Iowa caucus: Chaos at key vote as results delayed

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Results from voting in Iowa, the first round in the contest to pick a Democratic candidate to face President Donald Trump, have been plunged into chaos by apparent technology issues. The state’s Democratic party said the holdup was a “reporting issue”, adding that it expected to “have numbers to report later today [Tuesday]”. Source: BBC… 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 »

Inuit sharing ancient knowledge of ice, sea and land with new app

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A social media app geared toward the outdoor lives of Inuit launched Wednesday with features that tie traditional knowledge to smartphone technology.  The Siku app and web platform, named after the Inuktitut word for sea ice, allows users to trade observations about dangerous conditions, document wildlife sightings and trade hunting stories. It also integrates modern weather, sea ice… Read more »

Chinese start-up gets children coding

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Makeblock is one of the rare Chinese tech companies finding commercial success outside of China. Source: CNN Gadgets Date: September 17th, 2019 Link to video: https://www.cnn.com/videos/business/2018/11/26/shenzhen-china-makeblock.cnn-business Discussion Is it important to know how to code? We are in the middle of a “low-code revolution”. Low-code means that you don’t code from scratch, but “code” by… Read more »

Big Four Firm KPMG Identifies Top Four Skills Required for Blockchain Career

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Big Four auditing firm KPMG has identified the top four skills needed for a blockchain-related career, in a press release shared with Cointelegraph on May 16. KPMG suggests that an increasing number of companies will investigate blockchain technology this year. “Blockchain projects will not succeed or scale without a multifaceted team that goes beyond technologists,” the firm states,… Read more »

Facebook Discloses It Shared Data With Chinese Device Makers

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Facebook Inc. said it had data-sharing partnerships with four Chinese consumer-device makers, including Huawei Technologies Co., escalating concerns that the social network has consistently failed to tell users how their personal information flows beyond Facebook. The disclosure came after Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said earlier Tuesday that he saw… Read more »

Microsoft AI

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This video is a TV commercial from Microsoft talking about their AI systems. Source: Microsoft Date: February 15th, 2018 Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9tucY7Jhhs4 Discussion 1) What actually is Artificial Intelligence? 2) What sorts of applications can you think of, beyond those shown in the video, that could use

The next big thing in tech: The desktop computer (yes, really)

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  While smartphones may be sweeping through emerging markets, a computer is still the thing that you and I sit down to every day to access the knowledge economy,” he said. “The only difference between a smartphone and a computer is the monitor, the keyboard, the mouse and the operating system. Source: CNN Date: March 10th, 2016… Read more »