Blog Posts by Tori Floyd

  • Since the launch of the iPhone 2G what seems like forever ago (but was actually in 2007), Apple’s famed smartphone has come a long way, technologically speaking. There’s been plenty of speed tests before to see just how far it has come, but this latest video from Everything Apple Pro on YouTube shows some surprising results, and is strangely mesmerizing.

    For those who aren’t fans of Apple products, the video’s narrator may come off a little over-exuberant when we see the results of the test. After turning the phones off, on and loading websites, the iPhone 5s is the clear overall winner, but when it comes to some tasks, it lags behind the older models.

    In the test, the iOS 7 devices all shut down simultaneously, several seconds after the devices running iOS 6. The startup test was probably the most surprising, with the iOS 7 devices all starting first, followed by the 2G, the oldest of the bunch. The 3G, 3GS and 4 brought up the rear.

    The new A7 chip installed in the latest iPhone, the

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  • Ever thought the key combination of Ctrl-Alt-Delete was a little awkward for every time you want to restart your computer? Well the former head of Microsoft, Bill Gates, says that it wasn’t meant to be like that, and blames IBM for it.

    In an interview at Harvard last week, Gates said that they needed a key combination to signal to the hardware to start the operating system, preventing other applications from faking a login prompt and stealing a password, The Verge explains.

    “We could have had a single button, but the guy who did the IBM keyboard design didn’t wanna give us our single button,” said Gates. “It was a mistake.”

    To hear Gates answer the question, skip ahead to 16:40:

    ‘The guy’ Gates is referring to is David Bradley, an engineer who worked on the original IBM PC, and he’s previously laid the blame on Bill Gates. In an earlier interview, Bradley said “I may have invented it, but Bill made it famous.”

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    You can see

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  • Tweet gets man barred from boarding easyJet flight

    (Reuters photo)Mark Leiser wasn’t tweeting about a bomb, nor was he suggesting any other violent act to commit aboard a plane. All Leiser did was tweet that a flight delay was going to prevent a soldier from getting where he needed to be, and that was enough for an airline to stop him from boarding the flight.

    The tech law columnist for The Drum and professor sent out this tweet about a 90 minute flight delay on September 24:

    Shortly after, Leiser sent a tweet explaining that a manager had informed him he wouldn’t be allowed to board the flight.

    “You’re a lawyer,” The Drum reports the manager said to Leiser. “You know you can’t tweet stuff like that and expect to get on an easyJet flight.”

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    Leister says he was asked to step out of the

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  • Many of the spambots on Twitter – accounts that spit out seemingly incoherent and/or robotic phrases, often when someone uses a particular word, phrase or hashtag – are good for a mild chuckle every now and then, but it’s rare that one catches on quite like @Horse_ebooks. Seemingly more profound than most spambots found on Twitter, @Horse_ebooks spawned a fandom, as people dedicated fan fiction, poetry and a senior yearbook quote to the strange missives that the account spewed.

    Some speculated that it was an attempt by an online bookstore to drum up interest, only to be left, neglected, to generate strange statements seemingly at random. Others thought it might have been a bot that was sharing excerpts from an upcoming book or movie. And there were a select few who thought that one of the spambots on Twitter had gained sentience and was trying to reach out – those people were largely ignored.

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  • Surface 2, Surface 2 Pro announced by Microsoft

    In its next attempt to take down Apple’s popular iPad, Microsoft has unveiled its next generation of tablets. At a presentation this morning, Microsoft debuted the Surface 2 and the Surface Pro 2, both of which build on the features of their predecessors, and bring many of the features that users wanted right out of the gate.

    Microsoft seemed to take many of the complaints users had with and incorporated them into the latest models, including a new two-position kickstand that makes holding the tablet on your lap and typing much more comfortable. The detachable keyboard now also includes a backlight, for typing in low-light conditions.

    The overall appearance of the device has been tweaked slightly, with the Surface 2 being made thinner and lighter than its predecessor. It also comes in a new silver metal-coloured back, and new colours of keyboard have been shown for both devices, too. The screens on both tablets are the same size, but now support 1080p.

