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Cisco converges Spark and Webex; enhances new platform with machine learning

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 17:43:49 +0000

Cisco is on a path towards simplification and its collaboration tools are its most recent target. The company has converged its cloud-based team workspace suite, Cisco Spark, with its online video meetings and conference call platform Cisco Webex under the Webex brand name at its Partner Connection Week 2018 (PCW 2018) in Nassau, Bahamas, from…

Borealis AI expands lab network into Vancouver

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 15:15:00 +0000

Vancouver will be home to a new AI research centre focusing on computer vision, Borealis AI announced this morning. Building off its recent investments in the Canadian AI ecosystem, the new research centre will help train computers to see, process and understand the visual world, the company explained in a press release. It is expected…

The NFL is in legal trouble over concussions again – Tech in Sports Ep. 40

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 14:49:42 +0000

The Tech in Sports crew explores all the latest tech news from the last week, including the NFL’s legal woes, 3D printed shoes worn by the fastest marathoner in the world, the Blue Jays’ first exclusive Facebook stream, and more! Plus, we discuss how voice assistants like Google Home and Alexa can improve healthcare.

Hashtag Trending – Tech recycling on Earth Day; Google’s new chat for Android; Netflix may buy movie theatres

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 12:01:51 +0000

Sunday was Earth Day so remember to recycle your old phones, Google has revealed a new chat feature that looks similar to iMessage, and Netflix may be in the market to buy a movie theatre or two.

Now RBC customers can use Samsung Pay too

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 20:37:05 +0000

The list of banks whose customers can use their Samsung device instead of a credit card to make a purchase just became a bit longer. On Tuesday, Samsung Electronics Canada Inc. announced that effective immediately, Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) would now support the company’s mobile payment platform, Samsung Pay. “We’re excited to work with…

Addigy’s MacOS management platform adds iOS support

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 20:03:55 +0000

Your employees’ iPad, Apple TV and iOS devices can now be managed under one roof. Apple-focused company Addigy announced this week the launch of its new Mobile Device Management (MDM) platform, a function they say has been the most-requested feature from customers for years. “The Addigy MDM is going to fill this void for us consultants…

How an analytics startup is changing sports

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 10:00:33 +0000

DENVER – Analytics and big data are changing every industry, and you can bet sports aren’t the exception. Enter SciSports, a Dutch-based sports analytics startup that is quite literally changing the game of soccer. SciSports has a plethora of offerings that range from Datascouting and Intelligence-as-a-Service to Insight reports and their latest 3D data capturing…

Hashtag Trending – Amazon reveals number of Prime subscribers; Apple’s environmentally-friendly robot

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 09:01:37 +0000

Amazon has revealed how many Prime subscribers it has for the first time ever, former Yahoo-boss Marissa Mayer announces what she is doing next, and Apple’s latest piece of tech is an iPhone recycling robot. And for today’s episode, you can check out for the first time ever, Hashtag Trending in a video format. We’ve…

Toronto’s reputation for AI and beauty on display at Techstars Demo Day

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 21:23:12 +0000

Judging by Techstars Toronto demo day, Managing Director Sunil Sharma had a very productive Web Summit in Lisbon. It was at that November conference that Sharma not only convinced two international startups to participate in the startup accelerator’s first cohort, but to take advantage of Canada’s Startup Visa Program and immigrate to Toronto to operate…

Canadians’ private Facebook messages may have been shared in data harvesting scandal, official says

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 20:38:31 +0000

It’s possible Canadians’ private Facebook messages may have been shared without their consent as part of a massive data extraction scandal, a senior leader at Facebook confirmed to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics. The confirmation marked the first time Facebook had publicly confirmed that Canadian users may…

Home Depot stores in Canada follow U.S. strategy, hire over 100 tech professionals

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 20:33:46 +0000

Home Depot is hiring 1,000 new hires to its technology teams this year, 100 of whom will be stationed at the Store Support office in Toronto. A spokesperson told that the Canadian Home Depot team is making investments in business roles such as software engineering, system engineering, UX design, product management and e-commerce. “With…

Hashtag Trending – Amazon partners with Best Buy; Blockchain may help space travel; Abu Dhabi to get hyperloop by 2020

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 11:21:27 +0000

Amazon has a new partnership with Best Buy, NASA is looking at blockchain technology as a way to help with deep space travel, and Abu Dhabi is getting an operational hyperloop by 2020. Amazon Teams Up With Best Buy to Sell Insignia, Toshiba TVs With Fire TV Built-In From Twitter – It looks like Amazon…

How Toronto’s University Health Network digitized its patient discharge reports

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 20:54:22 +0000

As anyone who’s spent time in a hospital can tell you, the rehabilitation period doesn’t end when you’re discharged. And as the administrators behind the University Health Network (UHN), which represents Toronto’s Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Toronto General Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital, and the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, will themselves admit, too many hospitals’ discharge processes…

Voice technology helps Canadians compare clinical and cost-effectiveness of their medication

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 18:07:09 +0000

Alexa has become an expert on prescription drugs. Reformulary Group, a healthcare technology group, launched a first of its kind Alexa voice skill called DrugFinder, allowing Canadians to research their prescriptions and save money by finding the best combination of clinical and cost-effectiveness. Users can ask Alexa if there are better options for a certain…

Mastercard calls for industry support of online shopping tech standards

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 16:44:37 +0000

Mastercard is calling on its merchants, acquirers, issuers, and other technology players to join the company in supporting a new framework from EMVCo that was revealed last year called Secure Remote Commerce (SRC). This is similar to how a single, standardized acceptance terminal in stores for making payments has become the standard, and as mobile…

Why TE Connectivity’s Sam Alesio thinks printed electronics have a future in component manufacturing

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 15:16:48 +0000

Tyco Electronics (TE) Connectivity might not be a household name, but the Switzerland-based company’s products – connectors and sensors designed for harsh environments – are inescapable, used worldwide by the automotive, industrial, telecommunications, aerospace, defense, medical, oil and gas, consumer electronics, and energy industries. So when the head of TE’s Canadian division says printed electronics…

Hashtag Trending – New electric skateboards; TaskRabbit hacked; Facebook sued

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 11:25:12 +0000

There are some new options to consider if you’re in the market for an electric skateboard, Ikea’s TaskRabbit goes down after a cyber attack, and Facebook gets hit with a class action lawsuit. Trending on Google are brand new electric skateboards. That’s right, Boosted Boards unveiled its first new products in six years yesterday. It’s…

Google invests more than $2 million in Canadian STEM fields

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 21:04:42 +0000

In addition to opening its first community space in Canada, Google is pumping $2.1 million in funding for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields in Canada. The company announced today that it will allocate $1.5 million to Actua, $400,000 for the University of Waterloo’s Women in Computer Science initiative and $200,000 for Engineering Science…

New Facebook data breach may include messages of 48 million users, House of Commons committee told

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 16:27:06 +0000

The cyber security firm that uncovered a data breach involving a B.C.-based firm with links to Cambridge Analytica is aware of another Facebook data breach that may involve the private messages of as many as 48 million users, according to Chris Vickery, director of cyber risk research at UpGuard. Vickery told the Standing Committee of Access…

Robot e-learning platform SmartGurlz arrives in Canada

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 15:40:47 +0000

It’s no secret that women women represent the majority of young university graduates, but are still underrepresented in STEM fields. While 50 per cent of boys surveyed are very or extremely interested in careers involving coding or programming, only 27 per cent of girls report the same level of interest, according to a recent survey…