Author: Mobile Syrup

Google launches tools to streamline public transit, not in Canada yet

In the U.S. and some other parts of the world, Android users are soon going to be able to tap their devices as a transit payment, ask Google Assistant for specific route information and see what routes accept Google Pay in the Maps app.
There is a lot to unpack here, so let’s take it step by step.
Google says it’s working with 30 cities around the world to implement these updates.
The first section of the commute update focuses on Google Pay. Meaning that users can tap their phones to pay for transit using their debit and credit cards or, in select cities, like NYC, they can load their transit pass into the app and gain access to transportation using that.
Google mentions in its press release that users who pay using their debit and credit cards will only have to pay the regular cost of a transit fare.
The next section of the update will bring real-time transit directions to Google Assistant.
This means you can ask any Google Assistant enabled devices questions like, “When is the south..

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Nokia execs suggest carriers need to pick 5G vendors soon, explain Huawei interoperability

Nokia Canada’s senior executives suggest telecom carriers should finalize their 5G vendors by the latter part of the third quarter or in the fourth quarter of this year to be competitively ready when the spectrum is available.
During a roundtable discussion with reporters at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Toronto, Ric Herald, Nokia Canada’s president, said if the 3.5GHz spectrum auction is scheduled to happen next year and is ready by the end of next year then carriers “would have to start deciding in the late third, fourth quarter this year.”
So it would take about six months to prepare, Herald said.
“You’ve got to get the equipment then ship it, then you’ve got to install it, you have to test it and configure it, so I would say yes [it would take six months],” he said.
“And depending on the size, are they going to start out with a small deployment that takes less time? Are they going to carve out the market? It really depends on what their strategy is. Is it urban, rural? Right now the..

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Justice Minister Lametti says he ‘loses sleep’ over data privacy

Canada’s new justice minister, David Lametti, told The Toronto Star that he loses sleep over trying to create a balance between people’s rights and the digital economy in a world dominated by an influx of data and information.
Lametti believes there is a crucial need to protect personal data and prevent online hate speech. He also spoke about stopping foreign intrusion in elections.
Additionally, as the new justice minister, Lametti could potentially have the final say in the extradition case of Huawei’s global chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou.
Lametti has said he will be looking at political factors when making the final decision in the case, as reported earlier this year.
In regards to data privacy, Lametti told The Star: “It’s a huge challenge and it’s something that interests me greatly. It’s about privacy, it’s about control over one’s data, but it’s also about being protected from the kind of instantaneous dissemination of hatred that is now possible.”
Lametti was appointed a..

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Innovation Minister announces $49 million investment towards digital healthcare platform

Navdeep Bains, the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED), has announced an investment of up to $49 million towards the acceleration of medical breakthroughs and personalization healthcare.
The investment will go towards the Digital Health and Discovery Platform (DHDP), a network of partners that work towards the creation of a nation-wide health data platform.
This new platform will allow researchers and doctors to develop personalized treatments to help discover cures. It will begin its research on cancer, and will expand to other areas of health in the future.
“By harnessing Canada’s strengths in health research and AI, we’re helping to usher in a new era of more personalized care that will mean better health outcomes. We’re excited to see all the new health and biosciences innovations that will result from this collaboration,” said Bains in a press release.
The government of Canada believes this project will benefit Canadians through the implementation of pe..

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Facebook bans ‘2 billion fake accounts,’ commits to improving transparency in the future

Facebook is getting better at finding and deleting hate speech, violence and graphic violence, but it still has a ways to go in a number of other categories.
The social network published the third edition of its community standards and enforcement report today, so if you want to deep dive into the stats, you can view it here.
On a press call, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg took a moment at the beginning of the call to talk about the companies goals for the report going forward. He also stressed the report’s importance.
He mentioned that next year, the social media giant is going to publish these reports quarterly since he sees them as just as necessary as the company’s financial information.
Additionally, the next release will include Instagram, the other massive social network owned by Facebook.
Zuckerberg stated that the company has a responsibility to prevent harm and keep its users safe.
The stats First off, the company is making progress in five areas – hate speech, fake accounts, ..

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