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 »

How Pinterest keeps the internet trolls away

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Valued at a staggering $12 billion, Pinterest is one of the digital world’s most successful platforms. Yet somehow, the image-sharing app has managed to sidestep the pitfalls that have tripped up some of Silicon Valley’s other big players, such as Twitter and its trolls, Facebook and its fake news and YouTube and its filter failures. Source: CBC News Date: January 26th, 2018 Link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/pinterest-ramona-pringle-1.4483331 Discussion 1) Pinterest claims that by saying… Read more »

Everything we knew about money is up for grabs. So will we end up smiling?

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“Thanks to mobile payments, it is entirely possible that we will see a major country such as China become a predominantly cashless society in five years’ time, if not sooner.” Source: BBC Technology News Date: November 21, 2017 Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-sh/The_disruptors_money_changing Discussion 1) What would it mean in your country to have it operate completely cashlessly? 2) Friction-free transactions… Read more »

‘We’re designing minds’: Industry insider reveals secrets of addictive app trade

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The average Canadian teenager is on track to spend nearly a decade of their life staring at a smartphone, and that’s no accident, according to an industry insider who shared some time-sucking secrets of the app design trade. CBC Marketplace travelled to Dopamine Labs, a startup in Venice, Calif., that uses artificial intelligence and neuroscience to help… Read more »

‘Tell me phone, what’s destroying my crops?’

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Voruganti Surendra is a farmer who grows paddy rice on an acre of farmland in Guntur District, Andhra Pradesh.  He and hundreds of his fellow farmers are using a new app that can recognise a growing number of crop pests and diseases and give advice on how to treat them.  “It is very useful,” he says. “Farmers… Read more »

The long wait for a Persian iPhone keyboard

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For years Persian speakers used the Arabic keyboard on the iPhone, which was not really ideal for writing quickly or accurately in Persian.  Android devices as well as Apple computers have Persian keyboards, but until this week the option wasn’t available on Apple phones or iPads. Source: BBC Technology News Date: September 28th, 2017 Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-41355541 Discussion 1)… Read more »