This Feature Might Be The Best Thing Facebook Has Ever Done

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Facebook launched a feature called Town Hall, and it could be a game changer.  The social media giant apparently recognizes the enormous impact it has on politics in the U.S., and decided to make it easier for you to contact your representatives. Source: TheBestStuffOnline Date: November 27th, 2017 Link: http://www.thebeststuffonline.net/this-new-feature-might-be-the-best-thing-facebook-has-ever-done/ Discussion 1) How might you put this future to… Read more »

Everything we knew about money is up for grabs. So will we end up smiling?

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“Thanks to mobile payments, it is entirely possible that we will see a major country such as China become a predominantly cashless society in five years’ time, if not sooner.” Source: BBC Technology News Date: November 21, 2017 Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-sh/The_disruptors_money_changing Discussion 1) What would it mean in your country to have it operate completely cashlessly? 2) Friction-free transactions… Read more »

Face ID iPhone X ‘hack’ demoed live with mask

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A Vietnamese cyber-security firm has shown the BBC how a mask can be used to unlock Apple’s new iPhone X. The demo took place about a week after Bkav first claimed to have undermined the handset’s security. But other experts have cast doubt on what the “hack” amounts to. Apple has not commented beyond referring… Read more »

Why Russia’s first attempt at the internet failed

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In the 1960s, a Russian engineer proposed a civilian computer network to connect workers and farmers all across the Soviet Union, and the idea made it all the way to the highest authorities in Moscow.  What went wrong? Source: BBC Future Date: November 15th, 2017 Link to video: http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20171110-why-russias-first-attempt-at-the-internet-failed Discussion 1) There are myriad examples of tech that came… Read more »

‘We’re designing minds’: Industry insider reveals secrets of addictive app trade

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The average teenager is on track to spend nearly a decade of their life staring at a smartphone, and that’s no accident, according to an industry insider who shared some time-sucking secrets of the app design trade. CBC Marketplace travelled to Dopamine Labs, a startup in Venice, Calif., that uses artificial intelligence and neuroscience to help companies… Read more »

“The speed of the transactions — this isn’t somebody sitting there typing details over and over again,”

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When Adele fans went online to buy tickets to the pop superstar’s world tour last year, they had no idea what exactly they were up against. An army of tech-savvy resellers that included a little-known Canadian superscalper named Julien Lavallée managed to vacuum up thousands of tickets in a matter of minutes in one of… Read more »

Uber’s Plan to Launch Flying Cars in LA by 2020 Really Could Take Off

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Instead driving my car in heavy traffic I’d whip out my phone and pull up UberAIR in the company’s app. I’d head to the roof of the nearest tall building and hop into the gleaming white helicopter-drone hybrid thing waiting there to lift me up and over the traffic at 200 mph. Source: Wired Magazine Date: November… Read more »

Meet the Woman Making Uber’s Self-Driving Cars Smarter, Cheaper

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Raquel Urtasun joined Uber to set up a new autonomous-vehicle research lab . She still works one day a week in her old job as an associate professor at the University of Toronto. And she has long argued that that self-driving vehicles can’t reach the masses unless the industry weans itself off lidar. Source: Wired Magazine Date: November 9th,… Read more »

Spreading the word: How to promote your online business

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Online businesses now have a wealth of digital tools and techniques at their disposal to help them get noticed in the global marketplace. Source: BBC Technology News Date: November 9th, 2017 Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/business-41817559 Discussion 1) The intersection of Management Information Systems and Marketing grows all the time.  Why does it make more sense to study MIS if you… Read more »