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Border Guards Can Ask Travellers for Social Media Passwords, Digital Device Checks

Border Guards Can Ask Travellers for Social Media Passwords, Digital Device Checks

By: Lee Rickwood

July 15, 2019

Not to put a damper on your summer vacation plans, but…

Be aware that both U.S. and Canadian border patrol agents can search your digital devices at the border, and they can seize your device if you don’t provide a password.

And anyone who wants to travel to the States may have to give up social media usernames and previous email addresses before being allowed entry.

U.S. and Canadian border patrol agents can search your digital devices at the border, and they can seize your device if you don’t provide a password. JFK Airport, New York. Wikimedia Commons Image by Beatrice Murch,

In light of such requirements and restrictions, many Canadians are changing their holiday plans because of privacy concerns about crossing the border.

According to a recent survey commissioned by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, 16 per cent of Canadians..

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Reviewing the Dyson V11

Reviewing the Dyson V11

By: Ted Kritsonis

July 12, 2019

Dyson’s latest V11 stick vacuum is like a handheld arsenal for almost any surface in a home.

It’s hard to get excited about a vacuum under most circumstances, but Dyson has managed to change perceptions. When a vacuum is efficient and looks cool, it might be easier to like otherwise arduous task of cleaning at home.

The V11 is continuation of what I consider the ongoing convergence of Dyson’s upright and handheld vacuums. For a long while, I was using the DC46 as my floor and carpet vacuum, while the V7 handled all that pesky dust above ground. With the V11, I could effectively replace both in one shot.

Sticking around
This was the premise I went in with for this review. But I was also curious about the new features Dyson threw in. Improving suction and battery life has long been the company’s iterative approach, except this time, functionality now has some additional context.

The LCD screen on the top of..

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Made in Toronto: Digital Tour Explores Heritage and History in the ‘Hood

Made in Toronto: Digital Tour Explores Heritage and History in the ‘Hood

By: Lee Rickwood

July 8, 2019

It’s been 70 years in the making, built on the shared experiences of people who have walked literally thousands of kilometres.

Now, Heritage Toronto, the agency responsible for historical walking tours, heritage talks and related commemorations in the city, has launched its first digital tour.

Heritage Toronto, the City agency responsible for historical walking tours, heritage talks and related commemorations in Toronto, has launched its first digital tour.

The desktop and mobile app, called Dundas + Carlaw: Made in Toronto, is an interactive and graphic-intensive exploration of a neighbourhood in transition. Combining playful animations and friendly cartoon characters, the app takes users along an eleven-stop tour of the area while highlighting several important industrial sites and factories, both long-gone and still standing. Recorded audio and video seg..

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Personalized technology in Retail

Personalized technology in Retail

By: Yasmin Ranade

July 4, 2019

Shopify’s Partners Conference, ‘The Opportunity Ahead’ recently took place in Toronto from June 18 – 20, 2019. Vanessa Lee, Product Director, Shopify, explained, “ Shopify Unite is our annual conference for our partner ecosystem of developers, agencies and freelancers around the world. … [And] provides insight into our product roadmap…. “This year at Unite, we focused on the opportunity ahead – for partners, merchants and the entire tech ecosystem – and how we work together to shape the future of commerce and capitalize on this unprecedented opportunity.” Lee further shared that Shopify announced an all-new Shopify Plus fulfillment platform for enterprise brands.

Vaness Lee, Shopify

Lee remarked, “When it comes to tech talent, we believe that there is immense opportunity in Toronto and across Canada. Toronto has exceptional talent from leading colleges, universities and boot camps, and others co..

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$10,000 Scholarship for LGTBQ Youth Entering STEM Studies

$10,000 Scholarship for LGTBQ Youth Entering STEM Studies

By: Yasmin Ranade

June 30, 2019

Stratics Networks, a U.S. & Canadian-based SaaS company and inventor of Ringless Voicemail, announced earlier this month a scholarship of up to $10,000 for LGBTQ youth entering STEM and STEM-related areas of study.

Josh Justice, CEO Stratics Networks

“Stratics Networks is very pleased to announce this scholarship during Pride Month. It is a small way of demonstrating our commitment and support of diversity in the tech industry”, said Mr. Josh Justice, CEO of Stratics Networks. “It is only by bringing in a plurality of ideas, opinions and life experiences to the industry that truly great innovation can happen. Getting a bunch of people together who think the same way is not the best method to help solve the world’s problems.”

Stratics Networks also announced findings from a 2018 study by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), which found that close to 30% o..

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