YouTube stars’ fury over algorithm tests

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Some of YouTube’s most popular stars have criticised the website for “experimenting” with how their videos are delivered to their fans. Unannounced, YouTube started testing an algorithm that changed the order videos appeared in users’ subscription feeds. The experiment came to light when some users complained on social media. One YouTube star said it was… Read more »

BlackBerry only accounted for 3% of Canadian smartphones last year, firm says

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According to online measurement firm comScore, there aren’t many holdouts left in Canada still using a BlackBerry. BlackBerrys accounted for only 3 per cent of the smartphones used in Canada at the end of last year, comScore says. Source: Toronto Star Date: May 22nd, 2018 Link: https://www.thestar.com/business/tech_news/2018/05/16/blackberry-only-accounted-for-3-of-canadian-smartphones-last-year-firm-says.html Discussion 1) Does it matter that Blackberry is no longer a… Read more »

Civil Rights Group Criticizes Amazon Over Facial Recognition

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Amazon.com Inc. drew the ire of the American Civil Liberties Union on Tuesday over a facial-recognition system offered to law-enforcement agencies that the advocacy group says can be used to violate civil rights. In marketing materials obtained by the group, Amazon Web Services said its Rekognition system uses artificial intelligence to quickly identify people in photos and videos,… Read more »

Elon Musk personally hires 2 Newfoundland interns who solved problems at Tesla factory

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Two young students from Newfoundland made such a good impression on Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk during a recent internship that the tech magnate personally hired them to come work for his company. Mark Comeau and Matthew Lane both studied engineering at CNA and MUN, and landed work placements at Tesla, which makes electric vehicles, battery packs and solar panels…. Read more »

I tried to get a date using augmented reality

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“I open the app on my phone and scan the camera across the busy London street. Like in Pokémon Go, I’m looking at the scene in front of me through my phone, and bubbles are popping up in real-time. But these aren’t Pikachu or Poké Balls – they’re single, attractive strangers who are using the… Read more »