Articles By Briony Smith

The TJX breach: It’s even worse than they thought

TJX Companies released Thursday some of the findings from its investigation into the massive security breach it announced last month that indicated the problems go back much earlier than last Christmas. The breach

Published on: February 21st, 2007 Briony Smith

Wireless firms brace for spectrum auction showdown

Industry Canada has announced the first step toward holding a spectrum auction next year that will re-purpose 105 MHz of 2-GHz spectrum for advanced wireless services, which could herald a change in rules

Published on: February 19th, 2007 Briony Smith

Google’s Canadian Gmail guy

Google launched the mobile version of its popular e-mail service in the U.S. several months before its introduction to the Canadian market this week, but it was a software expert at its Waterloo,

Published on: February 16th, 2007 Briony Smith

Quebec supercomputer site taps shared memory

The Quebec Network for High-Performance Computing (RQCHP) unveiled a shared-memory supercomputer Wednesday, a machine it called the most powerful of its kind in the country and which will be made available to scientists

Published on: February 14th, 2007 Briony Smith

Four out of 10 Canadians banking online, research shows

Online banking is continuing to grow in popularity, according to an annual tracking study called "How Canadians Bank" released Tuesday by Toronto-based marketing research firm TNS Canadian Facts. “E-banking still continues to be

Published on: February 13th, 2007 Briony Smith

Microsoft focuses on VoIP, Wi-Fi with Windows Mobile 6

Microsoft is plunging ahead with its attempts to penetrate the BlackBerry-dominated mobile market with Windows Mobile 6, the newest version of its mobile operating system that executives said will further its “telco 2.0”

Published on: February 12th, 2007 Briony Smith

Sun, Intel forge enterprise alliance around Xeon and Solaris

Speaking via a Webcast from San Francisco, Sun Microsystems president and CEO Jonathan Schwartz said the partnership would represent a huge boost for Solaris, which he said once faced the same fate as

Published on: February 11th, 2007 Briony Smith

Privacy law’s critics square off over notification issues

A review of Canada's privacy law has resumed amid calls for more power for the Privacy Comissioner and mandatory security breach notification by Canadian enterprises.The Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy, and

Published on: February 7th, 2007 Briony Smith

Sherbourne Health Centre connects e-records via wireless

A Canadian health provider that works with the homeless is using wireless technology to link up the clinic, its mobile buses, and new infirmary so that electronic medical records can be accessed at

Published on: February 7th, 2007 Briony Smith

Privacy Commish gets trans-border jurisdiction

The Federal Court this week said the Privacy Commissioner's jurisdiction includes Canadian privacy infractions by American companies, and that a complaint her office previously rejected as being off-limits should be investigated. The ruling

Published on: February 6th, 2007 Briony Smith

E-learning patent fight leaves open source alone

Education software company Blackboard has come under fire for its seemingly all-encompassing e-learning patents, leading it to remove certain open-source course management systems from its hit list. Blackboard said its Patent Pledge will

Published on: February 5th, 2007 Briony Smith

York Region launches ‘soft-walled’ school with IT tools

The York Region District School Board has installed a videoconferencing program to help teachers learn how to integrate technology into the classroom in partnership with Microsoft Canada. Microsoft Canada Thursday said it added

Published on: February 1st, 2007 Briony Smith

Microsoft throws weight behind Waterloo-based incubator

Infusion Angels, the Toronto-based sister company of the software development and consulting company Infusion Development, opened a Microsoft Canada-backed Infusion Angels Innovation Centre in Waterloo today. The country's first entrepreneurship-based innovation centre will

Published on: January 31st, 2007 Briony Smith

Entrust moves into hardware encryption with US$5 token

Entrust has added a US$5 security token to its arsenal of e-security software and services, creating an instant rivalry with vendors such as Ottawa-based CryptoCard. Entrust provides multi-factor authentication to businesses, including machine

Published on: January 30th, 2007 Briony Smith

Atlas Cold Storage streamlines budgets through Web tool

Atlas Cold Storage plans to upgrade a Web-based budgeting system it used to replace Excel and potentially offer it to the parent company which recently acquired the firm.Atlas Cold Storage, which owns 47

Published on: January 29th, 2007 Briony Smith