Articles By Brian Jackson

FetchBot lets you market your small business with gamification

If you've ever drained your smartphone battery playing Pokémon Go, or found yourself procrastinating a work day away playing Pac-Man in your browser, you know just how addictive simple video games can be.

Published on: September 22nd, 2016 Brian Jackson

New BlackBerry phone leaked in website publishing misfire

A page clearly named "donotpublish.html" made its way onto BlackBerry.com on Sept. 20, revealing specifications for the BlackBerry DTEK60 - the apparent successor to the DTEK50 released in August. Codenamed Argon, the device

Published on: September 21st, 2016 Brian Jackson

Ed Snowden warns against using Google’s new chat app Allo

Google Allo, the new chat app launched today on iOS and Android that inserts AI into your conversations, is the equivalent of state surveillance and should be avoided, according to whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Published on: September 21st, 2016 Brian Jackson

FreshBooks launches new platform after more than a decade of cloud invoicing

Toronto-based cloud invoicing software firm FreshBooks launched a complete overhaul of its platform on Tuesday, the firm announced. Aimed at independent small business operators who need a convenient and professional way to manage

Published on: September 20th, 2016 Brian Jackson

Unboxing for Business: iPhone 7

Sept. 16 was iPhone 7 launch day. We’ve got the new Plus model in the office and we’re going to be unboxing it for you. And a quick look at some of the

Published on: September 20th, 2016 Brian Jackson

Kirstine Stewart takes wing from Twitter to join Diply

Kirstine Stewart is leaving her role as vice-president of media at Twitter Inc. to take new role as chief strategy officer with London, Ont.-based pop culture website Diply.com. Stewart, author of 2015 book Our

Published on: September 20th, 2016 Brian Jackson

Salesforce Einstein deploys AI across the cloud suite

On Sunday night San Francisco-based Cloud software firm Salesforce.com unveiled its artificial intelligence engine, dubbed Salesforce Einstein, that will be integrated across its platform and provide users with new functions such as predictive

Published on: September 18th, 2016 Brian Jackson

SAS Viya architecture appeals to new and existing analytics users: Goodnight

Data be nimble, Data be slick, If data dumps can access the cloud real quick. It's a terrible nursery rhyme, but one that Jim Goodnight, the co-founder and CEO of SAS Institute might

Published on: September 14th, 2016 Brian Jackson

Black Code TIFF premiere tells cautionary tale of digital transformation’s dark side

Who will watch the watchers? Well, all of us. That's the message to be decrypted - albeit easily enough - from Black Code, a film by documentary maker Nicholas de Pencier based on

Published on: September 14th, 2016 Brian Jackson

Square, Moneris Payd card readers work with iPhone 7

Merchants that rely on a card reader that connects with a smartphone via its headphone jack could still use their devices with the iPhone 7. Apple Inc. unveiled its latest smartphone last week,

Published on: September 13th, 2016 Brian Jackson

First look at SAS Viya’s new cloud analytics applications

Cary, N.C.-based analytics software firm SAS Institute announced on Monday that its Viya cloud platform is ready to ship and showcased two solutions that will launch with it later this month. The first

Published on: September 12th, 2016 Brian Jackson

Visa and Ingenico combine contactless payments with digital signage at TIFF

A lot of celebrities are making red carpet appearances at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) this week, and so is a new method of contactless payments thanks to a collaboration between Ingenico

Published on: September 9th, 2016 Brian Jackson

RBC turns to iPad app for real-time video translation services

The next time a customer walks into any Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) branch across the country and needs a translator to help communicate, the teller will simply pull out an iPad and

Published on: September 8th, 2016 Brian Jackson

End of summer malware surge led by ransomware spike [Malware map]

Editor's note: Story and map updated with malware data from August 2016. It's back-to-school season, and it looks like hackers are also ready to get back to business as malware infections in Canada

Published on: September 8th, 2016 Brian Jackson

You’ve got two seconds: Google study shows speed is king for mobile web

If you want to keep your audience engaged with your mobile website, your page had better load in less time than it took you to read this sentence, according to a new worldwide

Published on: September 8th, 2016 Brian Jackson