Canada Technology
High-tech wizardry is kicking it up a notch and making homes smarter than ever
Amazon working on a fix for randomly laughing Alexa speakers
AI's dirty little secret: It's powered by people
Apple Testifies on iPhone Throttling Before Canadian Parliamentary Committee
Rights group alleges China using big data as repression tool
Apple planning to make AirPods wireless headphones water resistant, improve Siri integration
Facebook suspends Canadian firm amid data mining scandal
2018-04-09 04:57:00 MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) -- Facebook says it has suspended a Canadian political consulting firm amid media reports it had ties to Cambridge Analytica, a British data mining company accused of obtaining data from up to 87 million Facebook users to sway elections. Menlo Park, California-based Facebook says in a statement issued Saturday that AggregateIQ may have improperly received data from Facebook users   Read More ...
‘Cryptojacking’ hacker trend turns unwitting Canadian web surfers into cryptocurrency miners
2018-03-13 04:32:43 Scores of Canadians dipped their toes into cryptocurrency mining in recent weeks — they just didn’t realize it. A wave of so-called “cryptojacking” has been sweeping the internet, forcing unwitting web surfers into generating money for cybercriminals. Hackers infect websites with malicious code that secretly conscripts visitors into an army of cryptocurrency miners. Cryptocurrency mining involves devoting a computer’s processing power to solving a complicated mathematical problem with digital currency offered as a reward   Read More ...
'Cryptojacking' hacker trend turns Canadians into cryptocurrency miners
2018-03-12 21:08:11 Process is invisible, so people don't even know it's happening Related Stories Scores of Canadians dipped their toes into cryptocurrency mining in recent weeks — they just didn't realize it. A wave of so-called "cryptojacking" has been sweeping the internet, forcing unwitting web surfers into generating money for cybercriminals. Hackers infect websites with malicious code that secretly conscripts visitors into an army of cryptocurrency miners   Read More ...
Air Canada's computer systems back online following outage
2018-03-12 19:34:47 Air Canada’s computer systems are back up and running after the company’s airport systems, check in and customer call centres all experienced outages for several hours on Monday. Air Canada confirmed things were back online on Twitter Monday afternoon. “We can confirm airport systems, check-in and customer call centres are now all back online,” the company tweeted. “We’re expecting some flight delays but we’re getting everyone on their way   Read More ...
Elon Musk calls lack of A.I. oversight 'insane,' says it's more dangerous than 'nukes'
2018-03-12 18:09:01 Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX and Tesla, spoke at a SXSW event on March 11, where he called for further government oversight of artificial intelligence, saying the technology has the potential to be more dangerous than nuclear weapons. For more info, please go to Subscribe to Global News Channel HERE: Like Global News on Facebook HERE: Follow Global News on Twitter HERE:   Read More ...
Lithuanian parlt to decide on free trade pact with Canada in spring session - speaker - The Baltic Times
2018-03-12 12:08:12 VILNIUS – The Lithuanian parliament will decide on the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) during the spring session, says Parliamentary Speaker Viktoras Pranckietis. "When it comes to CETA – it must be included in the agenda. I have no doubts that we will address the issue during this session," Pranckietis said during the discussion of the tasks for the spring session on Saturday when asked by Eugenijus Gentvilas, the leader of the opposition Liberal Movement, whether the parliament would ratify the deal with Canada that had stalled in the parliament   Read More ...
High-tech wizardry is kicking it up a notch and making homes smarter than ever
2018-03-10 16:05:48 Don’t worry: Technology may come and go, but some things never change. In the not-so-distant future, cars will drive themselves and men may become obsolete (sorry, guys), but home will always be home. It’ll just be a heck of a lot smarter. Granted, some tech is better than other tech. No one needs a Wi-Fi-connected juice press that doesn’t actually juice anything   Read More ...
