Articles By 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

Your customers can now update your Google Maps listing

A new crowdsourcing feature in Google Maps means that many businesses will soon see information suggested by their customers showing up on their listing, according to the search giant. Google Maps has become

Published on: July 22nd, 2016 Brian Jackson

Walmart Canada launches shopping app as mobile becomes biggest traffic-driver

Ask Rick Neuman, executive vice-president of technology and ecommerce at Walmart Canada what his favourite feature of the retailer's new mobile app is, and he'll tell you it's the "favourites list." At one

Published on: July 21st, 2016 Brian Jackson

‘Best way to advertise on Facebook’ wins International Startup Festival

Toronto-based Flixel's expertise is creating 'living photos' that you can watch in just a few seconds. And it didn't take Flixel's CEO Philippe LeBlanc much more than that to net the $160,000 grand

Published on: July 19th, 2016 Brian Jackson

Financial players weigh risks of digital relationships in Canada’s consent-based compliance regime

How is it that you can ever truly know someone? That's the question that various members of the financial sector asked today at a roundtable event hosted by ITWC and sponsored by Equifax

Published on: July 19th, 2016 Brian Jackson

HP Elite x3 ‘3-in-1’ device coming to Canada Aug. 28

A device that will see if there's any mobile ground left for Microsoft to stake its claim will start shipping in Canada by the end of the summer. HP Inc.'s "three-in-one" device, the

Published on: July 18th, 2016 Brian Jackson

iOS becoming more fragmented as more patches pushed out

Apple Inc.'s mobile eco-system might be more divided than is commonly assumed, according to device data collected by software developer Apteligent Inc. While Apple is thought to have the best success in the

Published on: July 15th, 2016 Brian Jackson

SureTap’s demise was sealed when Apple refused to cooperate: COO

The mobile wallet solution built by Canada's three major carriers will be shutting down on Aug. 26, according to SureTap's website, and the firm's chief operating officer says Apple Inc.'s limitations on developers

Published on: July 14th, 2016 Brian Jackson