Canada Technology

From the Slide Rule to Super Computers - 50 Years of Health Research

Russell Williams | Posted 09.01.2014 | Canada Living
Russell Williams

The NewScientist reported on a computer program that can identify rare conditions by analyzing a photograph of a face. The software developed at the University of Oxford can recognize 90 disorders by analyzing facial features such as lips, brows and the shape of eyes.

How Technology Pulls Back the Curtain on TV Food Commercials

Ryan Spong | Posted 08.27.2014 | Canada Living
Ryan Spong

Technology is allowing us to peer behind the veil of TV commercials; it is connecting us in real, authentic and meaningful ways to the food we eat. It is creating communities of like-minded consumers and producers. This week, the FDA issued an industry-wide mandate to lower sodium in processed foods. Has the ratchet changed direction?

What Is It With B.C. Government And Expensive, Poorly Managed Computer Projects?

Jordan Bateman | Posted 08.15.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

Taxpayers deserve to know why these projects are going over budget, why they are failing, and precisely what government plans to do about it.

Enjoy Some Digital Family Time Together

Nicole Letourneau | Posted 08.15.2014 | Canada Living
Nicole Letourneau

Despite our fretting, technology isn't going away, and simply cloistering our children from it is neither beneficial nor practical. To succeed in the modern world, children will need to embrace technology without being consumed by it. And the difference between these two fates lies in the hands of parents.

How Technology Helped My Dyslexic And Dysgraphic Son

Sarah Collins | Posted 08.05.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Sarah Collins

Last year, when he was in Grade 5, we both had access to iPads -- his through a gift using my brother's Save-On More points, mine through my school principal -- and we both began to explore the potential of this technology.

Give Your Customers Techno-Peace

Nick Cowling | Posted 07.14.2014 | Canada Business
Nick Cowling

Removing distraction and providing some techno-peace, could very well be the next best way to connect with customers, employees or spectators of your brand. It sounds counter-intuitive to connect by disconnecting, but insights like this one is like an hour off the grid -- hard to come by.

Traditional Media Is Still Relevant in a Social Media World

Andrea Lekushoff | Posted 07.08.2014 | Canada Business
Andrea Lekushoff

As social media has become more prevalent, people have come to expect immediate information and real, consumer driven conversations. This has forced the traditional news landscape to evolve, prompting much discussion about the relevancy of newspapers, TV, and radio. But does traditional media even have a place in today's culture of 140 characters or less?

How Will Kids Learn Patience When Everything Is Just One Click Away?

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 08.20.2014 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

Patience seems to have fallen by the wayside. In its place, anxiety and frustration have taken hold. In the digital era, patience is no longer a virtue; it is seen as an unnecessary vestige of a bygone era with little value. After all, why wait when instant gratification is just a few clicks away?

When Everything Gets Big and Complicated, Just Breathe

Tanya Raheel | Posted 08.02.2014 | Canada Living
Tanya Raheel

During this recent season of Mad Men (for the record, I'm in withdrawal having to wait till 2015 for new episodes, yikes), a new character featured pr...

The Real Problem With Public Perception of Climate Change

Peter McCaffrey | Posted 07.23.2014 | Canada
Peter McCaffrey

The real problem is that the public doesn't actually get climate science information from scientists. We get it from government departments and international governmental panels. We get it from a sensationalist media and from politicians. While the IPCC tells us there will be 17 inches of sea rise by 2100, Al Gore scares voters by claiming it will be 20 feet.

How To Change Canada's Energy Habits

Merran Smith | Posted 07.21.2014 | Canada
Merran Smith

For utilities, behaviour-based energy efficiency programs could make for happier customers, as industrial and household ratepayers alike are ready to be empowered to better manage their energy use and bills. Similarly, policymakers charged with delivering on energy efficiency will appreciate having one more arrow in their quiver.

Vancouverite Predictions On What the Future Will Look Like

Nikolas Badminton | Posted 07.07.2014 | Canada
Nikolas Badminton

I have been collecting a number of predictions from Vancouverites on where they think the world is heading with technology as part of a gathering of minds at an upcoming conference called From Now.

It's Finally Cool For Girls to Geek Out

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 06.22.2014 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

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.

