Blog Posts by Tori Floyd

  • Apple announces new 13-inch MacBook Pro Retina Display

    Apple Senior VP of Worldwide product marketing, Phil Schiller, announces the new 13-inch MacBook Pro. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)Ahead of the iPad Mini announcement, Apple's Phil Schiller took to the stage in San Jose, California to announce the new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display.

    As Schiller mentioned in the announcement, the 13-inch MacBook Pro is the best-selling Mac, meaning it was worth Apple's time to roll out a comparable model to the 15-inch MacBook Pro Retina Display unveiled earlier this year.

    Priced at $1699 USD for a base model, the 13-inch MacBook Pro offers more than just a high-resolution screen, although that is going to be a selling point for many people. It offers a 2560 x 1600 resolution, which Schiller joked is the second highest resolution of any laptop (the first, of course, being the 15-inch MacBook Pro Retina Display). Schiller went on to say that it has almost double the pixels of any HDTV at 4,096,000 pixels, although as the CNET team noted during their livestream coverage, that has been true for a long time, anyway.

    The new display also offers a 29% higher contrast ratio, 75%

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  • A box from Amazon.com is pictured on July 23, 2008. (Reuters)Companies take digital rights management (DRM) very, very seriously in the wake of worldwide digital piracy, and it looks like Amazon is sticking to its guns when it comes to enforcing a no-tolerance policy.

    Norwegian media commentator Martin Bekkelund recently shared a story on his blog about his friend Linn, who had her Amazon account closed and her Kindle wiped remotely without warning. According to Bekkelund's blog post, Linn (no last name given) contacted Amazon after she discovered her account had been removed and her Kindle was empty, thinking it was a mistake. However when Amazon replied, they offered this as an explanation:

    Dear Linn [last name],

    My name is Michael Murphy and I represent Executive Customer Relations within Amazon.co.uk. One of our mandates is to address the most acute account and order problems, and in this capacity your account and orders have been brought to my attention.

    We have found your account is directly related to another which has been previously

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  • It seems that the end of October is the hot time to be making big tech announcements this year. With just two months left until the holidays, it's clear that companies are vying for those gift-buying dollars with some product debuts. Since this upcoming week is going to be filled with one product announcement after another, here's a rundown of what you should be expecting to see:

    iPad Mini (and possibly a MacBook)

    Oct. 23

    When the invites telling people that Apple had "a little more to show you" were sent out earlier this week, it confirmed what we'd all been assuming was coming: the announcement of the iPad Mini. While there are plenty of things we don't yet know about the iPad Mini, the rumour mill has done plenty to try and fill in those gaps: from what we've heard, it will be a 7.85-inch tablet, will likely use Apple's new Lightning connection, and will hit stores shortly after the announcement — November 2, if Mac Rumors has it right.

    On October 23, join us here at Yahoo! Canada

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  • Photo from Lytro.comIt's been a year since the Lytro camera was introduced to the world, and it looks like Canadians will finally be able to join in the "picture revolution."

    Starting in early November, Canadians will be able to pick up their own Lytro light field camera, and can almost immediately take advantage of the 3D update coming to the technology.

    The company who makes the small, square camera says that their camera will change the way people take pictures, giving them the ability to focus the camera after they've already recorded the picture. You can see a demonstration in this YouTube video by the company:

    As The Canadian Press explains, the Lytro is a light field camera, which is how users can change the focus of a picture after it's already been taken; the way the photo is recorded using the Lytro, all the light in the space at that time is recorded.

    "The light field is defined as all of the light travelling in every direction at every point in space — and the key component there is

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  • A Twitter page is displayed on a laptop computer. REUTERS/Mario AnzuoniIn a first for the social media giant, Twitter has blocked a German group's account on the micro-blogging site, but the block is restricted to Germany.

    The blocking of the @hannoverticker account, which German police believe is promoting a neo-Nazi viewpoint and is therefore illegal in Germany, marks the first time that Twitter has used a policy announced back in January to block content at the request of specific countries.

    The Associated Press reports the account is used by Besseres Hannover (Better Hannover), a group that was banned by state government last month for promoting Nazi ideals. The Lower Saxony police force sent in a letter requesting that the account be removed, which, in an effort for transparency, Twitter has made public.

