Google is helping this school build a ‘Waze’ for the blind

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Like many Bostonians, Joann Becker uses her smartphone to find the nearest bus stop. Unfortunately, GPS is only accurate give or take 30-feet, and unlike most people, Becker can’t look up to see exactly where the bus is going to stop. Becker is blind. Source: CNN Tech Date: April 15th, 2016 Link: http://money.cnn.com/2016/04/12/technology/google-org-blind-waze/index.html Discussion 1) The goal here is… Read more »

Facebook’s next big thing: Bots for Messenger

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No longer satisfied with being the dominant network for our humble species, Facebook is now courting a different type of user: bots. And eventually you’ll be able to talk to them as if they were your friends.  “Could you transfer £100 to my brother, please?” you might one day ask your bank. Or maybe, “Do… Read more »

The problem with forced tech obsolescence

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Arlo Gilbert – chief executive of health app specialists Televero – has Revolv set up in his home. He calls controlling all of his devices like conducting a “beautiful orchestra of home technology”. The orchestra will stop playing on 15 May when Nest switches the Revolv system off. To be clear – that doesn’t just mean… Read more »

How Google is endangering police officers

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For the fifth year in a row, ambush attacks on police officers were the No. 1 cause of felonious deaths of law enforcement officers in the line of duty. Nevertheless, Google continues to market a smartphone application that lets lawbreakers pinpoint the location of police officers in the field. Google’s executives won’t even discuss the… Read more »

Would you let a robot invest your hard-earned cash?

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The floors of the New York and London Stock Exchanges now exist mostly for show. The real trading is done automatically by robots.  About three-quarters of trades on the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq are done by algorithms – computer programs following complex sets of rules.  And this “robo-trading” is having a profound effect… Read more »

One Facebook trick to prevent embarrassment

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How long have been using Facebook? One year? Five years? 10 years? Even if it’s only been a few months, you might have some embarrassing information lurking in your history that you don’t even remember posting. Do you want your new squeeze, a co-worker, family member or even a potential employer stumbling on it?  Fortunately, Facebook… Read more »

Vlogging: How you can build a billion dollar career

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  The world’s top video bloggers (vbloggers) can make up to $50,000 per day through advertising and affiliate marketing on their blog sites. Source: BBC News Date: March 11th, 2016 Link to video: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schoolreport/35772441 Discussion 1) What are the attributes that make a vblogger interesting enough to get a substantial audience? 2) Is there a topic you are… Read more »

Don’t click ‘like’ on Facebook again until you read this

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Facebook has changed the way people do a lot of things online. For example, you probably notice yourself reflexively clicking ‘like’ on anything your friends post on Facebook, even if it’s just to acknowledge you saw it. Scammers are taking advantage of that reflex for a dangerous scam called “like-farming.” Source: USA Today Date: March 7th,… Read more »

The dating game

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“You create this perfect profile, using your best photographs and most creative lines of text, to create this persona, and you start to believe this persona that you’ve created. Everyone else on the app is doing exactly the same thing.  You spend a few weeks sending lines of text to each other, and you eventually… Read more »