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Cloud Storage Keeps Data Out of Reach of Criminals

Posted on 15 May 2017

As chief information security officer for Amazon Web Services, Stephen Schmidt is surprised by how many businesses still fail to see the dangers of storing information on computers and servers in their offices rather than in the cloud.Not only is that data vulnerable to physical calamities such as fire or hardware failure, the onus is also on the businesses themselves to protect their ...

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Facebook Failed to Remove Reported Extremist Posts: Report

Posted on 17 April 2017

Facebook failed to remove dozens of instances of extremist and child pornography even after the social network’s moderators were directly informed of the potentially illegal content, an investigation by The Times showed on Thursday.Using a fake profile set up last month, a Times journalist found images and videos glorifying Islamic State and recent deadly attacks in London and Egypt, ...

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Twitter Creates ‘lite’ Version for data-starved Users

Posted on 07 April 2017

Twitter Inc is launching a faster version of its mobile service on Wednesday aimed at people with sporadic connections or little data on their smartphone plans, hoping to pick up users in harder-to-reach emerging markets.The company calls the version Twitter Lite and it will be aimed largely at users outside the United States. Twitter Lite works through a web browser, not a stand-alone ...

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Samsung Launches Galaxy S8, Dreams of Recovery from Note 7

Posted on 04 April 2017

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd unveiled its Galaxy S8 flagship smartphone as it battles to regain the market leadership it lost to Apple Inc after the embarrassing withdrawal of the fire-prone Note 7s.Boasting some of the largest wrap-around screens ever made, the long-awaited S8 is the South Korean technology company’s first new premium phone since its September recall of all Galaxy Not ...

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Canada Counters Silicon Valley Talent Raid with Fresh Funding for AI

Posted on 29 March 2017

This story is part of Mind in the Machine, an ongoing Globe series about artificial intelligenceCanada is bracing for an intense global technology race as Ottawa, the provinces and corporations pump hundreds of millions of dollars into the burgeoning artificial intelligence sector in a bid to keep the country competitive as it faces technological changes in the years ahead. Read ...

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We Need to Ensure Innovations in artificial Intelligence Benefit all Canadians

Posted on 19 March 2017

Afraj Gill is a community advocate, adviser to technology startups, and former entrepreneur.Although automation is not a new phenomenon, this new phase of automation – one heavily driven by artificial intelligence (AI) – will be unprecedented in its scope.There are a number of opinions on why Canada is poised to be a leader in an AI-driven world. We have world-leading techni ...

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EU Authorities Demand Changes from Facebook, Google, Twitter

Posted on 19 March 2017

Social media companies Facebook Inc, Alphabet Inc and Twitter Inc will have to amend their terms of service for European users within a month or face the risk of fines, a European Commission official said on Friday.U.S. technology companies have faced tight scrutiny in Europe for the way they do business, from privacy to how quickly they remove illegal or threatening content. ...

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Ancient Dental Plaque Shows Neanderthals Used Plants to Cope with Pain

Posted on 10 March 2017

Ancient DNA from dental plaque is revealing intriguing new information about Neanderthals including specific menu items in their diet like wooly rhinoceros and wild mushrooms as well as their use of plant-based medicine to cope with pain and illness.Scientists said on Wednesday they genetically analyzed plaque from 48,000-year-old Neanderthal remains from Spain and 36,000-year-old rema ...

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Wikileaks’ CIA Hacking Dump Sends Tech firms Scrambling for Fixes

Posted on 09 March 2017

Tech companies must rapidly step up information-sharing to protect users from prying eyes, a security software executive said on Wednesday after WikiLeaks released a trove of data purporting to show that the CIA can hack all manner of devices.Dozens of firms rushed to contain the damage from possible security weak points following the anti-secrecy organisation’s revelations, although ...

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U.K.-based Scientists win million-euro Prize for Work on Brain’s Reward

Posted on 07 March 2017

Three neuroscientists won the world’s most valuable prize for brain research on Monday for pioneering work on the brain’s reward pathways – a system that is central to human and animal survival as well as disorders such as addiction and obesity.Peter Dayan, Ray Dolan and Wolfram Schultz, who all work in Britain, said they were surprised and delighted to receive the Brain Prize, w ...