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Big banks and telcos backing $485 M supercluster bid for national digital identity system

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 15:35:50 +0000

Identification systems have been based on face-to-face interactions and on physical documents for centuries, but as the world becomes more digital and reliant on technology, these systems need an upgrade. Leaders from the biggest banks and telecommunication companies (telcos) in Canada are joining forces with the tech industry, academics, and provincial governments in a supercluster…



Why you should move to Toronto from Silicon Valley

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 14:12:31 +0000

If you live in Silicon Valley, chances are Toronto isn’t the first place you’d think of if you’re looking to move. But according to MOVNorth, it should be. The website, which founder Vikram Rangnekar says aims to be the resource for everything you’d need to know about moving to what is “the best kept secret…



Tony Lacavera doesn’t think Canada should be pursuing a deal with Amazon

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 12:30:30 +0000

TORONTO – One of Canada’s best-known and most successful tech entrepreneurs is frowning at the nationwide push to bring Amazon.com Inc.’s second headquarters north of the 49th parallel. During NextAI Venture Day 2017, an event organized by Next Canada, the startup-boosting non-profit he co-chairs, Tony Lacavera told ITBusiness.ca that he was less than impressed by…



NextAI’s first cohort shows how far Canada’s AI scene has come in past 12 months, co-chair says

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 12:00:04 +0000

TORONTO – The 15 companies that presented at startup-boosting non-profit Next Canada’s inaugural NextAI Venture Day provide an excellent snapshot of how far Canada’s artificial intelligence (AI) ecosystem has progressed in the past year, co-chair Tony Lacavera said. Each offered investors a viable product. Each was the result of a brand-new program designed to facilitate…



Hashtag Trending – More Equifax mistakes, Google-HTC deal, headphones with AI

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 11:15:15 +0000

Equifax’s bad luck streak isn’t over yet. Google’s deal with HTC means the maker of Android is serious about hardware. And Bose has a new headset integration with Google Assistant.



Ford will design its cars with HoloLens augmented reality headsets

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 21:08:32 +0000

Ford says a year-long pilot test has convinced it that augmented reality is the way of the future.



Salesforce adds AI-powered revenue forecasting to Sales Cloud Einstein

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 17:22:55 +0000

Salesforce.com Inc. wants to help salespeople and their managers take the guesswork out of revenue forecasts. This week the customer relationship management (CRM) giant announced three new features for its artificial intelligence (AI)-powered Sales Cloud Einstein platform: Einstein Forecasting, which produces AI-generated revenue forecasts based on a company’s sales data; Einstein Opportunity scoring, which identies…



Thoughts on Dell EMC at one year old

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 14:56:51 +0000

Sept. 7, 2017 marked the first anniversary of the historic $68 billion deal to combine Dell and EMC. So, what’s changed? Well… in a word: Dell has changed. Dell now has teamed up the salesforce of both companies, created a $35 billion channel ecosystem and added to its portfolio with RSA, Pivotal, SecureWorks, Virtustream and…



Should boxing put sensors in gloves? – Tech in Sports Ep. 11

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 14:49:33 +0000

This week the Tech in Sports crew discusses whether there should be IoT sensors in boxing gloves to help reduce discrepancies in scoring, like we saw in this weekend’s “fight of the year” between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin. Plus, we cover DAZN’s less than perfect launch in Canada for our disappointed NFL fans, and…



Canadian celebrities top McAfee’s most dangerous list

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 14:45:04 +0000

Each year McAfee produces a list of the world’s most dangerous cyber celebrities. You may remember actresses such as Lily Collins (pop star Phil Collins’ daughter) and Emma Watson taking top spot in past years. But in 2017, McAfee has taken its list of most dangerous celebrities local and created a Canadian-only list. The winner this year…



Hashtag Trending – Microsoft’s gaming bet, iOS 11 release

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 13:17:31 +0000

Microsoft makes a move that shows it’s serious about gaming. Apple’s release of iOS 11 has people talking about their favourite features and - well, measuring things.



Google pays $1.1 billion for HTC’s Pixel division

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 12:39:45 +0000

Google is ramping up efforts to invest in its Pixel smartphone, announcing that it has made a deal with HTC Corp. to purchase the Taiwan-based company’s Pixel smartphone division. Under the all-cash agreement, Google is buying a non-exclusive license for HTC’s intellectual property with additional agreements to look at other areas of collaboration in the…



SAS brings analytics to locomotives on industrial IoT edge devices

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 20:47:49 +0000

Washington D.C. – With the help of SAS Institute Inc., GE Transportation is bringing analytics via the Internet of Things (IoT) to its locomotives in North America. Bringing IoT, or in the case of the locomotive industry, industrial IoT, to locomotives is becoming more and more of a priority for companies like GE Transportation, a…



PointClickCare aims to digitally transform the senior care sector

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 17:05:26 +0000

The senior care sector may not be known as an early adopter of the latest technologies, but with Canadians over the age of 65 outnumbering children under 15 for the first time in history, the industry will need to become more innovative if it hopes to keep up with an aging population. PointClickCare is a…



Salary matters – and tech knows it, LinkedIn finds

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 12:30:38 +0000

Despite considerable rhetoric suggesting otherwise, salary remains the number one motivator when it comes to choosing a new job, LinkedIn says – and now the professional social network has the numbers to prove it. Based on U.S. information provided by users of its LinkedIn Salary feature, the company’s new State of Salary report provides a…



Shutterstock releases plugin for Adobe Creative Cloud

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 12:00:33 +0000

It just became a whole lot easier for Adobe Creative Cloud users to add an image from Shutterstock Inc. to their work. On Tuesday, the New York City-based stock photo giant announced the release of a plugin that gives Adobe Creative Cloud users full access to its vast library, including more than 8 million video…



Hashtag Trending – iOS 11 global rollout has some issues, Equifax breach gets worse

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 11:00:46 +0000

iOS 11 launches worldwide with some hiccups, the Equifax breach keeps getting worse, and Google takes aim at fake news in Canada.


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BlackBerry gets into transportation with IoT solution

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 08:01:53 +0000

BlackBerry continues to evolve into anything but a smartphone maker. This time the Waterloo, Ont.-based vendor has entered into a reselling partnership with Fleet Complete, a Toronto-based Internet of Things provider specializing in mobile workforce management solutions. The partnership will see BlackBerry Radar, an IoT sensor device that can track assets, utilization and efficiency of…



Deep learning and AI can create different ethical issues

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 21:47:47 +0000

Washington D.C. – In its most basic form, artificial intelligence is an algorithm that is trained to learn via the data that is fed to it. But what happens when that data is full of bias? “In traditional model building, even with good data we can introduce biases by not constructing the right variables or picking…



Obama’s former CTO on the importance of STEM

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 18:59:10 +0000

Washington D.C. –  When Megan Smith took the stage for her keynote at the SAS Analytics Experience 2017 conference, she opened with a quote from the first President of the United States, George Washington. “There is nothing which can better deserve your patronage, than the promotion of science and literature,” Washington said at his first…