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Athabasca University to offer first-in-Canada online BSc in Architecture
Athabasca University
Athabasca University and Architecture Canada | Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) have officially launched what is reportedly the first online bachelor of science degree in architecture. The program is designed to be flexible, including a part-time option, and emphasizes the relationship between academic study and practical work.
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Canadian researchers sign MOU with medical marijuana company
Ottawa Citizen
Canadian medical-marijuana growing company Tweed Marijuana Inc has signed an MOU with Ryerson University and the University of Ottawa to address the lack of concrete research into the benefits and long-term impacts of medical marijuana use. "With the new [Canadian medical marijuana] regulatory system in place, producers and researchers now have the stability to undertake research not possible in the past," said Tweed CEO Chuck Rifici.
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Is email on the way out?
The Globe and Mail
Following the introduction of the Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL), some are wondering whether or not we are in the last days of e-mail. An article in the Globe and Mail makes the case that for many people, this would be a welcome change. According to one technology research firm, 108.7 billion emails are sent and received around the world every day, mostly from business accounts.
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Plasma televisions fading to black
Toronto Star
Hailed for its superior picture quality but burdened by high electricity consumption, plasma television took a critical blow last week when Samsung confirmed it will end production of the displays in November, citing a plunge in consumer demand. The SDI unit of Samsung Electronics in a statement said it will instead focus on curved and ultra HD flat screen models as it develops the next generation of high-end televisions.
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Spotify music streaming service coming to Canada
CBC News
The online music streaming service Spotify is hinting that it will be coming to Canada soon. The company, which was founded by Swedish entrepreneur Daniel Ek in 2006, pioneered the concept of granting Internet users access to a huge catalogue of music they could freely stream without having to purchase songs or albums a la carte.
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Plasma televisions fading to black
Toronto Star
Hailed for its superior picture quality but burdened by high electricity consumption, plasma television took a critical blow last week when Samsung confirmed it will end production of the displays in November, citing a plunge in consumer demand. The SDI unit of Samsung Electronics in a statement said it will instead focus on curved and ultra HD flat screen models as it develops the next generation of high-end televisions.

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Edmonton parking meter technology to get an upgrade
Edmonton Sun
Edmonton's lagging parking technology is poised to finally hit the fast lane. A city council committee voted unanimously to implement pay-by-plate technology to replace the city's 3,300 parking meters, and install 400 new electronic pay stations along busy entertainment districts — like the site of the new $480 million downtown arena for which fines will help pay for — by 2016.

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Understanding sound masking technology
Oakville Beaver
Most people are familiar with the idea of using walls and doors to physically block noise, as well as the benefits of installing ceiling tiles, wall panels and soft flooring to absorb noise. However, many also enlist these solutions in pursuit of the old adage silence is golden.

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Why I hate renegotiating my telecom package
The Globe and Mail
I have to call my cable company in the next while to perform one of life’s most annoying, possibly even loathsome, financial tasks. It’s the renegotiation of our cable TV and high-speed Internet package. Rogers, our cable provider, has set prices for all its products and services. But like most telecom providers today, it offers better deals for pretty much anyone who calls in to ask.
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Dell, Intel, Samsung, others form IoT consortium
IT World Canada
Big technology companies led by computer and server builder Dell, semiconductor maker Intel, and electronics conglomerate Samsung Electronics have banded together to development standards that will government technologies for the so-called Internet of Things.
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BBM arrives in the Windows Phone Store as private beta, full release imminent
MobileSyrup
BlackBerry CEO John Chen recently told us that BBM would arrive on Windows Phone sometime in July. Considering we're into the second week of the month there seems to be a positive step forward, as BBM has been added to the Windows Phone Store — but only available in a private beta. Users are able to download the app, but unless you have received a coveted beta invitation you'll be met with a BBM logo and denied the ability to officially sign in.
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MIT finger device reads to the blind in real time
Inquirer
Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are developing an audio reading device to be worn on the index finger of people whose vision is impaired, giving them affordable and immediate access to printed words. The so-called FingerReader, a prototype produced by a 3-D printer, fits like a ring on the user’s finger, equipped with a small camera that scans text. A synthesized voice reads words aloud, quickly translating books, restaurant menus and other needed materials for daily living, especially away from home or office.
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Mobile screen display options increasing
The StarPhoenix
LCD or AMOLED? IPS or FFS or TN? With screen technology increasingly becoming a major differentiator for new smartphones and tablets, consumers may want to get up to speed on some of the acronyms associated with mobile displays. Liquid crystal displays are the most commonly used screens for phones and tablets and there's a dizzying array of different types on the market.
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This practically ancient Internet technology supports speeds 1,000 times the national average
The Washington Post
Researchers at Alcatel-Lucent's Bell Labs have developed a way to send Internet traffic over phone lines at speeds reaching 10 Gbps — that's 1,000 times faster than what the average American household currently gets. The new technology even beats fiber optic speeds at short distances, the company said, adding that the 10 Gbps benchmark represents a new world record.
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New display technology is thinner, lighter than ever
ScienceAlert
Researchers at Oxford University in the U.K. say their new screen technology can take smart displays beyond computers and smartphones. At just a few nanometres thick, their new displays have the potential to be mounted onto flexible and transparent surfaces such as car windshields and contact lenses.
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