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With its 1,500 page plan, Sidewalk Toronto's neighbourhood of the future is one step closer to reality

With its 1,500 page plan, Sidewalk Toronto's neighbourhood of the future is one step closer to reality

More than 18 months after introducing its plan to redevelop a priority piece of Toronto’s eastern waterfront, Sidewalk Labs has released a master plan of its ideas to create a neighbourhood of the future. Dubbed Toronto Tomorrow, the plan is the most detailed and in-depth look at the company’s plans for Toronto — spanning more than 1,500 pages in length and detailing designs for the Quayside site.

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It's time to rethink how much information companies collect about you online

It's time to rethink how much information companies collect about you online

Companies on the internet collect a lot of data on consumers — the information we give away for free to companies like Facebook, Google and lesser known ones like Nielsen and Acxion is transformed from simple questions we type into the search bar and photos of summer vacations into location trails, metadata and other money-making data forms. According to IBM, 90 percent of the internet’s data was created in the past two months, likely aided by the rise of social networks and internet-connected devices.

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Technology will soon be able to predict when we will die — but do we really want to know?

With technology and AI advancing at such a quick pace, it’s now possible to determine when you’ll die with a high confidence level. This sort of information would truly be life-changing for many people — if you learn when you’ll pass early enough you might be more inclined to do everything you’ve always wanted to while if you learn shortly before your death, it might just cause depression and sadness.

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Google is slowly creeping up on Amazon in the smart speaker market

Google is slowly creeping up on Amazon in the smart speaker market

Since introducing the first modern smart speaker a couple years ago with the Echo product line, Amazon has maintained a steady dominance in the market. The company sold an estimated 4.8 million Echo devices between April and June, beating Google by 1.6 million units. However, Google has been gaining ground on its closest rival, growing its market share from 16.1 percent in Q2 2017 to 27.6 percent in the same quarter one year later. Apple's recently introduced HomePod speaker isn't even a true competitor to the two companies, only shipping an estimated 700,000 units between April and the end of June.

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Apple and Google's new anti-smartphone addiction tools are an admission of guilt

Apple and Google's new anti-smartphone addiction tools are an admission of guilt

During Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference it announced a few addiction-combatting features for its mobile devices, including an enhanced Do Not Disturb feature, more notification control, and insight into people's smartphone usage with Screen Time. The next version of iOS will have built-in time controls to limit the amount of time spent in apps and games and will display how many notifications users receive and from what apps they originated from. This is far from the first company to announce something like this, with Facebook announcing months ago that it will emphasize "time well spent" on the platform as its new motto.

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The EU just slapped Google with a staggering $5 billion antitrust fine

Legal regulators in the European Union just hit Google with a record €4.34-billion, or $6.7 billion CAD antitrust fine on Wednesday for using its Android operating system in a way that prevents competitors from competing with the company. Though the fine barely puts a dent in its cash reserves totalling more than $102.8 billion, it could hinder relations between the EU and Washington.Google has announced it will appeal the fine, stating that “Android has created more choice for everyone, not less. A vibrant ecosystem, rapid innovation and lower prices are classic hallmarks of robust competition."

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Google has a lot more data than Facebook, but nobody really cares

Google has a lot more data than Facebook, but nobody really cares

With all eyes on Facebook reeling in the aftermath of its own data scandal, nobody is paying attention to Google and the vast amount of data it collects on its users. The company, with products in search, video sharing, social media, maps, photo storage and more holds a lot of data about its users, including the locations of where they've been and how they got there.

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