#Rogers, #e-mailPrivacy, #Yahoo, #@rogers.comemail, #Facebook data, #Oath, #Twitter, #pop-upmessages, #CambridgeAnalytica
Ottawa, Apr 21 (Canadian-Media): Rogers has been offering outsourced e-mail service for years, to customers of Yahoo, media reports said.
But now several customers with a @rogers.com e-mail have been complaining about the pop-up messages they have been receiving.
These messages reportedly outlined terms of service that say Yahoo’s new parent company, Oath, analyzes “content and information” including e-mails, to deliver targeted advertisements.
Although the provision that allows Oath to analyze e-mails isn’t new, but many Rogers e-mail users were surprised by the policy.
As a result these customers took to Twitter and message boards to complain.
This reaction gets more significant in the light of heightened concerns about the Cambridge Analytica scandal which had revealed the company misuse the Facebook data of more than 620,000 Canadians.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
#DigitalTransformation, #Experience #Design, #CustomerExperience, #DesignThinking, #Userexperience, #DisruptiveTechnologies
Toronto, Apr 10 (Canadian-Media): Technology can solve many questions and problems that are faced by society, but it must simplify our lives and enable us to do more rather than complicating our lives, media reports said.
Steve Matyas, CEO, Staples Canada,had said “the customer doesn’t care what happens in the background,” and added a brand is defined by experiences, not by products, services, or the technology that powers them.
What remains at the fortefront of the consumer's mind are these experiences with technology, not the complicated mechanisms behind it.
Jahan Ali of mobleLive says that the forefront of any new idea or development should be the user experience.
Ali said three essential aspects of design thinking should be kept in mind namely, Empathy (with users to design human-centred experience); Ideation (generating ideas to best deliver on the user’s purpose); Experimentation (prototyping and refining with user feedback)..
These three essential aspects help realign your development and design efforts of new products and services with the true goal of technology - enabling the user.
The trick is in integrating technology so that it takes a backstage role; one that supports the requirements of the user, while advancing them forward their next step.
.Ali said that Googles and Apples of the world provide some of the most elegant and memorable experiences with a common element of simplicity.
This simplicity isn’t found in the technology behind it, on the contrary, it is the experience for the user that is simple, which is why it’s so effective.
One should view customer service as an investment, one that will help ensure that your business can compete in not just future markets, but current ones.
Assuming that by now you have begun to realize the value and far-reaching implications of experience design which invariably changes along with the people who experience it.
People evolve, and it should be this evolution that is at par with your technological development.
We have to understand their behaviour, preferences, and needs.
Our customers should have a memorable experience and not simply being asked to accept the one you are dictating?
Reporting by Asha Bajaj
#Dr.FahmidaSuleman, #Curator, #IslamicArt&Culture, #RoyalOntarioMuseum, #ROM, #JoshBasseches, #MarkEngstrom, #Toronto, #Canada, #AgaKhanTrustforCulture, #AgaKhanMuseaum
TORONTO, Mar 31 (Canadian-Media): Dr. Fahmida Suleman had been appointed this week, Curator of Islamic Art & Culture at Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), according to an announcement by Josh Basseches, Director & CEO and Dr. Mark Engstrom, Deputy Direnctor of Collections & Research of the ROM, media reports said.
As ROM, reportedly Canada’s largest museum with collections that span art, culture and nature from across time and around the Globe and among North America’s most renowned museums is home to more than 12 million objects and specimens, 40 galleries and exhibitions spaces and a range of fascinating exhibitions, lectures, tours and events.
ROM is reportedly charting a new course for the future, developing and delivering relevant and high-impact programs and exhibitions in art, culture and nature, Suleman's appointment would have a positive impact to audiences at home and around the world as she begins her role at the Museum in January 2019.
Dr. Fahmida Suleman/Facebook page
ROM’s world-class collection of Islamic art and material culture, which represents the largest collection of its kind in Canada would reportedly be interpreted by Suleman in accordance with the development, implementation, its building and its management.
