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Edmunds highlights top car tech trends from CES 2018
Bitcoin champion Mike Novogratz the latest to tap TSX Venture in crypto push
Microsoft says chip security fix may significantly slow some servers, personal computers
‘A natural step’: RCMP looks to 3D printing as part of new wave of crime-solving technology
AI, driverless cars, smart devices and more: Here’s what to expect from this year’s CES
BlackBerry, Baidu announce autonomous vehicle partnership
Huawei's latest attempt to enter U.S. worries lawmakers — but Canada doesn't share its concern
2018-01-19 12:10:02 How 2 allies have responded to concerns the Chinese phone maker is a national security threat For the past decade, Chinese tech company Huawei has found no shortage of success in Canada. Its equipment is used in telecommunications infrastructure run by the country's major carriers, and some have sold Huawei's phones. The company has struck up partnerships with Canadian universities, and say it is investing more than half a billion dollars in researching next generation cellular networks here   Read More ...
How a 22-year-old Google cybersecurity researcher discovered the worst chip flaws in history
2018-01-17 17:34:36 In 2013, a teenager named Jann Horn attended a reception in Berlin hosted by Chancellor Angela Merkel. He and 64 other young Germans had done well in a government-run competition designed to encourage students to pursue scientific research. In Horn’s case, it worked. Last summer, as a 22-year-old Google cybersecurity researcher, he was first to report the biggest chip vulnerabilities ever discovered   Read More ...
Montreal firms find practical and fanciful applications for augmented reality
2018-01-16 12:06:37 Augmented reality will have a similar effect on the construction industry as the one that the steam engine had on manufacturing processes, according to Andreas Böhm. He’s the CEO of Sensopia, a Montreal and Munich, Germany-based company that makes Magic Plan, an augmented reality application for making blueprints. Unlike virtual reality, which tries to place the user in a virtual world, augmented reality aims to bring virtual elements into the real world — think of Pokémon Go, the summer fad   Read More ...
BlackBerry unveils cybersecurity tool for cars Jarvis, upping bet on auto market
2018-01-15 22:33:50 BlackBerry Ltd. is launching a new security tool for automobile manufacturers, one of the company’s major areas of growth. Executive chairman John Chen says the new BlackBerry Jarvis will scan all software components in a vehicle within minutes to predict and fix vulnerabilities. Jarvis will be customized for each manufacturer and sold by BlackBerry on a pay-per-use basis. The company, based in Waterloo, Ont   Read More ...
Duke of Cambridge views robotic surgery procedure at Royal Marsden
2018-01-15 22:08:12 (10 Jan 2018) Britain's Prince William visited a leading cancer hospital in London on Wednesday and observed pioneering robotic surgery. Donning full surgical scrubs at the Royal Marsden Hospital, the Duke of Cambridge, watched tumours being removed with the help of the "Da Vinci" robot, which allows surgeons to remotely remove cancerous growths via two handheld controllers and 3D monitors. William is president of the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust. You can license this story through AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/metadata/you... Find out more about AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/HowWeWork.   Read More ...
Blackberry’s John Chen marks Detroit auto show debut with launch of cybersecurity software
2018-01-15 21:06:00 BlackBerry Ltd. CEO John Chen used his first appearance at the Detroit auto show on Monday to continue his push into the automotive market with the launch of a cybersecurity product that manages software systems in vehicles – a product he hopes will solidify BlackBerry’s position as a leader in cybersecurity. The product, called BlackBerry Jarvis, scans and identifies vulnerabilities in software components used in connected and self-driving vehicles, Chen announced in a keynote speech at the North American International Automotive Show   Read More ...
Virtual reality, interactive avatars among cruise trends to watch for in 2018
2018-01-14 20:31:50 From interactive avatars to on-board Go-Kart race tracks and facial recognition technology, bigger and smarter cruise ships will be making major waves in 2018. Experts at Cruise Critic have come up with a list of the top trends they expect will up the ante in cruising next year, thanks to innovations in technology and evolving traveler interests. Here are the top five trends from the list: Augmented technology Innovations in technology will change the way guests cruise in 2018, from virtual reality dining experiences, to interactive avatars that follow cruisers around the ship   Read More ...
