Blog Posts by Tori Floyd

  • There's definitely more to these Transformers than meets the eye.

    Industrious (and perhaps slightly bored?) farmers in rural China have built their own versions of the iconic Transformer robots out of car parts.

    "It's a personal hobby," Wang Shizun, one of the farmers who built the robots, told AFP. "I watched the movies and learnt the models online, so I wanted to make my own."

    And did he ever. The tallest of these impressive robots some styled as the brightly-coloured Autobots like Optimus Prime and Bumble Bee, others in grey like the evil Decepticons is a whopping 12 metres high.

    Unfortunately, they're just statues for the time being, and don't actually fly or transform into vehicles, like the "real" Transformers.

    "We're thinking about making them transform," Wang said, "but it's hard to make them transform into cars at this stage."

    Wang and his partner oversaw the group of 11 farmers who participated in the construction of the giant robots. They'll apparently sell for about

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  • Despite what the above video shows you, you won't be whipping around in theatre seats in the midst of car chases anytime soon. But if you're going to L.A. this summer, you will be able to test out the experience for yourself in the safe confines of a movie theatre.

    South Korean company CJ Group is bringing its 4DX technology to its first American theatre this year, Regal Cinemas LA Live Stadium 14 in downtown Los Angeles, The Verge reports. The technology has been in theaters in other parts of the world for some time now, particularly in the company's native South Korea, and installed in theatres at a cost of roughly US$1.5 million-$2 million.

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    Buckle up, movie-goers.What is 4DX, you ask? The company touts it as the "most immersive cinema experience," which roughly translates into a multi-sensory theatre-going experience. Instead of just watching and hearing the movie, your seat will move, synchronized with the action on

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  • After pulling his game because of all the angry Internet rage it generated, game developer Dong Nguyen is giving hope to Flappy Bird fans everywhere that his game may come back to the App Store.

    That’s right: The highly addictive, highly infuriating Flappy Bird may one day (eventually) make its return to angry iPhone users everywhere, if Nguyen’s tweet to a fan last night is true:

    If you’re unfamiliar with the wildly popular game, the premise is simple: Tap the screen to make a small bird flap his wings, and navigate him through a series of pipes set in front of him. While the controls are straightforward, the game is incredibly difficult, and a quick survey of Twitter and Facebook from several months ago shows how many people became engrossed in the addictive game.

    Nguyen pulled the game from the App Store in March after a very successful two months, allegedly making as much as $50,000 a day in downloads. But

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  • It’s yet another reminder about how careful you need to be when signing into those web pages we use every day.

    A phishing scam, which is when you receive an invitation to click a fraudulent link that masquerades as a trusted website, targeted users of Google Docs and Google Drive last week, and has only just been resolved.

    U.S. computer security company Symantec posted on its official blog last week that a new phishing scam was out there, and it was a very convincing one, too. According to the blog, users would receive an email with the subject line “Documents,” and the body of the email requested they view an important Google Doc by clicking the link. The landing page for the fake site looked like this:

    When you compare it to the real login page for Google Docs, seen below, you can see why it’s a convincing scam:

    Nick Johnston of Symantec explained further in the blog post why this particular scam was so insidious:

    “The fake page is actually hosted on Google’s servers and is served

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  • Must-see videos of the week: March 9-15

    This week, we saw videos that encourage you to play with your food, take up a new sport, groove when the music speaks to you, and always have that camera ready because you never know what wild thing you'll see out in this crazy world of ours. So grab your chopsticks, tune up that guitar and check out our must-see videos of the week.

    In the 'science is awesome!' category this week, we see the main course in a restaurant become animated with the help of a little chemical reaction. When the squid in this dish, known as Odori Don, has soy sauce poured on it, it reacts to the sodium chloride (salt). NPR explains that even though the head (and therefore brain) has been removed from the creature, the salt acts as a replacement for the electrical signals that would normally be sent from the brain, telling them to relax or contract. Still, looks pretty freaky!

