Articles By Brian Jackson

Hashtag Trending – Breakup Facebook; Amazon bids on sports TV; FONK is the new FOMO

Should anti-trust laws be dusted off to deal with the tech giants? One of those giants, Amazon, is looking to become a sports broadcaster. And if you thought FOMO was bad, just wait

Published on: November 21st, 2018 Brian Jackson

Nov. 20, 2018 – Elon Musk’s satellite network; Disney’s Star Wars hotel; your creepy cartoon clone

SpaceX has now won approval to put almost 12,000 satellites into orbit. Disney’s got big plans to build new Star Wars attractions at its theme parks. And a new app offers to close

Published on: November 20th, 2018 Brian Jackson

Capital One’s Gift the Code hackathon helps close technology gap for charities

I've worked at summer camps as a young adult, so I know just how difficult it is to organize a group of children to embark on a week of fun and educational outdoor experiences.

Published on: November 19th, 2018 Brian Jackson

SAP to acquire survey software Qualtrics for $8 billion

Waldorf, Germany-based SAP SE announced it has made a deal to acquire survey software firm Qualtrics for $8 billion. Qualtrics is co-headquartered in Provo, Utah and Seattle, Wash. and identifies itself as a

Published on: November 12th, 2018 Brian Jackson

Open source community sees risk and reward in IBM purchase of Red Hat

On a media call the morning after announcing Big Blue's acquisition of Red Hat, executives answered reporter questions typed into a web form and insisted the outcome wouldn't be a purple blend. IBM

Published on: November 2nd, 2018 Brian Jackson

Hashtag Trending – Google Home Hub reviews, smarter traffic lights, smartphones owned for longer

The first Google Home Hub reviews are out, how auto makers are working to reduce the time you wait at red lights, and why people are keeping their smartphones for longer. Trending on

Published on: October 30th, 2018 Brian Jackson

Hashtag Trending – Apple’s latest acqui-hire; GoPro deal with Adobe; China’s surveillance plans for Google

Apple makes another move in its music streaming battle with Spotify. Adobe Creative Cloud users will now gain access to some GoPro clips. And new laws passed in China may require Google to

Published on: October 16th, 2018 Brian Jackson

Dialog with Debow: serial entrepreneur on his new product ‘AM radio for the Internet’

Can Toronto-based serial entrepreneur Daniel Debow create the "Twitter of audio?" Product Hunt's Ryan Hoover dubbed Debow's latest project, Dialog, with that tagline following its public launch late last month. It's just one

Published on: October 12th, 2018 Brian Jackson

Hashtag Trending – Android screens your calls; Airtame 2; Amazon’s sexist AI

Google Assistant can now help you screen out calls from telemarketers. The new Airtame 2 is out to improve this wireless streaming solution. And Amazon scrapped an AI project because it was too

Published on: October 11th, 2018 Brian Jackson

Toronto-based Storyful launches ‘Youtube for voice entertainment’

A Toronto-based startup that's hoping to create an interactive audio content platform accessed through smart speakers released its Alexa Skill on Wednesday. The "choose your own adventure" type of stories are a perfect

Published on: October 10th, 2018 Brian Jackson

Installing and using the TP-Link HS220 dimmable switch

Now that smart home technology has progressed to the point that we can say "let there be light" and it is so, it's only natural to demand that we can summon just the

Published on: October 9th, 2018 Brian Jackson

Hashtag Trending – Spray-on antennae, Amazon minimum wage hike; Netflix’s next trick

A new technology makes spray-on antennae possible, Amazon is hiking its minimum wage in the U.S. and the U.K., and Netflix has a new trick up its sleeve. Trending on Google, spray-on antennas.

Published on: October 3rd, 2018 Brian Jackson

Hashtag Trending – Facebook breached, Zuckerberg’s account deleted?; more privacy problems

Is Facebook losing face over security and privacy problems? The site is the source of a new data breach affecting 50 million accounts. One hacker plans to delete Zuckerberg’s account. And how your

Published on: October 1st, 2018 Brian Jackson

Hashtag Trending – Music streaming fees; Google Chrome’s privacy issue; new Oculus VR headset

Are music streaming services too good to be true? According to the U.S. Congress, the answer is yes. Google changes course on a privacy decision with Chrome. And Facebook announces a new, wireless

Published on: September 27th, 2018 Brian Jackson

Hashtag Trending – Elevate Tech Fest; Dialog launch; USB recording interfaces

Tech CEOs release a plan to boost Canada’s digital economy, a new online community is dedicated to call-in audio shows, and everyone wants to know - what’s the best USB interface to record

Published on: September 26th, 2018 Brian Jackson