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Canadian consumers slow to accept mobile payments as banks look ahead
The Globe and Mail
The technology allowing consumers to make purchases using credit and debit cards stored on their smartphones is rolling out in Canada, but fewer than 25 per cent of consumers can use it, according to a white paper released by the six largest banks in conjunction with the Canadian Bankers Association.
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New Wi-Fi tech makes devices 'aware' of what's nearby
PC Magazine
Wi-Fi technology is about to get an upgrade. The nonprofit Wi-Fi Alliance recently announced it will now begin certifying products as Wi-Fi Aware. The new technology lets compatible devices more easily discover other gadgets, apps, and information nearby. It would, for instance, let you easily find video game opponents, swap photos, and access local information — all without a cellular, Wi-Fi, or GPS connection.
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Self-charging phones are on the way, finally
MIT Technology
The case that Will Zell slides onto his iPhone doesn't look that unusual, but it's doing something pretty out of the ordinary: Capturing some of the radio waves that the phone transmits when connecting to cell-phone towers and Wi-Fi routers, converting them to electricity, and feeding that power back to the phone's battery.
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Mobile technology and fast food chains go hand in hand
Mobile Commerce Press
A pilot program is currently underway at McDonald's, called "Create Your Taste", which provides ordering stations that are somewhat like tablets, for guests, so that the familiar mobile technology feel can be tested out in the ordering process. This mobile technology is available to customers inside the restaurants and it gives them the chance to try any of dozens of toppings that are not available to the customers who make their orders at the counter or at the drive-thru.
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Pluto flyby confirm by NASA
CBC News
NASA confirmed recently that its New Horizons spacecraft successfully completed a flyby of Pluto, culminating an epic journey from Earth that took 9½ years and spanned more than 4.8 billion kilometres. The confirmation, which came in at 8:52 p.m. ET, was met by cheers from the New Horizons team in the control room in Laurel, Md.
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Google develops Bluetooth beacon technology to boost app development
The Inquirer
Google has teamed up with players in the electronic beacon industry to develop a new, open format Bluetooth low energy technology to inspire developers to build apps for beacons to communicate with devices. Electronic beacons are used to provide precise location and contextual cues in apps to help those with connected devices navigate more efficiently.
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Technology innovation and adoption in oil & gas industry — why did it slow?
Forbes
As we've discussed before, the great crew change is a real concern in the oil & gas industry. Another obvious concern is the slow pace of technology adoption. The oil & gas industry has historically relied upon rudimentary paper-based technology and really had no need to think outside of the box because companies were too busy developing resources and making money.
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