How BlaBlaCar created a global transport network

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A rail strike is a strange time to realise that your start-up is going to be a success but that was the moment that the founders of BlaBlaCar knew that their company was going to take off.  BlaBlaCar is the French online ride-sharing company that pairs people travelling between cities with drivers who have empty… Read more »

Meet the Airbnb police

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The second-floor apartment was a beautiful and spacious, smartly appointed two bedroom in San Francisco’s posh Pacific Heights neighborhood. It was pricey, about $400 a night on Airbnb, and came with an unexpected caveat.  Along with a complimentary bottle of California wine, renters were greeted with a handwritten note warning them to lie if they… Read more »

Can your voice reveal whether you have an illness?

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Our voices are amazing things.  We can use them to sing, shout and whisper sweet nothings. We can use them to activate gadgets and prove who we are to banks.  And now researchers believe they can also reveal whether we’re getting ill. Source: BBC Technology News Date: January 17th, 2017 Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/business-38637257 Discussion 1) What are some of… Read more »

Here’s What Happens to Tech in 2017

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A Thousand Tech IPOs Will Bloom – 2016 was a dismal year for IPOs—the slowest IPO market we’ve had since the recession. But that’s likely to change in 2017.  The Internet of Things Will Die – Last September, some malware took control of millions of internet-connected devices, including security cameras and DVRs, and launched an attack that… Read more »

Could your unused space make you money?

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When he split up with his girlfriend, Anthony Paine needed to store his stuff somewhere fast.  As he shut the door of their flat for the final time, the irony struck him that there must be lots of people with space to spare nearby, if only he could connect with them.  So he and his… Read more »

Is that app you’re using for work a security threat?

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When cybersecurity firm Imperva asked one of its banking clients how many apps it thought its staff were using, the firm estimated between 75 and 100 in total. The figure was actually closer to 800.  Why does this matter? Source: BBC Technology News Date: October 18th, 2016 Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/business-37541594 Discussion 1) “Cloud-based apps often gain access to the… 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 »

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 »

Microsoft Excel blamed for gene study errors

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  Microsoft’s Excel has been blamed for errors in academic papers on genomics.  Researchers trying to raise awareness of the issue claim that the spreadsheet software automatically converts the names of certain genes into dates.  Gene symbols like SEPT2 (Septin 2) were found to be altered to “September 2”. Source: BBC Technology News Date: September 1st, 2016… Read more »