SaskTel announces plan to bring fibre Internet to rural communities

Approximately 20 rural Saskatchewan communities will be getting access to SaskTel’s fibre Internet service, infiNET, over the next four years as part of a new $50-million project by the Crown corporation.

a close up of a brick building: The SaskTel building on Saskatchewan Drive.

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The SaskTel building on Saskatchewan Drive.

On Thursday, SaskTel announced its Rural Fibre Initiative, which is intended to bring the Crown’s fibre-optics network to approximately 30,000 households and businesses in smaller communities. The first phase of the project will introduce fibre Internet to the majority of residents in Balgonie, Biggar, Langham and Pilot Butte by March 2022. Phase two of the initiative will be announced later in 2021.


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“Through our Rural Fibre Initiative, residents and business owners in many of our smaller communities can continue to confidently build their future knowing they’ll soon have access to the best communications infrastructure available,” said Doug Burnett, SaskTel president and CEO, in a news release.

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$100M development could bring 454 new apartments to Ann Arbor’s Main Street

ANN ARBOR, MI — One of the biggest housing developments in modern Ann Arbor history is expected to go before City Council for approval in early 2021.

A total of 454 apartments are proposed on Valhalla Drive off South Main Street, on nearly 10 acres surrounded on three sides by the University of Michigan golf course.

The project was first proposed last year and is still working through the city’s approval process.

PEFT Development LLC, led by local developer John Bogdasarian of the Promanas Group, is working with architects J. Bradley Moore and Associates of Ann Arbor and HLR Architects of Dallas on the $100 million project.

Here’s what’s proposed:

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Plans for the Valhalla development off South Main Street in Ann Arbor.J. Bradley Moore and Associates and HLR Architects

The project involves demolishing seven residences and building a series of mid-rise apartment buildings with studio, one- and two-bedroom units,

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North Vancouver development to bring 75 rental units to Lower Lonsdale

A nine-storey, mix-used residential and retail development in Lower Lonsdale, set to offer 75 market rental units, has been given the green light.

City of North Vancouver council voted 6-1 to approve a rezoning application by Cressey Development and First Capital Realty for the redevelopment of 200 West Esplanade at Monday’s general meeting.

The development will replace the old Cineplex Esplanade theatre building, which closed in April last year in light of the new Park Royal location opening.

The site was desirable for a rental project as it’s close to public transit, being less than five-minute walk from the SeaBus terminal, Lonsdale Quay bus exchange and R2 Marine Drive RapidBus.

The new building will have commercial retail units at ground level, above-grade parking on the second level, and 75 market rental units, eight of which will be offered at mid-market rates.

Designed by Rafii Architects, the plan also boasts both

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Microsoft could bring Android apps to Windows 10 in 2021

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  • Microsoft is reportedly thinking about adding Android app support to Windows 10.
  • This could potentially come to Windows 10 in 2021 via the Microsoft Store.

It’s already possible to run Android apps on Windows 10 computers thanks to emulators like Bluestacks, but it sounds like Microsoft might cut out the middle man and bring Android app support directly to the platform.

Windows Central journalist Zac Bowden reports that the firm is considering bringing Android apps to Windows in 2021. More specifically, Bowden says it could be coming to the Microsoft Store.

Zac Bowden Windows 10 Android apps

There’s no word on exactly how Microsoft would implement this, and whether it would come to Windows on Arm. The latter certainly makes sense given that the vast majority of Android apps are made with Arm devices in mind.

Many apps such as Gmail, Uber, and others require Google Play Services support though, but it isn’t clear if Microsoft

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Gatik And Loblaw Partner To Bring First-Ever Driverless Deliveries To Canada

Canada is poised to see driverless commercial delivery of goods come to Toronto in the near future, thanks to startup Gatik bagging a $25M infusion of capital plus a partnership with Canada’s largest retailer.

