“You’re just a fucking tourist, aren’t you? You’re safe and comfy in some glass tower somewhere, and you stick a periscope into the real world every now and then and tell yourself you’re experienced life or some such shit” – From Maelstrom by Peter Watts.
“Given how Google makes money, off of our information, I think it is in all our best interests if BlackBerry wins this fight.”
Originally posted on Inside BlackBerry:
Smartphones are far from a slowing market, but prognosticators are already looking ahead to the Next Big Thing, literally called the Internet of Things.
Sensor-enabled vials will ensure medicines remain usable – just one of the many advances the Internet of Things will bring to healthcare.
In this next wave of connected devices, sensors and computer chips will be embedded in anything and everything. As my colleague Alec Saunders points out, this will run from contact lenses that measure your blood sugar levels to cars with always-on 4G-LTE to dairy cows connected to the Internet to keep track of their health.
There could be 50 billion devices connected via the IoT by 2020, predicts Saunders. That’s much more than the billions of phones today, and MUCH larger than the wave of PCs before them.
For the IoT to flourish, the devices all need to be able to talk to each…
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Originally posted on Global News:
TORONTO – Imagine having a broken arm and being able to fix it yourself. That’s pretty much what Canada’s technological pride and joy, the space station robotic arm Dextre, did this week.
On Tuesday, Dextre completed the job of replacing two cameras on Canadarm 2, the mobile base on the International Space Station, which took place over the past week. It became the first robot to perform surgery on itself while in space.
WATCH: Animation of robot repairing itself aboard the ISS
Dextre is a robot that rides along Canadarm 2, allowing it unprecedented dexterity on the Earth-orbiting scientific platform. Together, the pair make up the station’s Mobile Servicing System.
The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) live-tweeted the camera swap on Wednesday, chronicling the historic work.
— CanadianSpaceAgency (@csa_asc) May 27, 2014
#Dextre (left) is…
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Some posters and artwork from the 1956 film Forbidden Planet
After more than ten years of studying the Universe, the Canadian Microvariability and Oscillation of STars
(MOST) mission will come to an end on September 9, 2014, having exceeded its objectives. Since its launch in 2003, MOST has produced over one hundred science publications and provided astronomers with new insights into the behaviour of stars. Originally planned as a one-year project, MOST was extended annually due to the telescope’s continued successes. The suitcase-sized telescope will leave a prolific legacy of data for astronomers to analyze.
In the fall of 2013, the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) conducted a mission extension review in cooperation with members of Canada’s astronomy community. The evaluation weighed the mission’s ongoing operational costs against its objectives and new alternatives to obtain similar data. The review led to the recommendation that the mission be terminated, considering that MOST had already surpassed its objectives.
MOST has helped a new generation of astronomers and space engineers advance their studies and research. Under the leadership of its Principal Investigator, Dr. Jaymie Matthews of the University of British Columbia, the MOST science team currently includes members from: the University of British Columbia, the University of Toronto, Université de Montréal, St-Mary’s University, the University of Vienna, Harvard University and NASA’s Ames Research Center.
Originally posted on TechCrunch:
Google made a small but interesting update to Google+ today. Every profile page now includes the total number of times the user’s content has been seen by others. This new number is the sum of all of the views of the user’s profile, posts and photos since October 2012.
It’s worth noting that this isn’t the first time Google started highlighting these kinds of stats. Google also previously started showing view counts to all of the photos its users share on the service. For now, though, it doesn’t highlight view counts on posts, even though this number does flow into the total view count on the profile page.
If you would rather hide your views, you can also do that from your profile settings.
Google probably hopes that many users will be surprised by how many people have seen their posts. The same probably goes for brands and the many celebrities…
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