Police Now ‘See’ Through Walls and Know if You’re Home

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Description: Technically Incorrect: The Range-R is a piece of military equipment that police are using now to check if there’s someone in a building. Source: CNET Date: January 20, 2015   Police forces increasingly are taking advantage of the technology behind military equipment initially designed for combat. Sometimes, though, the police might be coy about which of these… Read more »

One Hundred Little Robots do Mesmerizing, Choreographed Dance

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Description: A future with robot assistants may be a reality that is closer than you think – however, these “Robi” robots are said will be used as a communication device. Source: Globe and Mail Date: January 21, 2015 Questions for discussion: 1. Would you pay $1,200 for the parts to build one of these “Robi” robots?… Read more »

Facebook Needs a ‘Sympathy’ Button

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Description: When you want to acknowledge a post on Facebook but a “like” seems inappropriate, and a “dislike” button would be too negative. Source: Mashable Date: January 25, 2015 A school friend’s mom passed away last week. He posted the news on Facebook with a short, dignified note, giving brief details of how his mother had… Read more »

I Invented the Twitter Hashtag

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Description: Have you every wondered how the hashtag originated? Source: CNN Money Date: January 25, 2015 Silicon Valley insider Chris Messina tells CNNMoney’s Laurie Segall about how he got the idea to use the ‘#’ symbol on Twitter. Questions for discussion: 1. Do you use hashtags on your social media posts? 2. Do you search for… Read more »

This Drone Could Be Your Paparazzi

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Description: Samuel Burke, CNN Business Correspondent, discusses what could end up being a new type of “paparazzi”. Source: CNN Money Date: January 9, 2015 AirDog is getting closer to delivering the first batch of drones that can follow and film you on their own. Questions for discussion: 1. In what other types of industries might these… Read more »

Teachers Will Embrace Students’ Smartphone Addiction In 2015

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Description: Technology will be used as a more mainstream approach for education in 2015. Source: Tech Crunch Date: January 3, 2015     Of course, classrooms have been using computers for decades, but 2014 was a year when many schools began to adopt technology as an embedded, natural part of teaching and learning. As many schools have… Read more »

How Far 3D Printing Came in 2014 – And Where It’s Headed This Year

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Description: As 3D printing becomes more and more of a reality, TechVibes takes a look at where it may go from here. Source: TechVibes Date: January 2, 2015 It’s kind of grown up in the past year-and-a-half,” say Andrew Finkle, the co-founder of Waterloo-based Structur3D, which sells 3D printers and develops technology for the devices. “People… Read more »

The Google Doctor Will See You Now

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Description: Google is attempting to alleviate the incorrect self-diagnoses of those googling symptoms and then jumping to conclusions about their health. Source: Mashable Date: October 13, 2014   It seems Google is trying to bring an end to all the fake “diagnoses” resulting from folks searching for their symptoms and arriving at the wrong conclusions — or… Read more »

Selfies boost plastic surgery business

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Description: Studies are showing that the plastic surgery business is booming due to the selfie craze Source: Globe and Mail Date: December 5, 2014   Society is on a quest to look perfect in their posted selfies and online dating profile pictures. Questions for discussion: 1. Would you ever consider getting plastic surgery? 2. Do you… Read more »

This Canadian Firm Hopes to Bring Virtual Reality to the Masses

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Description: Virtual reality might not be as much of a pipe dream as you may have thought Source: Globe and Mail Date: November 24, 2014   Cordon Media is attempting to create a virtual reality device, that connects to your smartphone -and straps to your face! It’s called “Pinc” (pronounced “Pinch”) and it also includes two… Read more »