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Can Canada’s AI sector compete with big U.S. companies for talent?

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 21:12:32 +0000

American companies are setting up artificial intelligence hubs north of the border, deepening the pool of AI expertise in Canada. But those U.S. companies may also be providing Canadian firms with tough new competition for top AI talent, right here in their own backyard. “What does Canada need to really foster this AI community? The…

Lack of government support won’t keep TransPod from building hyperloop, CEO says

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 20:52:14 +0000

TransPod co-founder and CEO Sebastien Gendron wants you to know that his company has reached out to Ontario’s government several times. “I had the chance to meet with (Ontario) Minister (of Economic Development and Groth Brad) Duguid,” he tells “It was actually our first official talk with somebody at the government level, but then…

Fitbit is taking its NBA jersey sponsorship to the next level

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 18:50:21 +0000

The NBA opened the flood gates this offseason to jersey advertisements, and Fitbit is taking the opportunity to the next level. The wearable-device maker has announced that it has sponsored the Minnesota Timberwolves for a three year deal over the NBA’s jersey advertisement pilot period. But calling it a sponsorship might be giving the whole…

Uber-like app wants to bring caddies back to the game of golf

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 17:17:22 +0000

The Uber model has transformed the mobile app world, and the golf industry is next. A US-made smartphone app called Looper wants to bring golf caddies back to the game by making caddies available on demand. “Golf carts have killed the caddie business and our mission is to bring them back to every golf course,”…

Google Glass returns for the enterprise

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 16:57:52 +0000

After two years in a limited trial period, Google Glass has come back to life with a new enterprise edition, Glass EE. Google Glass originally failed as a consumer product, but as reported back in early 2015, the device could find new life at an enterprise product. Similar to the HoloLens, it seems that businesses…

How Zycon transformed an Ontario town’s IT system and saved it 30% in fees

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 15:30:30 +0000

Like many towns of its size, the eastern Ontario waterfront community of Gananoque – population approximately 5100 year-round, considerably more during the summer – was facing aging IT systems, including a mission critical appolication that was about to lose support. Enter Toronto-based CDN Channel Elite Award nominee Zycom Technology Inc., which developed and implemented a hyper-converged…

Where Toyota’s going, it won’t need roads

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 19:36:01 +0000

If you’re just getting used to the idea of autonomous cars, just wait ‘til you hear what’s next: flying cars.

Trump-induced NAFTA renegotiations could be a boon for online businesses, eBay says

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 19:17:05 +0000

Donald Trump’s protectionist rhetoric over the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) – which in the past he threatened to “rip up” and called “the worst trade deal in history” – could deliver some unexpected benefits to Canada’s online retailers, eBay Canada says. On Tuesday, the e-commerce giant released a statement praising one of the…

It can’t write this story yet, but Microsoft has trained AI to win Ms. Pac-Man

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 18:18:23 +0000

In the latest sign of artificial intelligence (AI)’s eventual dominance of the workplace, a Canadian deep learning startup-turned-division of Microsoft Corp. has successfully created an AI-based system that achieved the maximum possible score on Ms. Pac-Man. That might not sound like the most complicated task in the world – especially since the edition in question…

Global mobile device usage expected to surpass five billion by 2022

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 16:45:10 +0000

It’s the age of the smartphone, and mobile usage is not expected to slow down any time soon. In fact, according to Forrester Data, mobile device usage across the globe is expected to surpass 5.5 billion users by 2022 – almost double the number of users in 2008 (2.8 billion). The research company attributes much…

Say hello to Google’s new hiring management app

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 15:19:42 +0000

Google’s new “Hire” app is designed to help small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) with their internal hiring process. At its core, the app an applicant tracking service. As such, Hire will integrate with other G Suite apps such as Gmail and Google Calendar in order to fully manage the hiring process end-to-end. And don’t mistake…

This tool lets you see what your exiting employees are thinking

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 13:00:27 +0000

Human resources departments may want to take a look at this new software from contemporary career transition services provider, RiseSmart. The company announced that today its Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform, RiseSmart Insight is now available in Canada. The platform allows organizations to collect exiting employee sentiment and gather insight into the organization’s brand via those employees.…

MediaValet lets marketers securely share their most valuable data

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 21:18:40 +0000

With the digital ecosystem expected to double in size every two years and multiply 10-fold between 2013 and 2020 – from 4.4 trillion gigabytes to 44 trillion gigabytes – largely due to the rapid adoption of social media, everyone from the average consumer to startups and enterprises will need a efficient way to manage their…

Toronto, Vancouver two of best cities in the world for women entrepreneurs: Dell research

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 20:11:53 +0000

When impediments to female entrepreneurship are removed, there is a dramatic uplift in a city’s economic prospects, according to Dell in its 2017 Women Entrepreneur Cities (WE Cities) Index, which was completed in partnership with IHS Markit. Revealed at the tech giant’s eighth annual Dell Women Entrepreneur Network Summit, the report ranks cities on how…

How Digitcom helped an auto parts firm roll out its new phone system across 12 sites

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 19:25:44 +0000

Running multiple locations is crucial for businesses in the manufacturing industry, but how do you ensure they’re all working in tandem? That was the challenge facing Brampton, Ont.-based automotive parts manufacturer Matcor-Matsu Group Inc., which runs 12 manufacturing sites across North America, including four in Canada. So when the time came came for the company…

Take a look at Amazon’s rumoured ‘all-in-one’ messaging app

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 18:10:25 +0000

The Seattle-based tech giant is reportedly working on launching its own competing messaging app called Anytime. According to AFTVnews, Amazon has started surveying customers about a new messaging service for input on which features are most important. Based on this survey, Amazon appears to be targeting the large social media platforms with it’s own ‘all-in-one’…

Mitacs internship attracting tech researchers to fill Canadian skills shortage

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 16:56:03 +0000

With Canada needing to fill a reported 216,000 highly skilled IT positions by 2021, governments and organizations across the country are looking for ways to lure talent. Mitacs, a national not-for-profit research and training group, has been doing just that with its unique internship program, Globalink, which is meant to foster international research links while…

How New Signature powered a Florida-based construction company’s digital transformation

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 15:26:38 +0000

Digital transformation isn’t just for enterprises. As Microsoft solution provider and CDN Channel Elite Award nominee New Signature demonstrates, some of the companies that stand to benefit the most from digital transformation operate in smaller-scale, traditional industries. Take the example of a central Florida-based renovator and builder of commercial buildings that, according to New Signature,…

SurveyMonkey debuts 4 new and redesigned services for enterprise, retail, education markets

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 12:00:35 +0000

Forget big data – online survey software developer SurveyMonkey wants to be known as the number-one provider of “people-powered data,” and on Monday unveiled four new and redesigned services using the concept as a guiding principle. Each of the services – which, president Tom Hale tells, collectively signal a relaunch for the 20-year-old company…

Can video games help athletes’ reflexes? – 3rd Stringers Ep. 2

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 20:50:02 +0000

The 3rd Stringers crew talks bringing stadium lights to Wimbledon, advanced analytics at the Tour de France, and robots and hockey, plus debate whether or not video games can help an athletes reflexes. And don’t miss Paolo’s impossibly hard trivia. Coming soon to iTunes and podcast services everywhere! Recording on July 12. Follow us on…