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ROGERS- Facebook life vs. real life

January
24
,
2016
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A FRIEND recently changed her picture on Facebook and got close to 80 likes. It was a nice picture, but not significantly nicer than the previous one — at least not that I noticed. Still, it was worthy of approval from dozens of what I...

ROGERS - Welcome to glorious Snapchat future

January
17
,
2016
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AFTER MANY months of puzzlement, I think I've finally got a handle on Snapchat. It's all thanks to this video by the Wall Street Journal called Snapchat Explained . . . Using Snapchat. Joanna Stern shows us a Snapchat story she made...

Science centre welcomes robotics fans

January
11
,
2016
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Big Little Science Centre’s popular Robotics Club begins with two sessions starting Wednesday, Jan. 13, and Friday, Jan. 15.  The club offers creative, science fun by enabling participants to design, build and program different robots....

ROGERS - These word games spell fun

January
10
,
2016
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WHEN YOU LEARN a programming language, you're often told that it is similar to learning any other language. Certain words mean certain things and there is a syntax to string them together into meaningful phrases. That might explain how I...

New library service available for print-impaired

January
6
,
2016
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Where once there were only books in braille and audiotapes for visually impaired readers, there is now the National Network for Equitable Library Service (NNELS), a service newly available at TNRD libraries. NNELS is a database for people with...

ROGERS - Star Wars has destroyed Star Trek

January
3
,
2016
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I'M SUCH a big science fiction fan that I gave a blog about media and technology an outer space theme. So I should be really pumped about the new Star Wars movie, right? I wish. Star Wars movies — every one of them —...

Pressure-cooker emergency crises get high-tech solution from Vancouver startup

December
24
,
2015
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VANCOUVER — When Stanley Cup rioters rained chaos onto Vancouver's downtown core in June 2011, holes were exposed in the capabilities of police trying to stop looting and arsons. Communication between...

ROGERS - What's in a dot-name? Plenty

December
20
,
2015
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IF YOU'RE starting up a website, it's tough to come up with a name because all the good ones have been taken. That's especially the case if you limit yourself to names ending in dot-com. And many of the other well-known endings...

ROGERS - Here's hoping AI is our friend

December
13
,
2015
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THERE'S A LOT more to artificial intelligence than the impossible-to-beat chess game on your computer. Digital assistants on your smartphone (think Siri, Google Now and Cortana) can figure out how to fulfil many of your wishes, but they...