A larger-than-life Xbox One appeared in downtown Vancouver on Wednesday.
Just how big? Well, it's hard to tell without knowing the height of the people in the below photo posted by the Xbox One in Canada blog, but if we assume them to be of average size, we'd say this Xbox One stands between 8 and 10 feet high.
It's been assembled in Vancouver as part of a campaign called One Source. Apparently, Canadian gamers can "pledge" their gamertags to "unlock" the Xbox. … Read more
Bitcoin fans, prepare your passports. If you want to be among the first to use a Bitcoin ATM, head to Canada.
Thanks to e-mail, phone calls, SMS, and the cat industrial complex on YouTube, there are are countless ways to ruin your focus when you're trying to work.
According to research from the University of California at Irvine, it takes 23 minutes to get back on track following an interruption. Meanwhile, distractions may also dull your cognitive performance.
So what we all need are giant desktop buttons that turn the world off so we can concentrate for a change. … Read more
"Hmm, this doesn't look like France."
That was the rather uninspiring final shipboard message from Jonathan Trappe, a true romantic possessed of bravery, ingenuity, and a desire to fly across the Atlantic under a bunch of balloons.
In a real-life echo of the Pixar film "Up," Trappe set off from Caribou, Maine, on Thursday in a rowboat that was carried into the sky by 370 helium-filled balloons.
His goal: to float to Europe. Unfortunately, the odyssey failed after only 12 hours, with Trappe getting no farther than Newfoundland. … Read more
It's a penny! It's a dollar! It's a Superman coin! Canada lays claim to half of the Superman creation team. Canadian Joe Shuster invented the famous superhero along with American Jerry Siegel. That's why the Royal Canadian Mint has chosen to honor the Man of Steel with a special 75th anniversary coin set.
The coins are shinier than a speeding bullet, smaller than a locomotive, and able to be carried into tall buildings in a single pocket. They are also legal tender, though you're not going to want to drop them into a vending machine. One of the least expensive options is a $10-face-value silver coin depicting Superman breaking chains around his chest. The price to acquire the coin is about $44.… Read more
Mobile phones are amazing tools -- and sometimes even life savers.
That's what a Canadian man learned over the weekend when he apparently used his cell phone to stop a polar bear attack in Churchill, Manitoba.
Garett Kolsun was walking home alone early Saturday morning when he found himself face to face with a 400-pound polar bear. It cornered him and sank its teeth into his hip. Kolsun seemed doomed until he whipped out his cell phone. … Read more
While most parents are wrestling with whether or not to buy their kids the latest iPhone, a Canadian family is more concerned about finding good cassette tapes to listen to.
Blair McMillan and his girlfriend Morgan are raising young Trey. Blair got the idea to ban new technology from the household after little Trey became too obsessed with an iPad to go and play outside with his dad. So now the family draws the line at any technology created after 1986, the year Blair and his girlfriend were born.… Read more
What would it be like to glide across a flat expanse of snow at high speed while making hardly any noise? Well, Canada's military is spending about $600,000 on a stealth snowmobile to find out.
Canadian troops tested the hybrid-electric prototype designed for clandestine Far North ops and evaluated its noise, acceleration, and battery endurance, according to the Canadian Press (CP).
Dubbed "Loki" after the trickster Norse god, the snowmobile is too top secret to be photographed. It was put through trials in February at Canadian Forces Base Petawawa in Ontario. … Read more
The Canadian government is watching BlackBerry closely, the country's economic development official said on Wednesday.
Speaking to Reuters in an interview, Industry Minister James Moore acknowledged that BlackBerry has been facing some trouble getting its smartphones off the ground, and the government is keeping close watch on how the company's future goes down.
"I know that they're facing their challenges and they're adjusting their firm internally in the way that best suits their interests," he told Reuters. "And all I can say is, we wish them well, and we're keeping a close … Read more