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Swimming with dolphins in virtual reality to aid disabled

Apeldoorn - Swimming with wild dolphins is something most can only dream of, and jumping into pools with captive animals has become increasingly controversial with environmentalists condemning it as cruel.

Making ‘smart homes’ in and around Seattle

Seattle - The company Kirio is continuing to promote the idea of the ‘smart home’ and making the technology better for the home owner. The company has recently unveiled ‘the smartest new home available on the market today.’

Y Combinator quietly stopped working with billionaire Peter Thiel

Peter Thiel, an influential investor who drew ire from many in the tech community due to his fervent support for President Donald Trump, has left his role at Y Combinator.

Tesla's sinking stock has made short sellers almost $1 billion

-Short sellers betting on a decline in Tesla's stock have made almost $1 billion in the fourth quarter. -Tesla's recent stock woes stem from a bottleneck hurting production on its hotly anticipated Model 3 vehicle.

Science confirms Hurricane Harvey made worse by climate change

When Hurricane Harvey dumped 60 inches of rain in Houston, Texas in August, many people described the event as "biblical." And in a new study of this year's hurricane season, scientists conclude we need to be prepared for more of these extreme events.

New accelerator looks to give female founders a Big Push

Startup accelerator The Big Push is working to empower female entrepreneurs and their innovations. By providing crucial resources and advice to early stage, female-led startups, the accelerator is giving the Canadian tech world an inclusive push forward.

Making artificial intelligence more private and portable

New technology invented at the University of Waterloo is paving the way for artificial intelligence to break free of the Internet and cloud computing, offering a new means of portability.

FDA Approves Pill With Digital Tracking System

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first digital pill for the US which tracks if patients have taken their medication. The pill called Abilify MyCite is fitted with a tiny indigestible sensor.

China maintains reign over world supercomputer rankings: survey

Bejing - China now has more high-performance supercomputers than ever before, again besting the United States in global rankings, a supercomputer tracking organisation said.

With immigrants targeted, U.S. farms look to automation

The Trump administration's crackdown on illegal immigrants has hit the U.S. agricultural sector rather hard, especially when seven out of 10 farm workers are undocumented. Rather than fight this policy, many farms are looking to automation and robotics.

Uber loses appeal in U.K. case over drivers’ employment rights

Ex-Uber drivers James Farrar and Yaseen Aslam took Uber to court last October over their employment status and won. They argued that they should be given basic worker rights such as holiday pay and national minimum wage.

Facebook's new program helps you boost your digital skills

Facebook's announced a new community scheme aimed to help small businesses improve their digital skills. The company will provide training and resources so businesses can access modern technologies and keep up with the pace of technological development.

Finding cracks in nuclear reactors using a form of A.I.

A system under development at Purdue University uses artificial intelligence to detect cracks captured in videos of nuclear reactors and represents a future inspection technology to help reduce accidents and maintenance costs.

Ex-Facebook president Sean Parker unloads on Mark Zuckerberg

-Facebook's first president, Sean Parker, has been sharply critical of the social network, accusing it of exploiting human "vulnerability." -"God only knows what it's doing to our children's brains," he said.

Google maps street-level pollution in major California areas

Two of Google's Street View cars have completed a street-level, air-quality scan of the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, and California's Central Valley.

RBC: There's 3 things Snap can do to turn itself around

-Snap reported dismal earnings that sent its stock down 20% on Tuesday. -The company faces significant headwinds in drawing new users, engaging old ones and creating value, but it still has potential. -Keep track of Snap's stock price in real time here.

Brazil's tech junkies seek healing at digital detox clinic

Rio De Janeiro - Like many young people, 29-year-old student L.L. loves his cell phone. So much so, in fact, that his studies, his work and even his personal relationships have suffered, and his phone eventually became a way to avoid people in the real world.

Leaked documents shows how Apple shopped for a new tax haven

-Leaked documents have revealed how Apple went shopping around for a tax haven in 2014. -It looked for a country with low taxes, discretion, and a stable political environment.

WorkTech conference highlights advantages of changing workspaces

Corporate real estate (CRE), like every other industry, is undergoing a massive transformation. Speakers and attendees at the WorkTech17 conference in Toronto focussed on the technological and cultural changes that are affecting the industry.

NASA's OMG campaign reveals bad news for Greenland glaciers

New, accurate and comprehensive high-resolution maps of Greenland's bedrock and coastal seafloor show that the country is actually — physically — shrinking due to climate change, and it’s happening at a much quicker pace than scientists once thought

Tesla tells Model 3 reservation holders delivery dates delayed

Tesla reservation holders say their delivery window to receive the Model 3 has been pushed back by one month. Tesla has struggled to mass produce the highly-anticipated vehicle, citing issues with two production lines at its Gigafactory in Sparks, Nevada.

The little understood process of carbon capture and utilization

Responding to a push from industry, the European Union seems to be set on exploring ways to recycle carbon dioxide, through a technique called carbon capture and utilization (CCU). However, most of us know little about this technology.

Texas power plant only facility in US with carbon capture/storage

Houston - Few people may know this, but the Petra Nova facility, a coal-fired power plant located near Houston, Texas, is one of only two coal-fired power plants with carbon capture and storage (CCS) in the world, and the only such facility in the United States.

SpaceX Falcon 9 makes a fiery but successful Atlantic landing

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket successfully delivered Koreasat-5A to its designated orbit, marking the company’s 16th successful mission of the year. Shortly after liftoff, the Falcon 9 first stage made a successful, but fiery landing on SpaceX's barge.

Singapore opens new, high-tech airport terminal

Singapore - Singapore's Changi Airport opened a cutting-edge terminal Tuesday with a fully automated check-in system including facial scanning and computerised baggage drop points, but some passengers struggled with the new technology.

Robots will add jobs to the economy: Siemens

London - A new report from Siemens suggests the ‘fourth industrial revolution’ will add billions to economies and that, instead of fearing robots, the drive towards automation will actually generate more jobs.

South Pole expedition to be ultimate test of renewable energy

On 15 November 2017, Robert Swan, OBE, 61, is embarking on an expedition to Antarctica with his son Barney, 23, one of a new generation of explorers. Their expedition will be the first polar expedition powered solely by renewable energy sources.

Nordea Bank cuts 6,000 jobs in effort to go digital in core areas

Nordea is cutting around 6,000 jobs as the Nordic region’s biggest bank battles to maintain its competitiveness as the banking sector shifts toward digital transformation.

US museum debuts first 3-D holograms of Holocaust survivors

Chicago - Seated onstage at a museum near Chicago, Adina Sella talks about her life as a Holocaust survivor.A group of young school kids is entranced -- all the more so because Sella is not actually there.

First-day preorders for iPhone X sell out in minutes

-The iPhone X became available for preorder early Friday morning. -Only people who ordered in the first few minutes will get their preorder the first day it comes out, though.
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