“We are delighted to welcome Dr. Fahmida Suleman to the ROM,” Basseches was reported to state. “Fahmida joins the Museum at a critical time, as we engage our visitors and our communities more deeply in our collections. Her scholarly, curatorial, and programming expertise will offering fresh perspectives on the impact and influence of Islamic art and culture on our contemporary world.”
Apart from leading strategic acquisitions, developing public programs and exhibitions Suleman’s role will include to further engaging the Islamic community in Toronto and across Canada.
Before joining ROM, Suleman had worked in British Museum as Phyllis Bishop Curator for the Modern Middle East.
In that position, Suleman for responsible for Museum's collection of ethnographic objects and textiles from the Middle East and Central Asia.
Earlier during the development phase of the Aga Khan Museum, Suleman had been a consultant with the Aga Khan Trust for Culture.
Raised in Toronto, Suleman reportedly holds a degree in Islamic and Religious Studies from the University of Toronto, and Masters and Doctoral degrees in Islamic Art and Archaeology from Oxford University.
She completed the Graduate Programme in Islamic Studies and Humanities at the Institute of Ismaili Studies in London, UK.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
#dataminingissues, AngusReidInstitute; #CambridgeAnalytica
Ottawa, Mar 26 (Canadian-Media): Almost three-quarters of Canadians surveyed say recent data mining issues with Facebook will cause them to modify how they use the platform with some saying they will delete their account, media reports said.
In an online survey conducted by the Angus Reid Institute, one in 10 people said they would stop using Facebook by either taking a break or deleting their account.
The Angus Reid Institute conducted two online surveys, the first between Feb. 28 and March 2, among a representative randomized sample of 1,501 Canadian adults, and the second from March 21 to 22, among a representative randomized sample of 1,509 Canadian adults.
The second survey, which fell after Cambridge Analytica was reported to have delved into Facebook data of 50 million Americans to target them with political advertising, asked about attitudes toward Facebook and whether Canadians would change their habits.
The greatest proportion of Facebook users surveyed, 41 percent, said they would continue to use the platform, but would modify their usage and/or change their privacy settings and another 23 percent said they'd use it less.
Twenty-seven percent of those surveyed said the recent data-mining revelations wouldn't change how they use Facebook at all
However, the survey found that the Facebook users who planned to delete or suspend their accounts were already less active.
Twenty-six percent of people who used Facebook once a week or less said they'd delete or suspend their account, but only five percent of users who logged onto Facebook daily would do the same.
In the same survey, roughly 38 percent of Canadians said their opinion of Facebook has worsened in the last month.
This change in opinion was across all users, the survey found, with even 33 per cent of frequent users said their opinion of Facebook had worsened in the last month.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
#Washington, #UnitedStates, #U.S., #LibraryofCongress, #Toronto, #Ontario, #Canada, #JohnathanGardener, #NASAGoddardSpaceFlightCenter, #JamesWebbSpaceTelescope, #ScottGuzewich, #GaleCrater, #Mars, #prebioticchemistry, #Titan, #HubbleTelescope, #GRACE-FO, #ICESat-2
Washington/Toronto, Mar 19 (Canadian-Media): Library of Congress (LOC), the world’s largest library, will host, this week, NASA Goddard Flight 12th Annual Lecture Series in partnership with the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and the Science, Technology, and Business Division at the Library of Congress, media reports said.
LOC reportedly offering access to the creative record of the United States (U.S.) and extensive materials from around the world, both on-site and online is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office.
Library of Congress/Facebook
All of the lectures are reportedly open to the public and free of cost and will be held at 11:30 a.m. in the Mary Pickford Theater of the James Madison Memorial Building, 101 Independence Ave., S.E., Washington, D.C.
The currently scheduled lectures are:
Thursday, March 22: “How did we get here? Finding Our Origins with the Hubble and James Webb Space Telescopes”
Dr. Jonathan Gardner, deputy senior project scientist for the James Webb Space Telescope and chief of the Laboratory for Observational Cosmology in the Astrophysics Science Division of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, will discuss some of the most important astronomical discoveries in the last 2 decades, the greatest accomplishments of Hubble Telescope’s and the promise of its successor, the James Webb Space Telescope.
NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center/Facebook
Wednesday, April 25: “Swimming in Martian Lakes: Curiosity at Gale Crater”
Dr. Scott Guzewich, research astrophysicist, Planetary Systems Laboratory at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center shares on the story of Gale Crater and how it can tell us how Mars has changed and whether life may be common in the universe.
Tuesday, May 15: “Watching Water: New Approaches to Assessing and Managing Global Water Security and Sustainability”
Dr. John Bolten, associate program manager of Water Resources for the NASA Applied Sciences Program at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center will review the technological advances in satellite-based remote sensing and numerical modeling of reservoir volume, vegetation health, groundwater movement, soil moisture. He will study discuss how the data are being applied to address these global issues and other factors that drive these new approaches.
Thursday, June 7: “Titan – An Exotic Ocean World Waiting to Be Explored”
Dr. Melissa Trainer, research space scientist, Planetary Explorations Laboratory at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center will review our knowledge about prebiotic chemistry on Titan and explore strategies to search for evidence of life on Titan.
Wednesday, September 12: “Shadow Science: Using Eclipses to Shed New Light on Heavenly Bodies”
Dr. James L. Green, director, Planetary Science Division, NASA Headquarters will discuss how shadow techniques are used to uncover new science and will provide spectacular examples from recent events.
Thursday, November 8: “GRACE-FO and ICESat-2: NASA’s Leadership in Monitoring the Polar Regions from Space”
Dr. Thorsten Markus, chief, Cryospheric Sciences Lab and the Project Scientist for the ICESat-2 mission at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center will explain why the polar regions are so important for the global climate system and what satellites like GRACE-FO and ICESat-2 will contribute to our understanding of them.
Thursday, December 6: “The Science of Space: Heliophysics and the Parker Solar Probe”
Dr. C. Alex Young, associate director for science, heliophysics science division at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center will take a journey through the solar system, discussing how the Sun interacts from complicated motions at the particle level to giant eruptions thousands of times bigger than the Earth.
The LOC maintains one of the largest and most diverse collections of scientific and technical information in the world.
The Science, Technology and Business Division provides reference and bibliographic services and develops the general collections of the library in all areas of science, technology, business and economics.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
#UniversityofToronto, #Ontario, #Canada, #MohamadAli-Dib, #NASA #algorithms, #lunarcraters, #Ari Silburt, #NaturalSciencesandEngineeringResearchCouncilofCanada, NSERC, #convolutionalneuralnetwork, #KristenMenou, #AI, #Artificialintelligence
Toronto, Mar 14 (Canadian-Media): Researchers at the University of Toronto (U of T), Ontario have used a new technique based on the technology behind self-driving cars to measure the size and location of crater impacts on the moon, media reports said.
“When it comes to counting craters on the moon, it’s a pretty archaic method. Basically we need to manually look at an image, locate and count the craters and then calculate how large they are based off the size of the image. Here we’ve developed a technique from artificial intelligence that can automate this entire process that saves significant time and effort, ”Mohamad Ali-Dib, a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Planetary Sciences (CPS) at U of T Scarborough was reported to state.
This is a detailed view of the back side of moon in the vicinity of Crater No. 308 taken during the Apollo 11 mission (photo courtesy of NASA)
The research is currently under review in the journal Icarus and had which reportedly received funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).
Desired results could not reportedly be got earlier by the development of algorithms to identify and count lunar craters.
“It’s the first time we have an algorithm that can detect craters really well, for not only parts of the moon, but also areas of Mercury,” Ali-Dib, who developed the technique along with alumnus Ari Silburt, postdoctoral researcher Chenchong Charles Zhu, and a group of researchers at CPS and the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (CITA) were reported to state.
Mohamad Ali-Dib: Courtesy of Ken Jones
The determination of its accuracy was done by first training the neural network by the researchers on a large data set covering two-thirds of the moon.
These trained network were then reportedly tested on the remaining third of the moon.
Using this strategy it was possible for the researchers to identify about 6,000 previously unidentified craters on the moon, twice as many craters as traditional manual counting.
The technique has reportedly been successfully used for computer vision to power robots and even self-driving cars and is based on a class of machine learning algorithms known as convolutional neural network.
The data had been taken by the algorithms from elevation maps gathered from orbiting satellites.
