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Jason from Sudbury

I asked this in an Open Mike before Xmas but didn't get an answer so I'll try again...
Other than size, what's the difference between the IPhone 6 and 6+? My mother bought the 6+ and it's huge! I don't like it.

January 8, 2016 @ 8:42 AM

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@Jason from Sudbury

I'd have helped you out, but I'm blissfully iPhone-ignorant.

If I were to guess, however, I'd say the only difference is screen size. The iPhone 6 is 4.7 inches while the iPhone 6+ is 5.5 inches.

January 8, 2016 @ 8:46 AM



As far as I can tell, the only major spec difference is that the Plus has optical image stabilisation, whereas the regular 6s does not.

January 8, 2016 @ 8:56 AM



Oops, just re-read your message. She bought a "6" recently and not a "6S"?

January 8, 2016 @ 8:57 AM


What exactly is the functional difference between Apple TV and Chromecast?

January 8, 2016 @ 9:05 AM

Sam in Pickering

Blackberry 4 life!

January 8, 2016 @ 9:06 AM

Al The Royal Pain

It's shaping up to be another busy year for the band. We've got a string of 4 straight shows coming up, 3 of which are in the city, all on Friday nights. Next Friday at College Street Bar, then Fionn MacCool's in Vaughan, Dominion Pub in the east end (Corktown) and finally Alleycatz up near Younge & Eglington.

January 8, 2016 @ 9:14 AM


Coyotes won again last night. That's great. Louis Domingue is a great goalie, a lot better than Mike Smith. My Coyotes won. My trainer really got clobbered on Tuesday. That's no good. Not that many games left. Challenge round is next weekend, I knew it. Kean will win it for sure. Kean will go to the Provincials and the Brier again. I just know he will.

January 8, 2016 @ 9:16 AM




Apple TV attempts to be more of an "all-in-one" device. You turn on your TV, you turn on your Apple TV ... you navigate what you want to do with your Apple TV remote. It can stream video content from your computer via iTunes. You can buy video content from the iTunes store. It can run a Netflix app, etc.

Chromecast lets you throw (video) content from your phone or computer to your TV. So you open a YouTube or Netflix on your phone and hit the "cast" button, and it appears on your TV. You can also do things like stream your entire desktop if you wish.

Realistically for most it probably matters more if you're embedded in Apple's ecosystem. That said, you can still use Chromecast with Apple products, and Apple TV isn't dependent on having to own Macs or iPhones.

January 8, 2016 @ 9:51 AM


Bad grammar from cutting & pasting words around, oops.

January 8, 2016 @ 9:52 AM

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For what it's worth, I own two Chromecasts and use it all the time. Whether I'm watching Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, YouTube, Netflix or playing a video file from my laptop, Chromecast throws it on the big screen.

But, I'm not in the Apple ecosystem, as markosaar says.

January 8, 2016 @ 9:54 AM



Couple things to keep in mind between the Apple TV vs Chromecast

- Apple TV requires an Apple product to use. So if you have an Android / Windows Phone / Blackberry then you are SOL.
- Functionally both do essentially the same thing.
- Apple TV is bigger and more expensive than the Chromecast

- Apple TV comes with a dedicated remote. This is because Apple TV has a interface that shows you apps that you can launch.
- Apple TV interface (
- Chromecast interface (

- Chromecast is controlled entirely by your phone / tablet / computer. Any app that supports Chromecast will have the little Chromecast icon next to it. (

I have a Chromecast (not a big Apple fan) but if you have iPhone or iPad then it makes a lot more sense to stay in that ecosystem with an Apple TV.

January 8, 2016 @ 9:58 AM

Jason from Sudburty

Sorry...meant to say IPhone bad. So yeah she got the 6S+.

January 8, 2016 @ 10:03 AM


This website will give all of the details of any phone out there:

January 8, 2016 @ 10:18 AM



You absolutely do not require an Apple product to use Apple TV. It has independent apps on it for things like Netflix or YouTube, and can stream just fine from a PC running iTunes. (Not that I would personally ever install iTunes on my PC again.)

January 8, 2016 @ 11:10 AM


If you think that poor grammar and misspelled words do not matter, consider that you may not get your point across to your reader. Even a typo can throw things off.

One little error and your whole message could be urined.

January 8, 2016 @ 11:22 AM

Rick C in Oakville

That was funny Douglas!. With auto correct, and the fact that the screen on a BlackBerry is not very big, some of my posts look like they were written by a 1st grader.

January 8, 2016 @ 2:17 PM


Just a couple of New Year musings.....on radio in Toronto.

