Saturday, April 18, 2015

Technology

Solar-powered portable toilets on wheels helping to keep San Francisco neighbourhood clean

SAN FRANCISCO — Streets in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighbourhood blocks away from fancy stores and long lines of tourists waiting for cable cars have been cleaner since solar-powered toilets began rolling in four afternoons per week.

Bell agrees to opt-in policy for tracking customer Internet, TV and phone usage

Bell Canada has reversed its position and will seek customer consent before tracking their Internet, TV and phone call use in order to deliver targeted online advertising.

Canada helps fund telescope project

VANCOUVER—Canadian companies will play a significant role in constructing what’s billed as the most powerful optical telescope on Earth.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper said late yesterday that Canada will provide up to $243.5 million over 10 years for the Thirty Meter Telescope project, which is scheduled to begin peering into the distant reaches of the galaxy and beyond by about 2023.

Use of drones by businesses years away

Businesses may have started planning for the day when drones help their future plans take flight, but experts say corporate visions will have to stay more grounded for several years.

These boots are made for walking easier: Motor-free device will put a spring in your step

WASHINGTON — Engineers have come up with a motor-free device to make walking more efficient and easier — something scientists once thought couldn’t be done.
The prototype exoskeleton boot runs from just below the knee to the ankle, and when you strap on a pair, you can reduce the energy it takes to walk by 7 per cent. That means you won’t burn as many calories.

Widespread use of drones by business years away, experts say

Businesses may have started planning for the day when drones help their future plans take flight, but experts say corporate visions will have to stay more grounded for several years.

3D print technology providing cheap, lightweight ‘robohand’ to 7-year-old US girl

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. — Seven-year-old Faith Lennox never thought she needed a left hand; after all, she couldn’t remember losing hers when she was only 9 months old.

Rural British Columbia home to Amazon drone test site, company confirms

Amazon has picked Canada as one of its testing grounds for the drones that the online retail giant hopes to one day use to deliver packages to customers within 30 minutes of receiving an order, the company confirmed Monday.
Spokeswoman Kristen Kish said the company is operating a testing facility in rural British Columbia, though she declined to reveal its specific location.

IBM to invest $3 billion in new ‘Internet of Things’ unit to scoop, crunch data on devices

NEW YORK — IBM is investing $3 billion to build an “Internet of Things” division aimed at harnessing the massive trove of data collected by smartphones, tablets, connected vehicles and appliances and using it to help companies better manage their businesses.

Solar plane resumes trip

NEW DELHI—A solar-powered airplane on a historic around-the-world journey took off today from the northern Indian town of Varanasi and was headed for its next stop in Myanmar.
Swiss pilots Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg are taking turns flying the aircraft as they attempt to circumnavigate the globe on the journey that is expected to take five months.

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