Uppercase raises $3.5M to help e-tailers open brick-and-mortar stores

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People like to say that brick-and-mortar retail is dead, but direct-to-consumer businesses continue to dabble with physical stores all the same. Why? Because brick-and-mortar retail provides businesses with benefits an online shopping platform can’t, namely consumer experiences that create and sustain shoppers’ relationships with brands. To help the next generation of digitally native stores expand into the… Read more »

Who has your data? Researchers scrutinize apps for undisclosed ties to advertisers, analytics companies

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A study looked at hundreds of apps’ privacy policies — then compared them to the data actually collected.  Of the 757 apps analyzed, the researchers found nearly 60 per cent of apps collected more information than stated in their privacy policies. Source: CBC News Date: September 7th, 2018 Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/app-privacy-policy-apptrans-uoft-third-parties-ads-code-1.4791834 Discussion 1) Why does it matter that apps collect… Read more »

How talking machines are taking call center jobs

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The biggest threat to jobs might not be physical robots, but intelligent software agents that can understand our questions and speak to us, integrating seamlessly with all the other programs we use at home and at work. And call centres are particularly at risk. Last week we learned that British retail giant Marks & Spencer… Read more »

iPhone hacker puts headphone jack back

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Source: BBC Technology News Date: September 7th, 2018 Link to video: https://www.bbc.com/news/av/technology-45333960/scotty-allen-iphone-hacker-puts-headphone-jack-back Discussion 1) How might you create a business around this? 2) What are some of the ethical and business risks of doing this?

University of Calgary launches wearable tech program as demand for graduates explodes

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As the director of the University of Calgary’s Running Injury Clinic, Reed Ferber noticed something way back in 2009. “Runners were using wearable technology — the Nike chip was the first type of wearable technology. They were not going on their runs if they forgot their device at home,” Ferber said. “So [I realized] these… Read more »

Robot dogs are coming, but they may be destined for the unemployment line

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SpotMini, the robotic dog and social media sensation, is looking for a job. Boston Dynamics, the company behind the cybernetic canine, excels at two things: designing cool robots, and making viral videos of them in action. SpotMini has racked up an impressive 30 million YouTube views in just a few years, and a photo of the robot strolling… Read more »

This Startup Slices the World Into 57 Trillion Squares

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in the surrounding area, more than 400,000 others inhabit mud huts, one-room cinder block bungalows, or ramshackle brick structures at citrus plantations and informal farms along roads that wind through the bush. Nikki Stuart-Thompson serves these people with a nonprofit that provides health care to the poor. But before she can help them, she needs… Read more »

Toyota to invest $500m in Uber in driverless car deal

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Japanese carmaker Toyota is to invest $500m (£387m) in Uber and expand a partnership to jointly develop self-driving cars. The firm said this would involve the “mass-production” of autonomous vehicles that would be deployed on Uber’s ride sharing network. It is being viewed as a way for both firms to catch up with rivals in… Read more »