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Class action lawsuit alleges Amazon collected unnecessary sales tax from Canadians

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 21:23:35 +0000

A class action lawsuit has been filed against the Canadian arm of online retail and cloud computing giant Inc., alleging the company has been collecting sales tax on items that should have been exempt. While the suit doesn’t name a specific amount, Consumer Law Group attorney Jeff Orenstein tells his firm is seeking…

Toronto-Waterloo, Vancouver rank top 20 on best startup ecosystem list

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 21:05:58 +0000

When it comes to increasing the success rate of startups across the globe, it’s all about location, location, location, according to new research from Startup Genome. The company’s 2017 Global Startup Ecosystem Report ranked Vancouver and Toronto-Waterloo as 15 and 16th respectively for their ability to foster the success of early-stage startup businesses. “Early-stage startups are…

Samsung may sell refurbished Galaxy Note 7 devices

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 15:40:19 +0000

It looks like Samsung Electronics Ltd. is trying to make the best of a bad situation. In a statement posted on its website Monday, the company revealed its plans to process, recycle – and, perhaps, refurbish – its infamous Galaxy Note 7 devices. “Regarding the Galaxy Note 7 devices as refurbished phones or rental phones,…

Canada’s first commercial blockchain service could become the ‘Interac’ for digital transactions

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 14:08:45 +0000

With the announcement of a major commercial service with backing from Canada’s “Big 5” banks and a new research institute driven by the Tapscotts, complete with government funding, it’s fair to say that blockchain is having its moment in emerging to the mainstream. Canada’s major banks are collaborating on a new shared service for the…

BlackBerry COO on the renewed focus on partners

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 19:59:11 +0000

TORONTO – The shift to enterprise software for BlackBerry has brought about an entirely new focus on the company’s partners. Beard, who held executive positions at Oracle Corp., SAP division Sybase, and cloud call centre firm LiveOps Inc. before joining BlackBerry, sat down with to outline the company’s shift to software and the enterprise. BlackBerry’s focus…

Blockchain: The killer app that will stretch far beyond banking

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 19:16:16 +0000

There’s a technology that could one day prevent voter fraud, track stolen artworks, process a home sale within 24 hours and eliminate the need to ever file another tax return. It’s blockchain, and although the technology is best known as the underpinning of Bitcoin, a panel of experts said Thursday it could revolutionize all industries…

Samsung launches its video centric tablet in Canada

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 15:56:22 +0000

Samsung’s first tablet to feature HDR video capability is now available in Canada. With Samsung Galaxy Tab S3, the company has gone all in on the ‘video experience’. This includes the aforementioned HDR video compatibility, as well as quad speakers tuned by AKG by Harman and a super AMOLED display qualities for 4K video playback.…

Liberals’ Innovation budget gets seal of approval from the tech industry

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:43:15 +0000

The 2017 Canadian federal budget was touted as an innovation-first agenda, and in the opinion of many tech industry leaders, the Liberal government has kept its word. Finance minister Bill Morneau unveiled the budget in a rowdy House of Commons on Mar. 22, and innovation is a clear top priority. Supercluster and startup investment The government…

Great ideas cross platforms – but put mobile first, Facebook marketing exec says

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:45:33 +0000

LAS VEGAS – Compared to his youthful colleagues – including his CEO – David Fischer jokes that he’s an “old man” at Facebook Inc. So he smiled in recognition during his Wednesday appearance at Adobe Summit when interviewer John Mellor, vice president of alliances and marketing strategy with Adobe Systems Inc., recounted a conversation with…

Esso stations to let Canadians pay at the pumps with new mobile app

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 18:13:00 +0000

A new player has entered the mobile payments space in Canada - Imperial Oil.

Volvo Ocean Race goes digital

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:23:22 +0000

Imagine a sporting event that lasts more than nine months and travels more than 72,000 KM (39,000 plus nautical miles); all on water. That’s the Volvo Ocean Race. This competition is held every three years as a yachting duel between roughly seven teams. This year’s edition – the 13th annual – currently has four teams…

Analyst firm isn’t exactly sure what Adobe Sensei does yet either

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 13:00:45 +0000

LAS VEGAS – Sensei, Adobe Systems Inc.’s machine learning and artificial intelligence platform, is already approaching its six-month anniversary, but if you can’t identify what, exactly, it adds to the company’s recently-released Experience Cloud, you aren’t alone. During a March 21 executive session at Adobe Summit, R. “Ray” Wang, founder and principal analyst with Silicon…

Marketers can use Adobe software to deliver ‘hyperpersonalized’ content – but should they?

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:45:58 +0000

LAS VEGAS – Much of this year’s Adobe Summit has been dedicated to showing marketers how they can use the vast repository of consumer information at Adobe Systems Inc.’s disposal to create “hyperpersonalized” experiences – but is that really what consumers want? During an executive session on March 21, VentureBeat contributor Stewart Rogers asked Adobe…

BlackBerry COO on the company’s dive into the automotive industry

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 20:44:30 +0000

TORONTO – You might not know it, but chances are there is some sort of BlackBerry software in your vehicle. Beard, who held executive positions at Oracle Corp., SAP division Sybase, and cloud call centre firm LiveOps Inc. before joining BlackBerry, sat down with CDN to outline the company’s shift to software and the enterprise. BlackBerry’s focus now lies…

Greenhouse produce company using digital transformation to reduce costs and increase production

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:38:09 +0000

One doesn’t often associate farming with digital transformation, but that isn’t the case with Nature Fresh Farms Inc., one of the Canada’s largest independent greenhouse produce growers. Nature Fresh isn’t new to using smart technology to manage its greenhouses (as you can see in the video below), but it’s taking another step forward by bringing…

Trucking sector investment group staying ahead of the competition through digital transformation

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:01:18 +0000

As we get ready to host the Digital Transformation Awards, we're bringing you details about the companies being nominated.

HTC’s ‘unexpected surprise’ is available in Canada immediately

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 13:50:44 +0000

After teasing that it will be making an ‘unexpected surprise’ announcement yesterday, HTC has announced that its HTC U Ultra smartphone will be coming to Canada, and it’s available immediately. The phone, which was announced earlier this year, is available on the HTC website as an unlocked device for $999. It is available in three…

Adobe and Microsoft release joint Experience Cloud, Azure services

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 13:00:38 +0000

LAS VEGAS – Six months after announcing their partnership at Microsoft Corp.’s Ignite conference in September, the Redmond, Wash.-based tech giant and Adobe Systems Inc. announced their first three joint offerings at the latter’s Adobe Summit marketing conference on Tuesday. Released on March 22, the new solutions allow customers to integrate Adobe Campaign and Microsoft…

Adobe combines marketing, analytics services into Experience Cloud

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 12:45:06 +0000

LAS VEGAS – Today’s enterprises aren’t merely in the commerce or service delivery business, they’re in the business of creating a memorable customer experience – and Adobe Systems Inc. wants to help its own customers ensure the experiences they’re creating are downright unforgettable. To that end, CEO Shantanu Narayen announced on Tuesday that the company…

Uber loses president after controversies continue to rock the ride-hailing giant

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 17:43:25 +0000

There’s no end in sight for Uber Technologies Inc.’s recent struggles, it seems. Company president and second in command Jeff Jones announced his resignation on Mar. 19, after just six months on the job. The former Target Corp. chief marketing office was hired at the end of August 2016 to run global operations, marketing and customer…