October 2009 Archives

Universe hates Higgs boson, Chicago Cubs

By John Bowman, CBCNews. A physicist working on the Large Hadron Collider doesn't think much of the theory that the universe is sabotaging the project to prevent the discovery of the Higgs boson. Might as well say that Nature hates the Cubbies.

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Large Hadron Collider goes Back to the Future

By Peter Evans, CBCNews.ca. Two respected physicists have put forward the theory that the Large Hadron Collider's stated aim of finding the Higgs boson might be so abhorrent to nature that mysterious forces are traveling back through time and sabotaging the experiment before it can succeed.

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Multi-touch concept for desktops: 10/GUI

By John Bowman, CBCNews.ca. I'm a fan of alternative ideas for human-computer interaction, so this video caught my attention. It shows an idea for a ten-finger touchpad interface and associated changes in the way a computer would handle multiple windows.

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Finland makes broadband a legal right

By Peter Nowak, CBCNews.ca. There's a debate going on in Canada right now over how we can get more people to sign up for broadband access. A recent industry-funded report found that 30 per cent of Canadian households still haven't signed up for it, whether it's because they can't afford it or they're simply not technically literate enough.

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Google Maps goes it alone

By John Bowman, CBCNews.ca. The blog ReadWriteWeb is reporting that Google Maps will no longer get its U.S. map data from Tele Atlas and will instead go it alone, relying on its own data.

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Globalive hits YouTube with funny ads

By Peter Nowak, CBCNews.ca. It's now two weeks until D-Day for Canada's prospective fourth (almost) national cellphone carrier — the CRTC has said it will rule by Oct. 23 whether Globalive meets Canadian control rules — but the company is already rolling out ads. And they're funny.

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Street view sight-seeing comes to Canada

By John Bowman, CBCNews.ca. Google Street View has been live in certain Canadian cities for just over a day, and people have been busily combing the virtual streets looking for interesting sights capture by Google's camera cars.

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A cellphone by any other name smells like broadband

CBCNews.ca Staff

While cleaning out my inbox today, I came across Merrill Lynch's annual wireless matrix, a measure of cellphone revenues, prices and other statistics from around the world. Although the survey, which has near-Bible status in the wireless industry, was released in June, it's particularly pertinent given the report released today by Canada's biggest ISPs about how the country's broadband service is world-class by every measure. [UPDATE, Nov. 5: To clarify, the word "every" was used to sum up the fact that the report says Canada is a leader in all the major measures commonly used in international studies to compare broadband services among different countries - availability, user adoption, speed and price. It wasn't intended to be taken to mean literally every comparison that could possibly be made. You can read the full report, and its evaluation of a number of aspects of Canadian broadband as they compare to other services around the world, here.]

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BumpTop, the (multitouch) slippery desktop

By John Bowman, CBCNews.ca. More than three years ago, when I first starting writing about tech for CBCNews.ca, I wrote about a computer interface called BumpTop, which took the desktop model to the next level, giving files shape, weight and physics.

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Staggered video game releases a good idea

By Peter Nowak, CBCNews.ca. If the size of Microsoft's annual holiday video game preview was any indication of the general health of the industry, then gamers might have cause for concern. This year's event, X'09, was certainly much smaller in terms of the number of game developers and titles present, which is not surprising given the abysmal summer the industry had.

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