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 »

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 »

How tech is helping a casino catch the cheats

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  In the past, casinos would employ agents to observe gamblers’ behaviour and watch out for cheats, but now technology is playing a role. Source: BBC Technology News Date: September 28th, 2016 Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-37095120 Discussion 1) What other businesses could use this sort of technology? 2) What sort of disclosures should a casino, or other business using this… 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… Read more »

Distributed Denial of Service Attacks (DDoS) explained

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A distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack is an attempt to take a website offline by overwhelming it with internet traffic. The tactic is often used in protest against companies and organisations to make their websites unavailable. Source: BBC Technology News Date: September 22nd, 2016 Link to video: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-35731734 Discussion 1) Have you seen a completely non-tech version… 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 »

Dust-sized ‘fitbits’ offer new way to monitor the body from within

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Scientists are developing dust-sized wireless sensors implanted inside the body to track neural activity in real time, offering a potential new way to monitor or treat a range of conditions, including epilepsy and control next-generation prosthetics. Source: CBC Date: September 20th, 2016 Link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/fitness-sensors-tiny-wireless-1.3751021 Discussion 1) The ability to monitor at such small scale could have a myriad… 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 »

How I caught my online scammer – and Facebooked his mom

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A cybersecurity researcher living in Austria who was scammed out of $500 says his money was returned after he tracked down the scammer’s family and contacted them on Facebook. Source: BBC Technology Date: September 14th, 2016 Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-37348014 Discussion 1) “He had decided to accept payment in the digital currency as he thought it would be less of… Read more »