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CRTC approves request to extend Bell’s AI call blocking trial

The extension will be effective until the CRTC decides whether to allow Bell to permanently continue blocking calls The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has approved Bell Canada’s request to extend its artificial intelligence (AI) call blocking trial until it decides whether to make the technology permanent. Back in June, the CRTC granted Bell…

Feature Request: Offer more iOS themes than just Light and Dark

We got the first iOS themes last year, when Apple brought a system-wide Dark Mode to the iPhone as part of iOS 13. But the way that iPhone users have been taking advantage of widgets and shortcuts in iOS 14 to completely transform the look of their devices suggests that there is demand for more…

Feature Request: Make it easier to see your key Health app data at a glance

Thanks to technology, there’s never been an easier time to work on your health, fitness, or weight. Instead of the old days, when you had to make an effort to time your exercises, keep your own records of your weight, calculate your own BMI, and so on, a combination of hardware and software means that…
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Trinamix’s molecular sensing lets smartphones assess the best cosmetics for your skin

Trinamix has created molecular sensing technology that lets you use your smartphone to test which cosmetics would be best for your skin. But that’s just one of the potential applications. The Ludwigshafen, Germany-based company is talking about the technology at the Snapdragon Tech Summit Digital 2020 event. While it’s not the first to come up…
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Podcast: Facial recognition is quietly being used to control access to housing and social services

Facial recognition technology is being deployed in housing projects, homeless shelters, schools, even across entire cities—usually without much fanfare or discussion. To some, this represents a critical technology for helping vulnerable communities gain access to social services. For others, it’s a flagrant invasion of privacy and violation of human dignity. In this episode, we speak…

Teardown Preview

Price: £18.49Developer: Tuxedo LabsPublisher: Tuxedo LabsRelease: Out Now (Early Access Alpha)Teardown is a prime example of how technology is nothing without design. This knockabout heist-simulator is powered by a fantastic Voxel engine that makes the game’s environments entirely destructible. Walls, windows, rooftops, even vehicles can shatter into innumerable pieces when the right amount of force…

How AI-powered video compression could make an honest man out of Elon Musk

“LIDAR is a fool’s errand. Anyone relying on LIDAR is doomed. Doomed! Expensive sensors that are unnecessary. It’s like having a whole bunch of expensive appendices. Like, one appendix is bad, well now you have a whole bunch of them, it’s ridiculous, you’ll see.” Elon Musk, April 2019. Tesla’s approach to driverless vehicle technology has…

China to bridge tech gap for seniors, Meituan posts strong Q3 results: Retailheads

A man takes a morning walk in Shanghai on March 22, 2019. (Image credit: TechNode/Cassidy McDonald) China launched a new initiative last week to help seniors bridge the digital technology divide. Meituan posted stronger-than-expected earnings for the quarter ended Sept. 30. An e-commerce subsidiary of Chinese omni-channel retailer Suning completed its RMB 6 billion ($912…