Amazon launches Prime Video in Canada

Posted by & filed under Consumer Technology.

Canadians have a new option to binge-watch movies and television shows: Amazon Prime Video has launched in Canada.  After much speculation that it was arriving earlier this month, the Netflix-like streaming service, which carries original shows as well as older movies and TV shows, launched in more than 200 countries, including Canada, overnight this week. Source: Toronto… Read more »

Facebook ‘to launch ads within videos’

Posted by & filed under Entertainment, Ethical Issues, FaceBook.

Facebook is to test “mid-roll” video advertising – in which ads are played after a video has already started.  The ads would probably first appear in Facebook videos by professional publishers, said one analyst.  To date, the social network has resisted allowing “pre-roll” ads that play before a video starts.  Publishers would receive 55% of… Read more »

Uber to share data to help ease city congestion

Posted by & filed under Analytics, Big Data, Electronic Surveillance, Ethical Issues, Uber.

Uber is launching a website outlining how its cars move around cities, in an effort to appease city authorities who have long called for more data sharing.  It will provide data on dozens of cities from next month.  Uber’s transportation data could help cities to improve traffic flow.  The controversial app-based taxi service had previously… Read more »

iPhone – a moment in history

Posted by & filed under Apple, IT and History.

Ten years ago Steve Jobs of Apple launched the very first iPhone in San Francisco. Source: BBC News Date: January 11, 2017 Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-38550016 Discussion This is a really interesting historical article about the launch of the very first iPhone.

The Dumb ‘Smart’ Gear That Someone’s Gonna Hack in 2017

Posted by & filed under Consumer Technology, Cybersecurity.

A collaboration between beauty company L’Oreal and generally solid tech upstart Withings, this Wi-Fi hair brush (yes, you read that correctly) has an onboard microphone (again, yep) that listens to hair as you brush to identify hair issues. Simultaneously, various sensors count brush strokes, measure brushing patterns, and determine how much pressure you’re applying to your… Read more »

What Trump’s presidency means for Silicon Valley

Posted by & filed under IT and Politics.

Silicon Valley is built on big bets about the future. Now it must grapple with a big political bet gone wrong.  A collective shock spread through the tech industry on the night of the U.S. election (early November) as founders, executives and investors realized that something they’d thought to be nearly impossible had happened: Donald… Read more »

Facebook Is Recycling Your Likes To Promote Stories You’ve Never Seen To All Your Friends

Posted by & filed under Ethical Issues, FaceBook.

Facebook is now recycling users’ Likes and using them to promote “Related Posts” in the news feeds of the user’s friends. And one more thing, the users themselves have possibly never seen the story, liked the story or even know that it is being promoted in their name. Source: Fortune Magazine Date: January 3rd, 2017 Link: http://www.forbes.com/sites/anthonykosner/2013/01/21/facebook-is-recycling-your-likes-to-promote-stories-youve-never-seen-to-all-your-friends/#2b6cc6e05777 Discussion… Read more »

Here’s What Happens to Tech in 2017

Posted by & filed under App Economy, Consumer Technology, Emerging Technologies, Internet of Things.

A Thousand Tech IPOs Will Bloom – 2016 was a dismal year for IPOs—the slowest IPO market we’ve had since the recession. But that’s likely to change in 2017.  The Internet of Things Will Die – Last September, some malware took control of millions of internet-connected devices, including security cameras and DVRs, and launched an attack that… Read more »

Microsoft’s Old-School Database Was the Surprise Software Hit of the Year

Posted by & filed under Big Data, Database, microsoft.

DON’T CALL IT a comeback, but Microsoft’s database software may be seeing a resurgence. According to research conducted by the Austrian consulting company Solid IT, Microsoft SQL Server’s popularity grew faster than any other database product the company tracked on its DB-Engines site during 2016. Source: Wired Magazine Date: January 4th, 2017 Link: https://www.wired.com/2017/01/microsofts-old-school-database-surprise-software-hit-year/ Discussion 1) You might… Read more »