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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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Microsoft’s big Surface Pro 3 deal: Is it worth it?

- June 24th, 2014

Microsoft has an interesting deal going on that tech heads might want to take note of.

Available through any Microsoft store in Canada and the U.S, Windows is willing to take up to $650 off of the new Surface Pro 3’s if customers trade in their MacBook Air’s.

Although Microsoft specifies the deal is only valid on “select” Airs , a list of accepted models doesn’t appear anywhere on the site.


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Was the emoticon created in 1648?

- April 14th, 2014

Blogger Levi Stahl believes he may have found the first use of the emoticon. And it’s in a 1648 poem?

In a post on his blog, Stahl writes that 17th century English lyric poet Robert Herrick uses what appears to be a smiley face in the second line of his poem To Fortune.

Robert Herrick

Sketch of Robert Herrick. (Wikimedia Commons/The Hawthorne readers/Edward Everett Hale/HO)

The poem appears in his collection Hesperides.
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Marvel costumes come with virtual powers

- March 27th, 2014

Don’t lie; you’ve always wanted an arc reactor embedded in the middle of your chest.

Marvel Morph Suits are now providing that chance for millions of people who want to dazzle at the next Comic-Con, or simply prance around as Tony Stark for the day.

Developed by Morph Suits, the company behind some of the most technologically advanced costumes on the market, customers will be able to pick a Marvel super hero of their choice, and with the help of a dedicated mobile app, make the costume come to life.

The costumes have been decked out with augmented reality aspects that give the costume wearer “virtual superpowers.”

According to Morph Suits official launch video, the virtual powers can be activated –and seen- when viewed through the mobile app. Everything from Iron Man’s short, fiery palm bursts to Spider-Man’s webs being slung around the room can be accessed and executed.

Gregor Lawson, co-founder of Morph Suits, told Digital Spy that it had been a dream of the company’s to design Marvel outfits, and they were easily the most requested costume pieces on the site.


“…we’ve had over 50,000 searches for Spider-Man alone on our website,” Lawson said.

Lawson further added that he and his team would like to see other well known super powers, like Spidey senses and Wolverine’s accelerated healing, become a part of the costumes as the technology progresses.

“We have added augmented reality markers that bring super powers to life – enabling wearers to virtually sling webbing from Spider-Man’s hands, fire repulsors from Iron Man’s palms or unleash Wolverine’s Adamantium claws. We haven’t quite cracked invincibility, Spidey senses or accelerated healing yet, but we’re working on it.”

As of right now, customers have the option to purchase an Iron Man, Spider Man, Wolverine, Captain America, or fan favourite Deadpool costume from the online store.

The costumes are already available to purchase, and run for approximately $90.