Blog Posts by Tori Floyd

  • Must-see videos of the week: Oct. 25

    This week’s roundup includes some scary picks just in time for Halloween: Terrified of spiders? Being chased by a bull? How about animatronic puppets? We’ve got all that and more, just for you:

    If you don’t care for bugs, this video is probably a bit of a nightmare scenario for you. YouTube prankster Rahat decided on a Halloween-themed prank this week, making people on a college campus think his pet spider had escaped, and had climbed onto them. Even the bravest, most bug-friendly people would be likely to scream if they suddenly discovered someone’s pet spider lurking on them!

    [ Last week’s must-see videos: Dragon flying over England? ]

    It was quite the dramatic scene in the Romanian town of Braila, when a 300 kg bull got loose from a nearby farm. Police are currently investigating how the animal escaped. The police officer seen getting attacked in the video was taken to hospital, and it is reported he is expected to be fine.

    Some beloved characters that all children of the 1980s and

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  • (Image created with Bitstrips on Facebook)Climbing the free apps list this week is Bitstrips, a month-old app that lets users create their own comic strips. But with over 10 million users of the creator, it’s taken more than a month in the app store to get there.

    The Bitstrips comic creator lets users turn themselves and family and friends into cartoon avatars, then place them in pre-made, but easily editable cartoons. It was first launched a year ago as an app for Facebook, allowing users to share their photos directly in their News Feed.

    But the release of the Bitstrips app has helped the number of users clear the 10 million mark, International Business Times reports, which is why you’re probably seeing these strange comics showing up on your Facebook page over the last month, seemingly out of nowhere.

    The app was launched on September 29, and at the time of writing, has climbed its way to #7 on Canada’s Top Free Apps list in the iTunes store. This week, the company released version 1.1.7, which fixes many of the bugs that

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  • A new feature for LinkedIn users has been unveiled, but it’s drawing more questions over privacy rather than praise for ingenuity.

    LinkedIn announced Intro on October 23, a service that shows your LinkedIn profile on emails sent through your iPhone Mail application. In the blog post about the new tool, the company explains that users will be able to see at a glance who an unknown email sender is with a brief bio and link to their LinkedIn account, right in the email client.

    But security experts have expressed concern over the new feature, as it requires all of your email to be filtered through LinkedIn’s computers.

    “LinkedIn would be effectively acting as a middle man in all your communications,” Graham Cluley, an independent security analyst in Oxford, England, told The Wall Street Journal. “If you are going to hand control of your email to a third party, your company’s IT staff should be involved.”

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    While

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  • A graphic video showing a woman’s decapitation has once again been pulled from Facebook, two days after it came to light that a recent policy change allowed videos of this nature on the site.

    According to the BBC, the decision to allow videos of beheadings on the site came back in July, when Facebook quietly made a policy change. The company informed staff that this content would be allowed, but the decision did not draw public attention.

    Earlier this week, the BBC was contacted by readers after Facebook users complained to the social network giant about a clip of a woman being beheaded by a man in a mask, uploaded on October 16. They told the BBC that Facebook was refusing to take it down.

    “The video shows a woman having her head cut off by a man in a mask,” the user told BBC.

    “She is alive when this happens. Looking at the comments a load of people have reported this to Facebook and had the same reply.”

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  • Apple has unveiled the iPad Mini with Retina Display (iPad Mini RD), its successor to the 7-inch tablet in its family of iPad Mini products. While it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles that were rumoured to be coming, there are significant improvements to the initial device, launched last year.

    Philip W. Schiller, Senior Vice President of worldwide marketing at Apple Inc, introduces the new iPad mini with retina display during an Apple event in San Francisco, California October 22, 2013. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

    Retina Display

    The namesake and most significant change to the The new Retina display, the same high-quality display found on the 10-inch iPad 5, was a needed upgrade to help it compete with other 7-inch tablets on the market. The Nexus 7’s 2013 model and the Kindle Fire HDX 7 both have 1920x1200 pixel displays, which left the old iPad Mini’s 1024x768 display in the dust. As ZDNet argued, its old resolution just isn’t good enough to compete in the market at the end of 2013, and an update was needed to stay competitive. Not wanting to just meet those expectations, Apple exceeded by giving the iPad Mini RD a 2048x1536 display.

