Microsoft’s Excel has been blamed for errors in academic papers on genomics. Researchers trying to raise awareness of the issue claim that the spreadsheet software automatically converts the names of certain genes into dates. Gene symbols like SEPT2 (Septin 2) were found to be altered to “September 2”. Source: BBC Technology News Date: September 1st, 2016… Read more »
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The cyber arms NSO Group was founded in 2010 and is based in Herzliya, an attractive city north of Tel Aviv that is known as being a cluster of tech start-ups. The group was likely funded by the elite 8200 Intelligence Unit, an Israeli military-funded scheme for start-ups. Source: BBC Technology Date: September 1st, 2016 Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-37192670… Read more »
Canada’s federal court has issued an injunction banning several companies from distributing set-top boxes with pre-loaded software, despite the fact that everyone agrees the boxes also have legitimate uses. Source: Toronto Star Date: August 25th, 2016 Link: Set top boxes Discussion 1) At issue here is ” set-top boxes that turn standard televisions into “smart TVs,” enabling users… Read more »
The search giant Google said on Tuesday that problems with its Central U.S.-based data center region on August 11 led to some of its cloud-computing customers experiencing errors and delays in their service. Google’s Central U.S.-based data center region is located in Council Bluffs, Iowa., and the search giant has spent roughly $2.5 billion… Read more »
Last weekend’s reports about the New Zealand rugby team’s discovery of a listening device sewn in to a hotel meeting room chair, have illustrated just how much spying technology has advanced in recent years. These days, you don’t need to sit outside in a van with your headphones on, listening to static for an hour… Read more »
Using VR to sell homes Source: CNN Date: August 25th, 2016 Link to video: http://money.cnn.com/video/technology/2016/08/19/virtual-reality-real-estate.cnnmoney/index.html Discussion 1) VR is not new, but it is clearly getting more mainstream. What other applications would benefit from this VR sales approach? 2) Are there any additional privacy or security issues arising from the use of VR to make sales?
This technology allows someone to accurately map where, and for how long, a person is. Source: CNN Date: August 25th, 2016 Link to video: http://money.cnn.com/video/technology/2016/08/15/shopping-tracking-technology.cnnmoney Discussion 1) Where else might this sort of technology be really useful? 2) If you were buying this technology for your company, what sorts of concerns might you have?
Cisco Canada has committed to investing $150 million in Canadian venture-capital funds, incubators and innovative companies as part of its innovation hub strategy that could bring 1,700 new jobs to Ontario. Source: CBC Date: August 17th, 2016 Link to article with video: http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/cisco-to-invest-150m-in-startup-technology-in-canada-1.2680919 Discussion 1) “Canada continues to produce some of the top engineering and management talent in… Read more »
Customers at a Toronto Tim Hortons use public Wi-Fi. Some smaller cities in Canada have had more success in providing free public Internet access instead of Toronto, which continues to strive for more Wi-Fi at city parks and facilities as well as in community housing. Source: Toronto Star Date: August 17th, 2016 Link:Free public wifi in Toronto… Read more »
A leading web analytics company says in a new report that traffic from Facebook to some of the top news publishers declined at double-digit rates in the second quarter of this year. SimilarWeb found that Facebook visits to some media companies are down by as much as 50% compared with the first quarter. Source: Fortune Date: August… Read more »