Articles By Brian Jackson

This anti-piracy battle may nearly be won, but the war isn’t over

By Brian Jackson “PIPA and SOPA? How about NOPA!” So read the protest splash page on Minecraft.net in place of its usual content during Wednesday’s Web strike against anti-piracy legislation being considered by

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: January 19th, 2012 Brian Jackson

Guardly gives Canadian students a pocket panic button

Canadian post-secondary students armed with smartphones can now download a free app that gives them a one-tap panic button to contact campus security, a Toronto-based mobile developer announced today.Guardly Corp. makes a smartphone

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: January 19th, 2012 Brian Jackson

Cashing in on the 98% – Canadian mobile game maker grapples with business model

It was the best puzzle game since Tetris – at least, that's what Gamerizon Studio Inc. president and CEO Alex Sakiz thought of Quantz. The 3D puzzle game was supposed to launch his

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: January 18th, 2012 Brian Jackson

Intuit hires former Apple executive to lead Canada division

A former executive of Hewlett-Packard Co. and Apple Inc. that focused on small business strategy and tailoring products for the local market is now the country manager of Canada for Intuit Inc.The Palo

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: January 16th, 2012 Brian Jackson

PayPal coming to bricks and mortar retail via Toronto payments processor

A Toronto-area Point of Sales (POS) provider is partnering with PayPal Inc. to be the first to allow merchants to accept PayPal payments at bricks and mortar locations on a wide-scale basis. AJB

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: January 11th, 2012 Brian Jackson

Startup planning thought-controlled entertainment product

Computers have come a long way in terms of intuitive interface in the last few years. No longer are we using peripherals like a mouse and keyboard to control our PCs, or a

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: January 9th, 2012 Brian Jackson

Mozilla’s Mark Surman: train kids as ‘hackers’

When Mark Surman was growing up, he connected to the Web using a dial-up modem that squeaked and buzzed its way to a modest connection. The Web he used was simple, and hardly

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: January 6th, 2012 Brian Jackson

Rocketr science: How to make a winning

It wasn't rocket science, but a simple message combined with a professionally polished one-minute video collaborated on by employees and friends that won ITBusiness.ca's ‘The $1,000 Minute' YouTube contest.After collecting contest entries for

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: January 4th, 2012 Brian Jackson

Spently to offer free cloud-based digital receipts service

In one episode of Seinfeld, George Costanza has an issue with his wallet. It is impossibly overstuffed with money from Ireland, an Orlando-area gas coupon, coffee sweetener, and receipts – to the point

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: December 23rd, 2011 Brian Jackson

Blogging guru’s new startup makes WordPress even easier

WordPress, the Internet’s most popular blogging platform, has made running a Web site easy for many average users – but the technical setup and maintenance of the platform still isn’t easy enough, according

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: December 22nd, 2011 Brian Jackson

Toasters hit with tariff to reflect bread’s value

By Brian Jackson Editor's note: This is a satirical take on today's news article (read it here) about a request by the Canadian Private Copying Collective to the Copyright Board of Canada to

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: December 21st, 2011 Brian Jackson

Express IT: Three tech predictions for 2012

What technology future does 2012 hold for small businesses?Will Intel's Ultrabooks become a successful form factor and flagship device for Windows 8? What features will be included in the new iPhone 5? Has

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: December 21st, 2011 Brian Jackson

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After its so-called “iPod tax” was panned by the current Conservative government in their election campaign earlier this year, the Canadian Private Copying Collective (CPCC) has targeted microSD memory cards for a levy.Canadian

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: December 21st, 2011 Brian Jackson

Startup brings juicy gossip to Facebook

If you live with a teenager, probably the last thing you think they need is another way to gossip about their friends. But that’s what the developers of Gosspiz! plan to offer them

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: December 20th, 2011 Brian Jackson

QNX: Software that’s literally under the hood

Many Canadians only heard of small, Ottawa-based QNX Software Systems for the first time when it was acquired by Research in Motion (RIM). It would be an important part of the struggling mobile

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: December 16th, 2011 Brian Jackson