Is this the moment e-sports comes of age?

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It is a deal that could mark the moment e-sports enters the big league. The US owners of a famous basketball franchise and investors in Premier League club Crystal Palace have snapped up two of the leading e-sports teams.  The Philadelphia 76ers have acquired Team Dignitas and Apex, and will merge them into what the… Read more »

Snapchat launches sunglasses with camera

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Messaging app firm Snapchat has announced its first gadget – sunglasses with a built-in camera. The device, which the company is calling Spectacles, will go on sale later this year priced at $130. The glasses will record up to 30 seconds of video at a time. Source: BBC Date: September 28th, 2016 Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-37460682 Discussion 1) Why might Snap(chat) succeed… Read more »

Researchers play No Man’s Sky like an archaeological dig

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Reinhard and a team of 18 scientists and researchers dove into No Man’s Sky when it launched on Sony PlayStation 4 and PC, treating it like an archaeological site, only one built with columns of code instead of columns of marble.  ​Reinhard calls this “archaeogaming,” or the study of archaeology inside a video game’s world. Source: CBC News Date: September 27th, 2016 Link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/entertainment/no-mans-sky-archaeology-1.3768986 Discussion… Read more »

The logic in Apple buying McLaren

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  The reports that Apple has been considering a $1.5bn (£1.2bn) acquisition (or at least significant investment) in British car maker McLaren have thus far been played down by both parties.  But there are several compelling reasons to take the reports seriously. Source: BBC Technology News Date: September 22nd, 2016 Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-37436171 Discussion 1) “In the car industry… 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 »

GitHub CEO Talks About How Microsoft and Apple Are Changing

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Big companies are now embracing open source.  If more companies are turning to software, they are going to need someplace to store all that code.  Enter GitHub, the hot startup behind the popular online source code repository used by thousands of individual developers as well as big-name companies like John Deere, SAP, and Microsoft. These… Read more »

Who’s responsible when an autonomous car crashes?

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  Joshua Brown died when his autopilot system did not recognize a tractor-trailer turning in front of his Model S and his car plowed into it. The Ohio man’s family is now being represented by a law firm with expertise in product defect litigation, and it’s conducting an investigation. The federal government is also investigating… Read more »

As tech clusters spread, a fight to be Silicon Valley North

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The stretch of the 401 that connects Toronto with Kitchener-Waterloo has many hallmarks similar to California’s Highway 101. Source: The Toronto Star Date: August 30th, 2016 Link: https://www.thestar.com/business/2016/08/28/as-tech-clusters-spread-a-fight-to-be-silicon-valley-north.html Discussion 1) There is a notion explicit in this article that being like Silicon Valley in California, USA is actually a good thing.  What are some of the downsides of… Read more »