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A Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada agricultural tech company was the winner of a $1.0 million prize Thursday night, October 5, in the 43North annual international business plan competition in Buffalo, N.Y.

Lyft lifted by $1bn investment led by Google subsidiary

Ride-hailing service Lyft has raised $1 billion in a funding round led by Google investment firm CapitalG. The Uber rival is now worth $11bn, giving it more spending power as it expands its presence around the world. Uber has recently faced some setbacks.

New coin offering Tezos bogged down by internal fracas

Only three months ago tech project Tezos was able to raise $232 million online in what was a very successful initial coin offering (ICO) in which a new project is financed and a new currency is created.

Ontario-based Pyrowave listed in CIX Top 20 Innovative Companies

Pyrowave, a Canadian company using microwaves to recycle polystyrene scrap was named by the Canadian Innovation Exchange (CIX) as one of the country’s top 20 innovative technology companies.

Mandalay Homes teams up with Sonnen to create solar community

Germany-based Sonnen GmbH is partnering with Arizona home builder Mandalay Homes on a community solar photovoltaic project of 2,900 homes in Prescott, designed to act as a virtual power plant.

Ubuntu 17.10 delivers new desktop and cloud enhancements

Canonical has launched Ubuntu 17.10, a significant milestone for the Linux OS. On the desktop, Ubuntu now comes with GNOME preinstalled by default, replacing Canonical's own Unity experience. There's also changes aimed at developers working in the cloud.

Microsoft might have solved the HoloLens' biggest issue

Microsoft may have solved one of the biggest limitations with its HoloLens headset. Since its first unveiling, the device has suffered from a restricted field of view. A patent filing suggests a feasible way to increase the range has been developed.

Samsung announces plans to 'democratise' the Internet of Things

Samsung launched several new Internet of Things services this week during the company's annual Developer Conference. The company said it wants to enable "connected, seamless experiences" to assist consumers, including voice control and augmented reality.

Ransomware-spreading botnet takes desktop screenshots

The Necurs botnet has been inactive for much of the first half of 2017, but it is now back, with a vengeance. Recently, Millions of malicious emails have been distributed, with most of them spreading Locky ransomware.

Maryland Governor: 'Get ready' for Baltimore-Washington Hyperloop

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan said he supports Elon Musk's Hyperloop project that will connect Baltimore and Washington.

Relativity Space aims to make a fully 3D printed rocket by 2021

Startup Relativity Space plans on using huge 3D printers to manufacture all the parts of a rocket without human intervention. The company aims to reduce the number of parts as well as the cost of producing a rocket.

Apple and GE partnership puts industrial IoT on the iPhone

Apple and GE have announced a partnership that will see GE's Predix industrial IoT platform land on iOS. Developers will be able to build industrial IoT services that can run on the iPhone and iPad, offering a way to access analytics from iOS devices.

Samsung's 360 Round lets content creators livestream in VR

Samsung's announced its own 360-degree camera designed for virtual reality content creation. The Samsung 360 Round incorporates 17 lenses and can livestream 4K and 3D video with spatial audio soundtracks. It's a complete package for VR content creators.

Samsung unveils Bixby 2.0, aims to connect all your devices

Samsung has announced the second-generation version of Bixby, the company's digital assistant. Coming just six months after Bixby's launch, Samsung's preparing to significantly expand the assistant's applications by bringing it to new kinds of device.

Banks 'two APIs away' from losing customers to mobile apps

Consumers are increasingly interested in mobile payments technology and are attracted to the idea of a centralised digital wallet. A new study by Accenture found smartphone users are "desperate" for a modern approach to banking that works around them.

Internet of Battlefield Things starts to take shape

The U.S. Army has outlined plans for Internet of Battlefield Things, taking the advantages of connectivity developed for the home, via systems like Amazon Echo, into the warzone.

Two autonomous vehicles are better than one

Two autonomous vehicles connected together and traveling along the same route are safer when compared with one lone vehicle, according to a new study. This is due to wider field of view and extended situational awareness.

Vulnerabilities of smart home products demonstrated

Many smart home products are vulnerable to cyberattack, according to new research. Businesses involved in manufacturing devices for the connected home need to invest more in preventing malicious hacking and data theft.

New laptop to be equipped with Qualcomm processor Snapdragon 835

Microsoft revealed new details about its ARM-powered Windows 10 laptops. The laptops will be powered by a Qualcomm chip rather than by Intel or AMD. The new laptops should be on the market by this December.

Google's Pixel 2 has a hidden AI chip to make your photos better

Google's revealed its Pixel 2 smartphone houses an hitherto undisclosed processing chip specifically tasked with improving photos. The custom coprocessor was designed by Google and will be enabled in a software update.

