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Sexting teen convicted of child pornography

At what point is it possible that hurtful, juvenile attempts at humiliating a fellow teenager can be defined as child pornography?

A court in Canada seems to have taken a very firm attitude in the case of a teenager from Saanich, British Columbia, who was in possession of naked images of her boyfriend's ex-girlfriend and disseminated them.

As CBC News reports, a judge in Victoria, BC, offered a literal interpretation of the teen's actions.

It didn't matter that her boyfriend had voluntarily shown her the pictures. It also didn't matter that there was little age difference … Read more

Relax in this $30,000 'Star Trek' Enterprise basement

You've got $30,000 to spend upgrading your home. Do you buy yourself a boring redecoration or do you try something a little more unusual?

If you're a "Star Trek" fan and your name is Line Rainville, you build yourself a woman-cave that Spock himself would dig more than the prehistoric ice cave on the planet Sarpeidon.

The Canadian social worker is a diehard fan of the original, 1960s-era "Star Trek" series, and recently overhauled her basement by transforming it into something that looks like it came right off a Desilu Productions sound stage. … Read more

AT&T cozies up to Rogers to bring LTE roaming to Canada

AT&T is making it a bit easier for US customers traveling in Canada to have access to high-speed networks.

The company on Monday announced that it has partnered with Rogers Communications in Canada to offer international LTE roaming to its US-based customers. Under the agreement, AT&T customers with LTE-equipped smartphones -- about 42 percent of the company's postpaid subscribers at last count -- will be able to surf the Web on Rogers' LTE network without needing additional equipment.

To take advantage of the offer, however, customers will need to choose from one of three of … Read more

Microsoft builds big giant Xbox One

A larger-than-life Xbox One appeared in downtown Vancouver on Wednesday.

Just how big? Well, it's hard to tell without knowing the height of the people in the below photo posted by the Xbox One in Canada blog, but if we assume them to be of average size, we'd say this Xbox One stands between 8 and 10 feet high.

It's been assembled in Vancouver as part of a campaign called One Source. Apparently, Canadian gamers can "pledge" their gamertags to "unlock" the Xbox. … Read more

Canada to get world's first Bitcoin ATM next week

Bitcoin fans, prepare your passports. If you want to be among the first to use a Bitcoin ATM, head to Canada.

What's being billed as the world's first Bitcoin ATM is set to enter service next week in Vancouver, according to local operator and broker Bitcoiniacs and Nevada-based manufacturer Robocoin.

The $18,500 ATM will debut in downtown coffee shop Waves as the first of five Bitcoin machines that will be deployed across the country. … Read more

Distracted? Giant MyFocus button blocks all your messages

Thanks to e-mail, phone calls, SMS, and the cat industrial complex on YouTube, there are are countless ways to ruin your focus when you're trying to work.

According to research from the University of California at Irvine, it takes 23 minutes to get back on track following an interruption. Meanwhile, distractions may also dull your cognitive performance.

So what we all need are giant desktop buttons that turn the world off so we can concentrate for a change. … Read more

Bid to cross Atlantic in flying rowboat fizzles, balloonist rescued

"Hmm, this doesn't look like France."

That was the rather uninspiring final shipboard message from Jonathan Trappe, a true romantic possessed of bravery, ingenuity, and a desire to fly across the Atlantic under a bunch of balloons.

In a real-life echo of the Pixar film "Up," Trappe set off from Caribou, Maine, on Thursday in a rowboat that was carried into the sky by 370 helium-filled balloons.

His goal: to float to Europe. Unfortunately, the odyssey failed after only 12 hours, with Trappe getting no farther than Newfoundland. … Read more

Superman swoops onto Canadian coins

It's a penny! It's a dollar! It's a Superman coin! Canada lays claim to half of the Superman creation team. Canadian Joe Shuster invented the famous superhero along with American Jerry Siegel. That's why the Royal Canadian Mint has chosen to honor the Man of Steel with a special 75th anniversary coin set.

The coins are shinier than a speeding bullet, smaller than a locomotive, and able to be carried into tall buildings in a single pocket. They are also legal tender, though you're not going to want to drop them into a vending machine. One of the least expensive options is a $10-face-value silver coin depicting Superman breaking chains around his chest. The price to acquire the coin is about $44.… Read more

Canadian man thwarts polar bear attack with cell phone

Mobile phones are amazing tools -- and sometimes even life savers.

That's what a Canadian man learned over the weekend when he apparently used his cell phone to stop a polar bear attack in Churchill, Manitoba.

Garett Kolsun was walking home alone early Saturday morning when he found himself face to face with a 400-pound polar bear. It cornered him and sank its teeth into his hip. Kolsun seemed doomed until he whipped out his cell phone. … Read more