Articles By Brian Jackson

HP revamps Chromebook-alternative Stream laptops

HP Inc. clearly doesn't think the market of cloud-based affordable laptops is exclusive to Chrome, as it just announced an update to its Windows-based line of Stream laptops. Available in bright colours and

Published on: August 12th, 2016 Brian Jackson

Calgary-based telecom provider scolded by regulator for failing to resolve complaints

Calgary-based Vois Inc. has been booted out of participation with the Commissioner for Complaints for Telecommunications Services (CCTS) and could now face further penalties for falling out of compliance with regulators, according to an

Published on: August 11th, 2016 Brian Jackson

Canadians paying higher prices for mobile services than other countries: CRTC study

Many Canadians living in cities are paying among the highest prices in the developed world for their mobile phone service, but those subscribing to new entrants over incumbent carriers may get a break

Published on: August 11th, 2016 Brian Jackson

First look at Samsung Galaxy Note 7

Samsung's Galaxy Note 7, the company's latest addition to its flagship Galaxy series, looks great, is made to take some punishment, and will have longer-lasting battery life than its predecessors. There are even

Published on: August 9th, 2016 Brian Jackson

BlackBerry could licence even more Android software in the future, says device software head

The BlackBerry Hub+ Services launch on the Google Play store is performing above the Waterloo, Ont.-based mobility firm’s expectations, and BlackBerry Ltd. won’t rule out the prospect of releasing more of its custom

Published on: August 9th, 2016 Brian Jackson

Ransomware becoming Canada’s top malware threat [Malware map]

Editor's note: Story and map updated with malware data from July 2016. Hackers may be taking a summer hiatus in Canada, as malware infections dropped for the fourth month in a row to the

Published on: August 4th, 2016 Brian Jackson

Video impressions on mobile saw 3,000% increase: Google

As more people are watching online video via smartphones, tablets, and whatever other form factors they can point their eyeballs at, more advertisers are turning to programmatic video ads and more media sites

Published on: August 4th, 2016 Brian Jackson

Now you can turn any Android device into a BlackBerry

The difference between a BlackBerry-made Android smartphone and every other Android smartphone was just erased. Waterloo, Ont.-based BlackBerry Ltd. is allowing the suite of BlackBerry applications that have served as differentiators between its

Published on: August 3rd, 2016 Brian Jackson

FileMaker offers help to businesses getting started with custom apps

FileMaker Inc. is offering small businesses a couple of new ways to get started with building custom applications with the release of a new "starter app" and an expert consultation service, the Apple

Published on: August 2nd, 2016 Brian Jackson

Microsoft announces further retreat from mobile market, plans to lay off 2,850 staff

Redmond-based Microsoft Corp. clearly doesn't expect its fortunes in the mobile devices market to improve anytime soon, outlining plans to eliminate 2,850 more jobs from its smartphone division and fretting that developers will be

Published on: July 29th, 2016 Brian Jackson

Oracle acquires cloud vendor NetSuite for $9.3 billion

Redwood Shores, Calif. enterprise software vendor Oracle Corp. is acquiring the cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) software firm NetSuite Inc. for $9.3 billion in cash, it announced on Thursday morning. In a press

Published on: July 28th, 2016 Brian Jackson

Daisy or daffodil? Soon your smartphone could tell you

If you find you can never quite remember the names of all the wildflowers growing along your cottage road - or for that matter, what's growing in your backyard garden - they may

Published on: July 26th, 2016 Brian Jackson

Pokémon Go reminds us that mobile channel is a driver of online and offline traffic

While sitting down with a friend at a bar over this weekend, our server saw our smartphones on the table and asked if we were playing Pokemon Go. When I replied that I

Published on: July 25th, 2016 Brian Jackson

Verizon to buy Yahoo for $4.8 billion USD

Basking Ridge, N.J.-based telecommunications firm Verizon Communications Inc. plans to acquire Internet search and media company Yahoo Inc. for $4.83 billion USD in cash, the U.S. organizations announced this morning. In a press

Published on: July 25th, 2016 Brian Jackson