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Last Build Date: Fri, 19 Jan 2018 02:22:41 +0000


Legal, finance and medical industries could benefit from new reading AI, expert says

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 19:18:07 +0000

A new reading AI that beat humans for the first time in one of the world’s most difficult reading comprehension tests could have a significant impact on various industries, says the academic director of NextAI. “This type of technology could allow a system to rapidly find the correct answer to a question posed by a…

Intel mixes drones with AI to transform Ferrari’s racing experience

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 16:54:14 +0000

You’re sitting in the bleachers and the roar of powerful engines starts rising in the distance; seconds later the pack of Ferrari race cars speed past and you crane your neck around trying to see what position your favourite driver is in. That’s the typical experience of car racing fans today, but if a partnership…

Amazon reveals shortlist for HQ2 – and it includes Toronto

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 15:26:43 +0000

It looks like Toronto’s collaborative, incentive-free strategy for courting Inc. paid off. The Seattle-based tech giant, which announced that it would be soliciting bids for a second headquarters to equal its home base last September, announced Thursday that it had narrowed the list of cities it was considering from 238 applicants to a shortlist…

Hashtag Trending – Apple in trouble again; YouTube backlash; GE not looking good

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 13:00:26 +0000

Apple is in trouble again due to poor working conditions. YouTube slashes advertising from thousands of channels, and things aren’t looking good for General Electric.

Toronto asks public for input on Smart Cities Challenge ideas

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 22:55:17 +0000

The City of Toronto is asking for the public’s input on how technology and innovation can address some of its biggest challenges. Toronto is participating in the federal Smart Cities Challenge, a competition open to communities of all sizes, including regional governments and Indigenous communities, which encourages them to think of ways to improve the…

YouTube hopes to win back marketers with new advertising standards

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 22:21:03 +0000

YouTube wants to make sure that advertisers are reaching the audiences they want, through content they are proud to be associated with. It’s with this goal in mind that the streaming video giant, owned by Google Inc., announced on Wednesday that it would be changing the platform’s advertising standards in three ways: By requiring content…

TransferWise announces partnership with Montreal fintech Flinks

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:28:25 +0000

Six months after launching its Borderless account, international money transfer company TransferWise has found another way to improve its platform for Canadians by collaborating with a Montreal fintech startup. The partnership was a no-brainer, Andrew Boyajian, the U.K.-based TransferWise’s head of banking for North America, said after announcing the deal with Flinks, a financial data…

Tech firms can leverage their industry to build diverse sales teams, PointClickCare VP Joan Leroux says

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:38:50 +0000

In an industry frequently – and accurately – criticized for its lack of gender diversity, Mississauga, Ont.-based senior care cloud platform developer PointClickCare is bucking the trend – and its chosen field might have something to do with it. During an appearance at the Future of Sales in Canada, an event held by the Canadian…

$12 million investment will help Ratehub expand its insurance services, digitize mortgage process

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:36:49 +0000

For the past seven years, Ratehub Inc. has laid the foundation for its company without external help, but with a new $12 million financing deal, the company is poised to expand its online insurance tools and digitize the mortgage process, according to one of its co-founders. “Bootstrapping makes you more conservative, you’re used to always…

Hashtag Trending – Bitcoin crash; preventing another Hawaii false alarm; apps as evidence

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 12:21:24 +0000

Bitcoin finally takes a nosedive. A new testing capability that could have prevented Hawaii’s false alarm won’t be put in place until next year. And an iPhone app is being used to provide evidence for a murder trial.

Why Moneris CMO Jeff Guthrie believes AI won’t replace human salespeople

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 22:43:06 +0000

Jeff Guthrie knows technology is changing how sales are conducted – he just doesn’t believe it can replace human salespeople entirely, or even more than a small fraction. As CMO of Canada’s largest payments processor, Moneris Solutions, Guthrie has certainly seen his share of technology-driven changes in the sales profession – especially those powered by…

BlackBerry’s chief security officer on how to secure emerging auto tech

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 22:14:10 +0000

At the CES 2018 BlackBerry booth, BlackBerry Chief Security Officer Alex Manea shared some attack methods he’s seen that might be keeping auto executives gripping their wheels pretty tightly. “The biggest hacks that I’ve seen are basically proof of concept attacks that really look at how to get access to the vehicle’s safety-critical components remotely,”…

SMBs can rely on IRAP funding, contrary to Brian Cookson’s recent blog, NRC exec says

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 17:08:02 +0000

By Andrew McNaughton The following was sent to IT World Canada editorial director Brian Jackson as a letter to the editor. I would like to clarify a number of statements that were made about the National Research Council (NRC)’s Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) in Brian Cookson’s recent column, “A look at SR&ED in 2018…

Hashtag Trending – BlackBerry Jarvis, bad robots, Disney departures

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 12:46:54 +0000

BlackBerry’s CEO unveils a new product at the biggest auto show of the year. Nobody’s impressed with the robots on display at CES. And Disney’s losing some social cache.

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Visa Ready for Biometrics, begins testing fingerprint sensor-based payment cards

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 21:34:28 +0000

Visa Inc. is officially hopping onto the biometrics bandwagon. On Sunday the New York City-based payments giant announced that a new division, Visa Ready for Biometrics, had started testing two new fingerprint sensor-based payment systems with two partners, Utah-based Mountain America Credit Union and the Bank of Cyprus. Both pilot projects, which offer each financial…

BlackBerry launches new cyber security product: Jarvis

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 19:40:19 +0000

Manually scanning code for issues is nearly impossible, but automakers still have to make sure their software is working correctly. BlackBerry Ltd.’s new cyber security product Jarvis will make that much easier. Announced today during the keynote address at the North American International Automotive Show (NAIAS) by BlackBerry executive chair and CEO John Chen, Jarvis…

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Sports Tech seeks to define its market at CES 2018

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 15:10:42 +0000

LAS VEGAS – Vendors targeting the emerging new market of sports technology should focus on five specific core areas – athlete data, smart venues, immersive media, sponsorship, and esports, according to the founders of Boston-based Sports Innovation Lab. Dozens of exhibitor booths put a buffet of technology on display – wearables designed to help athletes measure…

Hashtag Trending – Facebook’s changing its news feed again, BlackBerry CEO to deliver keynote at Detroit Auto Show

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 13:00:49 +0000

Facebook’s changing its news feed again. The Detroit Auto Show has begun – and today’s keynote is being delivered by BlackBerry CEO John Chen. Trending on – where else? – Facebook is the latest changes to the social network’s signature news feed. In a Jan. 11 post on his public Facebook page, CEO Mark Zuckerberg…

Cogeco Peer 1 adds Managed Microsoft Azure Services to cloud portfolio

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 11:00:20 +0000

Cogeco Peer 1 is adding Managed Microsoft Azure to its list of cloud portfolio services. The global provider of business-to-business products and services made the announcement this morning, adding its customers can now pick scalable and customizable Azure services to not only simplify their transition to the cloud, but improve their return on investment for those…

The Business Leadership Podcast: Peter Retiano, CEO at Abacus

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 14:00:32 +0000

Over the last 10 years, Peter Reitano, CEO of Abacus, a performance Facebook ad tech/agency, has worked directly with some of the worlds largest blue-chip / Fortune 500 brands and award-winning agencies in Europe, Australia, Canada and the US. Peter is also the co-founder of Bellwether, a not for profit which brings together entrepreneurs and leaders…