Cory Doctorow just taught me more about copyright issues than I've probably learned over much of my lifetime.

It came during a Vancouver Writers Fest talk that he gave today at the Improv Centre on Granville Island.

I was moderating the presentation by Doctorow, the Toronto-born author of science fiction and nonfiction, including the recently released Information Doesn't Want to Be Free: Laws for the Internet Age.

At the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver last night (October 22), urbanist Richard Florida and technologist and inventor Ray Kurzweil talked about the future.

Florida came up with the concept of the “creative class”, a term he used to describe how the modern workforce is more creative and knowledge-based than in past generations.

Sometimes you want some freebie a website is offering—a music file, a report, perhaps a technical preview of their new operating system. Often as not the website requires you to sign up and provide personal details such as your name and email.

Quite likely the whole point of offering the freebie is to harvest your personal information.

Before it will hand the thing over, the website may further insist on sending you a message with a link you have to click on to verify the email address you supplied.

Apple today (October 16) announced free upgrades to some of its software as well as new models of iPad and Mac computers.

The announcements were made to media assembled at the company’s headquarters in Cupertino, California. 

Yosemite, the newest version of Apple’s OS X desktop operating system, has a completely new look and feel that echoes the changes made last year to iOS. A number of the programs built into the operating system have also been redesigned, including iTunes, Mail, Messages, and web browser Safari. 

In addition to revealing new iPads and free software updates today (October 16), Apple also unveiled a new iMac desktop computer with the world’s highest resolution display.

The iMac with Retina display is a 27-inch monitor with the computer built into a chassis that is only five millimetres thick. 

The new Retina 5K display has a resolution of 5120 x 2880 and 14.7 million pixels, which is seven times more pixels than a standard high definition television, and 67 percent more than 4K displays that currently sell for around $3,000.

At a media event at its headquarters in Cupertino, California today (October 16), Apple revealed details of new models of its iPad tablet (along with software updates and a new iMac).  

“iPad is everywhere,” Apple CEO Tim Cook told the crowd. “It’s transforming the way we work. The way we learn. The way we play. It’s transforming the way we communicate.”

Since the first iPad was released four years ago, 225 million iPads have been sold, and there are 675,000 iPad apps available to users, something Cook said was a “huge advantage”.

It’s a fine how-do-you-do when a person sets out to write some light fluff about the squirrel they saw yesterday running along a wire—maybe with an eye towards a bit of wordplay about wires and wireless—only to discover that the United States Navy, of all things, has beat them to the punch.

But this is what we find:

“To enhance the security posture of DoD networks, Flying Squirrel provides a real-time wireless discovery, integrated visualization and mapping, and post-hoc analysis capabilities. These capabilities are provided in Flying Squirrel (interchangeably referred to as Flying Squirrel Wireless Assessment Tool Suite) via the Flying Squirrel, Caribou, Woodchuck, and MeerCAT-FS components.”

Oh stop. It hurts to laugh that hard!

As part of 2K Sports' campaign to promote NBA 2K15, a few Vancouver media reps and people affiliated with the gaming industry were invited to a session at Rogers Arena on October 5.

In advance of the event, we were asked to provide our shirt, shorts, and shoe size, so there was an expectation that we might get a chance to hit the court. I thought maybe we’d do a shoot around, so I arranged for my seven-year-old daughter, who has expressed curiousity about the sport, to join me.

Were we in for a surprise.

If you read my article on Vancouver restaurants accepting Bitcoin, you might still be wondering why businesses would bother with the digital currency.

After all, while over a dozen eateries in town have joined the Bitcoin economy, the restaurateurs I spoke to said they hadn't gained much in the way of customers and revenue from this.

Google has used cars, tricycles, and people to photograph the world around us. Now the tech giant is adding a new form of transportation to its Street View program: camels.

A 10-year-old camel named Raffia has been enlisted to help Google capture one of the more remote places on the planet, the Liwa Desert in United Arab Emirates.

Using a Google Trekker camera, Raffia and her guide walked the 100-kilometre stretch of desert, southwest of Abu Dhabi.