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Engineers Develop Wi-Fi Powered Devices

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Why Is This Important?

Because batteries are a drag.

 

Long Story Short

University of Washington engineers have developed a surveillance camera powered not by batteries or wires, but by regular, ambient Wi-Fi signals. The camera draws enough power from nearby Wi-Fi hotspots to snap a picture every 35 minutes or so.

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Secret Police Bill #C51 Passed with Full Liberal Support #justintrudeau #sellout

May 4th, marked a sad day in Canadian politics. A day that future historians will mark as the date in which the entire landscape of our Canadian way of life changed in dramatic fashions. A date which should certainly be drawn upon by ALL Canadians when the time comes for our justice at the ballot box later this year.

The Conservative government’s anti-terrorism legislation has passed its final vote in the House of Commons, clearing the way for the bill to become law before Parliament rises for the summer.

Read more: Secret Police Bill #C51 Passed with Full Liberal Support #justintrudeau #sellout

Video: Everything Wrong With The Social Media Generation #socialmedia #truth

Social media sites can be depressing because everyone else’s lives are better than yours… But are they really? The following video perfectly depicts everything wrong with our generation on social media. It may make you think about the way you use social media…

Read more: Video: Everything Wrong With The Social Media Generation #socialmedia #truth

5 Consumer Trends Driving GE LED Lighting Design via @GELighting #energy

“We know the light consumers love, and we’ve reinvented and perfected the LED to emulate incandescent light,” says John Strainic, General Manager, Consumer Lighting for GE in North America. “We know that when consumers think about energy-efficient lighting, many are deterred by the memory of early CFL bulbs produced by some manufacturers, and we want them to know that with GE LED lighting – there are no tradeoffs.”

Read more: 5 Consumer Trends Driving GE LED Lighting Design via @GELighting #energy

Video: Unapproved GM Mosquitoes Being Shipped to US for Release NOW

Are you aware that genetically modified mosquitoes are being set for release worldwide? Right after GM mosquitoes were let loose in Brazil, dengue fever cases spiked. Now, the Florida Keys are in danger of facing a similar fate. The mosquitoes haven’t even been officially approved, but Oxitec, the British company who created the mosquitoes, has already shipped them to Florida. The only hope is a very vocal grassroots effort to tell the Governor of Florida that these mosquitoes will ruin tourism and possibly turn the natural ecosystem there on its head.

The GM mosquitoes could be released in the Keys as early January or February of next year. Though the approval process is still underway, Oxitec is so sure they will have its way that it shipped the mosquitoes in anticipation.

So far, there are no reported cases of dengue fever in Florida this year, so why do they need GM mosquitoes meant to prevent the spread of such diseases? When they were used in Brazil, they increased dengue fever while upsetting the ecological balance of the area. They did not ‘pave the way for dengue fever protection’ as Oxitec propagandized. A state of emergency actually had to be declared in the town where the GM mosquitoes were released.

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Hacker Culture in Advertising via @allenrozon #advertising #technology

Minority report was released in 2002, but it's striking ad scene is coming to fruition today. Only, instead of scanning eyes to mark individuals and serve content accordingly, we willingly carry what silently identifies us to anyone sniffing for a packet.

Today's equivalent to the above scene in Minority Report would be beacon tech and the big data opportunities that go along with it. Beacons already come from a variety of vendors and are sprouting at retail locations, integrated into digital signage and are present at events.

Read more: Hacker Culture in Advertising via @allenrozon #advertising #technology

Bank of Canada considering 'potential merits' of electronic currency

The Bank of Canada says it's weighing the possible benefits of issuing electronic money.

Senior deputy governor Carolyn Wilkins says the central bank is evaluating the merits of digital currencies like Bitcoin -- even as it monitors e-money's potential pitfalls. In prepared remarks for her speech Thursday in Waterloo, Ont., Wilkins says people who use e-money need to be aware of the risks of putting their trust in a lightly regulated currency with limited or no user protection.

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Elon Musk Reveals the Car of the Future, and it Is Glorious #ironman

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk unveiled a new version of the luxury electric car maker's Model S sedan that includes all-wheel drive and self-driving "auto pilot" features.

The open-to-the-public event Thursday night included free alcohol and test rides on an airport tarmac.

With more than 1,000 Tesla fans in the audience, Musk explained that the current Model S is a rear-wheel-drive car with one motor, but a new version will have two motors--one powering the front wheels and one powering the rear wheels.

All-wheel drive helps grip slippery roads and is standard on many luxury sedans. Analysts have said Tesla needed it to boost sales in the Northeast and Midwest, as well as Europe.

Read more: Elon Musk Reveals the Car of the Future, and it Is Glorious #ironman

Ecuador: The First Nation to Create its own Digital Currency #bitcoin #ecuador

CCN reported on the government of Ecuador’s decision to ban Bitcoin, along with all other cryptocurrencies, via a National Assembly majority vote on July 23rd.

An outright ban placed on Bitcoin by one nation, or another, has always been inevitable. What is more interesting (and unexpected), in the case of Ecuador, is its concurrent announcement of plans to create its own national cryptocurrency.

Ecuador is small South American country situated in the Andes, between Peru and Colombia. The country’s booming mining economy and hydro-electric output is sizable and in 2013, Ecuador’s economic growth surpassed that of it’s giant neighbor, Brazil.

Glossing over the practical benefits such as a public record of government transaction, elimination of counterfeiting, reduction of public sector corruption, etc., the announcement is significant because it apparently defies two key principles of the cryptocurrency domain, namely:

1. Can decentralized cryptocurrency be centralized?

2. Could cryptocurrency function meaningfully once removed from the open sourced, community-owned Bitcoin model?

This commentary will focus on the technical and conceptual challenges posed by the Ecuadorian cryptocurrency proposal. However, before we explore these issues, let’s get the obvious politico-economic bugbear out in the open: With global central banking in trouble, Ecuador’s decision could not have been made on a whim and, in all likelihood, is not intended to maintain the global economic status quo.

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Why Facebook (the company) Is A Juggernaut

As I'm prepping for CNBC's Squawk Alley this morning, here's the big story on my mind:

Let's put it this way: Facebook's earnings last night showed it's in a class of its own in the social media world.

Revenue came in at $2.92 billion. Profit (as measured by earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) came in close to $2 billion. Mobile ads delivered 62% of overall ad revenue. And 1.32 billion people logged into Facebook at least once a month.

These numbers so far outstrip any other social media player, you'd be forgiven for picturing Mark Zuckerberg as the Juggernaut with his helmet super-glued on. (Comic book fans will know what I'm talking about.) Unstoppable, basically.

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New Startup Incubator Opens in Toronto, to be Headed by Former MaRS Manager @joedee #startup

Cossette Lab, a national Cossette initiative designed "to help incubate the growth of tech-related startups," has opened in Toronto.

Cossette Lab launched in Cossette’s Montreal office in 2012. So far, eight startups have participated in the initiative.

Toronto’s Cossette Lab will operate similarly to the Montreal Lab, with a hosting period of anywhere from six to 12 months.

Read more: New Startup Incubator Opens in Toronto, to be Headed by Former MaRS Manager @joedee #startup

An App That Teaches Kids About Nutrition Through Analyzing What Is In A Fart

Advertising agency Goodby Silverstein & Partners’ has a team of developers, BETA, who have created an app that aims to get children interested in nutrition.

Named Fart Code, the app lets you use your mobile phone to scan any item with a bar code. Your screen correspondingly displays ingredients in the item and nutritional information, toxicity, and whether it will make you fart.

Read more: An App That Teaches Kids About Nutrition Through Analyzing What Is In A Fart

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