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Technology

Nicholas Negroponte: A 30-year history of the future

MIT Media Lab founder Nicholas Negroponte takes you on a journey through the last 30 years of tech. The consummate predictor highlights interfaces and innovations he foresaw in the 1970s and 1980s that were scoffed at then but are ubiquitous today.

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Communication

BBM Now Available for Windows Phone Users

Waterloo – BlackBerry Limited announced a collaboration with Microsoft to bring BBM to Windows Phone 8 and higher. “We are intent on bringing the most popular application experiences to Windows Phone, and with BBM, we are pleased to bring many of its top features to the Windows Phone platform,” said Bryan Biniak, Vice President and General Manager, Developer Experience, Microsoft. “BBM on Windows Phone brings our customers the secure, easy-to-use messaging experience they demand, and we expect that new features will roll out in the months to come.”

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xQuarterly

Co-operators General Insurance Company reports second quarter 2014 results

GUELPH - Co-operators General Insurance Company released consolidated financial results for the three months ended June 30, 2014. The consolidated net income was $58.1 million compared to a net loss of $5.9 million for the same quarter in 2013. This resulted in earnings per common share of $2.48 for the quarter compared to a loss per share of $0.56 in the same period last year.

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Global Development

Tackling the Challenges of China’s Urban Development

Report identifies transport planning and management, urban energy management and sustainable industry development as the main urbanization themes for Chinese cities

Beijing – With 54% of the Chinese population living in cities, China has six megacities of more than 10 million inhabitants and 103 cities of more than one million inhabitants. This presents China with a unique set of urban challenges that rapidly need to be addressed to ensure that these cities remain liveable, productive and sustainable. As China’s urbanization rate is slated to grow to 60% by 2018, two years earlier than initially forecast, the need to address these urban challenges is all the more pressing.

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Education

Despite their summer jobs, nearly three-quarters of Canadian students will need to work during school to cover costs

While two-thirds are working this summer most will make less than $5,000; 1 in 5 students can't find a summer job

TORONTO - A new poll conducted by Leger finds that while most Canadian students are working this summer the majority won't make enough money to pay their college or university costs. The poll found that:

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Public Relations

How to be a Reporter's Favorite News Source

Reporters love sources who understand their needs. - By Ginny Grimsley

Getting a call from a reporter who wants to quote you as an expert for his story, review your book or product, or invite you to write an exclusive article for a publication, is a major coup. It means that your marketing efforts are paying off. Who would blow such an opportunity?

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Health Care

Research explores why interval walking training is better than continuous walking training for glucose metabolism in people with diabetes

Copenhagen, Denmark - New research published in Diabetologia (the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes) suggests that training with alternating levels of walking intensity (interval training) could be better than walking at a constant speed to help manage blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes. The research is by Dr Thomas Solomon, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, and colleagues.

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XQuarterly

Standard Life reports solid second quarter results in Canada

Net income of $158 million for the first half of 2014, up 229%

MONTREAL - Standard Life Financial Inc. ("Standard Life") today reported net income of $158 million for the first half of 2014 (2013: $48 million) and premiums and deposits increased by 18% at $1.5 billion for the second quarter of 2014 (2013: $1.3 billion). The increase is driven by strong sales in the fee-based business. Assets under administration also gained 7% to $52 billion (Dec. 2013: $48 billion) at the end of the second quarter.

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