Articles By Brian Jackson

No good reason to ask employees to implant technology, even voluntarily

A Wisconsin vending machine company's choice to allow employees to implant a RFID microchip simply for the purchase of buying snacks and logging onto computers is troubling from a privacy perspective and poorly considered

Published on: July 28th, 2017 Brian Jackson

Mastercard upgrades Canadian presence for Labs, Masterpass

Everyone is familiar with Mastercard's brand on their bank's credit card, but now Canadian executives will be able to look to the global payments company for help in kickstarting their internal innovation process.

Published on: July 26th, 2017 Brian Jackson

Tech sector growth map of Canada – New: Top VC deals data

Quebec led the country in the amount of venture capital dollars raised by tech startups, but Ontario had the most deals, according to the PwC and CB Insights' MoneyTree Canada Report for Q2

Published on: July 21st, 2017 Brian Jackson

Tech talent in Toronto, Vancouver is top quality at budget rate: CBRE Report

Toronto is North America's fastest growing tech market, according to CBRE Group Inc.'s fifth annual Scoring Tech Talent Report, but software engineers already based in the city might be feeling underpaid. Out of

Published on: July 20th, 2017 Brian Jackson

All Hands on Tech: Sanbot, the hospitality robot

At the HITEC conference in Toronto, we met the only Sanbot model that's in the country right now. But Chinese manufacturer is hoping to change that by landing a distribution deal here. A

Published on: July 17th, 2017 Brian Jackson

Amazon Echo success, Google Home launch catching attention of brands

Almost exactly 10 years after the iPhone launched, Google Home went on sale in Canada at the end of June. At first look, the products are different in many ways. The iPhone is designed

Published on: July 12th, 2017 Brian Jackson

Microsoft Workplace Analytics gives Office 365 users view of productivity metrics

Microsoft Corp. launched a new tool to its Office 365 enterprise plan this week called Workplace Analytics, giving managers one more way to measure the productivity of their workforce. Workplace Analytics is fed

Published on: July 6th, 2017 Brian Jackson

Ottawa announces $1.2 billion Strategic Innovation Fund

Ottawa is launching a new $1.26 billion Strategic Innovation Fund that's available across all sectors, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains announced today in Hamilton, Ont. https://twitter.com/NavdeepSBains/status/882637052227014658 The fund is intended

Published on: July 5th, 2017 Brian Jackson

TNW Wireless asks CRTC to compel Bell, Telus to make wholesale roaming agreements

A wireless provider that wants to offer data-only phone subscriptions across Canada is appealing to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to compel Bell Mobility and Telus Mobility to provide it wholesale

Published on: July 5th, 2017 Brian Jackson

Guide to complete mastery of your new Google Home unit

Google Home goes on sale in retail locations across Canada today, so let's talk about everything you'll want to do after unboxing your new smart home assistant to absolutely maximize its capabilities. Google

Published on: June 26th, 2017 Brian Jackson

Supreme Court of Canada clears way for Facebook class action to be heard in B.C.

Facebook Inc. must defend against a class action lawsuit that it violated user privacy in B.C. court, not California, despite laying the groundwork for handling litigation in its home state in its user

Published on: June 26th, 2017 Brian Jackson

Google Home will launch in Canada with a new voice

When Google Home launches in Canada next Monday, it will mark the first foreign-language launch for the smart speaker, but the device won't have all the frills available to American users. Google Home

Published on: June 21st, 2017 Brian Jackson

Amazon Web Services creating the jobs Ontario needs, premier says

Amazon Web Services opened its largest office in Canada yet, unveiling its downtown Toronto location alongside Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne on Tuesday. AWS says it is already employing 600 people at the new

Published on: June 21st, 2017 Brian Jackson