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  • Walking into the biology classroom at Tyngsborough High School in Boston, Massachusetts, you’ll be greeted with the unlikely sight of a freshman girl whose lab partner is a robot.

    Upon closer inspection, however, you can see that it isn’t just a robot she’s working with: That robot is helping 14-year-old cancer survivor Connor Flanagan attend class when his medical condition prevents him from doing so.

    Flanagan is now waiting for a lung transplant, WCVB Boston reports, and is currently on oxygen. He gets winded after a short time, and doesn’t have the stamina for a full week of school.

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    So the Tyngsborough school district purchased a VGo robot, a teleconferencing device that allows for students and others attend events remotely with a machine that they can move remotely and use to participate in conversations. The New Hampshire company that creates these devices say they are usable in a

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  • Despite some early hiccups on the day of the roll-out, due to the overwhelming demand, many iPhone and iPad users are now running iOS 7 on their mobile devices. As promised, Apple has made some significant changes to the look, the functionality and just about every other aspect of the OS. And that’s left some people feeling kind of overwhelmed, unsure where they should start navigating.

    Quite frankly, a lot of people are feeling like this little kid:

    Poor little guy. But you don’t have to be upset, once you know how to take advantage of the new features of iOS 7. With a few tips and tricks, you’ll feel right at home in iOS 7 in no time:

    How to close apps

    Closing apps has been simplified – and as a result, a lot of people are a little confused. No more double-tapping the home button and pressing the red sign. Instead, you still double-tap the home button, only this time, put your finger on the window of the app you want to close, and swipe up. Away it goes, the app is now closed.

    How to stop

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  • Netflix's Chief Executive Officer Reed Hastings.It’s true that many Canadians have adopted the popular streaming television and movie service Netflix, but has it really helped curb piracy in Canada? Netflix CEO Reed Hastings certainly thinks so.

    In a recent interview with Dutch website Tweakers while promoting the launch of Netflix Netherlands, Hastings was asked if he believed people would make the switch from torrenting media to Netflix, and he said they would. When pressed for examples, Macleans reports, Hastings cited Canada as an example of a market where it had happened:

    “Bittorrent traffic’s down by about 50 per cent since Netflix launched three years ago,” Hastings said in reference to Canada.

    While Netflix declined to provide the source for that statistic, there is some evidence, like this 2012 report, which some argue is an indication that presenting legal alternatives to piracy is enough to convince pirates to go legal.

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  • The time is finally here for Apple iPhone users: you can now upgrade to the new mobile operating system iOS 7. Anyone who has an iPhone 4, iPhone 4S or iPhone 5 can update now by going to the General tab under Settings, then clicking software update. If you have an iPod Touch (5th generation 16GB, 32GB or 64GB), iPad 2, iPad with Retina Display or iPad Mini, you can also update to iOS 7.

    You’ll need to make sure you have 3.1 GB of space available on your phone in order to install the new operating system, so consider now the perfect time to clean out those selfies in your photo album that you don’t really need, or those apps you downloaded, tried once and have never touched again.

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    It’s also a good idea to make sure your apps are all updated before jumping in to iOS 7, in order to make sure they’re compatible. Many app publishers have been pushing out updates all week (with a huge flood of them today), so turn on your

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  • All across the world, fans of the Grand Theft Auto series lined up to be the first to get their hands on the newest release from publisher Rockstar: Grand Theft Auto V. Midnight launches in Canada, the U.S. and many other countries saw crowds waiting outside of video game stores for hours, all so they could pick up the game, and head home to play.

    And if the reviews that have come out are any indication, there’s good reason for that: many reviewers have been giving GTA V a perfect score, not something easily found in the video game industry. On metacritic, a website that curates review scores from all over the web, it has an average score of 97.5/100 (97 for the PS3 edition, 98 for the Xbox 360 version – and if that holds, it will be the best reviewed Xbox 360 game of all time). Here’s a sampling of what some people have been saying about the game:

    “No other world in video games comes close to this in size or scope, and there is sharp intelligence behind its sense of humour and gift for

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