Blog Posts by Tori Floyd

  • Ever thought it would be cool to have something other than “.com” at the end of your website URL? If you find .ca and .net just a tad blasé too, you’re in luck: On Feb. 4, the largest number of generic top-level domain names (gTLDs, or the suffix to any URL) will come into existence, opening up a whole new world of possible kooky domain names.

    About 1,000 new gTLDs will start to go live Feb. 4, Quartz reports, and anyone can buy a domain name with the gTLD of his or her choosing. In 2012, companies applied for gTLDs they wished to own, and those that were approved will be going live next month. Companies like Google and Amazon applied for lots of them, 101 and 76 respectively, but not as much as a firm set up specifically to buy domain names, called Donuts, who applied for 307 altogether. In total, 1,930 applications were received by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), and 751 of the names are contested, meaning more than one company applied for ownership.

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  • While Google’s new Glass hardware is pretty cool, it certainly wasn’t … well, pretty. It’s vaguely dorky vibe hasn’t seemed to have been a problem for its early adopters in its Explorer program. Ahead of the product’s wide launch later this year, though, Google has announced new glasses and sunglasses with Glass built right in.

    Google posted this video of the new looks to YouTube:

    Not only will the new frames make the technology look a touch less like you’re attending a sci-fi convention in costume, but you can also add prescription lenses. According to The Associated Press, the glasses can be taken to any vision care provider to be fitted with your prescription, and some insurance plans will cover the cost of the lenses. The frames themselves cost $225, while the sunglasses cost $150 – both in addition to the $1500 price tag for Glass.

    [ Related: Woman cited for driving while wearing Google Glass not guilty ]

    There are four available styles of titanium frames for glasses and three styles

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  • Must-see videos of the week: Jan. 19-25

    It's been another week of chilly weather here, so this week's must-see videos take a step back to appreciate the beauty of winter, dream about warmer beaches and introduce a creative activity you can do inside. Throw in a cool music video and a dramatic rescue in Syria to get five videos you just can't miss from the last seven days:

    Collingswood, N.J., resident Thomas Finer set up a camera to capture a time lapse view of a recent impending snowstorm. He let it roll for 24 hours and managed to capture this mesmerizing footage of his front yard and street transforming some bare grass into a winter wonderland.

    [ Last week's Must-See Videos: Stand-Up Comedian 'Talks to the Dead' ]

    At SoCal Corgi Beach Day in Huntington Beach, Calif., things can get a little crowded. So if you find that perfect spot, chances are you'll defend it like Fawkes here does from the insistent Ziggy. Watch as the two scrap it out over Fawkes' comfy, cozy hole in the sand.

    YouTube user cyotheking can do two things

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  • Worst passwords of 2013 include a new top no-no

    It seems that every year, despite warnings from security experts, we see people getting their account hacked or taken over because of easy-to-crack passwords. Just like setting the PIN number on your debit card to “0000” is a terrible idea, so is using an easy, largely impersonal password.

    Security firm SplashData has released its annual list of the worst passwords to have, based on them being the most popularly-used passwords. The firm takes stolen passwords that have been posted online over the course of the year, and assembles a list of the 25 most frequently appearing passwords.

    [ More Right Click: Last year’s top 25 worst passwords ]

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    This year’s results are somewhat skewed, PC World explains, on account of the massive data breach of Adobe login information in October 2013. The rise in popularity of “123456,” this year’s new most-common password, could be at least somewhat attributed to almost 100 million of the Adobe accounts being test accounts or inactive, which may skew its

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  • Must-see videos of the week: Jan. 12-18

    Take some time to appreciate the many hobbies of people online this week. Some love to sing. Others are great comedians. And some people collect strange things — like Gatorade. See all that and more in this week's must-see videos:

    Whether or not you believe in psychics, after watching this video, you'll have to take your next supernatural encounter with a grain of salt. Comedian Harrison Greenbaum approaches tourists and convinces them he has psychic powers that allow him to commune with the dead.

