The value of late second-round picks

About a decade ago, low first-round picks started being treated with a new reverence. Recognized as a means of securing non-negotiably cheap labor due to the rookie contract scale that determined their salaries, their acquisition became a fashionable trend, punctuated emphatically by the Kevin Pritchard-eraPortland Trail Blazers, who feasted on their availability and stockpiled non-lottery…

Google May Already Be Launching Floating Data Centers Off U.S. Coasts

Google, one of the world’s largest users of data, may finally be making good on a five year-old patent to build offshore data centers — cooled and powered by the ocean, and potentially beyond reach of the government. An investigative report by CNET Friday found a great deal of evidence connecting the search giant to the mysterious…

Google Stock Hits $1,000 for First Time Ever

Google is officially part of the ultra-exclusive $1,000 club. The search giant’s stock topped $1,000 a share on Friday for the first time in its history, making it one of only a select few businesses including Priceline, Seaboard and Berkshire Hathaway to hit that milestone. The company’s stock had been hovering around the $900 mark…

10 Beers To Try Before You Die

Beer. Perhaps an odd thing to create a bucket list about. But with the number of craft beers continuing to mutiply and the tipple’s popularity soaring around the world, there are more must-tries than ever before. Here we ask Meantime Brewing’s Jack Stones – the UKs Youngest Beer Sommelier – for his pick of the…

HP Chromebook 11 review

I’m never offline anymore. I have Wi-Fi at home and at the office, nearly every hotel or coffee shop on the planet offers connectivity, and for the rare in-between times, my phone serves as a perfectly usable (if slightly awkward) mechanism for getting on the internet. The only time I can’t get online now is…

Florrie – Shot You Down

For all the think pieces, for all the open letters from pop-music doyennes, for all the twerk-induced pearl-clutching she’s inspired, the latest, brazen incarnation of Miley Cyrus isn’t all that different from her G-rated predecessor. In days of yore—or 2006, which is basically antiquity in zeitgeist terms—the cherished spawn of Billy Ray Cyrus found fame…

The National Mall: A Location-Aware App-Album

It comes in the form of an iPhone app, which you download to your handset and then open up while you’re standing in the National Mall — the green space between the Lincoln Memorial and Capitol building. As you move around the area, the music changes. “For example,” Ryan Holladay, one half of Bluebrain, told…

Coldplay: Mylo Xyloto

In the olden days, the members of Coldplay were primarily concerned with keeping pace with U2. But times change, and Chris Martin and Co. recently claimed that they’re now trying to compete with pop acts from across the genre spectrum—think Justin Bieber, Kanye West and Adele. With global hegemony in mind, Coldplay have once again…

Rush Hour

The amenities at Toronto’s Varsity Centre, the recently renovated historic sports facility at the corner of Bloor and Devonshire, are a far cry from the luxuries we’ve come to expect from the big business of professional sports. There are long steel benches in place of plush seats, pre-made Subway sandwiches instead of gourmet kitchen offerings,…

Gravity Review

Without any effort, we remain tethered to the Earth. Through, what very quickly after birth becomes an automated body function, we take in breath. In many respects, we live without really trying very hard to do so. As we age, two seemingly unrelated phenomena occur: we accumulate more and more baggage/emotional dross and we become…