It was only after a series of workshops held at U of T Scarborough that the researchers were able to develop this technique co-organized by Associate Professor Kristen Menou.
This fact had reportedly thrown more light on how specific scientific problems could be tackled both by machine learning and deep learning.
“Tens of thousands of unidentified small craters are on the moon, and it’s unrealistic for humans to efficiently characterize them all by eye,” Ari Silburt, a former graduate student in U of T’s department of astronomy and astrophysics and now a postdoc at Penn State University was reported to stae.
“There’s real potential for machines to help identify these small craters and reveal undiscovered clues about the formation of our solar system.”
Knowledge of the size and location of craters on bodies like the moon reportedly enables the researchers to learn the history of our solar system and to better understand the distribution of material and the physics that occurred in the early stages of our solar system, said Ali-Dib.
The count of small craters further advances the knowledge of ages of large craters as well as to find more craters.
“For this technique to work you need an airless body like the moon or Mercury, bodies where there’s little erosion taking place,” adds Ali-Dib.
Ali-Dib and his team also reportedly intend to test this technique on other solar system bodies like Mars, Ceres and the icy moons of Jupiter and Saturn.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
Driverless cars: Facebook
#Driverlesscars, Canada, #ConferenceBoardofCanada, #cybersecurity, #cyber-terrorism
Ottawa, Feb 8 (Canadian-Media): According to report of the Senate Committee on Transportation and Communication last week, Canada was not prepared for the driverless cars, without steering wheels or pedals, media reports said.
These cars, according to official reports, would soon become common on Canada's roads in the near future and would be programmed by the passengers in the car would take the passengers -- by the best route, avoiding other vehicles and dangers along the way -- to their destinations.
These cars would be reported to be be stress free, cost-effective and cheaper.
According to the Conference Board of Canada -- foremost independent, not-for-profit research organization in Canada which delivers insights on economics, public policy and organizational performance -- autonomous vehicles could play a significant role in reducing current annual road fatalities by 1,600 from the current 2,000.
The fewer collisions from these cars would also result in the total economic benefit to approximately over $65 billion per year.
Official reports said economic benefits in health costs from fewer accidents could be even greater if the technology worked according to claims.
New vehicles equipped with improved cruise control, maintenance of proper distance between the vehicle ahead, provision of emergency braking, and self park.
Experimental vehicles, such as those operated by Google reportedly have already proven their ability to navigate through traffic, including busy city streets, without any human input.
But according to official reports, fully autonomous experimental vehicles have been involved in accidents and are not safe.
The Senate report urges regulations to ensure safety of driverless vehicles, especially during Canadian winters when snow covers road markings and changes the handling properties of the vehicle.
Allowing driverless cars on ice roads will be particularly important during the transition period when computer operated vehicles share the roads with those that are still driven by humans.
Other concerns of cybersecurity - which puts all the sharing of personal information at risk -- and cyber-terrorism -- hackers could break into the system and take control of all the cars in a city -- are also major issues.
16 recommendations have been put forth by the Senate report including a national strategy for autonomous vehicles, safety guidelines, and cybersecurity measures to ensure the country is ready for these cars.
These are important questions that need to be asked before intelligent machines take up total control of our roads.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
#SuperBlueRedMoon, #SolarSystem, #Moon, #SuperMoon, #Earth'sMoon, #NASA
Washington, Jan 31 (Canadian-Media): For the first time in more than 150 years in the United States, a total lunar eclipse coincided with a blue moon and a supermoon looking like a red fireball appeared in the sky early this morning, media reports said.
The rare blue blood moon was reportedly the combination of a supermoon, a blue moon, and a total lunar eclipse and is significant for three reasons: the Moon is closer to Earth in its orbit and about 14 percent brighter than usual -- known as perigee -- and it’s the third in a series of “supermoons,”.
It’s also the second full moon of the month, commonly known as a “blue moon.” This super blue passes through Earth’s shadow to give viewers in the right location a total lunar eclipse.
Lastlty the moon in the Earth’s shadow takes on a reddish tint, known as a “blood moon.”
