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Supreme Court ruling orders Google to remove results from international searches

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 19:29:19 +0000

A Supreme Court of Canada ruling ordering Google Inc. to remove international search results will ultimately give the Internet giant more power, not less, a prominent Canadian law professor has warned. Announced on June 28, the 7-2 decision in Google v. Equustek requires Google to remove search results that could lead users who reside anywhere…

Talent shortfall, funding crunch could slow Canada’s VR sector, report warns

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 19:05:50 +0000

Canada’s virtual reality sector is in a sweet spot to capitalize on mass consumer adoption of VR technology, according to a new study. But the same research predicts that tipping point is still up to five years away. It also warns Canada’s sector must overcome a potential shortfall of talent and funding to retain its…

The Business Leadership Podcast: Stefan Grambart, VR Creative Director

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 14:42:37 +0000

Today’s guest on The Business Leadership Podcast is Stefan Grambart, an Emmy® award-winning creative director pushing at the boundaries of collaborative storytelling, helping to shape the future of Virtual Reality (VR), gaming, and entertainment in general. Stefan has worked on a wide range of interactive projects focusing on narrative and visual storytelling – both for…

EU hits Google with a record €2.4 billion fine in antitrust case

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 14:41:00 +0000

The European Commission has fined Google Inc. a record-breaking €2.42 billion – approximately $3.575 billion Canadian – for breaching EU antitrust rules, after concluding that the Mountain View, Calif.-based tech giant abused its dominance of the search engine market to give another product, Google Shopping, an illegal advantage in the online commerce market. In a…

Apple teams up with Nuance for new business chat

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 14:19:35 +0000

Apple is taking the popularity of its iMessage platform into the business ecosystem on iOS 11 through a partnership with Nuance Communications, Inc. The new Business Chat will allow businesses to connect with customers using Apple’s Messages platform. This allows customers to engage with their banks, airlines, telecommunications, or retailer to find answers to questions,…

Dell EMC updates commitment to environment after merger

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 13:57:52 +0000

Dell EMC is reaffirming its commitment to the planet and the people who live on it with an update to Dell’s longtime 2020 Legacy of Good report. This is the first update since the report was originally launched during Dell’s fiscal year 2014 (Feb. 1, 2013 – Jan. 31, 2014). It primarily takes into account…

The Future Looks podcast: the future of transportation

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 20:43:36 +0000

It’s no secret that technology is changing the world. From smart cars and mobile phones, to connected devices and virtual workspaces, technology is and will continue to disrupt every facet of our lives – the way we communicate, travel, work, and spend our free time. The Future Looks podcast takes a new societal concept or…

Chen says plan remains on track despite BlackBerry revenue missing expectations

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 20:40:19 +0000

BlackBerry Ltd. made headlines last week after its latest quarterly revenues came in below analysts’ expectations, but the company and CEO John Chen appear undeterred by the news. On the surface, BlackBerry’s numbers were positive: the company reported profits of $671 million (all figures USD) which ended May 31, with revenues of $244 million, including…

Gmail to stop reading your messages for targeted ads

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 13:05:52 +0000

Gmail users can now rest assured knowing that Google Inc. isn’t scanning their messages for targeted ads, the company revealed Friday. In a June 23 blog post Diane Green, senior vice president of Google’s cloud division, explained the move was related to the company’s enterprise software platform G Suite, which is currently used by more…

Guide to complete mastery of your new Google Home unit

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 13:00:03 +0000

Google Home goes on sale in retail locations across Canada today, so let’s talk about everything you’ll want to do after unboxing your new smart home assistant to absolutely maximize its capabilities. Google Home is different from setting up a new smartphone, tablet, or laptop in that it doesn’t provide a visual interface. So you…

Supreme Court of Canada clears way for Facebook class action to be heard in B.C.

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 12:30:01 +0000

Facebook Inc. must defend against a class action lawsuit that it violated user privacy in B.C. court, not California, despite laying the groundwork for handling litigation in its home state in its user agreement. That’s effectively what the Supreme Court of Canada ruled on Friday in a 4-3 decision favouring Deborah Douez in her legal…

Can video games improve your jump shot?

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 17:09:08 +0000

Ask first round NBA draft pick De’Aaron Fox of the Sacremento Kings if playing video games can help improve his game on the actual court and he’ll say “Yes!” The former Kentucky Wildcats basketball player has inked a partnership agreement with HyperX, a division of memory vendor Kingston Technology Company, Inc. HyperX provides gamers, PC builders in the channel, and power…

Hiring more Indigenous ICT workers paramount in Canada: ICTC report

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 18:07:32 +0000

It’s time for the ICT sector to take a look at the growing Indigenous population in Canada. According to Information and Communications Technology Council’s (ICTC) National Digital Talent Strategy, Digital Talent – Road to 2020 and Beyond report, 10,300 – 1.2 per cent of the Canadian Indigenous population – were employed in ICT roles in…

Avanade CEO on how businesses can tackle the skills gap and accrue talent

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:46:00 +0000

TORONTO – Every business dipping its toe into the digital age is worrying about the skills gap. So what can they do to tackle that gap and accrue talent? As a senior leader  of Avanade since its conception in 2000, and its CEO since 2008, Adam Warby is specifically equipped to help answer this question. had…

Inaugural youth tech conference aims to motivate Canada’s top young innovators

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 15:55:34 +0000

It’s been widely reported that the Canadian technology sector is experiencing – and will continue experiencing –a broad skills shortage, but one organization is hoping to change that by inspiring youth. The Knowledge Society (TKS), an innovation program for youth, is holding its inaugural Innovate conference at the Corus HQ in Toronto on Aug. 13…

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick resigns

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 14:45:03 +0000

The New York Times is reporting that the controversial CEO of Uber Technologies Inc., Travis Kalanick, has resigned. According to the publication, which broke the news late Tuesday, Kalanick’s exit was the result of pressure from five key investors which collectively represent approximately 40 per cent of voting power on the company’s board. The Times’…

Just how friendly are Canadians? Facebook has an idea [infographic]

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 14:00:00 +0000

As Canada gears up for its 150th birthday, companies large and small are lining up to celebrate, and Facebook Inc. is no exception. In celebration of our country’s upcoming sesquicentennial, the social media giant combed through both its Facebook and Instagram data to produce a digital snapshot of Canadian hospitality. As of this writing, Facebook…

Google Home will launch in Canada with a new voice

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 13:18:42 +0000

When Google Home launches in Canada next Monday, it will mark the first foreign-language launch for the smart speaker, but the device won’t have all the frills available to American users. Google Home has a new voice for the Canada launch and it speaks fluent French Canadian, company spokespeople assured media at a demo for…

Amazon Web Services creating the jobs Ontario needs, premier says

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 13:14:07 +0000

Amazon Web Services opened its largest office in Canada yet, unveiling its downtown Toronto location alongside Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne on Tuesday. AWS says it is already employing 600 people at the new location and plans to hire 200 more positions soon, including software developers, engineers, and programmers. The office has been operating since 2015,…

AARP names Halifax firm as grand prize winner of inaugural innovation award

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 10:00:46 +0000

AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) Inc. has named a little-known Halifax home security startup as the winner of its first-ever Innovation Champion award. The well-known Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit announced Wednesday that Halifax-based Home Except Inc., makers of a camera-free sensor that automatically monitors temperature fluctuations – be they generated by heaters, stoves, open windows,…