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Facebook Messenger Rooms Evokes Chat Rooms Of The Past

Those who have grown up in the Internet age may have fond memories of chat rooms, and the close-knit, niche online communities that they fostered. But for those who thought that chat rooms were a relic of the past, think again. This week, Facebook is set to introduce Messenger Rooms in Australia and Canada. This new feature lets Facebook users set up a unique space — or “chat room” — to discuss a particular topic, theme or event. Right now, only 250 users can join a Room,…

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Facebook Releases Workplace To Connect Employees Everywhere

{{unknown}}By 2016, it’s clear that Facebook is ever-present — it’s becoming more and more rare to find someone who doesn’t have an account set up on the social media platform. Yet despite how inescapable Facebook is and its undeniable impact on our culture today, it’s still considered unprofessional and embarrassing  to be caught surfing Facebook in many workplaces. While many companies have used Facebook to their advantage — using the platform to market their products and services to millions of users — not every industry has…

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Instagram Introduces New Comment Filters

For all the good that social media does — connecting friends around the globe, raising awareness of important social issues, among much more — there remain persistent drawbacks associated with each platform that affect some users more than others. More often than not, high-profile users of Instagram and Twitter, will find themselves on the receiving end of spam and flat-out hate speech from Internet trolls at some point. You may recall when the comedian Leslie Jones, who recently starred in the reboot of Ghostbusters, briefly quit Twitter this summer…

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Pokémon Go Surpasses Tinder As Most Popular App

Even though it was only released on July 6 this year, Pokémon Go has surpassed Tinder as the most popular mobile app, according to Forbes. By July 8, the game was installed on more than 5% of all Android devices in the United States. Tinder runs at only 2% of all Android devices. Plus, the app’s daily active user count is about to match and is expected to exceed that of Twitter. These stats are not surprising to any one who’s been on the Internet…

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Ex-Google Employee Creates Startup For Driverless Trucks

By now, you’ve likely heard about Google’s plans to have more self-driving cars on the road, and the ensuing debates surrounding their merits and safety. But how would you feel not about a self-driving car, but a driverless 18-wheel truck cruising on the road beside you? Many might be alarmed by this image, but not Anthony Levandowski — an engineer who was involved in making the technology used in Google’s driverless cars. Not only does Levandowski believe driverless trucks are about to make it big, he feels…

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American States Studying Potential Uses For Drones

Many of us might be quick to consider drones as indicative of unwanted surveillance or military activity, and be wary of their presence around us. However, American researchers have been increasingly finding that a drone’s utility could extend far outside the political realm. In fact, it looks like these mini-flying devices could start becoming a lot more commonplace in the U.S. than we might be used to — in the name of streamlining costs and human labour. According to new survey conducted by the American Association of State Highway and…

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Michigan Night Vision Helicopter Helps Save Young Man

Michigan State Police (MPS) were able to save a young man’s life thanks to the night vision camera the MSP helicopters are equipped with. MSP Lieutenant Mike Shaw stated that they received information “from this individual’s either loved one or their mom that he may have been suicidal.” When the Detroit police lost track of the 25 year old man, Michigan State troopers used night vision cameras inside their “Trooper Two” chopper to track the driver. The driver was driving erratically, running traffic signs, intersections, and…

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BC To Implement Coding Into School Curriculum

Often we look back at what we were taught in school and wonder how it applies to the real world. When was the last time we used the Pythagorean theorem? It’s easy to lament the practical and necessary skills that our education didn’t provide — instead of complex algebra,  wouldn’t it have been useful if schools had taught us something like taxes instead? While it’s true that the economy is tough on new graduates and that many industries are in decline, today’s tech sector is exploding. More and more…

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Toyota and Ford Connect Your Smartphone To Vehicle Screens

For some time now, the automotive industry has been dominated with talk of Google’s self-driving cars, and the likelihood of Apple following in their footsteps and  creating autonomous vehicles. But now, it appears these two tech giants could face competition, with recent news confirming that Toyota and Ford are teaming up to implement technology for cars of the future. Earlier this week, Toyota and Ford announced that they would adopt software to connect smartphone apps to vehicle dashboard screens. The software, which is to be developed by…

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Program Allows Computers To Learn Like A Human

We all know that computers — and much of technology in general — can only help us to a certain extent. For the most part, computers cannot generally perform tasks that require creativity or complex human thinking. However, what we think computers are capable of doing could be starting to drastically change. U.S. and Canadian researchers have recently created a new program that is able to help a computer recognize a handwritten symbol. For example, this program could teach a computer to learn handwritten letters of the alphabet, after just…

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