• Despite RIM's ongoing struggles, the company is trying to pull up its bootstraps by introducing the new BlackBerry 10 operating system for its mobile devices.

    While many, including Yahoo! Finance Canada blogger Carmi Levy, remain skeptical if the new OS will actually help to save the company, it is ultimately up to consumers whether BlackBerry 10 is a long-awaited saving grace for BlackBerry users.

    Developers at BlackBerry World 2012 got the full lowdown on the features of BlackBerry 10, as CNET reports. Here's everything you need to know about what to expect from BlackBerry 10:

    A Whole New Look

    The new tiled look of BlackBerry 10 appears to be some sort of hybrid between iOS, Windows Phone 7 and Android 4.0. Big graphics are the order of the day, doing away with the small icons of BlackBerry 7. There are four widgets featured on the Home screen, VentureBeat reports. In the BlackBerry World 2012 demo, weather, calendar, music and photos were showcased. How the graphic interface will

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  • Starting today, Facebook users can share with their online friends if they are an organ donor.

    Mark Zuckerberg announced via Facebook that an option is now available to add to your Timeline the date you agreed to become a donor. According to a video included with the announcement, users can go to the Life Event option on the left side of their timeline, select the Health and Wellness tab and click on the new Organ Donor option available there.

    Users can then enter the state or province they live in, the date they became an organ donor, and a short story about why they decided to become a donor if they so choose.

    "Today, more than 114,000 people in the United States, and millions more around the globe, are waiting for the heart, kidney or liver transplant that will save their lives," said Zuckerberg in the announcement. "Many of those people — an average of 18 people per day — will die waiting, because there simply aren't enough organ donors to meet the need… we believe that by simply

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  • Losing a cell phone can be extremely stressful, but what may be just as bad is that sinking feeling in your gut the moment after you realize it's gone:

    Who's going to be looking through my personal photos and text messages?

    Aatma Studio, the same people who created the prototype iPad 3 video that imagined it as an edgeless tablet, have come up with a solution that could theoretically save your data from being seen by prying eyes — but not much else. Check out the video to see what I mean:

    Siri's self-destruct feature doesn't actually exist (at least not yet), but it does fit well with Apple's hopes that we'll all be replacing our iDevices every couple of years.

    As one YouTube commenter points out, it would be quite a shame if an iPhone user were to enter his or her password into the phone multiple times. It wouldn't be ideal for those who, say, are prone to forgetting their password after a long night of alcohol and revelry.

    You may also want to pass on this feature if, as Gizmodo

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  • In a far cry from the awkward headsets and tape players of museums past, the Science Museum in London, England is using augmented reality to modernize the museum tour experience.

    Host of Britain's Top Gear — and an all-around fan of technology — James May takes visitors on a tour of the Making of the Modern World exhibit through their iOS and Android devices.

    By downloading the Science Stories app ($3 in the iTunes Store, $3.20 in Google Play Market), users can scan the AR (augmented reality) markers at each of the exhibits and get a full history of how they helped shape modern science. That explanation is delivered by way of a tiny, three-dimensional James May.

    Watch as he explains the app in this teaser video:

    Wired explains that the three-dimensional model of May adjusts as you turn your mobile device, letting you watch May walk around and talk from every angle.

    If going to England to test out the app is out of the question, you can also download a PDF file of a marker, scan using

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  • There must be hundreds of developers who would give their right arm — so to speak — to attend Worldwide Developer Conference 2012, but only one is prepared to legally change his name for a ticket to this year's event.

    Apple announced Wednesday that its annual WWDC will take place from June 11 through June 15 in San Francisco. Tickets, which went on sale the same day at around 8:30 a.m. EDT, were sold out in just two hours, likely before many developers on the west coast had woken up.

    Yet unlike at concerts or professional sporting events, tickets are not transferable for this year's conference — the name printed on the pass must match the ticket holder's identification, which makes scalping a very bad idea, if not next to impossible. But one daring developer seems to have found a loophole.

