Blog Posts by Tori Floyd

  • After weeks of rumours and leaked images, we’ve had our first look at the BlackBerry Q5 (not the R10, as many expected it to be called). It shares many of the esthetics of its more sophisticated sibling, the BlackBerry Q10, but wraps it in a brightly-coloured plastic package.

    Designed for emerging markets in areas of Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia, the Q5 is designed to make BlackBerry’s new operating system, BB10, affordable and accessible to more people. It’s the third phone to be unveiled in the BB10 lineup, potentially just one of six coming this year, if BlackBerry CMO Frank Boulben’s earlier announcement does come to fruition.

    [ Related: BlackBerry debuts Q5, cross-platform BBM and more ]

    One of the biggest differences you’ll notice between the Q5 and the Q10 is the design of the buttons on the keyboard — while the Q10 has buttons that sit flush with one another, the Q5 sports isolated buttons, like the BlackBerry Curve did. The keyboard will support Action shortcuts,

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  • Games have gotten mighty sophisticated over the years, but there's something to be said for the fun that can be had with the really simple games. Google has brought back some of that fun today by transforming its Google Image search into the Atari classic Breakout, a simple brick-breaker game (which runs the risk of killing your productivity for the rest of the day ... sorry).

    If you go to Google Images right now and search "Atari Breakout," your results will be transformed into a game interface; for those not familiar with the game, you move your mouse left and right to control a 'paddle' at the bottom of the screen to knock a ball into the coloured 'bricks.' In a modern twist, you can share your high score with friends on Facebook and Twitter, too.

    [ More Right Click: Teen coder wins national competition with spoiler-blocker ]

    Breakout was created by Nolan Bushnell and Steve Bristow, Mashable explains, debuting in 1976 in arcades. Later iterations made it to home consoles (including

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  • BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins made some major announcements today, including a budget phone (which wasn't quite what we expected), BBM Channels to let you follow and interact with your favourite brands and celebrities, and BBM coming as a free app for both Android and iOS.

    Check out our highlights from today's event below, and if that's not enough BlackBerry for you, you can scroll back through our full live coverage as well.

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    ORIGINAL STORY: BlackBerry is holding its annual conference in Orlando, Florida this week, kicking off with a keynote address from CEO Thorsten Heins at 9 a.m. EST. We'll have live coverage from the event.

    Many are expecting today's big announcement to be a new handset in the BlackBerry 10 line, aimed at the 'budget' consumer. Photos of the rumoured R10 have been surfacing over the last few weeks, showing a plastic exterior and physical keyboard, but we'll have to wait until later this morning to find out what BlackBerry plans to do with the BB10 line going forward.

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  • Many cell phone owners know firsthand the heartbreak of dropping the device into water – myself included. It’s generally followed by frantically taking it apart, sticking the phone in rice, and hoping that it will ever work again.

    Sony is encouraging future owners of their new Xperia ZR phone to go ahead and get it wet, though. It’s a smartphone designed to be totally submerged in the water.

    The Sony Xperia ZR is the second phone in the series that can take a swim and come out just fine. The Sony Xperia Z is also designed to be water resistant. But the ZR is designed to take greater water pressure, and can be submerged in water up to 3.3 feet deep, Mashable reports.

    [ Related: How to dry out a wet mobile phone ]

    One of the coolest features of the camera is the ability to shoot underwater video, too. Sony released this promotional video which gives you an idea what it would look like filming footage while in the water:

    Before you start leaping into the ocean with your phone, though, it

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  • Love to see what other people are saying about your favourite show on Twitter, but hate seeing spoilers? A 17-year-old coder from New Hampshire has come up with a way to stop that from happening, and has already won a national competition for her efforts.

    Jennie Lamere has developed Twivo, a plug-in for Chrome and Firefox that blocks specific keywords for a set time period on Twitter. So if you don’t want to know about what Tyrion Lannister was up to on Game of Thrones this week before you’ve watched the episode, you can block any tweets with those words from your Twitter feed for a day so you have time to catch up.

