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 »

As stores go high-tech, new study finds shoppers don’t want robotic help

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Stores are spending lots of time and money trying out new, fancy technologies like touchscreen mirrors in changing rooms and robo-assistants out in the racks to get consumers to buy more.  Shoppers couldn’t care less. Source: Toronto Star Date: February 23rd, 2017 Link: https://www.thestar.com/business/2017/02/22/as-stores-go-high-tech-new-study-finds-shoppers-dont-want-robotic-help.html Discussion 1) “There’s a disconnect between stores and shoppers over tech.   While retailers… Read more »

Tinder wants AI to set you up on a date

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Tinder is growing up. It’s now a serious technology company tackling one of life’s most important matters, and is by far the most popular dating app worldwide.  After a lot of boardroom musical chairs, Mr Rad is the chairman of both Tinder and Swipe Ventures, the arm of the company designed to buy other dating-related… Read more »

This 14-year-old Canadian made the best Facebook chatbot

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It’s been nearly a year since Microsoft’s Satya Nadella proclaimed “bots are the new apps”.  Yet despite the promise of a revolution in how we interact with services and companies online, progress has been utterly miserable – the vast majority of chatbots are gimmicky, pointless or just flat out broken. But this week I was given… Read more »