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CEO Announces Retirement
CCTT
The Board of Directors of CCTT offers its very best wishes to Isidore LeBlond,FCSC who this week announced his retirement effective May 1, 2015. “Mr. LeBlond has made a significant contribution to the technology profession over the past twelve years advancing CTAB accreditation and promoting technology careers to Canada’s youth. His leadership in these areas will be missed by our provincial partners and stakeholders across the country” says CCTT Chair Louis LeBel. “We look forward to working with Issy in the months ahead as we transition to new leadership and wish him all the best in retirement and all future endeavors.”
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Research Infosource releases list of top 50 Canadian research colleges
Research Infosource
Research Infosource has released its annual list of Canada’s Top 50 research colleges. Topping the list this year was the British Columbia Institute of Technology, which, according to Research Infosource, saw a research income of over $15 M in the 2013 fiscal year. BCIT was followed by the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) and George Brown College, which had research incomes of roughly $9.7 M and $9.3 M, respectively. Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles and SAIT Polytechnic rounded out the top 5. The rankings also recognized the top research colleges in the country based on the number of formal research partnerships and number of formal research projects completed at each institution. Algonquin College topped both categories among large colleges, and Collège d’Alma topped all small colleges in both areas. Olds College was the top mid-sized college for number of partnerships, and La Cité collégiale was the highest ranked mid-sized college based on number of completed projects.
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Northern College solidifies partnership with Chinese Polytechnic College
Northern College
Northern College hosted four delegates from China’s Chongqing Industry Polytechnic College (CIPC) at the Timmins Campus on Monday. The visit formalized a new joint venture partnership between the institutions which will see Northern College programming offered at CIPC starting September 2015. CIPC, which has over 12,000 enrolled students, is located in Chongqing Province in southeast China, formerly known as Chungking. Chongqing is one of four Chinese provincial-level municipalities, a city with nearly 30 million residents which has been granted provincial status. Chongqing is one of the fastest growing cities in the world.
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Helping apprentices complete training sooner, easier
NS News Release
Proposed amendments to the Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act introduced will help more apprentices complete their training sooner and easier. Nova Scotia apprentices who pursue on-the-job-training in another province will no longer have to register in that province. Instead, they can remain registered in Nova Scotia. This lets them start training more quickly, and saves paying extra fees and writing more exams.

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Audi tests driverless-car technology at racing speeds
The Record
Two Audi RS7 performance sedans raced around a track in northern Germany. The car without a driver won this matchup by five seconds. In its effort to bring autonomous-driving technology to the streets, Volkswagen's Audi is testing unmanned vehicles at speeds as fast as 305 kilometres per hour. In these experiments, the car decides for itself the best way to take the corners in its race against human drivers.

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Diamond thread could make space elevator possible
CBC News
For 100 years, futurists have dreamed about a device that could take people and goods into space without the use of expensive rockets or spaceships. The key component of such a space elevator would be an ultra-strong, 36,000-kilometre cable. One end would be anchored to the Earth and the other attached to a counterweight in orbit.

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Helping apprentices complete training sooner, easier
NS News Release
Proposed amendments to the Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act introduced will help more apprentices complete their training sooner and easier. Nova Scotia apprentices who pursue on-the-job-training in another province will no longer have to register in that province. Instead, they can remain registered in Nova Scotia. This lets them start training more quickly, and saves paying extra fees and writing more exams.
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Twitter, IBM announce data partnership
Independent Online
IBM and Twitter will work together to integrate Twitter's data into IBM's analytics services for businesses, both companies said. Twitter data will be part of IBM's cloud-based Watson Analytics application, which brings big data analysis to business users. The supercomputer will be able to comb through a data stream of about 500 million tweets daily to find trends.
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Will the workplace lead wearable technology adoption?
Forbes
Experts say adoption of wearables at work will outpace it at home thanks to improved safety, productivity, and collaboration. Consumer adoption of devices such as smart watches, eyeglasses, or fitness monitors is far from mainstream, at least from a global view. Still, almost three-quarters of the 9,100-plus people surveyed last month by Harris Interactive see potential benefits in workplace efficiency, productivity, and safety. Positive sentiment is especially high in Mexico, India and China.
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HP jumps into 3-D technology with Sprout PC, industrial printer
VentureBeat
A few weeks after Hewlett-Packard (HP) confirmed it was splitting into two companies, the company declared at a press event in New York City today that it is going big into 3-D printing and releasing a new product category of “immersive computing.” The two are related by the company’s newfound interest in marrying the digital and physical worlds, which it is calling “blended reality.” A new 3-D printing technology, which HP bills as Multi Jet Fusion, promises speed (as much as 10x faster than today’s 3-D printers), quality, and low cost.
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In glow of Apple, NXP pitches tap-to-pay technology to car makers
Reuters
NXP Semiconductors is taking advantage of the recent excitement around Apple Inc's new mobile payment system with the tap-to-pay technology built into the newest iPhones by pitching it to car makers. Apple's inclusion of near-field-communications, or NFC, in its latest smartphones and its Apple Pay system unveiled last month has given a long-awaited seal of approval to the technology.
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The 8 worst predictions in the history of technology
The Telegraph
Technology moves at a dizzying pace, making predictions about the industry nearly impossible. But this doesn't stop people from having a go — often with hilarious results.
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Study: Canada's wireless tops the US and UK in speed, reliability
Canada Journal
RootMetrics recently drove more than 4,500 kilometers and performed more than 71,000 data, call and text tests using the same phones that consumers can purchase, off the shelves, at their operator’s stores. The company tested the “Big Three” networks, plus regional networks WIND (in Toronto and Vancouver) and Videotron (in Montreal). Results show that the three major mobile operators and Videotron provide Canadians a fantastic mix of speed and reliability that is comparable to, or exceeds, what RootMetrics has observed in U.S. and UK cities. Bell, Rogers and Telus each won a total of 18 awards, with Bell bringing home the most 1st-place awards (11 outright + ties).
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Antares rocket explosion: Will it set back the commercialization of space?
CBC News
The explosion of an unmanned commercial supply rocket bound for the International Space Station has raised some questions as to whether the incident will pose a significant setback of the commercialization of the space industry. "The big fear here is that the reputation of this private company, Orbital Sciences, which is one of several private companies, that are going up into the International Space Station, whether this is going to erode the confidence that private companies can actually do this job," said Bob McDonald, host of CBC Radio's Quirks & Quarks.
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