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New: Pay your taxes from a Canada Post location

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 15:01:05 +0000

First it was loading money into an Amazon account from Canada Post Locations, and now it’s the ability to pay your taxes that Toronto-based Payment Source is enabling. Starting this year, when Canadians are sent back their income taxes from the Canada Revenue Agency, it will include an embedded QR code that can be read with…



Hashtag Trending – Spotify may create physical products, Uber Canada forces drivers to take a break, Intel rolls out new Spectre fix

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 14:51:15 +0000

Spotify appears to be on its way towards its first physical products, Uber Canada drops a new feature that will force Canadian drivers to take a break, and Intel rolls out its latest Spectre fix. From Reddit – It looks like Spotify is gearing up for its first line of physical products according to a…



Telecoms take note: customers do have some power, CCTS commissioner says

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 21:01:54 +0000

If telecoms weren’t sure how customers would react to having the rug pulled out from underneath them, Public Mobile’s decision last week to suddenly increase its data plans by 25 per cent should be a perfect case study, the commissioner and CEO of the Commission for Complaints for Telecom-television Services (CCTS) says. “If I’m a telecom,…



Hyundai Canada bringing online shopping tool to local dealers across Canada

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 16:50:04 +0000

Hyundai Auto Canada Corp. wants to make what is perhaps a person’s second biggest purchase in life much easier across Canada. The car company is piloting its existing Hyundai Express Shopping platform – which launched last June and has been accessible through the company’s corporate website – with 10 per cent of its dealership network…



Retailers and restaurants turn to Apple hardware to improve in-store sales

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 16:04:43 +0000

If you had to bet on the next move of an entrepreneur that’s coming fresh off building up a successful e-commerce business, you probably wouldn’t put money on building a startup that wants to transform the bricks and mortar retail experience. But if your bet was on Well.ca founder Ali Asaria, then you’d be wrong.…



Hashtag Trending – Elon Musk gets DC Hyperloop approval, Samsung’s 30TB SSD Drive, Google AI can predict heart disease

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 15:27:32 +0000

Elon Musk is one step closer to an East Coast Hyperloop, Samsung has revealed the world’s largest solid state drive, and Google AI is getting closer to being able to predict heart disease. From Linkedin – We are now one step closer to a Hyperloop that will take travelers between New York City and Washington…



CinemaTech – Black Panther asks what innovators owe the world

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 14:59:19 +0000

CinemaTech is Eric Emin Wood’s periodic look at how pop culture depicts the world of tech. There are many elements to love about Black Panther, the latest action extravaganza from Marvel Studios – a stacked cast that includes a tech guru who puts James Bond’s Q to shame and the toughest screen general since Gladiator’s…



Effective email campaigns drive website visits and sales, especially among millennials, says new report

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 20:36:08 +0000

American consumers are equally likely to visit a brand’s website or make a purchase after receiving an email campaign, suggests a new report from Fluent. More than 26 per cent of consumers spurred by an email campaign will either visit a brand’s website or make a purchase, according to Fluent’s Inbox Report: Consumer Perceptions of…



The most impactful tech stories of the 2018 Winter Olympics – Tech in Sports Ep. 31

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 17:36:09 +0000

The Tech in Sports crew explores all the latest sports tech news from the last week, including a cryptocurrency-sponsored Canadian Olympic speedskater, a tech summit at the NBA All-Star game, Tom Brady’s new media startup, and more! Plus, we continue with our new apps/wearables and concussion prevention technology updates and also dive into the most…



Hashtag Trending – Waymo launching its own ride-hailing service, Apple’s new HQ giving employees headaches

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 13:00:36 +0000

Google’s self-driving division is preparing to launch its own ride-hailing service. A new browser extension cleans up Twitter on your desktop. And Apple’s new spaceship headquarters are becoming a real pain for some employees. Trending on Reddit: An application with the Arizona state department of transportation indicates that Waymo, Google’s self-driving vehicle division, is about…



