Articles By Brian Jackson

3 unanswered questions about the future of BlackBerry

Save for a couple of apps and celebrity appointments to company executive positions, the company formerly known as Research In Motion delivered pretty much exactly what we expected today. BlackBerry 10 is ready

Published on: January 30th, 2013 Brian Jackson

Internet firms get creative to capture shortening attention spans

Chances are you'll never finish reading this article. By the time you get to the third paragraph, an e-mail notification will pop up and you'll click away to respond to it. Or you'll

Published on: January 29th, 2013 Brian Jackson

Incubes shifts focus to business-to-business startups

Welcome back to Incubes.You remember this downtown Toronto business incubator. We visited just last summer to meet the entrepreneurs creating Internet businesses here. But this downtown hub already has a new cohort of

Published on: January 29th, 2013 Brian Jackson

Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s startup crowdsources Sundance short film

When he's not busy attending starring in the opening film of the Toronto International Film Festival or the latest Batman movie, Joseph Gordon-Levitt is at work running his Internet startup HitRecord. Founded in

Published on: January 28th, 2013 Brian Jackson

FreshBooks wins iPhone award, hires VC investor

Toronto-based Web accounting software firm FreshBooks nabbed an award for its iPhone app this week.The Interaction Design Association (IXDA) award was pinned to the app released in August 2012. The app was designed

Published on: January 25th, 2013 Brian Jackson

Vine – does Twitter’s new iPhone app hold any business value?

Many businesses have taken to the 140-character message broadcasting of Twitter for a litany of business purposes. Whether it's providing customer service, marketing a product or service, or diving deep into engagement and

Published on: January 25th, 2013 Brian Jackson

Facebook boosts fundraising campaigns: study

Most people use Facebook to share cute pictures of their pets or complain about the weather, but it's becoming a more popular fundraising platform as well, according to one study.Peer-to-peer campaigns, or crowdfunding

Published on: January 25th, 2013 Brian Jackson

Uberflip’s guide to bootstrapping your startup

Lack of capital is a common complaint of Canadian technology startups, but what if you could find a way to grow your business without outside funding?It sounds like a monumental challenge, but it’s

Published on: January 25th, 2013 Brian Jackson

Android becomes malware magnet as popularity surges

Android has reached the same volume of malware threats in less than three years that the PC took 14 years to see, according to a report by Trend Micro. The security vendor released

Published on: January 24th, 2013 Brian Jackson

Toronto named one of world’s most intelligent communities

Toronto has been named on a list of the world's most innovative hot spots for information and communications technology by the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF). The annual practice of naming a "Smart 21"

Published on: January 23rd, 2013 Brian Jackson

Apple gives 500px a time out for nude content

A Toronto-based startup has been chastised by Apple Inc. for featuring nude photographs, CBC reports.500px Inc.’s iOS app was removed from Apple’s App Store for “pornographic images” and “complaints about possible child pornography,”

Published on: January 23rd, 2013 Brian Jackson

Elevator pitch videos from Incubes third cohort

Toronto-based startup incubator Incubes unveiled its third cohort in December, and has now collaborated with ITBusiness.ca to release elevator pitch videos featuring the new firms.Incubes latest round of startups has a distinctly business-to-business

Published on: January 23rd, 2013 Brian Jackson

Canadians can now port landline numbers to another VoIP service

Canadians can now port their landline phone numbers to a voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) line with NetTalk.com Inc.'s service, the firm announced Jan. 15.It's not the first time this option has been

Published on: January 22nd, 2013 Brian Jackson

Rogers ‘brazen’ deal for Shaw’s spectrum will doom new wireless entrants: advocacy groups

Five advocacy groups are saying a planned deal that'd see Rogers Communications Inc. acquire wireless spectrum from Shaw Communications Inc. will be the death knell for new wireless carriers in Canada.A letter was

Published on: January 22nd, 2013 Brian Jackson

Employee surveillance could poison work culture, lawyer says

It was a memorable moment in movie history when Jim Carey, playing Truman Burbank, opened the door to the outside world for the first time and just before exiting the stage of The

Published on: January 21st, 2013 Brian Jackson