Unboxing and installing the new Ecobee Switch+ with Alexa – Speak Up

If whole-home voice is the future of the smart home market, then Toronto-based startup Ecobee wants to turn up the volume early. With Tuesday's release of its new Ecobee Switch+ product, Ecobee now

Published on: March 13th, 2018 Brian Jackson

Hashtag Trending – Alexa is creepy now; baseball on Facebook; nanotech vision

People are waiting to see if Alexa’s laughing fits are really over, Facebook signs an exclusive deal to livestream 25 Major League Baseball games, and you can go ahead and throw your glasses

Published on: March 12th, 2018 Brian Jackson

Hashtag Trending – Alexa is laughing at you, Snap cuts over 100 jobs, Amazon commits billions more to food industry

A weird Alexa bug has Alexa-enabled devices creepily laughing without being prompted, the company behind Snapchat is cutting over 100 jobs, and Amazon commits many more billions of dollars to the food industry.

Published on: March 9th, 2018 Alex Radu

Canada is the perfect place to innovate, Amazon’s head of Canadian advertising says

TORONTO - Tamir Bar-Haim was nervous about continuing his career in Toronto after working out of Amazon’s corporate headquarters in Seattle. Canada was home, and the idea of relocating his family was enticing.

Published on: March 7th, 2018 Alex Coop

Hashtag Trending – Robot dog frightens humans; Netflix scores major talent; Alexa upgraded

A robot dog is freaking everybody out, Netflix is making some major producer hires, and Alexa gets an upgrade in Canada. Trending on Youtube, is a new Boston Dynamics video featuring a modified

Published on: February 15th, 2018 Brian Jackson

Hashtag Trending: Samsung heir leaves jail; Intel’s new smart eyewear; tech makes a splash at the Superbowl

Former Samsung head Jay Y. Lee has been released from jail, five months after being convicted of bribery charges. Intel has designed new smart eyewear that projects images onto your retina and looks

Published on: February 6th, 2018 Eric Emin Wood

Who won the battle between Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant at CES 2018?

In 2017 we saw the smart assistant battle between Amazon's Alexa and Google's Google Assistant begin in proper with official launches here in Canada. The two tech giants are squaring off and racing

Published on: January 17th, 2018 Alex Radu

HP targets creatives, executives with this year’s CES offerings

Palo Alto-based HP Inc. is using advanced engineering and artificial intelligence (AI)-powered smart assistants to adapt the PC user experience for executives and creative types at this year's CES. On Monday the company

Published on: January 9th, 2018 Eric Emin Wood

Best sports stories of 2017 – Tech in Sports Ep. 24

The Tech in Sports crew explores all the major sports tech news from the last week including a hockey player paid exclusively in Bitcoin, a fan-controlled football league, the top mentioned Canadian athletes

Published on: December 21st, 2017 Mandy Kovacs

Guide to complete mastery of your Canadian Amazon Echo

Three years after it was first available south of the border, the Amazon Echo and its Alexa voice assistant service are now launched in Canada. If you just received your Amazon Echo, Echo

Published on: December 5th, 2017 Brian Jackson

Hashtag Trending – WhatsApp outage; Alberta bans bots; Alexa for Business

WhatsApp was down for a few minutes and apparently, that’s a big deal. Alberta is getting tough in the battle against ticket-buying bots. And Amazon’s Alexa might just be your newest colleague. Trending

Published on: December 1st, 2017 Brian Jackson

Alexa for Business may launch new voice enabled era of computing

LAS VEGAS – In the 1986 movie Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Lt. Commander of the U.S.S. Enterprise Montgomery Scott – better known as Scotty – had to deal with a 20th-century

Published on: November 30th, 2017 Paolo Del Nibletto

Canadian firms embrace Alexa for everything from flight tracking to making phone calls

Amazon's Alexa launch to the Canadian market may have been long awaited, but the ecosystem of Canadian-based Skills will assemble almost immediately. Some of Canada's top national brands have Alexa Skills that will

Published on: November 16th, 2017 Brian Jackson

Amazon boosts developer support in Canada following Alexa launch

Canadian developers no longer have to use American Amazon accounts to build an Alexa Skill or integrate Alexa into their smart home hardware. Following yesterday's announcement that it is bringing Alexa and several

Published on: November 16th, 2017 Brian Jackson