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The race to capture solar energy at U of T
CBC News
The global race to harvest the sun's energy has researchers all over the world competing to develop the new technologies that they hope will end our reliance on fossil fuels. One of the latest announcements is from a team at Michigan State University that's developed a clear pane of plastic that could be used on windows to capture sunlight. ScienceDaily, an online publication of research news, reports that the luminescent solar concentrator, as it's called, has the potential to revolutionize commercial or industrial window design by turning windows into large-scale collectors of solar energy.
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Canadian drilling pioneer's technology gains worldwide recognition
Northern Ontario Business
Persistence paid off for Ray Roussy. It’s been a 40-year odyssey for the Smooth Rock Falls native, mechanical engineer and innovator who’s being recognized for nursing a once-discarded commercial drilling technology back to life. Roussy is a pioneer in sonic drilling, a revolutionary and century-old system that’s gaining worldwide acceptance as an environmentally friendly alternative to conventional drilling systems.
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Survey: One-third of Canadian workers see technology as a threat to their job
Yahoo
There may have been a time, before mankind could walk upright, where technology had no impact on our lives. But ever since the invention of the wheel, there has always been someone finding new and better ways to do old tasks, and someone else who’s worried about losing a valuable role in society because of it. We’re not much different now, though that glowing object in our hands is more likely to be a mobile phone than a burning torch. In fact, according to the latest Randstad Workmonitor study one in every three (32 per cent) Canadians fears their job could vanish in a few years due to the rise of technology.
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Apple poised to supercharge mobile payments
Internet Retailer
With biometric and NFC technologies—not to mention the big three credit card companies—on board, Apple may provide the spark that (finally) lights a mobile payments fire, enabling consumers to pay in stores with their iPhones. And merchants may not need new POS terminals, one expert suggests. Like Apple or not, its innovations define the mobile realm. It is not a trendsetter, it is the trendsetter. And Apple seems poised to light a fire under the slumbering mobile payments market when the technology giant debuts the iPhone 6 smartphone.
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The race to capture solar energy at U of T
CBC News
The global race to harvest the sun's energy has researchers all over the world competing to develop the new technologies that they hope will end our reliance on fossil fuels. One of the latest announcements is from a team at Michigan State University that's developed a clear pane of plastic that could be used on windows to capture sunlight. ScienceDaily, an online publication of research news, reports that the luminescent solar concentrator, as it's called, has the potential to revolutionize commercial or industrial window design by turning windows into large-scale collectors of solar energy.

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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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Students expect to pay off loans within 5 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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Nanotechnology researchers improve mechanical properties of ceramics
Nanowerk News
Researchers from Iran University of Science and Technology in association with researchers from EPFL University in Switzerland and University of Stockholm, Sweden, used nanotechnology to increase fracture toughness of ceramic bodies up to three times. The product has very desirable mechanical properties and has applications in advanced industries such as aerospace, electronics, and biomedical engineering. Despite unique properties of ceramics, their fragility is a big problem for their application in various industries.
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Firms not budgeting for mobile technology despite reported benefits
Business Technology
Firms in many industries do not budget for mobile technology despite other the success other companies are seeing, according to a survey. Sage’s SMB Survey on Mobile Devices found that although the U.S. manufacturing and distribution, food and beverages, and construction industries say mobile has a positive effect, many companies aren’t allocating funds for it.
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U.K.: Costcutter adopts 'scan, bag and go' mobile payment technology
FreshPlaza
Swansea University is set to become the first in the UK to adopt a revolutionary new payment system at its retail outlet, thanks to a mobile phone app that converts smartphones into cash registers. The Costcutter store, based at the Students’ Union, will go with the ‘Mini Checkout’ app, allowing it to offer a queue-free experience to students who can now scan, bag and go. The app, pioneered by Newport retail services firm Retail Merchandising Services (RMS), allows shoppers to scan items’ barcodes and directly charges their bank account, saving the time that would have been spent queuing in store, ensuring a more convenient, less stressful shopping experience.
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Beacon technology offers plenty of opportunities for retailers
The Guardian
U.K. retailer House of Fraser announced in August that it will introduce beacon-equipped mannequins in its Aberdeen store to provide customers with a more engaging retail experience. When a customer with an enabled smartphone app is within a 50 metres of the mannequin, the beacon sends a signal providing them with useful information: details about the clothes and accessories the mannequin is wearing, the price, where the items can be found within the store and links to purchase the items directly from the retailer’s website.
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The iPhone 6's NFC chip: what can it do?
Top Tech News
There’s a lot of talk about NFC lately, with Apple expected to include a near field communication chip in the iPhone 6. Apple has also reportedly signed deals with Visa, MasterCard, American Express and other payment companies to enable a new mobile Relevant Products/Services wallet feature on its new iPhones. NFC specifies a set of radio frequencies used by two devices in close physical proximity -- such as a phone and a compatible payment terminal -- to exchange files and data Relevant Products/Services.
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Japan firm showcases 'touchable' 3-D technology
CTV News
Technology that generates touchable 3-D imagery was unveiled in Japan Monday, with its developers saying users could pull and push objects that are not really there. Know-how that could improve a gaming experience, or allow someone to physically shape objects that exist only on a computer, will soon be available to buy, said Miraisens, a high-tech firm based outside Tokyo. "Touching is an important part of human communication but virtual reality has until now been lacking it," its chief executive Natsuo Koda told a press conference.
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