Yahoo: How do state hackers break in?

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Yahoo has revealed that login details for up to one billion accounts have gone missing.  The massive breach was discovered while it investigated a separate attack that had compromised data on about 500 million accounts. Yahoo said it suspected a state-sponsored attacker was involved in both thefts.  How can it be sure? Source: BBC Technology News Date: December… Read more »

Tech’s Biggest Showdown Is Unfolding in Your Living Room

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MICROSOFT IS JOINING Google and Amazon in the race for your home. This week, at an event in China, the venerable tech giant trumpeted the arrival of Project Evo, a sweeping plan to build hardware devices that work a lot like Google Home or the Amazon Echo. Source: Wired Magazine Date: December 16th, 2016 Link: https://www.wired.com/2016/12/microsofts-project-evo-way-living-room/ Discussion 1)… Read more »

U.S. President-elect Trump’s Labor secretary is no stranger to debate over jobs and robots

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Donald Trump’s nominee for Labor secretary is well-acquainted with one of the hottest debates about work today: automation.  Andrew Puzder, the chief executive of CKE Restaurants, has extolled the benefits of automation, while also criticizing government for pushing businesses to use machines instead of humans. (CKE Restaurants is the parent company of Carl’s Jr., Hardee’s,… Read more »

Changing Minds Where It Mattered

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MARK ZUCKERBERG, CEO and founder of Facebook is trying hard to convince everyone that Facebook had no nefarious role in the 2016 US Presidential election. But according to President-elect Donald Trump’s digital director Brad Parscale, the social media giant was massively influential—not because it was tipping the scales with fake news, but because it helped generate the… Read more »

Acura’s Concept Cockpit Envisions the Age of Autonomy

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The Acura Precision Cockpit fuses a sporty design with a next-gen touchpad-based interface and new Acura operating system. Source: Wired Magazine Date: December 6th, 2016 Link: https://www.wired.com/2016/11/acuras-concept-cockpit-envisions-age-autonomy/#slide-1 Discussion 1) “As much as people like touchscreens in their cars, because of the parallels to tablets and smartphones, it may not be the best strategy for cars,” says Acura product… Read more »

1st automated vehicles begin tests on Ontario roads

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Ontario has achieved an important first by putting automated cars on the road for the first time, but it still has a long way to go to catch up to competitors, according to a Canadian industry association promoting automotive innovation. The first automated vehicles are now operating on Ontario roads in a pilot project involving cars developed… Read more »

Carleton University computers infected with ransomware

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Students at Carleton University are being warned that some of its computers have been infected by ransomware — a type of computer virus that uses encryption to effectively hold files hostage in exchange for payment.  “Any system accessible from the main network, that is Windows based, may have been compromised,” the school’s computing and communications services department wrote…. Read more »

WalkCar: Hands-on with Japan’s car-in-a-bag

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A personal transporter that is light enough to carry in a shopping bag has been developed in Japan. Source: BBC Technology News Date: November 29th, 2016 Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-38026010 Discussion 1) Many countries have banned this technology.  Does this make sense? 2) How might a company like Nike or Amazon use this technology for themselves (that is, not to… Read more »