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  • Elizabeth Demers

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    Spring 2021

    Professor Spotlight: Elizabeth Demers

    Professor, Financial Accounting, Approved Doctoral Dissertation Supervisor

    Meet Elizabeth Demers, an AFM professor at the University of Waterloo. Her studies have been published in the Journal of Accounting Research, the Journal of Financial Economics, Management Science, Review of Accounting Studies, the Harvard Business Review, and other top outlets. Demers is keen on exploring intersections of new areas in order to not only challenge herself, but also others around her to think differently.


    Category: Feature Spring 2021
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    Spring 2021

    Five Helpful Sites for Students

    Make Your University Experience Easier

    Due to current events online learning, education-aiding apps and sites are more important than ever. The ever-increasing availability of extra-help resources makes learning easier for everyone. This article identifies 5 sites that can make your university career more enjoyable, and hopefully alleviates a little bit of stress.


    Category: Feature Spring 2021
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    Spring 2021

    Apple’s Electric Vehicle 

    Production Rumored to Start in 2024

    The newest Apple device is the exciting Apple electric car. The vehicle, intended for a 2024 or later release, might include entirely self-driving technology and aims to be on par with Tesla. The car is expected to feature deep integration with Apple’s existing iOS technology. As Apple continues to emerge as one of the most valuable companies in the world, their first venture into the automotive industry has the potential to take over the electronic vehicle market.


    Category: Feature Spring 2021
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    Spring 2021

    Artificial Intelligence in the Music Industry

    Computing Intelligence to Musical Excellence

    Artificial intelligence is all around us whether we realize it or not. From creating new experimental tunes to reimagining the classics, AI has a large impact on the music that is produced today. With the demand for music to be made in multiple genres and countless elements that can be combined, it's no wonder why the industry is looking to AI to help create new music. AI in music could revolutionize the music we listen to and unlock potentially new combinations that we have never thought of.


    Category: Feature Spring 2021
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    Spring 2021

    Data-Sharing within Social Media: A Call to Action

    Are You Aware of the Tabs Companies are Keeping on You?

    Social media platforms have consistently been scrutinized, especially when the topic of data sharing is mentioned. In fact, last year the United States threatened to ban TikTok from US application stores due to privacy and data sharing concerns. Facebook also came under fire in previous years due to data sharing. Therefore, it comes as little surprise that another messaging platform owned by Facebook, WhatsApp, was also publicly criticized.


    Category: Feature Spring 2021
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    Spring 2021

    How will 5G Technology Change Our Daily Life?

    Connecting Your Future

    5G is the 5th generation mobile network that is designed to increase speed, reduce latency, and improve the flexibility of wireless services. Compared to 4G, 5G networking is expected to enable data-driven industries, smart cities and so forth. Generally, 5G is a technical revolution that allows much more data transferring across blocks of spectrum and enables a larger capacity and better efficiency. With the implementation of 5G within our smartphones, it opens the possibility of 5G being used in our everyday lives.


    Category: Feature Spring 2021
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    Spring 2021

    Pros and Cons of the Self-Checkout Technology

    Save Time, Serve Yourself

    With the continuous innovation in technology and the evolving needs of customers, the retail industry is transforming towards automation. While self-checkouts certainly reduce time spent in stores, it also takes away the personal touch of interacting with other people. As per usual, disruptive innovation can cause disturbances that have negative implications, however, the positives of self-checkouts cannot be ignored.


    Category: Feature Spring 2021
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    Spring 2021

    Robinhood: A Rising FinTech Star in North America

    Bringing Stock Trading to the People

    Robinhood is a popular trading application where people can invest in stocks, ETFs, and options without any fees. It was reported that this platform sells access to real-time information about which stocks Robinhood’s users are buying and selling which leads to a conflict of interest. This article explores two controversies Robinhood was involved in. Can this be the end of the well-known trading app?


    Category: Feature Spring 2021
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    Spring 2021

    Talent Search of the Future

    Using Cognitive Science and Games to Help Select Future Employees

    There are many ways games are being used for hiring purposes today. Some are used to identify cognitive and emotional abilities of their candidates while others demonstrate critical thinking and teamwork skills. The result of some of these games shows the user what their top soft skills are, and also allows the employer you are applying to view the results as well. Gamification is an interesting way to go about the hiring process especially in the market as competitive and oversaturated as they are today.


