Blog Posts by Tori Floyd

  • Canadians poised to get more choice in mobile phone service

    The government announced today it would be auctioning off more of the wireless spectrum and reserving a portion for smaller companies

    (Reuters photo)(Reuters photo)

    Finally, there’s some good news for Canadians on the telecom front.

    Minister of Industry James Moore announced today that the wireless spectrum in Canada is being expanded and opened up to more competition.

    He said in Vancouver today that the government will be making more of the spectrum available via auction to companies – 60 per cent more, in fact.

    “Spectrum is essential to power our wireless devices, and our government is making it more available than ever before,” Moore said in a press release. “The end result is that Canadians will benefit from more competition, lower prices and better service in our wireless sector. The Harper Government is committed to delivering competitively-priced wireless services on the latest technologies.”

    In order to open up the market to more than the three main players in the Canadian telecom scene, 25 per cent of the available wireless spectrum will be reserved for telecom companies outside of the “big three.”

    “That 25 per cent is a real key

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  • Screengrabs of YouTube video showing a monk slapping a man on a train.Screengrabs of YouTube video showing a monk slapping a man on a train.

    All travellers know that navigating different cultures can often be a daunting task. Knowing the customs, the language and when you're at risk of offending someone are all key when living abroad.

    Take for instance this man living in Thailand, identified only as "Jeff," who had an unfortunate run-in with a monk. In an altercation caught on video, a monk is seen slapping Jeff hard across the face.

    According to Pui Pupriew, the person who allegedly filmed the incident on a train in early December and posted it to social media, the monk thought Jeff had called him a rude name, and retaliated.

    While it is not completely clear what transpired beforehand (no pun intentended), English language local news site Bangkok Coconut attempts to shed some light on the incident. They report that two women asked Jeff to give up his seat on the train and sit next to the monk instead, since women are forbidden from having physical contact with the monks. Jeff obliged, and moved across the train car to

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  • In every tragic situation, we consistently see a few things emerge: Heroes and villains, discussions of who did the right things and who could have done things better.

    And, increasingly, we're seeing photos of people snapping photos of themselves near the scene.

    It seems to be a regular occurence now that we see people taking pictures (or, heaven forbid, selfies) near the scene of an accident or crisis. And evidently, the Sydney hostage situation that recently came to an end is no different.

    Related story:

    Plane crashes off runway, evacuees take opportunity to Instagram, tweet selfies

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  • Zuckerberg said Thursday that Facebook was thinking about adding a “dislike” button. (Business Insider)Zuckerberg said Thursday that Facebook was thinking about adding a “dislike” button. (Business Insider)

    It's long been the request of Facebook users, and now, it looks like they could soon be getting their wish: Mark Zuckerberg is considering options that essentially give users the ability to 'dislike' posts on the site.

    At a  public question-and-answer session in California on Thursday, the Facebook CEO was asked if the company would ever consider rolling out a 'dislike' button for posts. Zuckerberg said it's a problem they've wrestled with in the past, Venturebeat reports, as they acknowledge not all posts merit a 'like' in support; if a Facebook friend posts sad news, for example, and friends want to offer a simple show of support, a 'like' seems inappropriate, but commenting brings in the more complex issue of saying the right thing.

    But Zuckerberg elaborated that while it's been considered, he doesn't think it would have a very positive effect on the community, or the world in general.

    "The like button is valuable because it’s a quick way to share a positive sentiment," Zuckerberg

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  • Farmer serenades cows with 'Jingle Bells' on trombone

    You've probably heard 'Jingle Bells' enough times this year to be sick of it already, but these cows clearly still appreciate it, especially when performed on trombone.

    'Famer Derek' has returned to YouTube with a song of the season, and it looks like his cows really dig it. Previously, Derek Klingenberg serenaded his cows with a cover of 'Royals' by Lorde.

    Just like his last video, when Klingenberg starts playing that trombone, cows come running. And when they get there, they even get a special treat (in addition to the music): Popcorn!

