Blog Posts by Chase Kell

  • Must-see videos of the week: September 20

    This week's must-see videos range from hilariously gross to aesthetically beautiful, but without further adieu, let's get started with the gross. This comedic tale of woe was captured at a wedding, where the bride learned that a little bit of wine isn't the only thing you should worry about getting on your dress.

    1. Bride Gets Terrible Wedding Surprise

    Who brought the new guy, huh? Huh? All jokes aside, this video raises so many questions, not the least of which is, who brought the penguin? Seriously! In fact, it looks like this video was shot in a veterinarian's office, so dare I ask why you would throw your wedding party at Sea World? It's all very strange, but it's certainly good for a laugh. Well, at least the groom is laughing.

    [ Last week's must-see videos: Soldier in Spider-Man costume surprises son ]

    2. Flying eagle POV

    Moving on from the gross. This video capturing an eagle's point-of-view as it majestically navigates the mountains of France is quite remarkable. I'm not sure how

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  • Must-see videos of the week: Sept. 13

    This week’s must-see videos show a man use his bare hands as a hammer and an ingenious way to unload your beer kegs. And is it too early to hand out the award for Father of the Year? Because this Superdad who returned from a recent tour of duty to surprise his son in a Spider-Man costume is a lock! The little boy's adorable response is, well, I'll let you see for yourself.

    1. Soldier in Spider-Man costume surprises son

    You've got to love the way the little boy skips the hand shake and goes right in for the hug. And the "huh? Who's there?" reaction to seeing Spider-Man scaling the backyard fence is almost as adorable as the part when the father removes the mask. Too many wonderful things to say about this video.

    [ Last week's must-see videos: Wedding band fail ]

    2. Spectacular lava flow into water

    I'm sure many people — myself included would have steered the boat far away from the molten lava cascading over a cliff and into the water, but we're sure glad these sightseers stuck around to

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  • Dead shark found in New York City subway car

    Riders on the Queens-bound N train in New York City were surprised when they spotted a dead shark on the floor of a subway car early Wednesday morning.

    "I board a car that's not terribly full and as soon as I enter, a stench hits my nose," shares Mary M. in a Gothamist story. "It's not the typical urine/trash smell, it's...fishy? I look down to the end of the car to see a dead shark on the floor. I think I stood there for a good minute just staring, thinking 'Is this for real?! Oh come ON, NYC!'

    [ Related: Russian diver gets hand stuck in monkfish ]

    "One of my fellow passengers remarked 'I've been riding the subway for 15 years, and this is the weirdest thing I've seen. And I've seen EVERYTHING.' The train filled as we made our way to Astoria, every new passenger was getting excited about it. Once we got to Queensboro Plaza, an MTA employee made all of us move to another car."

    After a quick joke or two - “Live sharks are wrangled by Shark Maintainer IIs” - an MTA spokesman confirmed the

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  • Smartphone use continues to grow in Canada: survey

    (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

    The findings of a recent survey on smartphone use in Canada are sure to surprise very few of us north of the border.

    You have probably noticed that smartphones are quite popular in Canada. These days you would be hard pressed to step out in public and not witness several people staring down at their mobile devices. 

    Approximately 33 per cent of Canadian adults used a smartphone in 2012, and as the recent Google report would suggest, that percentage is up in 2013. Way up!

    In just seven short months, the percentage of Canadian adults who use a smartphone nearly doubled to 56 per cent, based on findings from the 1,000 Canadians surveyed.

    And not only are we buying smartphones in bulk, we're growing increasingly more addicted to our mobile devices. Just about eight in 10 respondents said they don't leave the house without their smartphone, while two-thirds of them revealed they have used their mobile device every day in the past week.

    Nearly 80 per cent of smartphone users said they use their

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  • Google takes aim at Apple TV with Chromecast

    Google is at it again.

    The tech giant, which continues to carve out its reputation as the "killer" of Apple products, recently unveiled Chromecast, an HDMI stick that streams music, movies, TV shows — just about anything one can stream — to your HDTV. All for the measly price of $35.

    [ Related: Google gets deeper into hardware with new tablet, TV gadget ]

    So, if you've recently purchased an Apple TV, or perhaps a Roku streaming player, I hope you've kept your receipt.