SAP announces new president of SAP North America

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 21:53:08 +0000

There’s a new president leading the way for SAP North America. The company announced today that DJ Paoni will oversee all day-to-day operations, strategy and profitability across the United States and Canada. “This appointment to regional president is a testament to his proven track record of customer success and his passion for building upon our…



Data privacy issues contributing to eight-week sales delays, says new report

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 21:15:04 +0000

Data privacy concerns are clogging up sales cycles for 65 per cent of businesses worldwide, according to a recent report from Cisco. Cisco’s 2018 Privacy Maturity Benchmark Study, which surveyed nearly 3000 global security professionals in 25 countries regarding their privacy maturity and any effects of data privacy on their business, says those delays are…



Hashtag Trending – Canada’s superclusters, VW Arteon, Facebook Onava

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 10:05:50 +0000

Canada’s government announces where almost $1 billion in innovation funding will be invested. A new car from Volkswagen impresses at the Canadian International Auto Show. And Facebook’s VPN might be more than meets the eye. This successful #ocean #supercluster will maximize the economic potential and sustainability of Canada’s oceans. #CdnInnovation pic.twitter.com/sAD9mXQwAQ — ISED (@ISED_CA) February…



Winners and losers: Liberal government’s picks for $950 million in supercluster funding

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 20:23:25 +0000

Minister of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development (ISED) Navdeep Bains announced the winners of the $950 million Innovation Supercluster Initiative on Thursday morning. There were nine consortia of businesses, academic institutions, and non-profit organizations competing to carve out a sizeable chunk of funding from the federal government. That shortlist was announced last October, and now the…



Visa’s chief risk officer shares the company’s four pillars of payment security

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 17:45:51 +0000

As the chief risk offer at Visa Inc., Ellen Richey knows a thing or two about data security. After all, the criminals who make her job necessary are primarily out to steal personal data in order to commit fraud, she says. “On one hand, data is the problem,” she acknowledges. “But on the other hand,…



Tech sector still Canada’s most trusted – but that trust is slowly degrading

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 16:41:43 +0000

The tech industry continues to be Canada’s most trusted, but that trust is slowly declining, according to the latest Edelman Trust Barometer report. Since 2014, Canadians’ trust in the tech sector has dropped from 74 points to 71. It’s a trend that can be seen across all sectors in Canada – except for the energy…



Doctor-turned-app developer presents “A Hippocratic Oath for tech”

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 14:51:46 +0000

As both a critical care specialist and the co-founder and chief medical officer of mobile health startup Figure 1, Joshua Landy is in a uniquely qualified position to propose a Hippocratic Oath for the tech industry. “You might not know this, but Silicon Valley has a small image problem right now,” Landy said, to laughter,…



Hashtag Trending – Robot dog frightens humans; Netflix scores major talent; Alexa upgraded

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 10:00:49 +0000

A robot dog is freaking everybody out, Netflix is making some major producer hires, and Alexa gets an upgrade in Canada. Trending on Youtube, is a new Boston Dynamics video featuring a modified version of its SpotMini Robot. What you’re hearing is one SpotMini robot getting stymied by a closed door. Until his buddy with…



OpenText buys Hightail

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 16:12:49 +0000

OpenText Corp. has purchased Hightail Inc., a U.S company that specializes in cloud-based file sharing, the Waterloo software firm announced this morning. Hightail, formerly known as YouSendIt, has approximately 5.5 million customers globally, many of whom work in the enterprise field. OpenText says the acquisition expands their content collaboration market through Hightail’s existing user base.…



Canadians love to spend money online on Valentines, says Mastercard

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 14:00:32 +0000

When love is in the air, Canadians do a lot of shopping online, according to Mastercard’s annual Love Index. E-commerce transactions jumped by 216 per cent in Canada on Valentine’s over the past three years, while the value of contactless transactions increased by 206 per cent. Flower purchases rose by 18 per cent during this period…