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Last Build Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 21:52:09 +0000


HPE reports first-quarter revenue decline of 10.4% from last year

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 21:52:01 +0000

Despite CEO Meg Whitman’s best efforts, Hewlett-Packard Co. spinoff Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. is struggling to compete in the enterprise technology sphere, the company admitted during its first-quarter earnings call on Thursday. During the fiscal quarter ending on Jan. 31, HPE’s revenue declined by 10.4 per cent to $11.4 billion USD, missing analysts’ projections by…

Two senior Samsung execs offer to resign in light of bribery allegations

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 14:58:48 +0000

Two senior executives from electronics giant Samsung Group are taking responsibility for their involvement in the company’s ongoing bribery scandal by offering to resign, according to a South Korean news agency. On Friday Yonhap news agency reported that Samsung Vice Chairman Choi Gee-sung and President Chang Choong-gi had offered to resign, without citing sources, according…

PayPal Canada head sees “opportunity” for us to become an ecommerce leader

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:45:25 +0000

TORONTO – Considering he graduated from the University of Guelph and serves as PayPal Canada’s general manager, you could be forgiven for thinking that Paul Parisi has an ulterior motive when he says Canada is in a unique position to become a leader in the ecommerce sector. Yet during his 17 years in the payments…

LG teases G6 ahead of MWC unveiling

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:00:12 +0000

Mobile World Congress (MWC) is just a couple days away and news is starting to emerge from the major smartphone players. LG will be officially unveiling its latest products in just a few days on Feb. 26 at MWC in Barcelona, but for now the company has begun to trickle out news of the device…

Dell is turning pollution into products

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 21:18:14 +0000

Dell Technologies Inc. is trying to glean something useful from the eight million U.S. tons of plastic that ends up in the world’s oceans every year. The company announced today that it was starting a pilot program aimed at harvesting 25 per cent of the plastic used to build its popular XPS 13 2-in-1 laptop…

Meet Steven Adams, IT asset disposition firm OEM’s first sales director

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 19:30:25 +0000

That you probably don’t think about Information Technology Asset Disposition (ITAD) services – essentially the diversion of legacy IT equipment from landfills – until you need them underlines the reason Mississauga, Ont.-based ITAD provider OEM Corp. recently created a new sales director position. As director of sales for OEM’s wholesale division, Adams now finds himself…

Property management platform is making big waves in North America

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 18:22:01 +0000

Condo and property managers might want to pay attention to this news. Evercondo, an online and mobile condo management platform, recently announced that it grew by 300 per cent in the last year as it expanded into 22 states and provinces across North America. The platform has now reached some 45,000 users across 500 condo…

Now Canadians can use TransferWise to send money over Facebook Messenger

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:56:09 +0000

Now you can add money to the list of things Canadians can send over Facebook Messenger. In another sign of the increasing commercial potential of instant messenging programs, London-based P2P money transfer service provider TransferWise released a new bot on Tuesday that allows users to send international money transfers using the popular instant messaging app.…

LED lighting up the next three Super Bowls

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:08:27 +0000

Does anyone remember Super Bowl XLVII in 2013 for the thrilling ending between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers or for the Blackout in the 3rd quarter? Super Bowl XLVII is fondly called the Blackout Bowl because early in the third quarter as the 49ers were mounting its comeback a partial power outage…

Verizon’s $350 million discount on Yahoo purchase shows cost of breaches is real

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 22:58:33 +0000

Those looking to affix a hard cost to a data breach now have new figure to help calculate it, and a big one after Verizon Communications Inc. announced it will pay $350 million less to purchase Yahoo Inc. Verizon and Yahoo made the announcement after Yahoo disclosed two of the biggest security breaches in history…

Why eBay’s leading the charge to increase Canada’s de minimis threshold

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 22:48:02 +0000

Note: Updated on Feb. 22 to incorporate comments from the Retail Council of Canada. Few business expenses annoy Sudbury, Ont.-based eBay store owner Christine Deslauriers more than the import fees she’s forced to pay on the items her customers return. Like many ecommerce retailers, Deslauriers’ figure skating, gymnastics, dance, and sports swimwear shop Boutique Step…

Samsung plunges in American corporate reputation survey

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 22:00:30 +0000

It’s been a difficult year marked by exploding hardware and high-profile arrests for smartphone giant Samsung Electronics Ltd., and the general public has not been oblivious to its struggles. While once a top 10 company in the public’s eye, Samsung has dropped 42 spots in just a year, according to the 17th annual Reputation Quotient (RQ)…

Igloo Software’s secure digital communication platform now healthcare-enabled

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 21:24:01 +0000

The healthcare industry can now go digital in a more secure way with digital workplace solutions provider Igloo Software. The Kitchener-Waterloo, Ont.-based company has announced that its secure information and communications infrastructure is now HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996)-enabled, which will allow healthcare organizations to use the platform within their digital…

Forget Chapter 11: 2017 will be Avaya’s best year yet, CEO says

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 16:27:53 +0000

LAS VEGAS – Despite filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and debt restructuring in January, Avaya executives are confident this will be the company’s best year yet. President and CEO Kevin Kennedy pointed out that prospects of growth have “never looked better” in his keynote speech at Avaya’s Engage event in Las Vegas on Feb. 13,…

BlackBerry hit with class action lawsuit from over 300 employees

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 16:15:39 +0000

Note: Updated on Feb. 21 to incorporate comments from Nelligan O’Brien Payne LLP. While BlackBerry Ltd. is on track to have its first profitable year since pivoting from smartphone maker to security software developer, a new lawsuit alleges that hundreds of employees have been unfairly prevented from sharing in that success. On Thursday, Ottawa-based law…

Now you can post job openings on Facebook

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 21:57:22 +0000

Apparently Facebook Inc. wants to be the next LinkedIn. On Wednesday the social media giant announced that business owners who run Facebook pages can now post job openings on them and, just like the company’s better-educated and presumably more sharply dressed rival, invite applicants to apply using their Facebook profiles. “Businesses and people already use…

Samsung heir arrested on bribery allegations

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 21:03:29 +0000

Samsung Electronics Ltd. vice chair Lee Jae-yong has been arrested and accused of perjury and embezzlement, in a dramatic turnaround less than a month after initial efforts to lay charges were denied. According to Bloomberg the warrant to arrest the de facto head of Samsung, known professionally as Jay Y. Lee, was issued early Friday…

Abandoning the Note 7 hurt Samsung about as much as you’d think

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 20:26:48 +0000

Consulting firm Gartner Inc. has released its latest quarterly survey of global smartphone sales, and the results do not have good news for Samsung Electronics Ltd. Fourth-quarter unit sales for the South Korean tech giant, whose leader is still being investigated for alleged ties to its impeached president’s corruption scandal, declined for the second time…

Data breaches could cost Yahoo up to $350M USD, Reuters says

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 17:55:09 +0000

Yahoo Inc.’s data breaches now have a price tag on them. Citing sources familiar with the matter, Reuters and Bloomberg are reporting that Verizon Communications Inc. now plans to buy the former Internet giant for up to $350 million (all figures USD) less than the $4.8 billion it originally promised, thanks to the two high-profile…

These 5 service providers are Canada’s security leaders, according to IDC

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 14:57:50 +0000

IBM Corp., Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Ltd., Bell Canada, CGI and the Herjavec Group are the leaders in the security services market in Canada, according to a new vendor assessment report from IDC Canada. The assessment is based on interviews on 11 service providers conducted by IDC and an evaluation of vendors, consultants, and system integrators.…