B.C. company awarded $595K in federal funding for boating safety app

A Kelowna company has been awarded $595,000 in federal funding for its marine safety mobile app. The Sailing Plan app is touted as a mobile sailing plan, one that can provide details about the watercraft, planned routes and the people who are on board. The app is in its development stages and should be ready sometime next year. Ralph Goodale, […]

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For gamers with disabilities, creative controllers open worlds

NEW YORK (NYTimes) – Erin Hawley grew up immersed in video games, progressing from Pong on the Atari 2600 to Sonic The Hedgehog on the Sega Genesis to Tomb Raider on the Sony PlayStation. But as the hand-held controllers became more complex and her muscular dystrophy became more debilitating, she was eventually forced to stop playing console games. Even holding […]

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The new Picasso? Meet Ai-Da the robot artist

FALMOUTH, England (Reuters) – Can robots be creative? British gallery owner Aidan Meller hopes to go some way towards answering that question with Ai-Da, who her makers say will be able to draw people from sight with a pencil in her bionic hand. Meller is overseeing the final stages of her construction by engineers at Cornwall-based Engineered Arts. He calls […]

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Can’t Delete The Facebook App From Your Android Phone? Unfortunately, There’s Not Much You Can Do

Some Android users have recently discovered that they can’t delete the Facebook app from their phone. Rather than deleting the app, users are only given the option to disable it. TechCrunch reported on this, noting that “Facebook is the new crapware.” Meaning, thanks to an agreement between Facebook and certain mobile companies, the app comes pre-loaded onto the phone. It’s […]

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We must fight the invasion of the killer robots

“Killer robots” are taking over. Also known as autonomous weapons, these devices, once activated, can destroy targets without human intervention. The technology has been with us for years. In 1959, the US Navy started using the Phalanx Close-In Weapon System, an autonomous defense device that can spot and attack anti-ship missiles, helicopters and similar threats. In 2014, Russia announced that […]

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Natural gas producers back $3M Canadian clean tech program

An industry-sponsored fund designed to help develop clean technology using Canadian natural gas is launching a $3-million call for project proposals. The Natural Gas Innovation Fund says the call for applications, with a February deadline, is being made possible by the addition of seven western Canadian natural gas producers to a membership previously made up of six natural gas utilities. […]

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This drone concept could save people from burning buildings

Drones have become a popular toy for hobbyists and in some cases vital tools for various professions, but could they ever save your life? A group of design students in China think so and they’ve developed a concept they call “Net Guard” that turns drones into life-saving guardian angels. The idea here is that a single quadcopter-style drone will expand […]

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Apple’s iOS 12.1 Contains Security Bug That Bypasses Lockscreen Passcode

Apple closed out the month of October with the release of several new products and a significant update to its mobile operating system, iOS, for compatible iPhones. The official iOS 12.1 update was released on October 30, but just hours after its release, a popular security boffin discovered a major security bug that allows a passcode-protected lock screen to be […]

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