Articles By Brian Jackson

Cameron must be off his chump to call for social media ban

British Prime Minister David Cameron’s threat of blocking social media sites and BlackBerry Messenger service in reaction to rioting in London and surrounding cities is pure folly. The logic of cutting off everyone’s

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: August 12th, 2011 Brian Jackson

Claricent offers mid-market SAP shops new ways to optimize

North American mid-sized firms running SAP AG product looking to monitor performance and optimize storage now have a new option to do so with Acton, Mass.-based Claricent Inc.The SAP reseller announced earlier this

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: August 10th, 2011 Brian Jackson

Canada loses two social media gems

Canada’s online community has taken a major hit this month as two social networking sites with a positive bent had no choice but to shut down after running out of cash. First Sprouter,

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: August 5th, 2011 Brian Jackson

‘Good deeds’ social network shutting down Aug. 15

Akoha Inc., the social networking firm that asked “What if playing a game could make the world a better place?” is shutting its doors on Aug. 15 as a result of not being

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: August 4th, 2011 Brian Jackson

Sprouter CEO Sarah Prevette speaks about shut down

Sprouter announced this week that it will be turning off the lights on its question-and-answer Web site for entrepreneurs on Aug. 2.The notice caught many of the site's users off guard, as the

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: July 27th, 2011 Brian Jackson

Sprouter’s community reacts to surprise shut down news

Toronto-based Sprouter announced this morning that it will be closing up shop on Aug. 2, taking an engaged community of both entrepreneurial greenhorns and experts offline.“We're devastated to have to shut down the

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: July 26th, 2011 Brian Jackson

Ottawa firm’s technology to guide future space station resupply missions

A small Ottawa-based firm will continue to provide technology that plays a key role in restocking the International Space Station (ISS) after signing a contract with a private spacecraft maker that will be

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: July 26th, 2011 Brian Jackson

ExpressIT: Google+ features make social work for business

Small businesses who feel they are already suffering from social media overload may feel exasperated that Google has piled on to the trend with its new Google+ service. But it's still worth investigating

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: July 11th, 2011 Brian Jackson

Final flight: How small Canadian firms played a big part in the success of NASA’s space shuttle program

Iain Christie's fondest memory of NASA's space shuttle program is of preparing with Canadian Space Agency astronaut Chris Hadfield for the 1995 flight of the space shuttle Atlantis to the Russian space station

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: July 8th, 2011 Brian Jackson

How small businesses want to be sold to

Just 10 minutes into her meeting with Erply Ltd., serial entrepreneur Vy Le was ready to walk out on the New York-based point of sale vendor, then something unexpected happened – they started

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: July 7th, 2011 Brian Jackson

Mobile app usage still nascent in Canada

Only about one in six Canadians actively downloads and uses apps on their smartphones – and only one in 50 does the same on a tablet – but mobile apps are still a

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: July 4th, 2011 Brian Jackson

Be prepared for another Canada Post service stoppage

Canada’s small businesses learned a tough lesson in business continuity readiness this month when Canada Post locked out its workers and snail mail came to a full stop. The mail is an essential

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: June 30th, 2011 Brian Jackson

HP TouchPad debuts webOS for tablets

When Hewlett-Packard's TouchPad tablet based on webOS 3.0 hits stores July 1, it will face the same fate as every other tablet being released to market – a comparison to Apple's iPad. But

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: June 29th, 2011 Brian Jackson

Microsoft Office 365: weak points to expect at launch

Microsoft Corp. is all but sure to launch the full version of Office 365 tomorrow and the online version will fall short of its on-premises cousin in several ways, according to an independent

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: June 27th, 2011 Brian Jackson

Staples should pay customers to wipe data

When you want people to do something for you that is tedious and just altogether easier to skip, nothing works better than cold, hard cash. Staples Inc. should consider paying its customers to

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: June 24th, 2011 Brian Jackson