Blog Posts by Tori Floyd

  • Despite some early hiccups on the day of the roll-out, due to the overwhelming demand, many iPhone and iPad users are now running iOS 7 on their mobile devices. As promised, Apple has made some significant changes to the look, the functionality and just about every other aspect of the OS. And that’s left some people feeling kind of overwhelmed, unsure where they should start navigating.

    Quite frankly, a lot of people are feeling like this little kid:

    Poor little guy. But you don’t have to be upset, once you know how to take advantage of the new features of iOS 7. With a few tips and tricks, you’ll feel right at home in iOS 7 in no time:

    How to close apps

    Closing apps has been simplified – and as a result, a lot of people are a little confused. No more double-tapping the home button and pressing the red sign. Instead, you still double-tap the home button, only this time, put your finger on the window of the app you want to close, and swipe up. Away it goes, the app is now closed.

    How to stop

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  • Netflix's Chief Executive Officer Reed Hastings.It’s true that many Canadians have adopted the popular streaming television and movie service Netflix, but has it really helped curb piracy in Canada? Netflix CEO Reed Hastings certainly thinks so.

    In a recent interview with Dutch website Tweakers while promoting the launch of Netflix Netherlands, Hastings was asked if he believed people would make the switch from torrenting media to Netflix, and he said they would. When pressed for examples, Macleans reports, Hastings cited Canada as an example of a market where it had happened:

    “Bittorrent traffic’s down by about 50 per cent since Netflix launched three years ago,” Hastings said in reference to Canada.

    While Netflix declined to provide the source for that statistic, there is some evidence, like this 2012 report, which some argue is an indication that presenting legal alternatives to piracy is enough to convince pirates to go legal.

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    Another

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  • The time is finally here for Apple iPhone users: you can now upgrade to the new mobile operating system iOS 7. Anyone who has an iPhone 4, iPhone 4S or iPhone 5 can update now by going to the General tab under Settings, then clicking software update. If you have an iPod Touch (5th generation 16GB, 32GB or 64GB), iPad 2, iPad with Retina Display or iPad Mini, you can also update to iOS 7.

    You’ll need to make sure you have 3.1 GB of space available on your phone in order to install the new operating system, so consider now the perfect time to clean out those selfies in your photo album that you don’t really need, or those apps you downloaded, tried once and have never touched again.

    [ Related: 7 top changes in Apple's new iOS 7 operating system ]

    It’s also a good idea to make sure your apps are all updated before jumping in to iOS 7, in order to make sure they’re compatible. Many app publishers have been pushing out updates all week (with a huge flood of them today), so turn on your

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  • All across the world, fans of the Grand Theft Auto series lined up to be the first to get their hands on the newest release from publisher Rockstar: Grand Theft Auto V. Midnight launches in Canada, the U.S. and many other countries saw crowds waiting outside of video game stores for hours, all so they could pick up the game, and head home to play.

    And if the reviews that have come out are any indication, there’s good reason for that: many reviewers have been giving GTA V a perfect score, not something easily found in the video game industry. On metacritic, a website that curates review scores from all over the web, it has an average score of 97.5/100 (97 for the PS3 edition, 98 for the Xbox 360 version – and if that holds, it will be the best reviewed Xbox 360 game of all time). Here’s a sampling of what some people have been saying about the game:

    “No other world in video games comes close to this in size or scope, and there is sharp intelligence behind its sense of humour and gift for

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  • In the midst of U.S. citizens being outraged that their emails and text messages may have been read by their government, a California school district is taking a risk by electing to monitor its students.

    Students in Glendale, California will need to watch what they write if they don’t want to be reprimanded for posting derogatory things to others online. The school district has hired an outside contractor, Geo Listening, to monitor the activities of its students, and look for not only signs of bullying, but also indications of a potential suicide about to happen.

    CNN reports the district saw two of its students commit suicide in the past two years, prompting Glendale to look into ways to prevent these incidents from occurring. Superintendent Richard Sheehan said that the firm was hired on an interim basis last spring, and during that time, the firm flagged a student who was talking about ending his life.

    “We were able to save a life,” Sheehan told CNN. “It’s just another avenue to open

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  • (Screengrab from Galapagos Islands trek on Google)As part of its continuing efforts to explore remote or unique locations around the world through Treks, Google Maps has partnered with the Charles Darwin Foundation to let anyone with an internet browser explore Galapagos National Park.