Nadella implies Microsoft still working on enterprise smartphones

Microsoft recently confirmed Windows 10 Mobile is no longer in active development. This isn't stopping the company from pursuing refocused mobile ambitions though. In a new interview, CEO Satya Nadella suggested an enterprise device could still be coming.

Toyota - 'Fine-Comfort Ride' car with battery range of 620 miles

Toyota Motor Corporation will introduce its "Fine-Comfort Ride," a fuel cell vehicle (FCV) that will offer 50 percent more driving range, and include artificial intelligence and autonomous driving features.

Google Calendar gets a redesign and new enterprise features

Google has announced an overdue and long-anticipated refresh of Calendar's web interface. The new look is based on the company's Material Design language, giving it a bolder, brighter and more modern look. There's also new features for business users.

Russia's space agency says glitch in manned Soyuz landing

A manned Soyuz rocket suffered a partial loss of pressure as it returned to Earth earlier this year, Russia's space agency said Wednesday, in the latest glitch to hit the country's space industry.

Amazon's Alexa gets smarter with new custom lists

Amazon has announced it's improving one of Alexa's most popular features by adding support for custom lists. Alexa currently helps you manage your to-do list and shopping list. The assistant can now also keep track of other items you need to remember.

Many security cameras vulnerable to hacking

Businesses and other services dependent upon security solutions have been urged to upgrade their security cameras due to risks that such cameras can be hacked. A big risk arises from malware which leads to leakage of sensitive information.

Bitcoin broke through to all-time high last week

In spite of many warnings that the purchase of bitcoins was risky and even claims that it was a fraud, bitcoin went above $5,000 per coin on Thursday reaching a new high of $5,856. 10 during the day.

Microsoft launches Windows 10 update with Mixed Reality features

Microsoft has released the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, the latest version of the OS and the first to include support for Windows Mixed Reality. Microsoft is betting big on bringing mixed reality and 3D content into the lives of consumers.

Microsoft announces Surface Book 2 in surprise reveal

Microsoft has announced the Surface Book 2, the anticipated upgraded version of its detachable laptop featuring improved performance. The surprise unveiling comes on the same day Microsoft's new Windows Mixed Reality platform is introduced to the world.

Google to offer stepped-up security for 'high risk' users

Google said Tuesday it would offer stronger online security for "high risk" users who may be frequent targets of online attacks.

Google launches hardened security options for at-risk users

Google has announced several new account security options aimed at consumers at particular risk of cyberattack. The company's Advanced Protection program offers extended protections to prevent phishing attacks and safeguard data for at-risk users.

Homeland Security forces federal agencies to secure their emails

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has announced that federal agencies must improve their cybersecurity within the next 90 days. The decision, praised by the Global Cyber Appliance, will force agencies to use HTTPS and secure email accounts.

Samsung's new trackable tag will use narrow network technology

Samsung claims that its new Connect Tag will be the first mobile product to use narrowband network technology (NB-IoT) . The Connect Tag will provide location information using GPS, Wi-Fi based positioning and cell ID for location tracking.

Iceland Power plant is world's first negative-emissions facility

With it being unlikely the world will be able to keep global warming from reaching the upper limit of two degrees warming before 2020, scientists have been looking at alternative solutions, such as carbon removal.

Smartphone ownership to hit two-thirds of all adults next year

Two-thirds of all adults worldwide will own smartphones by the end of 2018, according to new predictions from media measurement firm Zenith. Growth is being led by emerging regions as saturation rises above 90 percent in some European and Asian countries.

Google Wifi gets site blocker to help kids stay safe online

Google's announced it's adding a new safety feature to its family-friendly Wifi router. Site Blocking helps children stay safe online by allowing you to restrict access to approved sites. The feature knows over 8 million "non-kid-friendly" sites.

Windows 10 data collection found to violate privacy laws

A report from the Netherlands has found Windows 10 breaches data protection laws by collecting personal information without letting users explicitly choose settings. Microsoft has said it is assessing the case, claiming privacy compliance is "a priority."

Huawei's new Mate 10 comes with dedicated AI hardware

Huawei has announced its new Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro, smartphones designed to compete with the iPhone and Samsung Galaxy S8. Huawei has aimed to differentiate its brand by adding dedicated AI hardware to the handsets, including a neural processing unit.

JPMorgan announces new payments network based on blockchain tech

JPMorgan has launched a new payment processing network that's based on blockchain technology. Financial organisations are making large investments into blockchain in the hope it can simplify some of the issues around traditional banking processes.

Flaw in WPA2 protocol leaves Wi-Fi vulnerable to attack

Belgian researchers have discovered a flaw in a widely used system for securing Wi-Fi communications that could allow hackers to read information that was previously understood to be encrypted, or infect websites with malware, they said on Monday.

Should small children be banned from watching all screens?

Regulators and programme makers are at odds over whether small children should be banned from watching television or using tablets and smartphones.
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