Stanley Kubrick Put the Science in Science Fiction

Gerry Flahive | Posted 06.22.2014 | Canada
Gerry Flahive

All science-fiction films are obliged to create props, cityscapes and an array of objects that depict something of their imagined future. But they usually don't feel the same obligation to present them with any scientific credibility. However, Kubrick did.

Businesses Should Bow to Creator Culture

Carlos de Torres | Posted 06.17.2014 | Canada
Carlos de Torres

Providing the resources and platforms for consumers to create has become an embedded part of how people consume. Organizations, no matter the industry, cannot ignore the importance of collaboration and co-creation. We are no longer the experts who can dictate what people want. We are now the apprentices to a very large population of mentors.

Federal Arts Funding Should Take a Page From Kickstarter's Book

Peter McCaffrey | Posted 06.11.2014 | Canada Politics
Peter McCaffrey

In just a few short years, relatively simple technology that enables people to find like-minded individuals with similar tastes in artwork, has eclipsed and then surpassed a 50 year old institution of government. Hopefully, governments will learn the lessons of other industries and choose to embrace this technological advancement for what it is -- the democratization of art

Why Alberta Is A Great Place To Call Home

Carlo Montemagno | Posted 06.07.2014 | Canada Alberta
Carlo Montemagno

Alberta has led all provinces in average annual economic growth over the last 20 years. Our unmatched strengths in agriculture, forestry and petrochemicals have earned us an international reputation but it is the energy sector that is our driving economic force. We are the energy hub in a nation that consistently ranks among the top 10 energy producers in the world. That's huge.

How the Empowered Patient is Changing Healthcare

Russell Williams | Posted 05.27.2014 | Canada Impact
Russell Williams

As Canadians embrace and adopt the latest technologies to manage their healthcare, they have created a parallel health system and our healthcare providers and governments are empowered to continuously ensure that patients receive the best treatment possible.

Turn Off Your Parenting Apps and Enjoy Actual Parenting

BabyPost | Posted 05.21.2014 | Canada Living
BabyPost

Technological innovations are making it impossible to ever stop parenting. With real-time updates, disconnecting from your parental obligations, even for a short time, becomes a struggle. And let's be honest, everyone needs a little "me" time, especially busy moms and dads. Perhaps it is time to put down our baby-related technology, take a step back and take in the joys of parenting.

Declutter Your Business: Work in an Office, Live in the Cloud

Nancy A. Shenker | Posted 05.18.2014 | Canada Business
Nancy A. Shenker

Our company recently moved into a new office, which presented a terrific opportunity to change those patterns. First of all, we have no closet...seriously. As a result of our move, we are now compelled to operate with just the necessities. We work in an office, but we live in the cloud.

As Technology Improves, Are We Moving Towards 'Her' or HAL 9000?

Carlos de Torres | Posted 05.12.2014 | Canada Business
Carlos de Torres

As our relationship with technology matures, we do expect more human connections online and we want our things to have some intuition. But are we building a world where HAL 9000 or Samantha the OS from Her will become our confidantes?

Women: They're Sexy and They Know I.T.

Gillian Farber | Posted 05.10.2014 | Canada Business
Gillian Farber

It seems like most IT industry related discussions are focused on the remaining obstacles women face and overcoming gender discrimination. But rather than worrying about knocking down gender walls I strongly believe that women should embrace their careers as aggressively as men do

3 Tools to Protect Your Data From Surveillance

Kris Constable | Posted 05.08.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Kris Constable

All the tools I recommend are open source, means you don't have to trust me, you can download the source code and look at it yourself before using it. They are absolutely required for protecting your personal, and business data from unauthorized eavesdropping, which happens by default for anything you do online.

Do You Know The Social Media Secret?

Mitch Joel | Posted 05.04.2014 | Canada Living
Mitch Joel

The San Francisco based startup Secret (that was founded by two former Google and Square employees) is getting tons of attention, followers and fans. In short, you can write anything that's on your mind, add photos or colors to the background and customize this content while being able to share it, free of judgment, and without attaching any of your personal information or profile to it.

It's Time to Encourage And Nurture Our Youngest Scientists

Carlo Montemagno | Posted 04.23.2014 | Canada Alberta
Carlo Montemagno

While the return on investment is easy to identify, explaining nanotechnology to little ones isn't always as straightforward. We work in a complex field and it is difficult for both children and adults to understand something they can't see or touch.