• Google's new feature on Street View that allows users to upload their own 360-degree photos.

    Think the Google Maps Street View feature is pretty cool, but missing somewhere important to you? You can fix that.

    Google recently announced that it would be allowing users to create their own 360-degree maps and upload them to Google’s mapping tool.

    "We are excited to see the different types of Street View experiences that everyone will contribute," Google product manager Evan Rapoport said in a blog post.

    "For example this feature can now enable environmental non-profits to document and promote the beautiful places they strive to protect.

    "It also opens up a new tool for photographers to showcase diversity in a specific location – by times of day, weather conditions or cultural events – in a way that Street View currently doesn't cover."

    [ Related: Google Street View seeks to give people a rare look at Nunavut ]

    In Canada, this new feature should come in especially handy, considering the huge landmass that Google would have to cover in order to document all of Canada in Street View

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  • (Image from Gawker)
    As you can see, Peter Clatworthy has had better days.

    The 19-year-old father from Bilborough, England, is understandably ticked off after spending a whopping $750 on a photo — yes, a photo — on an Xbox One gaming console. And it's not even a high-res image; just a simple print-out.

    Clatworthy was attempting to purchase an XBox One Day One edition console for his four-year-old son from what he thought was a legitimate seller on eBay. The Xbox One was released in the UK on Nov. 22, so many eager gamers had to resort to eBay in order to procure a Day One console. And with the new console in extremely high demand, eBay quickly became flooded with scammers attempting to sell empty boxes to hapless gamers.

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    Clatworthy acknowledges that the item was explicitly listed as a "photo," but since he was shopping in the video games and consoles category, he apparently thought very little of the photo mention.

    "I looked at the

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  • (Image courtesy of Aeryon Labs)Since Amazon announced its intention to use drones for local deliveries in the not-so-distant future, the world has been abuzz (no pun intended) with talk of the unmanned aircraft. But while many Americans are discussing drones as if they’re still science fiction, here in Canada, they’re more like science fact.

    While you won’t see Canada Post dropping a package off at your home via drone any time soon, drones are already being used for myriad other uses above Canadian soil. And the technology is being developed in Canada, too.

    Aeryon Labs, a developer of small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS) in Kitchener, Ontario, already has drones being used for a variety of different purposes, although not for mail delivery. The company develops surveillance drones, which carry cameras that record high-definition photos and videos. But they’d much rather you call them sUAS rather than drones.

    "We like to call them unmanned aerial systems, since drones often has a negative connotation," Andrea Sangster,

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  • They may look like something out of science fiction, but a demonstration of Amazon’s delivery drones shows that the day you’ll see a flying object bringing you your package are nearly here.

    Ahead of Cyber Monday, one of the biggest shopping days of the year for the online retailer, Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos gave an interview to CBS news show 60 Minutes explaining how the drone service could work, and how it isn’t as far off as we may think it is.

    “It will work, and it will happen, and it’s gonna be a lot of fun,” Bezos told 60 Minutes.

    Described by Bezos as ‘octocopters,’ the flying robots – drones – are capable of carrying packages up to about five pounds in weight. Bezos adds that they’re also a green option for the environment, as they operate on electric motors and don’t use up gasoline like delivery trucks do.

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    As the Chicago Tribune explains, these drones can deliver packages in about 30 minutes in a ten mile radius, and it could be

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  • (Screengrab from Waiting in Line 3D)Feel left out of all the Black Friday chaos happening south of the border? You too can experience the tedium and mild violence with what may be the most boring video game ever made.

    Competing for the title with the gem ‘Desert Bus,’ which spawned a whole marathon charity event from its tedium, ‘Waiting in Line 3D’ has players stand in a line and punch themselves in the face to stay awake as they desperately try to fall asleep from boredom. That’s about it.

    Despite the fact there’s a score meter, no one ever gets any points. The player just stands there, waiting in line, punching him or herself in the face until the screen goes black because they fell asleep, or knocked themselves unconscious.

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    This ‘anti-game’ is strangely addictive; you can’t help but think “well maybe I can make it further this time” (my best time was 2:02). The only interesting part of the game is the catchy song, and there’s a reason for that: The game is actually the music

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  • Handout image of the Kobo Arc 10HD. (Kobo)While insatiable bibliophiles might enjoy the convenience of carrying hundreds, if not thousands, of books at once, some readers are looking for an e-reader that can do more.

