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Shopify now allows merchants to sell on Instagram

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 17:06:13 +0000

Shopify merchants are in luck. Today, the Toronto-based company announced that merchants based in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, and Brazil can now start selling on Instagram. With this integration, sellers will now be able to tag products directly in their Instagram posts, similar to how a user would tag another person.…

Could coaches be replaced by AI? – Tech in Sports Ep. 35

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 13:51:17 +0000

The Tech in Sports crew explores all the latest sports tech news from the last week, including Facebook winning the rights to exclusively stream Wednesday MLB games, Adidas plans to 3D print 100,000 shoes in 2018, the most analytical March Madness simulations, and more! Plus, we discuss whether artificial intelligence will ever be able to replace…

Hashtag Trending – Uber’s fatal crash, EU to investigate Facebook, Apple finally making its own screens

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 12:45:05 +0000

Uber is pausing autonomous car tests after a fatal crash in Arizona, EU officials want to investigate Facebook after last week’s Cambridge Analytica reveal, and Apple may finally be manufacturing its own screens. From Twitter – Incredibly sad news out of Arizona yesterday. Uber has paused autonomous vehicle tests after one of its test vehicles…

Canada’s Privacy Commissioner wants answers from Facebook regarding Cambridge Analytica data breach

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 12:16:29 +0000

Privacy Commissioner of Canada Daniel Therrien issued a statement to CTV News and other media yesterday saying that it plans to reach out to Facebook regarding the misuse of its data by a third-party firm. The Privacy Commissioner of Canada today issued this statement re: @facebook scandal — Michel Boyer (@BoyerMichel) March 19, 2018…

3 counterintuitive marketing insights from the CEO of a marketing technology firm

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 12:15:39 +0000

To hear LookBookHQ co-founder and CEO Mark Opauszky discuss it, the digital revolution has left more than 90 per cent of B2B marketers on the wrong side of history. Instead of disrupting the industry for the better, he says, the various companies which have entered the marketing technology space over the past half-decade have lowered…

Toronto-based ModiFace purchased by L’Oreal

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 12:00:14 +0000

Toronto-based ModiFace, whose augmented reality (AR) platform has been used by the likes of Sephora, Estée Lauder, and, believe or not, Samsung, has been purchased by the world’s largest cosmetics firm, L’Oreal S.A. In a March 16 news release, the Clichy, France-based company said that its acquisition of ModiFace, which it called “an internationally recognized…

Hashtag Trending – Government to invest in 5G; Sidewalk Toronto holds first public roundtable; Tesla’s moment of reckoning?

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 11:01:38 +0000

The federal, Ontario, and Quebec governments are scheduled to announce a major investment in 5G technology. Google affiliate Sidewalk Toronto is holding its first public roundtable on the smart neighbourhood it’s building on Toronto’s waterfront. And the Wall Street Journal has declared last week’s CNBC report Tesla’s “make or break moment”. The federal, Ontario, and…

University of Waterloo partners with Chinese institutions on connected autonomous driving

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 20:45:35 +0000

The University of Waterloo has caught the attention of China. The Qingdao Academy of Intelligent Industries (QAII) and the State Key Laboratory for Management and Control of Complex Systems (SKL-MCCS), Chinese leaders in autonomous driving technology, are partnering up with the university to advance that technology. This isn’t foreign territory for the school, which has…

LG shows off B2B signage products for retail, business spaces

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 20:30:11 +0000

LG Electronics bolstered its B2B signage product lineup at Integrated Systems Europe 2018 last month. With its four new OLED products, LG is targeting business environments in places such as retail, public spaces, and offices. Specifically, LG points at the retail, government, hospitality, education, and transportation industries as those industries that can benefit from these…

OntarioMD partners up with Ontario Telemedicine Network

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 20:25:03 +0000

Connecting Ontario physicians to provincial resources is a struggle, says the CEO of the Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN), which is why OTN is partnering up with OntarioMD. “One of the challenges we have in Ontario is linking provincial resources to physician office EMRs [electronic medical records],” said Ed Brown in a March 15 press release.…