    "An anonymous developer on Wednesday posted a want ad on Craigslist," shares Zach Epstein in a BGR blog. "Under the headline, 'I will legally change my name to yours for a WWDC ticket — $1,600,' the

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  • While many of us are still hurting from our fantasy hockey picks this season, MTV is trying to get youth in the United States interested in the federal election with a new kind of fantasy game.

    In its latest attempt to promote voting amongst its key demographic, MTV is unveiling a new online game, Fantasy Election '12. Instead of picking hockey players, young voters instead draft a team of candidates running for the presidency, the U.S. Senate or the House of Representatives.

    As Kotaku states, MTV acknowledges that many of their target market are no longer spending hours watching the television channel, as the case used to be. The company, who is well-known for their partnership with Rock the Vote in past elections, is seeking out the 18-24 demographic through social media and mobile.

    The basics of the game are very much the same as a sports fantasy draft: pick the players (or in this case, candidates) that you think will be the best performers in the long run. In an interview with CNN

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  • You can file the new FarFaria app into the "Why didn't I think of this?" folder.

    The iPad app can best be described as Netflix for children's books. That is, after a free 30-day trial, you pay $3.99 a month to have unlimited access to a wide range of kid's books, designed for those aged 2 through 9.

    While the selection could stand to be broader and more familiar — though 100 books is not a bad start -- FarFaria excels not just in its concept but in its execution.

    Developed by Intuary, FarFaria books can be found in one of two ways. One is a map of a fantasy world and each continent or island is based on a specific book theme, such as Animal Kingdom, Fable Hills, Fairytale Forest, Adventure Island, and so on. As you'd expect, when you tap on one of these locations you'll only see books from that specific genre (GoodLand, for example, offers books with themes like honesty, love, confidence and determination).

    The second way is to tap the Featured tab and see what books are new and

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  • If forced to choose between television and social media, a recent survey suggests most Canadians would choose the small screen over status updates.

    TV trumps social media for a whopping 73% of Canadians, which is significantly higher than the 58% of the survey's global participants who prefer their favourite shows over Facebook sharing.

    "North Americans are TV's biggest fans, with 73% choosing it over social media, followed by Europeans at 66%," reports 24 Hours Vancouver.

    But aside from Europe, television does not hold sway over social media in the rest of the world.

    "In Africa and the Middle East, for example, social media now reigns supreme, with 54% preferring to give up TV," the report states, based on the findings of an Ipsos Reid survey. "In Brazil, Russia, India and China, 58% chose social networking."

    The study also reveals that the youth around the world — those 35 and under, many of whom have grown up with the emergence of social networks — were split 50/50 between the two

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  • The Superbrothers take the stage at the Canadian Videogame AwardsCanada's greatest contributions to the world of video games in 2011 were recognized on Saturday at the third annual Canadian Videogame Awards.

    Held alongside Fan Expo (a major video game, sci-fi, comic book, horror and anime convention) in Vancouver, big and small studios alike came away from the event with some serious hardware.

    Eidos Montreal won big for Deus Ex: Human Revolution, a game that received outstanding scores from reviewers throughout the gaming world. Eidos Montreal, who is owned by video game giant Square Enix, won five awards for their title: Best Console Game, Best Audio, Best Game Design, Best Writing and Best New Character for the game's embittered lead Adam Jensen.

    But Toronto studio Capybara Games proved that you don't need to have a big studio to make a quality game. Starkly juxtaposed with the highly-definition graphics of Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Cabybara's Superbrothers: Sword and Sworcery EP took home just as many accolades as Eidos Montreal's game. The

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  • The downside of constantly upgrading to the latest and greatest technology is that many of us end up with old, obsolete devices cluttering up our homes. Earth Day is the perfect opportunity to take your electronics to be recycled.

    Where can I recycle them?

    There are a number of organizations both provincially and nationally that will take your old electronics and either give them a new home or send the parts to the facilities than can best dispose of them.


    The Electronics Recycling Association is a national non-profit that collects used electronics in many of Canada's major cities. They collect desktop computers, laptop computers, printers, computer peripherals, servers, phone systems, monitors, televisions, software and other related computer equipment and donate it to charities that can benefit from the unwanted electronics.

    The organization wipes clean the hard drives of the computers and refurbishes everything they can. Whatever isn't salvageable is recycled in a

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