How Pinterest keeps the internet trolls away
2018-01-13 12:09:59 In some ways, Pinterest is more like a search engine than a social network Valued at a staggering $12 billion, Pinterest is one of the digital world's most successful platforms. Yet somehow, the image-sharing app has managed to sidestep the pitfalls that have tripped up some of Silicon Valley's other big players, such as Twitter and its trolls, Facebook and its fake news and YouTube and its filter failures   Read More ...
The hottest thing in technology is your voice
2018-01-13 06:21:31 At CES in Las Vegas, 'everything' is voice-activated, with an embedded Alexa or Google product or links to one Kim Brunhuber is a CBC News Senior Reporter based in Los Angeles. He has travelled the world from Sierra Leone to Afghanistan as a videojournalist, shooting and editing pieces for TV, radio and online. Originally from Montreal, he speaks French and Spanish, and is also a published novelist   Read More ...
CES 2018: Three odd things you need to see
2018-01-12 04:32:32 A robot therapy duck, a suitcase that follows your every move and a voice-disguising mask that looks like it belongs to a certain Batman villain are among the many wares on display at CES 2018. The sprawling four-day trade show is a feast of all things technological, as the world’s largest electronics firms mingle with niche futurist entrepreneurs at the Las Vegas Convention Center   Read More ...
Forget the self-driving car, meet the self-driving suitcase
2018-01-11 15:33:13 Self-driving cars may take a while to arrive, but the self-driving suitcase is here now. Some of the technologies used in autonomous cars have been adapted in products unveiled at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, to help travelers with the weighty problem of dealing with baggage. The "robot suitcase" from California-based startup Travelmate can be controlled with a smartphone app and can roll alongside its owner at speeds up to 11 kilometers (6   Read More ...
Consumer Electronics Show chock full of gadgets to make our lives easier, but do we need them?
2018-01-10 21:05:20 From internet-connected wine openers and laundry-folding machines, companies showcase their tech Related Stories Today's vision of a smart home has more to do with what's technologically possible than what people really need. Thus the endless parade of internet-connected wine openers, water bottles, meat thermometers and refrigerators, and a dearth of automation that would clean and fold our laundry, pick up things around the house or assist aging people as their physical strength wanes   Read More ...
‘It costs us’: Canada trails Europe and U.S. when adopting new technology
2018-01-10 19:39:49 TORONTO — Canadian businesses are slower to adopt new technology than their European and American counterparts, according to Canada’s head of Amazon Web Services. The e-commerce giant has noticed it takes more education and convincing to get Canadian firms to embrace the industry’s latest advancements, Eric Gales, country manager of Amazon’s cloud-computing subsidiary AWS told The Canadian Press. “The U.K. is very competitive because the whole country is just that much more dense, so that has a function in driving things like adoptions,” said Gales, who moved to Canada in 2006 from the U   Read More ...
Edmunds highlights top car tech trends from CES 2018
2018-01-10 14:04:24 Artificial intelligence that controls your infotainment screen. A vehicle that can read your brain. Cars that can see around blind corners. These are some of the automotive tech highlights of CES 2018 in Las Vegas. The event has increasingly become a way for automakers to preview their developments in car technology, from production-ready to wildly speculative. Here are three trends that could be coming to a car near you   Read More ...
Older PC? Expect a decrease in performance after CPU flaw patch, Microsoft warns
2018-01-10 00:12:37 Most users running Windows 10 on computers from 2016 onward will notice little difference Related Stories Microsoft said on Tuesday the patches released to guard against the Meltdown and Spectre security threats slowed down some personal computers and servers, with systems running on older Intel processors seeing a noticeable decrease in performance. The company expects most users with PCs made during or prior to 2015 running operating systems older than Windows 10 to notice a decrease in system performance   Read More ...
