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Want to speak Chinese without learning it? Here's how

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Talk about your time savers. New research from Microsoft and the University of Toronto may make it possible for non-Chinese speakers to “speak” the language in their own voices without having to learn the language. Given the trade relationships between the US and China, this could be a really big...
Want to speak Chinese without learning it? Here's how

Amazing: Microsoft turns spoken English into spoken Mandarin - in the same voice

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Microsoft has today posted a video, and complementary explanation of language translation that goes far past what we thought was currently possible. In the video, the speaker explains and demonstrates improvements made to the machine understanding of his English words, which are automatically transcribed as he speaks. He then demonstrates having those...
Amazing: Microsoft turns spoken English into spoken Mandarin - in the same voice

Google gets to grips with 'geek aesthetics'

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'Wearable tech' excites inventors and investors - but doesn't always look good. Now the race is on to give the new gadgets a more stylish imageIt's hip, it's hot, but does it look any good? Wearable technology is becoming one of the most exciting parts of the technology sector, inspiring...
Google gets to grips with 'geek aesthetics'
Man allegedly assaulted in Paris McDonald's over augmented reality headset

3 reasons why Canadian startups should stay put

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This is a guest post by entrepreneur Derek Ting If you’re a software startup, people assume you want to be in Silicon Valley, to be immersed in the hub of high tech; surrounded by other like-minded entrepreneurial spirits; and delighted by the normally mild California weather and scenic Pacific...
3 reasons why Canadian startups should stay put
Weak measurements show quantum uncertainty is inherent
Internet content blocking travels downstream, affects unwary users

RIM Director: Our New CEO Isn't a Moron Like the Rest of You

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Research in Motion’s leadership change was a long time coming not because its former co-CEOs refused to cede power, but because there was no one inside the company or out who was capable of running it properly — until now. Seriously? Seriously, says RIM director Roger Martin, who scoffs at...
RIM Director: Our New CEO Isn't a Moron Like the Rest of You

Google acquires neural network startup that may help it hone speech recognition and more

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Mountain View has just picked up some experts on deep neural networks with their acquisition of DNNresearch, which was founded last year by University of Toronto professor Geoffrey Hinton and graduate students Alex Krizhevsky and Ilya Sutskever. The group is being brought into the fold after developing a solution...
Google acquires neural network startup that may help it hone speech recognition and more

Sheila Heti: 'I love dirty books'

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The Canadian has become a literary sensation in the US with a novel drawing heavily on her own life and philosophy. Here she talks about art, female friendship and sexual honestySheila Heti's novel, How Should a Person Be?, has taken the States by storm. Dubbed "HBO's Girls in book form",...
Sheila Heti: 'I love dirty books'

Mozilla moves to stop spyware company from spoofing Firefox

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Mozilla sent a cease-and-desist letter on Tuesday to a European company that created a piece of spyware masquerading itself as the Firefox browser.The move comes after computer security researchers said on Tuesday that they discovered that a well-known spyware program called FinSpy was spoofing Firefox. Mozilla was alerted by...
Mozilla moves to stop spyware company from spoofing Firefox
Google acquires voice and image research firm DNNresearch

Did One-Sided Legal Advice Lead To The Terrible Copyright Deal For Canadian Universities?

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In the ongoing saga of collection society Access Copyright's negotiations with Canadian universities, one question comes up again and again: why? The Universities of Toronto and Western Ontario, and now the AUCC, which represents schools across the country, have all accepted terrible copyright clearance deals that see fees increasing when...
Did One-Sided Legal Advice Lead To The Terrible Copyright Deal For Canadian Universities?

Google snaps up object recognition startup DNNresearch

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Google has acquired an research startup founded within the University of Toronto, who's work include object recognition. [Read more]...
Google snaps up object recognition startup DNNresearch
Bill Gates awards prizes for eco-friendly toilet prototypes

Six experts testify in Apple versus Samsung patent battle

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Friday's events in the Apple vs. Samsung trial in Judge Lucy Koh's courtroom in San Francisco today included two University of Toronto professors, an MIT marketing professor and two market research experts as Apple begins to wrap up its case against Samsung, clearing the way for Samsung to present its...
Six experts testify in Apple versus Samsung patent battle

