TPP and Your Digital Rights

Every now and then, we bring up the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a massive trade agreement between a number of countries who border the Pacific Ocean. The problem with the TPP isn’t just that it’s a trade deal that’s supposed to benefit the masses. Experts say that the supposed trade benefits of the TPP are largely fictitious. No, the real heart of the TPP is in new strict intellectual property laws that will cripple your digital rights. The fine folks over at the EFF explain how in a handy infographic.

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The World’s Biggest Car Shows (Infographic)

Last week, I got a chance to check out the Canadian International Auto Show in downtown Toronto. I thought that it would be just a bunch of cars in a convention centre. While there weren’t many outlandish concept cars at the Toronto auto show, they did have quite a few cars from the big manufacturers setup on stages that you would expect from one of the big international auto shows.

Anyway, if you want to travel for your own major auto show adventure, our friends at Select Car Leasing have put together a handy infographic to show you the best car shows in the world and what to expect at them.

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Facebook Fails of the Week

Every so often, we look at the most spectacular fails that the internet has to offer. Well today, we look at the most spectacular fails that Facebook has to offer. This week, we have five of the best fails Facebook has to offer.

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Everything That’s Wrong with YouTube According to GradeAUnderA

In the wake of the Fine Bros disaster, a video by YouTuber GradeAUnderA is making the rounds on Twitter and Reddit. It takes a look at the broken copyright protection system in place on YouTube and how that’s impacting business on YouTube. I mention the Fine Bros at the start because a good portion of GradeA’s video is about how many reaction videos (with the noted exception of The Fine Bros) violate YouTube’s community guidelines and copyright law with their videos for their own financial gain at the expense of those who created the videos being reacted to.

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The Lowdown Annual: 2015

With another year having come and gone, I thought it was time to look back at the best of the past 12 months here on The Lowdown Blog. We integrated more video game and entertainment content. The Hottest Canadian bracket made a comeback this year. There were a few theme weeks and long-form content posted this year. No, this might not have been our most read year in the blog’s history but I’m quite happy with the content we’ve been putting out.

So let’s look back at the year with our most read posts from 2015 and the most read posts overall in 2015.

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How to be a Google Pro (Infographic)

I’m not one for New Year’s Resolutions but if I was to pick a specific point in time to say that I must endeavor to improve myself, I suppose that it would be when I change the calendar. One thing I do know about self-improvement is that my best friend is always going to be Google. If I’m ever going to get better at anything, the answers will be a quick Google away. That’s why I want to get better at Google. It’s the perfect plan.

To help us all get better at using Google, we have this handy little infographic for you.

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The Science of Grocery Shopping (Infographic)

If I’m not getting the usual fare at the grocery store, I often find it damn well near impossible to find things. For example, this weekend, I was looking for tomato paste. I would have thought it would be next to the crushed tomatoes (kinda necessary for sauce). Instead, it was down at the other end of the aisle next to the pasta sauce. I’m sure there was a reason for why some items in a grocery store are in a particular place. To find out, I found this handy infographic about the science of grocery shopping.

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