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    Winter 2021

    Superintelligent Machines

    Machines with intelligence even greater than humans

    Technology has come a long way making us wonder if robots and computers can one day take over the human race?


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    Winter 2021

    The Dangers of Ransomware

    Snatching both your computer and your files

    Always be cautious when opening suspicious emails or downloading links from websites as they might be attempts to install ransomware on your device. Rule of thumb: always have your data backed up.


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    Winter 2021

    Basics of Building a PC

    Tips to know when building your own PC

    Tired of using that same 8 year old computer that runs slower than internet explorer on a 90s dial up connection? It might be time to think about building your own PC, and with these tips it’ll be a cakewalk.


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    Winter 2021

    Technology that helps us get through COVID-19

    How the world has adapted to COVID-19

    To help support you through the pandemic, many companies have put on their thinking hats to create new technology that will benefits individuals affected by Covid-19 and keep you safe.


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    Winter 2021

    BlockChain

    How Blockchain technology is changing and how it is affecting us

    Want a safe place to store, trade or buy cryptocurrency? Then the highly decentralized Blockchain might be the answer for you.


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    Winter 2021

    University of Waterloo: The Accessible Campus

    How University of Waterloo gives everyone an equal chance to pursue education

    The University of Waterloo is committed to creating a campus that is accessible for people with disabilities studying, visiting or working on campus. Modern technology has proven to be helpful for students and staff with disabilities, especially now during the pandemic. Technology such as Kruzwell 3000 and Otter.ai are some of the reliable technologies that are most used by the University.


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    Winter 2021

    TikTok: The Latest and Greatest Social Media Platform

    It may not be as innocent as it seems

    TikTok has proven to be a controversial app over the past year. There have been many issues raised by individuals such as privacy and addition bringing the question of; is TikTok safe? While TikTok has millions of users all over the world, government officials, particularly the Trump administration have severe concerns about the app and have considered banning it from the United States.


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    Winter 2021

    Professor Spotlight: Jay Dolmage

    English Professor & Founding Editor of the Canadian Journal of Disability Studies

    Say hello to Jay Dolmage an English Professor at the University of Waterloo, founding editor of the Canadian Journal of Disability Studies and recipient of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists, Royal Society of Canada award. Learn more about professor Dolmage’s background and how he became interested in disability and rhetoric.


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    Winter 2021

    Covid-19 Alert App

    A new app designed to limit the spread of Covid-19

    The coronavirus has been an issue on most people’s mind. With travel and communal spread being major pathways of infection, the government of Canada has created a new app that will allow Canadians to help slow the spread of Covid-19. The Covid-19 Alert app allows Canadians to see if they have been exposed to Covid-19 and if infected, they can enter a code that will alert others who have been in close contact.


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    Fall 2020

    What You Don't Already Know About Autonomous Driving

    The Future is Here

    Self-driving cars, although once considered a futuristic ideal, is slowly but surely becoming the norm. Although autonomous cars currently face many challenges (technological, environmental, and legislative/ethical), the industry is still steadily progressing. The University of Waterloo has implemented its own program titled “Autonomoose”, a self-drivinf research platform which is a collaboration between WISE Lab and WAVE Lab. The technology is still being developed, but it is clear that the future is autonomous.


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    Fall 2020

    Meet the New Type of LED Display

    Organic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) Translucent Displays

    Retail advertising is using technology in the form of translucent displays. Organic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) Transparent displays offers an opportunity for designers to overlay digital content. These screens have many benefits, including having brighter screens even though less electricity is used. Transparent OLED displays are bringing a new visual experience for the consumer’s experience.


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    Fall 2020

    Virtual Reality and Learning in 2020

    The Future of VR is Here

    Virtual reality (VR) is a technology that has gained significant popularity and can now be seen used on phones, video games, and other entertainment. Contrary to popular belief, VR is not a new technology and its concepts reach back to 1838. Sir Charles Wheatstone first used a tool which altered the perception of depth and 3-dimenisonal structures. VR has since developed in significant ways and can now be used for learning.


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    Fall 2020

    Smart Furniture Can Help You Improve Your Study Habits

    5 Key Smart Furniture Pieces

    Smart furniture has taken the world by storm! Technology has fused with almost every aspect in our home to make our lives easier and more manageable. This article has identified 5 pieces that can be extremely beneficial to its user from increasing the quality of sleep to ensuring your smart phone is always charged (whether you have your charger or not).