    [ Related: Is it ok for strangers to follow you on Twitter? ]

    "At the beginning of the year Twitter announced the so-called 'country withheld content' function, which enables us to remove illegal content in a particular country while leaving it

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  • OpenMedia.ca is launching a campaign to help focus disgruntled wireless customers who are currently unhappy with the way mobile device billing works.As the CRTC begins asking consumers what they think a national wireless services code should look like, one online activist group says that it's taking 'telecom price-gouging' into its own hands.

    OpenMedia.ca is launching a campaign today to help focus disgruntled wireless customers who are currently unhappy with the way mobile device billing works, The Globe and Mail reports.

    [ Related on Y! Finance: Can the CRTC rescue Canadian wireless customers? ]

    The group has launched cellphonehorrorstory.ca, which asks users to submit their own negative experiences with what OpenMedia.ca refers to as "the Big Three cell phone giants" as part of a crowd-sourced submission to the CRTC's wireless code review process.

    "Canadians are more and more aware that they pay some of the highest cell phone fees and are forced into some of the worst contracts in the industrialized world," said Steve Anderson, OpenMedia.ca's executive director, in a press release. "We know that the Big Three would like nothing

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  • While it might have seemed that Microsoft was staying pretty quiet about its Windows 8 launch up until now, it looks like they're finally making some noise about next week's release.

    The first Windows 8 ad was released today, which encourages users to "Work Hard, Play Hard." You can watch it here:

    The ad showcases many of the features we've seen in previews leading up to the Windows 8 launch, like the ability to switch to a classic desktop look when you don't want to use the new tiled interface, and cloud storage (known as SkyDrive) that lets you transfer photos and documents between devices. It's likely that Microsoft is hoping that by packaging it all in a 56-second ad, it will help get people excited about all those bits and pieces coming together as a whole.

    Microsoft's ad is just the start of how the company is hoping to drum up interest in the Windows 8 launch, coming October 26. Today also marks the launch of Microsoft's new Xbox Music service, which will be available for free

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  • Turn your audio files into beautiful custom wall art

    If you've got a favourite quote or speech from a famous politician, you can preserve it in a whole new way thanks to a company called Epic Frequency.

    The website sells oversized waveform images based on famous quotes from great politicians (because they're an American website, it's predominantly U.S. politicians) and other well-knowns, such as the late astronaut Neil Armstrong. They take the audio clip, print it onto a gallery canvas that's 1.5 feet by 4 feet wide, and ship it out to you to display on your wall as a very different — but stunningly beautiful — piece of art.

    Check out what Epic Frequency is all about in the video below:

    The designs have been curated by co-founders Bill Seaver and Nathan Moore, who launched Epic Frequency earlier this month. In an interview with Wired, Seaver points out that there are interesting things to notice in the waveform images:

    "In the 'I Have A Dream' speech you can see all the points where Dr. King really inspired the crowd and you also get a

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  • French woman gets $15 quadrillion phone bill

    And you thought your monthly cell phone bill was expensive.

    Solenne San Jose, a resident of Pessac, France, recently received a phone bill for €11,721,000,000,000,000 (approximately $14.8 quadrillion CAD). Supposedly, that was the amount she was being charged to close her account with Bouygues Telecom.

    "There were so many zeros I couldn't even work out how much it was," said San Jose in a Herald Sun story.

    [ Related: Disabled teen incurs $8,000 texting bill ]

    A former teaching assistant, San Jose sought to close her account with the phone company after losing her job a month earlier.

    When San Jose called the company to resolve the problem, she became increasingly concerned when she was told that they couldn't amend the computer-generated statement and that the amount was going to be withdrawn from her bank account.

    ABC News reports that the company offered to cut her some slack: they would set up a payment plan, so she could pay off the outrageous sum in installments.

    San Jose

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  • REUTERS/Bogdan CristelIn a somewhat bizarre turn of events, a group of individuals on Reddit who make a habit of photographing women without their consent are now lashing out after having their own privacy threatened.

    The sub-Reddit /r/CreepShots was banned from Reddit earlier this week, sparking an online debate about what should and shouldn't be considered private information. The story has evolved quickly over the course of the week, but it does pose some interesting questions about who should know what about whom online.

    CreepShots: Publishing photos of women anonymously online

    The 'CreepShots' sub-Reddit was devoted to posting pictures of women online, taken without the consent of the photos' subjects. Many of the photos were of women in the Toronto area, supposedly taken by a Toronto man who moderates the CreepShots forum on Reddit and goes by the online alias CreeperComforts.

    According to the Toronto Sun, a Toronto woman posted a warning to others in the area on another sub-Reddit,/ r/Toronto, about

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