    Category: Feature Spring 2021
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    Spring 2021

    Technological Masks

    Smarter, Safer, and more Unique

    Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, masks have become mandatory for many countries in order to reduce the spread. Nowadays, masks have further developed to include technology that is able to assist us in more than simply keeping us safe from germs. Whether it’s improving the quality of our air we are breathing in, helping us communicate despite language barriers, or keeping us healthy, these masks are an exciting advancement within the technology industry.


    Category: Feature Spring 2021
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    Spring 2021

    Technology for the Bees: The Beewise Beehome

    Saving the Bees through AI Technology

    Bees are one of the planet’s hardest working creatures. In addition to impacting the world’s food supply, bees are also responsible for the livelihood/health of many plant-derived medicines. If bees were to disappear it would lead to devastating consequences for the human race, which is why many tech companies, such as Beewise, are using modern technology to improve their chance of survival.


    Category: Feature Spring 2021
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    Spring 2021

    The Rise of Telemedicine

    Healthcare at Your Fingertips

    Telemedicine is the use of technology to gain access to health care in a variety of forms. While this telemedicine has been used for many years, it’s been on an exponential rise due to the pandemic that we are currently facing. As of now, telemedicine can diagnose and treat many common physical ailments such as allergies, but the future of Telemedicine is very exciting!


    Category: Feature Spring 2021
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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.


    Category: Feature Winter 2021
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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.


    Category: Feature Winter 2021
  • hand and robotic arm touching colourful image of a brain

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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?


    Category: Feature Winter 2021
  • hand touching screen with coronavirus text

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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.


    Category: Feature Winter 2021
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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.


    Category: Feature Winter 2021
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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.


    Category: Feature Winter 2021
  • women with grocery cart

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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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    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.


    Category: Fall 2020 Feature
  • abstract image of a person choosing multiple items

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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.


    Category: Fall 2020 Feature
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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.


    Category: Fall 2020 Feature
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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.


    Category: Fall 2020 Feature
  • Bojana Videkanić's performance art

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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.


    Category: Fall 2020 Feature
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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).


    Category: Fall 2020 Feature
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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?


    Category: Fall 2020 Feature
  • person using virtual reality headset

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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.


    Category: Fall 2020 Feature
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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.


    Category: Fall 2020 Feature
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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.


    Category: Feature Winter 2021
  • Jay Dolmage leaning over desk

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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.


    Category: Feature Winter 2021
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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.


    Category: Feature Winter 2021
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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!


    Category: Feature Spring 2020
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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.


    Category: Feature Spring 2020
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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.


    Category: Feature Spring 2020
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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.


    Category: Feature Winter 2020
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    Winter 2020

    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.


    Category: Feature Winter 2020
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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.


    Category: Feature Winter 2020
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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?


    Category: Feature Winter 2020
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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.


    Category: Feature Winter 2020
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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?


    Category: Feature Winter 2020
  • Professor Kuzniar

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    Winter 2020

    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.


    Category: Feature Winter 2020
  • Model of a Quantum Computer

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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.


    Category: Feature Winter 2020
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    Spring 2018

    The Critical Media Lab

    Faculty Spotlight: Marcel O'Gorman

    Have you ever wondered “Why and how does technology play such a powerful role in our lives?” As an English Professor, Marcel O’Gorman believes that close reading and careful writing are necessary to answer this question. Through his position as founder and Director of The Critical Media Lab, his mission is to explore the impact of technology on society and the human condition.


    Category: Feature Spring 2018
  • Person wearing VR headset

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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.


    Category: Feature Winter 2020
  • Bessma Momani book cover

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    Winter 2019

    They Are Just Ordinary People

    Faculty Spotlight: Bessma Momani

    Who is Bessma Momani? A Political Science professor who joined the University of Waterloo in 2004. She is currently a professor at the University of Waterloo and the Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA). She is known to make live television appearances and radio interviews. Bessma aims to continue educating people about the region of the Middle East, with her main focus on reminding everyone that the region is beautiful.


    Category: Winter 2019 Feature