Bitcoin champion Mike Novogratz the latest to tap TSX Venture in crypto push
2018-01-09 21:06:10 Add Mike Novogratz to the list of investors looking to Canada for a quick route to public markets to tap the latest crazes: from Bitcoin to lithium to marijuana. Novogratz, the former Goldman Sachs Group Inc. banker turned Bitcoin champion, is starting a merchant bank called Galaxy Digital LP dedicated to cryptocurrencies and blockchain. And he’s taking advantage of a shortcut onto the Toronto Stock Exchange’s junior bourse to go public   Read More ...
Microsoft says chip security fix may significantly slow some servers, personal computers
2018-01-09 20:34:56 Microsoft Corp. said fixes for security flaws present in most processors may significantly slow down certain servers and dent the performance of some personal computers, the software maker’s first assessment of a global problem that Intel Corp. initially downplayed. Microsoft’s statement suggests slowdowns could be more substantial than Intel previously indicated. While Intel Chief Executive Officer Brian Krzanich on Monday said the problem may be more pervasive than first thought, he didn’t discuss the degree of impact — only that some machines would be more affected than others   Read More ...
Intel CEO promises ‘Meltdown’ and ‘Spectre’ security chip flaws will be fixed soon
2018-01-09 17:04:49 LAS VEGAS — Intel has big plans to steer toward new business in self-driving cars, virtual reality and other cutting-edge technologies. But first it has to pull out of a skid caused by a serious security flaw in its processor chips, which undergird many of the world’s smartphones and personal computers. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich opened his keynote talk Monday night at the annual CES gadget show in Las Vegas by addressing the hard-to-fix flaws disclosed by security researchers last week   Read More ...
Intel CEO: Fixes on the way for serious chip security flaws
2018-01-09 16:04:44 LAS VEGAS -- Intel has big plans to steer toward new business in self-driving cars, virtual reality and other cutting-edge technologies. But first it has to pull out of a skid caused by a serious security flaw in its processor chips, which undergird many of the world's smartphones and personal computers. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich opened his keynote talk Monday night at the annual CES gadget show in Las Vegas by addressing the hard-to-fix flaws disclosed by security researchers last week   Read More ...
TD Bank acquires Toronto-based artificial intelligence startup Layer 6 AI
2018-01-09 13:05:02 TORONTO -- TD Bank is acquiring artificial intelligence company Layer 6 AI for an undisclosed amount, as financial services companies increasingly look to harness the technology's potential. Toronto-based Layer 6's platform uses AI to analyze various forms of data to learn, and predict, how to serve customers in a personalized way. Layer 6 will retain its brand name, and separate office in Toronto's Yorkville area, but TD will become its sole client and customer, the bank says   Read More ...
‘A natural step’: RCMP looks to 3D printing as part of new wave of crime-solving technology
2018-01-09 12:05:53 OTTAWA — Remember that time we all thought 3D printed guns were going to unleash a new wave of terror and unchecked violence across the nation? Fears about 3D firearms have largely subsided since an American company test-fired the world’s first 3D printed gun in 2013 and published the design online, spawning a string of copycats and a flood of alarmed headlines   Read More ...
Apple pushes iOS software upgrade to fix Spectre security flaw
2018-01-08 22:36:11 Apple Inc on Monday released an updated version of its operating system software to fix a major microchip security flaw that affected nearly all computer chips made in the last decade. Last week, Alphabet Inc’s Google and other security researchers disclosed two major chip flaws, one called Meltdown affecting only Intel Corp chips and one called Spectre, that left computing devices vulnerable to hackers   Read More ...
AI, driverless cars, smart devices and more: Here’s what to expect from this year’s CES
2018-01-08 17:33:20 Automobiles are again expected to dominate the annual CES technology gathering in Las Vegas that kicks off on Tuesday. Electric- and driverless car technologies, together with infotainment innovations, will be a focus at the show, according to analysts. Other technologies likely to be in the spotlight include the latest offerings in artificial intelligence, virtual assistants, connected home products, OLED televisions and high-end personal computers   Read More ...
