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Copper Is Worth Its Weight In Gold

Copper has been in use by humans for about 10,000 years and without this incredible metal, society could not possibly be what it is today. With a vast amount of uses, copper is antimicrobial, corrosion-resistant, and a superior heat and electricity conductor that has revolutionized technology and our modern way of life.
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Why Bill Gates Thinks We Should Tax Robots

As the founder of Microsoft, there are few people on the planet who have helped to guide technological progression (at least in the realm of computing) as much as Gates over the course of his 42-year career. The thrust of his argument is this: if robots replace human workers whose pay would otherwise be taxed, why then should the labour of the robots not also be subject to taxation?
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How To Give The Gift Of Tech (When You're Not A Techie)

A recent survey by Intel Canada and Microsoft Canada found that 55% of respondents said tech products often top their loves ones' wish lists, with half (50%) saying they're likely to give technology as a gift this year. For someone like me with a décor and lifestyle background, the thought of buying a new computer for someone can be intimidating and often overwhelming. Where to begin?
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The Business Owner's Guide To Computer Shopping

Knowing how employees will use their PCs determines whether performance, mobility, battery life or display quality is most important. A desk-bound engineer designing a next generation product will require more computing power than a traveling salesperson. Based on role-specific priorities, you will choose from a wide variety of devices, including notebooks, desktops, 2-in-1s or tablets.
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Liberal Copyright Reform May Nix Canadian Access To U.S. Netflix

The prospect of considering expanded blocking for copyright purposes validates the fears of civil liberties groups that the introduction of blocking requirements invariably expands to cover a wider net of content. Canadian copyright was already on track for a boisterous debate in the coming years with changes such as copyright term extension mandated by the Trans Pacific Partnership and a review of the law scheduled for 2017. If government officials envision adding VPN usage, access to U.S. Netflix and website blocking to the list of issues, copyright could emerge as one of the government's most difficult and controversial issues.
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DNA May Be the Hard Drive of the Future

Last week, a story appeared that seemed to come out of the pages of a science fiction novel. A team of researchers in Switzerland developed a new way to store digital data. Instead of hard drives, chips, or crystals, they used the genetic material found in all living organisms, DNA. On top of that, they were able to show the information could last for at least 2,000 years.
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How to Make Money Off the Singularity

The big question popularized by the Terminator franchise is whether or not we mere mortals need to worry about a real-life version of Skynet leading a takeover of humanity. The good news according to Owen Shapiro,is that all we really know about the future is that the so-called "Rise of the Machines" will create business opportunities for respected brands.
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6 Ways to Make Meetings More Productive

Standing meetings are popular for teams that have status updates. The logic behind a standing meeting is that the longer you stand, the more uncomfortable it gets. In a study, published in Social Psychological and Personality Science, Andrew Knight and Markus Baer discovered that standing teams are more excited, fired up and less protective of their ideas compared to those who sit.
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It's Finally Cool For Girls to Geek Out

Back when I was a kid, it wasn't cool to be uncool. To be called a "nerd" was to elicit scorn and its accompanying exclusion. How the tables have turned and the tides have shifted. There is a new trend towards teaching kids -- girls in particular -- coding skills in a growing number of cities.
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The Week In Review: The Mac Turns 30

This week, the Macintosh computer turned 30. As someone who plugged away on a boxy little Mac SE from high school all the way through university, I can't help but feel a great deal of personal tenderness for the Mac. But as Stephen Fry reminds us in the Daily Telegraph, the original Mac was much more than just a cute new product (that now serves as a cue for nostalgia). It was a revolution that included folders and windows "which could be operated and manipulated, not by keyboard commands but by this mystical magical mouse." It's easy to forget what a departure that was. And how many naysayers were sure it would never last.
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Technology Should Revolutionize Education

Yet there is one significant aspect of society where very little has changed over the last century: education. It is the one area where a worker, in this case a teacher, from 1913 could be transported to 2013 and adapt quite easily to the modern world.
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Should a Kindergartener Have an iPad?

The new iPad mini is the perfect size for my junior kindergartener. However, does a JK really warrant owning a computer? I tend to think not. Already it seems there is this mad scramble going on to ensure that our kids are equally if not more tech-savvy than their peers. There is plenty of time to hone his keypad skills but the window for developing his imagination seems to close a little every day.

The Hidden Costs of Aging Technology

Thanks to the state of the economy, it's tempting to try and push the limits of your hardware to delay inevitable upgrades. This may seem like a money-saving measure on the surface, but the truth is that there is a significant cost to NOT replacing out-of-date hardware -- one that can very easily trump the cost to purchase its replacement.

Which Security Software Should You Use?

I get asked this question a lot, and it's a question I love to be asked. I have spent the last ten years trying out just about every security software product available. I have come to the conclusion that you get what you pay for, and not all software is created equal.

Why Your Computer May Not Be 'Fine' Even If You Think It Is

Although you may think your home or business computer is running fine, having a trusted source perform regular maintenance is essential, much like you get your vehicle serviced regularly. If it's running well - fantastic - if not, it's important to take steps to fix minor problems before they become major issues.

Watching the Watchdog: How Are Canada's News Anchors Faring?

There's a thread running through today's news broadcasting -- that to one extent or another, the big three of Canadian TV news are captives of the teleprompters which sits in front of their cameras and shows them the words they're paid a lot of money to read at us. Here's a summer report card of how they're doing.

Seven Ways Technology Is Affecting Our Children

Not only are we enamored with the ability to send and receive information in a digital format, but our children are equally smitten. I hear more and more parents bemoaning the fact that they're not able to retrieve their iPad or laptop from their young child who is busy surfing the web, watching videos or playing games on the device. Here are the top seven ways that digital technology has affected our children -- the good and the bad.