University of Toronto researchers developing tool to jam facial recognition software

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While your selfie might get lots of “likes” on social media, companies and perhaps even fraudsters may like your face even more — because they can profit from it. But a University of Toronto researcher has found a way for internet users to opt out by very slightly distorting images, and he’s working on an app that will help them do just… Read more »

What to Do With Your Old Laptop

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If you’ve got an old laptop collecting dust in your home, you’re not alone. In a survey conducted last spring by the Consumer Reports Survey Group, a quarter of the members who had purchased multiple laptops since 2014 confessed to letting one of those devices linger under the roof—unused—after it had been replaced. And that… Read more »

You can control what you share on Facebook — but not what Facebook collects

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When asked by Republican Senator Chuck Grassley why Facebook doesn’t disclose all the ways user data might be collected and used by Facebook — and its responsibility to inform users of those possibilities — here’s how Zuckerberg replied: “I believe it’s important to tell people exactly how the information that they share on Facebook is… Read more »

Technology reveals fear and other emotions

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The fear levels of an audience have been measured to show how machines are beginning to reveal people’s deepest feelings.  The demonstration was part of a talk given by Dolby Labs chief scientist Poppy Crum at the TED conference in Vancouver.  The ability to hide emotions is becoming “a thing of the past”, she said.  The professor believes… Read more »

Maybe Nobody Wants Your Space Internet

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the question is whether enough of the world’s unconnected people want all this internet, from all of these companies, and whether these companies are fully considering the financial and social constraints of the developing world. “It’s still very early to say, from a demand perspective, whether there’s enough market to fulfill all of these mega constellations,” says… Read more »

Sim-card enabled shoes

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Source: BBC Technology News Date: March 8th, 2018 Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/av/technology-42456995/sim-card-shoes-send-alert-if-wearer-falls Discussion 1) Technology that alerts someone when someone falls.  What other applications of this technology can you think of? 2) The integration of sensors with telecoms is a booming field, often called Internet of Things.  What issues can you think of for these sim-card enabled shoes?

HP laptops found to have hidden keylogger

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Hidden software that can record every letter typed on a computer keyboard has been discovered pre-installed on hundreds of HP laptop models. Security researcher Michael Myng found the keylogging code in software drivers preinstalled on HP laptops to make the keyboard work. HP said more than 460 models of laptop were affected by the “potential security vulnerability”. Source: BBC Technology… Read more »

Shopify shares tumble as CEO addresses short-seller’s “preposterous claims”

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Shopify CEO Tobias Lutke, pictured, addressed allegations made earlier this month by short-seller Andrew Left of Citron Research. Left published a video alleging the company doesn’t comply with Federal Trade Commission guidelines and suggesting the stock’s value is closer to $60 before any potential FTC involvement.  Source: Toronto Star Date: November 4th, 2017 Link: https://www.thestar.com/business/tech_news/2017/10/31/shopify-shares-tumble-as-ceo-addresses-allegations-of-get-rich-quick-scheme.html Discussion 1) What… Read more »