Spy agency flags possible security breaches at Canadian pandemic research facilities

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Canada’s cyber spy agency says authorities are investigating possible security breaches at Canadian organizations doing COVID-19-related research — less than a week after it warned that Canadian intellectual property linked to the pandemic is a “valuable target” for state-sponsored actors. “We’ve seen some compromises in research organizations that we’ve been helping to mitigate and we’re… Read more »

The robot assistant that can guess what you want

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Source: BBC Business News Date: May 27th, 2020 Link: https://www.bbc.com/news/business-52547331 Discussion What sort of business or service could you build around this robot assistant? What sorts of roles can robots NOT help with?

How Parks Canada’s online reservation system buckled — again — under the weight of would-be Banff campers

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Before COVID-19 changed everything, Katt Hryciw was like tens of thousands of other people who hoped to secure a campsite in Banff National Park this summer. She set an alarm, woke up early on Jan. 8, the first day Banff reservations could be made, and sat poised at her computer.  “And then as soon as it… Read more »

The tech industry’s winners and losers in lockdown

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The coronavirus pandemic has been bad news for business. But even as some technology companies have been squeezed tight, others have actually seen a boost. Some were in the right place at the right time – while others have seen the real-world trade they rely on shut down completely. Source: BBC Business News Date: May… Read more »

Bitcoin ‘halving’: What does the much-hyped event mean?

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Bitcoin has just gone through a much-hyped adjustment that reduced the rate at which new coins are created. The world’s biggest cryptocurrency’s so-called “halving” happens roughly every four years. The digital currency relies on what are known as “miners”, who run software that races to solve complex maths puzzles in return for Bitcoins. Monday’s halving… Read more »

Coronavirus crisis highlights internet access inequality across Saskatchewan

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Barb Stamatinos had been on a waiting list for four years to get internet access when the Covid-19 pandemic hit.    Stamatinos is an administrator with the Saskatchewan Health Authority, and she is wondering why her family has had to install essential technology on their Jedburgh, Sask., area farm northwest of Yorkton, at their own cost… Read more »

Australia wins AI ‘Eurovision Song Contest’

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An Australian team has won a competition to write a hit Eurovision song using artificial intelligence. It grew into an international effort after this year’s contest was cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic. The winning song, Beautiful the World, was inspired by nature’s recovery from the bushfires earlier this year. A total of 13 teams… Read more »

Data from millions of cell phones show how spring break was a catalyst for the pandemic in Quebec

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As Canadian authorities are thinking about using geolocalized data from cell phones to track the spread of the coronavirus, Radio-Canada got access to the data from 7.9 million cell phones across the country. Our analysis shows how Quebecers multiplied their movements at the worst possible moment: during spring break and at a time when health… Read more »