Eclipse Foundation Announces 2018 Board Member Election Results
2018-03-10 12:47:36 Ottawa, Canada - March 07, 2018- Today we are please to announce the results of the Eclipse Foundation Sustaining Member and Committer Member elections for representatives to our Board of Directors. Congratulations to Tracy Miranda, and Torkild Ulvoy Resheim who were returned to the Board by acclamation as Sustaining representatives. Dani Megert and Ed Merks will be returning as Committer representatives   Read More ...
They thought they were downloading Skype. Instead they got spyware
2018-03-09 12:07:12 Users in Turkey were redirected using network-filtering technology likely sold by a Canadian-founded company Since last fall, Turkish internet users attempting to download one of a handful of popular apps may have been the unwitting targets of a wide-reaching computer surveillance campaign. And in Egypt, users across the country have, seemingly at random, had their browsing activity mysteriously redirected to online money-making schemes   Read More ...
The idea of robot butlers fuels our fantasies — and our fears
2018-03-09 12:07:05 But maybe those aren't the kind of robots we should be afraid of Ramona Pringle is an associate professor in the RTA School of Media and director of the Transmedia Zone at Ryerson University. She is a CBC contributor who writes and reports on the relationship between people and technology. Related Stories When it comes to robots, we tend to have two main fears: The first, fueled by media reports, is that they'll steal all of our jobs   Read More ...
Amazon's Alexa randomly laughs at users -- it's super creepy
2018-03-08 20:13:09 Several people who own Amazon’s Echo speakers have reported a strange bug: The Alexa voice assistant has been laughing for apparently no reason. Some users on Twitter and Reddit say the outbursts have been entirely spontaneous. Others have said that Alexa has laughed after being asked to turn on the lights – and may have misheard the command. “Having an office conversation about pretty confidential stuff and Alexa just laughed,” Twitter user DavidSven wrote recently   Read More ...
Amazon to quiet Alexa's cackling
2018-03-08 15:06:43 Amazon on Wednesday promised to keep virtual assistant Alexa from spontaneously cackling, giving people eerie feelings about what the artificial intelligence might be plotting. Users of smart speakers with Alexa assistant software have comically expressed their fears in recent weeks on Twitter, even posting video snippets of speakers infused with the software laughing menacingly for no apparent reason. "If Alexa is laughing at you to your face, just imagine what it says about you behind your back," read a quip posted at Twitter by @mattblaze   Read More ...
Amazon working on a fix for randomly laughing Alexa speakers
2018-03-08 09:32:28 Is Alexa laughing at you? In the past few days, some users of Echo home speakers running Amazon.com Inc.’s Alexa voice-based digital assistant have reported hearing strange laughing noises at random. Some people have said the laughter happened in response to unrelated commands, while others reported that it occurred unprompted. It’s not clear what is causing the bug, but Alexa is indeed programmed to laugh if specifically asked to do so   Read More ...
BlackBerry sues Facebook for patent infringement
2018-03-07 13:27:42 Ottawa: Canadian telecommunications firm BlackBerry sued Facebook on Tuesday, accusing the American social media company of infringing on its patents for messaging apps. BlackBerry is claiming infringement on patents it holds for message encryption and notifications, and is seeking an injunction as well as damages for lost profits, although no figure was given. Facebook and its wholly-owned services Instagram and WhatsApp are named as defendants in the lawsuit   Read More ...
BlackBerry files patent infringement suit against Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp
2018-03-06 21:08:50 Company official says it has 'strong claim' that Facebook has infringed on its intellectual property Related Stories BlackBerry Ltd. has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram, claiming they took intellectual property from its BlackBerry Messenger technology. The suit was filed Tuesday in U.S. Federal Court in Los Angeles. In its 117-page court filing, BlackBerry claims the three companies named in the suit have developed applications that improperly use BlackBerry's mobile messaging intellectual property   Read More ...
AI's dirty little secret: It's powered by people
2018-03-06 17:04:37 SAN FRANCISCO - There's a dirty little secret about artificial intelligence: It's powered by hundreds of thousands of real people. From makeup artists in Venezuela to women in conservative parts of India, people around the world are doing the digital equivalent of needlework -drawing boxes around cars in street photos, tagging images, and transcribing snatches of speech that computers can't quite make out   Read More ...