Google’s equal-pay claim for women a step forward, but incomplete, says activist shareholder

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 20:17:31 +0000

Google parent Alphabet Inc.’ss disclosure of new wage data shows a zero per cent gender pay gap for 89 per cent of its employees worldwide, but activist shareholder Arjuna Capital says the data is incomplete. In releasing the report, Alphabet is following the footsteps of several big U.S. companies in tech and finance which have…

Adobe, Cisco, PointClickCare execs on how companies can attract more women to sales

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 12:00:50 +0000

As co-founder of the Great Canadian Sales Competition, which has educated more than 7000 postsecondary students about the profession and boasts Google, IBM, Cisco, Shopify, and FreshBooks among its sponsors, Sonya Meloff has witnessed firsthand the lack of women in the Canadian technology sales landscape. Part of the problem, she notes, is a shortage of…

Hashtag Trending – Google makes it easier to build the next Pokémon Go; iHeartMedia files for bankruptcy; Tesla producing flawed parts?

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 11:01:32 +0000

Google has opened its Maps app to developers hoping to create the next Pokémon Go. iHeartRadio owner iHeartMedia has filed for bankruptcy. And a CNBC report indicates that Tesla has been producing a high volume of flawed parts for its Model 3 sedan. Trending on Reddit: Google has opened its Google Maps platform to developers…

GoDaddy campaign looks to inspire, educate Canadians about bringing ideas to life

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 20:47:45 +0000

A regular guy named Taylor and his dog Madden want to help you move your furniture, and their website couldn’t be clearer about this. “Just a regular guy who can move your furniture and his regular dog who’s just darn cute,” says the tagline for the 1 Dude and His Dog business. Their information is…

BlackBerry extends John Chen’s contract to 2023

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 17:23:34 +0000

BlackBerry Ltd. is betting on CEO John Chen for the long run. The two announced an agreement to extend Chen’s leadership of BlackBerry through November 2023, the company announced today. BlackBerry has “tremendous” confidence in Chen, said Prem Watsa, lead director and chair of the compensation, nomination and governance committee of the BlackBerry board. “John…

Ontario paramedics pioneering Canadian drone industry

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 16:02:56 +0000

After getting a call about a snowmobiler falling through the ice in Eastern Ontario’s Renfrew County this winter, emergency responders had to try and pinpoint where exactly the victim fell through and determine if their mission was still about rescue. The hole in the ice was more than a kilometre offshore. High winds and near-white…

Hashtag Trending – Theranos CEO settles fraud charges; former Equifax CIO charged with insider trading; big tech remembers Stephen Hawking

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 11:01:31 +0000

Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes settles the fraud charges against her company. The former CIO of Equifax has been charged with insider trading. And tech giants including Microsoft, Google, and Apple remember physicist Stephen Hawking. From Facebook and Reddit: Elizabeth Holmes, the founder and CEO of Silicon Valley-based Theranos Inc., has settled the charges…

Ernst & Young opens robotic services facility in Halifax

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 21:17:25 +0000

As a growing number of enterprises enter the 21st century, and embrace the digital transformation that comes with it, advisory firms must follow suit, with Ernst & Young (EY) Canada’s new Halifax-based robotic services facility being the latest example. Launched Tuesday, the facility is the first Canadian robotic services-based addition to the company’s EY Global…

Women at Microsoft filed 238 discrimination and harassment complaints – only 1 was deemed ‘founded’

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 19:23:32 +0000

New details have emerged in the on-going gender discrimination lawsuit against Microsoft Corp. Women working in U.S.-based technical jobs at Microsoft filed 238 internal complaints about gender discrimination or sexual harassment between 2010 and 2016, according to court filings made public Monday. Reuters reported that the plaintiffs, who are suing Microsoft for systemically denying pay…

Google, Apple see reputations fall in new survey

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 17:51:29 +0000

Apple Inc. and Google’s reputation have taken a hit according to an annual survey, while Inc. topped the list for the third straight time and earned an “excellent” reputation rating for the ninth consecutive year. The Harris Poll RQ study identifies the 100 most visible companies identified by U.S. consumers and ranks them based…