Launched in 2017 in Palo Alto, Gatik is focused on B2B short-haul logistics, i.e. the “middle mile” shuttling goods between warehouses and retail outlets. With the current boom in e-commerce, customers want to receive their purchases ever faster. For retailers to deliver on this, they face challenges in cost and labor. According to Gatik, ninety percent of retailers are losing money on each delivery. To make it worse, a lack of drivers holds them back. Currently a typical order to be delivered to your neighborhood retail store or pickup point might take two days (what we used to call “fast”). By implementing a small army of bot trucks running between

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Nvidia, Epic to Bring ‘Fortnite’ Back to IPhones in ‘Near Future’ | Technology News

By Stephen Nellis and Supantha Mukherjee

(Reuters) – Nvidia Corp and Epic Games on Thursday said they are working together to put video game “Fortnite” back on Apple Inc’s iPhones in the “near future” as part of Nvidia’s streaming game service.

The popular game has been blocked on Apple’s devices since August, when Epic introduced its own billing system. Apple said that violated its App Store rules and removed “Fortnite” from the store, igniting a legal and public relations battle in which Epic has sued Apple and alleged its App Store rules and fees amount to anticompetitive conduct.

But Nvidia and Epic said “Fortnite” will return to iPhones through the device’s Safari web browser, which is not subject to Apple’s billing requirements or rules. Nvidia, the biggest supplier of chips that speed up video games, is expanding GeForce NOW, a cloud-based gaming service where PC games run inside its data

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Global Giants Bring Mideast Music Into Pay-per-stream Era

The Arab music industry — plagued by rampant piracy, free YouTube clips and dated channels — is the new target for global streaming giants intent on bringing the outmoded business into the digital era.

After their successes in Europe and the Americas, online platforms are looking to invest in emerging markets in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), and capture their large populations of hyper-connected youth.

In a region plagued by political turmoil and economic crises, streaming giant Spotify is hoping to blow the dust off a Mideast business that has failed to keep up in a world of paid-for digital content.

“We arrived with a fully Arabic service, localised playlists and a local team,” Claudius Boller, Spotify’s Middle East and Africa managing director, told AFP.

“We are only just getting started.”

Global streaming revenues grew by 22.9 percent to $11.4 billion in 2019, accounting for more than half

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EdgeConneX Partners with Zenlayer To Bring Edge Cloud and Networking Solutions to Enterprises Across EdgeConneX Global Edge Data Center Footprint

HERNDON, Va., Nov. 17, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — EdgeConneX®, the pioneer in edge data centers, announced today that Zenlayer, an edge cloud provider known for its global coverage and on-demand services, will collaborate to bring powerful new Edge Cloud and Networking solutions to enterprises that are proximate to the EdgeConneX global data center footprint.  Zenlayer services  include on-demand bare metal cloud, direct connections to all major public clouds and data centers, application acceleration, and managed hosting. Working with EdgeConneX to bring these solutions locally to markets in closer proximity to enterprise locations will help alleviate impediments to cloud adoption related to performance, security, and costs and make it easier to execute on hybrid and multi-cloud strategies.

EdgeConneX has a global data center footprint of over 40 data centers in more than 30 markets around the globe.  With Zenlayer, enterprise customers can leverage global networking and cloud solutions to

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China’s “mother river” Yangtze to lead high-quality development, bring certainty to world – Opinion

Aerial photo taken on Nov 13, 2020 shows the scenery of Langshan Mountain along the Yangtze River in Nantong city, East China’s Jiangsu province. [Photo/Xinhua]

China is set to build the Yangtze River Economic Belt into a powerful engine of the country’s high-quality development, bringing more certainty to the development of the world economy.

Efforts should be made to promote the high-quality development of the Yangtze River Economic Belt, said Chinese President Xi Jinping at a symposium he chaired on comprehensively advancing the development of the Yangtze River Economic Belt on Saturday in Nanjing, after an inspection tour in Jiangsu Province that started on Thursday.

The tour in the economic belt was the first inspection trip by Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, outside Beijing after the fifth plenary session of the 19th CPC Central Committee,

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