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With 2013 coming to a close, CCTT would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a very safe and happy holiday season.
As we reflect on the past year, we would like to provide Innovation Weekly subscribers with a look at the most-read news stories. That means, over the next two weeks, we'll count down the Top 20 articles for the year!
Your regular news publication will resume on Friday January 10, 2014.
20. Google's Moto X virtual assistant raises smartphone bar
Aug. 16, 2013: Google Now is both a blend and culmination of everything the internet company has been doing since its inception. The software is designed to be aware of its user's habits, preferences, likes and needs, interjecting itself when asked and, often, automatically when needed.
On other Android smartphones, Google Now pops to remind you of your upcoming meeting, and possibly even suggests travel routes to it, depending on current traffic conditions. Or it suggests good spots to take photos based on where it thinks you are.
19. Unit 61398: Chinese cyberspies
Feb. 22, 2013: Unit 61398 of the People's Liberation Army has been recruiting computer experts for at least a decade. It has made no secret of details of community life such as badminton matches and kindergarten, but its apparent purpose became clear only when a U.S. internet security firm accused it of conducting a massive hacking campaign against North American targets.
18. Technology poised to revolutionize education
Aug. 30, 2013: There is almost no aspect of life that has not been fundamentally changed and re-ordered over the past 100 years through new technology and innovation. Think for instance, of how we communicate, travel, work, and even rest, and you’re hard pressed to find one aspect of life that has not been materially altered by technology.
17. No easy fix for skills shortage in Canada
CIPS via Isidore J. LeBlond, CCTT
Sept. 13, 2013: A skills gap is costing the Canadian economy billions of dollars a year as companies are having a hard time finding workers with the right skill sets. According to the Canadian Council of Technicians & Technologists (CCTT), Canada is losing out because of "skills mismatches". Employers are utilizing people in jobs that don’t fully utilize their skills and training. A recent report by the Conference Board of Canada estimates that the mismatches cost the federal government nearly $8.1 billion in foregone gross domestic product.
16. NASA probe returns images of distant Earth
July 26, 2013: NASA's Cassini spacecraft has sent back stunning images of Earth and its moon, showing our home planet from more than one billion kilometres away. The Saturn probe took advantage of a rare opportunity to point its cameras back towards Earth, capturing images of Saturn's rings with Earth just a pale blue dot 1.44 billion kilometres in the distance.
15. GM and Honda to co-develop fuel cell technology
July 5, 2013: GM and Honda have entered an agreement to co-develop hydrogen fuel cell technology they hope will produce consumer-grade product in seven years. "This collaboration builds upon Honda and GM's strengths as leaders in hydrogen fuel cell technology," said Dan Akerson, GM chairman and CEO. "We are convinced this is the best way to develop this important technology, which has the potential to help reduce the dependence on petroleum and establish sustainable mobility."
14. New solar cars defy sci-fi reputation
July 5, 2013: There are many ways to describe the solar-powered cars of today. A flying saucer with wheels. A teardrop with a cockpit. A drivable airplane wing. One word that never seems to come to mind is practical. A new generation of engineers is hoping to change that perception by introducing solar cars that nearly anyone could see themselves driving around town.
13. Blackberry 10 continues to gain momentum in North America
May 17 2013: BlackBerry announced a number of North American enterprises across a diverse range of sectors, including high tech, banking, retail and government that have adopted BlackBerry 10 and BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 as part of their mobile strategy. The growing number of organizations testing, adopting or reaffirming commitment to BlackBerry as their Enterprise Mobility Management solution, include: Canadian Tire Corporation, ING DIRECT, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, Ricoh Canada and Torys.
12. High schools should expose students to skilled trades
Oct. 25, 2013: Employers in the skilled trades across Canada are reporting that they face difficulties finding people with the skills required for their businesses. Yet, according to our research, only about 19 per cent of those same skilled-trades employers are actually training tomorrow's journey persons. And while the consequences of skills shortages and mismatches are a serious problem for both business and Canada's economic interests, those same businesses as well as politicians are focusing too narrowly in their attempts to find solutions.
11.Korean electric car folds in half when parked
Aug. 23, 2013: Researchers at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) have developed a foldable, compact electric vehicle Armadillo-T intended to be used as either as a personal car or part of the public transit system. Just like its South American namesake, the Armadillo-T can curl inward, shrinking its original size of 2.8 meters down to almost half (1.65 meters).
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