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Why Toronto is the ideal place to build a neighbourhood of the future

<i>Daniel Doctoroff is chairman and CEO of Sidewalk Labs and former deputy mayor of New York. Eric Schmidt is executive chairman of Alphabet.</i><p>Two years ago, Google (now Alphabet) formed Sidewalk Labs with the belief that emerging technologies could help tackle the world's toughest urban challenges. …

Cities

Google Just Made Gmail the Most Secure Email Provider on the Planet

Google has just launched a set of new features to make it harder to break into your account.<p>Last year, hackers working for the Russian government tricked John Podesta, one of Hillary Clinton's top advisers, into giving away his Gmail password. Months later, his private emails started appearing on …

Security

Archaeologist spots hundreds of mysterious, ancient stone structures on Google Earth

Archaeologists have discovered 400 mysterious stone structures which could date back thousands of years in the sands of Saudi Arabia – using Google …

Archaeology

Toronto to be home to Google parent’s biggest smart city project yet

OTTAWA/TORONTO — Alphabet Inc, the owner of Google, will announce plans to help develop a section of Toronto’s waterfront on Tuesday, in the biggest …

Smart Cities

Google built its first-ever mobile chip to power the Pixel 2's excellent camera

While Google has a long history of partnering with hardware makers to build its range of phones for showcasing the latest developments in Android, it’s created its own mobile processor for the first time, to improve camera performance in the Pixel 2.<p>It’s called the Pixel Visual Core, and it’s …

Google

An Interview with Stephen Hurley

Stephen Hurley is one of the reasons why I love Twitter and the concept of creating a Personal Learning Network. I’ve learned so much from him, I’ve …

Internet Radio

Google isn't saying Microsoft security sucks but Chrome for Windows has its own antivirus

In its ongoing effort to improve browser security, school Microsoft on security, and retain its search audience, Google is today rolling out several …

Information Security

Dangerous countries: Canada’s list of risky travel spots

Travelling to Iraq or Afghanistan may be obvious places to avoid for many Canadian globetrotters because of the high risk of terrorism, violent …

North Korea

Beware the kiss of the lady beetle

People try to kill most any insect that lands on them or that gets into their house, but not the lady beetle.<p>It’s too cute. People are more apt to …

Insects

Do We Recognise Our Own Potential? via @TeacherToolkit

Reading Time: 4 minutes.<p>Do we recognise our own potential?<p>Earlier this year Canadian teacher, Maggie MacDonnell was awarded the Global Teacher Prize …

Education

Free Division Tiling Puzzle to Get Students Thinking

Starting in 2014, Heid moved her family of 5 moved into their RV to make adventuring a bigger part of their lives. You can follow that adventure at …

Mathematics

Different Approaches To Using Student Blogs And Digital Portfolios

More and more educators are discovering the importance of having their students build some form of digital presence. Blogging is an excellent way for …

Teaching

Google's refined Security Checkup identifies account vulnerabilities

While Google might soon switch VIPs over to advanced protection in the form of physical keys, the rest of us are fine with typical security practices -- so long as we follow them. To better secure your Google account, the company has a new version of its Security Checkup feature that points out …

Google

20 Little Reality Checks That All Of Us Desperately Need, Every Now & Then

Staring in the face of reality isn't an uncommon feat, yet I'm sure these truths will pinch you like a necessary evil. Truth Potato is giving us …

Happiness

Windows 10 setup and configuration tips: Don't settle for default settings

Ed Bott's extensive collection of Windows 10 tips, organized by category. This page includes the most popular tips for getting Windows 10 configured …

Microsoft

5 Rules That Excellent Leaders Never Break

While outstanding leadership ability is defined by standards unique to each individual, there are guidelines. Here's the short list.<p>A couple of years ago I wrote this list of 51 rules to leadership excellence. Yet today, I receive the occasional email from readers wishing to express their …

Unique

1 Interview Mistake Too Many People Make That Hurts Their Chances of Getting an Offer

The last few minutes of a job interview are crucial. Don't forget to say this.<p>Your resume and cover letter impressed the hiring manager enough that you've landed an interview. Naturally, you do all the right things to prepare. You study up on all the trick interview questions and prepare stand-out …

Employment

Here's Why Anyone Will Be Able to Develop a Computer Program 5 Years from Now

We are almost there.<p>These days, while our grandparents struggle endearingly to send a text message or compose an email, we struggle to remember that the use of computers and smartphones wasn't always intuitive.<p>Though we understand on an intellectual level that such objects are foreign to them, it's …

As U.S. Confronts Internet’s Disruptions, China Feels Vindicated

HULUNBUIR, China — In the United States, some of the world’s most powerful technology companies face rising pressure to do more to fight false information and stop foreign infiltration.<p>China, however, has watchdogs like Zhao Jinxu.<p>From his small town on the windswept grasslands of the Inner …

China

Why Smartphones Will Become Extinct by 2025

The Apple iPhone 8? Poof. The Samsung Galaxy? You won't need one anymore.<p>The world is changing, and it's all about your voice.<p>In my house, there are voicebots everywhere. In the kitchen, I use Google Home speaker to ask about recipes and the weather. In my office, there's an Amazon Echo connected …

Google Home

Here’s what you can do to protect yourself from the KRACK WiFi vulnerability

Security researcher Mathy Vanhoef publicly disclosed a serious vulnerability in the WPA2 encryption protocol today. Most devices and routers currently rely on WPA2 to encrypt your WiFi traffic, so chances are you’re affected.<p>But first, let’s clarify what an attacker can and cannot do using the …

Wi-Fi

The iPhone 7 is reportedly outselling the iPhone 8

It's likely Apple fans are holding out for the iPhone X instead.<p>iPhone 8? Big deal. More people are buying last year's iPhone 7 than the newly released 8, reports Reuters citing analysis from KeyBanc Capital Markets and carrier surveys conducted in the US and UK.<p>This bucks the usual trend of new …

IPhone 8

Coding with Emoji

I’ll admit; I was not a fan of drag and drop coding in the beginning. After all, I learned to program using Fortran and learning that knowing syntax …

Programming

Architecture Books You Can Borrow (For Free) From The Internet's Largest Library

Have you registered for your <b>free</b> library card? If you haven't, you're missing out on some serious perks! The Internet Archive has a lending feature …

Libraries

Boston Public Library just began digitising their 200,000-strong record collection. For free

While some companies remain reluctant to the idea of free knowledge in the digital age, we’re glad there are projects like Internet Archive to …

Libraries

Google Assistant gets some spooky voice commands just in time for Halloween

We’ve just made it through another Friday the 13th, and Halloween is right around the corner. If you’re having trouble getting in the spooky spirit, perhaps Google Assistant can help.<p>Google has just added a handful of quizzes and fun Halloween-themed Easter eggs to the Assistant. Here’s the full …

Google

How Google turns your kids into little Google borgs

Commentary: Unlike all the other companies' assistants, Google's doesn't have a name. The result? Constant chanting of the company name.<p><i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>It had been bothering me for a while, but in that way that I couldn't …

Google

Ada Lovelace: Mathematics and Computer Pioneer

Ada Augusta Byron was the only legitimate child of the Romantic poet, George Gordon, Lord Byron. Her mother was Anne Isabella Milbanke who took the …

Computer Science

Three technologies Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella thinks will shape the future

With a rueful smile, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella acknowledged on stage at the GeekWire Summit that “one of the (really bizarre) things to do is …

Microsoft

Computational Thinking Is Not Necessarily Computational

I applaud Peter J. Denning's "Remaining Trouble Spots with Computational Thinking" (June 2017), especially for pointing out the subject itself is …

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office