Blog Posts by Tori Floyd

  • The wait is over for BlackBerry fans who have been holding out for the feature that has long set BlackBerry devices apart: a physical keyboard. With the BlackBerry Z10 having been on the market for almost three months now, customers have had the chance to test out BB10 on a full touch-screen device, but for those who stood firmly by the physical keyboard experience, you’ll finally get your wish next week.

    On May 1, BlackBerry will be debuting the Q10 across Canada through Rogers, Telus and Bell for $199 with a three-year contract. It looks like the UK will once again get the phone a few days earlier (the Q10 will hit stores in Britain on April 26), but that won’t stop loyal Canadian fans from eagerly picking up the BlackBerry Q10 soon after.

    [ Related on Y! Finance: BlackBerry’s road map: Life after Z10 and Q10 ]

    Now that various news outlets have had a chance to go hands-on with the new smartphone, we’ve rounded up all the things you need to know about the BlackBerry Q10 before it hits

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  • New technology is making it easier than ever to pay for goods and services in a hurry. You can pay for your lunch with a tap of your credit card or buy a new pair of shoes with a wave of your smartphone. But you may be paying a price for that convenience: an investigation by CBC has found just how easy it is for scammers to get your credit card information, thanks to that technology. And all they need is a smartphone and close proximity to your wallet.

    The CBC investigation found that the Near-Field Communication (NFC) antenna included in some phones, like the Samsung Galaxy SIII that they used for their test, was enough to pick up the numbers of credit cards enabled with EMV chip technology. If you’re using the Visa payWave system or the Mastercard PayPass system, then you’ve got an EMV chip in your credit card.

    [ Related: iMessage encryption ‘impossible’ to intercept by government agency: document ]

    CBC’s investigators downloaded a free app available in the Google Play store for the

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  • Reps Rogers and Ruppersberger, who introduced CISPADespite calls by Anonymous for a an online blackout in protest of CISPA, it seems that many are still in the dark about what the U.S. cyber-security bill is exactly about, and why they should care.

    The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) is a bill being reintroduced in the U.S. House of Representatives that would allow private companies to voluntarily share information with the government in the event a cyber attack is suspected, PC World explains. Its aim is to better protect companies and private citizens from cyber attacks, particularly in light of recent attacks reported to originate from China.

    Those who are against CISPA say that it would allow companies to disregard the privacy agreements they hold with their customers and clients (specifically that part that says “we won’t share your information with any third parties”) and information isn’t guaranteed to be protected during transmission. An amendment to the bill would require data to be anonymized when

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  • ‘Start’ button may return with Windows 8.1: sources

    According to The Verge, the Start button might be making a return when it releases Windows 8.1.Microsoft has given the Start button the old college try, attempting to convince users that it really isn’t something they need, but it looks like they might be finally caving to public pressures.

    According to The Verge, the Start button might be making a return when it releases Windows 8.1. It won’t be quite what those who miss the old style of Start button are used to, instead linking the Start Screen instead of the Start Menu more familiar to users of Windows 7 and prior. The Verge says that the flag will look almost identical to the current Windows flag in the Charm Bar.

    [ Related: Windows 8 launches with a bang, but will users get it? ]

    This potential change comes shortly after other sources reported the new Windows 8.1 will include a straight boot-to-desktop option. Since the ‘Metro’ style interface tends to be the biggest obstacle many have reported as having when getting accustomed to Windows 8, many users opt to switch to the Desktop mode instead, as it looks more like

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  • We’ve all seen those people at concerts or sporting events, hoisting their 10-inch iPad to snap a few pictures or take a video, and in turn, blocking the view of those around them. Generally, it’s a pretty jerk move.

    If this guy hadn’t been taking a few photos at this softball game, however, he could’ve ended up with a very nasty injury.

    [ Related: iPad survives wild ride after getting lodged in a car’s bumper ]

    CNET came across this video of a man taking pictures at the University of Northern Iowa women’s softball tournament, and if he hadn’t been using his gigantic substitute for a camera (which, in fairness, he was unobtrusively holding on the railing), he would’ve ended up with a very nasty surprise:

    The iPad takes the foul ball full on, and yet, still seems to work well enough to carry on snapping pictures after the fact. That probably wouldn’t have been the case had he taken the ball to the face.

    So next time you’re sitting at a game and think, “man, what a jerk, blocking

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  • It may not exactly be practical, but you’ll certainly stand out from a sea of black and white iPhones with a custom gold-and-diamond encrusted iPhone 5.