Apple needs to address iPhone addiction among young people: investors
2018-01-08 02:33:34 NEW YORK (Reuters) – Apple Inc shareholders Jana Partners and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System are urging the smartphone maker to take steps to address what they say is a growing problem of young people getting addicted to Apple’s iPhones, Jana partner Charles Penner said. Jana, a leading activist shareholder, and CalSTRS, one of the nation’s largest public pension plans, delivered a letter to Apple on Saturday asking the company to consider developing software that would allow parents to limit children’s phone use, the Wall Street Journal reported earlier on Sunday   Read More ...
Jill Barker: Do fitness trackers result in healthier, fitter Canadians?
2018-01-07 14:37:01 Designed to monitor physical activity, fitness trackers have come a long way from the first generation of mass marketed pedometers that clipped to a waistband. Beyond counting steps, the latest devices use embedded sensors to track calories burned, distance and speed travelled, heart rate, sleep habits and much more. But their biggest selling feature is the belief that they’ll lead to a healthier, more active lifestyle   Read More ...
Chinese space station, or pieces of it, will fall to Earth in March — somewhere
2018-01-07 12:03:17 Tiangong-1 received only 2 manned missions, and now most of it will burn up on re-entry Sometime in March, a streak of fire will cross the sky as the Chinese space station Tiangong-1 falls out of orbit. But where it will fall, or how much of it will fall, nobody quite knows. Recent analysis by the Aerospace Corporation in California concludes that it will fall to Earth in mid-March, give or take two weeks   Read More ...
5 of the Best of Innovations awarded at CES 2018
2018-01-06 17:04:04 Every year, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) honors a plethora of recent innovations which could be ongoing projects or products already available on the market. The crème de la crème are given a "Best of Innovations" award. Here's a selection of these award-winners which can be seen at CES 2018 from January 9 to 12 in Las Vegas. Ethereal Halo. This 3D printer, aimed at the business market, opens up a whole new world of possibilities   Read More ...
Altoros Brings Cloud Foundry Training to Toronto and Seattle - Cloud Foundry
2018-01-06 05:00:19 As Cloud Foundry’s capabilities continue to increase, it’s critical for cloud-native engineers to acquire the skills necessary for sucсessful operation of the platform. On the cloud journey, it’s imperative to become an expert in building microservices. for trainings in Toronto, Canada and Seattle, Washington! Attendee requirements — including knowledge levels and workstation prerequisites — are included on both registration pages. At both events, attendees can expect to gain knowledge that will help them get certified by the Cloud Foundry Foundation   Read More ...
The device you're using right now has a big security flaw — but you don't have to panic
2018-01-05 03:05:45 There's almost certainly a critical security flaw or two in the device you're using to read this story — but you don't have to panic. To varying degrees, the flaws affect processors found in virtually all computers and phones, and could allow an attacker to access data stored in a device's memory that should typically remain private. The researchers announced the discovery publicly this week — calling the two bugs Meltdown and Spectre — and warned the security of everything from passwords and encryption keys to documents and photos could be at risk   Read More ...
Most computers, smartphones vulnerable to newly discovered security flaws
2018-01-04 21:33:07 Google says a newly discovered security vulnerability initially thought to be linked to most modern computers is actually a threat to smartphones and tablets as well. Security researchers on Wednesday disclosed a set of security flaws that they said could let hackers steal sensitive information from nearly every modern computing device containing chips from Intel Corp, Advanced Micro Devices Inc and ARM Holdings   Read More ...
AP Explains: Who's affected by computer chip security flaw
2018-01-04 20:32:45 Technology companies are scrambling to fix serious security flaws affecting computer processors built by Intel and other chipmakers and found in many of the world's personal computers and smartphones. The two hardware bugs discovered can be exploited to allow the memory content of a computer to be leaked. Such a leak could potentially expose stored passwords and other sensitive data, including personal photos, emails and instant messages   Read More ...
Google says phones, tablets also affected by newly discovered security issue
2018-01-04 20:05:41 TORONTO -- Google says a newly discovered security vulnerability initially thought to be linked to most modern computers is actually a threat to smartphones and tablets as well. Reports began circulating Wednesday about a mysterious hardware issue that could cause sensitive data, including user passwords, to become accessible to hackers. To make matters worse, consumers were warned that a software update to fix the widespread problem could potentially slow down their computers, although it remains unclear to what extent that is true   Read More ...
