Siri is your new customer service rep

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The folks behind some of the technology in Siri, the iPhone’s virtual personal assistant, are bringing their voice recognotion technology to customer service applications, including bank, cable and credit card smartphone apps. Nuance Communications (NUAN) last week announced the creation of “Nina,” a natural human language input software that is designed to understand customers’ questions about their… Read more »

How the U.S. thinks Russians hacked the White House

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Russian hackers behind the damaging cyber intrusion of the State Department in recent months used that perch to penetrate sensitive parts of the White House computer system, according to U.S. officials briefed on the investigation. While the White House has said the breach only ever affected an unclassified system, that description belies the seriousness of… Read more »

Surveillance: The hidden ways you’re tracked

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“Every cell phone tower you pass, friend you keep, article you write, site you visit, subject line you type, and packet you route, is in the hands of a system whose reach is unlimited but whose safeguards are not.” Your day-to-day behaviour is monitored in ways you wouldn’t even realise, so these details and many… Read more »

Drones used to try to smuggle contraband into jail

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Discussion: Drones are now being used to smuggle tobacco and cellphones into prison. The jails are having to tighten there security measures now with advancement of technology. Source: BBC News Date: November 28, 2013 Link: Questions for discussion: Can you think of any other technology that the jails will have to watch out for in the future?… Read more »

Anti-theft Sim Cards for Motorbikes

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Discussion: Vietnam is one of the fastest growing technology sectors in the world. Yet, their transportation of choice is an outdated motorbike. Company’s are targeting this market, by creating a tech-savvy motorbike that have an innovative design and a built in iPod dock. Another company is creating a device that can be installed into a motorbike… Read more »