C# Corner Toronto Chapter Announced
2018-03-06 10:01:24 Today, we are pleased to announce a new Chapter in Toronto, Canada. Nilesh Shah is the Chapter Lead of this new Chapter under whom the C# Corner Toronto Chapter is fully functional. This is the 33rd C# Corner Chapter in the world and 2nd in Canada after C#Corner Regina Chapter. You can visit the C# Corner Chapters page to learn more   Read More ...
Lenovo’s Niagara Cluster Upgrade makes it Fastest Supercomputer in Canada
2018-03-06 00:07:29 Today Lenovo unveiled the addition of 1,500 ultra-dense Lenovo ThinkSystem SD530 high-performance compute nodes for Niagara – Canada’s most-powerful research supercomputer. As the demand for high performance computing in quantitative research increases rapidly, the 4.6 Petaflop supercomputer will help Canadian researchers achieve meaningful results in artificial intelligence, astrophysics, climate change, oceanic research and other disciplines using big data. It is our goal to help the world’s premier research teams and institutions leverage high performance computing to solve humanity’s greatest challenges,” said Scott Tease, executive director of HPC and AI at Lenovo Data Center Group   Read More ...
Some of the cryptocurrency stolen in Coincheck heist has been traced to Canada
2018-03-02 17:05:19 Some of the funds stolen from Coincheck Inc. in the US$500-million heist have been traced to a cryptocurrency exchange in Canada, according researcher BIG Blockchain Intelligence Group Inc. Some of the stolen NEM coins are being transferred to a Vancouver-based exchange, where they are being converted to other cryptocurrencies and then possibly sent back to Japan, according to Shone Anstey, president and co-founder of BIG   Read More ...
Apple Testifies on iPhone Throttling Before Canadian Parliamentary Committee
2018-03-02 01:00:15 Thursday March 1, 2018 3:43 pm PST by Juli Clover Apple's Canada division and Geekbench maker John Poole today testified before a House of Commons committee on industry, science, and technology in Canada to address the power management features Apple introduced in older iPhones in iOS 10.2.1, reports . Poole was on hand because back in late December, he used his Geekbench platform to confirm the link between degraded iPhone batteries in older iPhones and processor slowdowns, which Apple had not, at the time, clearly explained   Read More ...
Family blames iPhone for sparking fire that destroyed Langley farmhouse, demands $600K from Apple
2018-02-27 21:10:38 A B.C. couple are demanding Apple pay $600,000 in uninsured losses after they were forced to close their farm business following a devastating house fire that they claim was sparked by a faulty iPhone. Cathy and Ian Finley believe a three-month-old iPhone 6 left plugged into a charge cord somehow heated up and started a fire in their living room in October 2016   Read More ...
Air Canada experiencing computer problems, says Vancouver airport
2018-02-27 18:06:07 Air Canada is experiencing technical issues with its computer systems, according to a tweet from Vancouver International Airport. The issue is causing “some congestion in the terminal,” the airport said. Passengers in Vancouver are being advised to check with the airline for updates. More to come. Air Canada is experiencing some technical issues with their computer systems nationwide. Passengers advised to check with AC for updates   Read More ...
How blockchain, the technology behind bitcoin, could change your life
2018-02-27 12:09:12 Technology could help secure registries for ID, property and more Digital evangelists believe that the blockchain could revolutionize everything from legal contracts to the way we use the internet. The trouble is, most people still don't really know what the blockchain actually is, aside from being associated with the hyped — and volatile — digital currency bitcoin. Given the current cryptocurrency market, that has made blockchain a hot commodity   Read More ...