    If you're wondering, yes, Kingenberg is indeed a real farmer. He grew up in Kansas and went to school for agriculture, where he also sang in the choir and played trombone in the marching band. 'Farmer Derek' started Klingenberg Farms Studios in Kansas a couple of years ago, and makes parody videos for his YouTube channel.

    The cow-summoning is just something he does on the side.

    Watch another farmer with an odd hobby:

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  • This is one trip to the beach this family will never forget.

    A group in Cape Town, South Africa was spending a day at the beach when one of them spotted a shark on the beach — dead, but something inside was moving.

    According to Live Leak, the family approached the shark, one with a knife to open the pregnant shark's belly, another filming the event. When they cut open the shark, they discovered three shark pups, alive inside the mother's belly.

    The man doing the cutting is clearly hesitant to handle the pups; unsurprising, since sharks are born with a full set of teeth. And there's no need to worry about the baby sharks swimming off into the ocean without their mother, eithter. Once a shark is born, it swims away from its mother to fend for itself. Thanks to this group of curious beachgoers, three lives really were saved on the beach that day.

    We couldn't agree more with the person overheard at the end of this video: "I think that is the coolest thing I have ever seen."

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  • Every December, it seems like more and more companies are fighting to look the most charitable in their holiday PR pushes.

    But if people really are benefiting from that charity, it's hard to really complain.

    Air Canada has just shared its heartwarming charitable act for this holiday season, in the form of its new video "Gift of Home for the Holidays."

    Air Canada representatives visited a Canadian ex-pat bar in London, England, and surprised all the Canadians there with round-trip flights back home for the holiday season.

    The video clearly struck a chord with some ex-pats living overseas, who wished they could have been the lucky ones heading back to Canada:

    And some

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  • This short film posted earlier in the month has found renewed interest online, as Americans sit down to enjoy their Thanksgiving meals. It's a common problem for most families, having one or more family members checking (and responding to) messages at the table.

    Posted earlier November, it's the work of filmmaker Matthew Abeler, who featured his parents in this video about knowing when to put down the technology. It quickly gained traction after being shared by Ashton Kutcher to his Facebook followers, along with widespread coverage from numerous other media outlets.

    Do you have rules for tech at the dinner table? Think this dad's unconventional solution could work for you?


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  • (Photo credit: Imgur)(Photo credit: Imgur)

    Ahh, young love. When your heart is all aflutter, and saying "I love you" is as simple as letting the one you adore watch you play with robots.

    A letter from four-year-old Bennet has found its place in Internet stardom this week, as his letter was shared shared on Reddit and was quickly shared on social media and via news outlets around the world. Bennet dictated the letter, which his mother Jennifer Skinner typed for him, as a means of inviting over his friend Baily, also age 4.

    The note, in its entirety:


    Will you please come to my house? Let's play together, I think you are pretty like a horse or a ladybug. I'm not sure which. You should come to my house and eat cheeses with me. I love you and I lost a tooth last night. I think I would like to do a magic trick for you and then let you watch me battle robots.



    In an interview with Buzzfeed, Skinner says that the attention Bennet has been receiving over the letter has been quite welcome, as he's been battling cancer

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  • Photos from Slut Walk in New York, Saturday, October 1, 2011 (<a href= target=_blank>David Shankbone/Flickr</a>)

    For over a week now, Twitter feeds and Facebook walls have been flooded with the latest in the ongoing saga of Jian Ghomeshi and the women he allegedly assaulted. Since the Toronto Star published a story on Oct. 26 with accusations from three women that Ghomeshi had assaulted them, several more, both named and anonymously, have stepped forwards with their own allegations. That in turn has been followed by a deluge of women who have shared their own, unrelated stories of assault.

    In the wake of the scandal, hashtags like #BeenRapedNeverReported have appeared online, with thousands of women sharing their own, often heartbreaking accounts of sexual assault that have never been taken to the police.

    But why now? Why did it take the firing and ostracizing of Jian Ghomeshi to prompt so many women to come forward with their own stories?

    The question is understandably a complex one, and in reality, the Ghomeshi scandal came at a time when the sexual assault of women is a particularly charged

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