Built to break: planned obsolescence in technology

The next time your phone's faceplate gets cracked, or your four-year-old laptop battery loses its charge in 15 minutes, you might want to stop and consider that it may have been designed to do that.

Procrastinate better with StumbleUpon

If you are like me and are absolute shit at navigating the Internet and can't figure out how your pals are finding all this wicked cool stuff on the web, you have to try StumbleUpon.

Google and Verizon proposal threatens the open Internet

They give us free Internet services that we can hardly do without. They champion for a free and open Internet. They make great products and give consumers an alternative to Apple or Microsoft. Sometimes it seems Google can do no wrong. Until now.

Heavy media usage linked to depression

A new report shows a correlation between low levels of personal contentment and heavy use of media. About one in five people is considered a heavy user.

The Google empire

Today, almost 80 per cent of searches in Canada go through Google. As a result of their dominance in search, the company makes billions per year in advertising sales. Google's success has its drawbacks, though. For those paranoid about privacy, any company that has such vast stores of information on its users is bad news. In more practical terms, however, Google's invincibility threatens to undermine the innovation and competition that have made the Internet what it is.

U of S goes mobile

A new University of Saskatchewan iPhone and iPod Touch application is getting the computer science department national attention. The app, called iUSask, is the first of its kind in Canada. It features class schedules, campus news, the library catalogue, a campus map and more. The current version features 12 unique buttons, with four more being added with the next update.

Are wristwatches disappearing?

Horst Zoller is a horologist, a member of a shrinking group of people skilled in repairing timepieces. He has been fixing watches for almost five decades, starting as an apprentice in 1960. Zoller's store, House of Time, mostly serves people over 30. And with the rise of cell phones and other technologies, he has noticed a decline in business. “In the last five years, I'd say it's probably down by 20, maybe 30 per cent,” he said.