Recently, two political science professors at the University of Toronto, Ryan Balot and Clifford Orwin, wrote a column for the The Globe and Mail about why they are banning electronic devices from their classrooms. Their arguments claim that technology serves as a distraction, as opposed to a learning tool in the classroom, and that students learn more when they are […]
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iPhone users rejoice — you no longer have have to deal with all of those useless default apps. Apple released its new iOS 10 update Tuesday afternoon, and it’s created a heated debate among iPhone users. On the bright side, you can now rid your phone of unnecessary apps, like Stocks or Find Friends. However, the update also includes over […]
By Shane Perusse Last summer Russell Viirre, a Ryerson chemistry professor, began testing a new drug that could treat over 4,000 Canadian children living with cystic fibrosis (CF). Viirre, who is working on the drug along with Christine Bear, a senior scientist at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) is hopeful that their research will increase the life expectancy of […]
Aviva Canada and Ryerson’s DMZ unveiled a new partnership last Wednesday to help tech startups emerge break into their industries. The goal? To bring fresh ideas and encourage innovation in insurance and brokerage by collaborating with startups. Aviva Canada, a Canadian property and casualty insurance company made the official announcement at Ryerson on March 23. Abdullah Snobar, executive director of […]
Some Ryerson professors have struggled with the idea of banning the use of electronics in his lecture.
Ryerson Urban Water (RUW), a multidisciplinary team of scientists and engineers focusing on water solutions for cities, hopes its new partnership with Wageningen University can encourage the adoption of progressive water solutions at Ryerson. Spencer Crook is an environmental science management master’s student at Ryerson and is currently on exchange in the Netherlands at Wageningen University. He said that he […]
In the future when you are hurtled through tubes from San Francisco to Los Angeles, you’ll be able to thank a team of Ryerson engineers for helping you arrive safely. Hyperloop is a high-speed transportation system that was proposed by Elon Musk, co-founder of Tesla Motors and the aerospace firm SpaceX. The concept consists of massive tubes, connecting San Francisco […]
The popular Toronto-based Facebook group, Bunz Trading Zone created an official app, BUNZ, which was launched on two weeks ago.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has pledged $12 million for the Southern Ontario Water Consortium, of which Ryerson is a part of, in an effort to help create new clean water technologies.
OpenSports is in its its final stages of development at the DMZ. The mobile app is being heralded as “Tinder for sports,” because it allows users to quickly find nearby recreational sport activities, facilities and players.
After putting on a pair of safety glasses, students were able to get a glimpse of Ryerson’s own smart grid last Friday. The Schneider Electric Smart Grid Lab at the Centre for Urban Energy (CUE) on Dalhousie Street was open to the public as part of a provincewide campaign called “Green Energy Doors Open.”
A Ryerson student is hoping to convince people to drive electric cars by aiming for the place they care about most: their wallets. Fifth-year marketing and entrepreneurship major Ilya Zatolokin has created a web application that shows users how much money drivers can save with an electric car. The app, Drive EV, allows users to compare the costs of their […]
In the future, people will let their right to privacy slide. Computers, in our homes, cars and bodies can be easily hacked and exploited. Big data and algorithms can be used to determine who is a terrorist and automatically target them with with missile-firing drones. Governments and security agencies can look into your home with impunity, through computers, televisions and […]
Losing my phone has always been one of my greatest fears and two weeks ago it became a reality. Granted, I was lucky because I left it at my girlfriend’s house in Montreal and not in some taxi after a night of partying. But not having it made me come to terms with the fact that my phone was a […]
What started as a post on Snapchat has blasted off into something much bigger for a second-year RTA school of media production student. Tully McWatters, 20, fooled hundreds of people into thinking he was selected as a candidate for the Mars One project. McWatters started by sending himself a bogus email that said he had been selected for the project. He […]
A Ryerson professor hopes to revolutionize safety on campus by combining geography with technology. Geography professor Eric Vaz and two employees from Ryerson’s Laboratory for Geocomputation have developed a crime hot-spot web application called RUSafe. The site allows users to select a type of security incident, like assault or voyeurism, and see on a map where it has occurred on campus. “It’s the power […]
Eight Ryerson professors have been given a total of $375,000 by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities’ Shared Online Course Fund to develop seven online learning modules that will enhance in-class learning. The modules have names such as “Fundamental Techniques of Modern Imaging” and “The Naked Entrepreneur, Season Four: Canadian Entrepreneur Icons.” Ryerson faculty prepared 32 proposals and seven […]
On Feb. 19, Ryerson University’s G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education is launching its inaugural ChangSchoolTalks 2015. “Digital Learning Reimagined” will explore the evolution of technology in academia and how educators and students can use technology to their advantage. Industry experts will be sharing their ideas on the latest advances in technology-enhanced education. Speakers include: Audrey Watters, education technology […]
Ryerson’s privacy chief says she’s “disturbed” by television sets that can listen to their owner’s conversations. According to Ann Cavoukian, executive director of Ryerson’s Privacy and Big Data Institute and Ontario’s former privacy commissioner, Canada’s private sector privacy laws need to be revised to reign in the capabilities of smart devices. Earlier this month, the Daily Beast discovered one sentence […]
