Post Tagged with: "Internet"

Toronto police officer Mark Borsboom lends a helping hand. Image: Jason Cassidy

Toronto Police Officer’s Random Act Of Kindness Goes Viral

Toronto police officer Mark Borsboom is a bit amused by social media — he doesn’t quite understand what all the fuss is about.

And his opinion hasn’t changed, now that a photo of him has gone viral.

The photo captures the officer doing a simple, good deed—tying an elderly man’s shoelace for him.

Borsboom was on a paid-duty assignment, helping cars leave a parking garage, when he was approached by the man, who asked for his help.

by · August 6, 2014 · News
Sign outside the Google office in California. Image: Surka

Google Wants To Be More “Diverse”

A major company says it wants to become more “diverse.”

Diverse in this case means it wants to hire more workers who come from different backgrounds or have different genders or are from different cultures.

by · June 5, 2014 · News, Technology
The first letter that was found. Image: Mike Moffatt

Mystery Unfolding At Western University

There’s a terrific mystery in the library at the University of Western Ontario.

But it’s not a novel. It’s a trail of mysterious notes that have been left in the books in the university’s Weldon Library.

Mike Moffatt is an assistant professor of Business and Economics at Western.

On March 9 he took an economics book off the shelf and was surprised when an envelope fell out of its pages.

by · March 26, 2014 · News
Flappy Bird May Fly Again

Flappy Bird May Fly Again

Video game designer Dong Nguyen created a popular game App called Flappy Bird.

by · March 20, 2014 · News
Tony Hawk “Hoverboard” Video A Hoax

Tony Hawk “Hoverboard” Video A Hoax

Sometimes, things on the Internet seem too good to be true.

That’s when people may start to challenge them, asking questions to figure out what’s real and what’s made up.

That is what happened when a video showing people riding a “hoverboard” recently went viral.

The video was posted on a website by a “company” called HUVr Tech.

by · March 6, 2014 · News, Technology
Actor Bradley Cooper snapped this selfie using Ellen DeGeneres's smart phone.

Hollywood Celebrates At 86th Academy Awards

Last Sunday was Hollywood’s big night.

The annual Academy Awards (known as the “Oscars”) recognize the best movies, actors and movie-makers of the year.

Four of the top awards are Best Picture, which went to the movie 12 Years a Slave; Best Actor (Matthew McConaughey, who starred in Dallas Buyers Club); Best Actress (Cate Blanchett, who starred in Blue Jasmine) and Best Director (Alfonso Cuaron for Gravity).

by · March 3, 2014 · Entertainment, News
Mark Zuckerberg. Image: TechCrunch

Facebook Founder Wants Internet For Everyone

Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, recently told the Mobile World Congress Conference that he wants to give five billion more people around the world access to the Internet.

by · March 2, 2014 · News, Technology
Thousands Of People Rally On Facebook To Show Noah That Glasses Are Cool

Thousands Of People Rally On Facebook To Show Noah That Glasses Are Cool

Lots of people wear glasses to make their vision better, or even just for fashion.

But when Noah, 4, found out he needed glasses, he wasn’t happy about it.

In fact, he was downright sad.

His mother asked him why he was so sad about having to wear glasses.

Noah told her he was worried that everyone would laugh at him.

Noah’s mother started a Facebook page to show Noah that wearing glasses is cool.

She asked people to post pictures of themselves and their kids wearing glasses.

by · December 8, 2013 · Kids, News
The Amazon Prime Air Drone. Image: Chris Demorro

Amazon Testing “Octocopters” For Half-Hour Delivery Times (But Not Anytime Soon)

Lots of people buy books and products from Amazon, an online seller.

They order and pay over the Internet and the books are shipped through the mail or a delivery service like FedEx.

One day, people could get their Amazon deliveries from an “unmanned aerial vehicle” — a tiny flying vehicle that looks like a toy helicopter.

And instead of waiting days to get the parcel, it could be at the buyer’s home in half an hour or less.

The company is working on a fleet of tiny vehicles they call “Prime Air.”

The vehicles are also known as “octocopters.”

by · December 3, 2013 · Lighter, News
Four selfies taken by Queen Sheene Roloos

Word Of The Year: Selfie

“Selfie” has been named the word of the year.

Oxford Dictionaries chose the word because its usage increased by 17,000 per cent over last year.

A “selfie” is a photo that a person takes of himself, usually with his smart phone.

Have you ever seen a picture of a person that he took by holding his phone out in front of him? That’s a selfie.

A selfie can also be taken in a mirror or with a webcam.

Another term for selfie is “self portrait.”

The term was first used in 2002, in an online chat in Australia.

by · November 19, 2013 · News, Technology