Articles By Brian Jackson

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 takes on iPad mini

Just one of the changes brought on by the mobile device onslaught is the vast array of screen sizes now available to view your digital content on. It used to be you either

Published on: February 25th, 2013 Brian Jackson

99designs launches tools for ‘Pro’ users

A Web service that helps small businesses organize contests based around graphic design needs has launched a professional tool set targeted at creative agencies and marketing departments, it announced this week. 99designs has

Published on: February 22nd, 2013 Brian Jackson

All Hands on Tech: Microsoft Surface Pro

What does it mean to go pro? Microsoft is answering that question with the Surface Pro. A sequel to last year’s Surface RT, think of this tablet like the big brother to Microsoft’s

Published on: February 21st, 2013 Brian Jackson

Fongo expands free calling service in Ontario

After already providing more than 500 million free calling minutes to Canadians, Waterloo, Ont.-based Fongo Inc. is expanding to be available in 32 new cities in Ontario. The free calling service that works

Published on: February 21st, 2013 Brian Jackson

ITBusiness.ca Community Bloggers program

ITBusiness.ca is an award-winning, online-only publication that covers Canada's technology scene for small to medium-sized businesses. Whether its an entrepreneur with a disruptive new Internet business or a small enterprise looking for information

Published on: February 21st, 2013 Brian Jackson

Industry Canada encourages private R&D investment in small firms

The federal government has updated the Industrial and Regional Benefits (IRB) policy to encourage firms receiving major government defence and security contracts to in turns partner with small businesses, it announced yesterday. The

Published on: February 21st, 2013 Brian Jackson

3D printing mobile accessories a future cottage industry

If you have an iPhone or a Samsung Galaxy phone, then there’s no shortage of cases to protect your device available on the market. But if you have a smartphone that’s not quite

Published on: February 20th, 2013 Brian Jackson

Jolt announces second cohort of six startups

The technology startup accelerator based at Toronto’s MaRS Discovery District announced its next cohort of six firms today. Jolt, launched at the public-private business hub in July 2012, will be hosting the firms

Published on: February 20th, 2013 Brian Jackson

Marc Garneau: startup investment must be rewarded

Is a plan to cut the capital gains tax on startup investment a way to boost Canada’s the economy or just a tax cut for the rich? That’s the question I asked yesterday

Published on: February 20th, 2013 Brian Jackson

Open data project for Toronto City Hall seeks crowdfunding

A Montreal-based non-profit organization launched a crowdfunding campaign today to help make municipal politics as appealing and accessible as a Grey Cup bet between two mayors. When the Toronto Argonauts faced the Calgary

Published on: February 19th, 2013 Brian Jackson

HTC One smartphone launched in New York

HTC Corp. launched the new version of its flagship Android smartphone One today at an event in New York, highlighting new premium features designed to compete with Samsung's popular devices. The new HTC

Published on: February 19th, 2013 Brian Jackson

Social media image size cheat sheet

Anyone that's designed graphical branding for social media properties before knows the pain of precisely sizing images to fit properly into the different content panes. If you've ever asked: What's the size of

Published on: February 19th, 2013 Brian Jackson

Is Marc Garneau’s idea to boost startups just a tax cut for the rich?

It’s not often that someone asks for their taxes to be raised, but that’s exactly what Warren Buffett did late last year. In response to the Occupy movement and amidst a heated debate

Published on: February 19th, 2013 Brian Jackson

Microsoft Surface Pro: best to wait for second generation product?

The Microsoft Surface Pro launched this month, bringing the premium version of Microsoft’s first PC hardware effort to the market. Where the Surface RT ran a lightweight version of Windows 8 that didn’t

Published on: February 15th, 2013 Brian Jackson

Google-funded space mining firm could protect Earth from asteroid threats

Early this morning a meteorite soared over Russia’s Ural mountains and exploded in a sonic boom that shattered glass and set off car alarms. It’s estimated 500 people are injured and at least

Published on: February 15th, 2013 Brian Jackson