Blog Posts by Chase Kell

  • Apple appears to have begun production on a product Steve Jobs would have never approved during his time as CEO.

    According to a report from Liberty Times, the makers of the iPad have selected two LCD panel suppliers to produce 7.85-inch screens for the iPad Mini, a new tablet expected to be released this fall.

    "The paper (Liberty Times) claims that LG and AU Optronics have been certified to produce the panels for the much rumored device," reveals Seth Fiegerman in a Business Insider piece. "The report also says that two other companies — TPK Holding and Chimei Innolux — have signed on to produce six million backlight modules for the iPad Mini screen."

    Since the emergence of the seven-inch Kindle Fire, which provided a healthy boost to Android's tablet market share, the internet has been replete with rumours of an iPad Mini.

    "Apple has since regained lost ground and remains the dominant player in the tablet arena," says Lance Whitney in a CNET blog. "Still, the iPad has watched its

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  • Donna Summer, Queen of Disco, dead at 63

    Donna Summer, the woman affectionately known as the Queen of Disco, died in Florida this morning after a battle with cancer. She was 63.

    According to a TMZ report, sources close to Summer have stated the singer was trying to keep a tight lip on the extent of her illness.

    "We spoke to someone who was with Summer a couple of weeks ago ... who says she didn't seem too bad," shares TMZ. "In fact, we're told she was focused on trying to finish up an album she had been working on."

    The five-time Grammy award winner rose to superstardom in the '70s with hits such as "Hot Stuff," "Last Dance" and "Bad Girls." Her success continued well into the '80s with "This Time I Know It's for Real," and "She Works Hard for the Money."

    Summer, along with producer Giorgio Moroder, were accredited with defining the '70s dance music era, influencing a slew of acts including David Bowie and Duran Duran.

    Summer married Bruce Sudano, the Brooklyn Dreams singer, back in the '80s. They have two daughters.


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  • Facebook testing new ‘pay to promote post’ tool

    The first Facebook user to be exposed to the site's latest content sharing feature was so skeptical, he or she thought it was a con. In fact, it took a statement from a Facebook spokesperson to confirm the new "pay to promote post" feature is indeed genuine.

    "We're constantly testing new features across the site," revealed the spokesperson on BBC.com. "This particular test is simply to gauge people's interest in this method of sharing with their friends."

    Facebook has begun testing the "pay to promote" feature among users in New Zealand. For a small fee, users can ensure that the content they share will be more visible to friends, colleagues and family. The goal is to determine if users are interested in "paying to flag up their information."

    "We're going to see a lot more ideas like this where they are testing out different ways to try to make money," shares internet analyst Ian Maude.

    According to the spokesperson, Facebook is currently testing several different methods of

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  • Hundreds of fans gathered Monday to celebrate the midnight release of Diablo III, the third chapter of the famed video game series that had been 12 years in the making.

    Anxious gamers had begun sharing their excitement online since word of a third installment hit the web, but the anticipation became tangible when nearly 2,000 eager fans gathered at the Irvine Spectrum Center in Orange County, California.

    "When we first started doing midnight launches, we didn't think anyone would come, but now we do them for all our games, and they get bigger and bigger," explains Rob Pardo, VP of game design at Blizzard Entertainment Inc. in The Washington Post. "It's great for not only the fans but also the development team. They get to be here when everyone is buying the game and see the excitement."

    Fans huddled around the stage to watch the artists sketch Diablo characters live, view never-before-seen footage and indulge in a little trivia. "Loot storms" provided Diablo fans with an opportunity

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  • Apple reportedly dropping Google Maps from iOS 6

    The idea that Apple really does not need Google Maps is nothing new. The makers of the iPhone seemed to get that ball rolling when they departed from the competition's mapping service with the new version of iPhoto.

    But up until now, Apple has continued to use Google Maps to power the iOS Maps app. Gizmodo is reporting that Apple is set to drop Google's mapping service with the release of iOS 6 in favour of a brand new in-house system.

    "The move away from Google Maps would make sense from Apple's point of view, given Cupertino's holy war against Google," explains Kyle Wagner in the piece. "And it has been moving further away from the service, using OpenStreetMaps data in its latest update. Add that to the mapping companies that Apple's been stockpiling — C3, Poly9, Placebase — and Apple seems more than ready to shove off on its own."

    We should see this transition at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference, where the company is expected to debut its new operating system.

