Blog Posts by Tori Floyd

  • Pakistan's Interior Minister Rehman Malik speaks during an interview with Reuters.Pakistan's Interior Minister Rehman Malik speaks during an interview with Reuters.

    If you want to take rational, patient people and turn them into just the opposite, there's a simple way to do it: Put them on an airplane.

    A group of passengers on board a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight were stuck waiting for two hours on the tarmac. When it became clear that the delay was because of a politician, leader of the Pakistan People's Party Rehman Malik, the passengers were not impressed.

    When Malik, a former interior minister, finally sauntered down the hallway to board the plane, an angry mob prevented him from entering. The whole incident was caught via the phone camera of one of the passengers:

    According to witnesses and The New York Times, passengers shouted at Malik from the front of the plane and eventually Malik turned around and left.

    In an interview about the incident, Malik said he was not responsible for the dramatic scene, and blamed his opponents.

    "I felt the drama was created by some passengers who were PTI folks," Malik said, referring to the

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  • With less than a week until Scotland's independence vote, residents are giving the subject a good hard think.

    And it looks as if one of Scotland's most famous residents needed to take a little vacation to mull it over, if a new photo is to be believed.

    Famed mythical creature of Loch Ness, known fondly as 'Nessie,' was "spotted" by a photographer more than 150 miles from its usual watery home, all the way in the Lake District in England, if the pictures taken by an English woman are to be believed.

    The Mirror reports that photographer Ellie Williams had set up her camera on a tripod in Windermere by a lake, hoping to get photos throughout the day of the changing fall colours.

    What she says she saw when reviewing the photos, however, was this shot of Nessie.

    The Huffington Post points out a couple of red flags on the veracity of this image:

    1. It came out just after Scottish banks promised they would leave if Scotland became an independent country.

    2. The photo was first shared by

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  • Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger poses with his official portrait.Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger poses with his official portrait.

    In many respects, the new official portrait of former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is quite lovely. It's a very photo-realistic painting done by Austrian artist Gottfried Helnwein, and will look splendid hanging in California's Capitol building.

    Except for that smudge ...

    A keen eye will notice that on portrait-Arnie's left lapel, there's an out-of-place smudge which just doesn't seem to reflect the detail of the rest of the painting. Turns out, that's where Maria Shriver's face used to be.

    When Schwarzenegger sat for the painting back in 2003, he was married to Shriver, quite happily by all outward appearances, and he wore a small pin with her face on it.

    "It was actually a cute gesture when he had it done," said Clay Russell, a former Schwarzenegger aide, to the Los Angeles Times.

    Unfortunately, the marriage between Shriver and Schwarzenegger dissolved in 2011, shortly after the end of his time as governor of California, in light of the news that he had fathered a

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  • Albertans share pics of late summer snowfall

    A jogger runs through the snow at Nose Hill Park during an early year snow fall in Calgary (Reuters)A jogger runs through the snow at Nose Hill Park during an early year snow fall in Calgary (Reuters)

    Ahh, those last lingering days of summer: There's nothing like one last trip to the beach, a visit to the farmer's market for those final strawberries of the season, or having a snowball fight with the first flakes that hit the ground.

    Wait, what?

    While most of the country won't see the white stuff for a little while yet, some Alberta residents saw snow on September 8, to the absolute joy of some, and the chagrin of many others. And like all good Canadians, many were quick to pop their heads outside and snap a photo, then post it to social media.

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  • How to prevent your own iCloud naked photo fiasco

    Everyone has heard by now that somewhere in the dark recesses of the Internet (or at least 4chan), there is a trove of naked celebrity photos procured by a hacker from Apple's iCloud server. People are still theorizing as to how exactly it was done, but Apple has mobilized and says it fixed the problem exploited by the hacker that allowed access to iCloud, and the FBI is now investigating. But that probably doesn't make Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, or any of the other celebrities involved feel any better.

    In light of the news, tech journalist Marc Saltzman tweeted out some straightforward advice for keeping yourself safe:

    We break down how to implement each of his suggestions:

    Two-step authentication

    This method is being employed by several major companies, including Google and Microsoft, to

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  • All ready for school? Don’t forget your peripherals!