Today's “super blue blood moon.” was visible before sunrise in North America, Alaska and Hawaii, while those in the Middle East, Asia, eastern Russia, Australia and New Zealand, it can be seen during moonrise today evening.
Super blue blood moon: NASA website
Those living in North America, Alaska, or Hawaii, could reportedly see the eclipse before sunrise on Jan. 31, while for those in the Middle East, Asia, eastern Russia, Australia and New Zealand, the “super blue blood moon” can be seen during moonrise today's evening.
“Weather permitting, the West Coast, Alaska and Hawaii will have a spectacular view of totality from start to finish,” Gordon Johnston, program executive and lunar blogger at NASA Headquarters in Washington was reported to state.
"Unfortunately, eclipse viewing will be more challenging in the Eastern time zone. The eclipse begins at 5:51 AM ET, as the Moon is about to set in the western sky, and the sky is getting lighter in the east, said Johnston.
Stages of the Jan. 31, 2018 “super blue blood moon” depicted in Pacific Time -- reportedly moonset times, for major cities across the U.S. -- was visible today while viewers along the East Coast could reportedly see only the initial stages of the eclipse before moonset, and those in the West and Hawaii could reportedly see most or all of the lunar eclipse phases before dawn.
For viewers in New York or Washington, D.C., reportedly, the moon entered the outer part of Earth’s shadow reportedly at reportedly about 5:51 a.m..
The darker part of Earth’s shadow will begin to blanket part of the Moon with a reddish tint at 6:48 a.m. EST, but the Moon will set less than a half-hour later.
“So your best opportunity if you live in the East is to head outside about 6:45 a.m. and get to a high place to watch the start of the eclipse—make sure you have a clear line of sight to the horizon in the west-northwest, opposite from where the Sun will rise,” Johnston was reported to state.
Viewing of this phenomenon was much better for those living in the Central time zone since the action started when the Moon was higher in the western sky.
The eclipse was not very visible in the lightening pre-dawn sky, and the Moon set after 7:00 a.m, the time when the Sun rises.
“So if you live in Kansas City or Chicago, your best viewing will be from about 6:15-6:30 a.m,” Johnston was reported to state and continued. “Again, you’ll have more success if you can go to a high place with a clear view to the West.”
In the Rocky Mountain region, the peak of the blood moon eclipse was at about 6:30 a.m. local time, and the Moon set shortly after 7 a.m.
For Californians and viewers in western Canada the umbral eclipse began at 3:48 a.m. Pacific Time. and best viewing between about 5:00 and 6:00 a.m. local time, the totality phase ended about 6:05 a.m.
Changing colours of the super blue blood moon: Twitter
Johnston had been following and writing about the Moon since 2004, when he and about 20 colleagues at The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA ) -- an independent agency of the executive branch of the United States federal government responsible for the civilian space program, as well as aeronautics and aerospace research -- headquarters would get together after work during the full moon in, which for Johnston meant his signature bow tie.
“I have always been fascinated by the night sky. Most of what we can see without a telescope are points of light, but the Moon is close enough that we can see it and the features on it, and notice what changes and what stays the same each night,” Johnston was reported to state.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
Toronto, Dec 27 (Canadian-Media): A strange ocurrence was witnessed by the scientists around the world for the first time, as studied by observatories, on Aug 17 in which two neutron stars, one hundred and thirty million light-years away, spiraled into each other in a remarkable explosion ranging from gamma ray detectors to radio telescopes, media reports said.
Besides confirming several key astrophysical models, the blast revealed a birthplace of many heavy elements is the first observation of a neutron-star merger revealing its scientific bounty is Science’s 2017 Breakthrough of the Year.
The event of the radiation of spiraling neutron stars before they merged was spotted by detecting the infinitesimal ripples in space itself, called gravitational waves -- Science’s Breakthrough of 2016.
The merger reportedly posed puzzles challenging astrophysicists’ to do more research in such collisions.
Scientists also reportedly hope to see -- through gravitational-wave astronomy -- new and rare types of events, such as mergers of a neutron star and a black hole, or supernova explosions of individual stars in our Milky Way galaxy.
Astrophysicists are reportedly looking forward to see more unpredictable signals.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)