Articles By Christine Wong

IDC says Canadian IT spending set to rebound in 2017

Canadian tech spending will rebound in 2017, but mobile device sales will continue to stall, according to IDC Canada’s IT predictions for the year ahead. Although IT investment slipped on the low oil

Published on: December 7th, 2016 Christine Wong

Deloitte: Canadian retailers are losing the omnichannel war against U.S. rivals

Canadian retail’s slow adoption of mobile and analytics technology is magnifying the growing threat it already faces from U.S. competitors, new research suggests. According to the 2016 Omnichannel Customer Experience Index just released by

Published on: November 29th, 2016 Christine Wong

CIX: Fresh crop of Canadian startups puts a new spin on farming and finance

It's the last day of the three-day Canadian Innovation Exchange (CIX) conference when David MacMillan finally notices a faux pas. On a clear plastic placard displayed inside the networking area, someone has misspelled

Published on: November 24th, 2016 Christine Wong

Will banks and blockbuster Bit Stew deal boost Canada’s AI sector?

Despite strong buy-in from its biggest banks – and GE’s move to buy Vancouver-based Bit Stew Systems - Canada is adopting artificial intelligence (AI)  more slowly than other countries so far. That was

Published on: November 15th, 2016 Christine Wong

Recruiter says Trump’s win could woo Canadian tech talent home from the U.S.

Donald Trump’s electoral victory may lure a small number of American tech workers to Canada but could prove a bigger draw in enticing Canadian tech expats back home from the U.S., a top

Published on: November 10th, 2016 Christine Wong

IDC predictions for 2017: Next tech frontier is ‘augmented humanity’

Get ready for the era of augmented humanity. Global research powerhouse IDC says the next era of IT transformation will marry technology with biology to take the human mind and body to unprecedented

Published on: November 3rd, 2016 Christine Wong

Microsoft shifts Canadian cloud focus from data sovereignty to data security

For the past few years, Microsoft Corp. has sold Canadian enterprise customers on its ability to keep their cloud-based data in Canada. Now it's trying to sell them on its ability to keep

Published on: October 28th, 2016 Christine Wong

When will virtual reality go beyond gaming and into the enterprise?

To push virtual reality beyond video games and into the enterprise, VR technology must become more standardized and easier for developers to work with, a panel of experts told the GameON Ventures conference

Published on: October 24th, 2016 Christine Wong

UX helps consumer wearables beat connected enterprise in the IoT race

Zayn Jaffer talked about connected business during an expert panel on Wednesday but it was his feet that really spoke volumes. Jaffer, director of emerging businesses at Best Buy Canada, told an audience at

Published on: October 14th, 2016 Christine Wong

NHL players’ union takes a shot at mobile security with its own app

As a football star, Laremy Tunsil is an unlikely poster boy for cyber security in the world of pro hockey. Tunsil was the top ranked pick in April’s National Football League draft. Then,

Published on: October 5th, 2016 Christine Wong

Forrester: Weak oil, ‘conservative’ C-suite to soften Canadian tech spending in 2017

Slumping energy prices and weak economic growth will continue to soften Canadian tech spending in 2017, according to Forrester Research Inc. At a conference held in Toronto on Thursday by travel and expense

Published on: September 23rd, 2016 Christine Wong

Delays and doubtful doctors a tough pill to swallow for wearable healthcare market

Despite millions of people slipping into wearable technology, many doctors aren't as comfortable with the devices in a healthcare setting. In a Toronto panel discussion hosted by We Are Wearables on Monday, experts from

Published on: September 14th, 2016 Christine Wong

Spur more startups in schools, Minister Bains told on innovation tour stop

Just days before students head back to class, Navdeep Bains sat down Wednesday for a lesson on how many Canadian schools are failing to foster innovation. The new federal minister of innovation, science,

Published on: September 1st, 2016 Christine Wong

How Michael Phelps’ shoes are the future of 3D-tech fashion

The customized kicks made for Olympic superstar Michael Phelps offer a glimpse into the future of personalized 3D apparel production. Under Armour used 3D technology to make the one-of-a-kind shoes (shown above) based

Published on: August 18th, 2016 Christine Wong

Toronto-based firm launches Venezuela’s ‘Uber’ without taxi tensions

As tensions simmer between Uber and cabbies up here in Canada, a Toronto startup is gaining traction for its taxi app in South America. Uber Technologies Inc. has faced accusations of unfairly competing

Published on: August 12th, 2016 Christine Wong