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11/15/2013

Find the perfect GIF to express yourself with Blippy

Here’s an app that will help you find the perfect image, when words won’t do. On Skype you can send emoticons. On Viber, you can send stickers. But on Facebook and email, you can send GIFs. And they’re awesome. Now, a new iPhone app will let you find them. Say hello to Blippy.

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Beware of Philippines typhoon scams on social media, email

Typhoon_scamSecurity experts are warning people to avoid online scams linked to the deadly typhoon that swept the Philippines.

With thousands feared dead, many aid organizations and NGOs have been appealing for people to donate to rescue and relief efforts.

While there are several legitimate campaigns, security experts at Symantec warn that some scams are circulating online – scams that might not be apparent as such.

Emails have been sent out containing fake donation requests, along with social media pages that have been set up to direct people to make donations on compromised pages.


One email chain Symantec has tracked appears to come from a news anchor/reporter from a major news organization.

We've seen similar scams from “reputable” sources before, such as when someone sent out a fake breaking news email newsletter from CNN claiming to contain exclusive Snowden details.

To avoid becoming a victim, always be extra careful with opening unwanted emails, make sure the organization or sender is authentic and never send your personal details to someone over email.

Have you seen any online scams related to Typhoon Haiyan?

- Maurice Cacho, MSN Tech & Gadgets

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11/14/2013

Secret treaty threatens Canadians' online rights

Online rights advocates are raging after the release of secret texts, detailing a worldwide treaty that would curtail peoples’ rights to post material online. The text, called the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, involves countries including the US, Canada, Australia, and many others. It has a section that could allow organisations to force ISPs to hand over their customers’ information, and to arbitrarily take down material or face legal penalties.

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11/12/2013

Next iPhone to have bigger screen: report

If you were expecting a larger screen on the iPhone 5S, the next phone from Apple might make you a little happier.

Reports suggest the tech giant is working on new iPhones that feature larger – and curved – screens.

According to Bloomberg, Apple is reportedly working on an a 4.7-inch screen iPhone and a larger 5.5-inch screen iPhone.

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11/11/2013

Man finds $98,000 in Craigslist desk

People often find incredible deals on Craigslist.

Many sellers just want to create space in their homes, so they're willing to offer items for dirt cheap.

One man, however, found the deal of a lifetime after he found copious amounts of cash in a desktop he got a great deal on from an online ad. 

A Connecticut Rabbi found nearly a hundred grand in a desk they bought for $200 on Craigslist.

The resident and his wife only realized what they discovered because the desk couldn't fit through the door, so some disassembly was required.

Once they had the file cabinets and drawers out, the couple discovered a plastic bag filled with cash. Lots of cash.

"In the bag, I could already see through the bag, it looks like a one hundred dollar bill,” Noah Muroff told WTNH TV.

It turns out that the desk's previous owner took her inheritance – in cash – and decided to hide it inside the desk. But incredibly, she forgot that $98,000 was just hiding out inside something she sold on Craigslist.

Fortunately, the rabbi and his wife decided to do the right thing and return the money

The couple called up the former owner to tell her what they discovered, which you can watch on YouTube in a news report video that's gone viral.

If you found something valuable in an item you bought used online, would you give it back? Does it depend what it is?

- Maurice Cacho, MSN Tech & Gadgets

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11/09/2013

Call of Duty: Ghosts does it again. But what about the veterans?

People must really like Call of Duty: Ghosts. Thieves cut through the wall of independently-owned game store The Game MD in Ontario to steal 150 copies of the game last weekend. That stopped the owner from holding the midnight sale event on Tuesday morning.

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11/08/2013

Smellyvision comes to the smartphone

Phones appeal to our tactile, visual and aural senses – but how about our noses? A new device called Scentee is designed to make your phone emit smells.

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11/07/2013

Facebook changing the Like button

Like_button_FacebookEveryone knows the Like button that Facebook made popular back in 2010.

If someone's status interested you, you could 'Like' their status.

If someone posted a great picture, you would 'Like' the image.

