FAKEBLOCK – Remove yourself from the internet and erase your online presence

Social networks have evolved from the days of MySpace to valuable, data-slurping machines that have information on everything from our friends and family to our voting habits. When you apply for a new job, many employers will try to find and evaluate your social media presence to ascertain if you are a suitable candidate. A misjudged tweet from years ago or an inappropriate Facebook photo can destroy future …

Michael Corleone’s Godfather House Is on the Market for $1.37 Million

Godfather fans rejoice! The real-life Tudor-style home that belonged to Michael Corleone in the 1972 flick is currently on the market for the first time in over 40 years. Elaine and Peter Albert, the current owners, snapped up the impressive brick-covered Staten Island abode for $195,000 back in 1977, and raised their three children within its iconic walls. The home is …

10 VHS Tapes That Are Worth Money

It’s been decades since VHS tapes and players populated living room shelves, but that doesn’t mean the format has totally disappeared. On eBay, Facebook trading posts, and other outlets, collectors are actively buying and selling videocassettes for prices that can stretch into the hundreds of dollars. Forget those VHS Disney movies, or “Black Diamond” tapes, released between 1984 and 1994 that are purported to …

Plastics Without Borders

It’s a sunny afternoon and a crew of kids is building an epic sand castle on Willows Beach in Victoria, British Columbia. Using a fleet of toy trucks, they haul in moist sand from the shoreline to construct their masterpiece. One child pulls a toothbrush from the tipper and triumphantly sticks it in the sand castle like a flag on …

For Oceans Day, 15 Stories from Five Seas

Last year, the conservation action theme of World Oceans Day was focused on “encouraging solutions to plastic pollution and preventing marine litter.” This year, the conservation action theme is “preventing plastic pollution and encouraging solutions for a healthy ocean.” I wondered, do I really need to write a brand-new introduction for this year’s collection of ocean-related stories from Hakai Magazine—isn’t last year’s still …

Top 5 spying scandals in the tech sector

In February, reports emerged that Nest Guard (not pictured), a part of Google’s Nest Secure home security and alarm range, had been equipped with a microphone without informing customers The issue of data privacy and security has been cast into the international spotlight in recent years. In fact, since the Cambridge Analytica scandal lifted the lid on the extent of …