    Kobo continues to capitalize on the urge to multitask with three new offerings in its fall Arc lineup. The crown jewel of the bunch, the Arc 10HD, boasts a visual experience meant for the engaged and passionate reader. This isn’t your mother’s e-reader; I own a Kobo Touch, and Kobo has moved so far beyond (the still cool) e-ink that my handy little device seems like a piece of dinosaur tech. The 10HD, in comparison, is most definitely a tablet.

    First off, everything about this device is just so darn pretty. The Arc 10HD has an edge-to-edge glass screen and slick beveling in the back makes it easy to grip. Flip it on and the Reading Life dashboard lets you flip through current books, magazines and articles stored via Pocket without having to hunt. The Kobo Arc 10HD offers 16G of storage and specs give it a battery

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  • (Screengrab from The Slaying of Sandy Hook Elementary' game)

    Just weeks before the one year anniversary of the deadly shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, a video game creator has released a game reenacting the tragedy.

    Unsurprisingly, the game has drawn anger and a lot of criticism for its subject matter, and many online, including the family of a teacher killed in the incident, are saying that the game is not the way to remember the shooting.

    In ‘The Slaying of Sandy Hook Elementary,’ the player takes on the role of Adam Lanza, the 20-year-old shooter who walked into Sandy Hook Elementary and fatally shot 20 children and six adult staff members. The game opens with a scene asking the player to “shoot your mother,” as Lanza shot his own before heading to Sandy Hook Elementary, where the player navigates the school as Lanza, following on-screen instructions to shoot at students and staff members.

    At the end of the game, the player gets a total number of people killed alongside a list of the statistics reflecting the

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  •  Thanks to the growing use of ‘telemedicine,’ doctors are able to help patients in remote areas by virtually attending to them. Whether it’s because the patient is in an area without doctors, or because they need a specialist located inconveniently far away, technology is increasingly closing the distance between them.

    Dignity Health, a San Francisco-based healthcare provider with hospitals in several states, has begun to use ‘robot doctors’ in order to better serve patients when the correct specialist is not available. About five years ago, The Associated Press reports, these machines were being used to help diagnose stroke victims. Now, the company uses them in about 20 different California hospitals to better connect patients and specialists in neurology, cardiology, neonatology, pediatrics and mental health.

    “Hospitals are now using this kind of technology to leverage the specialists that they have even better and more efficiently,” Yulun Wang, CEO of InTouch Health, told AP (via one

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  • (Screengrab from what-would-i-say.com)If the tedium of updating your status across all social media is just too much to handle, don’t worry : there’s an app for that.

    At this year’s Hack Princeton hackathon, a group developed “What would I say?”, an app for Facebook that can spit out statuses on your behalf so you don’t have to write them.

    In an effort to try and emulate what you’d say, based on what you’d posted in the past through probability algorithms. Here’s the explanation from the creators:

    “Technically speaking, it trains a Markov Bot based on mixture model of bigram and unigram probabilities derived from your past post history.”

    Markov Bots are programs written with artificial intelligence based on a Markov chain. In simple terms, it is a random process that works within a finite set of variables, creating the illusion of conversation when really it’s just picking from terms you use and short phrases it has been programmed with to seem as if it’s somewhat intelligently responding when you give it information. These

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  • The newest gaming system from Sony is only days away from hitting store shelves in Canada and the U.S., and fans are getting hyped. On November 15, expect to see lineups out the door at your local electronics and gaming stores, with eager fans hoping to get their hands on what will be an exciting leap forward in the world of video games.

    I had the chance to test out a PlayStation 4 at a preview event this week in Toronto to play one of the launch titles, Knack, and get a feel for what Sony’s next console is like:

    HARDWARE

    On the outside, the PlayStation 4 looks like a streamlined (almost italicized) PS3. It appears slimmer, and has lost the curve of the PS3 in favour of sleek angles. The ports for controller plugs and the disc slot appear almost invisible in the new style of console, as the area for them is inset into the middle of the front panel.

    Inside, there have been plenty of changes, too, although if you want to know all the nitty-gritty, I recommend checking out this link. From my

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