Rights group alleges China using big data as repression tool
2018-02-27 06:38:24 BEIJING -- Human Rights Watch says it has found new evidence that authorities in one of China's most repressive regions are sweeping up citizens' personal information in a stark example of how big-data technology can be used to police a population -- and potentially abused. The rights group used government procurement documents, media reports and interviews to assemble details of the policing program in Xinjiang, a sprawling area in northwest China that security officials say harbours separatist and religious extremist elements   Read More ...
How Samsung’s new Galaxy S9 compares to Apple’s iPhone X
2018-02-26 16:07:06 When Microsoft revealed a replacement to Windows 8, it skipped the number 9 and went straight to Windows 10. Apple’s iPhone 8 was followed by the iPhone X (pronounced “ten”). But Samsung refused to follow: The successor to its Galaxy S8 is the Galaxy S9 (and a larger S9 Plus), and it’s coming out in March. The phone is critical for the company   Read More ...
New Samsung phone: Nicer camera, static design, higher price
2018-02-25 22:03:37 NEW YORK - Samsung unveiled new smartphones with largely unchanged designs and incremental improvements such as a better camera - accompanied by a second annual price increase for many customers. The static design of the new Galaxy S9 underscores both the slowing pace of smartphone innovation and the extent to which other manufacturers, particularly Apple, have caught up with Samsung features that once stood out   Read More ...
Saskatoon man develops largest 3D-printed camper
2018-02-24 11:31:31 He’s been planning it for the past two years, but Randy Janes of Saskatoon finally has the camper of his dreams. Janes developed a 3D-printed camper in what has been billed as not only the world’s largest 3D-printed camper, but also one of the largest indoor 3D-printed objects ever. The print took nine-and-a-half days with North America’s biggest 3D printer. James and his printing team now have a functioning prototype of the camper   Read More ...
Quantum computing is finally here, and a Canadian company has a plan to bring it to the masses
2018-02-24 00:17:57 Vern Brownell spent the past eight years preaching quantum computing to a world that wasn't ready for it. As CEO of D-Wave Systems, Brownell has been overseeing the development of a type of superfast processor that to date has largely been limited to use in research labs. His Vancouver-based company first raised venture funding back in 2004, five years before he joined   Read More ...
Apple planning to make AirPods wireless headphones water resistant, improve Siri integration
2018-02-22 15:05:54 Apple Inc., seeking to bolster its wearables business, is working on upgrades to its wireless AirPods headphones, according to people familiar with the matter. Like with its mobile devices — the iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch — Apple intends to frequently update the AirPods with new hardware features. The Cupertino, California-based technology giant is working on a new version for release as soon as this year with an upgraded wireless chip, the people said   Read More ...
Wi-Fi coming to GO Transit trains, buses
2018-02-21 21:18:33 Wireless Internet is coming to the network of trains and buses that connect the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation says wireless says that Wi-Fi on GO Transit vehicles will make using public transit easier and more convenient. Free internet is already available at most GO stations and bus terminals. GO Transit operator Metrolinx will test the service in March on two GO trains and four GO buses to study service quality and collect feedback   Read More ...
Hackers could use AI to automate attacks, crash cars and drones
2018-02-21 18:09:07 AI could also generate images to impersonate others online and sway public opinion, report says Rapid advances in artificial intelligence are raising risks that malicious users will soon exploit the technology to mount automated hacking attacks, cause driverless car crashes or turn commercial drones into targeted weapons, a new report warns. The study, published on Wednesday by 25 technical and public policy researchers from Cambridge, Oxford and Yale universities along with privacy and military experts, sounded the alarm for the potential misuse of AI by rogue states, criminals and lone-wolf attackers   Read More ...
Canada wants to help India lead 'blockchain revolution'
2018-02-21 16:19:00 India and Canada are linking up to promote the technology behind bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Canadian government-backed researchers are joining forces with India's vast tech industry to explore the use of blockchain in government and academic institutions, as well as businesses. India's tech industry association Nasscom and Canada's Blockchain Research Institute (BRI) said they would also create a center of excellence in India to provide "high-end technology capabilities   Read More ...
