• Tumblr inspirations come from many strange places. For Danielle Bruckman, it all started with the loss of her iPhone.

    Last year, on New Year’s Day, Bruckman discovered her iPhone was missing, but didn’t know where she had lost it. It ended up in the possession of a mustachioed stranger, with a particular affinity for selfies. It also appears he wasn’t particularly tech-savvy, as he never bothered to turn off the cloud sync Bruckman had set up on her phone. So now, all his photos get synced with her iCloud account.

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    It’s hardly the first time a new iPhone owner has neglected to disconnect the previous owner’s iCloud account. A man who had his iPad stolen in 2012 attempted to retrieve it by posting photos of the new owners, received through his iCloud account, online. But Bruckman has taken a more laid-back approach, opting to simply recreate some of the gentleman’s selfies on her Tumblr My Cloud Pal.

    (Screengrab from My Cloud Pal)

    With an assortment

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  • A Rogers storefront is pictured in Toronto on August 15, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Galit RodanIt’s a bummer whenever your cell phone is in need of repairs, and you have to borrow one from your provider until it’s returned to you. It’s even more frustrating when you discover explicit material on that phone, and now your four-year-old son keeps talking about it.

    A Saskatoon mother was shocked to discover nude photos, homemade pornography and images of someone smoking from a glass pipe on a phone she borrowed from Rogers, The Star-Phoenix reports.

    The battery in Lisa Schmidt’s phone stopped working, so she took it to a Rogers outlet and received a device on loan while she waited for hers to be repaired. Her son borrowed the phone to take photos, and discovered the images.

    “My son was taking a picture of our dog and suddenly it went quiet and he said, ‘Mommy look at this,” Schmidt told The Star-Phoenix.

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    Schmidt found about 40 explicit images on the device.

    “My son is running around now, telling people

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  • If you’re in one of the selected test areas, you may soon be paying for your double double with your phone.

    Tim Hortons recently rolled out an update to its BlackBerry, iOS and Android apps  allowing customers in certain regions the ability to pay for their orders using the new in-app payment system. Previously, customers could check the balance and add money to their Tim Card, Tim Horton’s re-loadable gift card, but this latest change will eliminate the need for carrying a card at all.

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    "We're always looking to provide our Tim Hortons guests with the best overall customer experience, and mobile payment is one area that we feel can help streamline the average time spent at the order counter," said David Clanachan, COO of Tim Hortons, in a press release. "These new innovations offer secure, quick and easy payment alternatives, allowing our guests more time enjoying their favourite food and beverages."

    This is the

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  • 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."

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    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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