caption Quayside will sit along Toronto’s Eastern Waterfront. source Sidewalk Toronto Sidewalk Labs, the urban innovation arm of Google’s parent company, Alphabet, plans to build a high-tech neighborhood along Toronto’s Eastern Waterfront. Local residents concerned about the company’s plan to collect data in public spaces have waged an opposition campaign called Block Sidewalk, which is calling for an end to the project. The backlash is reminiscent of protests over Google’s planned campus in Berlin and Amazon’s proposed headquarters in New York City – both of which were abandoned before construction had even begun. The fate of these projects could provide a window into Alphabet’s future in Toronto. Visit BusinessInsider.com for more stories. Technology companies were once heralded as the world’s greatest problem-solvers – the answer to our desire to move faster, design quicker, … [Read more...] about Activists say Alphabet’s planned neighborhood in Toronto shows all the warning signs of Amazon HQ2-style breakup
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Acer has taken to the UK's BETT education technology conference to complement its Chromebook lineup for students, educators, and enterprise with a range of new Chromebooks in the 11.6-inch category. Specifically, those were introduced as the Acer 'Chromebook Spin 511', 'Chromebook 311', and 'Chromebook Spin 311'. As the names imply, Spin variations differentiate from the other new Chromebooks by featuring a 360-degree hinge, among other things. Acer has diversified the new lineup further via versions with touch or non-touch displays, other optional inclusions, and two further variants featuring AMD hardware inside. That means there's a ton of new options to discover and plenty of variety to suit every niche of the education market for Chromebooks. Bringing all of the devices together under their respective designations, there are also plenty of similarities. To begin with, all of the latest Acer Chromebooks aimed at the education sector are compliant with the US Military Standard … [Read more...] about Acer Starts BETT In Style, With Two New 11.6-Inch Chromebook Lines
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The Future Book was meant to be interactive, moving, alive. Its pages were supposed to be lush with whirling doodads, responsive, hands-on. The old paperback Zork choose-your-own-adventures were just the start. The Future Book would change depending on where you were, how you were feeling. It would incorporate your very environment into its story—the name of the coffee shop you were sitting at, your best friend’s birthday. It would be sly, maybe a little creepy. Definitely programmable. Ulysses would extend indefinitely in any direction you wanted to explore; just tap and some unique, mega-mind-blowing sui generis path of Joycean machine-learned words would wend itself out before your very eyes. Prognostications about how technology would affect the form of paper books have been with us for centuries. Each new medium was poised to deform or murder the book: newspapers, photography, radio, movies, television, videogames, the internet. Some viewed the intersection of books … [Read more...] about The ‘Future Book’ Is Here, but It’s Not What We Expected
It is touted as a unique opportunity to build a smart city within a major city, literally from the ground up. Environmental remediation, new infrastructure, digital electrification plans, new-age mobility options — the whole shebang. If only people would stop complaining about privacy issues. Up in Toronto, Canada’s largest city, there’s been much ado about what will happen to all the data that the future Sidewalk Toronto project will generate. The focus of the debate has been, predictably, Alphabet (Google’s parent company) whose Sidewalk Labs is the primary partner in the project. And yet, for all the sturm und drang about personal information, not a single spade-full of dirt has been spilled yet. For Toronto, the city would gain a new and smart neighborhood. For Alphabet, it would have access to data. So what’s the Sidewalk Toronto project all about, and why are consumer advocates sounding the alarms? Here’s a primer. What exactly is the plan? On … [Read more...] about Where Toronto sees smart sidewalks, residents see ‘1984.’ So what now?