How will Facebook keep people on Facebook? By helping them fall in love

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For those who’ve been paying attention, Facebook’s growth appears to be slowing. It’s not clear why, but one theory is that we’re reaching a saturation point, particularly in North America. Basically, everyone has already signed up for an account. Facebook is literally running out of new people to bring aboard. This is a problem (for Facebook,… Read more »

The taxi wars

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Who is going to decide how we travel around our cities – Californian tech giants or local transport businesses? On Tech Tent we hear from the UK firm helping local taxi operators take the fight to Uber and from an American scooter firm trying to change the law in Britain. I took a trip to… Read more »

The low-code revolution: Lightning App Cookbook

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Companies like Mendix (https://www.mendix.com/) and Salesforce are saying that this is the start of a “low-code revolution”, where business people can build applications without knowing much, if any, code at all. Source: Salesforce Date: November 9th, 2018 Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvG171ltKjw Discussion 1) Why are we now at a point where low-code programming is an option? 2) How does a… Read more »

Crop picking robot

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The SWEEPER robot is the first sweet pepper harvesting robot in the world demonstrated in a commercial greenhouse. It is designed to operate in a single stem row cropping system, with a crop having non-clustered fruits and little leaf occlusion. Source: YouTube Date: November 9th, 2018 Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUgjFaYyecE Discussion 1) Who looses their job because of this robot,… Read more »

Bitcoin mining could cancel out climate change efforts, scientists say

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The Hut 8 bitcoin mine in Medicine Hat, Alta., uses as much electricity on a typical day as the entire city of 60,000, and most of the electricity is produced by fossil fuels. Source: CBC News Date: November 2nd, 2018 Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/bitcoin-mining-climate-change-1.4883647 Discussion 1) Do you understand what “bitcoin mining” is?  If not, I have an article here:  https://missoulacurrent.com/opinion/2018/03/firth-bitcoin-investment/… Read more »

Facebook promised to fix political ads on its platform. It hasn’t

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Facebook and its CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, pledged to fix how it handles political and issue ads in the wake of Russian meddling in 2016. But just days before the midterm elections, a key part of Facebook’s effort is broken, and it’s unclear if the company is doing anything to fix it. The company has touted new rules for political… Read more »

Why robots will build the cities of the future

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Shinichi Sakamoto is 57, and works for Shimizu, one of Japan’s biggest construction companies. He is part of a greying, and dwindling, workforce. “The thing is, statistics show a third of [Japanese construction] labourers are over 54 years old, and they are considering retiring so soon,” says Mr Sakamoto, who is deputy head of Shimizu’s… Read more »

Should Fortnite credit dances used in the game?

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Fortnite attracts millions of fans worldwide, including the likes of Drake, Travis Scott and Joe Jonas. However, some other artists – including rapper 2 Milly – artists have accused Fortnite of stealing their dance moves. Audiences have noticed some of the dances within the game appear to reference dance moves performed by famous hip-hop artists. The developers… Read more »

Waterloo tech brand makes big bet on smart glasses after predecessors’ failures

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If you ask Aaron Grant how wearable smart glasses have fared on the consumer market over the last decade, he’ll jump to tell you “there have been no hits.” But that isn’t stopping him from his latest venture: selling wearable smart glasses. Grant and his fellow co-founders of Waterloo-based North, Matthew Bailey and Stephen Lake, have spent the last four… Read more »