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Last Build Date: Tue, 25 Oct 2016 18:23:19 +0000


QuickBooks gets new integrations with Google, more to come

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 18:12:22 +0000

QuickBooks users can now prepare invoices for their clients simply by scheduling their work time in Google Calendar, thanks to a new partnership announced between Intuit Inc. and Google on Oct. 21. The new integration between Google Calendar and QuickBooks Online means that QuickBooks users can schedule client work periods and appointments in the calendar…

Mastercard and BMO officially release Identity Check in North America

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 16:36:19 +0000

Canadian consumers can finally check out Mastercard Inc.’s “selfie pay” technology for themselves – assuming they’re Bank of Montreal customers, anyway. The financial services giant, which collaborated with BMO to launch its biometric-based online payment confirmation application, Identity Check, for select clients earlier this year, officially extended the service – now called Identity Check Mobile…

BlackBerry DTEK60 launch also next step in firm’s licencing strategy

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 12:00:52 +0000

Along with the release of its new smartphone, the DTEK60, BlackBerry is clearing up how it will be working with partners to licence its brand.

PayPal announces support for Facebook ecommerce platforms

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 22:18:09 +0000

First it was Shopify Inc.; now PayPal Holdings Inc. will be adding its services to Facebook Inc.’s e-commerce platform, the company announced Monday. Effective immediately, U.S. PayPal customers will be able to link their Facebook and PayPal accounts at checkout, while retailers will now have the option of adding support for PayPal to any transactions…

Number of digital coupons issued likely to exceed 360 billion by 2021, Juniper says

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 20:50:35 +0000

Long after Groupon’s heyday, the number of digital coupons being issued is higher than you might think – and it keeps going up. In fact, thanks to retailers’ commitment to providing a personalized experience, the number of digital coupons released every year is likely to grow by 60 per cent over the next five years,…

Mobile payment awareness rising, but Canadians need more incentive to use it: Accenture

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 19:00:37 +0000

Canadian consumers are becoming increasingly aware of mobile payments, but remain unlikely to adopt the technology unless they find it easier or more valuable to use than card-based systems, a new survey by consultation firm Accenture PLC has found. According to the survey’s Canadian results, which Accenture provided to, awareness of mobile payment technology…

Apple and Nike team up for new smartwatch

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 15:24:32 +0000

Apple and Nike are combining their brand appeal for a smartwatch targetted at fitness nuts, continuing the trend of smart watches being sold as digital personal trainers.

When will virtual reality go beyond gaming and into the enterprise?

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 13:00:33 +0000

To push virtual reality beyond video games and into the enterprise, VR technology must become more standardized and easier for developers to work with, a panel of experts told the GameON Ventures conference in Toronto. Although VR has carved out a strong niche in gaming, entertainment and marketing, technical obstacles are slowing its application within…

Reebok using robotics and 3D drawing to create new line of shoes

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 12:00:53 +0000

Reebok has unveiled the creation of Liquid Factory, a new manufacturing process that uses 3D Drawing and robotics to draw shoes in three dimensions. Liquid Factor uses a liquid material to draw shoe components cleanly, precisely, and in three-dimensional layers, abandoning the traditional molds that have been used by the industry over the last 30 years. This new…

CinemaTech: How technology makes Zootopia one of Disney’s most realistic films

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 21:20:28 +0000

Rather than placing its anthropomorphic collection of characters in a timeless setting, Zootopia bucks the trend of other Disney movies and embraces the modern digital era.

New leaks indicate BlackBerry’s DTEK60 could be released on Oct. 25

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:51:23 +0000

Though not yet officially announced, BlackBerry Ltd.’s next smartphone has appeared in several online inventory databases that collectively reveal its specs and even a release date. As first noted by fan site Crackberry, outlets including B&H Photo briefly made the DTEK60 available for preorder earlier this month before abruptly taking it down. The latest, according…

Google shops opening in Best Buy locations across Canada

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 14:47:16 +0000

This week, Google shops have begun popping up in Best Buy locations across Canada, with a total of 14 “Experience Stores” to open across the country by the end of 2016.

Asus challenges budget smartphone market with new ZenFone 3 [review]

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 18:22:57 +0000

The ZenFone 3 is definitely the best effort from Asus yet for the mid-tier smartphone market, but bloatware and a couple of bad design choices are negatives hard to overlook.

North America’s first fintech chatbot is Canadian

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 16:47:55 +0000

Meet "Lucky" - an AI-powered virtual banking assistant developed by Vancouver-based that provides customers with 24/7 support through Facebook Messenger.

Macs cheaper to deploy than PCs, IBM says

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:55:10 +0000

Apple Inc.’s products might have a reputation for being expensive, but their enterprise deployment cost is lower than PCs, according to IBM. How much lower? Between $273 and $543 USD per Mac over a four-year lifespan, Fletcher Previn, IBM’s vice-president of workplace as a service, told the audience during an Oct. 19 presentation at Apple device management…

Interact with customers on Facebook pages with new updates

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 19:54:42 +0000

Facebook is enhancing call-to-action buttons on Pages in order to allow customers to schedule, order, buy, and more on any business page from any mobile device. With the new update, businesses can add these new buttons to their pages, allowing customers to interact with businesses from any of their devices. For example, a takeout restaurant…

New AdWords service makes it easy to send texts consumers will actually read

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 19:07:08 +0000

Nobody likes receiving junk texts – but what if a potential customer indicated they wanted to hear from you? That appears to be Google Inc.’s thinking behind click-to-message ads, a new AdWords feature that invites consumers to send SMS text messages to companies that provide products or services they might be interested in using. “If…

Think before you selfie – mobile malware might be watching

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 16:09:05 +0000

A new malware variant is so presumptuous that it will ask you to take a selfie.

How to save money with new Google Flights and Hotels features

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 20:13:53 +0000

Google has announced updates to Google Flights and Google Hotels in order to alleviate your travels this holiday season.

15% of Toronto jobs tech-related, new report finds

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 20:03:45 +0000

It looks like Ontario’s capital has earned its reputation as “Silicon Valley North.” A new report by industry organization TechToronto has found that more than 400,000, or 15 per cent, of the city’s jobs are connected to what it calls the “tech ecosystem,” including 231,000 tech jobs at non-tech companies and 72,000 non-tech jobs at…