Articles By Alex Coop

How legal marijuana will be distributed with blockchain

As the legalization of marijuana in Canada inches closer, companies are tapping into blockchain technology to help distributors, and provincial governments, minimize fraud and potential criminal activity. Budbo, a California-based analytics company focused

Published on: January 2nd, 2018 Alex Coop

Storify is no more, but a few alternatives exist

As Storify prepares to close its doors permanently in May, and existing users export their content, one might wonder what other social curation services are available. The simple drag-and-drop method of online storytelling

Published on: January 2nd, 2018 Alex Coop

Canadian companies spread holiday joy through video Christmas greetings

Digital season’s greetings can be a fun alternative to the nice picture accompanied by some writing. While there’s certainly still a place for traditional holiday cards in our lives, videos have the potential

Published on: December 22nd, 2017 Alex Coop

HP printer gets the green light for use aboard the International Space Station

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) print more than two reams of paper per month, and HP’s latest custom printer is NASA’s choice for all of their printing needs in space. But

Published on: December 22nd, 2017 Alex Coop

BlackBerry’s software and services division continues to shine in third quarter

After achieving what BlackBerry Ltd. CEO John Chen described as “historical highs” during the company’s second quarter, the company saw that momentum continue in its latest quarter. More importantly, the company's record software

Published on: December 21st, 2017 Alex Coop

Automation alienating Canada’s older workforce – and hurting its economy, new study warns

The rise of workforce automation is leaving many Canadians behind, and its economy is paying the price. According to PricewaterhouseCoopers’ (PwC) 2017 Golden Age Index, 42 per cent of the employed Canadian labour

Published on: December 21st, 2017 Alex Coop

Venture Capital Catalyst Initiative expected to fuel Canada’s innovation capital market by $1.5B

Gender balance within a company is a key criteria for Canada’s newly launched $400 million Venture Capital Catalyst Initiative (VCCI), which is also expected to inject approximately $1.5 billion into Canada’s innovation capital

Published on: December 20th, 2017 Alex Coop

CryptoKitties, Crytek gamify blockchain technology

If mining for cryptocurrency doesn’t sound appealing, maybe buying and selling virtual cats will. As the hype around cryptocurrencies continues to rise, game developers are beginning to gamify blockchain technology. One of the

Published on: December 20th, 2017 Alex Coop

Fjord predicts the blending of the digital and physical, blockchains and collaboration with AI

Navigating through rapid technological advancements in 2018 will require individuals and organizations to create experiences that blend the physical and digital world, develop greater transparency through blockchains and collaborate with AI, according to

Published on: December 20th, 2017 Alex Coop

Mayor Fred Eisenberger takes over helm as chair of ICF Canada

Hamilton mayor Fred Eisenberger is the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) Canada’s new chair. Eisenberger will lead the non-profit board of 16 public, private and institutional sector board members from across Canada starting Jan.

Published on: December 20th, 2017 Alex Coop

Government requests for Facebook user data continue to increase in Canada and worldwide

Government requests for Facebook user data are on the rise in Canada and so is the frequency with which the company is handing over at least some of that information - according to

Published on: December 19th, 2017 Alex Coop

BlackBerry Radar expands to 2,800 commercial vehicle dealers in North America

BlackBerry Ltd. is looking to increase its footprint in the fleet management market by partnering up with Pana-Pacific and distributing its BlackBerry Radar tool across more than 2,800 heavy-duty truck dealerships across North

Published on: December 18th, 2017 Alex Coop

Twitter starts enforcing new rules to reduce hateful and abusive content

Twitter Inc. is enforcing updates to its rules regarding abusive and hateful content - meaning that users with accounts that threaten others through their profile images or headers will have to remove them.

Published on: December 18th, 2017 Alex Coop

More Canadians than ever using digital payments, report finds

Canadians are looking for convenience when it comes to shopping, and credit cards are playing a larger role than ever. According to Payments Canada’s latest Canadian Payment Methods and Trends report, Canada has

Published on: December 18th, 2017 Alex Coop

Takedown of U.S. net neutrality laws may embolden Canadian telecoms to follow suit, says CIRA CEO

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC)’s decision to roll back net neutrality laws won’t impact Canadians in the short-term, but they might feel the pinch down the road, says the CEO of the Canadian

Published on: December 15th, 2017 Alex Coop