Canadian companies eye Ukrainian tech workers amid Russian invasion

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Source: Toronto Daily Star Date: March 24th, 2022 Link: https://www.thestar.com/business/2022/03/09/canadian-companies-eye-ukrainian-tech-workers-amid-russian-invasion.html Discussion What might be some issues for tech companies using Ukrainian tech workers? Why are Canadian (and US) companies so eager to hire Ukrainian tech workers?

Apple’s Latest iPhone Sidelines Carriers From Buying Process

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Source: Bloomberg Technology News Date: March 24th, 2022 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-03-17/apple-s-latest-iphone-sidelines-carriers-from-buying-process?srnd=technology-vp Discussion The new feature is called “on-device authentication.”  Why does it make it better for consumers? Why does this new feature make it better for Apple (which is why they are doing it)?

Russian internet users are learning how to beat Putin’s internet crackdown

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Source: CNN Date: March 24th, 2022 Link: https://www.cnn.com/2022/03/12/tech/russia-internet-censorship-circumvention/index.html Discussion Make sure students understand that all a VPN does is to wrap internet traffic in encryption. As a result, no one can see what is being sent and received, as well as also hiding where and from where the traffic is going. ” Russian internet users also… Read more »

Innovative atlas puts Indigenous knowledge on the map — literally — to help tackle climate crisis

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“We’ve launched a new map of Canada,” Ian Mauro, executive director of the Prairie Climate Centre, said in an interview.  Until now, the interactive atlas did not show climate change projections for Indigenous communities. Only Canadian urban centres were included. The newly-launched feature provides information about the impacts of climate change on 634 First Nations communities and… Read more »

The giant crypto-mine in a desert

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Source: BBC Technology News Date: March 18th, 2022 Link: https://www.bbc.com/news/av/technology-60172436 Discussion Crypto mining uses a lot of electricity. Why? Some US and Canadian states/provinces and towns/cities are either banning crypto mining, or providing tax incentives for crypto miners to come. Why are some trying to stop it and others trying to encourage it?

BBC News launches ‘dark web’ Tor mirror

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https://www.bbc.com/news/av-embeds/50150981/vpid/p044b1c2 The BBC has made its international news website available via the Tor network, in a bid to thwart censorship attempts. The Tor browser is privacy-focused software used to access the dark web. The browser can obscure who is using it and what data is being accessed, which can help people avoid government surveillance and censorship…. Read more »

We used AI to measure Canada’s urban sprawl

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“We’re a suburban nation,” said Sasha Tsenkova, a professor of architecture, planning and landscape at the University of Calgary, who looked at our findings. In all, 1,700 square kilometres have been added to the country’s nine biggest metropolitan areas since 2001. It’s as if the country’s urban areas have increased by three-and-a-half times the size… Read more »

Autonomous MOBILE Inspection with Spot

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Source: Boston Dynamics Date: March 9th, 2022 Link to 3 minute 51 second video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fsqgBnqWg2Q Discussion What other applications could you put something just like this towards? If you were to set up a business around this technology, what sorts of people would you need in your company to be successful?

Flexibility of virtual learning prompts some post-secondary students to pursue more online studies

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Source: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Date: March 4th, 2022 Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/online-learning-post-secondary-science-degrees-1.6364340 Discussion The article say “Some professors will have Zoom sessions to communicate, but the responsibility dynamic shifts a little bit, where although the school is very supportive, it’s all about the initiative from the student.”  What does this mean? How might you set up a… Read more »