Belts, buckles, and business cards: sensors are in everything at CES 2015

Smart objects was a big theme at this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Taken literally, the smart refers to a trend of objects that would not normally be outfitted with electronics suddenly

Published on: January 13th, 2015 Catherine Aczel Boivie

A CIO at CES: the Weird and the Wonderful

Greetings from the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that opened today to 160,000 attendees, 3500 vendors and 6000 media. Let me state at the start of this blog, I like technology gadgets

Published on: January 8th, 2015 Catherine Aczel Boivie

A CIO at CES: 5 most intriguing products from CES Unveiled

Hello from the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, where I attended the CES Unveiled event set out solely for the press. There were about 100 vendors exhibiting their products for about

Published on: January 7th, 2015 Catherine Aczel Boivie

Home Depot enters the smart home era with Wink partnership

We’ve all dropped in to Home Depot to pick up something for a DIY project at some point. But with the release of a new line of mobile app-enabled products, you might start

Published on: September 5th, 2014 Brian Jackson

Consumers want to see value in exchange for mobile tracking: study

Ask consumers if you can track them in the retail environment and they might quip a phrase from Jerry Maguire in response: "Show me the money." At least that's what a PunchTab study

Published on: July 24th, 2014 Brian Jackson

A sneak peek into the second generation of wearable technology

Just when we've started to understand the implications of wearable technology, Seattle-based Reflx Labs comes along to give us a sneak peek into the possibilities of what the next generation of wearable technology will

Published on: July 14th, 2014 Karim Kanji

iBeacon opportunity goes far beyond retail: ABI Research

Both Apple's iBeacon and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) devices in general have become popular in the retail market during this past year, but that's only setting the stage for this new location-detecting technology's

Published on: July 14th, 2014 Brian Jackson

3 kinds of wearables as we know them today

Expect the nascent wearables industry in Canada to be worth $600 million in five years. This was one of the insights that Krista Napier, senior analyst of mobility for IDC Canada, offered at

Published on: June 26th, 2014 Karim Kanji

Apple’s WWDC keynote: What marketers should watch for

Apple Inc.'s annual gathering of thousands of developers in San Francisco for its Worldwide Developer's Conference (WWDC) is also one of the most-watched and most-talked about events and the tech events calendar. Apple,

Published on: May 30th, 2014 Brian Jackson

Mesh conference lives on through mobile app and iBeacon

When a conference ends, it doesn’t take long after the last speaker gives her closing words and the attendees filter out of the area – soon after, all of the booths get taken

Published on: May 28th, 2014 Candice So

4 best Bluetooth headsets for business

Best Headsets for Business By Diana Zelikman, Fueled Choosing a headset is an important decision if you make many business calls. A headset with great call quality that’s comfortable and easy to use

Published on: May 13th, 2014 Fueled

Toronto startup launching smart, connected bike

A Toronto-based startup is ushering in the Internet of Things – and its connected device comes with a pair of wheels and a handlebar. Vanhawks, a startup that’s currently part of the FounderFuel

Published on: May 1st, 2014 Candice So

iBeacon: Apple’s stealth technology nears breakthrough in location-based marketing area

When Apple Inc. launches something, it's not usually a quiet affair. A typical launch-day event for a new iPhone, iPad, or MacBook will see San Francisco's Yuerba Buena Gardens packed with media live

Published on: April 22nd, 2014 Brian Jackson

Does baseball’s iBeacon endorsement mean Apple’s devices are a marketing home run?

I remember the first time I was the target of geo-locational marketing through the use of Bluetooth low energy devices. It was in San Francisco, while I was exploring Pier 39 in the

Published on: March 31st, 2014 Brian Jackson