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Google's plan to return to China faces criticism

Dragonfly could mark Google's return to the censored Chinese internet


Getting ready for smart cities, Google's return to china, and more.

The fax machine isn't dead

Despite being slow, needing paper, and making weird noises, fax machines still have a place in modern industry.

Your Uber driver is part of the tech economy, too

"There is an intentional and by design invisibility that's been created by online platforms for these workers because we don't see them," tech critic Saadia Muzaffar told Spark.

Are we ready for 'smart' cities?

Private companies are making public policy in so-called "smart cities".

Is AI that screens potential babysitters a good idea?

Experts skeptical about AI that screens potential babysitters for risk.


Questions about an app to screen babysitters, making space for non-white people in tech, hiring your own boss, and people in Sweden putting microchips in their hands.

'Boss as a Service' aims to help people avoid procrastination

Freelancers can hire a boss to keep them on track.

"Is tech a space that welcomes everyone?" Toronto group tackles digital justice

Why spaces for non-white people in tech matter

Sweden's digital culture is making implanted microchips more common

We microchip our pets, so why not our hands, too?

It's okay to cry on Instagram

Why Instagrammers are sharing honest pictures, warts and all.


The sounds of old tech, crying on Instagram, laser shoes and more.

Time management tools can mask being overworked

Author says productivity is counterproductive.

Quiz: Can you name these nostalgic sounds?

Jan Derksen and Daniel Chun of Conserve the Sound are on a mission to make sure the sights and sounds of old-school tech aren't forgotten. How well do you remember?

'Conserve the Sound' hopes to save sounds of old tech before they're gone

From manual typewriters to early video game consoles, an online museum of disappearing sounds.

Lasers on shoes help people with Parkinson's walk

Lasers attached to shoes create visual cues to help the mobility of people with Parkinson's disease.

Researchers use AI to track whale songs in a sea of noise

Machine learning is helping researchers even as the whales' songs evolve.


Smart cities, serendipitous discovery, whale songs, and more.

US Library of Congress has 500 million digital items. Jer Thorp was turned loose in the digital stacks

Canadian artist turned the vast online collection into a serendipitous discovery machine.

Canadian cities are letting riders order buses from their phones

Bus-on-demand pilot projects are the latest in public transit.

Building a made-in-Canada solution to harmful online hate

Researchers say Canada needs a national approach to online hate speech.

Toronto's 'smart city' needs to address privacy and equity

Being smart about smart cities.

Is car ownership losing its allure? How technology is driving people toward alternatives

From on-demand chauffeurs to vehicle subscriptions to renting your neighbour’s car, the options for getting from point A to point B are more plentiful than ever before. So what does this mean for the traditional travel methods?


The future of car ownership, a piano for everyone, and the decline of internet freedom.

Piano Genie lets you play piano — even if you don't know how

What this piano-composing program teaches us about the future of AI.