    Twin sisters Shelby and Monica Church are the kind of people you can't help but be impressed by (and a little jealous of). The twin

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  • Apple is embracing the selfie craze rather the fighting it, it seems, as they have made it even easier for selfie takers to find the perfect app in the Apple App Store.

    On Thursday, Apple added the "Sharing Selfies" category to the store, showing a selection of 12 apps that can help you capture that perfect selfie to share with your adoring masses.

    The change was spotted by Apple Insider, who pointed out that there are only a few of the dozens of selfie apps featured in the section, but it does cover a range of selfie taking needs. There are well-known apps like Snapchat, which lets you send photos to friends which are set to expire after a certain time, as well as apps designed to encourage you to take a daily selfie, including Everyday, 1 Second Everyday, and Close-Up Daily Selfies.

    The result is a thrilling montage akin to this one:

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    The list doesn"t appear to be a permanent category, just a

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  • On Thursday evening at about 6:30 p.m., a U.S. Airways flight skidded off the runway at Philadelphia International Airport when the nose landing gear collapsed on takeoff. According to CBS Philly, a tire blew on the Airbus A320, and passengers were quickly evacuated. The airport says there are no reports of injuries.

    Perhaps that’s why some people decided that it would be the perfect opportunity to share the unfortunate incident on social media.

    Shortly after the incident, photos of people posing in front of the grounded plane and images of the plane awash in Instagram filters started showing up on social media, with these two immediately attracting widespread attention:


    While no one was injured in the accident, it does raise some questions about the appropriateness of sharing these kinds of images on social media: On the one hand, these people are sharing a glimpse into their lives, which is what social media is

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  • When I was off from school during March Break as a kid, the most high tech my vacation ever got was sitting in front of the old family computer playing hours of 'Treasure Mountain'. Now, students on vacation have some much more advanced technology to play with, including the variety of digital art installations at TIFF's digiPlaySpace.

    Now in its third year, the digiPlaySpace is a multi-artist exhibition at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto, a venue which is usually the heart of the Toronto International Film Festival. Every spring, though, the building opens its doors to younger film-goers, hosting the TIFF Kids International Film Festival from April 8-21. As a part of the event, the digiPlaySpace opens its doors to kids and adults alike, giving visitors a chance to let their imaginations run wild with the aid of technology.

    Stepping into the gallery where digiPlaySpace is hosted, the theme of "Playing and Creating" comes through loud and clear: With a little tech-savvyness, you can

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  • Ellen DeGeneres’ Oscar Selfie: Who really owns it?

    By now, you're probably familiar with 'The Selfie That Crashed Twitter.' Ellen DeGeneres' now-infamous tweet of a photo at the Academy Awards on Sunday night that broke the record for the most retweeted image ever, with 3.1 million retweets (so far), has courted a lot of buzz, and a growing number of controversies around it. There's DeGeneres' use of a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 to take the pic, only to tweet from her iPhone back stage; there's the question of whether or not it was genuinely a spontaneous moment (I think we can safely agree it wasn’t).

    But the latest question that has people scratching their heads: Who owns the Oscars selfie?

    The Associated Press was recently granted permission by Ellen DeGeneres to use the photo, but that didn't sit well with people online. Was permission DeGeneres' to grant? There are actually a few different parties who

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  • It seems like you just can’t escape DRM sometimes. We’ve often got digital rights management (DRM) on our movies, music, and e-books, telling us when and how we can use a product that we’ve paid money for. Now, it looks like we might be seeing similar restrictions on our coffee.

    Single-cup coffee brewer giant Keurig has had a lawsuit filed against it, Tech Dirt reports, claiming that Keurig has been seeking ways to lock its competitors out of the market and prevent other companies from making coffee pods (called ‘K-Cups’ when used with the Keurig) that will work with their brewing system.

    To use the Keurig single-cup brewing system, the user places a K-Cup inside the machine, presses a button, and in minutes they have a single cup of coffee. Back in 2012, The Verge reports, the patent for K-Cup technology expired, opening up the market to anyone who wanted to develop their own Keurig-compatible cup. Now there are numerous offerings from brands not affiliated with Keurig, undercutting

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