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Monkey selfies in the public domain – in the U.S. at least

- August 22nd, 2014

So if you know of any monkeys, elephants or house cats out there looking to break into the art scene, they hopefully have day jobs, because they won’t be able to make money doing it.

The U.S. Copyright Office has reiterated its stance that animals cannot hold copyright, nor can work created by them be registered for copyright. This puts to rest a dispute between the U.S.-based Wikimedia Foundation, which runs Wikipedia, and photographer David Slater over copyright of so-called “monkey selfies,” The U.K. Register reports.

Screenshot of a Wikipedia page for one of the monkey selfie photos. (SCREENSHOT)

Screenshot of a Wikipedia page for one of the monkey selfie photos. (SCREENSHOT)

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Ice Bucket Challenge – Tech giant edition

- August 15th, 2014

By now, you have most likely have heard about the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

Participants dump a bucket of ice water on themselves and post a video to it Facebook, tagging friends to do it as well. It was started by Pete Frates, 29, of Beverly, Mass., to raise awareness (and hopefully money) for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), which he suffers from himself.

The campaign has gone viral and many famous people, especially celebrities and sports figures, have taken part, such as Joannie Rochette, Dion Phaneuf (with wife actress Elisha Cuthbert) and Tie Domi (who challenged Toronto Mayor Rob Ford in his post which would certainly be one to look out for).

But techies are getting in on the game too. Starting with the man of Facebook himself, Mark Zuckerberg who was challenged to take part by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

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Bow down to the man with the Lego cyborg arm

- August 14th, 2014

Well, OK, Diavo (Dave) Voltaggio probably can’t take over the world or anything, but he has managed to build a fully-functional cyborg arm out of Lego pieces.

As Mashable reports, the cyborg arm is constructed out of the Mindstorms EV3 Lego set and while wearing it, Voltaggio is able to move the three mechanical fingers and thumb.

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Get a Jetsons-like condo in Toronto

- August 12th, 2014

When George Jetson would come home after a long day button-pushing at work, he would come home, relax in his favourite chair and drink a martini while the apartment catered to his every whim, whether it’s watching TV, getting food at the press of a button, or just conveyor belts to shuttle him around when he was too lazy to walk.

And while no housing project is quite this high-tech, Canderel Residential’s new development YC Condos is a step in that direction. A smart home condominium development, YC Condos is 66-storey complex, with more than 600 units, at Yonge and College in Toronto, which includes an outdoor patio, bar, pool and steam room facilities.

And while the units don’t have conveyor belts or a robot maid named Rosie that throws sass at you while it cleans, they have smart technology integrated into the unit to make your living experience more connected. The project is a joint venture between Canderel, Samsung and True Marque, the global distributor for Samsung SDS.

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