Kepler will build its small satellites at a new manufacturing facility in Toronto

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Satellite communications startup Kepler will manufacture its small satellites going forward at a new 5,000-square-foot facility in Toronto, Ontario, Canada . The company is working with partners, including the Canadian Space Agency and the University of Toronto, on the new facility, which will also incorporate design and development of its satellites in addition to manufacturing. Source: Tech… Read more »

Apple may have to abandon Lightning connector cable

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Apple could be forced to abandon its Lightning connector cable if European lawmakers get their way. The cable is used to charge and sync Apple devices, including the iPhone. But members of the European Parliament urged the European Commission on Monday to force tech giants to adopt a single universal charging method. Apple products do… Read more »

Microsoft makes ‘carbon negative’ pledge

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Microsoft has pledged to remove “all of the carbon” from the environment that it has emitted since the company was founded in 1975. Chief executive Satya Nadella said he wanted to achieve the goal by 2050 . To do so, the company aims to become “carbon negative” by 2030, removing more carbon from the environment… Read more »

ToursByLocals snaps up its first funding, C$33M, to link sightseers with guides globally

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The tours and experiences market is projected to be worth $183 billion this year, and today a startup that has made inroads into the space through bootstrapping is announcing its first outside investment. ToursByLocals — which sources local guides in some 162 countries, then helps tourists search and book them for either individual or small group tours… Read more »

Is blockchain living up to the hype?

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Is blockchain – the technology underpinning the cryptocurrency – is fulfilling its promise, or a tech still looking for a better reason to exist. There have been some very grandiose claims made about blockchain. Source: BBC Business Technology Date: January 16th, 2020 Link: https://www.bbc.com/news/business-45919700 Discussion 1) Do you understand what the difference is between Bitcoin and Blockchain? 2)… Read more »

How may I help you? Virtual Shopping Assistants

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Source: BBC Technology News Date: January 16th, 2020 Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-sh/disruptors_how_may_I_help_you Discussion 1) “In the brave new world of retail this won’t necessitate a trek out to the nearest late night supermarket. Instead the shop can come to you.  With the touch of an app button, you hail a low-slung electric vehicle, like a glass-sided motorhome, which quietly glides into… Read more »