Articles By Brian Jackson

Google and Walmart team up to offer voice-first ecommerce in U.S.

Amazon has some new competition this morning when it comes to making a purchase simply by speaking a command, and it's coming from a newly-minted partnership between Google Inc. and Walmart. The two

Published on: August 23rd, 2017 Brian Jackson

How to join the preview program on Google Home or Chromecast

If you just can't wait to get the latest features on your Google Home or Chromecast device, then activate the Preview Program to jump ahead in the queue. Last week we showed you

Published on: August 22nd, 2017 Brian Jackson

Voice-first developers share best practices for Alexa Skills, Google Actions

With Google Home now available in Canada and receiving more useful features and Amazon's Alexa expected to be released in the near future, many companies find themselves pondering how to have a totally

Published on: August 18th, 2017 Brian Jackson

Hashtag Trending – Bitcoin surges to $5,000, subway scans for bombs

Could airport style scanners work in a subway station? A racist website just can’t find a new host. And Bitcoin is making some people rich, but definitely not me. From Facebook - Can

Published on: August 18th, 2017 Brian Jackson

How to make a phone call with Google Home

Google Home users in Canada and the U.S. will see a new feature roll out this week with free phone calls. Users will be able to call the contacts they have saved in

Published on: August 16th, 2017 Brian Jackson

How NAFTA negotiations could shake up Canada’s tech industry

As Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland takes to the negotiating table in Washington, D.C. today to rework the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) as demanded by U.S. President Donald Trump, there

Published on: August 16th, 2017 Brian Jackson

Free phone calls, multi-user support released for Google Home in Canada

Canadians and Americans will have one more reason to never get a landline telephone starting on Wednesday, as Google rolls out free phone calls to its Assistant service, including Google Home units. Google

Published on: August 16th, 2017 Brian Jackson

Malware cools off in Canada as temperatures heat up [Malware map]

Editor's note: Story and map updated with malware data from July 2017. Malware infections held steady in the mid 60,000 range from June to July, according to malware infection data supplied by EnigmaSoftware.com. The

Published on: August 15th, 2017 Brian Jackson

Thalmic Labs hires former Apple retail lead

The team leader that transformed Apple Inc.'s retail stores into a gadget tutorial workshop is now going to be the director of retail at Waterloo, Ont.-based Thalmic Labs. The wearable technology company is

Published on: August 11th, 2017 Brian Jackson

Thyssenkrupp Canada starts rolling out smart elevator platform with country’s largest airport

When you're rushing to catch a flight, the last thing you want is to get stuck in the elevator before you're even out of the parking garage. A pilot project that includes the

Published on: August 9th, 2017 Brian Jackson

Google engineer that wrote sexist memo is fired: Bloomberg

After writing a 10-page memo that depicted Google Inc.'s approach to a diverse culture as an "echo chamber" that "fosters the most extreme and authoritarian elements," senior software engineer James Damore has been

Published on: August 8th, 2017 Brian Jackson

Hashtag Trending: Aug. 4, 2017 – An ultra-basic new cellphone, Tesla’s Model 3 flying off the shelves

A new phone is perfect for recovering smartphone addicts, academics are tweeting, and the new Tesla car is selling like hot cakes. Starting with Product Hunt - Do you use your phone too

Published on: August 4th, 2017 Brian Jackson

Lowe’s ‘Holoroom How-to’ pilots seek value of VR for bricks-and-mortar retail

I've never installed shower tiles before, but I'm going to try now. I'm looking at the shower with its exposed, grey, bare wall. On the floor next to the drain sits a bucket

Published on: August 3rd, 2017 Brian Jackson

Hashtag Trending: Aug. 3, 2017 – Shopify’s new hardware, Apple beats estimates

Shopify’s new products are for in-person sales, Apple’s got a ton of cash, and a cable TV crackdown. Trending on Product Hunt is Shopify’s new Chip and Swipe Reader. It’s a wireless device

Published on: August 3rd, 2017 Brian Jackson

Hashtag Trending: Aug. 2 – Car2Go perks, and iOS 11 breaks stuff

It’s “the best or nothing” for Calgary Car2Go members, an infamous website operator gets a legal break, and iOS 11 might break some apps. Popular on Google Trends, Car2Go is rewarding its 110,000

Published on: August 2nd, 2017 Brian Jackson