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Note: Today’s post comes from Allan Calder. For more on Allan, check out his Google+ page! When you’re writing a blog, no matter what the subject matter, you sometimes struggle trying to come up with a topic for your next piece and until recently I was suffering through one of these periods, but then I … Read more

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Internet Piracy Drops As New Canadian Law Takes Effect

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A new law in Canada requiring internet service providers to forward copyright notices to customers has resulted in a significant decrease in Internet piracy. The data has yet to be confirmed by any outside sources, so it may not be entirely reliable, but according to CEG TEK International (a “copyright monetization firm”) piracy has dropped around … Read more

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Doctor’s Appointments are Moving to the Cloud

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Some innovative health plans are now allowing patients to attend their doctor’s appointments from the comfort of their own home via video chat software. As of April 30th 2015, the largest health insurer in the U.S. — UnitedHealthcare — will cover doctor visits conducted through video chat software such as Skype, Google Hangouts, or FaceTime. UnitedHealthcare is not the first company … Read more

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Cord-cutters’ Next Target: Wireless Carriers

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An article published this week by The Motley Fool shines a spotlight on a lesser-known group of cord-cutters; those giving up their wireless service in favor of WiFi-only smartphone connections. In light of recent reports about the increasing presence of cord-cutters in the realm of subscription television services, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise … Read more

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Sports Wearable Detects Concussions in Real-time

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A new wearable device, set to be unveiled at CES 2015, not only detects concussions incurred by athletes in real-time, but also transmits that data to mobile devices, allowing coaches, parents, or medical staff to monitor player safety in an unprecedented manner.  The device, known as the “Linx IAS”, is about the size of a stick … Read more

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Billboard Music Charts Start Tracking “Streams”

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This week, Billboard announced that they will start including streaming music from services like Spotify, Beats Music, and Rhapsody –among others– in their calculations when creating most music charts. The change is noteworthy in that it solidifies streaming music as a permanent fixture in the industry, rather than just another passing trend. Overall, the music industry … Read more

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Welcome to The Impact of Innovation Blog!

Welcome to the Impact of Innovation blog. I hope to post weekly (or more frequent) posts about how tech is impacting society. Anything that I find to be particularly interesting– as well as user-submitted or user-suggested content — will be posted. So, if you have something interesting to share, hit the “Contact” link and send it … Read more

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