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Bryan Burt appointed CTAB Chair

The Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists (CCTT) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Bryan Burt, CET as the Chair of the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB) for a two-year term. “We are pleased to have someone with Mr. Burt’s knowledge and experience take over as Chair of CTAB said Isidore J. LeBlond, President and CEO, of CCTT. Mr. Burt is an experienced CTAB evaluator and in April 2014 was part of the CTAB Accreditation team that visited the College of the North Atlantic in Doha, Qatar.
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Algonquin named Canada's top social media college
Algonquin News Release
Media monitoring firm MediaMiser has published an infographic listing the top Canadian colleges on social media, based on a number of criteria. Algonquin College was found to be the top Canadian social college, reaching a broad audience on Twitter and on Facebook. Algonquin is identified in the infographic as the Canadian college most frequently mentioned on Twitter, while the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology was found to be the leader in the number of total retweets. Nevertheless, retweets about Algonquin reached a greater number of Twitter users.
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Alberta Roadbuilders and Heavy Construction Association gives $35,000 to Lethbridge College to support civil engineering technology students
Lethbridge College
The Alberta Roadbuilders and Heavy Construction Association (ARHCA) presented a $35,000 cheque to Lethbridge College today to assist students in the civil engineering technology program. The gift, which supports the college’s Possibilities are Endless campaign, will establish the Alberta Roadbuilders and Heavy Construction Association Civil Engineering Technologist Awards. Each year for the next seven years, five awards of $1,000 per year will be presented to students in financial need who are entering the Civil Engineering Technology program.
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Windsor-made security technology on display at Queen's Park
CBC News
New security technology developed at the University of Windsor was on display Monday night at Queen's Park. The school’s Cross-Border Institute presented advances in security, surveillance and fingerprinting technology during a security technology reception at Queen’s Park. Industry leaders, MPPs and members of the U.S. Consulate were all invited.
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Banks embrace new technology to woo younger clients
Toronto Sun
Canadian banks are shaking off a bit of the stable-but-staid reputation they built by dodging the worst of the global financial crisis as they embrace new technologies to reach an increasingly tech savvy audience. In doing so, the country's Big Six banks seek to woo younger clients at a time when their retail growth is starting to slow.
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Bryan Burt appointed CTAB Chair

The Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists (CCTT) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Bryan Burt, CET as the Chair of the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB) for a two-year term. “We are pleased to have someone with Mr. Burt’s knowledge and experience take over as Chair of CTAB said Isidore J. LeBlond, President and CEO, of CCTT. Mr. Burt is an experienced CTAB evaluator and in April 2014 was part of the CTAB Accreditation team that visited the College of the North Atlantic in Doha, Qatar.

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Recharge your phone in 30 seconds?
Canoe.ca
An Israeli company says it has developed technology that can charge a mobile phone in a few seconds and an electric car in minutes, advances that could transform two of the world's most dynamic consumer industries. Using nano-technology to synthesize artificial molecules, Tel Aviv-based StoreDot says it has developed a battery that can store a much higher charge more quickly, in effect acting like a super-dense sponge to soak up power and retain it.

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Cheaper smartphones gain popularity among consumers
CBC News
It might seem as though everyone has an iPhone or Galaxy smartphone. But many customers are eschewing the best cameras and screens — and their top-end price tags — and choosing models that can get the job done at less than a third of the cost.

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Uber takes heat for customer privacy settings
CBC News
Uber — the embattled but increasingly popular taxi alternative — is facing more privacy-related questions. This time, users are asking why it needs access to their calendars and contacts. Tech blogs pounced on the ride-sharing app for the wide range of permissions sought by the Uber app. There are legitimate reasons for many of these requested permissions, says Urs Hengartner, a University of Waterloo professor and an expert in mobile app security and privacy.
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Apple patents technology to make devices drop-proof
The Irish Times
Apple, maker of the iPad and iPhone, has patented a technology aimed at protecting mobile phones and other similar devices from breaking when dropped. Patent 8,903,519 covers a protective mechanism for an electronic device that includes sensors to detect the freefall of the device, and a mechanism that can alter its centre of gravity. According to the patent, a motor within the device can change its orientation during a fall, so that it lands on a less vulnerable surface than its glass screen.
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YouTube and Google search may get specific versions for kids
The Guardian
YouTube has a massive audience of children watching videos already, even if they’re not (in theory) allowed to sign up for an account. You can tell this by the view counts for channels like toy-unboxing fest DC Toys Collector, which with 400 million views in October was the most popular YouTube channel in the world – bigger even than PewDiePie.
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USC digital technology creates first 3-D portraits of Obama
USC
The debut of a presidential bust might not seem like big news. But the latest depictions of President Barack Obama are more than they seem. Not sculptures or plaster casts, they’re first-ever 3-D portraits of a sitting president — exact duplicates created with digital technology from the USC Institute for Creative Technologies. The USC institute is part of a Smithsonian Institution-led team that created the digital and 3-D printed bust and life mask.
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Ericsson working on technology to beat frequency limits
The Economic Times
Swedish telecom equipment maker Ericsson is working on a fourth-generation technology that allows communication services to move seamlessly across frequencies and technology standards and may help operators overcome restrictions from frequency shortage. Such a technology offers opportunities for spectrum-starved Indian operators, especially those holding frequencies in multiple bands.
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Will wearable technology benefit your workplace?
Datamation
The Internet is buzzing with talk of wearable technology – the security risks, the data possibilities, the creepy Big Brother parallels. As smart watches, smart glasses, rings, and other advanced electronic technologies rise in popularity, so do the studies, reports, and polls detailing the market itself.
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Lighting it up: Sporting venues transition to LED technology
Triple Pundit
Stadiums and arenas at the professional and collegiate levels, and across leagues from the NHL to the NFL have begun the transition to what is becoming known as the 21st century light source: LED technology. Emitting more light per watt, LEDs require significantly less energy than traditional lighting solutions.
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Low-cost technology to produce clean hydrogen fuel
Times of India
In a thrust to "artificial leaf" technology, a team of scientists have reported a significant progress toward a stand-alone system that lends itself to large-scale, low-cost production. The "artificial leaf" technology is a green approach to make hydrogen fuel that copies plants' ability to convert sunlight into a form of energy they can use.
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