cyber-espionage campaign tied to a foreign government. In a rare emergency directive issued late Sunday, the Department of Homeland Security’s cybersecurity arm warned of an... Read More

S&P/TSX composite little changed, U.S. stock markets surge higher

S&P/TSX composite little changed, U.S. stock markets surge higher
  TORONTO — Canada’s main stock index was little changed in late-morning trading as gains in the technology, industrial and utility sectors were offset by losses in the energy and metals and mining stocks, while U.S. stock markets surged higher. The S&P/TSX composite index was up 0.83 of a point at 17,549.75. In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average... Read More

Canada Post moves up parcel delivery deadlines amid unprecedented holiday demand

Canada Post moves up parcel delivery deadlines amid unprecedented holiday demand
  OTTAWA — Canada Post has moved up deadlines for parcel delivery within Canada in response to unprecedented holiday demand caused by COVID-19 but is still telling Canadians to expect delays.. While all deadlines for mail remain unchanged, the local deadline is Friday for Priority, Xpresspost, flat rate box and regular parcel services. The regional deadline is Friday for Priority... Read More

Toughest coronavirus restrictions to be imposed in London

Toughest coronavirus restrictions to be imposed in London
  London and surrounding areas will be placed under the highest level of coronavirus restrictions from Wednesday as infections rise rapidly in the capital, Britain’s health secretary said Monday, adding that a new variant of the virus may be to blame for the spread. Matt Hancock said the government must take swift action after seeing “very sharp, exponential rises” in... Read More

Series of gaps allowed massive Desjardins data breach, privacy watchdog says

Series of gaps allowed massive Desjardins data breach, privacy watchdog says
  OTTAWA — A series of technological and administrative gaps caused a high-profile data breach at Desjardins — the largest to date in the Canadian financial services sector, the federal privacy watchdog has found. In a report today, privacy commissioner Daniel Therrien said Desjardins did not demonstrate the level of attention needed to protect the sensitive personal information entrusted to... Read More

Pembina plans $785M in capital spending for 2021, restarts work on two key projects

Pembina plans $785M in capital spending for 2021, restarts work on two key projects
  CALGARY — Pembina Pipeline Corp. is planning $785 million in capital spending next year as it moves to restart work on two key projects. The company said Monday it will resume construction of the next phase of its Peace Pipeline expansion and go ahead with the restart of its Empress co-generation facility. The pipeline expansion includes a new pipeline... Read More

Silent nights: Germany tightens virus lockdown over holidays

Silent nights: Germany tightens virus lockdown over holidays
  BERLIN — Most stores shut, tight limits on social contacts, no singing in church and a ban on fireworks sales: Germany is ratcheting up its pandemic restrictions in an effort to cut the stubbornly high rate of coronavirus infections. Chancellor Angela Merkel said she and the governors of Germany’s 16 states agreed Sunday to step up the country’s lockdown... Read More

Vending machine pizza and robotic coffee: Pandemic accelerates restaurant automation

Vending machine pizza and robotic coffee: Pandemic accelerates restaurant automation
  When the founders of PizzaForno began rolling out automated, around-the-clock pizza ovens in Canada, they spent months perfecting recipes. “We anticipated the No. 1 challenge we were going to have was convincing consumers that they could get a great quality, artisanal pizza out of a machine,” says president and co-founder Les Tomlin. While it started out slow, he says... Read More

Transat AT caps disastrous year by losing $238.1M in Q4 as revenues plunge

Transat AT caps disastrous year by losing $238.1M in Q4 as revenues plunge
  MONTREAL — Transat AT Inc. capped an unprecedented year by losing $238.1 million attributable to shareholders in the fourth quarter as revenues plunged 96 per cent from a year earlier. The Montreal-based tour operator says the loss amounted to $6.31 per diluted share, compared with a profit of 62 cents per share or $23 million in the fourth quarter... Read More