If someone got married, you would 'Like' the update.

If you read a cool article about Rob Ford admitting he smoked crack cocaine, you would 'Like' the article.

Well, in a way you probably wouldn't actually 'Like' it, but you would – on Facebook.

In the past three years, the Like and Facebook Share button can be seen more than 22 million times a day across 7.5-million websites.

The world's most popular social network, however, is changing up how we Like things online.

So, what's changed? Gone is the thumbs up. The button is now a fuller, deeper blue. The Facebook “f” logo is now more prominent. It still says “Like” but the thumb is gone.

Facebook is also ramping up the use of the Share button. The difference is that the Like button will post a piece of content to your wall, wile the Share button will let you add a comment or a piece of context.

According to the Verge, the whole effort to redesign the Like button and to ditch the thumbs up has been about six months in the making.

It's not known why Facebook dropped the thumbs up and added the F logo, but as it gets more competitive with Twitter, one can only imagine that Zuckerberg and crew want people to know they're engaging with content on Facebook – and not the other social network that just launched an IPO.

What do you think of the new Like button? Will you miss the thumbs up?

- Maurice Cacho, MSN Tech & Gadgets

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11/05/2013

Man implants computer in arm – taking things too far?

Body_modification_implantIf you have $500 burning a hole in your pocket, why not create a hole in your arm for a body temperature implant?

I wouldn't, that's for sure. But at least someone will – and they think the idea will take off.

Tim Cannon, a body-modifier, is raising eyebrows after he implanted a body temperature meter in his arm.

The Circadia 1.0, about the size of a smartphone, has a battery that can be charged wirelessly. It syncs to any Android smartphone.

LED status lights shine through the skin to indicate how the gadget in his body is working.

While it seems wearable technology is the next big thing – from Google Glass to the Samsung Galaxy Gear watch – this is taking the trend to a whole new level.

Cannon was showing off his latest feat at a body modification conference in Germany.

“I think that our environment should listen more accurately and more intuitively to what's happening in our body," he told Vice's Motherboard.

So in theory, his home's air conditioning could ramp up if he's feeling a little warmer after a tough day at work.

The device, although not made by any major laboratory, appears bulky underneath Cannon's arm, stitch together by a body modification surgery expert, since no certified doctor would dare do any operation like that.

But implanting technology – and chips that can communicate outside the body – seem to be an emerging trend. Some are already experimenting with implantable tattoos.

These things don't really show ink on the human skin, but they become active after someone taps there phone on the skin covering the tattoo chip.

Would you implant a piece of tech in your body? 

- Maurice Cacho, MSN Tech & Gadgets

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11/04/2013

Android KitKat 'not really' more secure: expert

Android_kitkat_multitaskingWhen Google released the latest version of its Android operating system last week, KitKat, the company touted the OS was the most secure ever.

In several ways, it is.

The chocolate-bar-named mobile OS contains a new safeguard called OS hardening.

This security feature is designed to make it more difficult for a hacker or malicious app to get root access to your phone or tablet. That being said, it will also make it more difficult for people who want to “root” their hone with different operating systems.

Another security feature is called “digital certificates,” designed to prevent so-called “Man-in-the-Middle” attacks.

Such a hack is when someone on the same wireless network you're on, say – at a coffee shop, intercepts the data travelling between your phone and the Internet at large.

What could happen is that a website may appear to be the one you're looking to pull up on your device, but it's actually a fake that is pulling in your login details, for example.

But Kaspersky Lab researcher Stefan Tenase says these changes don't really do much to address key Android security concerns.

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Danny BradburyDanny Bradbury

Danny Bradbury is a technology journalist with 20 years' experience. He writes regularly for publications including the Guardian, the Financial Times, the Financial Post, and Backbone magazine. Danny also writes and directs documentaries.

Maurice CachoMaurice Cacho

Maurice Cacho is a Toronto-based journalist mixing his love for tech with a passion for news. He's also CP24's Web Journalist and appears daily on CP24 Breakfast and weekly on the channel's tech show, Webnation, discussing tech news and trends.

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