Amazon staff can listen to commands and questions users pose to the Alexa voice assistant — and they sometimes do. The company acknowledged that the conversations aren’t totally private in a statement to Global News after the news was first reported by Bloomberg. Story continues below “We only annotate an extremely small number of interactions
Eight-year-old James had only been doing recreational gymnastics for six months when his coach asked him if he wanted to compete. According to his mom, Jackie Patrick, James was always very athletic and competitive. He loved skiing, soccer and basketball, but he never found a sport he really loved — until gymnastics. Story continues below
WARNING: This article contains explicit information related to suicide and mental health that may not be suitable for all audience members. Discretion is advised. A lot more children and teens are going to the hospital with suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts, a new study suggests. Story continues below Published in JAMA Pediatrics earlier this week,
Facebook says it will use artificial intelligence to help find profiles of people who have died so their friends and family members won’t get, for instance, painful reminders about their birthdays. The social network said Tuesday that it is also adding a “tributes” section to accounts that have been memorialized, that is, designated as belonging
The newest royal baby is due anytime now, and rumours are swirling about when, where and how the little bundle of joy will arrive. Story continues below Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have been tight-lipped about the details of the impending birth. Markle wouldn’t even share the baby’s exact due date, though eagle-eyed fans narrowed
April 6, 2019, marks one year since the fatal collision that changed the lives of the Humboldt Broncos hockey team, their families and their entire community. What followed was a remarkable outpouring of support and love from across the nation and the world. But, one year later, the story still isn’t done — the players
Treadmills and elliptical machines are two of the most popular ways to get in a cardio workout, but is one better than the other? Sergio Pedemonte, trainer and co-owner of Your House Fitness in Toronto, said there are a few differences between the two. Story continues below “The difference between the treadmill and the elliptical is
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Fisher-Price are warning the public about the company’s Rock ‘N Play following reports of infants dying when they roll over in the soothing seat — but there was no indication that it’s being recalled. The Rock ‘N Play is a product that’s meant to help put babies
Instead of focusing solely on disease when it comes to risk factors of death, a new study suggests diet is just as important. According to a recent study published in The Lancet on Wednesday, globally, the number of people eating healthy food and getting enough nutrients was suboptimal in 2017. Story continues below The study
After four women recently came forward accusing former U.S. vice-president Joe Biden of inappropriately touching them, actress Alyssa Milano has come to his defence. On Monday, the actress, who has been outspoken since the rise of the #MeToo movement, posted a series of tweets calling Biden a friend and champion of “fighting violence against women.”
Two women have now come forward to accuse former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden of inappropriately touching them — something the politician denies. Story continues below Lucy Flores, a Nevada politician, recently wrote an essay in the Cut about the time she said Biden approached her from behind before a speech, smelled her hair and
It could be a picture of a positive pregnancy test or even a sonogram. On April Fools’ Day, it’s not uncommon for people to trick their friends and family into thinking they have a baby on the way. But the joke isn’t funny for people who can’t get pregnant. Story continues below “I had two
It’s a phenomenon financial planners are seeing more and more: workers in their mid-50s are laid off or given a buyout package and then run up against a wall trying to find another job. Story continues below That’s happening “more often than ever before,” according to Rona Birenbaum, founder and president of Caring for Clients.
Dayana Cadet has a rotation of three shows she binge-watches during a 24-hour period. Plowing through The Office, Seinfeld and sometimes Judge Judy, the 28-year-old Toronto woman said Seinfeld, in particular, has become a daily ritual. Story continues below “I binge-watch Seinfeld so often that I now use it as a tool to keep focused,” she
At her last job working for a non-profit, Tanya Hayles shared an open concept office with four other people — but that didn’t mean the space fostered teamwork. “While I never expected privacy, there was a clear hierarchy in the company,” the Toronto resident told Global News. “The office environment, by being ‘open,’ led to a
The number of grandparents in Canada is the highest it’s ever been, at least since Statistics Canada began collecting the data. At last count, there were 7.5-million grandparents aged 45 and older in Canada, according to the 2017 General Social Survey on Family. That’s up from seven million in 2011 and 5.4 million in 1995.
NOTE: This article contains explicit information related to suicide and mental health that may not be suitable for all audience members. Discretion is advised. Story continues below A father who lost his six-year-old daughter in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting died in an apparent suicide on Monday. Two students who survived the
More than half of Canadian women said they know another woman who has been sexually harassed, according to new findings from Plan International Canada. As part of an awareness campaign for Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April, the organization released new data on the prevalence of sexual harassment in Canada. A report from February by
Have you ever ignored an email for weeks, only to reply with “Just saw this now!” when you finally get around to responding? If the sender of the email uses a tracking service, chances are they’ll know you’re lying. Story continues below Email trackers are exactly what they sound like: they’re software that tracks when
At the Family Medical Forum in 2017 — the largest family medicine conference in Canada — Dr. Sarah Giles was angry. The family physician was upset for a few reasons, including that drug reps were lining the pathway to the food area (meaning docs were forced to walk through sales booths to eat), and lunchtime
For Annie Boucher and her husband, a weekly allowance is a great way to teach their children financial literacy while also incentivizing help around the house. Story continues below “Instead of us just buying things, we said, ‘you can earn money to buy these things that you want,’” the Ottawa mom of two told Global
When Lindsay Angus finished a post-graduate program at college, she began her job hunt. The 25-year-old Toronto resident was fresh off a co-op when she applied for a full-time operations manager position — a job she wasn’t qualified for. “It called for three to five years experience in operations and project management,” Angus told Global
A rare type of heart attack has been labelled “mysterious” and “devastating” — and it targets young, healthy women. Spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD) heart attacks happen when there’s a tear in one of the layers of the artery wall. Dr. Sheryyn Rambihar, staff cardiologist at Mackenzie Health and spokesperson for Canada’s Heart and Stroke
Snowplow parenting is exactly what it sounds like: acting as the rescue option for your child’s every need, even when they’re adults. And while setting up children for success is one thing, one recent poll by the New York Times and Morning Consult found a majority of parents in the U.S. were “robbing” their kids
It can get easy to always say “yes” to social obligations, even if you really don’t want to be there. Story continues below Andrea Bonior, a clinical psychologist and columnist of “Baggage Check,” recently wrote a post in Psychology Today on why some people have a hard time saying “no” to obligations. She said many
While rates of colorectal cancer are down in adults over 55, a recent study found that more young people are now being diagnosed with the disease. Story continues below According to findings published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, rates of colon cancer have doubled in U.S. adults aged 20-39 since the mid-1980s.
In the world of online dating, finding the right person — or a person for “right now” — is often just a swipe away. For many people within the LGBTQ community, they have met their match(es) through the dating app Grindr. The app launched a decade ago this month, and since then, it has grown
There’s nothing like spending your St. Patrick’s Day at a proper Irish pub, but if you want a more elevated experience (a.k.a. avoiding that pint of green beer), one of the ways to do this is to grab some quality grub while you drink. According to Crystal Luxmore, a cicerone (beer sommelier) from Toronto, there
Depression can slowly takeover a person’s routine, often making it difficult to go to work or even get out of bed. A clinical state of depression can be intense, making it hard for some to balance their relationships or social life, often making them feel worthless, weak or sometimes suicidal, said Toronto clinical psychologist Dr.
When 28-year-old Iryna McVeigh wanted to get pregnant, she turned to her phone. Using the fertility app Glow, McVeigh plugged in information like the date of her last period and the length of her cycle. The app, which lets women know when to expect their period and when they’re most fertile, also records data like