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Last Build Date: Fri, 20 Jan 2017 23:01:56 +0000


A look at the 14 tech-related positions Donald Trump has yet to fill on his inauguration day

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:35:14 +0000

On the day that Donald Trump is being inaugurated as the President of the United States, a huge majority of administration positions remain unfilled, including 14 key technology roles. According to an online tool maintained by the Washington Post and U.S. nonprofit organization Partnership for Public Service reveals that among the 660 positions yet to…

Battery size officially to blame for Note 7 fires, Samsung investigation reveals

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:12:58 +0000

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that an investigation by Samsung Electronics Ltd. has determined an “irregularly sized” battery was officially the cause behind last year’s Galaxy Note 7 explosions. The article, which cites “people familiar with the matter,” has been published three days before Samsung is scheduled to formally reveal the results of its…

3 reasons nobody’s watching your online ads – and what you can do about it

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:00:45 +0000

Andrew Opala doesn’t blame users who install ad blockers on their desktop or mobile devices. While fewer Canadians use ad blockers than you might think – between 17 and 24 per cent, depending on whether you choose to believe the Interactive Advertising Bureau of Canada or Irish firm PageFair – those who decline to install…

Beware of this sophisticated Gmail phishing scam

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:44:40 +0000

Google Inc. is warning Gmail users to activate two-step verification to protect their accounts after the discovery of what is being called a highly effective phishing technique targeting Gmail and other services that tricks recipients into giving away their login credentials. The technique, which spoofs a Google address, has been used for several months but…

With, your business can build its own interactive viral content

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:41:20 +0000

Potential customers are more likely to share information, and one company has made it easy for businesses of all sizes to create interactive content for lead generation

Canadian Olympians to get a big data edge from SAS Canada

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:20:26 +0000

TORONTO – Canadian Olympic hero Mark Tewksbury, who won a historic Gold medal for Canada in the 100-metre backstroke at the 1992 Barcelona games, told Tech In Sports he more than likely missed out on a couple of medals by three one hundredths of second. That’s just 30 milliseconds; you need 1,000 milliseconds to make…

Yellow Pages whets appetites for its mobile dining app during Winterlicious

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 23:12:01 +0000

Yellow Pages Ltd. hopes to whet appetites for its mobile dining app by sponsoring this year’s Winterlicious and Summerlicious restaurant promotions in Toronto. It’s the latest chapter in the company’s dramatic shift from paper-based offerings to digital services. During Winterlicious (Jan. 27 to Feb. 9) and Summerlicious (July 7 to 23), more than 200 Toronto…

South Korean prosecutors denied warrant to arrest Samsung chair

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 21:11:17 +0000

Four days after authorities announced they were seeking a warrant to arrest the de facto head of Samsung Electronics Ltd., a South Korean judge has denied their request. According to Reuters, the Seoul Central District Court decided on Thursday to allow Lee Jae-yong, whom independent prosecutors were investigating for alleged corruption charges involving impeached South…

New Adobe software features help retailers deliver a more personalized experience

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 20:54:43 +0000

Today’s customers are more connected – and have higher expectations – than ever before, and Adobe Systems Inc. wants to help retailers meet their demands. On Tuesday the company unveiled a series of product partnerships and features for its various software platforms aimed at helping retailers deliver a more personalized, omnichannel experience. “The way consumers…

Allworx banking on the fact that users still want desk phones

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:20:39 +0000

Allworx understands that smartphones have become the device business users turn to when managing their communications and contacts, but they’ve gone ahead and created a new desk phone anyway. This morning Allworx introduced its new Verge class of mobile-first IP phones for business, as well as new System Software for Allworx Reach 3.0 and Allworx…

Microsoft and RBC announce new investments in Canadian AI

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:16:15 +0000

One of Canada’s largest banks and a multinational software firm are both announcing expanded investment in artificial intelligence (AI) that will include partnerships with Canadian universities, according to announcements made Wednesday morning. Microsoft Corp. just announced its acquisition of Montreal-based AI startup Maluuba Jan. 13 and now it says it wants to double the size…

Reach affluent consumers who actually want to answer your surveys with Centiment

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:00:11 +0000

In the Internet age, marketers have become used to conducting online surveys that pay respondents for their opinions. But would the consumers who answer these surveys actually purchase the products or services they’re asked about – or are they just answering questions to get paid? San Francisco-based startup Centiment believes it’s found a way to…

Half of enterprise workers think their employers’ digital efforts are falling behind, BMC says

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 07:00:56 +0000

Enterprises might be falling behind in their digital transformation efforts, but their employees aren’t. That’s the conclusion of a new global study by enterprise software developer BMC Software Inc., which found that only 50 per cent of enterprise employees see their companies as innovative; that 41 per cent fear they won’t be able to keep…

IBM and Bell partner up for enterprise mobility in Canada

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 21:20:47 +0000

IBM has partnered with Bell Canada to bring its MobileFirst for iOS to Canadian enterprises. IBM MobileFirst is the product of IBM’s partnership with Apple to create a made-for-business suite of apps that can be used by enterprises in a range of industries to handle big data analytics on the go. With Bell onboard, Canadian…

Alexa heralds the consumerization of artificial intelligence

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:02:56 +0000

Is that an AI in your pocket or are you just happy to see me? The consumerization of IT describes the reversal of traditional enterprise technology adoption. What was once a centralized top-down process where the IT department had sole control over what technology was used in the enterprise, we’re now far more likely to…

Help us tell your story of digital transformation, not the story of your disruption

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 14:11:08 +0000

Uber serves as the industry's shorthand for describing disruption. The path to avoiding the fate of the disrupted is through digital transformation.

Why ITWC is shining a light on digital transformation

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 11:00:11 +0000

At ITWC’s recent Technicity event held with the City of Toronto, I referenced research that suggested by 2020 three-quarters of the companies listed on the S&P 500 would be names that are unfamiliar to us today. I watched the audience carefully. Some people nodded, but there were others who rolled their eyes, silently suggesting the…

IBM and FDA testing blockchain-powered medical care for U.S. patients

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 21:51:29 +0000

Blockchain technology hasn’t taken over the world yet, but IBM Corp. thinks it might be key to delivering more secure, efficient, and effective medical service. The company announced recently that its IBM Watson Health division had signed a research initiative with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to research, develop, and test ways to…

Microsoft patents a foldable phone-to-tablet device

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 21:35:30 +0000

A mobile device that can transform from a phone to a tablet in seconds might sound like science fiction, but could be on its way to market soon, courtesy of Microsoft Corp. Resembling the near-future technology of HBO’s Westworld, the company’s patent for a two-in-one foldable device went public today, according to Notes accompanying…

South Korean authorities now seeking an arrest warrant for Samsung heir

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 15:15:37 +0000

Multiple outlets are reporting that South Korean authorities are seeking an arrest warrant for Lee Jae-yong, Samsung Electronics Ltd. vice chair and son of company head Lee Kun-hee. The request is connected to a country-wide bribery scandal which has already resulted in the impeachment of South Korean president Park Geun-hye, and involves multiple allegations including…