Articles By Brian Jackson

Big increase in master boot record attacks: McAfee report

Any startup looking to gain a foothold in a given market knows there's a minimum threshold to surpass before you can start gaining traction - a niche that must be carved out and

Published on: June 5th, 2013 Brian Jackson

Klout for Business beta helps CIRA track social media success

As a communications manager for the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA), Mark Buell has been spending a lot of time on Twitter - but now he's second-guessing if that's really been as worthwhile

Published on: June 5th, 2013 Brian Jackson

Asus VivoMouse gives us a new way to point and click

There's been a few attempts to replace the reliable, roller-ball, two-button computer mouse over the years. But let's face it, when you sit down at your desk to use the PC, you're still

Published on: June 4th, 2013 Brian Jackson

NFC sputtering as mobile payments driver, Gartner report shows

While mobile payments will grow to become a $235.4 billion market this year worldwide, lack of adoption for near field communications (NFC) payments has stunted the technology's growth potential, according to a new

Published on: June 4th, 2013 Brian Jackson

Wind interested in Mobilicity merger following Telus being blocked

Editor's note: Story updated at 3:16 PM with new comments gathered by reporter Howard Solomon. While Mobilicity says it is reviewing Industry Canada's decision to prevent its acquisition by incumbent Calgary-based carrier Telus Corp.,

Published on: June 4th, 2013 Brian Jackson

Twitter’s Vine comes to Android

Android users can now create and consume the six-second looping videos that Vine has become known for. The Twitter-owned social network that encourages users to create and share short, looping videos complete with

Published on: June 3rd, 2013 Brian Jackson

CRTC issues wireless code that caps roaming charges, cancellation fees

Editor's note: Updated with comments from Rogers Communications at 2:37 PM ET. After hearing from the public in an online consultation last year and a public hearing in February, the Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission

Published on: June 3rd, 2013 Brian Jackson

All Hands on Tech: Acer Aspire S7

At first glance you might think this is a MacBook Air. But it's not. It might surprise you to know it's actually Acer's latest Ultrabook. The manufacturer is trying something new with the

Published on: May 31st, 2013 Brian Jackson

Strum hopes to strike a chord with local businesses

A new Toronto-based social networking app is looking to create stronger bonds between local businesses and their regular customers. Strum, founded by former head of strategy and development for Bell parent firm BCE

Published on: May 31st, 2013 Brian Jackson

Asteroid mining firm to crowdfund first space telescope on Kickstarter

Planetary Resources plans to use Kickstarter to raise $1 million in the first crowdfunding campaign to offer backers a "space selfie" photo as an incentive. The Seattle-based firm that is headed by Chris

Published on: May 29th, 2013 Brian Jackson

Planetary Resources set to crowdsource satellite telescope observation

If you haven't heard of Planetary Resources yet, it's a billionaire-backed team of NASA engineers and space tourism entrepreneurs that want to mine near-earth asteroids for valuable resources. Oh, and along the way

Published on: May 25th, 2013 Brian Jackson

Spear phishing so effective its scary [infographic]

If Moby Dick were written today, Ishmael might be a social engineering-hacker instead of a sailor and Moby Dick might be a corporate CEO instead of a sperm whale. That's because spear phishing

Published on: May 23rd, 2013 Brian Jackson

Canada’s privacy watchdog calls for sharper teeth in digital age

The Privacy Commissioner of Canada wants to beef up privacy laws to keep up with the pace of the digital age and its endless thirst for acquiring personal information, the office announced today.

Published on: May 23rd, 2013 Brian Jackson

New hire Salim Teja wants to develop MaRS’ innovation ’tissue’

It's just his second day on the job as head of Toronto's MaRS information technology, communications and entertainment (ICE) sector, and Salim Teja feels like he's a perfect fit. "The experience and skills

Published on: May 22nd, 2013 Brian Jackson

Community Bloggers 102: How to edit a post

Once you've mastered creating a new post using WordPress, the next step is learning how to go back and make edits as needed. This video and step-by-step tutorial will take you through that

Published on: May 21st, 2013 Brian Jackson