Using your face to buy your lunch

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Chinese technology giant Alibaba has unveiled the first facial recognition system to pay for shopping – at a fast food restaurant. Amidst concerns about data privacy it insists none of the information it uses is retained. Source: BBC Technology News Date: September 7th, 2017 Link to video (1 minute 38 sec run time after 15 second ad in… Read more »

Tall poppy syndrome and the Canadian opportunity

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There’s an epidemic in Canada. That epidemic is a mentality that leaves top talent with no option but to flee the nation’s borders and take with them everything they’ve learned. It undervalues breakthroughs developed and paid for by Canadian taxpayers. It’s a mindset that resents the success of others. It’s a bad case of tall poppy syndrome…. Read more »

ReMarkable digital notepad ‘feels like real paper’

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A Norwegian start-up is developing a digital paper tablet it hopes will appeal to “paper people”. The device – called ReMarkable – can be written on using a stylus and is textured to feel like real paper. Source: BBC Technology News Date: May 31st, 2017 Link to video: http://www.bbc.com/news/av/technology-40107097/remarkable-digital-notepad-feels-like-real-paper Discussion 1) The idea and development of electronic paper… Read more »

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 »

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 »