    And if that wasn’t cool enough, you can help further scientific research by poring over those images, and report what you see for further investigation by scientists.

    Using the Darwin for a Day online app and the footage gathered by Google Maps on their trek through the Galapagos Islands, you can hunt for creatures, then submit your observations with key information like how abundant the creature was in the area, and what kind of habitat it’s in.

    If you don’t feel like joining the research team and just want to bask in the sights of sea lions, giant tortoises and blue-footed boobies, you can visit the Galapagos Islands trek page here.

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    On the other hand, if this just

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  • Earlier this week, when Apple announced two new iPhones, there was little else being covered in the world of tech news. But a Dutch designer by the name of Dave Hakken chose that time to begin what he hopes is a quiet revolution.

    His idea is called Phonebloks, a phone that is comprised of a screen, a peg-board, and whatever ‘blocks’ you want to use to make up the rest of the device. He’s currently trying to drum up support via a Thunderclap campaign, encouraging people to share the concept over social media.

    The concept is straightforward: Instead of using a phone for a short amount of time and trading up when the phone breaks, you can customize the phone to suit your needs and replace parts as they wear out. As demonstrated in the video, the use places the Lego-like bricks of their choice into the board to get a phone configuration that best suits their needs, and replaces and upgrades the parts as needed.

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    Some news outlets and

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  • (Image from Motorola)It’s a big job, being the first device out of a new partnership. Over a year since Google acquired Motorola, and the Moto X is the first product to be unveiled as the fruits of that union. And that means everyone is asking one thing about the Moto X: does it live up to those expectations?

    I had the chance to use the Moto X for several days recently, and overall, I have to say that yes, it does live up to the hype.

    Physically, the phone is heavier than I expected based on its look, but I personally prefer a slightly heavier device (so I’m not constantly checking my pockets out of fear that I’ve lost it). It comes in at 130 grams, which is slightly heavier than the iPhone 5 (112 g) and the same as the Samsung Galaxy S4. In fact, it has a similar overall feel to the Galaxy S4, with its rounded corners and a screen that feels comfortably large for a phone. The curved back on the Moto X feels nice to hold and fits most hand sizes; the only overall complaint I have about the form is the back –

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  • Apple’s newest and arguably most innovative feature on its new smartphones, the Touch ID fingerprint scanner, may have a small security flaw. While it certainly boasts some impressive technology, it isn’t perfect, as one little girl has figured out.

    Redditor iZeeHunter posted this image (presumably) of his daughter figuring out how to get around that new security feature.

    (Photo from imgur)

    You just know that smile says, “tee hee hee, I’m going to beat Dad’s high score on Candy Crush.”

    [ Related: iPhone 5s vs iPhone 5: What’s changed? ]

    The biometric sensor in the phone, located beneath the iPhone 5s’s home button, scans the finger of a user and, reading beneath the skin’s surface, verifies that it’s the correct user accessing the phone. It will also allow users to verify in-app purchases being made on the iPhone 5s, instead of having to enter your Apple ID password each time. The fingerprint data is encrypted and stored locally on the device (not on the iCloud), so there’s presumably no risk of your

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  • iPhone 5s vs iPhone 5: What’s changed?

    So, you’ve had you’re first look at Apple’s new iPhone 5s. As expected, it's faster, has improved features and even a nifty fingerprint security button. But once you step back from all those bells and whistles, you probably find yourself asking, just how different is it from my iPhone I have now?

    If you are currently toting an iPhone 5 and want to know if it’s worth ditching it to get the iPhone 5s, we’ve got you covered. Here are the ways that the iPhone 5s outperforms the iPhone 5, and the areas where nothing much has changed.

    Processing Power

    The new iPhone 5s’s A7 chip will have processing power that rivals computers we were buying just a few years ago. It’s the first 64-bit chip to ever be put in a phone, making what Apple is calling a “huge leap forward in mobile computing performance.” That leap forward means the iPhone 5s will be twice as fast as the iPhone 5, and have twice the graphics performance. To demonstrate the difference, Apple demonstrated Infinity Blade III, a sequel to

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