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Last Build Date: Fri, 30 Sep 2016 21:13:38 +0000


BlackBerry brand won’t go missing from smartphone market: COO

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 21:06:34 +0000

Despite BlackBerry Ltd. retreating from designing and making its own hardware, it’s possible that BlackBerry-branded devices will be more effectively delivered to market than in recent years, according to Ralph Pini, chief operating officer and general manager for devices at BlackBerry. BlackBerry’s new hardware strategy is two-fold, Pini told in an interview on Friday. One…

New software can animate any static image

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 15:42:45 +0000

If you’ve ever wished you could take your old collection of image assets and give them a breath of new life with animation, then the just-released Plotagraph Pro might be for you. The software is cloud based and requires users to upload their images in JPG or PNG format. Through a tool accessible in a…

Dreamforce 2016 survival guide: get in for free, find the best parties, and network like Benioff

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:53:15 +0000

Ah, lucky number seven. As I head to San Francisco next week for my seventh trip to Dreamforce, the annual conference hosted by, I pretty much know what to expect. But if you’re going for the first time, you might not. I could tell you that Salesforce’s CEO Marc Benioff will warm up the…

Innovation, collaboration, curiosity key to business success, Microsoft’s Gates and Nadella say

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 12:00:58 +0000

Fostering an innovative, open-minded, and collaborative corporate culture – one that gives employees the means to pursue new ideas and the freedom to abandon them if they don’t work out – has a greater impact on business success than any one product a company can make, Microsoft Corp. founder Bill Gates and CEO Satya Nadella…

Canadian ISPs deliver speeds faster than advertised: CRTC

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 18:00:39 +0000

Canadian wireline Internet Service Providers (ISPs) deliver speeds that on average meet or exceed their advertised download and upload speeds, according to an independent study by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) and SamKnows. The first phase of the study was first contracted by the CRTC to broadband measuring firm SamKnows in January 2015.…

Apple partners with Deloitte to help enterprises adopt iPhones and iPads

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 14:40:09 +0000

Deloitte will put its 5,000 iOS experts to work on a new consulting service specializing in development and training on custom-built iOS apps.

How HP is optimizing its new 3D printing business for the manufacturing industry

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 12:00:55 +0000

PALO ALTO, Calif. – Its name might be synonymous with ink-based printing technology, but hardware manufacturer HP Inc. has deliberately avoided entering the third dimension – until now. During HP Reinvention Week, its celebration of HP Labs’ 50th anniversary, HP revealed the Jet Fusion 3D 3200, a new flagship product aimed at the consumer, aviation,…

HP describes main failure around firmware outcry as ‘communication’ problem

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 11:50:51 +0000

PALO ALTO, Calif. – An open letter alleging that HP Inc. intentionally programmed a recent security firmware update to shut down OfficeJet Pro printers using third-party ink cartridges presented a communication opportunity the company fumbled, its COO admitted Wednesday. “It was not necessarily our finest communication moment,” Jon Flaxman told the media during an impromptu…

BlackBerry exits hardware business after another quarterly loss

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 12:03:00 +0000

BlackBerry's pivot to a software and services business is complete, with all hardware design and manufacture left to its partners.

4 trends the head of HP Labs believes will define the next 30 years of tech

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 12:00:00 +0000

PALO ALTO, Calif. – Whenever Shane Wall is asked what he believes the next big thing in tech will be – and as HP Inc.’s CTO and global head of HP Labs, he’s asked that question a lot – his answer throws people off. It’s people. “What we do at HP Labs doesn’t start with…

Canada’s top business technology management students to compete in competition hosted by ITAC, ITWC

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 21:36:08 +0000

The Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) is pleased to partner with IT World Canada to host the first National Business Technology Management (BTM) Student Competition between Schools represented by teams of two to five of their top senior year BTM students. With Canada experiencing a giant ICT skills shortage, needing 182,000 people to fill these…

Embracing Salesforce helped Toronto’s Furniture Bank support nearly 80% more people in only 2 years

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 02:06:08 +0000

Organizing one move is difficult enough. Now imagine organizing 25. Every day. That’s essentially the challenge faced by Furniture Bank, a Toronto-based organization with a unique, but crucial niche in the city’s charitable sector: Helping 25 residents or families who would otherwise have no couch, dining table, or in many cases even beds outfit their…

How Waterloo’s Mappedin helps Cadillac Fairview visitors find their way around

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 00:03:29 +0000

Shopping centres might present a united face to the public, but running them can be a more complicated experience than visitors think, with multiple parties including retailers, leasing managers, building managers, and owners frequently operating separately from each other. Waterloo, Ont.-based Mappedin is slowly changing that, by building a computerized display platform that not only…

Canada Post announces up to 40% shipping discount for Shopify customers

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 16:45:35 +0000

Canada Post might not have a reputation as the most tech-savvy company around, but it knows a good opportunity when it sees one. The venerable 150-old mail carrier – which, strike threats and all, still delivers nearly two-thirds of Canadian parcels ordered online – announced a strategic partnership with Ottawa-based Shopify Inc. this week, in…

Forrester: Weak oil, ‘conservative’ C-suite to soften Canadian tech spending in 2017

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 15:30:41 +0000

Forrester expects Canadian tech spending to grow by 3.3 per cent in 2016 and 3.1 per cent in 2017, down from five per cent growth in 2015.

Do you Yahoo? 500M affected by new hack

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 14:04:43 +0000

The hits keep coming for beleaguered search engine icon Yahoo Inc. – and not the good kind. On Thursday, the company revealed that what it called a “state-sponsored actor” stole personal information from at least 500 million user accounts in late 2014. “The account information may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of…

Instagram hits 500,000 advertisers, with Canada among top 5 source countries

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 00:02:06 +0000

Canadian are among the top five advertisers on Instagram, which has hit another milestone in this business.

Canadians watched 60 per cent more YouTube in 2015 than 2014, new data shows [infographic]

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 22:58:24 +0000

YouTube is a favourite with Canadians of all ages, and across all devices, with newly released statistics illustrating why advertisers might want to think twice about adding the channel to their marketing mix. For example, the number of hours Canadians spent watching YouTube every day on their mobile and tablet devices rose by 60 per…

Glance Pay uses your smartphone camera to pay restaurant bills faster

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 21:00:51 +0000

If you’ve ever enjoyed a great meal at a restaurant, only to have your experience ruined by waiting to pay your server on the one credit card machine available, then you understand the problem that Vancouver-based Glance Technologies Inc. is trying to solve. With its new app, Glance allows you to pay by simply taking…

B.C. tech salaries rising faster than ever, HR Tech Group finds

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 20:04:43 +0000

With a dearth of qualified candidates available to fill an ever-expanding number of positions, tech has a reputation for paying its employees well, and according to a new survey, British Columbia’s tech industry is no different. Now in its 25th year, the HR Tech Group’s latest B.C. tech salary survey discovered that salaries for intermediate…