Privacy commissioner calling on wireless networks to plug security gap

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Canada’s privacy watchdog is sounding the alarm about the threat of hackers intercepting mobile phone communications from a single phone number. In his annual report, Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien responded to an investigative report by Radio-Canada-CBC. “Thanks to a report broadcast last November by the CBC and the Radio Canada, we became aware of a security… Read more »

Siri is your new customer service rep

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The folks behind some of the technology in Siri, the iPhone’s virtual personal assistant, are bringing their voice recognotion technology to customer service applications, including bank, cable and credit card smartphone apps. Nuance Communications (NUAN) last week announced the creation of “Nina,” a natural human language input software that is designed to understand customers’ questions about their… Read more »

NBA League Pass: Fans to be able to buy access to live fourth quarter action

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A last-minute Champions League-winning goal, or a Ryder Cup-winning putt – how much would you pay to watch those sporting climaxes? If you’re an NBA fan, it will cost you very little. Starting this season, fans will be able to watch just the last quarter of a game “in real-time” for $1.99 Source: BBC Sports Date: September… Read more »

Privacy experts say choosing life insurance tied to fitness tracking could have unintended consequences

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Insurance giant John Hancock, owned by Canadian company Manulife Financial Corp., announced Thursday a switch to “interactive” life-insurance policies only, which offer incentives for things like wearing a Fitbit or other fitness tracker. Source: CBC News Date: September 20th, 2018 Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/privacy-life-insurance-john-hancock-1.4833193 Discussion 1) When I read articles like this and people complain about “invasion of privacy”, I am always drawn to… Read more »

The New Apple Watch Heart Monitoring Only Works in the U.S.

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When Apple said its new Apple Watch heart monitoring capabilities were FDA cleared, they meant only FDA cleared, it seems. The new Apple Watch touts a fancy new ECG, or electrocardiogram, monitor. It’s the type of device that is medically advanced enough to need clearance before public consumer use. Apple actually only got FDA clearance a day before its big event… Read more »

Hologram phone calls – sci-fi or serious possibility?

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High-speed 5G networks could lead to big changes in how we use our mobile phones, allowing us to enjoy virtual reality on-the-go, interactive live broadcasts, and even project holograms from our handsets. But will connection “not-spots” and high costs stop many of us reaping the benefits? Source: BBC Analysis Date: September 20th, 2018 Link: https://www.bbc.com/news/business-45009458 Discussion 1) What practical and… Read more »

London Fashion Week 2018: Robots take over the runway

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A catwalk show at London Fashion Week has divided opinions about the future of fashion. Source: BBC Trends Date: September 20, 2018 Link to video: https://www.bbc.com/news/av/technology-45548805/london-fashion-week-2018-robots-take-over-the-runway Discussion 1) Whether or not this is just a gimmick, why does it matter that robots are featured in fashion? 2) The robots in this “fashion” show are no where near realistic. … Read more »

Litigation gone digital: Ottawa experiments with artificial intelligence in tax cases

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The Justice Department has quietly launched an artificial intelligence experiment as the Trudeau government prepares to use such sophisticated software to help make decisions in cases involving immigration, pension benefits and taxes. The 18-month pilot project, which involves the Canada Revenue Agency, was started even though the government has yet to establish clear ethical guidelines… Read more »