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Last Build Date: Thu, 25 May 2017 23:06:36 +0000

 



Literal printed electronics: How Voltera helps component manufacturers quickly test new products

Thu, 25 May 2017 23:06:36 +0000

TORONTO – Voltera Inc. CEO Alroy Almeida knows how frustrating it can be for manufacturers to build and test new components. It’s what led him and three friends to found their company in the first place. The three-year-old Kitchener, On.-based startup’s signature product, the V-One – which was partially funded by a Kickstarter campaign –…



Adhesive manufacturer 3M’s tech footprint is larger than you might think

Thu, 25 May 2017 20:23:01 +0000

TORONTO – By Randy Frank’s own admission, Minnesota-based 3M Co. is best known as the company behind Scotch tape and Post-It notes. But as Frank, the executive director of research and development with 3M Canada’s quality and regulatory affairs division, joked during a Thursday appearance at the Canadian Printable Electronics Industry Association (CPEIA)’s 2017 Canadian…



Mobile makeup marketing: The Canadian innovation behind connected cosmetics

Thu, 25 May 2017 13:56:20 +0000

Two Canadian companies are teaming up to bring connected packaging and smart store displays to the global cosmetics market. London, Ont.-based Tuku Inc. has partnered with Array Marketing Inc. of Scarborough, Ont. to inject the Internet of Things into in-store makeup retailing. Tuku president Mark Baldwin provided a sneak peek of the technology during a…



Samsung Gear 360 and DeX come to Canada May 26

Thu, 25 May 2017 13:26:39 +0000

Two new Samsung peripherals going on sale in Canada tomorrow promise mobile professionals some new ways to work.



CinemaTech: The Circle knows that an evil Google would be welcomed with open arms

Thu, 25 May 2017 12:39:32 +0000

The Circle builds a near-future dystopia based on a technology giant that seeks to eradicate personal privacy for its own benefits. Which isn't really that different from our world.



B.C.-based Coast Capital building the ‘credit union of the future’

Thu, 25 May 2017 12:00:31 +0000

Digital transformation is paying off, literally, for Surrey, British Columbia-based Coast Capital Savings Credit Union. After a 2016 vote in which 80 per cent of the provincial credit union’s members voted in favour of turning Coast Capital into a federal credit union and expanding its services across Canada, the 77-year-old organization, which has been nominated…



Ottawa unveils plans for $950 million spending on innovation ‘superclusters’

Wed, 24 May 2017 22:03:26 +0000

If the Liberal government’s plan to fund innovation “superclusters” with $950 million raised questions when it was introduced with this year’s federal budget, then some answers are being made clear today. Minister of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development (ISED) Navdeep Bains defined the term and shared how the government plans to award those funds. A…



Printed electronics association launches $100 million industry funding challenge

Wed, 24 May 2017 19:08:06 +0000

Canada’s printed electronics sector is in the perfect position to become a world leader in the industry – it just needs the funding to get there. On Wednesday, day one of the 2017 Canadian Printable, Flexible, Wearable Electronics Symposium (CPES2017), the Canadian Printable Electronics Industry Association (CPEIA) launched a $100 million challenge aimed at encouraging…



WhoPlusYou connects the right people with the right jobs

Wed, 24 May 2017 12:00:16 +0000

WhoPlusYou was created to throw a charge into an inefficient employment market by offering both employers and job seekers a new and more efficient way to find each other. “What WhoPlusYou offers, using advanced intelligent tech and providing unparalleled real-time information about labour market dynamics, is a great boon to communities across Canada,” said Mark…



Ford abruptly replaces CEO to target digital transformation

Tue, 23 May 2017 19:08:49 +0000

As the automaker’s stock price continues to drop, Ford Motor Company announced that Jim Hackett will be taking over as CEO, abruptly ending Mark Field’s tenure at just under three years. The change comes despite Ford reporting record profit in 2015. However, the company has been criticized for its slow shift into the digital future, and…



How devs can build both an app and mobile-friendly website for your business [infographic]

Tue, 23 May 2017 17:56:59 +0000

Businesses that haven’t yet joined the mobile revolution because they aren’t sure whether a mobile app, mobile-friendly website, or combination of the two will best serve their needs without breaking their budget have a third option. Web development service review platform Skilled.co recently released an infographic highlighting the benefits of developing what it calls “progressive…



New Microsoft Surface Pro 20% faster

Tue, 23 May 2017 17:07:03 +0000

At an event in Shanghai, China, Microsoft Corp. announced the successor to 2016’s Surface Pro 4 – the Surface Pro. While the new Surface Pro could be considered the Surface Pro 5, the Redmond, Wash.-based company is ditching the numeral in order to keep things simple as the Surface family grows. Just this past year, the company released…



Meet the Toronto startup aiming to become ‘the Uber of talent acquisition’

Tue, 23 May 2017 12:00:23 +0000

It’s no secret that hiring practices are ripe for digital disruption. No less an authority than CareerBuilder has found that more than half of HR managers expect their jobs to incorporate artificial intelligence (AI) over the next five years, while LinkedIn, perhaps the tech industry’s greatest gift to recruiters and HR managers alike, has posted…



Nymi’s $15 million Series B closing could lead to thousands of enterprise customers

Fri, 19 May 2017 20:12:27 +0000

Nymi will make a push into the pharmaceutical industry with its new funding. But that's just the start for this platform company.



Using artificial intelligence to disrupt financial institutions

Fri, 19 May 2017 12:00:28 +0000

First it was the mobile revolution that disrupted the banking system, now artificial intelligence (AI) is looking to make its mark. Finn.ai, a Vancouver, BC-based fintech company, is looking to digitally transform financial institutions and make banking easier for consumers by offering an AI-powered personal banking and financial management assistant. With Finn.ai’s smart virtual assistant,…



What your CMO can learn from the world’s most popular YouTube star – who’s only seven

Thu, 18 May 2017 20:05:30 +0000

Although the biggest YouTube star in the world raked in more than 800 million views on the site – and over $1 million in related earnings – during the month of April alone, you’ve probably never heard of him. But your toddler has. The undisputed king of online video is Ryan, a seven-year-old boy whose…



Canada in top 20 most fit countries, Fitbit data reveals

Thu, 18 May 2017 19:59:25 +0000

If you thought it was hard to reach your step count goals every day, Fitbit may be giving you some extra motivation. The US-based connected wearable fitness device company has identified its list of the top 30 fittest countries in the world for the first time ever, and the results may be surprising to some. Analyzing…



New Google API will let retailers easily add loyalty programs, Android Pay to checkout process

Thu, 18 May 2017 15:43:19 +0000

Google Inc.’s recent announcement that it would finally be delivering Android Pay to Canadian customers arrived not a moment too soon. In a May 18 blog post, Google vice-president of payment products Pali Bhat revealed that the company’s newly-announced Android Payment application program interface (API) would not only help retailers give customers the option of…



It’s official – Android Pay is coming to Canada

Thu, 18 May 2017 15:17:10 +0000

The thousands of Canadian Android faithful who have no doubt gazed in envy at their iPhone-wielding rivals using Apple Pay at their favourite retailers had their prayers answered today, as Google Inc. officially revealed its mobile payment service, Android Pay, will be released in Canada soon. In a May 18 blog post for developers discussing…



Annan, Gordon capture national innovation award

Thu, 18 May 2017 14:34:24 +0000

Fawn Annan, President of IT World Canada and Cindy Gordon, CEO and Founder of SalesChoice, were presented the Sara Kirke Award for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.