Articles By 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

Hashtag Trending – Apple’s Shazam deal, Nomad wireless charger; unboxing the iPhone rainbow

Apple closes its Shazam acquisition, everyone’s shopping for a new wireless charging station, and what its like to unbox the new iPhone in all three colours. Trending on Google, Apple closes its acquisition

Published on: September 25th, 2018 Brian Jackson

Shopify’s Tobias Lütke and other tech CEOs chart a path to scaling up Canada’s faltering digital economy

A group of Canada's digital economy luminaries say the country needs to double the number of billion-dollar digital firms here by 2025, in a new report released Tuesday. The Digital Industries Economic Strategy

Published on: September 25th, 2018 Brian Jackson

Canada’s payments modernization effort chugs towards ‘real time rail’ by end of 2019

Do you remember what making payments was like in the year 2000? At a restaurant, you'd either be counting out your pennies and calculating the tip percentage in your head. Or if you

Published on: September 18th, 2018 Brian Jackson