This 14-year-old Canadian made the best Facebook chatbot

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It’s been nearly a year since Microsoft’s Satya Nadella proclaimed “bots are the new apps”.  Yet despite the promise of a revolution in how we interact with services and companies online, progress has been utterly miserable – the vast majority of chatbots are gimmicky, pointless or just flat out broken. But this week I was given… Read more »

The Australian company unlocking parking in city centres

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Divvy Parking has a free app that allows motorists to search for and book a parking space in commercial buildings owned or run by dozens of property groups, including Mirvac, Dexus, Knight Frank and TFE Hotels. These firms also make money from this digital marketplace for parking, which is akin to a subterranean Airbnb. Source: BBC… Read more »

Can a ‘superpower force field’ protect us from hackers?

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In the Disney Pixar animation The Incredibles, the daughter in the family of superheroes, Violet, has a particular superpower.  She can create a protective force field around herself – an impenetrable bubble. She can also make herself invisible.  Businesses trying to ward off millions of dangerous cyber-attacks in an increasingly connected world probably wish they… Read more »

‘I’ve been driving for two days’: Travel ban stokes fear, worry in Canada’s tech community

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When Ali Kashani heard rumours that that U.S. President Donald Trump was preparing to sign an executive order Friday afternoon banning Iranian citizens — amongst others — from entering the country, his only thought was: drive.  Kashani, a Vancouver-based entrepreneur who has dual Iranian-Canadian citizenship, had accepted a job with the venture capital firm Pear… Read more »

The Next Big Blue-Collar Job Is Coding

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WHEN I ASK people to picture a coder, they usually imagine someone like Mark Zuckerberg: a hoodied college dropout who builds an app in a feverish 72-hour programming jag—with the goal of getting insanely rich and, as they say, “changing the world.” But this Silicon Valley stereotype isn’t even geographically accurate. The Valley employs only… Read more »

Trump Can’t Stop the Globalization of Work—the Internet Will See to That

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DONALD TRUMP IS promising to make America great again by keeping others out. That approach is already undermining the smidgen of tentative good will he had enjoyed from the tech industry. As a strategy for keeping jobs in the US, it’s also fatally flawed. Turns out that in a world connected by the internet, isolationism… Read more »

Why has the country of Cameroon blocked the internet?

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Three weeks after reports that Cameroon had blocked the internet in English-speaking parts of the country, residents say services have yet to be restored. So what is going on?  Cameroonians have little doubt that pulling the plug on internet services for about 20% of the population is an intentional act by the government. Source: BBC Technology… Read more »