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 »

Uber to expand its self-driving car research in Toronto

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Raquel Urtasun is the chief scientist for Uber’s Advanced Technologies Group, which is planning an expansion into Toronto. The San Francisco, Calif.-based company announced on Thursday that it is expanding its Advanced Technologies Group (ATG) in Toronto and opening a new engineering lab — its first in Canada. Uber says it plans to spend $200 million Cdn… Read more »

iPhone hacker puts headphone jack back

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Source: BBC Technology News Date: September 7th, 2018 Link to video: https://www.bbc.com/news/av/technology-45333960/scotty-allen-iphone-hacker-puts-headphone-jack-back Discussion 1) How might you create a business around this? 2) What are some of the ethical and business risks of doing this?

University of Calgary launches wearable tech program as demand for graduates explodes

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As the director of the University of Calgary’s Running Injury Clinic, Reed Ferber noticed something way back in 2009. “Runners were using wearable technology — the Nike chip was the first type of wearable technology. They were not going on their runs if they forgot their device at home,” Ferber said. “So [I realized] these… Read more »

Alberta adds 406 seats to train students in face of projected tech worker shortage

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Hundreds more Alberta students will be able to study in tech-related fields this year, after the province announced it was adding 406 additional seats at post-secondary schools. “We all know that Albertans need access to high-quality opportunities to succeed in the tech sector,” said Advanced Education Minister Marlin Schmidt. “Because of our efforts, 406 more… Read more »

Technology consultants reduce risk as businesses adapt, grow

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ATG  Missoula, a technology consulting firm, recently announced in the Missoula Current that it is moving to the Old Sawmill District. ATG Missoula started a little over seven years ago with just two employees in a conference room near Red’s Bar. Today, it has over 135 employees who need their own building. A recent search of LinkedIn showed… 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 »

For hire: American tech brains choosing Canada

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For decades, Canada has tried to stop top graduates in the so-called STEM fields of science, tech, engineering and math from heading elsewhere for work, mainly to the US. Have the country’s immigration policies and emerging tech scene – with some help from US politics – managed to compensate for the “brain drain”? In 2016,… Read more »