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Social Stream: #BTontheroad at the JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa

Winston Sih | posted Thursday, May 15th, 2014

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Join us as Breakfast Television heads to the JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa to kick off the May long weekend!

For behind-the-scenes updates and more, check out our Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram postings using the hashtag #BTontheroad, as well as in the social stream below.

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Click here to watch our previous #BTontheroad Live Eye segments.

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Civil liberties group urges midtown school to drop breathalyzer tests before prom

Winston Sih | posted Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association is urging a Toronto secondary school not to make its students take a breathalyzer test before they can get into their upcoming prom.

According to a report on the Post City website, the CCLA sent a letter to Ron Felsen, the principal of Northern Secondary School, on Friday to say the policy is unconstitutional.

Northern adopted the plan because of problems with students drinking at past proms and other events.

Any student with alcohol on his or her breath will be denied entry into the May 29 event at the Eglinton Grand. The school will also notify the student’s parents.

The move has the support of the parent council, but students who believe their rights are being infringed upon asked the CCLA to weigh in.

Malvern Collegiate Institute has had a similar policy in place for 14 years and said it has worked to curb drunkenness and ensure a safe event for students.

With files from CityNews.ca

Toronto to proclaim Monday as ‘Raptors Day’

Winston Sih | posted Monday, May 12th, 2014

The Toronto Raptors won’t be bringing home a championship this year, but Toronto is still paying tribute to the team by declaring Monday as Raptors Day.

Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly will make the proclamation at Nathan Phillips Square at 8:30 a.m.

Raptors head coach Dwane Casey will also be on-hand for the announcement and celebration, along with point guard Greivis Vasquez.

Councillors and other members of the public have been invited to take part in the celebration.

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The team was very close to making it into the second round of the NBA playoffs, losing Game 7 to the Brooklyn Nets by just one point.

However, the Raptors still set a new franchise record for wins and captured the Atlantic Division title.

During the playoffs, fans descended on Maple Leaf Square (dubbed Jurassic Park) to watch the game and cheer on the team. The fans not only inspired the team but also drew praise from the Nets.

Reel Fresh Toronto posted The Northern Uprising: A Video Essay on YouTube. Watch it below:

Will you be attending the event? What’s your favourite memory from the season?

With files from CityNews.ca

Kevin Frankish, The Iron Sheik duke it out on social media

Winston Sih | posted Friday, Apr 25th, 2014

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Take a look at the hilarious social media back-and-forth that ensued when The Iron Sheik couldn’t make his appearance on Breakfast Television Thursday.

Then, The Iron Sheik watches and responds!

The social media buzz continues, and the man himself sends us an Instagram video message.

Upon more discussion of the back-and-forth on the air, The Iron Sheik sends us some choice words on Twitter and Instagram.

And with the help of wrestler Dolph Ziggler, Kevin Frankish shoots a message in return on the BT Instagram account!

Connected City: How Cold Turkey program works

Winston Sih | posted Thursday, Apr 24th, 2014

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A program called Cold Turkey can help you get your productivity back on track by blocking access to websites. City digital media correspondent Winston Sih takes a look at how it works.

Catch Connected City with Winston Sih on his weekly segment airing on CityNews: The 5.  View all previous segments by clicking here.

Heartbleed bug: What you need to know

Winston Sih | posted Thursday, Apr 10th, 2014

heartbleed-featuredSecurity researchers have uncovered a fatal flaw in a key safety feature for surfing the Web — the one that keeps your email, banking, shopping, passwords and communications private.

Here’s what you need to know.

What is it?

It’s called the Heartbleed bug, and it is essentially an information leak.

It starts with a hole in the software that the vast majority of websites on the Internet use to turn your personal information into strings of random numbers and letters. If you see a padlock image in the address bar, there’s a good chance that site is using the encryption software that was impacted by the Heartbleed bug.

What sites have been affected?

Click here to refer to a comprehensive list of patched sites from CNET.

Users can easily check if a site is secure by going to this website: http://filippo.io/Heartbleed/

What does it do?

Heartbleed allows outsiders to peek into the personal information that was supposed to be protected from snoopers.

The bug allows potential hackers to take advantage of a feature that computers use to see if they’re still online, known as a “heartbeat extension.” But a malicious heartbeat signal could force a computer to divulge secret information stored in its memory, including keys to an encryption tool that turns your credit card information and passwords into indecipherable code.

Once a hacker has the keys to the encryption software, it’s game over — usernames, passwords, bank information and all the other data that you thought were safe are potentially up for grabs. Making matters worse, the Heartbleed bug leaves no traces — you may never know when or if you’ve been hacked.

“You could watch traffic go back and forth,” said Wayne Jackson III, CEO of open source software company Sonatype. “This is a big deal. When you think about the consequences of having visibility into Amazon and Yahoo, that’s pretty scary.”

Who does this affect?

Most major websites are targets, because they rely on this program. A survey conducted by W3Techs show that 81% of sites run on web server programs Apache and Nginx, and both are vulnerable to the Heartbleed bug.

Many popular sites, including Amazon, Yahoo and OKCupid, use those encryption tools. Yahoo, Amazon and OKCupid have updated their websites with a fix for the bug, but many others have not patched their sites yet.

What can I do?

Not much, unfortunately — the websites themselves need to update to a new version of the encryption software to fix the bug. That’s why changing all your passwords right away isn’t a good idea. Websites are all racing to fix the issue, and if you act too quickly, you might change your password on a site that is still vulnerable.

Italian cryptographer Filippo Valsorda launched the “Heartbleed Test,” which purports to tell you if websites are still compromised.

With files from CNN

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