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Takedown of U.S. net neutrality laws may embolden Canadian telecoms to follow suit, says CIRA CEO

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 21:59:49 +0000

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC)’s decision to roll back net neutrality laws won’t impact Canadians in the short-term, but they might feel the pinch down the road, says the CEO of the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA). “It’s certainly possible that end-users will start to feel the impact of decisions down south in the medium…



Apple’s $6,000+ iMac Pro is its most powerful ever

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 21:47:17 +0000

It’s still the sleek powerhouse Apple users know and love, but the new iMac Pro now contains the most powerful graphics processors ever out of its long-line of desktop machines. It also costs a pretty penny. Released yesterday, the new iMac Pro boasts Xeon processors with up to 18 cores, up to 22 teraflops of…



Big data delivers results today’s businesses need to succeed

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 17:50:28 +0000

“One of the chief challenges of running any company is not doing the job right, it’s knowing what job to do, it’s knowing what to focus on, and being data-driven as a company is immensely helpful in that way.” – Ryan Gariepy, CTO, OTTO Motors At an ever-increasing rate, today’s businesses are producing unprecedented levels of…



New BlackBerry product brings virtualization to your car

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 16:20:29 +0000

Waterloo, Ont.-based BlackBerry Ltd. is partnering with Kariya, Japan-based Denso Corp. in a bid to own automobile displays starting after 2019, the firms announced on Thursday. Intel Corp. also collaborated on the project, which will see a new integrated Human Machine Interface (HMI) platform launch in the automotive space. The goal of the new platform…



Hashtag Trending – Net neutrality is dead, Disney’s Fox deal should scare Netflix, Norway switches off FM radio

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 14:17:12 +0000

Net neutrality is dead in the U.S. Disney’s $52 billion deal to purchase Fox has huge implications for its future streaming service. And Norway has become the first country in the world to switch off its national FM radio. Trending on Reddit and Twitter, net neutrality is officially on its deathbed in the U.S. As…


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We want to honour your Digital Transformation prowess

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 14:03:30 +0000

Nominations for the second annual Digital Transformation Awards produced by IT World Canada (ITWC) are now open. The Digital Transformation Awards is a national program designed to recognize the best examples of business or organizational digital transformations in the country. It is open to all Canadian businesses and government institutions. “In our inaugural year we saw…



Will technology invent a new sport? – Tech in Sports Ep 23

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 16:57:41 +0000

The Tech in Sports crew explores all the major sports tech news from the last week including player and puck tracking in the NHL, the NBA and NFL signing new live streaming deals, and more. Plus, we discuss what new sports could be created using technology. Stories of the week: The NHL is developing an…



Ontario’s digital officer modernizing government one service at a time

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 16:35:58 +0000

Ontario’ first chief digital officer has been on the job since April and has spent the first several months slowly chipping away at the government’s old legacy services. Hillary Hartley has been tasked with digitizing the provincial government, which she describes as “applying the culture, practices, processes, and technologies of the Internet era to government…



Hashtag Trending – U.S. votes on net neutrality, Google’s year in search, Apple no longer an innovator?

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 13:01:32 +0000

Dozens of U.S. senators have made a last-ditch effort to save net neutrality, but are unlikely to affect today’s vote. The iPhone 8 and BitCoin were among the year’s top Google searches. And a new report claims Apple has become a follower in the smartphone market. On Reddit, efforts to save net neutrality in the…



Microsoft touts hybrid as the future of cloud at Toronto Tech Summit

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 03:21:48 +0000

Microsoft Canada put AI-fueled offerings for SMB office and enterprise cloud in the spotlight at its Toronto Tech Summit Wednesday. It’s also betting on hybrid as the go-to cloud model of the future. Although many of the specific apps showcased at Toronto Tech Summit had already been announced or released prior to Wednesday’s conference, the…



AI won’t lead to ‘jobpacalypse’ overnight, panel agrees

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 20:21:18 +0000

At Technicity, a panel discussion asked whether the benefits brought by AI will be worth the workforce disruption that's ahead.



AI will infiltrate every industry and businesses need to be prepared, experts say

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:18:24 +0000

If you think the disruptive nature of artificial intelligence (AI) will spare your particular industry, you’re wrong, according to the AI panel at ITWC’s seventh annual Technicity event held in Toronto on Dec. 12. Whether it be interactive chatbots on enterprise websites or more sophisticated analytics platforms, chief architect at Amazon Web Services Glenn Gore…



A fresh editorial look at ITWC for 2018

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 15:36:16 +0000

Mandy Kovacs is our new lead for the channel beat, taking responsibility for Computer Dealer News.



DeepPixel, ShinyDocs founders on why Canada should stop comparing itself to Silicon Valley

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 14:00:31 +0000

Canada has developed a thriving ecosystem for technology startups and should stop comparing itself to Silicon Valley, an entrepreneur with eight years of experience in the San Francisco Bay area told the audience at Technicity, ITBusiness.ca parent ITWC’s annual smart cities conference. Speaking during a panel titled “Toronto as a Startup Rocket: Challenges and Opportunities”…



Hashtag Trending – Elon Musk sells $600,000 worth of hats, Firefox Quantum a hit, robo-therapists

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 13:12:29 +0000

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Startups still largely occupied by men, report finds

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 13:00:41 +0000

Not much has changed in the past three years when it comes to diversity among startups in the U.S., as men continue to dominate the landscape. Based on 869 responses, San Francisco-based First Round Capital’s State of Startups 2017 survey delved deeper into the topic of diversity and inclusion than previous reports, and found Silicon…



Hashtag Trending – Apple buys Shazam, Bitcoin spikes, Ready Player One

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 13:58:52 +0000

Apple is buying the business of one of its most popular apps. Bitcoin is climbing the charts again. And a preview of Steven Spielberg’s new movie involving a virtual-reality dystopia.


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ITWC co-launches AI Directory to help businesses plug into one of Canada’s leading tech sectors

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 13:54:16 +0000

A new directory launched this month will help pave the way for businesses across Canada to participate more easily in one of the country’s fastest-growing industries. Developed by ITBusiness.ca parent company ITWC, industry advocacy organization the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA), and marketing analytics software firm SalesChoice Inc., and launched on Dec. 12 to coincide…



Artificial intelligence doing wonders behind the scenes for Toronto fire

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 13:30:45 +0000

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 massive blaze that destroyed the historic Badminton and Racquet Club of Toronto in February. It was the largest deployment of fire resources…



Toronto’s Airbnb regulation approach snubbed by consumer critic

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 13:00:14 +0000

Toronto’s decision to block short-term rental operators from listing secondary suites on platforms like Airbnb has spurred strong reactions from all angles of the conversation. Council voted 27-17 in favour of blocking secondary suites, in addition to voting 40-3 in favour of requiring short-term rental operators to register with the city last week. “It’s a…