Articles By Brian Jackson

Update: Mastercard’s policy change won’t affect online subscriptions

UPDATED Jan. 18 After publishing a blog post about its policy change that seemed to suggest that digital subscriptions would be affected by new rules around free trials. As detailed below, Mastercard is

Published on: January 18th, 2019 Brian Jackson

Recap of Intel’s CPU announcements at CES 2019 – 10nm Cascade Lake, Ice Lake, and Nervana AI chip

At CES 2019, Intel returned to make a slew of announcements about - you guessed it - CPUs. Intel’s marketing message these days is that it’s no longer a PC-centric firm, but a

Published on: January 16th, 2019 Brian Jackson

Hashtag Trending – U.S. police can’t unlock phones; AirPod charging case; Listen App for podcasts

A judge rules that the U.S. government can’t ask suspects to unlock their smartphones with biometrics, a wireless charging case for your AirPods, and a new podcast app you might like. https://www.reddit.com/r/technology/comments/afxkza/feds_cant_force_you_to_unlock_your_iphone_with/ Trending

Published on: January 16th, 2019 Brian Jackson

Hashtag Trending – Australia’s anti-encryption law; Project Alias; Amazon’s ‘passive’-income problems

Australia passes a law against encryption; Project Alias lets you choose whatever name you want for your smart assistant; and it turns out not everyone selling stuff on Amazon is getting rich quick,

Published on: January 15th, 2019 Brian Jackson

Acer Swift 7 claims title of world’s thinnest laptop – All Hands on Tech at CES 2019

It’s CES 2019 and that means a bonanza for new laptop announcements. Each one has something just a little bit different to stand out from the pack. For the Acer Swift 7, it’s

Published on: January 10th, 2019 Brian Jackson

Belkin’s new WeMo smart switches and Phyn Plus Smart Water Assistant – All Hands on Tech at CES 2019

Smart home tech is a huge category at CES 2019 with thousands of new products being introduced to the market. Among them is Belkin and Phyn, both brands owned by Foxconn Interconnect Technology.

Published on: January 9th, 2019 Brian Jackson

Jabra’s new Elite 85h headphones & Evolve 65t wireless earbuds – All Hands on Tech at CES 2019

Jabra is back at CES this year and it's got some new headsets to show off. Among them are a couple targeting business users. We'll start with a new pair of ear buds

Published on: January 9th, 2019 Brian Jackson

All Hands on Tech – eSight electronic assisted glasses enhance eyesight

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODN9Lv73X7Y Toronto-based eSight has been making its device that helps legally-blind people see, using a visor that relays an enhanced camera image to two screens right in front of the eyes. Now it's

Published on: January 8th, 2019 Brian Jackson

LG unveils new smart home products, adds Alexa to 8K TV at CES 2019

LAS VEGAS - LG Electronics opened its CES 2019 showcase with a press conference that introduced new smart home product categories and an 8K compatible TV that works with two different smart assistants.

Published on: January 7th, 2019 Brian Jackson

B2B at CES 2019: What to look for at the world’s biggest business event for consumer electronics

Once upon a time, CES was an acronym for Consumer Electronics Show, but don't let the Consumer Technology Association catch you calling it that today. It's just CES 2019, thank you very much.

Published on: January 4th, 2019 Brian Jackson

CIOs lead digital transformation efforts into 2019, research shows

Most organizations that identify as pursuing digital transformation are reporting a positive return on investment, and those efforts are most often being led by CIOs, according to a new study from analyst firm

Published on: January 3rd, 2019 Brian Jackson

Hashtag Trending – Verified.Me launch, blockchain consolidation, federal regulation

Thanks to Dawood Khan and Marc Lijour for their help with these predictions.  A nation-wide digital identity service based on blockchain will launch in Canada. SecureKey’s Verfied.Me service was supposed to launch by

Published on: December 31st, 2018 Brian Jackson

Fitbit Charge 3 review: A versatile fitness tracker you’ll actually want to wear

If it’s not on Instagram, it didn’t happen. Now I don’t really believe that, but these days you have to wonder if there’s any line left between the public and the private. Take

Published on: December 28th, 2018 Brian Jackson

Hashtag Trending – Voice-first fragmentation, Alexa in your ear, Alexa in your boardroom

In 2019, voice-first smart assistants will face a fragmentation problem. They’ll also be literally in your ear. And they’ll be in your office boardroom. In 2019, we’ll be looking for solutions to a

Published on: December 28th, 2018 Brian Jackson

Top 5 business smartphones of 2018 – All Hands on Tech

After reviewing the new smartphone releases all year long, IT World Canada journalists Tom Li and Brian Jackson discuss where they rank the smartphones that provide the best business user experience. Included on

Published on: December 24th, 2018 Brian Jackson