How BlaBlaCar created a global transport network

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A rail strike is a strange time to realise that your start-up is going to be a success but that was the moment that the founders of BlaBlaCar knew that their company was going to take off.  BlaBlaCar is the French online ride-sharing company that pairs people travelling between cities with drivers who have empty… Read more »

The AI that knows when we cheat

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Detecting online crime typically means knowing what to look for. Artificial intelligence that monitors any unusual behaviour can do it better – and step in when habits get out of hand. Source: BBC – Future Date: January 26th, 2017 Link: http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20170126-the-ai-that-knows-when-you-cheat-by-learning-your-habits Discussion 1) “By monitoring frame-by-frame data from the game, Aric flagged unusual hikes in the accuracy of… Read more »

Sextech as a necessity?

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Note: the video in this article contains graphic language.  Viewer discretion is advised. Entrepreneur Cindy Gallop is hellbent on bringing “sextech” out of the fringes.  You’re probably thinking: Does the world really need more connected vibrators or smart kegel trainers?  But Gallop defines “sextech” as any technology venture designed to innovate and enhance human sexuality…. Read more »

Dropbox Didn’t Actually Delete Your ‘Deleted’ Files

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Dropbox recently restored years-old “deleted” files for some customer accounts by accident, drawing attention to a potential privacy problem.  Files supposedly deleted by customers from the company’s servers were instead retained for as long as eight years, according to several reports over the past few weeks. The company apologized for what it has described as… Read more »

Canadian energy firms at risk from cyber, bomb attacks: CSIS

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Canada’s main spy agency last year warned energy companies about an increasing risk of cyber espionage and attacks on pipelines, oil storage and shipment facilities and power transmission towers using homemade explosives, according to a classified document obtained by Reuters.  The Canadian Security Intelligence Service warning last May highlights an additional risk for the energy… Read more »

Programming in the early days of the computer age

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Everyone remembers the first computer they ever used. And Joyce Wheeler is no exception. But in her case the situation was a bit different. The first computer she used was one of the first computers anyone used. The machine was Edsac – the Electronic Delay Storage Automatic Calculator – that ran for the first time… Read more »

Can your voice reveal whether you have an illness?

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Our voices are amazing things.  We can use them to sing, shout and whisper sweet nothings. We can use them to activate gadgets and prove who we are to banks.  And now researchers believe they can also reveal whether we’re getting ill. Source: BBC Technology News Date: January 17th, 2017 Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/business-38637257 Discussion 1) What are some of… Read more »

Gadget trash is piling up in Asia

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In Asia, electronic trash has reached new heights.  A growing number of gadgets — and more people who can afford to buy them — has led to a 63% increase in electronic waste in Asia, according to a study from the United Nations University. And that’s only in the past five years.  Phones, computers and… Read more »

Meet the Airbnb police

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The second-floor apartment was a beautiful and spacious, smartly appointed two bedroom in San Francisco’s posh Pacific Heights neighborhood. It was pricey, about $400 a night on Airbnb, and came with an unexpected caveat.  Along with a complimentary bottle of California wine, renters were greeted with a handwritten note warning them to lie if they… Read more »