Articles By Alex Coop

Blockchain-powered safety deposit boxes can store your cryptocurrency, says Versabank

People who collect cryptocurrencies typically do so to move away from traditional banking systems, but Versabank is welcoming them with open arms. “We’re a very unusual bank,” David Taylor, Versabank’s president and CEO

Published on: February 1st, 2018 Alex Coop

Microsoft’s cloud services drove the company’s Q2 growth

Led by Azure, Microsoft’s cloud businesses helped the company reach a strong 2018 second quarter. Azure revenue grew 98 per cent during the quarter, on par with previous quarters, and while Microsoft didn’t

Published on: February 1st, 2018 Alex Coop

Avaya acquires Spoken Communications, touts fresh beginning

New Orleans, La. – Jim Chirico’s message couldn’t be clearer this morning: Avaya has money, it’s looking to form new partnerships and it’s dedicated to the cloud. “What we’re doing now, is playing to

Published on: January 29th, 2018 Alex Coop

Leaders in Davos stress diversity and inclusion of women in tech

There was a reoccuring discussion amidst all the talk about world economies and the future impact of tech on society at this year’s World Economic Forum in Davos: Inequality between men and women.

Published on: January 26th, 2018 Alex Coop

Canada to pilot new blockchain-powered ‘digital identity’ prototype for air travel unveiled in Davos

The Government of Canada, World Economic Forum, and other global partners are testing a new concept in border security that will let travellers digitize their personal information and share it with airport and

Published on: January 26th, 2018 Alex Coop

Leaders in Davos acknowledge AI’s potential for good, but point to unanswered questions

Global leaders discussed the transformative capabilities of artificial intelligence during the second-last day of the World Economic Forum in Davos. But it came with a grain of salt. During a panel about rogue

Published on: January 25th, 2018 Alex Coop

Adobe shows off new retail tech at NRF 2018

Retailers will soon be able to track live foot traffic data and offer customers personalized in-store offers through mobile apps. Adobe recently announced several updates to its Experience Cloud platform at the National

Published on: January 24th, 2018 Alex Coop

Salesforce CEO calls for heightened regulation and leadership changes among tech giants

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff called for a shift in culture among tech leaders that emphasizes trust, while calling out former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick in the process during a panel about consumer trust

Published on: January 23rd, 2018 Alex Coop

Canadian tech companies are growing, but not as fast as firms in the U.S., says report

Not only are more Canadian companies becoming successful on the world stage, but they’re not being lost to foreign buyers, according to the University of Toronto's Impact Centre. Compared to 2016, the centre's

Published on: January 23rd, 2018 Alex Coop

Apple HomePod release date announced; Canada still waiting

Apple Inc.'s long-awaited wireless speaker, the HomePod, will be available for online orders this Friday - but not in Canada. Consumers from the U.S., U.K. and Australia will have the first chance to

Published on: January 23rd, 2018 Alex Coop

Apple partners with Malala Fund

The Malala Fund is expecting to double the number of grants awarded by its partners after Apple Inc. announced it's teaming up with the organization. Apple will help the Malala Fund, which supports

Published on: January 22nd, 2018 Alex Coop

Canadian government announces recipients of $50 million CanCode initiative

More than one million teachers and students, across 21 organizations in Canada, will receive training in digital literacy, the Canadian government announced this morning. Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Sciences and Economic Development,

Published on: January 22nd, 2018 Alex Coop

Why Amazon HQ would be good for Toronto

In addition to 50,000 new well-paying, knowledge-sector jobs, a new Amazon headquarters in Toronto would bolster local talent and encourage other companies to follow suit, proponents of the project suggest. But Amazon HQ2

Published on: January 22nd, 2018 Alex Coop

Bitcoin or bust – How Canada’s crypto-mining market booms while other blockchain solutions remain nascent

On its surface, the massive, decentralized ledger of information known as the blockchain is a wondrous innovation in information registry and distribution: At its centre is the concept of owning your digital identity

Published on: January 20th, 2018 Alex Coop

Researchers test AI-powered program to detect early stages of Alzheimer’s

Researchers from Wilfrid Laurier University are testing an AI-powered program on 10,000 patients to detect early stages of Alzheimer’s. Led by Saint Elizabeth Healthcare, BrainFX will collect patient data, combine it with information from the Canadian

Published on: January 19th, 2018 Alex Coop