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    Fall 2020

    The Dangers of Facial Recognition

    A Neighbourhood Issue

    Facial recognition is a tool that has become more and more popular throughout government agencies as well as throughout apps such as SnapChat. However, facial recognition technology has some ethical issues relating to privacy and false positives. Although this technology can benefit the police force, is it worth giving up the public’s privacy?


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    Fall 2020

    Professor Spotlight: Bojana Videkanić

    Associate Professor & Associate Chair Undergraduate

    Meet professor Bojana Videkanić and find out more about her newly released book “Nonaligned Modernities: Yugoslav Art and Culture 1945-1990”. Bojana is a performance artist and an art historian/theorist whose academic research examines the history of modernist art in the socialist Yugoslavia.


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    Fall 2020

    Bigger, faster, quantum powered

    The age of quantum computing is upon us

    Computers are constantly becoming more and more advanced, but one of the most interesting computers is quantum computers. They are predicted to have more power and be one hundred million times faster while consuming exceedingly less energy than a regular computer used today. Quantum computers drive innovation and it’s exciting to see what we can accomplish with its technology.


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    Fall 2020

    Convenient or creepy?

    How companies are keeping tabs on you

    Online shopping has become extremely popular in the last few months. It’s ease and convenience has made shopping easier than ever. However, companies are also benefitting from customers by partaking in customer profiling. While we are shopping for our products, companies are collecting data in order to offer target advertisements to specific demographics. This article provides some more information on this topic as well as tips to reduce profiling.


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    Fall 2020

    Is seeing really believing?

    The way you perceive media will change forever

    Deepfakes are programs that can create fabricated information using false audio and/or videos. Although deepfakes are currently easy to spot due to their main usage being for spoofs, the technology is expected to improve significantly. Deepfakes have the potential to pose a great risk to politics or to discredit genuine video evidence. This technology is expected to impact our future in a major way; we must learn to spot the fakes.


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    Spring 2020

    Uscan or A Scam?

    The Choice is Yours

    If you have been to a grocery store lately, then you have probably had to make this choice: regular cashier or self-checkout? What choice do you make and do you know the repercussions?


    Category: Feature Spring 2020
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    Spring 2020

    7 Cool New Gadgets of 2020

    Top Technology Launching Us Into the Future

    To help you overcome the problem of researching your own superior-tech set up, this article assembled a list of the best gadgets available right now in 2020 you need for all your endeavours; from listening to music to writing documents quickly, these gadgets have got you covered.


    Category: Feature Spring 2020
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    Spring 2020

    How Robots May Be Impacting Your Major

    Five Jobs Robots Will Replace Within the Next Decade

    From a clerk at a bank replaced by an ATM machine to a pharmaceutical assistant at a drugstore being swapped by a robot that is coded to know how to accurately measure and fill prescriptions. Is your major being affected by the move to technology?


    Category: Feature Spring 2020
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    Spring 2020

    Samsung's SelfieType

    Everything You Need to Know

    Samsung introduces its new virtual keyboard powered by artificial intelligence and image recognition technology. Throw out your keyboard and download SelfieType now!


    Category: Feature Spring 2020
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    Spring 2020

    5 New Features in Mac OS Catalina

    Is It the Best Update in Apple History?

    Released early October in 2019, Mac OS Catalina implemented a variety of features, improvements, and redesigned applications for its MacBook, iMac, and Mac Pro computers. Although there are many changes, the Mac OS experience beloved by Mac users is still the same. This article highlights some of the biggest new features and how to update your Mac device to Catalina.


    Category: Feature Spring 2020
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    Spring 2020

    Professor Spotlight: Allison Kelly

    Associate Professor, Department of Psychology

    Professor Allison Kelly’s life seemingly revolves around a passion for teaching, research, helping others, and the study of psychopathology. Meet Allison Kelly and find out more.


    Category: Feature Spring 2020
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    Spring 2020

    Verbal, Written, or Smart Contracts?

    Introducing the Agreements of the Modern Age

    A beginner guide to everything you need to know before signing another contract!


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    Spring 2020

    How Major Companies Access Your Data

    Is Free Ever Really Free?