1, Q107 - when they first changed their format to include some newer music; it was pretty good for a few weeks. But lately they have slipped back to sounding old and tired again.

2. CFNY and Indie 88 - really...what is the difference?? CFNY changed slightly but they sound more like Indie now. One of these stations has to do something to break through. I thought Spirit of Radio Sunday was a great start. I don't know why they ever got rid of it.

3. TSN Radio and The Fan - Both morning shows are weak in my opinion. Midday doesn't sound much better.

January 8, 2016 @ 2:31 PM

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You've come to the right place...

Re: your #2, I wrote about this at length. Here's the entry about the cancellation of Spirit of Radio Sundays. It had to go b/c it attracted people outside CFNY's targeted demo:

Re: your #3, I will have Mike Richards in my basement Tuesday for an episode of my podcast. I'll ask him all the tough questions....

January 8, 2016 @ 2:41 PM


@Toronto Mike-did you catch the recent 'Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee' with President Obama? If not, do yourself a favour and check it out-it's a really good installment in the series! Jerry Seinfeld and the President have great chemistry together (never thought I'd ever type that sentence).

January 8, 2016 @ 2:53 PM

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I did. Regardless of your politics, you've got to admit this is one funny POTUS!

January 8, 2016 @ 3:00 PM


Hi T'mikers. It's been a while since I've commented. Wanted to kinda catch up.

I talked about the struggles my wife and I have been having with infertility, including a very painful loss in 2014. Since the loss (and all the resultant medical fallout), we started trying again. Went through more IUI. Then finally pulled out the big guns of IVF.

6 retrieved eggs became 5 fertilized eggs, became 4 high-quality blastocyst on Day 5. One was transferred... and took hold!

Since then, she's been monitored as high risk. We've been to Mt. Sianai's high risk doctors. They gave the thumbs up. She's been monitored weekly with ultrasounds to make sure everything's growing right. The doctor's suspect the last loss was due to a freak infection-- struck by lightning bad luck. So she's on a strict regiment of rest and monitoring for infection.

We're now at 22 weeks and 2 days. Week 24 is "viability", when the baby is fully formed and is just putting on fat and muscle. By week 32, that's the point when they'd be a preemie.

It's been a nerve-wracking few months. Every little thing-- or lack of a thing-- brings up this immediate fear of the worst. Every thought of what could go wrong has run through our minds. It's been so difficult to even get close to the thought of being comfortable with the pregnancy. It's like the innocence was gone.

But over the weeks and months-- well, the good thing about going to so many doctor's appointments, is that you get to hear so many specialists say that everything is normal. That things are looking good.

And the best thing about going to an ultrasound nearly every week is seeing the baby nearly every week. Growing up from a small dark spot that's an egg sac with eight cells-- to a blob, to an outline, to a shape, to a teeny tiny person. Seeing the heart beat in real time. Seeing the spine grow. Seeing the kid jump and twirl around in there.

This week marked the last appointment we have with the high risk RE. We're now referred to a regular old OB, like normal people. We saw the kid again on the ultrasound-- folded in half like a Yoga master, licking their own toes. =)

There's been kicks every single day.

(I've kept the above gender neutral, since although we know, I understand some people like the gender to be a surprise. Unless those people are outvoted lol).

That feeling of anxiety will never truly go away until we have babe in arms. But each day that passes, each checkbox we get from the doctors, each growth milestone we hit-- it gets a bit easier. Easier to look at strollers. Easier to buy baby clothes. Easier to draw up plans for the nursery, and keep an eye on Costco for when they have cribs.

Easier to fall in love with this tiny little person. I can't wait until May 11th, when I can finally meet them.

January 8, 2016 @ 3:03 PM

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Holy shit! Congrats, man!

January 8, 2016 @ 3:07 PM

Al The Royal Pain


That's great news! I wish you guys the best...but I do have bad news, the anxiety never really goes away until they're fully-grown adults. Enjoy it.

January 8, 2016 @ 3:17 PM


@Mike: Thanks. =)

@Al: It just becomes a different kind of anxiety. =) I'm prepared for that, and welcome it. lol

January 8, 2016 @ 3:19 PM

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We're at 29 weeks over here, so just a little ahead of ya. Won't be long!

January 8, 2016 @ 3:29 PM


@Mike: I've been seeing your posts. Congrats to you too! Five more for a baseball team. =)

January 8, 2016 @ 3:56 PM

Collingwood Daveda

Hey Lorne, all I had to do is have sex with my wife, no big deal and I didn't even want a kid at that time. Now she is 27 and I am going to be a grandpa and I can't wait. The only problem is she lives in the 905 and I have recently retired to the 705. Good luck to you in your endevours...

