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Bar code turns 40: Next-generation codes move past grocery stores
George Laurer had no idea his design would reach well beyond retail outlets when he created the black line and number sets known as the modern bar code while working for IBM as an engineer.
Forty years ago today, Laurer's creation — the Universal Product Code (UPC) — was first put to use in a U.S. grocery store. Since then, a new generation of bar code cataloguing devices has infiltrated multiple industries and even human bodies.
Cisco invests $150 million in Canadian tech startups
Cisco Canada is putting $150 million into venture capital funds, incubators and technology startups in the country.
The company said its Cisco Canada Innovation Program will cover mix technologies, businesses and investment stages over a period of 10 years as part of a strategy to actively engage with investment partners and startups to "mentor and develop new leaders and innovations."
New technology may put an end to drilling teeth
There may be a time in the near future when fillings for minor cavities are a thing of the past.
Researchers at King's College London are developing a procedure that uses low frequency electrical currents to help teeth "self heal" lesions (sometimes referred to as cavities) without drilling.
The technology, called "electrically accelerated and enhanced remineralization," could put an end to fillings for early-stage lesions and moderate tooth decay. And eventually it could lead to new treatments for more advanced decay.
QNX exec: New technology could lead to remote repairs in vehicles
Trips to your local mechanic might become less frequent as new technology develops that could make it possible for cars to essentially fix minor glitches themselves.
Whether it's realigning the sensors that prevent you from backing into a pole, or updating the guts of the dashboard software, new technology from a subsidiary of smartphone maker BlackBerry will give car manufacturers the tools to communicate directly with vehicles linked to their system.
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Bar code turns 40: Next-generation codes move past grocery stores
George Laurer had no idea his design would reach well beyond retail outlets when he created the black line and number sets known as the modern bar code while working for IBM as an engineer. Forty years ago today, Laurer's creation — the Universal Product Code (UPC) — was first put to use in a U.S. grocery store. Since then, a new generation of bar code cataloguing devices has infiltrated multiple industries and even human bodies.
Hitchhiking robot to journey across Canada this summer
With pool noodle arms, a plastic bucket for a torso and a limitless wealth of retrievable knowledge — at least while in 3G network range — a curious entity is getting ready to put out the thumb and bum rides across Canada this summer.
It's HitchBOT, the genderless hitchhiking robot that will rely on the kindness of flesh-and-blood strangers to safely complete a 4,480-kilometre odyssey that starts in Halifax on July 27 and is supposed to wind up at an art gallery in Victoria.
New car owners still struggling with technology
New car owners reported more quality problems than a year ago in the annual J.D. Power Initial Quality Study. As in recent years, the biggest issue was using new technology -- especially voice recognition, cell phone connection and audio systems.
McCain Foods turns to drone technology to monitor potato crops
For years, drones have mostly been used for military purposes, but now the world’s largest producer of French fries is using the technology to pick up information from its potato fields.
"We can integrate a lot of different data streams from drones and field sensors and package it into a system to help benefit growers and companies like McCain," says Peter Goggin of Resson Aerospace.
Tradition meets technology with indigenous language app
The File Hills Qu'Appelle Tribal Council believes the key to language preservation is technology. So on Monday, FHQTC launched its iTunes Language App for Cree, Saulteaux, Dakota, Nakoda and Lakota - the five language groups that comprise the tribal council. The applications will now be accessible for download on iTunes for free.
Bitcoin has a future, but maybe not as a currency
In the course of its five-year run, bitcoin has been heralded as a beacon of hope by those who mistrust banks and an object of suspicion by those who mistrust a grassroots currency.
While the dramatic price fluctuations and high-profile breaches have not helped the cause, bitcoin's champions and critics seem to agree that the technology itself has a future.
I'm standing on the roof of a building in the middle of the night. Below me, framed in bright lights, a man is being beaten to death. The sounds are hard to make out, but he screams as officers surround him, kick his body, tase him.
The woman next to me jumps up and down, crying, imploring the officers to stop attacking the man. "He's not resisting!"
Google starts removing 'right to be forgotten' search results
Google has begun removing search results in compliance with a European court ruling that search engine providers must respond to requests to delete links to outdated information about a person.
Now, when a user searches for a name via one of Google's European domains they may see a warning displayed at the bottom of the results page saying, "Some results may have been removed under data protection law in Europe."
Google: 100,000 lives a year lost through fear of data-mining
Fear of data-mining of health care could be costing as many as 100,000 lives a year, according to Google's Larry Page.
Speaking out in response to fears over his company's vast haul of personal information, Page made the case that not only is Google not going too far with collecting and analysing such information – it's not going far enough.
How technology is being used to foil cheats
The exam season may be coming to an end, but efforts to tackle cheating never cease. This year has already seen several high-profile cases of cheating in professional tests, including Plymouth University, the US Navy and the English visa exams.
In the past, invigilators had to cope with cheats using mobile phones, mp3 players, and in-ear technology.
Apps bring speed reading into the digital age
The Malay Mail Online
Speed reading has been around for more than half a century, but new apps are bringing the technique into the digital age, helping users breeze through books faster. ReadMe!, a new app for iPhones, lets readers control the pace of their reading from 50 to 1,000 words per minute.
Readers select an ebook in the app, which is available worldwide and costs $1.99. After opening the speed-reading technology it shows one word at a time. The app does not work ebooks that have sharing restrictions.
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