Thursday, March 5, 2015

Technology

Charity crowdfunding success linked to self-expression through social media

VANCOUVER — Julia Hawkins offers a simple explanation for why she set up an online crowdfunding campaign that brought in $22,000 for a severely beaten homeless man, who she had previously seen a few times near where she works in Cape Breton.
“I just like helping people,” said Hawkins, a soft-spoken woman from Little Pond, N.S.
“He seemed like a really nice guy. I liked his dog.”

That email look phishy to you? Your boss might be testing your security savvy

NEW YORK — Are you a hack waiting to happen? Your boss wants to find out.

10 years on, Google Maps still evolving in efforts to capture the world

TORONTO — When Google Maps launched in 2005, it was hardly the online equivalent of a world atlas.
“We only had maps for North America and Germany. The entire world apart from these areas was all blue and water,” recalled Manik Gupta, director of product management for Google Maps.

Canadian-made Myo armband aspires to change how we interact with computers

KITCHENER, Ont. — When Tom Cruise introduced the concept of gesture-control technology to audiences more than a decade ago in the film “Minority Report,” the idea of operating computers by waving your hand through the air seemed like Hollywood fantasy.

Rise of the machines: Study sees robots cutting labour costs 16 pct. in world factories by 2025

WASHINGTON — Cheaper, better robots will replace human workers in the world’s factories at a faster pace over the next decade, pushing labour costs down 16 per cent, a report Tuesday said.

SpaceX calls off launch of space weather satellite, ocean landing attempt of leftover rocket

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The SpaceX company has called off Sunday’s launch of a deep-space observatory.
The countdown was halted at the two-and-a-half-minute mark at Cape Canaveral, Florida, because of a problem with a rocket-tracking system. At the same time, SpaceX was dealing with a rocket issue.

Report: Automakers fail to adequately protect cars against hacking, theft of personal data

WASHINGTON — Automakers are cramming cars with wireless technology, but they have failed to adequately protect those features against the real possibility that hackers could take control of vehicles or steal personal data, according to an analysis of information that manufacturers provided to a senator.

Pope’s confession to children during Google Hangout: I don’t know how to work a computer

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has made a confession of sorts, telling a 16-year-old girl that he doesn’t have a clue about how to work a computer.

Virgin Galactic turning corner after mishap, maintaining march toward space tourism

UPHAM, N.M. — The only thing interrupting the creosote and mesquite that makes up one of New Mexico’s most remote stretches of desert is a pristine runway where Virgin Galactic plans one day to launch the world’s first commercial space-line.

Study: Chances of a driver dying in a car crash plunged over 3 years

WASHINGTON — The chances of a driver dying in a crash in a late-model car or light truck fell by more than a third over three years, and nine car models had zero deaths per million registered vehicles, according to a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

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