    Personal data is often compared to oil—it powers today’s most profitable corporations, just like fossil fuels energized those of the past. But the consumers it’s extracted from often know little about how much of their information is collected, who gets to look at it, and what it’s worth.


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    Spring 2020

    Ethereum

    Bitcoin's Younger Brother

    For some it is known as the second Bitcoin, for others it’s much, much more than that.


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    Winter 2020

    Wireless Charging

    A Wireless World

    It might be surprising to hear, but although mobile phones have been around since the 1980s, mobile phone chargers have only been around since the 2000s. The field of mobile electronics has expanded quickly, and now, new technology seems poised to make wired charging obsolete.


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    3D Printing

    Printing the Future

    Imagine if creating clothes, vehicle parts, or medical devices, was as simple as modeling them on a computer? Imagine if doctors could build near perfect replicas of human organs to help with surgery? Imagine if you didn’t have to imagine any of this, because they were all possible through the process of 3D printing? Now, imagine all the possibilities.


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    Winter 2020

    Bone Conduction Headphones

    Sounds that chill you to the bone

    If sound-waves don’t go through the auditory canal, can a person still hear it? With bone conduction headphones, the answer is yes. Using the bones in the skull as a medium for sound, provides ample opportunity for new audio capabilities.


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    Winter 2020

    DDoS Attacks

    Invisible Warheads

    What if, with the press of a button, you could terrorize a country of over a million people? What if a few lines of code could conjure up a tireless army that could crash websites and throttle networks. What if all that power was available to malevolent actors? What could they do with it? What damage could they cause?


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    Winter 2020

    DNA Storage

    Millions of Gigabytes in the Palm of Your Hand

    In 1994, there was an ad in which Bill Gates sat atop a stack of 330,000 sheets of paper holding a cd. The ad read, “This CD-ROM can hold more information than all the paper that's here below me.” Today, the idea of using CD’s to store anything seems like the lead up to a joke. There’s been tremendous leaps in the area of data storage, but in this increasingly data focused world, what we have now is becoming more and more insufficient. Here’s where DNA storage comes in.


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    Winter 2020

    Internet Addiction

    The Digital Disease

    If all the hours we spend staring at a screen were added up, would the numbers suggest harmless entertainment, workplace requirements, or an intoxicating addiction?


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    Professor Spotlight - Alice Kuzniar

    Acclaimed author, academic and learner

    A professor for over 35 years, and an academic for even longer, Alice Kuzniar is one the most distinguished persons currently at the University of Waterloo. She is an author, Professor of German, Doctor of Philosophy, University of Waterloo Research Chair, and much, much, more. Meet Alice Kuzniar and find out exactly how much more.


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    Winter 2020

    Quantum Computing

    From Bits to Qubits; How Particles are Replacing 1’s and 0’s

    Bits are the fundamental elements of digital information; existing as early as the 1700’s. Like arabic numerals to mathematics, bits are the building blocks that every concept or program is built on. Resolute, dependable and unchanging. That is, until recently.


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    Winter 2020

    UltraLeap: The Next Step in VR/AR

    One Small Step for VR, One Ultra Leap for Mankind

    Mankind has tried for years to accurately represent reality in the virtual world. And for years, this monumental achievement has eluded them. While there have been major advancements, Virtual reality still has a very long way to go. But as they say, every journey begins with a single step. Or in this case, a single leap.


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    Fall 2019

    New to Waterloo Tech Survival Guide

    Everything you need to know about getting connected at UWaterloo

    Eduroam? Nexus? Quest? If this is your first year at the University of Waterloo, you may feel like you are drowning in all sorts of new acronyms, names, and terminology. Consider this article a life jacket for navigating the waters of Waterloo’s most used tech-services.


    Category: Fall 2019 Feature
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    Fall 2019

    Professor Spotlight: Sheila Ager

    The New Dean of Arts

    Sheila Ager is a faculty member at Waterloo since 1987. She is a full professor in the Department of Classical Studies. Sheila was appointed as the next dean of the Faculty of Arts by the University of Waterloo, starting July 1, 2019. Meet Sheila Ager and see what she has in store for you!