    [ Related: ‘Game of Thrones’ premiere sets piracy record, but HBO exec doesn’t mind ]

    Lamere developed Twivo as part of last month’s TVnext Hack 2013, a hackathon seeking developers to create new and innovative programs for the television industry. The teen was the only female to present a completed project, and beat out about 80 other competitors for the ‘Best in Show’ prize.

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  • Well, it’s Friday, and you’ve got two days before Mother’s Day on May 12. If you haven’t got a gift yet, you may be fretting that the odds aren’t in your favour, but don’t worry, all hope is not lost.

    Lots of websites have great last-minute gift ideas for mom, although I’ve often found in my hurried shopping that a lot of them don’t ship to Canada. So fear not, The Right Click has your go-to list of websites with the perfect gift for Canadian moms, just in time for Sunday:

    SeasonsBox

    (Photo by Shareba Abdul)Instead of getting your mom one gift, get her something that will last all year with a monthly subscription service. You might be out of luck for getting the May box to her in time, but mom won’t mind when she finds out she’ll be receiving a box every month filled with goodies. The blog In Search Of Yummy-ness explains that unlike most subscription services, of which there are now many, SeasonsBox sends a collection of full-sized products each month, all designed to fit their goal of introducing customers

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  • New door lock turns your iPhone into a house key

    It seemed inevitable that we’d soon move from using keys to a more high-tech means of opening doors. However, that doesn’t make a lock you can open with your smartphone any less cool.

    T3 reports that Kwikset, a maker of electronic locks, has come up with a way to let you unlock doors with your iPhone. The Kēvo includes a standard lock you can use with a key, as well as an electronic mechanism called UniKey that can be unlocked with an app on an iPhone 4S or an iPhone 5 via Bluetooth.

    Here’s a look at the lock in action:

    But what makes the lock really different is the ability to send a key to another person. If you have a babysitter, neighbour, or someone else stopping by the house when you’re not there, you can create a temporary key for a limited amount of time. You can also let anyone close the door behind them without a key (physical or digital) by triple-tapping the lock on their way out the door.

    Engadget adds that while the app is only available for iOS at this point, it does include

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  • Guests are silhouetted at the launch event of Windows 8 operating system in New York.After months of complaints from users about the new Windows 8 operating system, it is now confirmed that we’ll get a glimpse the first major update to the OS, codenamed Windows Blue, this summer.

    Tech Crunch reports the first public preview of Windows Blue will be happening in late June, Microsoft Windows chief Julie Larson-Green said during the Wired Business Conference this week. She said that the update will be available to everyone that has Windows 8 in the Windows 8 store, but that’s about all the details she would share.

    [ Related on Y! Finance: Windows 8 may be an idea whose time will still come ]

    We know slightly more about Windows Blue from an interview Microsoft’s Tami Reller, Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Windows, who was interviewed by the corporate blog Blogging Windows. While she wasn’t much more forthcoming with details, she did hint at some of the changes we can expect to see:

    “It will deliver the latest new innovations across an increasingly broad

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  • Film director Steven Soderbergh, who is probably better known for his work on Magic Mike and Ocean’s Eleven than his literary career, is releasing a novella in a very unconventional way.

    Starting April 28, Soderbergh began posting pieces of Glue, a crime-suspense-thriller, in single tweets to his Twitter account, @Bitchuation.

    Here’s a sample of the first few tweets:

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  • (Screengrab from creative.adobe.com)It’s been almost ten years since Adobe first launched its Creative Suite, and now, it looks like CS6 was the last boxed version we’ll ever see.

    At this week’s Adobe MAX conference in Los Angeles, California, the software giant that has become renowned for everything from Reader to Photoshop to After Effects delivered attending developers quite an unexpected surprise: instead of unveiling Adobe Creative Suite 7 as many expected, the company announced that it would no longer be making the boxed suite of software for users.

    Instead, Adobe is focusing its efforts on its Creative Cloud service, which connects its customers to its full suite of programs through a subscription-based model. Launched just over a year ago, users pay a monthly fee to use the apps, and also receive 20GB of cloud storage. Monthly subscriptions range from $19.99 USD for students and teachers to $49.99 USD for new Creative Cloud users.

    [ Related: ‘Inkling’ pen lets artists sketch anywhere, then convert to digital ]

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