Top Canadian stories from the past week, plus other news from around the web

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The last few days before we say goodbye to 2013 were very slow. A slew of Boxing Day promos arrived at all carriers and retailers — but nothing dramatic stood out. BlackBerry decided to cancel plans for their developer conference, plus also shifted gears and axed a couple low-end BB10 devices. Below are the top Canadian stories from the past week, plus notable news from around the web.

– BlackBerry cancels plans to launch two entry-level devices [Read here]
– Hands-on with the Martian Passport Smartwatch [Read here]
– Apple’s ’12 Days of Gifts’ is live [Read here]
– The Best Smartphones of 2013 [Read here]
– dbrand Nexus 5 Skin Review + Win a 32GB Nexus 5 (Contest) [Enter here]
– Apps that make music sound better in your car [Read here]
– Rogers survey says ‘Generation D’ are always connected [Read here]
– The anguish of updates [Read here]

Around the web:
– Taiwan prosecutes HTC’s ex-lead designer for fraud and leak [Engadget]
– Nokia pulls Here Maps from the App Store, blames iOS 7 [Engadget]
– Galaxy Hit trademark points to a Samsung smartphone/tablet [AndroidAuthority]
– Researchers Discover 2nd Samsung Knox Security Vulnerability This Month [BerryReview]