    [ Last week's Must-See Videos: Discover the art of 'shmallowing' ]

    This poor man is being forced to part with his beloved collection of Gatorade flavours and he decided to film the sad occasion. Towards the end, you can see him get quite emotional about giving up his favourites — and his buddy thinks it's a riot.

    It'd be tough for most singers to compete with the musical stylings of stage and screen star Idina Menzel, so for someone so young to take on a big song like Let It Go from the new

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  • Fears over NSA spying have prompted people around the world to think about security differently, whether it be petitioning for companies to better secure their data or changing the information they share online. In particular, security around smartphones has been of great concern, as people increasingly surf the web, make calls and send messages from their mobile devices.

    An international group of privacy enthusiasts have come together to create Blackphone, a smartphone that claims it will help to better protect your information.

    Mashable writes that Blackphone is the brainchild of Silent Circle and Geekosphere, with participation from big players in the fight for information privacy and computer security. Phil Zimmermann, creator of data encryption protocol PGP (Pretty Good Privacy), is one of the minds behind the device.

    “Blackphone provides users with everything they need to ensure privacy and control of their communications, along with all the other high-end smartphone features they

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  • Kiwi Wearables Technologies Logo.Wearable technology was everywhere at last week’s Consumer Electronics Expo (CES), but there was one device that seemed to stand out for numerous tech journalists.

    PC Mag, Gizmag and Mobile Syrup all sang the praises of the Kiwi Move lifestyle tracker as one of the most underrated and forward-thinking products of this year’s CES. If it works as promised, it could replace many of the fitness trackers currently flooding the market, plus some of the functions you’ve come to rely on your smartphone for.

    Debuted at CES, the Kiwi Move is a small, approximately 1-inch square device that clips to your clothing and tracks an assortment of aspects of your life. It measures sleep, activity, and steps walked, much like the other fitness trackers from FitBit, Jawbone and Nike. But unlike the fitness trackers, the Kiwi Move features an open API that would allow it to control just about any device which can receive instructions from the Internet or a smartphone, CBC reports.

    "It goes so much farther

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  • Must-See Videos of the Week: January 11

    With so much wild weather happening this week, it's not surprising that some of it features prominently in our weekly video round up. There's extreme cold in North America, plus some insane waves in the U.K. Throw in a powerful PSA and a and you've got our Must-See Videos of the week:

    It takes a lot of time to perfect the art of 'Shmallowing,' when one catches a projectile marshmallow in one's mouth. Chase Margruder and his friends in Minnesota and Wisconsin spent two years perfecting the art, and another year to capture its mastery in this video. If you don't have three years of your life to devote to shmallowing, you can settle for watching Chase and his buddies display their mastery.

    All across the U.K. this week, coastal towns experienced flooding from storms and high tides. In the Welsh town of Aberystwyth, seen in this video, you can see just how dramatic the weather was, and why the seafront properties had to be evacuated.

    There's nothing like a good

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    Turns out, to the great shock of nobody, that pizza and gaming are indeed a perfect pair.

    Restaurant chain Pizza Hut says that in the first four months of its ordering app being available on the Xbox 360, it received $1 million in orders.

    In an interview with Polygon, Pizza Hut’s director of public relations Doug Terfehr called the app "a source of unbelievable growth" for the chain.

    "Just the explosion of people who wanted to download it, experiment with it, play with it with Kinect," Terfehr said. "As soon as we did one, everyone was contacting us to do the next [one]."

    Currently, the app is only available in the U.S. and for Xbox Live Gold members on the Xbox 360, but the company is looking to eventually expand into other markets, and onto other consoles. Right now, its focus is on improving its iOS and Android mobile ordering experiences, bringing them more in line with the Xbox version of the ordering interface.

    [ Related: DVD rentals can now include ‘pizza smell’ on disc – are you

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  • CES 2014: Liveblog of Marissa Mayer’s keynote

    Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is delivering a keynote address at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. Follow her keynote live here, starting at 3:30 p.m. EST.

    For full coverage of this year's CES, be sure to check out our CES 2014 page:

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