IBM reverse engineers brain for prototype chip

IBM has created prototype chips that could mimic brain-like functionality, which the company said is an "unprecedented" step forward in creating intelligent computers that collect, process and understand data quickly.The prototype chips will

Published on: August 18th, 2011 Juan Carlos Perez

State of the SMB: Contemplating the cloud, keeping the lights on

Roughly half of small- and medium-sized businesses in Canada face flat IT budgets this year, according to a survey that ITBusiness conducted in January, while another 23 per cent will have even less

Published on: April 18th, 2011 Grant Buckler

Retailers look to ‘social shopping’ trend to woo customers

Hanging out at the mall with your friends is no longer as social as your shopping experience can get. Consumers are increasingly opting for online shopping, using mobile phones and perusing social media

Published on: March 3rd, 2011 Harmeet Singh

‘Holodeck’ prototype project gets government funding

A project that seeks to combine digital holography with haptic feedback – meaning you could actually feel interactions with the holograms – has received funding from the federal government alongside 11 other projects

Published on: January 17th, 2011 Brian Jackson

E-readers and tablets boast business benefits

A Silicon Valley product development consulting firm called the Nielsen Norman Group (not to be confused with the Nielsen ratings company) published a study last week comparing reading performance with a book to

Published on: July 13th, 2010 Julie Sartain

Flickr photos used to build Rome in a day

Researchers who created the technology behind Microsoft’s Photosynth have upgraded their software to reconstruct entire cities in digital 3D by processing photos downloaded from the photo-sharing Web site Flickr. A team at the

Published on: September 28th, 2009 Brian Jackson

Eight awesome technologies from HP labs

Innovation is both an exciting, revolutionary event and a mundane step-by-step process. For every remarkable, headline-making discovery -- flash memory! high-def movies! quad-core processors! -- there are more iterative research projects that move

Published on: March 30th, 2009 John Brandon

Playing doctor – are self-help online health sites really effective?

I'm a wreck. I think I might have osteomyelitis, or peripheral neuropathy, or even retrocalcaneal bursitis. I just hope it's not tarsal tunnel syndrome. I'm also overstressed, overweight, losing my hearing and not

Published on: February 13th, 2009 David Ramel

Ontario’s 10-year tax break for certain tech start-ups “far from perfect”

An Ontario bill aiming to help tech start-ups clear the hurdle in bringing ideas from the halls of academia to the streets of the commercial marketplace may fall short of its intended goal,

Published on: January 6th, 2009 Brian Jackson

Canadian innovators bridge “valley of death”

Thomas Ducellier has invented a way mining companies can zap a rock with high levels of radiation and determine what base minerals it contains in about five minutes.Currently the mining industry has to

Published on: November 5th, 2008 Brian Jackson

Only “Crackberry” junkies need apply…

If you use a BlackBerry for any business-related purposes – and if you're reading this, we bet you do – The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) wants you! The college

Published on: July 24th, 2008 Al Sacco

University of Toronto student snags first place in FutureFlick contest

Wearing gas masks on your walk to school and facing armed guards at the school doors, Christian Lee Foster's two-minute film could be seen as dark. Foster, a University of Toronto at Scarborough

Published on: April 28th, 2008 Kavita Gosyne