    Philip W. Schiller, Senior Vice President of worldwide marketing at Apple Inc, introduces the processor in the new iPad Air during an Apple event in San Francisco, California October 22, 2013. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS TELECOMS SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY)

    Faster Inside, Heavier Outside

    As for where the rest of the effort

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  • Just over a month since the unveiling of the new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, we're all waiting for another Apple announcement: This time, the talk is expected to be about iPads.

    We're expecting to see a new iPad Mini with Retina display, a new generation of iPad, and a redesign of the Mac Pro. Follow our live blog beginning at 1 p.m. EST to find out exactly what Apple has in store:

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  • Must-see videos of the week: October 4

    From a baby who is serenaded to sleep by a Canadian classic, to cheerleaders who show off their skills even on their day off, there are plenty of can’t miss videos this week. If you’re ready to check out everything ranging from super cute to XTREME, then keep reading…

    You have to admit, baby Ada’s father does a pretty solid version of the Leonard Cohen classic “Hallelujah.” I mean, I got a little sleepy listening to him sing as well, which I must admit is the same reaction I get when I hear the real Canadian crooner sing, too. (Nothing personal Leonard! You just have a soothing voice!)

    Introducing the latest and greatest in pachyderm maintenance technology, the self-cleaning elephant! This elephant at the Fort Worth Zoo in Texas was getting brushed by a zoo keeper and decided to get those tough spots between the ears himself. Fort Worth Zoo welcomed two elephant calves this summer; perhaps this adult elephant will pass along the brushing skills to the newbies.

    Cleanup in aisle adorable:

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  • (Image from Google Play store)To those who have long tuned in to AM or FM radio, the idea of a music service that’s going free being a big deal may be pretty ridiculous. But for those who have turned to digital music services and become fans of ad-free music, today’s announcement is a very welcome one.

    Starting today, Rdio’s streaming music service is free to access on mobile devices in Canada, the U.S. and Australia. Traditionally a subscription-based service, Rdio gives its users access to 20-million-plus songs, chosen by algorithms that tailor the music to the listener’s tastes.

    In a blog post announcing the change, Rdio says that they’ll also be adding a ‘Station Sharing’ feature to allow users to post what they’re listening to on social media, and stations based on playlists and albums to add to Rdio’s already extensive channel selection.

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    While it’s an exciting move for music listeners, especially for those who

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  • Libraries are trying to keep up with the times by offering media in a whole new way: through streaming services online.Ten years ago, when you told someone you were going to visit your local library, it involved walking out your door. And if your library carried movies on DVD, it was probably a big deal.

    Now, libraries across North America are trying to keep up with the times by offering media in a whole new way: through streaming services online.

    Much like how customers access Netflix, you can use a computer or mobile device to browse the library’s collection, select the movie or TV show you’d like to watch, or music or audiobook you’d like to listen to, and you can start streaming the content for free. As with all library materials, you’ve got access to the material for a set period of time before you have to ‘return’ it (your access to the item expires).

    The service is provided by Hoopla Digital, an e-borrowing service that gives patrons with a library card to one of the participating library systems access to movies, TV shows, music, ebooks and audiobooks. Every time a patron borrows an item, the

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  • A text message is sent on a mobile phone, November 9, 2010 in Montreal.A measure announced by the Canadian government back in November has finally come into effect, preventing mobile wireless carriers from activating phones that have been reported as stolen.

    The Canadian Press reports that beginning on Sept. 30, if you report to your mobile carrier that your phone has been lost or stolen, the IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) number will be added to a database of ‘blacklisted’ numbers. Mobile devices on that list won’t be able to connect to the Canadian networks of service providers participating in the program.

    [ Related: Android users finally get feature long used by Apple users: tracking a lost phone ]

    The program will also include the data from U.S. carriers that are part of the IMEI database.

    If you want to check if your device has been reported as stolen or lost, you can check the new website protectyourdata.ca, which lets you search a pre-owned phone’s IMEI number.

    In the press release issued by the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications

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