All Hands on Tech – Apple Homepod (full review)

The Apple Homepod officially became available in Canada on June 18. We decided to take a look at it again and test out the smart speaker’s new Canadian capabilities. Don't forget to like

Published on: October 25th, 2018 Meagan Simpson

Toronto-based Storyful launches ‘Youtube for voice entertainment’

A Toronto-based startup that's hoping to create an interactive audio content platform accessed through smart speakers released its Alexa Skill on Wednesday. The "choose your own adventure" type of stories are a perfect

Published on: October 10th, 2018 Brian Jackson

A summer of growth: Venture Day 2018

By Next Canada Staff On Aug. 14, the culminating day of 2018’s Next Founders and Next 36 program took place at the MaRS Discovery District in downtown Toronto. Twelve Next Canada ventures pitched

Published on: August 23rd, 2018 ITBusiness Staff

Listen to Nasdaq’s new market-opening bell designed by Sonos

It's pretty common for companies launching new tickers to the Nadaq Stock Exchange to ring the opening bell, but getting to design how that bell sounds is unique. Today when Sonos lists its

Published on: August 2nd, 2018 Brian Jackson

Ikea Canada launches bluetooth speakers

We might think of Ikea as the one-stop-shop for furniture, or that place that with the really good $1 hot dogs, but the DIY furniture company is now stepping into the tech world.

Published on: July 27th, 2018 Meagan Simpson

Hashtag Trending – Sonos files for IPO; your AI might be human; Pokémon Go turns two

Smart speaker maker Sonos goes public. The Guardian writes about certain tech companies using humans to power their AI platforms instead of machine learning. And Pokémon Go is now two years old. Trending

Published on: July 9th, 2018 Eric Emin Wood

Hashtag Trending – Washington sues Google and Facebook; ZTE strikes deal with U.S.; Sonos’ new Alexa-enabled speaker

The state of Washington has sued Google and Facebook for allegedly not disclosing who purchased election ads. Chinese smartphone manufacturer ZTE’s U.S. operations officially get to stay in business. And users appear very

Published on: June 8th, 2018 Eric Emin Wood

Apple HomePod coming to Canada June 18

Apple Inc.'s HomePod smart speaker will be available in Canada starting June 18 for $449, the firm announced on Tuesday. The announcement came along with an update to HomePod's capabilities via iOS 11.4.

Published on: May 29th, 2018 Brian Jackson

Google Home Max review – it’s my new TV soundbar

The Google Home Max is my new TV soundbar, thanks to the simple inclusion of the 3.5mm aux audio input that's included on this device. I've bemoaned the loss of the headphone jack (an

Published on: May 16th, 2018 Brian Jackson

Google Home Max booms across Canada’s border May 16

Google Home Max, the big sister to Google Home, is launching in Canada May 16 for $499 and there are some Canadian connections involved in the product's development. Google Canada demonstrated the big

Published on: May 9th, 2018 Brian Jackson

Hashtag Trending – Gmail’s getting a facelift; Facebook collects data on non-users; HomePod a bust?

Google’s email platform is getting a facelift; Mark Zuckerberg acknowledges that Facebook collects data on non-users; and Bloomberg reports that the HomePod isn’t selling as well as Apple hoped. First, on LinkedIn: Google

Published on: April 13th, 2018 Eric Emin Wood

Canadian firms place bets on Amazon Alexa to lift smart home, office markets

It's likely that many Canadians will be unwrapping either a Google Home or Amazon Echo out from under the tree this year, and some Canadian firms are betting the devices will serve as

Published on: November 20th, 2017 Brian Jackson