Articles By Brian Jackson

Speak Up! – Using Apple’s HomePod in Canada

Americans have been able to get their hands on Apple's smart speaker, the HomePod, for a few months now. But with no Canadian release date in sight, we smuggled one across the border

Published on: May 17th, 2018 Brian Jackson

Google Home Max review – it’s my new TV soundbar

The Google Home Max is my new TV soundbar, thanks to the simple inclusion of the 3.5mm aux audio input that's included on this device. I've bemoaned the loss of the headphone jack (an

Published on: May 16th, 2018 Brian Jackson

ITBusiness.ca editor Eric Emin Wood awarded for excellence in reporting

ITWC's very own Eric Emin Wood, the editor of this fine website, is the winner of the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance's (CATA) MNP Excellence in Science & Technology Reporting Award. The award is

Published on: May 16th, 2018 Brian Jackson

Hashtag Trending – Notepad upgraded; Amazon partners with home builder; AT&T made payments to Michael Cohen

Microsoft brings an end to garbled text files on Notepad, Amazon enters yet another industry, and people are asking questions about why AT&T is making payments to Donald Trump’s lawyer. Trending on Google,

Published on: May 10th, 2018 Brian Jackson

Google Home Max booms across Canada’s border May 16

Google Home Max, the big sister to Google Home, is launching in Canada May 16 for $499 and there are some Canadian connections involved in the product's development. Google Canada demonstrated the big

Published on: May 9th, 2018 Brian Jackson

All Hands on Tech – Canada’s first smart condo community

We tour Tridel's new Ten York condo tower development in downtown Toronto with Smart One Solutions, the firm that's deployed smart community technology that will see residents have access to capabilities unlike anywhere

Published on: May 9th, 2018 Brian Jackson

Visa and PayPal become better pals in Canada

Visa and PayPal are expanding their partnership in Canada to allow customers more ways to move money between accounts, and could lead to PayPal providing payments at physical locations. PayPal users that hold

Published on: May 9th, 2018 Brian Jackson

Hashtag Trending – Google Duplex unveiled, new details on Equifax breach; OnePlus 6 leak

Why you’ll never again fully trust that it’s a real person on the other end of the phone line, Equifax responds to an investigation into its data breach with new details, and some

Published on: May 9th, 2018 Brian Jackson

Visa Direct payments service expanded in Canada

Visa is making sure that the days of paper cheques are numbered in Canada by expanding its Visa Direct push payments platform north of the border. Visa says its real-time service to send

Published on: May 8th, 2018 Brian Jackson

Hashtag Trending – Emergency mobile alerts tested; Microsoft’s $25 million AI fund; smart luggage goes bust

Emergency alert! Systems for mobile devices is tested across Canada, Microsoft creates an AI for accessibility fund, and one “smart device” that’s packing its bags for the graveyard of good ideas. https://twitter.com/YRDSB/status/993473840410906624 Trending

Published on: May 8th, 2018 Brian Jackson

Sidewalk Toronto commits to Privacy by Design principles amid citizen concerns

TORONTO - Responsible data use and privacy are top priorities of Sidewalk Toronto’s smart city development project in Toronto’s Quay Side community, organizers told a public gathering on Thursday night. But developer Sidewalk

Published on: May 7th, 2018 Brian Jackson

Winnipeg battles gridlock with help of Waze Connected Citizens program

The City of Winnipeg's systems to monitor traffic have improved so much over the past three years that Jonathan Foord, a signals asset engineer in the transportation division of Winnipeg's public works department,

Published on: May 1st, 2018 Brian Jackson

Hashtag Trending – OCE Discovery; Microsoft’s new Windows update; Facebook’s F8 conference

The Ontario Centres of Excellence is turning Toronto into tech central. Microsoft is releasing its latest Windows update on Monday. And Facebook kicks off its ninth F8 developer conference on Tuesday. On Monday

Published on: April 30th, 2018 Brian Jackson

Mitel acquired by Roots owner Searchlight Capital for $2 billion, will go private

Ottawa-based Mitel Networks Corp. has been acquired by London-based Searchlight Capital Partners for $2 billion. The cash transaction was announced on Tuesday and will see Mitel be taken off the public stock exchanges

Published on: April 25th, 2018 Brian Jackson