Wireless technology trades one cord for another

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As I add more cordless, smart and rechargeable stuff to my life, I’ve run more into a mundane but real issue: I still have too many cords to deal with when it’s time to charge them.  And there’s no good solution. Source: Toronto Star / Washington Post Date: May 18th, 2017 Link: https://www.thestar.com/business/tech_news/2017/05/08/wireless-technology-trades-one-cord-for-another-analysis.html Discussion 1) This is similar… Read more »

Barbie Careers Game Developer Doll

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Open young techies to the world of game development with the Barbie game developer doll! She wears an industry-inspired outfit with graphic decal t-shirt, faded denim pants, a dark green jacket and white sneakers Bright red hair and eyeglasses are fashion-forward with techie style! Accessories — a laptop, a tablet with picture of a game… Read more »

Facebook’s ‘Town Hall’ is probably the best thing the social network has ever done

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Like it or not, Facebook has an impact on politics. The social network contributed to President Donald Trump’s successful election, as much as CEO Mark Zuckerberg tried to lessen the blame on the rise of fake news. More recently, Zuckerberg started to acknowledge Facebook’s role in politics, and on Monday the social network introduced its… Read more »

Canada is North America’s up-and-coming startup center

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Canada, with nine percent of the world’s forests, is a land of plenty. As well as an enviable array of natural resources, Canada also boasts incredible support for entrepreneurs, both homegrown and international. Many household names, such as Slack, Hootsuite and Shopify — which may be mistakenly considered as U.S. products — hail from north… Read more »

Is robotics a solution to the growing needs of the elderly?

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The receptionist at the Institute of Media Innovation, at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University, is a smiling brunette called Nadine.  From a distance, nothing about her appearance seems unusual. It’s only on closer inspection that doubts set in. Yes – she’s a robot.  Nadine is an “intelligent” robot capable of autonomous behaviour. For a machine, her… Read more »

Are your shoes giving away data?

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Hoxton has come up with a novel way of measuring footfall – literally by filming people’s shoes.  Sherlock Holmes-like, its system can deduce a remarkable amount of information such as age, gender and social class of shoppers from their footwear.  “We have cameras at about 50cm off the ground and it points down so it… Read more »

Robots to affect up to 30% of jobs, says PwC

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Robotics and artificial intelligence could affect almost a third of UK jobs by the 2030s, according to a study.  However, the report from accountancy firm PwC also predicted that the nature of some occupations would change rather than disappear.  It added that automation could create more wealth and additional jobs elsewhere in the economy.  Jobs… Read more »

Ottawa explores potential of ‘blockchain,’ billed as next-generation Internet tech

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An emerging technology has caught the eye of the innovation-obsessed federal government — a platform so packed with potential, many experts believe it could comprise the foundation for the next generation of the Internet. Source: Toronto Star Date: March 8th, 2017 Link: https://www.thestar.com/business/2017/02/28/ottawa-explores-potential-of-blockchain-billed-as-next-generation-internet-tech.html Discussion 1) “Like a giant digital bulletin board, blockchain creates an online ledger or database… Read more »