Articles By Alex Coop

ServiceNow is acquiring Canadian AI services startup Element AI

Another one bites the dust. After launching in 2016, raising US$102 million in Series A funding and opening offices across five cities in North America, Europe, and Asia, one of Canada’s superstar startups

Published on: November 30th, 2020 Alex Coop

Hashtag Trending – Amazon Sidewalk; Banks extend WFH policies; Black Friday data

Amazon faces a privacy backlash for its Sidewalk feature, some of Canada’s big banks extend WFH policies, and we’ve got some Black Friday data from Shopify. It’s all the tech news that’s popular

Published on: November 30th, 2020 Alex Coop

Hashtag Trending – Amazon server outage; Shopify gets a shoutout in the NYT; Raspberry Pi hacks a Tesla

An Amazon outage knocks out connected vacuum cleaners and other “smart” objects, Shopify gets a shoutout in the New York Times as its compared to Amazon, and a Tesla gets hacked with a

Published on: November 27th, 2020 Alex Coop

Scaling up in rural Canada: BC tech firm’s success a blueprint for growth outside of big tech’s shadow

One of North America’s largest Salesforce consulting and app development firms is betting big on rural Canada, a move its chief executive officer thinks other small enterprises should mimic to help Canada accelerate

Published on: November 23rd, 2020 Alex Coop

Hashtag Trending – Windows turns 35; Go SMS Pro removed from Google Play; Goodbye office perks

The internet takes a trip down memory lane as Windows turns 35, Go SMS Pro gets taken down from Google Play due to some serious security issues, and LinkedIn gets chatty about the

Published on: November 23rd, 2020 Alex Coop

Hashtag Trending – Apple slashes developer fees and settles for $113M over phone throttling; Solomon Islands to ban Facebook

Apple is slashing developer fees on one end and putting fires out in the other, and the Solomon Islands is looking at banning Facebook. It’s all the tech news that’s popular right now.

Published on: November 20th, 2020 Alex Coop

Hashtag Trending – HP removes free tier from payment plan; Massive data breach in Texas; Chaos at Ubisoft Montreal

People are not happy about HP’s latest decision to remove its print-free-for-life plan, nearly 28 million licensed Texas drivers have been hit by data breach, and a claim of hostage-taking at  Ubisoft Montreal

Published on: November 16th, 2020 Alex Coop

Hashtag Trending – YouTube goes down for the count; New device puts music in your head; Arm-based MacBook Air speed controversy

YouTube experiences widespread technical problems playing videos, a new device can apparently inject the music into your head without headphones, and the internet argues over how fast the new Arm-based Macbook Air really

Published on: November 13th, 2020 Alex Coop

Hashtag Trending – Canada takes aim at streaming giants; AI helps identify COVID; Vatican enlists bots

Canada is holding streaming giants’ feet to the fire, a new AI program can spot COVID from a cough, and the Vatican is turning to bots for help to combat an onslaught of

Published on: November 9th, 2020 Alex Coop

Hashtag Trending – General Motors to reopen assembly plant; Facebook’s global impact; Small biz hammered by online fees

A $1.3B deal will return vehicle production to an Oshawa plant, Half of Facebook employees are pretty sure the company has had a negative effect on the world, and small businesses are having

Published on: November 6th, 2020 Alex Coop

Hashtag Trending – Cadillac Fairview surveillance; WFH gets lonely; FBI issues warning about ransomware

A privacy investigation reveals that 5 million people’s images were collected at malls across Canada; People open up about the loneliness that comes with working from home, and U.S. federal agencies warn of

Published on: October 30th, 2020 Alex Coop

IBM Canada president says achieving healthy work-life balance in hybrid work environment ‘remains to be seen’

With files from Pragya Sehgal    The COVID-19 pandemic has created a sense of urgency around digital transformation, leading to previously stonewalled projects getting greenlit and sighs of relief from executives knowing employees

Published on: October 29th, 2020 Alex Coop

Hashtag Trending – Right to repair movement swells; #CoronaVirusHiring; Cleaning up your digital history

The right to repair movement gains momentum in the U.S. and beyond, LinkedIn has a long-list of companies that are hiring right now and they include several tech companies, and a story about

Published on: October 26th, 2020 Alex Coop

Hashtag Trending – Quibi is finished; Former Google CEO dunks on social networks; Trump’s Twitter password

Entertainment startup Quibi shuts down after blowing through $1.75 billion of funding, Google’s former CEO dunks on social networks, and a security researcher says they guessed President Trump’s Twitter password. It’s all the

Published on: October 23rd, 2020 Alex Coop

Hashtag Trending – A $2B tax evasion scheme; Zoom launches OnZoom; Oracle CEO supports Lindsey Graham

A billionaire is indicted on charges of tax evasion and wire fraud, Zoom launches a new service, and a report shows Oracle's CEO donated $250,000 to a super PAC supporting Sen. Lindsey Graham

Published on: October 19th, 2020 Alex Coop