Now that Disney’s a tech company, it needs to figure out how to tackle password thieves

Some customers who signed up for Walt Disney Co.’s new Disney+ streaming service have seen their usernames and passwords sold online to third parties and have been locked out of their newly opened accounts. Disney said its system hasn’t been hacked and that it’s working to quickly address the issue. It’s possible that hackers obtained the names and passwords from data breaches at other companies. “Disney takes the privacy and security of our users’ data…

"Now that Disney’s a tech company, it needs to figure out how to tackle password thieves"

Microsoft Teams surpasses 20 million daily active users, up 50% from July

Microsoft Corp. said on Tuesday its workplace messaging app, Teams, has more than 20 million daily active users, up from 13 million users in July. The software maker offers the app as a free add-on platform to its Office365 users. Through Teams, users can start a chat, share files, make calls and hold web conferences. Microsoft Teams, used by companies like General Electric and SAP, competes with Slack Technologies Inc. Slack, whose customers include Electronic…

"Microsoft Teams surpasses 20 million daily active users, up 50% from July"

Bell is developing wearable tech it claims is better than an Apple Watch or Fitbit

Bell is developing wearable-device technology it claims is superior to an Apple Watch or Fitbit, The Logic has learned. The technology measures its wearer’s heart rate, temperature, speed and location, among other variables. The telecommunications giant is looking at rolling out a version for use by the general population, as well as features for diabetics and the elderly, and some that could be used to monitor parolees and prisoners. Bell would be the first Canadian…

"Bell is developing wearable tech it claims is better than an Apple Watch or Fitbit"

Google Stadia review: Consoles and gaming PCs are safe — for now

Google Stadia finally arrives in North America this week. Has the American tech giant figured out how to make game streaming work? Will it be as disruptive to the game industry as streaming services have been to music and video? Will Stadia usurp brands such as PlayStation, Xbox and Nintendo? The answers to these questions are, in order: sort of, probably not and no. The extent to which Stadia succeeds with individual users will be…

"Google Stadia review: Consoles and gaming PCs are safe — for now"

For Apple and Disney+, getting people to sign up isn’t the hard part — it’s getting them not to cancel

At long last, Walt Disney Co. launched its video-streaming platform, Disney+, last Tuesday. Ten million people signed up in the first 24 hours, a stunning feat considering the deluge of rivals flooding the market. By comparison, it took HBO Now about four years to reach that milestone. The rapid adoption is a testament not just to the power of Disney’s brand but also to a business strategy that stands in stark contrast to this month’s…

"For Apple and Disney+, getting people to sign up isn’t the hard part — it’s getting them not to cancel"

Sidewalk Labs digital update brings new details, but many questions remain

Officials with Sidewalk Labs on Friday insisted that they don’t want to track the energy consumption of individual devices inside private homes in a contentious development project on Toronto’s waterfront, hours after the company released a document that suggested they might be doing exactly that. On Friday, Sidewalk Labs released a 483-page “Digital Innovation Appendix” (DIA) describing all the data and technology systems they plan to incorporate into their smart city project — including a…

"Sidewalk Labs digital update brings new details, but many questions remain"

Bank of Canada ‘contingency planning’ in case public digital currency becomes necessary, official says

The Bank of Canada doesn’t currently have cause to issue a digital currency, but it can envision a future where it may need to be ready to do so, an official from the central bank suggested on Friday. Deputy governor Timothy Lane said during an event at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia that the Bank of Canada has conducted research over the past few years about whether the central bank should try to create…

"Bank of Canada ‘contingency planning’ in case public digital currency becomes necessary, official says"

Sidewalk Labs’ Toronto smart city to feature self-driving garbage cans, apartment noise monitors

TORONTO — Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs has provided more details on the technology it intends to use to develop a futuristic smart city in Toronto, which includes self-driving garbage cans and infra-red sensors to track foot traffic in stores, a document released by the company on Friday said. Sidewalk, owned by the parent company of Google, released a 483-page document in response to criticism from an arm of the government-mandated body developing the project that called…

"Sidewalk Labs’ Toronto smart city to feature self-driving garbage cans, apartment noise monitors"

The fourth industrial revolution is already disrupting our economy — that’s why it’s so hard to read

We’re nearing the anniversary (Dec. 5) of the Bank of Canada’s decision to stop its march back to a more normal policy setting. Stephen Poloz, the governor, has used the pause to gather his thoughts on this strange period of low-for-longer-and-longer-and-longer interest rates. His conclusions suggest that borrowing costs will stay low for longer yet. But if Poloz is right, that won’t be a bad thing, which is a different spin on what you tend…

"The fourth industrial revolution is already disrupting our economy — that’s why it’s so hard to read"

Post Arcade exclusive: Xbox chief Phil Spencer talks shop at X019 in London

The sprawling arena is packed with rows of play pods featuring dozens of games, most of which aren’t yet available, from Doom Eternal to Microsoft Flight Simulator. Fans from around the world are descending on the space this weekend for a chance to play. Before the event officially began, Post Arcade had a chance to visit the show floor and sit down with Xbox chief Phil Spencer to talk about what’s coming next for his company.…

"Post Arcade exclusive: Xbox chief Phil Spencer talks shop at X019 in London"