January 8, 2016 @ 5:46 PM


this is an awesome post. all the mojo for smooth sailing the rest of the way.

January 8, 2016 @ 5:51 PM

Brian Gerstein

Another baseball HOF voting day, and another day without the best leadoff hitter in the history of the National League not enshrined. My favourite ballplayer ever, Tim Raines, has only one year left now that the rules changed on him and he lost 5 years of eligibility. The silver lining is that he increased his % from 55% to 69.8%, virtually guaranteeing that he will sail into the HOF next year. I already have July 23rd, 2017 down in my calendar as I will be in Cooperstown, that is, unless I am either dead or incapacitated, hopefully neither occurs. There is also a chance that Vladimir Guerrero, who will be eligible in his first year, could join Raines, which as a diehard Montreal Expos fan, would be an embarrassment of riches for me.

January 8, 2016 @ 7:58 PM


Denna Laing - prayers & thoughts are with you & your family. Hopefully a speedy recovery from your injury at Women's game at Winter Classic.

HOF BBall voting. How can any voters NOT picked Griffey Jr. on their ballot - 3 didn't. Mind Boggling. Tim Raines must be voted in next year as last year of eligilibilty. Just missed this year.

Marco Muzo's family has major $ with family business. Pleading guilty & I'm sure $ talks.
3 kids & Grandfather died because of disgrace. Wait to see sentence!!

All the best to MIke Cooper on his "retirement". I met him twice while he was at CHUM. A great person.

January 8, 2016 @ 9:05 PM

ought thought

"Yes, the long memory is the most radical idea in this country. It is the loss of that long memory which deprives our people of that connective flow of thoughts and events that clarifies our vision, not of where we're going, but where we want to go." Bruce "Utah" Phillips 1935 - 2008

January 8, 2016 @ 10:04 PM


Andrea Horwath

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Together, we can stop this. Sign the petition to send a message to Kathleen Wynne and the Ontario Liberals that privatizing Hydro One is wrong.

January 8, 2016 @ 10:09 PM


Congrats Lorne. That's great. Anyway, my Suns and Nets both lost again. This never seems to end. They keep on losing. Oh well, my Habs and Coyotes will win tonight. Let's do it.

January 9, 2016 @ 7:22 AM


Congratulations, Lorne. My then-wife and I lost our first one (one of the worst days of my life), a challenging birth (Mt. Sinai; almost a worst day of my life, but it all worked out), and then everything going "normally". Now I am blessed with two young adult men. When your path to having a child is not a "smooth" one, you learn of the millions of things that can go wrong, and are almost stunned that so many children are born just fine. Wishing you and your wife a healthy and happy child.

January 9, 2016 @ 1:10 PM

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I don't think I've ever written about it, but before my firstborn we suffered a miscarriage at 12 weeks. She had a D&C and shortly thereafter conceived James.

January 9, 2016 @ 1:15 PM

twins from bolton

Congrats Lorne. The bright side of losing a child before birth that there is a reason for a miscarriage. My wife at 5 months had a problem & was in hospital for a few days & the doctor said there could be a slight probability of a miscarriage. We at the time were devastated, but everything worked out. They were born 6 weeks premature with breathing problems with not fully developed lungs. Still light occurrences with 1, asthma especially in the summer.

Just wondering does anyone have twins or is a twin that comments here?

January 9, 2016 @ 1:51 PM


Seems like every news site is banning their comments section, hopefully Mike u don't follow suit.

If they don't want vitriolic comments then what is their moderator doing? Its ok cuz they are the mainstream media & their news is slanted. (no offense)

January 9, 2016 @ 3:08 PM

Dawn Keibals

@twins In Bolton..We have twins,just turned 28.Boy/Girl.

January 9, 2016 @ 3:19 PM

twins from bolton


We survived. I'm sure you had same "situations" as we had with them.
A very tough ride - not double the trouble but 10X, but worth it overall.

Buy 1, get 1 Free.

January 9, 2016 @ 8:20 PM

Blind Dave

Oh, don't tell me about typing. My Galaxy S4 went tits and has been away at repair since Dec 16. I have been using an old Incredible S and the texting is brutal. The voice app is extremely temperamental and I have almost given up in frustration. I only text when necessary and don't even bother surfing anymore.

WE are in a deep freeze. Good thing this is an El Nino year...

