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National Technology Benchmarks V2014 released

The Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists is pleased to announce the release of the 2014 National Technology Benchmarks® (NTB) for the accreditation of post-secondary educational programs in Canada. The Council of Registrars (COR), representing Canada’s provincial technology associations, has worked tirelessly in concert with industry representatives nationally to provide Canadian colleges with up-to-date benchmarks that not only reflect the latest technological advancements but also ensure consistency with international standards and obligations under various international agreements to which Canada is a signatory.
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Is there still hope for Google Glass?
Calgary Herald
One of the most impressive projects to come out of the secret Google X labs was Google Glass, which integrated augmented reality with a full featured Optical Head Mounted Display using the processing power and Internet connectivity of smartphones to run various apps. First demonstrated in 2012, Google Glass looked to be the most exciting device in wearable computing and predated many smart goggles that were still in their conceptual form.
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How zoology has been transformed by mobile technology
The Guardian
Wild zoology, a name I have just invented, is the study of animals in the wild. It will have started when it was in our interests to observe what things we might eat and what might eat us. In some senses, all animals do that. But today, wild zoology is an important science. We need to know what animals do and where they do it to understand how the diverse elements of ecosystems interact to make the system work. Robust, functioning ecosystems have robust, healthy animals within them, and everybody should want that.
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5 new technologies that may change how you shop
The Washington Post
As more shopping moves online, retailers are looking for ways to step up the in-store experience to make sure it remains compelling and convenient. The retail industry descended on New York this week for the National Retail Federation’s Big Show, an annual trade event where vendors showed off the innovative offerings that they hope will soon become commonplace in malls across the globe.
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National Technology Benchmarks V2014 released

The Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists is pleased to announce the release of the 2014 National Technology Benchmarks® (NTB) for the accreditation of post-secondary educational programs in Canada. The Council of Registrars (COR), representing Canada’s provincial technology associations, has worked tirelessly in concert with industry representatives nationally to provide Canadian colleges with up-to-date benchmarks that not only reflect the latest technological advancements but also ensure consistency with international standards and obligations under various international agreements to which Canada is a signatory.

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NBCC alumna's research project places second in national competition

An NBCC alumna’s research project, which enabled her to water her garden perfectly according to various conditions, placed second in a national applied research contest held annually by the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB). Megan Scott’s project, titled “Irrigation Pump Control System,” was awarded with a prize of $500 and she is second NBCC graduate in a row to place in the top three. “I wanted to have a system that could control the watering of my garden by monitoring daylight conditions, rainfall amounts, and so on,” she said. “I designed the project myself completely and didn’t have a schematic or template that I was working from.” She estimates the project, which started in December 2013 and was finished by the end of May 2014, took hundreds of hours in addition to her regular course load as part of her senior project lab.

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Message from new Chair

As the new Chair of the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board, I would like to take this chance to thank the staff and countless volunteers who make the accreditation of Engineering Technology programs possible throughout Canada. Without their help, it would not be possible to maintain the high standards of quality assurance granted by the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board to professional education programs.

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5 major technology trends at CES 2015
Financial Post
Every year a barrage of new products are announced at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas and 2015 is no different. Sometimes these devices never make it to market and are just proof-of-concept designs, but they’re often an indicator of what is coming next in the technology industry.
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Google's new Translate app shines in a crowded field
Mercury News
A beautiful French-speaking woman. A handsome English-speaking man. A quiet room in romantic San Francisco. Let the magic begin, right? Actually, there's also an iPhone 6 between them on the table, which is where the magic really resides on this recent morning.
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The myth of neutral technology
The Atlantic
In the aftermath of the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, the debate about police violence and safety has gained new national attention. Some politicians, including President Obama, have proposed a technological solution: body cameras for police officers. The White House hopes to allocate $75 million to local law enforcement agencies, which would equip about 50,000 more police officers with the cams. Most federal aid programs have distributed heavy weapons, armored cars, and cutting-edge riot gear to small-town sheriff’s departments.
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McLaren put the emphasis on technology
Reuters
The McLaren Group, which includes the Formula One team, is changing its name to reflect the company's diversification away from pure racing activities and into applied technology. McLaren Group, whose companies employ more than 3,000 people with three quarters of the staff not involved in motorsport activities, said that it would now be called McLaren Technology Group.
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5 ways technology will change (or not) in 2015
CP24.com
Accounting firm Deloitte has released its annual list of predictions for what the world of technology, media and communications will look like in the year ahead. The report is compiled using research and interviews with clients, analysts and global industry leaders. Sadly, the list does not include a “Back to the Future” style hoverboard that the film promised would arrive by this year.
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