    If you’ve got $15 million to spend on it, that is.

    British designer Stuart Hughes, who has become known for his high-end after-market electronics, has developed what is likely the world’s most expensive iPhone. To buy it would run you £10,000,000, or about $15,650,000 CAD, but Hughes’ design isn’t for the general public to purchase.

    The iPhone 5 Black Diamond is a custom design for a Chinese businessman that Hughes only referred to as “Joe” in an interview with ABC News. Joe had purchased some of Hughes’ other expensive creations in the past, and wanted something that really stood out.

    The phone is covered in 24 carat gold, and the logo and sides of the phone are adorned with 600 white flawless diamonds. But what bumps up the price of this phone so much is the home button. Joe had a 26 carat black diamond, and decided it would be a

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  • Police officers react to a second explosion at the finish line of the Boston Marathon in Boston, Monday, April 15, 2013.When the news first broke of an explosion at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, I didn’t find out about it from a TV news channel, or from a news website; a fellow editor in the Yahoo! Canada newsroom shouted, “hey, did you guys see what’s happened in Boston? There’s been an explosion at the marathon. It’s all over Twitter.”

    And for the first five minutes after the news broke, that’s where the world looked for information on what happened; people who were there quickly tweeted (uncensored) photos from the scene, and those photos were retweeted thousands of times as people sought out more news about the incident. It wasn’t long before online news sites and TV stations started covering the news, but it was communication on Twitter that got the news out fastest.

    [ Full Coverage: Boston Marathon Explosions ]

    It’s one of several online sources that highlighted yesterday how the news coverage and communication surrounding an event has come to depend so much on social media and the

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  • Eight-year-old Martin Richard, the first of three victims in yesterday’s Boston Marathon attack to be identified, hoped for a world where what happened to him wouldn’t happen to anyone, ever.

    An image of Martin was posted to Lucia Brawley’s Facebook page earlier today, showing the little boy holding up a poster he had made in class:

    (Image from Facebook)

    This is Martin, 8. He died in the Boston bombing yesterday. He was at the finish line with his family, waiting for his dad to cross. His mother and little sister were catastrophically injured. He was the student of our dear friend, Rachel Moo. His message resonates powerfully today. My prayer is that we all live by Martin's words, paying tribute to his too-brief, but immeasurably valuable life by following his example.

    Boston.com reports that the poster was prepared for a march at Dorchester City Hall last May, when Rachel Moo’s second-grade class at Neighborhood House Charter School prepared posters for a “stop the violence” rally.

    At the time of writing

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  • For anyone who didn’t grow up with having to rewind video tapes or waiting for your TV to stop showing snow while TRACKING flashed across the screen, this probably won’t mean much to you. But if, like me, all the movies you watched as a child were on VHS, YouTube has a little bit of nostalgia for you.

    On the 57th anniversary of the first commercial video cassette recorder, YouTube has added a special filter to certain videos that let you get that ‘vintage’ feel of a VHS. In a post on Google+ today, YouTube shared a photo and a short description of the feature:

    Not too long ago, the video tape was the media of choice for living rooms around the world. In celebration of the 57th birthday of the first commercial video cassette recorder, check out a fun VHS mode for the YouTube player to relive the magic feel of vintage video tapes. On select videos, you'll find a VHS button in the bottom right of the player--just click to turn back the clock and enjoy the static and fuzzy motion of the

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  • (Photo from Imgur)We’ve seen Apple products survive some crazy situations before, like this iPhone 4 that still worked after plummeting from a skydiver’s pocket. Add the iPad to the list of hard-wearing products, as this one managed to come out with only apparently cosmetic damage after going for a ride in a car’s bumper.

    Alexa Crisa of Marietta, Georgia got quite the surprise last Friday when she arrived home after a shopping trip. After parking her car in the driveway, her father inquired, “why is there an iPad in your car?”

    “I got scared and said, ‘Did someone throw something in the sunroof of my car,’ and he said, ‘No, there’s an iPad in the bumper of your car,” Crisa told ABC News.

    [ Related: Possible tablet thieves send photos of themselves to former owner ]

    Sure enough, Crisa saw that there was an iPad firmly lodged in her Nissan Sentra’s bumper. After her father managed to dislodge it using a hammer, he and Crisa were surprised to discover that the device still turned on. The glass of the screen

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