Google’s parent eyes Toronto as location of new high-tech district

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Larry Page’s dream of using technology to fix cities may come to Canada first.   Sidewalk Labs LLC, the urban innovation unit of Page’s Alphabet Inc., has applied to develop a 12-acre strip in downtown Toronto, according to two people familiar with the plans. Details of the proposal are private, but these people said the bid… 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 »

Mobile phone motion sensors can be used to crack your PIN

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A new study has revealed just how easy it is for hackers to use the sensors in mobile devices to crack four-digit PINs and to access a wide variety of other information about users. Cyber-security experts from Newcastle University in the U.K. found that once a mobile user visits a website, code embedded on the page could then use… Read more »

Will 3D printed houses be the next big thing?

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According to the company Apis Cor, the body of this 409 square foot house was built in 24 hours by a 3D printer in Russia. And they are not the only company experimenting with 3D printed homes. Source: CNN Date: April 13th, 2017 Link to video: http://www.cnn.com/videos/cnnmoney/2017/03/24/3d-printed-houses. Discussion 1) 3D printing is changing everything.  How might you introduce… Read more »

Tech boom marks revival in fortune for Ontario government

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Computer-design and related jobs rose 26 per cent in Ontario over the past five years to 162,000 in 2016, driving a 13 per cent increase in technology-services employment, as manufacturing fell 2.9 per cent over the same period, according to Statistics Canada. Job growth in computer-design was even faster than the 16 per cent increase… 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 »

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 »