Dec 15, 2013 | 11:44Spark Minecraft Education Audio
Spark Minecraft Education Dec 15, 2013 | 11:44Julia Pagel on the role of popular video game Minecraft in the classroom. Cori Dusmann with tips on what adults need to know to get their kids started with the game.
Dec 15, 2013 | 15:23Spark Hands-on Interaction Audio
Spark Hands-on Interaction Dec 15, 2013 | 15:23In a world of touchscreens, Calvin Chu wants to bring physical buttons, knobs, and sliders back to everyday computing with Palette. And usability expert Jared Spool on the trend toward physicality and tactility in user interface design.
Dec 15, 2013 | 8:24Spark The Downside of Digital Conversion Audio
Spark The Downside of Digital Conversion Dec 15, 2013 | 8:24What are we losing with the digital conversion of movie theatres? Caetlin Benson-Allott argues it's more than just an aesthetic change, it also threatens the diversity of our film experiences because it imposes a singular business model on cinema.
Dec 15, 2013 | 14:30Spark Back for an Encore Audio
Spark Back for an Encore Dec 15, 2013 | 14:30It's like something out of a movie. After a successful last ditch effort to find investors and raise money, the independent Encore Cinema in Oakville is making the conversion to digital in order to stay open.
Dec 1, 2013 | 7:51Spark Because Internet Audio
Spark Because Internet Dec 1, 2013 | 7:51Gretchen McCulloch is a linguist who has thought a lot about the evolution of internet-y language. She tells us about the origins of internet-speak, and how linguists determine the boundaries and rules of this emerging language.
Dec 8, 2013 | 13:39Spark Digital Market Manipulation Audio
Spark Digital Market Manipulation Dec 8, 2013 | 13:39Shopping online this holiday season? Ryan Calo on a future of 'digital market manipulation', where emerging technologies may make it possible to market based the vulnerabilities of consumers.
Dec 1, 2013 | 8:29Spark Photo Organization Audio
Spark Photo Organization Dec 1, 2013 | 8:29Digital photography has left us with a deluge of photos we can't possibly organize in a meaningful way. Molly Bullard is a full-time photo organizer in Seattle who helps people tame their photo collections.
Dec 8, 2013 | 8:54Spark Retail vs. Online Shopping Audio
Spark Retail vs. Online Shopping Dec 8, 2013 | 8:54Find yourself rushing around doing lots of holiday shopping these days? Wait a sec. Wasn't the internet supposed to change all that? Although almost any purchase is just a click away, Avi Goldfarb tells us why location still matters.
Nov 22, 2013 | 9:11Spark Robot Torture Audio
Spark Robot Torture Nov 22, 2013 | 9:11Is it OK to torture a robot? To lock a Roomba in the closet all day? To kick a Furby or decapitate a Pleo? Kate Darling thinks we might consider legally protecting robots from abuse in the same way we protect animals.
Dec 1, 2013 | 8:55Spark Dramatizing the Internet Audio
Spark Dramatizing the Internet Dec 1, 2013 | 8:55From an outside perspective, the things we do with our computers just don’t look very exciting. Quinn Norton on the limits of dramatizing the internet when everything,from writing a love note to filling out tax forms, just looks like typing.
Dec 8, 2013 | 11:01Spark Immigrating for Funding Audio
Spark Immigrating for Funding Dec 8, 2013 | 11:01Canada's new Start-up Visa Program is designed to attract entrepreneurs by offering immigration alongside funding for business ideas. We speak with 3 tech entrepreneurs that want permanent resident status in Canada, and have applied to the new program.
Dec 11, 2013 | 0:25Spark 35mm Projector Audio
Spark 35mm Projector Dec 11, 2013 | 0:25This is the sound of a 35mm projector recorded at the Encore Cinema in Oakville, Ontario on December 8th, 2013. It's a sound that will soon disappear as cinemas convert to digital projection.
Nov 15, 2013 | 7:04Spark In Favour of Paper Audio
Spark In Favour of Paper Nov 15, 2013 | 7:04The people at Bruce Mau Design use paper and colourful sticky notes in their office because they feel it does a better job than digital alternatives. Host Nora Young tours the studio to see if it's true!