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Sudbury's floating solar panels could power island nation
Northern Life
Early next year, Sudbury-developed clean energy technology is expected to be tested off the coast of Malta, a small European island nation in the Mediterranean Sea. Kim Trapani, a Mining Innovation, Rehabilitation and Applied Research Corporation (MIRARCO) researcher who is originally from Malta, worked on light flexible solar panels that can float on any body of water.
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Luxury fashion takes on fitness technology
Global News
Luxury fashion is making inroads in wearable tech as more designers try their hands at developing smart, stylish accessories and clothing aimed at tracking performance and health, or simply making connected lives easier to manage. "We actually think the fashion industry should be in the driver's seat," Ayse Ildeniz, vice-president of business development and strategy for Intel's new devices group, said at an event in Las Vegas.
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Canadian Space Agency to fund firms that will use mission data
Montreal Gazette
Nine firms, four of them from Quebec, have qualified for funds from the Canadian Space Agency to develop projects that will use data collected by CSA space missions. The "novel concepts... will capitalize on the use of Earth Observation (EO) data acquired by the CSA," the St-Hubert-based agency said in a statement. The nine "contribution agreements... will support research and development in the field of space technologies. This initiative will also build capacity in Canadian industry and increase the use of radar data, to serve various sectors of the economy."
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Report: Apple planning 12.9-inch iPad for 2015
CBC News
Apple Inc is preparing to roll out a larger, 12.9-inch version of its iPad for 2015, with production set to begin in the first quarter of next year, Bloomberg cited people with knowledge of the matter. The report comes as Apple struggles with declining sales of its 10-inch and 7.9-inch tablets, which are faltering as people replace iPads less frequently than expected and larger smartphones made by Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and other rivals encroach upon sales.
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Province pulls plug on Sydney firm's 'responsible gaming' technology
Cape Breton Post
Gaming technology firm Techlink Entertainment is reeling from the Nova Scotia government's decision to pull the plug on its responsible gambling system from video lottery terminals in the province. The Sydney-based company created the My-Play system in an attempt to change the habits of serious gamblers by storing current and past VLT player information on a card inserted into one of the machines.

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Google wants to track your internet browsing, app usage to create a unified advertising platform
Canada.com
It’s happened to everyone before. You’ve just searched on eBay for some sort of item like a new television and then, a few hours later, every Google Adsense-enabled advertisement you stumble across features either that identical TV or a similar television. It doesn’t matter what site you’re browsing, the television you sat and stared at for 20 minutes, trying to decide if you really needed to buy it or not, seems to haunt your every online move, popping up in the corner of all the websites you visit.

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Students expect to pay off loans within five years of graduation, poll show
Financial Post
Getting a post-secondary degree can be an expensive endeavour, but a recent survey suggests that most students believe they’ll be on track to pay off their student loans within five years of graduating. The poll from CIBC found that about half, or 51 per cent, of post-secondary students said they would need to borrow money to pay for tuition, living expenses and books.

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Is taking a gap year after high school a smart financial decision?
The Globe and Mail
Is there value in a "gap year" after high school? That's the question Jonathan Nikodem faced when he graduated and weighed the financial and personal benefits of taking a year off before university to consider his options. "I just had no idea," the 21-year-old student said of his post-secondary career. "I thought that I wasn't ready." Sentiments like those are enough to throw many parents into a panic about their children's future, but financial advisers say that putting school aside can offer rewards to some young Canadians, if they craft a proper investment strategy.
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Training focus of Canada-Saskatchewan job fund agreement
Leader-Post
Two agreements signed by the provincial and federal governments today will encourage employers to get more involved in worker training, with a goal of drawing Saskatchewan residents into the province's employee-hungry job market. "If there is one big strategic challenge we are facing in Western Canada generally, and in Saskatchewan in particular, it is a gap of skills. We don't have enough people with the right skills to fill all the jobs that are available and to fuel our future prosperity," said federal Minister of Employment and Social Development Jason Kenney.
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Mozilla announces $36 Intex Cloud FX smartphone for India
CBC News
A smartphone that costs just $36 and runs Firefox OS has been launched this week in India, a country where smartphone adoption is skyrocketing. The Intex Cloud FX, billed as the country's lowest priced smartphone, was announced by Mountain View, California-based Mozilla and New Delhi-based Intex Technologies. "With support from Intex, Firefox OS smartphones in the ultra-low-cost category will redefine the entry-level smartphone," said Li Gong, president of Mozilla, in a statement.
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Vancouver tech startups boost 3-D printing
Straight.com
Vancouver resident Bartosz Bos hopes to do for sex what activity trackers from Fitbit and Jawbone have done for running. He's the founder of Intiimi Technologies, a local startup that's developing a line of innovative sexual wellness products. Bos envisions vibrators embedded with accelerometers, gyroscopes, and other sensors. The idea is to monitor the body during sexual activity, display this data on users' smartphones, and give people a better understanding of their own sexual response.
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University of Alberta researchers: 'Smart labels' could detect pathogens before you buy that steak
Edmonton Journal
Barbecue enthusiasts may one day grill without fear of pathogens, thanks in part to Edmonton researchers. A pair of University of Alberta engineering professors are developing "smart labels," cheap, polymer-based materials that change from blue to white or grow cloudy in the presence of E. coli, listeria or salmonella.
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