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Canadian spy agency: China hacked into National Research Council computers
Toronto Star
The Canadian government took the unusual step of pointing fingers squarely at Beijing after a cyberattack on a prominent federal scientific research agency. The federal government’s chief information officer, Corinne Charette, confirmed that the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) was the target of a cyberattack from a “highly sophisticated Chinese state-sponsored actor.”
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Chefs, hairstylists among the most in-demand professions
Edmonton Journal
Chefs, specialist physicians and hairstylists are among the 31 professions in high demand in the province, according to the Alberta government’s 2014 short-term employment forecast. The report projects those jobs will be in high demand over the next three years. The government of Alberta projects 407,000 new jobs will be created by 2023. During that time it is also expected that 311,000 people will join the workforce.
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Durham College students to create 5 designs for Cobourg's downtown
Northumberland News
A partnership between the Town of Cobourg and Durham College that will benefit both is starting to take shape. Beginning in the upcoming fall semester, students in Durham College’s architectural technician and architectural technology program will be asked to come up with innovative and creative design concepts for five locations within downtown Cobourg.
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Wireless stick race heating up
The Calgary Herald
Internet-connected TVs are by far some of the most popular appliances today. Aside from being able to access cable and over-the-air video signals, they can also tap into the endless buffet of Internet streaming content and access social media channels. Streaming media sticks like Google's Chromecast, Roku's Stick and the recently leaked Mozilla Firefox stick are the most affordable ways to turn older TVs from dumb terminals into Smart-TVs.
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As technology makes bicycles lighter and faster, cyclists fall harder
The Globe and Mail
In terms of technology, Greg LeMond, the three-time Tour de France winner, was a pioneer. In an age when steel still dominated, LeMond rode bikes made of carbon-fiber composites, then an exotic material mostly used by the military. At this year’s Tour, carbon fiber is the only material used for bikes, and it has also replaced aluminum in wheel rims. The strength, lightness and the design flexibility offered by carbon fiber have ensured its dominance.
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Wireless stick race heating up
The Calgary Herald
Internet-connected TVs are by far some of the most popular appliances today. Aside from being able to access cable and over-the-air video signals, they can also tap into the endless buffet of Internet streaming content and access social media channels. Streaming media sticks like Google's Chromecast, Roku's Stick and the recently leaked Mozilla Firefox stick are the most affordable ways to turn older TVs from dumb terminals into Smart-TVs.

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Long replacement cycle drags down iPad sales
Computer World
Apple announced it sold 13.3 million iPads in the second quarter, a year-over-year drop of 9 per cent, the second straight quarter of declining numbers, and blamed a slowdown in developed markets. Analysts had expected a down quarter, coming up with an iPad sales average of 14.4 million, which would have represented a more modest 1.3 per cent downturn.

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Foreign credential requirements to be eased for 10 additional occupations
Toronto Star
Lawyers, welders and electricians are among the immigrant professionals who will have their foreign credentials assessed faster under a policy change announced by the federal government. The Conservatives will add 10 occupations to the "priority" assessment program that was launched with 14 occupations, says Immigration Minister Chris Alexander and Employment and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney.

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Algoma University develops new transcript technology
Sault Star
It is now easier for Algoma University students to request their transcripts and transfer credit resources. "We're thrilled to launch our electronic transcript exchange with the Ontario Universities' Application Centre, and being the first university in Ontario to adopt the PESC XML international standards," Danny Reid, the university's director of information technology, said in a release.
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iBeacon gaining ground with Hudson's Bay, Lord & Taylor, Monk, and Hilton rollouts
The Canadian Reviewer
Apple's iBeacon proximity sensor and communication technology is picking up steam as various retails stores are starting to deploy the technology to reach out to users of iOS devices and push opt-in updates on sales, rebates and other store and product-related information. Lord & Taylor (sister company of Hudson's Bay) and German restaurant group Monk as well as the Hilton group of hotels are going to rollout the technology soon.
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Amazon offers 3-D printing to customize earrings, bobble head toys
Reuters
Amazon.com will offer 3-D printing services that allow customers to customize and build earrings, bobble head toys and other items from third-party sellers using a new personalization option on its website. Most of the more than 200 items available on the company's new 3D printed products store, can be customized using a new feature that allows users to rotate and change the item they are viewing.
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Amazon to spend $2 billion in India to take on site founded by former employees
Toronto Star
The world’s largest online retailer is facing off in India against a new name in e-commerce that was founded by former Amazon employees. Amazon.com said that it will invest $2 billion to expand its Indian business, a day after local rival Flipkart raised $1 billion to fund its own expansion. Launched last year, Amazon’s India division has been making a big push into the country’s small but fast-growing online retail market. It has been running front-page advertisements in newspapers and touting one-day delivery.
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Google Glass used by Teatro Lirico di Cagliari to stream opera
CBC News
Ever wonder what an opera looks and sounds like from the stage? You can find out this afternoon, when an Italian opera company shares a new perspective of Giacomo Puccini's Turandot through a special pair of opera glasses – Google Glass. The Teatro Lirico di Cagliari on the Italian Island of Sardinia will debut its "Glass Opera Interactive" performance of Turandot. Performers and crew will wear Google's internet-connected, computer-equipped glasses to stream video and images to the public from their own points of view – "from the soprano's to the stagehand's," the opera house announced in a news release.
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Helsinki Airport to track passenger flows with new technology
The Moodie Report
Finavia has announced a deal with technology company Walkbase that will allow the Helsinki Airport management company and its concessionaires to precisely track passengers’ journey through the airport. The technology uses sensors throughout the terminal complex that will track the estimated 60-70% of passengers with their mobile phone’s Wi-Fi transmitter turned on. Positioning information can be used to monitor and improve the passenger experience by identifying bottlenecks in passenger flows. The technology also enables airport retailers hone their marketing, and will eventually allow the airport and its tenants to push location-based content to passengers' smartphones.
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Hackers can tap USB devices in new attacks, researcher warns
Reuters
USB devices such as mice, keyboards and thumb-drives can be used to hack into personal computers in a potential new class of attacks that evade all known security protections, a top computer researcher has revealed. Karsten Nohl, chief scientist with Berlin's SR Labs, noted that hackers could load malicious software onto tiny, low-cost computer chips that control functions of USB devices but which have no built-in shields against tampering with their code.
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Britain to trial driverless cars from 2015
Inquirer Technology
Driverless cars will be allowed on British roads from January 2015 as part of a pilot initiative in three cities, the government announced. Cities nationwide are being invited to bid to host one of a series of trials that will last between 18 and 36 months, and to receive a share of the $17 million of government funding for the scheme. Driverless vehicles, guided by a system of sensors and cameras, have already been tested in several countries, including the United States and Japan, with Sweden set to follow.
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