Articles By Christine Wong

Tech tinkering key to kids’ IT literacy, experts agree

Hands-on tinkering must replace textbook teaching as the primary tool for inspiring Canada's kids to be the next generation of IT innovators, the leaders of a Toronto brainstorming event declared Wednesday.About 100 people

Published on: January 13th, 2012 Christine Wong

Why aren’t there more women in the tech startup scene?

by Christine Wong I’ve asked myself the exact same question while departing various startup events here in Toronto over the past few months.   Where are all the women?   At one such

Published on: January 12th, 2012 Christine Wong

Make data breach reporting mandatory, consumer group says

Canada’s proposed new law on data breaches is a toothless piece of legislation that amounts to little more than a sugar pill when it comes to protecting consumers’ privacy and personal information, an

Published on: January 10th, 2012 Christine Wong

ShopMyClothes sees big dollar signs in used designer duds

The more successful Jonathan Elias's resale clothing Web site gets, the tougher it is on his eyes.Let's explain: although Elias is president and CEO of ShopMyClothes,the Toronto startup remains bootstrapped. So he and

Published on: January 10th, 2012 Christine Wong

Head of ‘costly and cumbersome’ e-waste program quits

The head of Ontario's e-waste program has left the heavily scrutinizedagency for another job, a move that could give the program a cleanslate to make much needed changes, critics say. Carol Hochu has

Published on: January 6th, 2012 Christine Wong

Web service reveals hidden fees of buying a new home

You've finally signed the down payment cheque to buy your dream house – mission accomplished, right? Not so fast. What about lawyer's fees, land transfer taxes, propertytaxes, home insurance, monthly utilitiesand the cost

Published on: January 4th, 2012 Christine Wong

2011 showed us what Canadian startups are really made of

by Christine Wong Forgive me for stealing from Charles Dickens but it is the holiday season after all: was 2011 the best of times or the worst of times for startups? Christine WongThere

Published on: December 23rd, 2011 Christine Wong

Canadians replacing PCs, TV, and landlines with mobile tech

PC use, landline phones and paid TV service subscriptions are on thewane as consumers gravitate toward mobile devices and free content, anew KPMG study of global convergence trends shows.PCs are still more popular

Published on: December 23rd, 2011 Christine Wong

How Blue Man Group stayed mum on stage but got social at work

Six months ago, Blue Man Group had successfully performed before 17 million people around the world over two decades – but still couldn't find a way for its own 500 staff to share

Published on: December 21st, 2011 Christine Wong

Rypple deal proves Canadian startups can stay home to succeed

Salesforce.com Inc.'s deal to buy Toronto-based Rypple proves Canadian startups can compete with the best in Silicon Valley – but don't necessarily have to move there to do it, Canadian startup watchers say.Salesforce.com

Published on: December 16th, 2011 Christine Wong

Site helps Canadian startups sort through the financing maze

A new national Web site listing over 12,000 funding sources is trying to help Canadian entrepreneurs find the proverbial needle in the startup capital haystack.Montreal-based Fundica.comis a comprehensive online catalogue of government and

Published on: December 15th, 2011 Christine Wong

Life on MaRS: Help for over 2,000 startups and counting

Phase two of life on MaRS starts just under a year from now.Six years after phase one of the MaRS Discovery District officiallyopened its doors on downtown Toronto's College Street, the first majorexpansion

Published on: December 14th, 2011 Christine Wong

Fashion app proves it’s hip to be mobile

Monica Mei has her parents' love of globetrotting to thank for the inspiration behind her stylish mobile app startup, WhatImWear.In.Mei, 29-year-old CEO of the Toronto company, got to wander the planetwith her parents

Published on: December 13th, 2011 Christine Wong

8 tech trends to watch for 2012

2012 may be the year the tablet market gets a reality check, the cloudgets personal, Ultrabooks and Near Field Communication get a biggerpush, Windows 8 finally sees the light of day, and Research

Published on: December 12th, 2011 Christine Wong

Canadian Web surfers are world’s top video consumers

Canada's love affair with online video and smartphones is fuelling big growth in mobile marketing that rivals the U.S. scene, the latest research shows. Canadians consume more video on the Web than any

Published on: December 9th, 2011 Christine Wong