Articles By Nestor Arellano

Small biz acquisition as a tech talent raid strategy

   by Nestor E. Arellano There’s usually a lot of media hoopla, happy dances and high fives following announcements of a big biz acquisition of a promising tech industry startup. The

Published on: February 7th, 2012 Nestor Arellano

The Freezer isn’t so hot for stopping spam, critics charge

Canada's new anti-spam legislation (CASL) marks a huge shift from previous government efforts to deal with spam and that is a good thing, according to industry experts. But while they are optimistic about

Published on: February 7th, 2012 Nestor Arellano

Rogers targets small biz with new online marketing suite

One of Canada's largest telecom players has decided to bring its game to a different field. Rogers Communications Inc. recently rolled out an online marketing service aimed at small businesses. Called Outrank, the

Published on: February 3rd, 2012 Nestor Arellano

Wave Accounting launches Wave Payroll for micro-businesses

A Toronto startup hopes to employ its growing user base of free online accounting software customers as a launching pad for a lean Web-based payroll tool targeted primarily at micro businesses.While there is

Published on: February 1st, 2012 Nestor Arellano

Polls show Canadians optmistic about RIM’s future

by Nestor E. Arellano  I was taking drive to Leamington, Ont. this weekend in my lawyer friend’s car when our conversation took a turn towards the one topic that people ask you about

Published on: January 31st, 2012 Nestor Arellano

Lawful access ‘enormous financial burden’ for business

Better ways to interpret data, not more access to private information, is what law enforcement agencies need, according to opponents of the so-called “lawful access” bills – a set of proposed laws that

Published on: January 29th, 2012 Nestor Arellano

Harper signals upcoming SR&ED revamp

Canada's $3.5 billion-a-year Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) tax credit is up for a revamp soon, according to Prime Minister Stephen Harper. About 25,000 companies across Canada, many of them small and

Published on: January 28th, 2012 Nestor Arellano

Can Ottawa make minced meat out of spam?

So why does everyone hate spam so much anyway and why would the government want to take action against it? We take a look at the history of spam and some of the

Published on: January 25th, 2012 Nestor Arellano

LG-Ericsson unveils unified communications box for SMBs

Korea-based LG-Ericsson hopes to capture a slice of Canada's small business unified communications (UC) market with the launch today of its iPECS-MG Business-Enabled Communication System.The hybrid console-based system delivers all the functionality of

Published on: January 24th, 2012 Nestor Arellano

Dell’s new PowerEdge servers offer savings to small firms

By cutting the flab and offering only the essentials Dell Inc. has come up with a pair of penny-pinching, power-saving servers ideal for many small and medium-sized business operations.The Dell PowerEdge T110 II

Published on: January 23rd, 2012 Nestor Arellano

Hands on with Aakash – Datawind’s $35 tablet

Suneet Singh Tuli, CEO of Datawind Inc., a small Montreal-based company, has been travelling like a whirlwind back and forth between Canada, the United States and India lately thanks to the wave of

Published on: January 20th, 2012 Nestor Arellano

A mug shot of your office relic could be worth $500

Office relics, almost every office has one. No, I don’t mean your boss. But somewhere you must have tucked away a dot matrix printer, or a Pentium II desktop, a cheque numbering machine,

Published on: January 19th, 2012 Nestor Arellano

Anti-Spam law: Staying out of ‘The Freezer’ with your e-mail campaigns

While they're celebrating Canada Day this year, e-mail marketers may also be feverishly reviewing their e-mail lists to make sure they comply with a tough new anti-spam law. Although there have been questions

Published on: January 19th, 2012 Nestor Arellano

Try crowdfunding to finance your tech startup

Five dollars for a button, $20 for a t-shirt and $1,000 for a trip to Chicago to meet the company's game developers – quite unconventional but this was how Robomodo, a Chicago-based game

Published on: January 19th, 2012 Nestor Arellano

The $35 tablet confronts its first critic

The small Montreal-based company Datawind Inc. is still labouring to fill orders for its Aakash tablet, but there are already complaints about the ultra-low cost device.To start, there was no shortage of naysayers

Published on: January 13th, 2012 Nestor Arellano