    Category: Fall 2019 Feature
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    Fall 2019

    Everything you need to know about the University of Waterloo Campus Map

    About the University of Waterloo Campus Map

    Did you know that the University of Waterloo's main campus is 1,000 acres of land? No wonder why it can be difficult to locate specific rooms and buildings on campus. With the University of Waterloo Campus Map navigation is be one less thing to worry about.


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    Fall 2019

    5 Cool Tech Products of 2019

    The coolest technology 2019 has to offer

    We live in a technological age that constantly evolves and grows faster than we could ever imagine. This year a variety of products, once thought to be impossible, are beginning to shake the technological world.


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    Fall 2019

    Office 365

    A basic introduction

    All undergraduate students at the University of Waterloo have an Office 365 account including access to: OneNote, Mail (Outlook), Calendar, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel, OneDrive, And more! This is a brief introduction to all these Office 365 features.


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    Fall 2019

    Two-Factor Authentication

    An extra layer of security for your university accounts

    Have you ever wondered “If only there was a way to ensure no one had access to my accounts?” Two-factor authentication adds an an extra layer of security to your University accounts which allows you to verify your identity using a second cellular device which prevents others from accessing your accounts, even if they know your password. If you would like to make your University accounts more secure, Two-Factor Authentication is for you!


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    Fall 2019

    Hyperloop

    The future of transportation

    Technology has improved tremendously over the past 100 years. It saw the birth of computers, television, mobile phones, and many other life-altering technologies. Despite this, people still travel in the same four ways they did 100 years ago: plane, boat, car, and train. Transportation has only seen upgrades to its old four major modes without any new additions. That all could change with Hyperloop, the supposed fifth major mode of transportation.


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    Fall 2019

    WatSAFE

    Stay safe at the University of Waterloo!

    WatSAFE (available for Android & iOS) is the University of Waterloo’s official safety app for students, staff, and faculty. WatSAFE is one of the ways to receive campus emergency alerts. It offers quick access to campus safety and emergency resources, and information about major campus emergency events.


    Category: Fall 2019 Feature
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    Spring 2019

    5G Rollout

    Imagine being able to download a movie in a minute, having connection speeds comparable to that of Fiber, or never having lag while gaming again. This could become a reality with 5G. 5G harnesses genius technology to provide users with its ground-breaking connection, speed and advancing technology. Experience self-driving cars, traffic control, and advanced connection with 5G.


    Category: Feature Spring 2019
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    Spring 2019

    Bobby Anti-Theft Backpacks

    The pack that has your back

    Are you someone who likes keeping your belongings safe from a pickpocket? Or someone who takes public transit? Maybe someone who needs to have multiple items with them at one time but doesn’t have the perfect place for them in their bag. If any of those apply to you, you’re in luck! The anti-theft backpack is the perfect item for people who like keeping their valuables safe while also being able to easily access them whenever necessary, so ultimately, it’s the perfect item for you.


    Category: Feature Spring 2019
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    Spring 2019

    Factiva

    University of Waterloo's Online Resource

    As humankind’s wealth of knowledge continues to increase at a rapid pace, finding what you specifically need is like finding a needle in a haystack. In response, Factiva has made it their goal to ensure that all students have ease of access to the information they need and have built a website to hold all the information neatly. This newsletter will explain how you can make use of this massive database as efficiently as possible.


    Category: Feature Spring 2019
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    Spring 2019

    Faculty Spotlight: Jane Tingley

    Jane Tingley is an exceptional artist who has combined art and technology in a compelling way. Her research combines traditional studio practice with new media tools, spanning responsive/interactive installation, performative robotics, and the creation of a gestural game.


    Category: Feature Spring 2019
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    Spring 2019

    Graphene

    The Supermaterial of the Future

    Ever wonder what a pencil could do for the world? Or perhaps not the pencil itself, but the material a pencil is made from. Pencils are made from graphite which is how scientists discovered graphene. Graphene is a versatile form of carbon that has potential to make devices more durable, solar energy more efficient, batteries charge faster and advance the process of water filtration!


    Category: Feature Spring 2019
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    Spring 2019

    HTML and CSS

    The Interworkings of Websites

    Discover how websites are created and designed through the use of HTML and CSS. Take a look at the first website only using HTML and see how CSS has brought a new and more advanced approach to the coding of web creation and design.


    Category: Feature Spring 2019