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Microsoft's new free racing game only requires a mouse to play

Microsoft just launched <i>Miami Street</i>, a free-to-play racing game for Windows 10 that’s designed to get you tearing up the track without any prior experience. Heck, you don’t even need a keyboard to play.<p>If you’ve played drag racing mobile titles like NaturalMotion’s <i>CSR Racing</i> series, <i>Miami Street’s</i> …

Drag Racing

A Royal Wedding for the Ages: Pictures

Watch: Leopard and Buffalo 'Kiss' In Rare Moment Caught on Film

This leopard was out hunting in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, South Africa.<p>It came upon a herd of wild African buffalo and seemed to think one, perhaps a calf, might make a good meal.<p>The buffalo didn’t like that idea. A few members of the herd cornered the hungry leopard. He dashed up a fallen …

Wildlife

Baidu Tumbles as Star Hire Steps Down After Less Than 2 Years

Baidu Inc.’s Qi Lu, the former Microsoft Corp. executive hired to oversee virtually every aspect of its business, has stepped down from all active …

Should You Use An Online Mortgage Broker?

When I wrote about my mortgage renewal strategy last week a reader asked if it was a good idea to visit a rate comparison website and simply select …

Wanted at Chinese Start-Ups: Attractive Women to Ease Coders’ Stress

BEIJING — China’s vibrant technology scene is searching for people like Shen Yue. Qualifications: Must be attractive, know how to charm socially awkward programmers and give relaxing massages.<p>Ms. Shen is a “programmer motivator,” as they are known in China. Part psychologist, part cheerleader, the …

China

The best board games of 2017, as chosen by the Board Game Geek community

The largest global community of tabletop fans weighs in<p>The members of Board Game Geek, the largest online community of board game fans, have selected the winners of the 2017 Golden Geek Awards. This year the big winner is <i>Gloomhaven</i>, the diceless dungeon crawler.<p>Other award-winning titles include <i>The</i> …

Board Games

React is the Treasure I Found Among The Goats

Like many devs, I imagine my first response to React was dismissal.<p>Turns out I was wrong on all counts, and began changing my mind after doing actual …

JavaScript

Outdoorsy, the ‘Airbnb of RVs,’ rolls up $25 million in fresh funding

According to serial entrepreneur Jeff Cavins, more than 35 million people each year look to rent an RV — 38 percent of them so-called millennials. Yet they often walk away from the experience empty-handed. The reason, he says: There are fewer than 100,000 commercially owned vehicles available from …

Why Microsoft Is Ruling The Cloud, IBM Is Matching Amazon, And Google Is $15 Billion Behind

<i>(Note: After an award-winning career in the media business covering the tech industry, Bob Evans was VP of Strategic Communications at SAP in 2011, and Chief Communications Officer at Oracle from 2012 to 2016. He now runs his own firm, Evans Strategic Communications LLC.)</i><p>CLOUD WARS — In a striking …

Google Cloud Platform

Canada’s 10 most in-demand jobs for 2018 and their salaries: Randstad

There has hardly ever been a better time to be looking for a job in Canada. With the economy firing on all cylinders, unemployment fell to 5.7 per …

A Chinese satellite just used quantum cryptography to make an unhackable video call between Beijing and Vienna

The feat marks another milestone for the satellite, officially called Quantum Experiments at Space Scale (QESS)<p>The Chinese “Micius” satellite has …

Canada ranks second best country in the world, while among nations leading disapproval of Donald Trump

Switzerland has been named the best country in the world for 2018, with Canada coming in as runner-up.<p>Switzerland, thanks to high ratings in …

In 1873, Japanese officials considered switching the national language to English

Japanese speakers use a lot of English words. There is <i>baa</i>, meaning “bar,” <i>hoteru</i> for “hotel,” and hundreds of others. Using English can give whatever a Japanese person is saying a touch of <i>sutairu</i>, or “style”—and doing so has been fashionable since well before the spread of internet and Hollywood …

Steve Jobs Knew How to Write an Email. Here's How He Did It | Inc.com

Undoubtedly, Apple co-founder and visionary Steve Jobs wrote several thousands of emails throughout his life. Relatively few of them have been shared with the public, and most of those are short responses to customer complaints.<p>But there are a few trails out there that show the skillful way Jobs …

News Corp

The surprisingly frugal habits of nine billionaires

Frugality is a subjective term. To the average Joe it could mean eating meals at home or scouring the internet for cheap flights.<p>But to a billionaire …

Business

Bitcoin May Split 50 Times in 2018 as Forking Craze Mounts

Bitcoin God arrived last month. Bitcoin Pizza was delivered in January. Bitcoin Private’s issuance date is... still a secret.<p>They’re just a few of …

Elon Musk’s new Tesla compensation plan only pays if he delivers

Elon Musk’s new Tesla compensation package is the CEO equivalent of putting your money where your mouth is: He’ll only be paid out if he manages to raise the value of Tesla as a company to certain milestones, kind of like Kickstarter project stretch goals on a grand scale.<p>Per the <i>New York Times</i>, …

Artificial intelligence is going to supercharge surveillance

What happens when digital eyes get the brains to match?<p>We usually think of surveillance cameras as digital eyes, watching over us or watching out for us, depending on your view. But really, they’re more like portholes: useful only when someone is looking through them. Sometimes that means a human …

You Need to See Barack Obama’s Birthday Gift to Michelle

The Obama White House may be over, but the love between the 44th president and the former first lady is still going strong. For Michelle Obama’s 54th birthday this week, Barack Obama had the sweetest gift awaiting her arrival that had her so smitten, she just had to share on social media.<p>“Thank you …

'It is a very lonely job': Mark Zuckerberg and other top CEOs reveal what their jobs are really like in 'Freakonomics' podcast series

A podcast series focused on illuminating the "hidden side of everything" is setting its sights on the corner office.<p>"Freakonomics Radio" has revealed to Business Insider that it will be launching a new six-part series called "The Secret Life of CEOs" on Thursday, January 18. The series features …

Canada Sees Huge Spike In Available Jobs. Wages, Not So Much.

Quebec, B.C. and Alberta have seen tremendous spikes in job openings, but salaries aren't following suit.<p>If you needed any more evidence that …

Canada Revenue Agency tweaks tax return process — here’s what to know

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) announced Monday that it is changing the way thousands of citizens will file their tax and benefit returns this …

Secrets of the JavaScript Ninja Released

Happy news! My book, Secrets of the JavaScript Ninja is finally in stock on Amazon! It’s been available on Manning.com for over a month now but I …

Lights at Lafarge is the Largest Free Outdoor Light Display in the Lower Mainland

Image courtesy of the City of CoquitlamJust a quick trip out of the city will take you into a dazzling display of lights at the annual Lights at …

5 Free Windows Movie Maker Alternatives

Advertisement<p>Windows Movie Maker was finally retired in 2017. After nearly two decades of being available free with Windows, Microsoft’s video …

10 Lessons this Entrepreneur Learned from Flipping $100 Million in Real Estate

You learn a lot going from broke to successful -- and mostly it's about yourself.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The U.S. housing market has been on a steady tear for the past century. While there have been blips on the radar, especially recently with the Great …

Microsoft’s speech recognition system hits a new accuracy milestone

Microsoft announced today that its conversational speech recognition system has reached a 5.1% error rate, its lowest so far. This surpasses the 5.9% error rate reached last year by a group of researchers from Microsoft Artificial Intelligence and Research and puts its accuracy on par with …

What's holding the TSX back why U.S. banks look better

Glenn Paradis, head of equities at Foresters Asset Management says a broad cyclical upturn may be needed to get the Canadian equity market moving. In …