2017/01/20

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Recently, Microsoft has shown a growing interest in Montreal's booming artificial intelligence (AI) presence. This has spurred a series of acquisitions and investments in the Montreal area.
Netflix has destroyed all estimates about its share prices, but how should investors respond?
Avaya turns to Chapter 11 bankruptcy in a bid to make some key changes and attempt to recover for the future.
The future of work in 2017 and beyond will center on using increasingly capable technologies to improve our productivity to the point where we can focus on the creative and core business issues that only humans can solve. What will you do when technology enables you to have 40 percent more time to innovate? It seems we will begin answering that question in 2017
There are now three human carrying drone efforts on top of the half dozen or so flying car efforts currently, or soon to be, undergoing testing around the world. The latest two are from Urban Aeronautics out of Israel, and Airbus out of Europe.
We've heard commentary about the death of the deskphone for several years now. Yet, if you look on most corporate desktops, you'll still find one. There's a reason 54 percent of business users use those deskphones on a regular basis - it's conveniently located, far exceeds voice quality of cellular calls, and offers all the features and functionality of the phone system.
Building the connections for the Internet of Things (IoT) is challenging, since applications, services, and devices of all different shapes, sizes, and requirements have to seamlessly communicate. In an ideal world, we would have a WebRTC-like interface standard accessible through HTML, but it's not going to be that simple, says the Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF).
While the growth of high end smartwatches is slowing down, cheaper, "hybrid" watches are becoming more popular in the wearable technology market.
Less than a month into 2017, phone and cable companies are determined to crank up broadband speeds to gigabit levels and beyond. Existing technology will make gigabit speeds accessible for many businesses and consumers this year, while a number of tech roadmaps provide a path to 10 Gbps and faster in the future.
The California Department of Motor Vehicles has stopped Uber from operating its self-driving Volvos on San Francisco's roads. Uber had been test-driving its autonomous cars for one week until the DMV revoked its registrations.

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