Articles By Brian Jackson

What does it mean that OpenText topped PwC’s ‘fastest growing cloud’ list?

The cloud model of delivering software is gathering momentum and becoming the preferred way of doing business for many customers, a new report from PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) shows, and even traditional on-premises software companies

Published on: August 18th, 2016 Brian Jackson

Kobo’s new Aura One e-reader inspired by its best customers

Rakuten Inc.'s Kobo is advertising its new Aura One as the e-reader designed by people who love e-readers, and it's made that slogan credible after working with about a dozen of its best

Published on: August 17th, 2016 Brian Jackson

Android makers compared: Sony crashes less, Motorola updates fastest

If you're in the market to buy a new Android smartphone and want to avoid device crashes, consider Sony. If you want the most up-to-date OS, then consider Motorola, according to a new

Published on: August 16th, 2016 Brian Jackson

Google Duo shows you video before you answer the call

Google Inc. is adding yet another video chat app to mobile app stores, and it can be described as a hybrid between Microsoft's Skype and Apple's FaceTime. Google Duo is a one-to-one video

Published on: August 16th, 2016 Brian Jackson

How an Ottawa-based firm rode the cord-cutting trend without a Netflix-sized marketing budget

Just before Ottawa-based Nuvyyo launched its brand new Tablo product at the Consumer Electronics Show in 2014, Nuvyyo's vice-president of marketing Renata Scorsone recalls beta-testing the over-the-air TV streaming device with broadcast content

Published on: August 15th, 2016 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

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