Hashtag Trending – Microsoft bets on education, Apple introduces new emergency feature, Google invests in Chinese e-commerce

Microsoft jumps headfirst into the education space, Apple will share your location when you call 911, and Google invests in Chinese e-commerce. First up from LinkedIn is news that Microsoft has acquired Flipgrid,

Published on: June 19th, 2018 Mandy Kovacs

Hashtag Trending – Emergency mobile alerts tested; Microsoft’s $25 million AI fund; smart luggage goes bust

Emergency alert! Systems for mobile devices is tested across Canada, Microsoft creates an AI for accessibility fund, and one “smart device” that’s packing its bags for the graveyard of good ideas. https://twitter.com/YRDSB/status/993473840410906624 Trending

Published on: May 8th, 2018 Brian Jackson

Artificial intelligence doing wonders behind the scenes for Toronto fire

Artificial intelligence played a critical role during one of the biggest fire responses of Matthew Pegg’s career. Nearly 50 per cent of Toronto Fire Services’ (TFS) on-duty staff were committed to fighting the

Published on: December 12th, 2017 Alex Coop

Guardly builds mass messaging service in case of emergency

Picture this scenario: a fire breaks out in your office building, and it becomes too difficult to breathe, let alone talk to the security guard trying to reach you over your phone. The

Published on: June 28th, 2013 Candice So

3 secrets of disaster response learned from Hurricane Sandy

Often the employees at a small to mid-size business feel they already have their hands full just running day to day operations. But what if a worst case scenario were to strike? It's

Published on: June 26th, 2013 Brian Jackson

Study to probe how Canada’s emergency responders use technology

They're the first people we call in an emergency. But how is technology changing the way Canada's first responders answer our calls for help?The Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA) is tackling thatquestion by

Published on: August 30th, 2012 Christine Wong

Amika inks another deal for its emergency mass alert system

When shots rang out at a neighbourhood barbecue in suburban Toronto two nights ago, some witnesses used Twitter to post their instant reactions and give on-the-scene accounts of the horrific violence that left

Published on: July 18th, 2012 ITBusiness Staff

First responders seek public feedback for wireless test-bed

Since 9/11, when First Responders charged into New York’s Twin Towers without interoperable communications equipment that could have told them what they were really facing, many nations have adopted measures to strengthen security

Published on: July 6th, 2012 Barry Gander

Guardly gives Canadian students a pocket panic button

Canadian post-secondary students armed with smartphones can now download a free app that gives them a one-tap panic button to contact campus security, a Toronto-based mobile developer announced today.Guardly Corp. makes a smartphone

Published on: January 19th, 2012 Brian Jackson

Expedia.ca triggers ‘Oh S%#t Canada’ exercise to prepare for disaster

On a cold winter night in downtown Toronto last year, Sean Shannon received the e-mail that most managing directors would consider a nightmare scenario.“Your office is now closed, access is denied, please activate

Published on: June 11th, 2010 Brian Jackson

Swine flu raises red flag for IT, business managers

Though the H1N1 flu has been declared a national emergency by President Barack Obama, experts say that many companies remain ill-prepared for its potential consequences, which could include employee absentee rates of 40

Published on: November 3rd, 2009 Lucas Mearian

Microsoft’s new Vine service great for emergencies

Microsoft Tuesday launched a private beta of its new Vine service, which is designed to allow small groups and organizations to trade vital information. Vine is a downloadable application that allows you to

Published on: April 29th, 2009 Ian Paul

Six emergency boot CDs that can save your PC – most of them free

Way back in the 20th century, Windows prepared you for the day your PC wouldn't boot. It came with a program that formatted a bootable floppy disk, complete with diagnostic and repair utilities.

Published on: May 9th, 2008 Lincoln Spector