We Canadians love innovating our money. We're printing plastic banknotes and chucking out useless coins.
Last March I said I wouldn't mourn the passing of the Canadian penny.
And yet today, as the Royal Canadian Mint officially stopped distributing the cent to banks, I have mixed feelings. I saw the Google.ca animated doodle honoring the coin and felt a tad nostalgic.
So I fished out a few pennies from my pockets and considered the brazen image of Queen Elizabeth and the maple leaf. … Read more
I'm sure I've been unfriended on Facebook, I just haven't paid enough attention to realize it. Lots of other people, apparently, take the friend-purging act very personally.
A study conducted by Christopher Sibona, a doctoral student in the Computer Science and Information Systems program at the University of Colorado Denver Business School, shows the practice of unfriending a Facebook buddy can have some very real consequences in the physical world.… Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Google Glass to use bone conduction instead of traditional headphones.
- Google searches expose racial bias, says study of names.
- Vampire Weekend announces new album details in the NY Times Classifieds section.… Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- "Bang With Friends" sex app claims to help you mix business with pleasure.
- Paying tribute to Holocaust victims...using Grindr?
- Google Street View catches couple doing it in a dressing room.
- Research finds people that fly in virtual reality are more eager to help in real life.
The release of the BlackBerry Z10 smartphone will be remembered as either a breath of new life for the company or a last gasp as it fell into irrelevance. By all accounts, the Z10 is a tremendous step forward in design and hardware over previous BlackBerrys, but it's coming at a time when the smartphone market is crowded with established contenders with massive app stores already in place.
CNET contributor Ben Parr says that the Z10 and its keyboard-wielding buddy Q10 face a major deficit on the app front. He argues that iOS and Android have an insurmountable lead in the app race, meaning the Z10 will never attract the new customers BlackBerry needs to grow and survive.… Read more
The iPhone is a pricey device, a luxury item, a status symbol, and that's exactly how Apple wants it. But as long as the iPhone has existed, we the people have called upon Apple to make a less-expensive version. Rumors are in overdrive at the moment that Apple may be finally planning such a dramatic move. How will it cut costs, though?
We discuss on this week's show. We also check out an image of what may be -- but probably isn't -- the back piece for the fifth-generation iPad, and YouTube may be asking for your credit card number this year.
At the end of the show we make a sad announcement about a change that's coming. We won't give it away here, but let us just say: it's not the end of the world. Modern technology will bridge even the vastest distances! (Hint: Emily will finally find a reason to use Google+ Hangouts.)
Watch to the end, and then send us your comments.
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Heard a tech rumor you think we should cover? Leave a comment below; ; send us a tweet (@EmilyDreyfuss, @karynelevy, and @CNETRumorShow); or call and leave us a voice mail at 1-800-750-CNET. … Read more