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New agreement facilitates apprentice mobility across Canada
Province of Nova Scotia
A new agreement signed by Canada's provincial premiers will allow apprentices to more easily move between provinces and territories as they complete their training. Under the new agreement, apprentices' hours worked and technical training will be recognized across Canada, allowing them to continue their training outside of their home province. The plan builds on the Atlantic Apprenticeship Harmonization Project, as well as agreements signed between Nova Scotia and Alberta and New Brunswick and British Columbia. "Having all provinces and territories on the same page will mean that our qualifications will be properly recognized and help us get closer to our final goal of achieving our Red Seal certification," said apprentice electrician Tiffany Parker.
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How mobile technology is changing Canadian health care
The Huffington Post
Innovation — it's a term we use often when it comes to emerging technology, but the word itself comes from the Latin "innovare," meaning to do something a new way, or to have a new "idea" about approaching something. When it comes to healthcare, where much of what trainees learn in medical school is decades behind current practice, the time is ripe to apply principles of innovation — both in ideas and action, to improve healthcare and health management for all Canadians.
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Nanotechnology to open doors for Asian mango exporters
FreshFruitPortal.com
An international team of researchers has developed nanotech packing to extend the shelf life of highly perishable mangoes and reduce post-harvest loses, particularly in the South Asian fruit sector. Developed by Canadian, Indian and Sri Lankan researchers in a collaborative project funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the nanotech mango boxes are said to improve the fruit’s resilience and therefore boost quality over long shipping distances.
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Uber aims to develop self-driving vehicle technology
CTV News
The company that has risen to prominence for shaking up the taxi industry by automating hailing, paying for and sharing a cab now wants to do away with cab drivers, too. Uber has announced a strategic partnership with Carnegie Mellon University that will see the two organizations create something called the Uber Advanced Technologies Center with the ultimate aim of developing autonomous driving technology.
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Waiting for better battery-charging technology
RE/CODE
“You really want another thing to charge?” Steve Jobs said, with an incredulous expression. About five years ago, Re/code co-executive editor Walt Mossberg and I sat in a meeting with Apple’s then-CEO, discussing the smartphone landscape, among other things. We broached the topic of wireless earbuds for the iPhone, since everything else seemed to be riding the wire-free trend. Jobs was immediately ready with his retort — which, in memory, may not have been as PG as the quote above.
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New agreement facilitates apprentice mobility across Canada
Province of Nova Scotia
A new agreement signed by Canada's provincial premiers will allow apprentices to more easily move between provinces and territories as they complete their training. Under the new agreement, apprentices' hours worked and technical training will be recognized across Canada, allowing them to continue their training outside of their home province. The plan builds on the Atlantic Apprenticeship Harmonization Project, as well as agreements signed between Nova Scotia and Alberta and New Brunswick and British Columbia. "Having all provinces and territories on the same page will mean that our qualifications will be properly recognized and help us get closer to our final goal of achieving our Red Seal certification," said apprentice electrician Tiffany Parker.

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Why don't Canadian firms invest in technology?
Financial Post
If you are a private business owner or executive and are wondering why your company isn’t doing well, especially when compared to U.S. competitors, it may be a result of your company’s insufficient investment in information and communications technology (ICT). ICT is an umbrella term for business-enabling technologies that encourage data sharing within or between organizations, or even between businesses and customers. Examples of ICT include: cloud technology, web conferencing and integrated email, voicemail, text messaging and faxing.

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5 ways young and old(er) consumers use technology differently
CTV News
It's not surprising that young Canadians are seen to be more plugged into digital trends than older consumers. But a new report from the Media Technology Monitor suggests the gaps between how the young and old(er) are using technology are, in some cases, vast. The research is based on telephone surveys with 6,011 anglophones conducted in the fall of 2013 and the spring of 2014.

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Futurist predictions about technology that actually came true
The Telegraph
Nobody can predict the future, but there have been some pretty good educated (or lucky) guesses down the years. While most us are waiting for the hoverboard to hurry up and get built already, some inventions and predictions dreamt up by sci-fi scriptwriters have become a reality. A few hints about what the future may hold have even been spotted in ancient statues on display in the Louvre.
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Current advancements in drone technology are worrying
The Japan Time
Now that every industrialized country in the world is buying drones, there is money to invest in future applications and possibilities. Boeing is developing a solar-powered drone called “Solar Eagle” that can stay in the air for five years, like a permanent drone. China and the U.S. are developing hypersonic drones that can go 25 times the speed of sound. At that kind of speed humans are too slow to respond, so you need even faster autonomous systems to defend yourself.
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2015 trends: Mobile pay, wearable tech move from concept to real-world disruptor
Skift
The travel industry will watch mobile payments and wearable devices newly combine, starting in 2015, creating powerful conversion-driving opportunities for brands. To start, the market for U.S. mobile payments alone will expand from $52 billion in 2014 to $142 billion by 2019, according to recent reports by Forrester Research.
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Will nanotechnology soon allow you to 'swallow the doctor'?
CNN
Imagine a swarm of microscopic robots, so tiny that a teaspoon can hold billions of them. They are ready to be injected into the most delicate areas of a human body — the heart and the brain — to deliver drugs with extreme precision or work like an army of nano surgeons, operating from within. If it all sounds like science fiction, that's because it is: the plot of the 1966 sci-fi classic Fantastic Voyage revolves largely around this concept.
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Moon opens for business with new U.S. process
CBC News via Thomson Reuters
The United States government has taken a new, though preliminary, step to encourage commercial development of the moon. According to documents obtained by Reuters, U.S. companies can stake claims to lunar territory through an existing licensing process for space launches.
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Apple looks to take a bite out of Spotify
Top Tech News
Last year, Apple spent over $3 billion to acquire Beats Electronics LLC, a headphone and streaming music company founded by rapper Dr. Dre and music industry mogul Jimmy Iovine. Now, Apple is planning to integrate the Beats streaming technology into a new service that will go headphone-to-headphone with sector leaders Spotify and Rdio, according to a report by Mark Gurman at 9to5mac.com.
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