iPhone 4S put to the test

The new iPhone 4S is causing a big buzz in North America. Apple has sold a record four million of the phones in the first three days of the launch. But is the phone all it's cracked up to be? The first test results are in from Consumer Reports.

The camera on the iPhone 4S is a big improvement over the iPhone 4. The new camera has been upgraded from five to eight mega pixels and the results are impressive.

"The camera is significantly better and it's especially good at taking pictures under low light conditions or when there is a lot of sun and shadow," said Mike Gikas of Consumer Reports.

Testers also found the new iPhone 4S faster than its predecessor, especially when it comes to launching apps and web pages.

Voice quality also improved and the voice-activated control is remarkable good at understanding and executing requests.

Halloween Facts

Statistics Canada says last year Canadians spent $322 million on candy in the month of October.

But before you buy too much, we could have the lowest turnout for trick-or-treaters since 1988. Stats can predicts around 3.7 million kids will hit the streets this Halloween.

But trick-or-treating isn't the only Halloween tradition. It's also the season to carve pumpkins and while that's fun, it can also lead to some serious injuries.

Every year Canadian doctors see several children in the ER with finger and hand injuries caused by pumpkin carving. There are things you can do to avoid injury and it starts with putting away the carving knives. Pumpkin carving kits are a safer choice. The tools are smaller than a kitchen knife and are easier to control. They can also saw through the rind without being razor sharp.

"When you're carving, stabilize the pumpkin by holding the top and pointing the blade down as you saw. And be careful not to put your hand inside the pumpkin when you're cutting," said Dr. Orly Avitzur of Consumer Reports.

There are plenty of ways to involve children in pumpkin carving without letting them wield a knife. Have kids draw the pattern and they can help clean out the pulp and seeds. That way they will be part of the fun without risking a trip to the emergency room.

Pumpkins are big business in Canada. Farmers sold over $15 million worth of the gourds in 2010.

With a report from CTV British Columbia's Lynda Steele