Netflix is now worth more than media conglomerate Comcast

Netflix is now worth more than media conglomerate Comcast

When the company was founded more than 20 years ago, its biggest competitors were Blockbuster because the streaming service we know today did not exist. Instead, Netflix made money by renting out already-produced movies to consumers for relatively low rates. Today, the company has gone from delivering physical movies to becoming one of the largest purchasers and producers of TV series and movies in the world. Netflix will spend more than $8 billion on original content in 2018, up from the $6 billion it spent in 2017.

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How long does caffeine stay in your body?

How long does caffeine stay in your body?

Lots of people drink a cup or two of coffee per day without even thinking about how it will effect their sleep and instead using it as a fast-acting stimulant to keep them energized throughout the day. It can increase your blood pressure, heart rate and give you more energy, but there are a few different side-effects of using caffeine in this manner, such as trouble falling asleep at night or feeling anxious.

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Bus ridership in New York City is falling, but the MTA has a plan to fix it

Bus ridership in New York City is falling, but the MTA has a plan to fix it

New York City bus service, which is already the slowest in the country according to a 2017 report, causing the MTA to lose out on an estimated 100 million trips. There have been moves to better the services in the city through Select Bus Service, bus lanes and transit signal priority, but these improvements are being implemented halfheartedly and slowly, the report concludes.

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Facebook responds to the data breach by introducing new ways to use people's data

Just after the company is beginning to recover from a brutal data breach impacting million's of user's data, Facebook is announcing a new way for it to use the data of its billions of users. Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of the company, announced this week a new tool for people looking to data that lets them create a separate profile to list their interests, location, job, likes and personality traits, and then reach out to people with similar profiles as you, such as someone going to the same event you are.

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Mini Metro will show you the science behind designing a subway

Mini Metro will show you the science behind designing a subway

For city-goers, the New York subway map as it is today might be easy to read, but for tourists and foreigners, it's a mess that's in need of a redesign. This is where Mini Metro comes in, allowing players to plan subway systems across a variety of cities including New York, London, Hong Kong, San Francisco, Mumbai and more. Each line has a different colour, making it incredibly easy to distinguish from separate subway services, especially those that run on the same tracks. The game is minimalist and elegant, while easy to understand, and teaches some basic concepts like overcrowding and building transfer options into a system.

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Google has a lot more data than Facebook, but nobody really cares

Google has a lot more data than Facebook, but nobody really cares

With all eyes on Facebook reeling in the aftermath of its own data scandal, nobody is paying attention to Google and the vast amount of data it collects on its users. The company, with products in search, video sharing, social media, maps, photo storage and more holds a lot of data about its users, including the locations of where they've been and how they got there.

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SmartTrack, Toronto's surface subway transit proposal, is nothing like what was promised originally

SmartTrack, Toronto's surface subway transit proposal, is nothing like what was promised originally

SmartTrack was originally proposed as a major part of John Tory's 2014 mayoral campaign, bringing rapid and reliable commuter rail service to 22 stations across 53 kilometres of track. The concept for the transit line has since been pared down drastically to only six new stations, but will still extend from the airport lands to Markham.

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The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is so big, it could form its own nation

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is so big, it could form its own nation

Only one year ago, scientists predicted that the Great Pacific Garbage Patch โ€” a massive floating clump of plastics located between California and Hawaii โ€” was the size of France. Just recently the size estimate has been revised and it is now estimated to be three times the size of the French country, or two times as big as the state of Texas.

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In the northernmost United States city, the climate is warming so fast that algorithms thought the recorded temperature was an error

In the northernmost United States city, the climate is warming so fast that algorithms thought the recorded temperature was an error

Recently scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration were putting together a monthly report on the climate, but noticed one of their monitoring stations had completely fallen on off the map. In fact, all the data collected from the station in Barrow, Alaska, was missing. The northernmost city hadn't disappeared and the monitoring station was still operational, but the missing data was the result of rapid climate change.

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Cities should look to Seattle on how to stop the transit ridership crisis

Cities should look to Seattle on how to stop the transit ridership crisis

There's some strange objection most people have to riding buses, but those same people are fine with riding other forms of transportation, like streetcars, subways and commuter rail. It's evident that this is happening in the 35 top United States transit markets, where ridership has fallen in all but four of them.

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But have you told your parents yet?

But have you told your parents yet?

Being a gay man, I can testify itโ€™s an all-too-familiar experience that these people are forced to face. โ€œComing outโ€ in many cases goes as well as anybody would expect, but in some instances it doesnโ€™t. What it does do, however, is bring up a line from the movie Love, Simon: โ€œIt doesn't seem fair that only gay people have to come out, why is straight the default?"

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Zuckerberg's Facebook testimony was either a disaster or success, depending on how you look at it

Zuckerberg's Facebook testimony was either a disaster or success, depending on how you look at it

Though the hearings could  be considered a utter disaster when you take into account he fact that most people asking the questions were ill-informed, unprepared and just stupid. But in the same sense the purpose of the hearings was to provide some clarity of how the company operates, and in the process the value of Facebook rose more than $17 billion

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Reduced GO Transit prices in Toronto are coming, but might not help with overcrowding

Reduced GO Transit prices in Toronto are coming, but might not help with overcrowding

Just last week the government announced new plans to make transit more affordable, including discounts for GO Transit trips within the GTA. Included in the 2018 budget is $3 trips for GO Transit and the UP Express anywhere in Toronto, as well as 10 kilometer trips anywhere on the GO network, beginning in 2019. The fares will only be available to PRESTO card holders.

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When is it worth it for you to purchase a transit pass?

When is it worth it for you to purchase a transit pass?

Purchasing a pass for the train or bus can be really expensive, especially with most monthly passes ringing in at the mid-hundred dollar range. It can be really hard to figure out each month if you're better off buying a pass or paying for each ride individually, which can save you a lot of money in the long run if you take a few minutes to think about it.

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Cherry Blossoms, Doors Open and Massive Illustration are all things to do in Toronto this spring

Cherry Blossoms, Doors Open and Massive Illustration are all things to do in Toronto this spring

It's beginning to feel a lot more like spring as the temperature begins to rise and the snow melts away, which means it's time for those of us that have hibernated all winter to finally leave our houses. There's lots of different things to do in the city this spring and though this is only a short list, these should be some of the most exciting events to happen over the next few months.

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Shelter usage in Toronto is on the rise

During the winter officials in the city opened up temporary homeless shelters to cope with the additional demand on the shelter system from the cold weather, but it sheds a light on the city's housing crisis. Homelessness, after all, is caused by a lack of housing, and cities like Montreal, Edmonton and Hamilton have avoided this sort of emergencies by putting more effort into finding housing for the homeless.

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The art of the #SideHustle and what it's like to make a magazine

Well I took a stab at creating a magazine using some of the old work I've created over the last year, and it doesn't look horrible (though it's a bit rough around the edges!). As someone with an interest in the print side of journalism, it was really a fun task creating this and though it's not long enough to be printed as a hard-copy, it's still a neat little project to have stored on my computer somewhere.

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