The Decade That Built the Next iPhone

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When Steve Jobs launched the iPhone in 2007, he said it was 5 years ahead of the competition and he was right. But after a decade, it’s starting to feel like Apple needs something big again. And now, on cue, here comes something big. Source: Wired Magazine Date: September 7th, 2017 Link to 5 minute 44 second… 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 »

Banking On The Blockchain

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Ever since Bitcoin was introduced in late 2008, the blockchain code that underpins the cryptocurrency has been the source of hope and fear—and much hype. In theory, agile startups could create software built on blockchain protocols with the hope of providing a safer, faster, cheaper and more transparent alternative to traditional financial intermediaries, such as… 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 »

The Six Reasons Smart Folks are Worried About Apple

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There are two huge topics of discussion in Silicon Valley right now. The first is “Who will win the level 4 autonomy race, Tesla or Uber?,” and the second is “Is Apple in trouble?” Source: LinkedIn Pulse Date: September 20th, 2016 Link: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/six-reasons-smart-folks-worried-apple-jason-calacanis?trk=eml-b2_content_ecosystem_digest-hero-22-null&midToken=AQH2XEf9DJ0DqA&fromEmail=fromEmail&ut=1CMvbpe3qJTno1 Discussion 1) Why does it matter than the #1 company in the U.S. and a… Read more »

Embrace new transit technology or else, U of T study says

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A new report urges southern-Ontario cities to partner with Uber and other “shared mobility” services to improve transit Source: The Toronto Star Date: August 30th, 2016 Link: https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2016/08/19/embrace-new-transit-technology-or-else-u-of-t-study-says.html Discussion 1) ““Shared mobility” is the term used to describe the current shift away from personal ownership of things like bikes and cars toward shared use of those resources though… Read more »

Set-top box crackdown will chill Canada’s tech innovation

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Canada’s federal court has issued an injunction banning several companies from distributing set-top boxes with pre-loaded software, despite the fact that everyone agrees the boxes also have legitimate uses.  Source: Toronto Star Date: August 25th, 2016 Link: Set top boxes Discussion 1) At issue here is ” set-top boxes that turn standard televisions into “smart TVs,” enabling users… Read more »

Sky Taxis Are About to Become a Reality

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Description: SkyTran’s sky taxis are making their debut. Source: CNN Money Date: October 25, 2015 The aerial mass transit system features “cars” that magnetically glide 20 to 30 feet above the ground along elevated tracks. Skytran, based in Mountain View, California, has been developing the system for five years. The pilot project will debut in Tel Aviv at… Read more »