Google Buys Toronto University Startup For Better Voice, Image Recognition

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What do you think of that, Siri? DNNresearch Inc, a 2012 startup from the University of Toronto, has confirmed that Google has acquired it to help the search giant perform better context-based recognition of voices and imagery. DNNresearch's expertise is in neural networks and computerized learning, based on the...
Google Buys Toronto University Startup For Better Voice, Image Recognition

'Cyborg Attack' in Parisian McDonald's Raises Complicated Questions About Wearable Computing

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Mr. Mann (Photo: EyeTap Blog) On Monday, a post by University of Toronto professor Steve Mann about an attack he experienced at a Parisian McDonald’s made it to the front page of Hacker News, gripping the techno-focused in pure fascination. In an emotional retelling, Mr. Mann recounted how, while on...
'Cyborg Attack' in Parisian McDonald's Raises Complicated Questions About Wearable Computing

Apple proposed $30-40 Samsung license fee per device

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Friday's events in the Apple vs. Samsung trial in Judge Lucy Koh's courtroom in San Francisco today included two University of Toronto professors, an MIT marketing professor and two market research experts as Apple begins to wrap up its case against Samsung, clearing the way for Samsung to present its...
Apple proposed $30-40 Samsung license fee per device

Several Major Canadian Universities Reject Access Copyright Deal, But Who Will Stick Up For Smaller Colleges?

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When the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) drafted a terrible deal with the collection society Access Copyright, and then withdrew from their fight before the Copyright Board, the onus fell on the schools themselves to stand up for their rights and reject the ridiculous fees and terms...
Several Major Canadian Universities Reject Access Copyright Deal, But Who Will Stick Up For Smaller Colleges?
Minuum is a touchscreen keyboard that wants you to make mistakes
Revolutionizing toilets by rethinking the network

This Cyborg Alleges That McDonald's Employees Assaulted Him For Wearing Digital Glasses

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No shirt. No shoes. No augmented reality glasses. No service. Earlier this month, human cyborg and University of Toronto Professor Steve Mann, claims he was brutalized and kicked out of a Paris McDonald's after employees objected to his headset and its ability to record photos and videos of his experiences....
This Cyborg Alleges That McDonald's Employees Assaulted Him For Wearing Digital Glasses

University Of Toronto's Lawyer In Access Copyright Deal Also Advised Access Copyright On Related Legislation

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In a recent post about the bad deal that Canadian universities are being asked to sign with the copyright collection society Access Copyright, I asked whether it was wise for the University of Toronto and the AUCC (which represents universities across the country) to work with lawyers who have a...
University Of Toronto's Lawyer In Access Copyright Deal Also Advised Access Copyright On Related Legislation

Researchers create record-breaking solar cell, set bar marginally higher

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Solar cell development is typically a small numbers game, and a group of researchers at the University of Toronto have managed to eke out a few more percentage points in efficiency with a new record-breaking cell. Setting a high mark for this type of cell, the team's Colloidal Quantum...
Researchers create record-breaking solar cell, set bar marginally higher

Google acquires Canadian neural networks startup DNNresearch, aims to improve image and voice search

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Google this week acquired Canadian neural networks startup DNNresearch, a three-man team working out of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Toronto. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed, but all three will be working for Google as well as continuing their research at the university....
Google acquires Canadian neural networks startup DNNresearch, aims to improve image and voice search

Minuum Turns To Indiegogo To Fund A New Mobile Software Keyboard For Smartphones And Beyond

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Toronto-based startup Whirlscape believes that taking a keyboard originally designed for a typewriter, turning it digital and calling it a day is the wrong way to go about making the best possible smartphone text entry experience. That’s why the young company from a team of University of Toronto faculty...
Minuum Turns To Indiegogo To Fund A New Mobile Software Keyboard For Smartphones And Beyond
Waterloo Incubator Hyperdrive Unveils Second Cohort Of Startups, Tackling Everything From ESL To Medical Imaging

FinFisher malware goes mobile: Infects Android, iPhone, BlackBerry

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The infamous FinFisher cyber espionage tool has gone mobile, malware style. Multiple mobile Trojans for the Android, iOS, BlackBerry, Symbian, and Windows Mobile platforms have been discovered as have many Command and Control (C&C) servers around the world that they communicate with. Security researchers from the University of Toronto Munk...
FinFisher malware goes mobile: Infects Android, iPhone, BlackBerry
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