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  • Facebook becoming a hot topic in Canadian courts

    Mark Zuckerberg and his colleagues at Facebook are no strangers to the courts, including those north of the border.

    The social titan recently vowed to fight back against a B.C. woman's lawsuit alleging a privacy breach. The suit seeks to end the company's practice of turning users into brand ambassadors when they  'like' a product or service.

    But keeping Facebook topical in courtrooms across the country are two cases that indirectly involve the social site.

    In the case known as A.B. vs. Bragg Communications, a teenaged victim of online bullying sought to bring defamation charges against her tormentors in Nova Scotia but under a pseudonym, in order to protect her privacy.

    The Nova Scotia court of appeal ruled against the teen just last year, citing that an anonymous person "should not be allowed to bring a defamation action against another," reports the Vancouver Sun.

    "To be able to proceed with a defamation claim under a cloak of secrecy is contrary to the quintessential features of

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  • Instructor Jerry Wheeler uses a miniature bulldozer to teach a safety and equipment orientation class.I'm sure many can remember this question from their childhood: if I dig a deep hole to the other end of the world, where would I end up?

    China quickly became the popular guess, but a new Google Maps-based website reveals that, if such a thing were possible, children across Canada would find themselves swimming somewhere in the Indian Ocean. Except for those in the southeastern corner of Alberta, that is, who would find themselves on the French Southern & Antarctic Lands.

    AntipodeMap.com allows users to pinpoint the location that is exactly half way around the world from where they are. You simply double click on the map, or drag the map to your location, and the second map below immediately identifies the area that is diametrically opposite to where you stand.

    "The site defines two antipodal points as being connected by a straight line through the dead center of the Earth," explains Samantha Murphy in a Mashable blog. "For example, New York City's antipodal point is in the Indian

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  • There must be hundreds of developers who would give their right arm — so to speak — to attend Worldwide Developer Conference 2012, but only one is prepared to legally change his name for a ticket to this year's event.

    Apple announced Wednesday that its annual WWDC will take place from June 11 through June 15 in San Francisco. Tickets, which went on sale the same day at around 8:30 a.m. EDT, were sold out in just two hours, likely before many developers on the west coast had woken up.

    Yet unlike at concerts or professional sporting events, tickets are not transferable for this year's conference — the name printed on the pass must match the ticket holder's identification, which makes scalping a very bad idea, if not next to impossible. But one daring developer seems to have found a loophole.

    "An anonymous developer on Wednesday posted a want ad on Craigslist," shares Zach Epstein in a BGR blog. "Under the headline, 'I will legally change my name to yours for a WWDC ticket — $1,600,' the

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  • Canadians prefer TV to Facebook, Twitter: poll

    If forced to choose between television and social media, a recent survey suggests most Canadians would choose the small screen over status updates.

    TV trumps social media for a whopping 73% of Canadians, which is significantly higher than the 58% of the survey's global participants who prefer their favourite shows over Facebook sharing.

    "North Americans are TV's biggest fans, with 73% choosing it over social media, followed by Europeans at 66%," reports 24 Hours Vancouver.

    But aside from Europe, television does not hold sway over social media in the rest of the world.

    "In Africa and the Middle East, for example, social media now reigns supreme, with 54% preferring to give up TV," the report states, based on the findings of an Ipsos Reid survey. "In Brazil, Russia, India and China, 58% chose social networking."

    The study also reveals that the youth around the world — those 35 and under, many of whom have grown up with the emergence of social networks — were split 50/50 between the two

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  • Pregnant woman and son survive mother’s rare heart tumour

    Sadie Stout is thrilled as she enjoys the company of her son, but just seven short months ago the young mother was forced into the toughest decision she's ever had to make.

    Stout, 21, was six months pregnant when she was informed about the extremely rare tumour growing in her heart. Fearing the Thunder Bay native could die at any moment, surgeons at Toronto General Hospital decided to operate immediately.

    "But they were unsure whether her unborn baby boy would survive the risky surgery," reveals Megan Ogilvie in the Toronto Star. "And they couldn't guarantee that Stout would live through an emergency c-section should she want to deliver her baby before they tried to repair her heart."

    Stout had 24 hours to decide which life comes first and without hesitation, the first-time mother chose that of her son, Bentley.

    "Seven months later, both mom and baby are giggling together in a sunny atrium at Toronto General," shares Ogilvie. "The sturdy toddler with brown eyes and downy hair

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