    Earlier this week, we looked at the key gadgets you need to remember for your dorm room. Your computer, however, is so important when you’re away from home that it begs to have a whole list of accessories all for itself. And it’ll take you more than a mouse and a couple of cheap speakers to get you through the year. To be fully prepared for the school year ahead, you want to get these peripherals before you sit down to your first class:

    External Hard Drive

    (Image from Western Digital)(Image from Western Digital)If you want to watch all your favourite movies, have your massive collection of photos and all of your music, it’s probably time to get that external hard drive. With storage now in the terabytes, you’ll be able to store every file you ever use or download while at university, if you buy the right drive. Western Digital and Seagate are two of the most well-known hard drive companies, and both offer their products in a range of storage sizes and form factors. I’ve personally used a WD MyBook for years without a problem, and it works

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  • The dorm gadgets you don’t want to forget when heading back to school

    As students get ready to head back to the classroom, many are also preparing to head off to the dorms – or possibly enter the dorms for the first time. And sure, you’ll have your computer and your smartphone, but there are plenty of other gadgets that every university and college student should seriously consider purchasing before heading off to school.

    [ Check out more Back-to-School tips in our Tech Guide ]

    Here are our suggestions for what you need to bring along when you’re going to be living in residence:

    Hot pot

    (Image from Hamilton Beach)

    While I never lived in residence myself, a quick survey of my former dorm-dwelling friends pinned this as the top must-have item for dormitory living. Most dorms ban hot plates, making this item a great replacement that won’t force you out into the shared kitchen every time you want to make Kraft Dinner. It can boil water like an electric kettle, but being able to cook food directly in the hot pot makes it incredibly useful and versatile. Pictured above is a 32 oz. model

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  • Laptop vs. tablet: which is better to take with you to school?

    For the average university or college student, having a personal computer is imperative. Between researching essays, typing up those essays, and taking a well-earned break from those essays, having a computer is critical.

    Since most students end up lugging their computer from class to class, having something that’s light and portable is important. But that’s leading to an interesting change, as some students are forgoing the average laptop in favour of taking a tablet to class instead. With the right tablet and a few choice peripherals, chances are good you won’t even miss having a full computer.

    [ Check out more Back-to-School tips in our Tech Guide ]

    We break down the pros and cons of each option, to help you choose what will make your school year go that much smoother.


    Pros: As the go-to accessory for many students heading off to college and university, you can get a great bargain on these devices by taking advantage of education discounts. Students can purchase discounted

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  • Screengrab from Google Earth of Lac Megantic taken on June 23, 2014.Screengrab from Google Earth of Lac Megantic taken on June 23, 2014.

    It's been almost a year since the July 6 train derailment in Lac-Megantic, Que., but the reminders for the people who live there are near-constant. As the cleanup of the disaster enters its second phase, some of Lac-Megantic's residents have discovered yet another reminder: An aerial view of the scorched earth in their town where the disaster occurred, displayed on Google Maps.

    QMI Agency drew attention to the image this week, calling the image "disgusting," quoting a representative from Lac-Megantic's tourism community. Ghislain Bolduc, MNA for the Megantic riding, was also critical when talking to QMI, saying that the photo "reeked of sensationalism."

    "The scene only looked like this for the two weeks following the accident," Bolduc said.

    While it does serve as a painful reminder of what happened in the town, it's not unusual for Google to capture disaster-hit areas as a part of its Google Earth mapping program, documenting from satellites images of the Earth's surface.

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  • Battle of the Bands: Picking our favourite fitness bands

    This is the final instalment in our mini-series 'Battle of the Bands,' comparing some of the most popular fitness bands available in Canada today. For an overview of the series, read Battle of the Bands: Finding the best fitness band for you.

    After weeks of testing out the fitness bands featured in this series, the three other reviewers and I got together to discuss our favourites and pick the ones that best suited our needs.

    Battle of the Bands:

    Best Appearance: TIE - Jawbone UP24 and FitBit Flex

    Because of how "inoffensive" both the Jawbone UP24 and FitBit Flex looked, both were highly valued by the reviewers for appearance. Both are thinner and more subtle than the other three bands, with less of an in-you-face fitness band look, compared to the rest.

    One reviewer gave an edge to the Jawbone UP24 because of how

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