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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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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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Photog says he owns copyright to monkey selfies

- August 7th, 2014

Who knew a selfie could cause so much trouble?

Wikimedia, the nonprofit group behind Wikipedia, claims that selfies taken by a monkey is in the public domain. The photographer, who owns the camera equipment thinks otherwise, and is suing over it.

As the U.K.’s Telegraph explains, in 2011 British Nature photographer David Slater was in Indonesia and taking photos of crested a black macaque. He had left his camera unattended, when one of the monkeys came over to check out ended out taking a bunch of selfies.

Monkey selfie

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

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eBay to auction pristine 1938 #1 Superman comic

- July 24th, 2014


If you’re a comic junkie with very deep pockets, you might want to get ready to bid on this ultimate find – Action Comics #1, from June 1938 and the first time Superman is featured in a comic book. The item goes up for auction exclusively on eBay starting August 14th for 10 days.

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