January 9, 2016 @ 9:13 PM


My Habs lost last night. The game sucked. PK Subban scored his second goal. Yes, second. He is in a funk. Anyway, he is a good player, but don't like some of the things he does like attempting to injure others deliberately and running to the refs for every little thing he does. If he could just play and leave all the other stuff he does alone, he would be a really great player. Oh well, Habs need to get it going. My Coyotes won though. That's great. I hope Louis Domingue wins something. He's a great goalie, that's for sure. Also my Nets lost. This sucks. Will they ever win again.

January 10, 2016 @ 8:10 AM


Nothing much happened in sports yesterday. Oh well, what can you do. My Cardinals are going to win the Superbowl since my Ravens are not in the playoffs. Snow on the way. Hope it won't be bad enough that my trainer will have to cancel or anything. David Bowie died. I didn't like him so no big loss. Well, he died, it's too bad, only 69 and Bob Seger is older than that at 70 and he is still alive and well. John Mellencamp is still alive and well. They will both outlive David Bowie which is a great thing.

January 11, 2016 @ 6:58 AM


@Lorne congratulations! It is so wonderful to read your news. I remember reading your story of infertility and could feel your pain in the words. We also suffer from infertility and have lived all those moments. Our story of becoming parents ended with adoption. He is 10 next month and has been our boy since he was 3 months. There will always be a part of you that remembers the pain of infertility but your new little person will make every moment of heartache worth it.

January 11, 2016 @ 7:41 AM


@Mike: I remember you mentioning it, but not any details. A D&C is salt-in-the-wound. My wife narrowly avoided having one. She has quite a phobia of surgery.

Here's good thoughts for both of us (and any other will-be parents out there).

@Moosegrumpy: we had started to prepare ourselves for adoption, pending the results of the IVF. What a process Ontario makes it these days. I'm glad to hear your little guy is in your life. =)

January 11, 2016 @ 9:51 AM



No Comment, get a life. Bowie made your pinions Seger & Mellancamp who they are.

January 11, 2016 @ 5:12 PM


re: Cheryl. Wow. Yup, wow. That's all.

January 11, 2016 @ 10:56 PM


My Nets lost again last night. They are always losing. It really really sucks. Anyway, apparently my trainer will be here today. The snow didn't keep him away, but there is supposed to be more snow. The only thing I like about winter is being able to go ice skating. I want it to just get cold enough for three months that there is ice and no snow and then winter would be good.

January 12, 2016 @ 8:48 AM


A particularly nasty thing to say Cheryl. Jeez. Is this all an act or something?

In other news the young man who ran down the schoolteacher at the intersection gets 3 months.
That teacher was a very circumspect fellow who followed traffic rules carefully.
Juggling a takeout coffee? Cell phone? Late night on internet? Serious alcoholic hangover? All night bender? Road rage encouraged by Rob Ford? Bellicose personality? Who knows.

Drivers need to be better educated. There needs to be more talk of 'sharing.' Yes cyclists are often idiots who ignore rules but we're not discussing the schoolteacher cyclist who ran into the young man's truck and killed him.

January 12, 2016 @ 1:50 PM


Cheryl - you are a BEE ATCH with your comments about David Bowie. Nobody has to die at this early age.

Life does not revolve around you & your Habs , Coyotes, Nets, Ravens. Cardinals, Orioles, Kean & your trainer.

BTW - your daily sports updates are more COMICAL than informative.

January 12, 2016 @ 7:15 PM


Okay. I didn't mean to be nasty. How was I nasty. I didn't say I was glad. Oh well, I can always leave, but then when I threaten to leave, everyone is begging me to stay. Anyway, my Coyotes won in overtime last night. Great that they won. Max Domi with the hattrick. I really like him and Louis Domingue. Coyotes are doing well. Habs will be back on track as well. Can't wait for the finals with Habs and Coyotes. My Suns lost though. That was no good.

January 13, 2016 @ 10:25 AM

Neil Clarke Warren

@Cheryl...NOT everyone is"everyone is begging me to stay"

January 13, 2016 @ 12:32 PM


My Nets won last night. It's about time. My Habs and Coyotes will win tonight. Challenge round this weekend. Kean is going to win. That would be great.

January 14, 2016 @ 4:38 PM


@Lorne We were finalized with our adoption one year prior to Ontario changing the adoption rules and I can only say thank God. I do not envy anyone trying to adopt in today's system. It felt to us that we were jumping through hoops set on fire but now a clown with a knife is chasing you through the hoops while flaming arrows are shot at you. In the meantime children languish in foster care with no permanency. I hope the next weeks go well for all three of you and birth announcement to the Toronto Mike family please!

January 16, 2016 @ 3:31 PM

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