Articles By 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

Hashtag Trending – Gatwick’s drone delays, in Russia AI hears you, LG’s clear TV

London’s Gatwick airport is disrupted by drones. Russian scientists can train AI to hear like a human. And what’s it like to play games on a transparent television? https://twitter.com/Gatwick_Airport/status/1075813918893846529 Trending on Twitter, London’s

Published on: December 21st, 2018 Brian Jackson

Dec. 20 – The ‘90s are back with Macaulay Culkin and Alfonso Ribeiro making tech headlines

The ‘90s are cool again. That’s right, trending in today’s headlines are Macaulay Culkin, Alfonso Ribeiro, and your old school photos are being given new life. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKYABI-dGEA Trending on Google, is the new

Published on: December 20th, 2018 Brian Jackson

Royal Bank of Canada named in New York Times’ Facebook investigation

One of Canada's largest banks appears alongside Silicon Valley technology firms in a New York Times investigation into Facebook privacy violations, in a piece published on Tuesday evening. The Royal Bank of Canada

Published on: December 19th, 2018 Brian Jackson

Amazon announces new fulfillment centre, 600 jobs near Edmonton

Amazon will create a new fulfillment centre just south of Edmonton that will operate a 1 million-square-foot facility and create 600 full-time jobs, the Seattle-based ecommerce giant announced on Monday. The facility will add to

Published on: December 17th, 2018 Brian Jackson

Tech Sector Growth Map of Canada updated for 2018 – Focus on Toronto

In many ways, Canada's tech sector growth is Toronto's tech sector growth. The largest city in Canada is also recognized for having the hottest tech sector in the country on just about every

Published on: December 11th, 2018 Brian Jackson

Drones, digital twins, and connected sensor grids: How Toronto Water keeps the pipes flowing today and in the future

Managing the City of Toronto's plumbing takes a lot more than a few wrenches and plungers these days. Toronto Water is using drones, augmented reality, and Internet of Things (IoT) connected smart maps

Published on: December 11th, 2018 Brian Jackson

Hashtag Trending – Meng Wanzhou’s elaborate bail plans, Google+ breach, Baby it’s cold outside

Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou makes her case for bail in a Vancouver courtroom. (You have to hear these conditions). Google Plus will be killed sooner than expected. And baby, it’s cold

Published on: December 11th, 2018 Brian Jackson

All Hands on Tech – Amazon DeepRacer League encourages developers to train self-driving cars

At Amazon Web Services re:Invent in Las Vegas this year, Amazon launched an autonomous model car racing league and hosted the first race. Meant as a way to engage developers to train reinforcement

Published on: December 10th, 2018 Brian Jackson

Ontario suffers wide disparities in school’s IT resources: Auditor General

Ontario's Ministry of Education is failing to provide students with consistent access to computers and lacks proper security training and practices to protect the personal information of students, according to the Auditor General

Published on: December 6th, 2018 Brian Jackson

Do iRobot’s cloud-stored maps of my home represent a major privacy risk?

I guess when I tweeted about using a cloud-connected robot that maps the inside of my home in conjunction with an always-on microphone that persistently uploads data over the Internet, I should have

Published on: December 5th, 2018 Brian Jackson

Hashtag Trending – Microsoft to replace Edge; protein-folding AI; Walmart’s gaming PCs

Microsoft killed Internet Explorer to launch Edge, but now it looks like it plans to kill that too. Google’s DeepMind AI team wins a protein-folding competition. And how bad are Walmart’s gaming PCs?

Published on: December 5th, 2018 Brian Jackson