Deutsche Telekom fault affects 900,000 customers

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Deutsche Telekom has confirmed up to 900,000 customers have had their broadband service cut off following a possible hack of its hardware.  Internet access, phone connections and TV reception for those with a certain router have been affected. Source: BBC Technology News Date: November 29th, 2016 Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-38130352 Discussion 1) Is there anything you could do if you… Read more »

Transport Canada proposing rigourous rules for recreational drone flyers

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Transport Canada is proposing that anyone flying a drone bigger than a tiny toy should have to register their devices, pass a knowledge test and pay for liability insurance.  The department is proposing that anyone operating a drone weighing more than 250 grams, including recreational users, should fall under more rigorous regulations expected to be introduced in 2017…. Read more »

Why hackers might be drawn to your smart light bulbs

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The technology that can turn on the lights in your home with a simple swipe on your smartphone may seem really cool. Thing is, hackers could have their eye on the same thing.  New research by Dalhousie University PhD student Colin O’Flynn and colleagues in Israel has found smart bulbs could be susceptible to infiltration — so… Read more »

Behold China’s Answer to Amazon Echo: The LingLong DingDong

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THE AMAZON ECHO is remarkably useful. Alexa, the digital personal assistant within the cylindrical black gadget, plays music, helps with recipes, and orders stuff online. One thing it cannot do, however, is speak Chinese.  The LingLong DingDong can. Source: Wired Magazine Date: November 23rd, 2016 Link: https://www.wired.com/2016/11/behold-chinas-answer-amazon-echo-linglong-dingdong/ Discussion 1) Why did Amazon not develop this device for the… Read more »

My Insane Adventure to Buy Snap’s New Spectacles

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wiley-blog LATE LAST WEEK, a Minionesque vending machine mysteriously appeared in a parking lot near Snap’s original offices in Venice, California. It was named Snapbot, and it was there to sell Specs, the company’s goofy new picture-taking sunglasses, for $130 a pop to anyone who got there fast enough. After 24 hours, the machine disappeared…. Read more »

Snap’s Spectacles Are the First Camera We Actually Want to Wear

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Snap, the company formerly known as Snapchat, just released its sunglasses with built-in cameras. They’re tough to get, but fun to use and they just might be the first face computer you’ll actually want to wear. Source: Wired Magazine Date: November 17th, 2016 Link to video (under Gadgets area): https://www.wired.com/ Discussion 1) How might a company you work… Read more »

Should games firms welcome or fear Chinese conquest?

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The Chinese are coming and they’re hungry for games companies.  They need new content to feed their 560 million avid gamers, who contribute to the biggest gaming market in the world – worth an estimated $24.4bn (£19.8bn) in 2016, according to Newzoo.  And this market is growing at around 15% a year. Source: BBC Technology News… Read more »

Canadian grandmother accused of pirating zombie game

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Canadian grandmother Christine McMillan does not include killing zombies among her hobbies, neither does she play the games that would allow her to do so. So when she received a letter accusing her of illegally downloading first-person shooter Metro 2033, she was surprised. Source: BBC Technology News Date: November 1st, 2016 Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-37834766 Discussion 1) “It is now… Read more »

Uber’s Self-Driving Truck Makes Its First Delivery: 50,000 Beers

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WALT MARTIN IS kneeling, legs folded behind him, butt resting on his heels. “I’ve got to practice my yoga,” he says, clearly joking. Never mind that we’re in the cab of an 18-wheeler cruising through Colorado at 55 mph and Martin was, until a moment ago, the guy at the wheel. Source: Wired Magazine Date: November 1st,… Read more »