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When we were teenagers, we could get into the car in Port Credit, Ontario and play the song "Who Are You" by the Who (on cassette) with our goal always to see how close to Toronto we could get by the time the song was over. The track was six minutes and 21 seconds long and we'd regularly pass the ‘Welcome To Toronto' sign just as Roger Daltry was about to swear.
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One habit from living in North America is that you tend to assume that everything happening of relevance, at least from a technology position, originates on this side of the planet. When you reflect that companies such as Facebook, Google, Apple, Microsoft, Intel and so on all originated in America, you can see why it's easy to conclude that The United States has provided more than their fair share of meaningful inventions.
"Are there enough women in the industry to actually make up a feature story?" That was the question that was asked most often when we initially floated the idea of running a story to celebrate the women of CE. Well, it turns out that there are more women in high places than we actually thought and as an industry we can be proud to say that we are much more inclusive than others.
I just received a report from our newsletter mailing service informing me that we sent out 2.7 million newsletters by email in 2017. That breaks down to about 53,000 subscribers emailed each week for 52 weeks, give or take. If I mention anything to do with gun laws and my frustration toward the NRA, I will lose subscribers. The same goes for religion and politics, (sometimes I can't help myself).
Many thanks to the reader that brought to my attention the Barclays Equity Gilt Study, an annual report published by the British bank that addresses topics on finance and economics with a look at how technology changes the way we live.
Last week I did something that I have not done in well over fifteen years - I completely shut off all digital connections, no email, text, no social media, no online reading, no laptop, no phone for five days overlapping Easter.
There's an old saying that the only certainties in life are death and taxes. I can't see the plight of taxes ever changing, but a company run by Google known as Calico, has brought together a team of scientists with a single mission to try to solve death. Most of us would be quite happy to live longer, especially if we maintain our health and mobility. The question then becomes: for how much longer? Would living to 150 sound about right? How about to 500?
Scott Galloway teaches brand strategy and digital marketing at NYU Stern School of Business. Galloway has been an Internet pioneer since 1992 and has owned and sold several e-commerce companies over the past couple of decades. He is either a visionary champion of our capitalist economy or if you follow Scott Varney from Fox News, Galloway is a raging socialist.
"Son, I'm 74 years old and to my old ears they all sound fine, in fact I can't tell the difference. What I need" he added "was something to look nice in our new place and something that will be easy for my wife and I to operate. We don't want any clutter."
When I learned of this story, I was sure that Facebook was having us on, but apparently not. According to the Australian News Corporation, Facebook and the Australian government are partnering in an effort to stop nude photos appearing on Facebook. So far this sounds like a terrific initiative; in an effort to combat what is known as revenge porn,
According to the GSMA, the association that represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, five billion people are now connected to mobile networks, representing two-thirds of the world's population. There were 291 million unique mobile subscribers in North America at the end of last year, representing 80 per cent of the region's population. By 2020 that figure is expected to increase to 313 million (84 per cent). The five billion mobile subscriber milestone was reached in Q2 of 2017, so barring perhaps radio, the smartphone is the most prevalent technology on earth. A further 620 million subscribers will be added by 2020.