Articles By Eric Emin Wood

Startup visa pilot program to become permanent, federal government reveals

A four-year-old pilot program aimed at helping immigrants launch startups in Canada is becoming permanent, the federal government announced Friday. During a conference held at the Ryerson DMZ, federal Minister of Immigration, Refugees

Published on: July 28th, 2017 Eric Emin Wood

Mobile ad sales drive Facebook shares to record high

Facebook Inc.'s investment in mobile continues to pay dividends - literally, as the social media giant's latest quarterly results pushed shares to a record high on Wednesday. In fact, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg

Published on: July 27th, 2017 Eric Emin Wood

Twitter fails to add new users in latest quarterly results

Twitter Inc. has much to celebrate when it comes to advertising revenue, but its latest quarterly results also illustrate an inescapable fact: the social media icon is having trouble attracting new users. In

Published on: July 27th, 2017 Eric Emin Wood

Government essentially cutting billions from innovation funding, CATA says

For years, Russ Roberts has argued that despite its much-vaunted "innovation agenda," Canada's federal government has functionally reduced innovation spending by billions of dollars by reducing Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) tax

Published on: July 27th, 2017 Eric Emin Wood

Company culture the leading obstacle to digital transformation, survey finds [infographic]

A report by Paris, France-based Capgemini Consulting has concluded that outdated company cultures, which often create a disconnect between analogue management and digitally-savvy employees, are the number-one barrier to digital transformation - and

Published on: July 25th, 2017 Eric Emin Wood

Microsoft Paint is dead; long live Microsoft Paint

A day after it was announced that after 32 years, Microsoft Corp. would be killing rudimentary picture editing software/beloved Windows staple Microsoft Paint, the company wants to assure horrified users the program isn't

Published on: July 25th, 2017 Eric Emin Wood

Apple names new HR head, renames position ‘vice president of people’

Apple Inc. has announced that its longtime vice president of worldwide sales and operations will soon be in charge of its HR department, a position it's calling "vice president of people." Deirdre O’Brien,

Published on: July 24th, 2017 Eric Emin Wood

How Halifax-based Home Except won AARP’s innovation award

After Home Except Inc. won the inaugural American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Innovation Champion award in June for its sensor-based, camera-free home security solution, we figured they deserved a closer look. The Halifax-based

Published on: July 21st, 2017 Eric Emin Wood

Lack of government support won’t keep TransPod from building hyperloop, CEO says

TransPod co-founder and CEO Sebastien Gendron wants you to know that his company has reached out to Ontario's government several times. "I had the chance to meet with (Ontario) Minister (of Economic Development

Published on: July 19th, 2017 Eric Emin Wood

Trump-induced NAFTA renegotiations could be a boon for online businesses, eBay says

Donald Trump's protectionist rhetoric over the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) - which in the past he threatened to "rip up" and called "the worst trade deal in history" - could deliver

Published on: July 18th, 2017 Eric Emin Wood

It can’t write this story yet, but Microsoft has trained AI to win Ms. Pac-Man

In the latest sign of artificial intelligence (AI)'s eventual dominance of the workplace, a Canadian deep learning startup-turned-division of Microsoft Corp. has successfully created an AI-based system that achieved the maximum possible score

Published on: July 18th, 2017 Eric Emin Wood

SurveyMonkey debuts 4 new and redesigned services for enterprise, retail, education markets

Forget big data - online survey software developer SurveyMonkey wants to be known as the number-one provider of "people-powered data," and on Monday unveiled four new and redesigned services using the concept as

Published on: July 17th, 2017 Eric Emin Wood

CATA turns to crowdfunding to enhance, direct advocacy efforts

One of Canada's leading tech industry associations is branching out - figuratively and financially - in its efforts to support the country's innovation economy. This week the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA), an

Published on: July 14th, 2017 Eric Emin Wood

Canada’s banks keeping mobile customers happy at other channels’ expense: J.D. Power

Inverting what you would normally read on this site, J.D. Power and Associates' latest retail banking satisfaction study warns that while Canada's banks are world leaders when it comes to keeping mobile customers

Published on: July 13th, 2017 Eric Emin Wood

South Ontario hyperloop would cost 50 per cent less, travel four times faster than proposed rail: TransPod

While it's barely been two months since Ontario's provincial government invested $15 million into a feasibility study for a high-speed rail line between Toronto and Windsor, TransPod would like to remind residents there's

Published on: July 13th, 2017 Eric Emin Wood