Security flaws in virtually all phone and computer chips 'one of the worst CPU bugs ever found'
2018-01-04 18:06:20 Software fixes are being released to mitigate the flaws, which could be used to steal private data Related Stories Security researchers disclosed a set of flaws Wednesday that they said could let hackers steal sensitive information from almost every modern computing device containing chips from Intel, AMD and ARM. One of the bugs is specific to Intel, but another affects laptops, desktop computers, smartphones, tablets and internet servers alike   Read More ...
Canada could use artificial intelligence to ID suicide hotspots
2018-01-04 16:06:15 With approximately 10 Canadians dying by suicide every day, the federal government is investing in a new pilot project that could one day use artificial intelligence to predict spikes in suicide risk across the country. Advanced Symbolics Inc., an artificial intelligence service company, is set to begin a pilot project that will scan random samples of social media to try to find the red flags that indicate that a particular area of the country could be headed for a spate of suicides   Read More ...
Social media plays 'extremely important' role in Iranian protests despite censorship
2018-01-04 12:09:50 Telegram is the platform of choice but protesters turn to backdoor software and private networks Related Stories Since the 2009 Green Movement protests in Iran, internet connections have grown significantly, which is why social media is likely playing an important role in the anti-government demonstrations rocking the country. "I believe that has made a tremendous difference between now and then," said Hadi Ghaemi, executive director for the New York-based Center for Human Rights in Iran   Read More ...
BlackBerry, Baidu announce autonomous vehicle partnership
2018-01-04 01:30:41 MONTREAL: Canadian telecommunications software company BlackBerry and China's web giant Baidu on Wednesday (Jan 3) announced a partnership for autonomous and connected vehicles. "The two companies will collaborate to accelerate the deployment of connected and autonomous vehicle technology for automotive OEMs and suppliers worldwide," they said in a statement. BlackBerry's operating system will be "the foundation for Baidu's Apollo autonomous driving open platform," the statement said   Read More ...
Apple’s battery replacement program could slash iPhone sales by 16 million
2018-01-03 20:32:15 Apple Inc.’s offer to replace iPhone batteries cheaply may cut sales of new handsets by millions of units this year, according to Barclays analyst Mark Moskowitz. The Cupertino, California-based company recently said it intentionally slows down iPhones with older batteries to prevent the handsets abruptly shutting down. Apple stressed that it hadn’t intentionally slowed the devices to encourage users to purchase newer models   Read More ...
'OK Goo Goo!' Italian grandma struggles with new Google Home
2018-01-03 19:03:24 An 85-year-old Italian woman’s struggles with her new Google Home have gone viral, after her grandson recorded video of her tapping the device and shouting “Hello, Goo Goo!” in an attempt to wake it up. Ben Actis recorded the video at a family gathering in Florida, where his grandmother Maria tried to use the new Google Home Mini that Ben’s girlfriend gave her   Read More ...
Ottawa backs artificial intelligence program looking for early suicide warning signs
2018-01-03 04:03:57 OTTAWA – An Ottawa-based firm has been tapped by the federal government for a three-month pilot project designed to look for warning signs for suicide before tragedy strikes.Advanced Symbolics Inc., is an artificial intelligence service company set to examine suicide hot spots across the country to better understand precursors to suicide.The pilot, expected to start by the beginning of February, will examine all parts of the country including Indigenous communities, said chief scientist Kenton White, though he stressed the goal is not to focus on any particular group   Read More ...
Apple Acquires Canadian App Development Startup Buddybuild
2018-01-02 22:00:49 Apple recently purchased Vancouver-based app startup Buddybuild, according to a blog post on the Buddybuild website (via iMore). Buddybuild's website describes the company as a "continuous integration, continuous deployment, and user feedback platform for development teams." In other words, Buddybuild offers tools for developers that are designed to let them quickly and easily build apps through GitHub, BitBucket, or GitLab   Read More ...