Felix launches digital health platform following $750,000 Seed round

Felix Health Inc., a Toronto-based healthtech offering access to treatments for common lifestyle health issues, has launched a new digital healthcare platform, shortly after closing a $750,000 round of Seed financing in March.

This round will help Felix add key new hires, enhance its platform, and expand its services as it gears up for a Series A.

The round was led by Grassfed Ventures, a Toronto-based venture capital group focused on the cannabis, life sciences, and eSports industries. The round also included a few select strategic angel investors. Kyle Zien, Felix CEO and co-founder, told BetaKit the company is tracking towards a Series A in the second half of the 2019 fiscal year. This round, he said will help Felix add key new hires, enhance its offering, expand its services across Canada.

“We want to empower Canadians to improve their quality of life on their own terms,” said Zien. “By making it easier for people to get diagnoses and prescriptions, we’re removing the obstacles..

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Google to double the size of its Kitchener-Waterloo engineering office

Google is reportedly gearing up to more than double the size of its engineering office in Kitchener-Waterloo.

The Waterloo Region Record is reporting that Google intends to occupy all the office space in an 11-storey building across the street from its current location. The new building will sit atop what is currently a parkette in the city’s downtown area.

City councillor for Kitchener’s Ward 10 Sarah Marsh, noted the expansion to The Record, adding that the main floor of the new office building should include public facilities and amenities, such as a coffee shop, restaurant, or personal services. Marsh said local residents are hoping to have greater participation in designing and accessing the new building, reportedly a challenge that persists in such a concentrated and competitive tech hub.

The tech giant has worked out of the Breithaupt Block building since 2016, stretching an entire city block along King Street, the main artery of Kitchener-Waterloo. At the time its current ..

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The CWTA has helped recycled almost 7 million mobile devices

Through its Recycle My Cell program, the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA) says it has helped divert almost 7 million mobile devices from Canadian landfills.
The milestone comes as the program celebrates its 10th year anniversary this week.
In 2018, the CWTA says it recycled 431,943 devices alone. All told, the organization has seen 6,985,325 devices come through its program.
If you recently purchased a new phone, the best thing you can do with your old device is find a new home for it. Smartphones, in particular, require a lot of rare earth metals to build, which are notoriously difficult to mine and recycle.
Source: CWTA
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China Cloud Hopper hacking hit several tech firms, including major Huawei competitor

A Reuters investigation has found that a campaign tied to the Chinese government resulting in indictments last December ensnared at least eight major technology firms, touching five of the world's 10 biggest tech service providers. The targets included Ericsson, which has been racing against China's Huawei Technologies to build infrastructure for 5G networks expected to underpin future hyper-connected societies.

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NBC to take back ‘The Office’ from Netflix for its own upcoming streaming platform

Netflix revealed that it will no longer have the rights to ‘The Office,’ as NBC decided to take the show back for its own streaming platform.
The Office will be on Netflix until January 2021, after which it will be moved to NBC’s streaming platform where it will stay for five years.
We’re sad that NBC has decided to take The Office back for its own streaming platform — but members can binge watch the show to their hearts’ content ad-free on Netflix until January 2021
— Netflix US (@netflix) June 25, 2019
NBC said in January it has plans to launch its own ad-supposed streaming service in 2020. It will reportedly cost $10 USD per month (about $13.15 CAD) for cord-cutters but will be free to traditional TV subscribers.
MobileSyrup has reached out to NBC to learn if the service is coming to Canada.
NBC released a statement saying The Office is one of its most prized series.
“We can’t wait to welcome the gang from Dunder Mifflin to NBCUniversal’s new streaming service,” said Bonnie Hammer, ..

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China hacked 8 major technology firms in elaborate ‘Cloud Hopper’ attack: report

– A A + LONDON, June 26 (Reuters) – Hacked by suspected Chinese cyber spies five times from 2014 to 2017, security staff at Swedish telecoms equipment giant Ericsson had taken to naming their response efforts after different types of wine.
Pinot Noir began in September 2016. After successfully repelling a wave of attacks a year earlier, Ericsson discovered the intruders were back. And this time, the company’s cybersecurity team could see exactly how they got in: through a connection to information-technology services supplier Hewlett Packard Enterprise.
Teams of hackers connected to the Chinese Ministry of State Security had penetrated HPE’s cloud computing service and used it as a launch pad to attack customers, plundering reams of corporate and government secrets for years in what U.S. prosecutors say was an effort to boost Chinese economic interests.
WATCH: (Dec. 2018) China denies ‘slanderous’ spying charges by U.S., Canada and other countries

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Twitter joins Facebook in creating registry for online political ads

OTTAWA — Twitter is creating a registry of all online political ads posted on its platform during this fall's federal election campaign.

But the social media giant will ban political advertisements during the two-month run-up to the official campaign, known as the pre-writ period, that starts June 30.

Twitter Canada announced its ad-transparency policy Wednesday, several weeks after being called out by Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould for not committing to help ensure the integrity of the federal electoral process.

A new law requires platforms to keep a publicly accessible registry of political ads during both the pre-writ and writ periods, where Canadians can easily find out who is posting online ads.

Facebook rolled out its own ad-transparency policy two weeks ago and, starting this week, is systematically detecting and reviewing ads on social issues, elections and politics in Canada, and requiring that they include a “paid for by” disclosure.

Google has ..

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Google Home now makes a great bedtime story companion

Through a promotional video starring Kristen Bell, the actress received recognition for voicing Princess Anna in Frozen, Google Home has become a better bedtime story sidekick.
In partnership with Disney, Google Home can play sound effects and music for a late night storytelling session. It even recognizes where you are in the story and adds a bit of theatre accordingly.

Furthermore, jumping across or repeating a chapter won’t confuse Google Home since it follows you throughout the journey using its microphone and software. If you pause, background music will take over hoping to keep the mood going until you resume.
Three Little Golden Books—“The Lion King,” “Aladdin,” and “Frozen” — are compatible with the new bedtime story enhancement. Costumes are not included.
Google also re-emphasized that the new Google Home feature also works through Home Link. It’s an Android-exclusive parental monitoring app that can grant younglings permission to access Google Home. If allowed, kids may enjo..

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A|I: The AI Times – The AI fight against fake news

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Leaders Prize offers $1 million for an AI solution to fake news at #truenorth19
“This competition will inspire the creation of breakthrough solutions that inform our citizens if the online content they consume is accurate, before and as they read it.”

Walmart is using AI-powered cameras to prevent theft at checkout lanes
If an unusual activity occurs, such as an item moving into a bag without being scanned, a checkout attendant will be notified to take action.

Two months after rebrand, Looka opens new corporate headquarters in Toronto
The company said its new office will house its team of data scientists and developers while growing Looka’s market share in Canada and the US.

AI startup Wysa bags $2 million for its conversation bot that helps im..

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