CRTC rejects call for public inquiry into aggressive telecom sales practices
2018-02-21 12:10:15 CRTC says consumers already access to a variety of telecom complaint options A consumer group is protesting the CRTC's refusal to hold a public inquiry into numerous claims of aggressive and misleading sales practices by some of Canada's major telecoms. The telecom regulator says there's no need for an inquiry. But the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC), a non-profit agency based in Ottawa, says the decision hurts consumers   Read More ...
Yelp tests offline attribution using guest WiFi and email matching
2018-02-21 06:16:14 In early 2017, Yelp bought a Canadian company called Turnstyle Analytics, which provides free WiFi and email marketing services to local businesses. The company helps local businesses build lists and remarket to customers; it also has online-to-offline matching and attribution capabilities. Turnstyle was renamed Yelp WiFi and recently completed an offline attribution test with Canadian restaurant chain Jack Astor’s Bar & Grill   Read More ...
Crypto-miners flood into Canada, boosting the hopes of small towns looking for a break
2018-02-15 21:33:12 Until recently, no one in Powerview-Pine Falls thought much about the high-powered transmission lines running through the back of town. The community of 1,300 residents, carved out of the bush 120 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg, was still trying to reinvent itself after the local paper mill was shuttered by Tembec Inc. in 2009. It had been a rough, all-consuming sort of transition: the mill buildings were demolished, the machinery sold off by recyclers, the town left to manage on 250 fewer jobs and a tax base that had quickly shrunk by 40 per cent   Read More ...
AIs, oceans and proteins: Ottawa announces winners of $950 million 'supercluster' competition
2018-02-15 21:09:28 'It's a job magnet,' says Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains Related Stories The Trudeau government has unveiled the winners of a competition to form technology "superclusters" — a title that will guarantee the victors a piece of up to $950 million in federal funding. The winners are: AI-powered supply chains supercluster. The Quebec-based proposal is focused on defining a global supply-chain platform that will boost artificial intelligence and data science in Canada, particularly in the retail, manufacturing and infrastructure sectors   Read More ...
Google's Chrome browser starts blocking 'disruptive' ads
2018-02-15 15:10:53 Standards exempt pre-roll video ads like YouTube's, but Google says its not favouring itself On Thursday, Google will begin using its Chrome browser to eradicate ads it deems annoying or otherwise detrimental to users. It just so happens that many of Google's own most lucrative ads will sail through its new filters. The move, which Google first floated back in June, is ostensibly aimed at making online advertising more tolerable by flagging sites that run annoying ads such as ones that auto-play video with sound   Read More ...
Critics wary as Google Chrome starts ad crackdown, but not against its own cash cows
2018-02-15 15:04:33 SAN FRANCISCO — On Thursday, Google will begin using its Chrome browser to eradicate ads it deems annoying or otherwise detrimental to users. It just so happens that many of Google’s own most lucrative ads will sail through its new filters. The move, which Google first floated back in June, is ostensibly aimed at making online advertising more tolerable by flagging sites that run annoying ads such as ones that auto-play video with sound   Read More ...
Former Canadian Pacific IT worker sentenced to 1 year in prison for hacking into company network
2018-02-13 23:37:26 A former Canadian Pacific Railway information technology professional was sentenced to a year and a day in prison on Tuesday after he intentionally damaged the railway’s computer network in 2015. Christopher V. Grupe, 46, of Minneapolis, was found guilty of willfully damaging a protected computer by jurors in federal court in October after a five-day trial. After returning from a 12-day suspension for insubordination in December 2015, Grupe was told he was going to be fired his job at the Alberta-based railway’s U   Read More ...
Gender gap shows high-tech sector still stuck in the past — and it could prove costly
2018-02-12 15:13:48 A new report about Canada's tech sector shines a light on who works in the digital economy. The good news is there are lots of jobs for skilled workers. The bad news? It's still an uphill battle getting women into the tech workforce.   Read More ...