Blog Posts by Tori Floyd

  • 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.

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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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  • More than 300 Australian sharks are now on Twitter

    It seems like everyone has a Twitter account these days, right? You can now add 338 sharks in Australia to that growing list.

    The government tagged the sharks with acoustic transmitters to track where the animals are, in order to help reduce the number of fatal shark attacks in the country, NPR reports. There have been more fatal shark attacks in Australia than in any other country since 2011, a total of six, making it a real problem that needs to be addressed.

    Instead of issuing a warning to bathers of a shark in the water through traditional means, the sharks will ‘tweet’ when they approach within a half-mile of the beach. The transmitters send out information to the Surf Life Saving Western Australia Twitter feed including the approximate location along with the shark’s size and breed.

    “Now it’s instant information,” Chris Peck of Surf Life Saving Western Australia told Sky News. “And really people don’t have an excuse to say we’re not getting the information. It’s about whether you

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  • Tumblr inspirations come from many strange places. For Danielle Bruckman, it all started with the loss of her iPhone.

    Last year, on New Year’s Day, Bruckman discovered her iPhone was missing, but didn’t know where she had lost it. It ended up in the possession of a mustachioed stranger, with a particular affinity for selfies. It also appears he wasn’t particularly tech-savvy, as he never bothered to turn off the cloud sync Bruckman had set up on her phone. So now, all his photos get synced with her iCloud account.

    [ Related: ‘Selfie’ beats ‘twerk’ to be named Oxford’s word of the year ]

    It’s hardly the first time a new iPhone owner has neglected to disconnect the previous owner’s iCloud account. A man who had his iPad stolen in 2012 attempted to retrieve it by posting photos of the new owners, received through his iCloud account, online. But Bruckman has taken a more laid-back approach, opting to simply recreate some of the gentleman’s selfies on her Tumblr My Cloud Pal.

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  • In journalism school, reporters are taught not to get involved with the people they write about, in order to remain impartial. Boston Globe reporter Billy Baker went against that notion, and made a world of difference in the lives of two boys because of it.

    Almost exactly two years ago to the day, the Globe published a story by Baker on George and Johnny Huynh, two teen boys in Boston who were the sons of Vietnamese immigrants and dealing with incredible challenging living conditions. Initially, Baker followed the boys for the story, but after it went to print, he stayed in their lives as a friend and mentor, as their own mother was often unable to provide them the help they needed.

    After two years of giving the boys emotional and financial support, Baker got some very exciting news in regards to George’s academic future, in the face of having the odds against him. Baker was so overcome with emotion, he took to Twitter to share the story with his followers:

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  • A Rogers storefront is pictured in Toronto on August 15, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Galit RodanIt’s a bummer whenever your cell phone is in need of repairs, and you have to borrow one from your provider until it’s returned to you. It’s even more frustrating when you discover explicit material on that phone, and now your four-year-old son keeps talking about it.

    A Saskatoon mother was shocked to discover nude photos, homemade pornography and images of someone smoking from a glass pipe on a phone she borrowed from Rogers, The Star-Phoenix reports.

    The battery in Lisa Schmidt’s phone stopped working, so she took it to a Rogers outlet and received a device on loan while she waited for hers to be repaired. Her son borrowed the phone to take photos, and discovered the images.

    “My son was taking a picture of our dog and suddenly it went quiet and he said, ‘Mommy look at this,” Schmidt told The Star-Phoenix.

    [ More Right Click: British man duped into spending $750 on a photo of an Xbox One ]

    Schmidt found about 40 explicit images on the device.

    “My son is running around now, telling people

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  • If you’re in one of the selected test areas, you may soon be paying for your double double with your phone.

    Tim Hortons recently rolled out an update to its BlackBerry, iOS and Android apps  allowing customers in certain regions the ability to pay for their orders using the new in-app payment system. Previously, customers could check the balance and add money to their Tim Card, Tim Horton’s re-loadable gift card, but this latest change will eliminate the need for carrying a card at all.

    [ Related: How a Toronto-area Tim Hortons helped the franchise get its start ]

    "We're always looking to provide our Tim Hortons guests with the best overall customer experience, and mobile payment is one area that we feel can help streamline the average time spent at the order counter," said David Clanachan, COO of Tim Hortons, in a press release. "These new innovations offer secure, quick and easy payment alternatives, allowing our guests more time enjoying their favourite food and beverages."

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  • Must-See Videos of the Week: December 13

    When you get angry, perhaps while driving through astonishingly thick fog or because your SUV fell in a lake, there are several ways to express yourself: Smash up a brand-new console. Watch adorable kitten-puppy videos until the rage subsides. Or my personal favourite, and the first video on our Must-See Videos this week, pretend you’re in the video game Mario Kart, where you can take out the other drivers with banana peels. Enjoy!

    It’s a-me! A real Mario! In this stop-motion video, 3D artists Olivier Bolduc and Simon Lachapelle re-create the experience of playing Mario Kart 64 – except they recruited their co-workers to be Mario and Luigi. The Quebec artists shot and directed the film while Étienne Desbois and Louka Boutin race to avoid those dreaded bananas.

    [ Last week's Must-See Videos: Incredible chair balancing act on a cliff ]

    In this time-lapse video, you can see the city of London, England engulfed in a sea of fog, which occurred on the morning of Dec. 11. Visibility was reduced

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