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Niagara College: Civil Engineering Technician Program Accredited by CTAB

A comprehensive review by the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB) evaluated the program and granted its accreditation status in 2014. This is the third engineering program at Niagara College to obtain national accreditation status from CTAB.
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Wearable technology sets sail in Vancouver
Straight.com
Vancouver entrepreneur Alex Moret has sailed halfway around the world, from the Caribbean to Australia. The University of British Columbia graduate was also a crew member on the Geronimo when the trimaran set the Sydney-to-Tahiti speed record by travelling 3,298 nautical miles in about 13 days. Moret told the Georgia Straight competitive sailing is very data-driven. Racers often lose valuable seconds looking at onboard instruments, according to him.
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The covert cellphone tracking tech the RCMP and CSIS won't talk about
The Globe and Mail
Law enforcement and intelligence agencies in Canada won’t say whether they use covert tools called International Mobile Subscriber Identity (IMSI) catchers to track the location of mobile phones and devices – even as the extent of their use by U.S. government agencies is raising serious questions among civil libertarians. Once connected, an operator can collect identifying information on all connected devices in a geographic area, or home in on the location of a specific device. In certain circumstances, it can even intercept phone calls and text messages.
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Apple's one-click tool deletes unwanted U2 tracks
CBC News
Some iPhone users are not happy that U2's new album, Songs of Innocence, was automatically added to their iTunes music library, free of charge. In response, Apple has released a special tool that lets people remove the album from their collections. U2 played at an Apple event that included the unveiling of the iPhone maker's new smartwatch and updated iPhone models. In a surprise move, the Irish rock band performed at the event and put out its 11-song release.
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First Ubuntu Touch smartphone due before 2015
Canoe
Mozilla, with its Firefox OS, isn't the only player aiming to offer a reliable, competitive and affordable alternative to Android, iOS and Windows Phone. Ubuntu Touch, the mobile operating system developed by Canonical, will make its debut this December on a version of the forthcoming Meizu MX4 smartphone, according to a post on the Chinese manufacturer's Italian blog. The alternative mobile OS will come installed on a version of the Chinese brand's new smartphone, which will otherwise be offered with Android.
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Wearable technology sets sail in Vancouver
Straight.com
Vancouver entrepreneur Alex Moret has sailed halfway around the world, from the Caribbean to Australia. The University of British Columbia graduate was also a crew member on the Geronimo when the trimaran set the Sydney-to-Tahiti speed record by travelling 3,298 nautical miles in about 13 days. Moret told the Georgia Straight competitive sailing is very data-driven. Racers often lose valuable seconds looking at onboard instruments, according to him.

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Canadian start-ups are using drone technology to spot new business opportunities
Financial Post
Across its various plants, McCain Foods is capable of pumping out a million pounds of French fries an hour. In all, McCain makes one-third of all the world’s frozen fries. That production requires a huge amount of potatoes, which McCain draws from both its corporate farms and independent growers. Those farms cover great swaths of acreage, including in the potato country around Florenceville, N.B., where McCain opened its first plant in 1957.

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Minister Moore reinforces need for open and efficient trade in Canada
Government of Canada
Industry Minister James Moore addressed the Alberta Enterprise Group's Forging Partnerships conference about the Harper Government's commitment to breaking down internal trade barriers that harm the national economy and hurt Canadian businesses, workers and consumers. During his address, Minister Moore outlined One Canada, One National Economy: Modernizing Internal Trade in Canada, the federal proposal to update the current Agreement on Internal Trade.

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How mobile technology will continue enhancing national security
The Huffington Post
Mobile has disrupted every segment of the economy. From entertainment to communication, transportation and healthcare, mobile technology has transformed various traditional business models. Through real time data, and capabilities like GPS and camera access, mobile app developers have been able to provide viable solutions to everyday consumer practices. For instance, Uber successfully simplified the taxi-ridesharing service industry, Airbnb disrupted the hotel economy, and Tinder revolutionized modern dating .
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iOS 8: 8 new things
CBC News
Apple users eagerly anticipating the arrival of an updated mobile operating system will find iOS 8 offers features that not only address long-standing complaints, but also pave the way for more streamlined use of all their devices. iOS 8 will be available for iPhones from the 4s onward, the fifth generation of the iPod touch, the iPad2, the iPad with retina display, the iPad Air, the iPad mini and the mini with retina display.​
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eBay to launch an in-app mobile advertising network
Reuters
eBay plans to launch an advertising network for its mobile app, moving the company into the lucrative, fast-growing market for ads on devices such as smart phones and tablets. Mobile ad spending in the United States will total $17.73 billion this year, up 83 per cent from $9.69 billion in 2013, according to industry research firm eMarketer.
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'NBA 2K15' video game drafts 3-D face-mapping technology for latest installment
680 News
“NBA 2K15″ is angling for a slam dunk with an innovative new way to put players in the game. The developers of the interactive basketball franchise are adding the option for gamers to digitally graft lifelike 3-D renditions of their faces onto virtual players in the series’ latest installment, set for Oct. 7. The process uses the camera for either the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One game consoles to create faces for wannabe Kobe Bryants and Kevin Durants.
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Ultrasound technology used to guide the blind
euronews
At the Centre for Research and Advanced Studies in Guadalajara, Mexico, researchers have developed special lenses for the blind. The idea is to turn traditional glasses into a navigation device to allow users to freely move from a specific point while avoiding both static and moving obstacles. It uses ultrasound technology, sound sensors, GPS and an artificial voice to guide the user.
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Progress rarely glows blue: EEStor and the lure of new technology
Grist
Over the years, various folks at Grist have written excited posts about an outfit called EEStor, which promised ultracapacitors that would revolutionize the battery industry. The company struck deals with electric car company Zenn (in 2007) and defense contractor Lockheed Martin (in 2008); it promised to start production within months (in 2007, and 2008, and 2009 …). Then, after several delays, Zenn bought the company outright (in 2013), a seeming show of confidence.
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The near-future technology that will have the biggest impact on our lives
BetaNews
So what arenas of technology are going to make the most impact on the world over the next three years? That's a question the 2014 KPMG Global Technology Innovation survey posed to some 768 technology business leaders, and according to the results, three of the top five disruptive technologies which should "change the way we work and live" are the Internet of Things, 3-D printing, and biotech/health care.
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Mercedes-Benz sets up firewall to protect car data from hackers
Driving.ca
Mercedes-Benz, the world’s third-biggest maker of luxury vehicles, is using a cloud-computing setup to protect data as cars’ mobile links and software expand and the industry prepares for driverless travel. Elements of the technology will include enabling people in a vehicle to control how much of their data is available to the outside world while they’re on the road, Christine Hohmann- Dennhardt, head of legal affairs at Mercedes parent Daimler AG, said today at a conference.
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