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U.S. presidential election uses hodge-podge of voting technology

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 05:00:00 EDT


Even though Americans in all 50 states will be voting for the same presidential candidates, they'll be making their choices in a variety of ways — and not all voting methods are created equal.

'They should fess up:' Customers demand Apple find cure for iPhone 'touch disease'

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 05:00:00 EDT


What's known as iPhone "touch disease" appears to be spreading and pressure is mounting for Apple to find a cure. However, the tech giant still refuses to talk about it.

Glenn Greenwald weighs in on WikiLeaks data dump on Clinton

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 05:00:00 EDT


Journalist Glenn Greenwald spoke to CBC's Diana Swain about the dilemmas posed by so-called data dumps, the motives behind the leaks and the implications for the U.S. presidential election.

Researchers uncover structure of marijuana receptor that makes humans 'high'

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:03:37 EDT


Researchers have the clearest-ever picture of the receptor that gives humans the 'high' from marijuana, which could lead to a better understanding of how the drug affects humans.

Attacks that disrupted Twitter, Paypal, Spotify were just a dry run, hackers say

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 15:52:43 EDT


Could millions of connected cameras, thermostats and kids' toys bring the internet to its knees? It's beginning to look that way. The hacker group claiming responsibility for Friday's attacks says it has its sights set on a much bigger target.

Why it's so hard to land on Mars: Bob McDonald

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 17:44:09 EDT


Almost 60 per cent of robot missions to Mars have failed for one reason or another. Here's why it's an enormous challenge to land safely on the Red Planet.

Major cyberattack knocks Twitter, Paypal, Spotify offline Friday

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:53:06 EDT


Cyberattacks targeting a little known internet infrastructure company, Dyn, disrupted access to dozens of websites on Friday, preventing some users from accessing PayPal, Twitter and Spotify.

Can a Twitter taunt bot defeat the trolls and save political discourse?

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 14:59:27 EDT


This week marked the third and final US Presidential debate and the online discourse around it wasn't a lot better than the first two. Nora Reed wants to change that with two Twitter bots which do nothing but engage people looking for partisan fights. The hope is the trolls will tire themselves out and leave everyone else alone.

Nintendo Switch hopes to succeed where Wii U sputtered

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 18:49:24 EDT


The Nintendo Switch aims to merge the dual home and portable platforms the venerable Japanese company has long been known for into a single, harmonious whole.

Schiaparelli Mars probe crash-landed, may have exploded, says ESA

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 13:17:32 EDT


Images taken by a NASA Mars orbiter indicate that a missing European space probe was destroyed on impact after plummeting to the surface of the Red Planet from a height of two to four kilometres, the European Space Agency said on Friday.

Stunning drone footage reveals bowhead whales feeding, swimming patterns

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 18:36:04 EDT


Bowhead whales like their afternoon siestas. That's what UBC's Sarah Fortune realized after she and her fellow researchers gathered and analysed stunning drone footage of the mammals in the eastern Canadian Arctic.

Jeremy the snail is rare, lonely and looking for love

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:14:27 EDT


A British researcher is playing match-maker for a garden snail. The challenge is that Jeremy's shell swirls the opposite direction than most. That means he'll need to find another extremely rare "lefty" to mate with.

Twitter conversations on abortion, economy rise after Clinton vs. Trump debate

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 13:13:00 EDT


This week's debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton had a significant effect on shifting the U.S. election conversation on Twitter from scandals to policy issues.

Facial recognition software 'sounds like science fiction,' but may affect half of Americans

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:18:32 EDT


A report published this week from Georgetown University describes the worrying ways in which law enforcement agencies use automatic photo identification technology. As It Happens host Carol Off speaks with Alvaro Bedoya, executive director at the Center on Privacy & Technology.

How Netflix may be crushing border hoppers — and ways to get around it

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 05:00:00 EDT


Netflix may be winning the war on cross-border watchers, but some of its targets refuse to go down without a fight. A handful of unblocking companies are finding ways around the Netflix blocks, says the consumer tech security website Comparitech.