Articles By Brian Jackson

Duguid says Bitmaker Labs must register as private college

A Toronto-based firm that offers a nine-week computer programming training course must be licenced as a private college, according to a statement from Brad Duguid, Minister of Training, Colleges, and Universities. Earlier this

Published on: June 27th, 2013 Brian Jackson

3D software firm wins $9.5 million government loan

A Vancouver-based 3D software firm that has been used in training operations by the Canadian military will be given a "repayable contribution" of $9.5 million by the federal government today, according to a

Published on: June 26th, 2013 Brian Jackson

3 secrets of disaster response learned from Hurricane Sandy

Often the employees at a small to mid-size business feel they already have their hands full just running day to day operations. But what if a worst case scenario were to strike? It's

Published on: June 26th, 2013 Brian Jackson

Bitmaker Labs fiasco indicative of wider friction between startups and government

We're turning our digital innovators into paper pushers. Bitmaker Labs is used to crunching code in excess of eight hours a day and churning out Web applications in a classroom environment. But thanks

Published on: June 25th, 2013 Brian Jackson

All Hands on Tech: Canon Scan-tini

We're supposed to be working in the mobile era. That's fine for reading e-mails or working on spreadsheets. But what about when you need to scan something? Basically there's the Xerox machine that's straight

Published on: June 25th, 2013 Brian Jackson

Influitive launches ‘Maven’ mobile app for brand influencers

Got a few seconds to kill? If you've got six, then it's enough time to Vine. If you have the luxury of 15 seconds to yourself, then you can make an Instagram video.

Published on: June 25th, 2013 Brian Jackson

Bitmaker Labs shuts down, under investigation for running ‘unregistered college’

Editor's note: Story updated at 8:30 PM with comment from the Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities. A Toronto-based Web developer "boot camp" that charged a tuition for an intensive nine-week course in

Published on: June 24th, 2013 Brian Jackson

Cody Wilson explains why he released 3D printing blueprints for a gun

3D printing has been emerging into the popular conversation as devices become more affordable and more Web sites have been popping up to offer 3D blueprints to feed into those printers. But it

Published on: June 21st, 2013 Brian Jackson

3 refreshing perspectives on big data from Ideacity

When approaching both the challenges and opportunities posed by big data in the IT space, it's popular to try and quantify just how much data the world is generating on a daily basis.

Published on: June 19th, 2013 Brian Jackson

Indiegogo makes Canadian push as founder ‘excited’ about equity crowdfunding

Crowdfunding Web site Indiegogo is deepening its roots in the Canadian market place and closely watching as securities regulators consider allowing non-accredited investors to make small investments in startup firms in exchange for

Published on: June 19th, 2013 Brian Jackson

School’s in for summer: AcceleratorU opens doors with ‘innovation challenge’

For kids, having to attend summer school is a sentence worse than prison. But for entrepreneurs looking for help getting their business launched, taking some courses at the brand new AcceleratorU might seem

Published on: June 18th, 2013 Brian Jackson

Canada’s meeting of the minds: ideacity coverage from ITBusiness.ca

A woman who works 90 hours a week and used a 72-step checklist to find a husband through online dating. A man who was obsessed with the formation of celestial bodies and discovered

Published on: June 17th, 2013 Brian Jackson

Microsoft Office Mobile now available for iPhone

Apple iPhone users got their first taste of the first iOS native app for Microsoft Office over the weekend, with the release of Office Mobile on Friday. But only Office 365 subscribers can

Published on: June 17th, 2013 Brian Jackson

Extreme Startups wraps third cohort demo day, announces new managing director

Toronto-based startup accelerator Extreme Startups launched its latest cohort of five startups yesterday at a demo day event in Toronto, following its latest 12-week program of business mentorship, investment, and product refinement. Extreme

Published on: June 13th, 2013 Brian Jackson

Android tablets become more useful thanks to Blogger and Cloud Print

There's certainly no shortage of options on the market when it comes to Android tablets. Thanks to the wide range of prices available and easy-to-carry form factors that can include a full-sized keyboard,

Published on: June 13th, 2013 Brian Jackson