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Is high school curiosity a measure of university success?
Maclean's
In What to Consider If You’re Considering University, Canadian academics Bill Morrison and Ken Coates offer a stern warning. They feel too many parents push their kids into university when they would be better off at polytechnics, colleges or apprenticing, because what they’re really after is a quick route to a good job, and universities can’t always deliver. They point out that the first-year dropout rate at 13 Canadian universities is 30 per cent and conclude that about a third of students shouldn’t have gone in the first place.
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College of the Rockies signs SunMine agreement
COTR
With over 4,000 solar modules generating 1.05 MWs of energy, SunMine will be Western Canada’s largest solar project. SunMine is situated on reclaimed land on the former Teck Sullivan Mine site, within Kimberley city limits. The energy-generating project is community owned, distinct and well suited to capitalize on Kimberley's clear and sunny conditions.
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Writing on the water
Queen's University
Finishing a doctoral dissertation is a long process of researching, writing and revising, but a new pilot program by the School of Graduate Studies is adding hiking, swimming and canoeing to the mix. From Aug. 25-28, 34 graduate students will have the opportunity to take part in Dissertation on the Lake, a writing retreat held at Queen’s University Biological Station 30 minutes north of Kingston on Elbow Lake. Students will be housed in the university’s 10 two-bedroom cabins and will spend their days in writing, recreation and cooking with their cabin mates.
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Sheridan, Chengdu University of Information Technology sign MOU for future collaboration
Sheridan
Recently, Sheridan held a commencement ceremony to mark the successful completion of a three-week academy by twenty-four professors from Chengdu University of Information Technology (CUIT), based in Sichuan, China. The academy, held at Sheridan’s Oakville campus, saw the immersion of the CUIT faculty in the Sheridan way of teaching, with the aim of learning best practices to implement at their university.
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Ottawa technology used in Chinese earthquake relief
Ottawa Business Journal
Some Ottawa-based technology is being used in the relief efforts following the deadly earthquake that struck China Sunday. Unisat, a major Chinese satellite supplier, and its customer China Mobile have deployed a number of iNetVu mobile antennas, developed by Ottawa’s C-COM Satellite Systems, in order to re-establish cellular communications and provide emergency services.
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BlackBerry subsidiary QNX working on pothole-sensing technology
CTV News
Finally, someone might fix those potholes littering your neighbourhood. At least that's the hope of developers at Ottawa-based QNX Software Systems, who foresee equipping cars with sensors that automatically send data on road conditions — such as potholes — to city officials. "If a car is hitting a crazy bump at a similar GPS location and other cars are doing the same, (the vehicle) can actually share that information with the municipality... Wouldn't it be nice if you could actually prioritize the problems?" asks Derek Kuhn, vice-president of sales and marketing for QNX.
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BlackBerry subsidiary QNX working on pothole-sensing technology
CTV News
Finally, someone might fix those potholes littering your neighbourhood. At least that's the hope of developers at Ottawa-based QNX Software Systems, who foresee equipping cars with sensors that automatically send data on road conditions — such as potholes — to city officials. "If a car is hitting a crazy bump at a similar GPS location and other cars are doing the same, (the vehicle) can actually share that information with the municipality... Wouldn't it be nice if you could actually prioritize the problems?" asks Derek Kuhn, vice-president of sales and marketing for QNX.

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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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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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Researchers: Planes can be hacked via inflight WiFi
CBC News
Cybersecurity researcher Ruben Santamarta says he has figured out how to hack the satellite communications equipment on passenger jets through their WiFi and inflight entertainment systems - a claim that, if confirmed, could prompt a review of aircraft security. Santamarta, a consultant with cybersecurity firm IOActive, is scheduled to lay out the technical details of his research at this week's Black Hat hacking conference in Las Vegas, an annual convention where thousands of hackers and security experts meet to discuss emerging cyber threats and improve security measures.
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Lighting up LED technology
Burnaby Now
In an effort to reduce energy costs, Burnaby’s Premier Lighting has developed wireless LED technology for public use that cuts down on wasted resources while maintaining public safety. The lighting company recently installed its innovative system in the underground parking garage of the Vancouver Central Public Library. The lights are fitted with sensors that detect motion and occupancy, and shut off when no one is around.
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Mobile technology keeps lions, intruders off African farms
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What once required a system of kerosene lamps and a large refueling effort now requires only a SIM card. Farmers in the rural area of Kisamis in the Rift Valley of Kenya are too far away from urban centers to be on the national power grid, but are now able to use mobile technology to be able to protect their farms against intruders and lions.
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New battery tech cuts smartphone charge times by 75 per cent
Forbes
A new mobile device technology looks set to revolutionize battery charging and smartphones equipped with it will be available in 2015. We’ve seen news recently about battery technology potentially seeing large increases in capacity and life cycles. Specifically, researchers at Stanford University have made significant progress on the so-called holy grail of battery design – a pure lithium anode that could boost power capacity and extend battery life.
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5 mobile payment trends to watch out for
BusinessNewsDaily
The mobile payments industry has taken on a life of its own and the technology is here to stay. Not only are there more merchants than ever who accept credit cards and digital payments via mobile devices, but consumers are increasingly warming to the idea of using their smartphones to make purchases as well. If your business is considering accepting mobile payments or if it's already doing so, here are five trends in mobile payments to keep an eye on.
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New mobile app uses secure technology to connect patients with their doctors
DentistryIQ
Solutionreach, a developer of technology for managing patient relationships, announces the launch of a patient-facing mobile application that will help health care professionals stay connected with their patients outside of the practice environment. The app, PatientReach Mobile, introduces the ease and convenience of mobile technology to the doctor-patient relationship.
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Facial recognition technology reunites pets and owners
The Record
Any worried pet owner who has spent days hanging posters, making phone calls and knocking on neighbours' doors has wished there was a more scientific way to find a lost dog. That became a reality when facial recognition technology successfully reunited a pet at San Diego County Animal Services with its owners. Joanne Cox's family in San Diego turned to FindingRover.com, a website and app that uses technology built by university researchers, to reconnect with their dog Roxy, a Shiba inu.
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IBM offers cloud-based services to Chinese firms to address security concerns
Reuters
International Business Machines Corp said that it would provide cloud-based risk analysis for a Chinese financial data firm in a deal that executives heralded as a model for future business in China, where state-owned enterprises are increasingly shunning foreign technology on security grounds. Under the new software deployment model, financial data provider Shanghai Wind Information will send publicly available data to IBM's cloud for risk analysis without having to disclose specific portfolio holdings or having to install IBM software or hardware on its servers.
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