Last year, Microsoft announced plans to open a 400-job training and development centre by late 2015 at Vancouver's Pacific Centre.

But the Microsoft Canada Excellence Centre isn't the only presence that the tech giant has planned for the downtown complex.

A Microsoft Store is coming soon to the Pacific Centre shopping mall. It will be the third such retail location in B.C.

The opening date has yet to be announced, but the new store will have 3,443 square feet of retail space and a staff of about 30 people. Windows and Xbox products will be sold, and an Answer Desk will offer technical help to customers.

I have no interest in building a Squarespace website.

I just love Jeff Bridges.

You figure it out.

So, I've lost count of the number of Bitcoin ATMs sitting around the Lower Mainland. Let's just say there's several.

The latest one to be set up in Vancouver is at the Healthy Noodle House (2716 West 4th Avenue), which, if you didn't know, makes delicious noodle soups.

It's a Skyhook ATM, an open-source model that costs US$999 to buy online. 









If you've ever been on Grindr, Jack'd, or any other gay-dating -hookup app or website, you'll recognize all of the following annoying dudes. From asking to see a guy's dick to headless bodies, the video below illustrates how ridiculous it would be if gay guys acted like some guys do online.

Then again, some actually do.

Registration has begun for next year's elite TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) conference in Vancouver. TED2016 will take place from February 15 to 19, 2016.

The theme of TED2016 is "Dream", which is fitting because the ticket price is US$8,500 (about $10,500 in today's Canadian dollars)—far from the reach of the 99 percent.

In an email sent today (January 27) to the "global TED community", TED curator Chris Anderson and his team talk about the TED2016 theme:

It’s National Handwriting Day, the annual moment when everyone is reminded how much theirs sucks. If your penmanship hasn’t always looked like the product of a DMT trip during aircraft turbulence, it probably does now, what with all the years you’ve spent thumb-typing.

Still, it’s an art that deserves celebration, alongside origami, thatching, and other remnants of the slow-motion pre-Internet world. As David H. Baker, executive director of the Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association, puts it, “Though computers and e-mail play an important role in our lives, nothing will ever replace the sincerity and individualism expressed through the handwritten word.”

The City of Surrey is in the running for the title of "2015 Intelligent Community of the Year".

A New York-based think tank called the Intelligent Community Forum has named the "Top7 Intelligent Communities of 2015", and Surrey made the list.

Also in the top seven: Arlington County, Virginia; Columbus, Ohio; Ipswich, Queensland, Australia; Mitchell, South Dakota; New Taipei City, Taiwan; and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

If you’ve got kids, you’re well aware that ripping them away from the Xbox, PlayStation, or Wii U is mission-goddamn-impossible unless they are damn good and ready to shut the things down themselves.

Standing by the TV and yelling incessantly about brain-rot, attention-deficit disorder, and the complete moral bankruptcy of Grand Theft Auto is about as pointless as complaining about the weather.

Why not, then, take a different approach: inform the disobedient little shits that we they’re doing is going to kill them.

Microsoft made me sit up in my seat this morning. What I expected to be a fairly dry announcement of Windows 10 turned into something vastly more interesting when new devices were revealed in the Surface Hub, for businesses, and HoloLens, Microsoft’s answer to virtual reality headsets.

According to Microsoft’s Alex Kipman, the HoloLens is “the most advanced holographic computer the world has ever seen”. With a see-through lens, it appears to be more of an augmented reality device than a true hologram, but it has amazing potential.

Green Leader Elizabeth May and NDP health critic Libby Davies are among the MPs backing a private member's bill that would require cellphones to be sold with radiation warning labels in Canada.

Conservative MP Terence Young introduced Bill C-648 in December. The bill's summary reads: