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 »

Smartphone fingerprint sensors may not be as secure as you think

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New research suggests that smartphones can be easily fooled by fake fingerprints that have been digitally composed. Source: New York Times Date: April 25th, 2017 Link: https://www.thestar.com/business/tech_news/2017/04/11/smartphone-fingerprint-sensors-may-not-be-as-secure-as-you-think.html Discussion 1) Biometrics has been touted as a very secure way to ensure the security of technology.  What could we do better now that we know fingerprints are so easily falsifiable?… Read more »

How one app wants to make you smarter while you wait

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Modern technology requires an awful lot of waiting. Waiting for slow web pages to load. Waiting for people to reply to your texts. Waiting for email to send. This week, researchers at MIT unveiled a new system designed to make wait times more productive. It’s called WaitSuite. Source: CBC Date: April 18th, 2017 Link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/waitsuite-makes-use-of-tech-wait-times-1.4073743 Discussion 1) “How would I… Read more »

The subtle power of default choices

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A 2003 study found that the number of people who consented to be organ donors was about 80 percent higher in countries with opt-out policies–(Would you like to refuse to join the organ donor registry?) –than those with opt-in policies (Would you like to join the organ donor registry? Source: FAST Company Date: April 18th, 2017 Link: https://www.fastcompany.com/40403706/the-subtle-power-of-default-choices Discussion… Read more »

Tech boom marks revival in fortune for Ontario government

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Computer-design and related jobs rose 26 per cent in Ontario over the past five years to 162,000 in 2016, driving a 13 per cent increase in technology-services employment, as manufacturing fell 2.9 per cent over the same period, according to Statistics Canada. Job growth in computer-design was even faster than the 16 per cent increase… Read more »

Canada places 12th in mobile data speeds out of 87 countries, OpenSignal says

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Canadians may not be satisfied with the price they pay for wireless services, but new numbers out Wednesday suggest that they get some of the fastest data speeds in the world. According to wireless-mapping company OpenSignal, Canadian mobile users have access to the 12th-fastest data speeds in the world in a ranking of 87 countries. Source: Toronto Star Date: March… Read more »