The recent explosion of fashionable smartwatches and headwear have proven that not all wearable technology has to look like it belongs in a science-fiction movie. A panel discussion hosted by Ryerson University’s Chang School of Continuing Education last week explored how wearable devices, or electronics incorporated into clothing and fashion accessories, are changing their aesthetic to look more appealing for […]
A Ryerson professor has developed software that will allow computers to read your thousands of tweets and understand how much you hate your phone company, or how upset you might be with Ryerson for the various times it didn’t call a snow day when it should have. Denote is a software platform that gives computers the power to recognize negative […]
For the first time ever, Ryerson’s student-run fashion show, Mass Exodus, will be offering an e-commerce platform through its app where attendees can purchase clothing, accessories and books produced by the fourth-year fashion design and fashion communication students. Robert Ott, chair of the school of fashion, said the idea stemmed from previous years when students’ designs were not for sale […]
Funky art, open concept spaces, post-and-beam structures and messy work stations. That’s what Brendan Dellandrea says participants of the Toronto Startup Open House can expect when over 100 startup companies throughout downtown Toronto open their doors to the public on Oct. 30. But it’s the people inside these spaces that will be the real draw, he says. Dellandrea is the […]
Video by Tristan Simpson and Zachary Dodds The Ryerson Image Centre (RIC) unveiled three new exhibitions to commemorate the centennial of the First World War on Tuesday. DISPATCH: War Photographs in Print, 1854-2008 The major exhibit, DISPATCH: War Photographs in Print, 1854-2008, marks the role of recording and representation technologies used during wartime. It traces war photography’s evolution over the […]
In some Ryerson classrooms, a new learning tool is rendering inconvenient physical clickers obsolete. Top Hat is a software that allows students to use their mobile phones and laptops, instead of a physical clicker, to answer multiple choice questions and participate electronically in class discussions. The system collects and assigns a mark to each student’s response according to their registered […]
Don’t understand art? Too scared to hitchhike? Ryerson has a robot for that. Frauke Zeller, an assistant professor at Ryerson, has built two robots with very different purposes: one tweets art criticism and the other will soon hitchhike across Canada. The art critic robot, called the kulturBOT 1.0, attends art exhibitions and tweets text-captioned photos of the artworks, visitors and […]
When Samson Romero – a queer gamer and fourth-year social work student – and his friends play against online opponents, they often play with the audio off. “I can’t tell you how many times my friends who play Call of Duty get called the f-word,” said Romero. “There are only two insults in the gaming world: either you’re gay or […]
On a planet far away, cavemen wander through Egyptian pyramids. Astronauts explore the Sahara desert and princesses fly through space. All this and more is possible in the world of Ping Pong Story, a website created to develop the imaginations of children while promoting literacy at an early age. Ryerson graduate, Debora Rubin is the founder of this online portal. […]
Despite having left the country for two weeks, a journalism instructor said his students will still get the full learning experience in his course. Mark Bulgutch, instructor for a TV reporting course, informed students that he would be away in Sochi, Russia, to cover the Winter Olympic Games for most of February. But some students worry that the Skype calls […]
Car insurance companies are starting to offer new technology that could mean big savings for university-aged drivers. The technology, known as telematics, (information technology enabling the long distance transmission of data) is part of new usage-based auto insurance being offered for drivers in Ontario. “Innovative programs like this is something insurers are looking at to attract business,” said Pete Karageorgos, […]
Host: Michael Duncan Producer: Tanya Mok Assistant producer: Jasmine Pazzano **** By Michael Duncan Ryersonian Staff Your Office 365 trial has ended and going through Blackboard to access Ryerson’s Google Docs is a chore. You’ve downloaded a word processor for your phone, but no one wants to write a 1,000-word essay with a touch keyboard that features bizarre word prediction. […]
From writing essays and studying for mid-terms, to juggling jobs and stacking our social calendars, we’ve all got a million things to keep track of. To ease the stress of planning ahead and avoid missing important appointments, however, there are plenty of apps to help manage time and tasking. Do It (Tomorrow) The title of this app and website speaks […]
When the American futurist writer Juan Enriquez came to Toronto last spring to speak at a health symposium, he presented the audience — a group of high-powered scientists, bio-tech researchers, and entrepreneurs — with a question. “What do the smartest people in Canada do? Where do they go?” The implied answer was along the lines of: “They go to the […]
There are dozens of financial apps and tools available to help students keep track of their finance, from budgeting to grocery shopping. The number of choices, however, can be a bit hard to wrap your mind around. National Post personal finance reporter Melissa Leong recommended four free phone apps and websites that all students should consider using. Technology reporter Alexa Huffman […]
Techies, the wait is over. Apple unveiled the latest smartphone technology Tuesday afternoon with the cheaper iPhone 5C and higher-end 5S. The 5C is plastic and comes in green, white, blue, pink, and yellow. It’s geared towards first-time users. The iPhone 5S, priced at $599, promises a faster processor and new fingerprint security feature. Despite Android users taking over the […]