    Set-top streaming boxes such as Apple TV and Roku can run you a cost north of $100; Chromecast rings in at nearly a third of that cost. Apple TV, outside of its own apps, can only stream content from Apple computers and devices. Chromecast allows streaming from a host of devices: iPhones, iPads, Macs, PCs, and of course Android phones and tablets, just to name a few.

    "Third-party streaming boxes are dead," exclaims Benedict Evans, consultant at Enders Analysis in London, in a Huffington Post story. "Why would you spend $100 to

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  • Calgary flood infographic illustrates the city’s plight

    The City of Calgary has released an infographic that illustrates the devastation of the recent flood that shut down the downtown core and forced mass evacuations in nearby areas.

    Broken down into four parts — the flood, fallout, response, and recovery — the infographic highlights the extent of the damage, as well as the city's incredible recovery efforts.

    One of the more staggering revelations; the Bow River's flow peaked at eight times its regular flow, approximately three times that of the flood in 2005. The flow of the Elbow River was even worse, peaking at twelve times its regular rate.

    [ Related: Calgary flood emergency ends, city continues to rebuild ]

    The flood waters forced the evacuations of twenty-six communities, affecting more than 100,000 Calgarians and cutting power in 34,000 locations across town.

    More than 75 per cent of the road network was restored within the first seven days of recovery, which is impressive when you factor in more than a thousand kilometres of downtown

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  • Bigger is not always better in the smartphone industry, and the brass at Huawei is hoping that notion can help vault its new flagship device into the upper echelon of the mobile market.

    Marking its first standalone launch event, the Chinese manufacturers unveiled the Ascend P6 on Tuesday, boasting their new device as the world's slimmest smartphone. The Ascend P6 is a measly 6.18 mm thick; quite a bit thinner than the iPhone 5 (7.7 mm) and the Samsung Galaxy S4 (7.6 mm), two industry-leading devices that Huawei is hoping to rival.

    "Huawei P6 is darn thin," tweeted industry analyst Ben Wood shares in a Reuters report.

    Much like the iPhone, the Ascend P6 features sleek, aluminum edges along the sides and top of the phone. The device is rounded out at the bottom, adding a little bit of original flair to its aesthetic appeal. The 4.7-inch 720p display, 8-megapixel camera on the back and 5-megapixel front-facing camera make this phone ideal for everyday photos, Skype calls or the ever popular

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  • Must-see videos of the week – May 10

    From North America's newest Internet meme sensation to a high school student's rant about a shoddy teacher, we've seen some great videos this week. Here are a few of our favourites:

    1. Charles Ramsey describes finding missing women

    Charles Ramsey quickly went from an ordinary man enjoying a Big Mac to an American hero when he assisted in the rescue of Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight, three women who had been kidnapped in Ohio nearly a decade ago. His colourful interviews, highlighted by statements such as "Bro, I knew something was wrong when a little pretty white girl ran into a black man's arms," quickly made the rounds online, launching Ramsey into a new realm of Internet stardom.

    [ Last week's Must See Videos: Dog trained to use the toilet ]

    2. High school student's rant about teacher goes viral

    So much for Teacher Appreciation Day. Jeff Bliss, a student at Duncanville High School in Texas, chose an interesting day to highlight his teacher's pedagogical follies. Video of

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  • Landing gear believed to have come from one of the planes that struck the twin towers. (NYPD photo)

    A piece of machinery believed to be landing gear from one of the airliners that hit the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, has been discovered in Lower Manhattan, CNN reports.

    The part was found wedged between two buildings close to ground zero, and it reportedly includes "a clearly visible Boeing identification number," the NYPD stated in a press release. Surveyors working in the area had called 911 after discovering what they believed to be "apparently damaged machinery."

    NYPD has secured the area as they continue to treat this as a crime scene.

    The alley where the landing gear was reportedly found (Photo courtesy of NYPD)

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  • If an excerpt from Paul Allen's autobiography Idea Man wasn't enough to prove he has mended fences with Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, the recreation of an iconic photo of the two is sure to prove the hatchet has been buried.

    During an event this week at the Living Computer Museum in Seattle, Allen tweeted a photo of the once-estranged duo posing among several early model computers, just as they had done some 30 years ago.

    According to a staff member at the museum, the original computers were tracked down in anticipation of Gates' visit, Geekwire reports. The recreation was not quite perfect, but the PCs coupled with Allen's suit and Gates' casual sweater were close enough to dub the effort a success.

    The two tech icons had fallen out of touch after Allen accused Gates and present CEO,

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