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Last Build Date: Fri, 24 Nov 2017 22:09:58 +0000


Inclusion pays off, Deloitte says

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 22:09:58 +0000

In case you needed another reason to push for diversity at your workplace, a new report by Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Ltd. concludes that inclusive firms are more successful than their monochromatic counterparts. According to the consulting firm’s “Outcomes over optics: Building inclusive organizations” report, not only are highly inclusive firms are likely to report revenue…

Toronto remains Canada’s top tech market, but Waterloo is fastest-growing: CBRE

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 19:41:30 +0000

A new report from CBRE Group Inc. has found that while Toronto remains Canada’s top market for tech talent by a substantial margin, the Waterloo region is growing at more than twice the speed. The Los Angeles-based commercial real estate services’ 2017 Scoring Canadian Tech Talent Report once again declared Toronto Canada’s top tech city…

Hashtag Trending – Justin Trudeau favours net neutrality; Elon Musk wins $50M bet; Black Friday deals

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 15:40:29 +0000

Justin Trudeau speaks out against the U.S. plan to reverse net neutrality. Elon Musk delivers a big battery to win a big bet. And some hot Black Friday deals on tech gadgets. Justin Trudeau Is ‘Very Concerned’ With FCC’s Plan to Roll Back Net Neutrality from technology From Reddit, Canada’s Prime Minister is speaking up…

Expect higher sales on Black Friday than Boxing Day, Moneris says

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 23:12:04 +0000

As retailers across Canada gear up to join the annual ritual of deep discounts and record online traffic known as Black Friday, Moneris Solutions has released a few numbers illustrating what they can expect. According to Canada’s largest credit and debit payment processor, Canadian retailers can expect a six per cent increase in Black Friday…

Canadians still don’t know if they are among 57 million victims of Uber breach

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 21:12:02 +0000

As the ramifications of Uber’s stunning admission it hid from the public that hackers made off in 2016 with personal information on 57 million riders and drivers around the world are still shaking out, it still isn’t known if any Canadians are victims. The California-based ride-sharing company says it is notifying regulatory authorities. The only…

Could new helmet technology prevent concussions? – Tech in Sports Ep. 20

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 19:03:28 +0000

The Tech in Sports crew explores all the major sports tech news from the last week including 5G connectivity at the SuperBowl and 2018 Winter Olympics, 3D printed Nike shoes for athletes, the first chatbots in the NBA and NHL, and more. Plus, we discuss if the NFL is right to focus on improving helmet…

Hashtag Trending – Uber paid hackers after a massive data breach, Apple buying into VR/AR with acquisition

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 13:58:24 +0000

Uber paid hackers after a massive data breach, Apple has reportedly acquired a Montreal-based virtual reality company, and activists are planning a December 7th protest against the FCC potentially ending net neutrality.   From Reddit today is news that Uber concealed a massive security breach for more than a year that affected the personal data…

Google’s secret Android location tracking is latest failure to respect privacy

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 13:00:19 +0000

This week’s revelation that Google Inc. is collecting precise location data about Android users without their permission is just the latest example of the search giant’s history of privacy blunders. Those that remember the Privacy Commissioner of Canada’s investigation into Google’s accidental collection of personally identifiable information (PII) through Wi-Fi networks scanned by its Street…

Nike teams up with HP to 3D print shoes for the NFL

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 18:30:08 +0000

Nike has made headlines recently by producing custom track spikes for three-time Olympic gold medalist Allyson Felix using HP 3D printing technology. Now, they are turning their sights to the National Football League. Nike partnered with HP using Multi-Jet Fusion 3D printing technology to do what the athletic shoe and apparel maker calls “rapid prototyping.” Rapid…

Epson joins the smartwatch market with new line of devices

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 18:09:58 +0000

Another company is jumping into the already-crowded smartwatch market. Epson, more well known for its printers, has announced a new line of five smartwatches that feature precision GPS technology as well as activity tracking capabilities, heart rate sensors, music controls, and mobile phone notifications. The ProSense line also boasts one of the best battery lives…

Visa launching payment wearables for 2018 Winter Olympics

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 17:30:13 +0000

With digital payment methods taking the world by storm, Visa is taking it in a new direction. The company is launching a line of three wearable devices that support contactless payments for fans and athletes attending the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea in February. The line, which was produced in partnership with the…

Three quarters of Canadians own a smartphone, and other highlights from StatsCan’s latest tech data

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 16:13:27 +0000

Canadians are a tech-savvy bunch, according to the latest Internet and technology-related data from Statistics Canada. In an infographic released on Nov. 14, the agency revealed just how many Canadians own a smartphone (76 per cent), how they use it (77 per cent say it helps them communicate with other people), and what they think…

Meg Whitman stepping down as CEO will not affect HPE Canada, division says

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 15:49:51 +0000

The announcement that Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) Co.’s Meg Whitman will be stepping down as the company’s CEO early next year will not affect its Canadian division, an HPE representative has told Though no further information was given, the representative said “in terms of the implication for Canada, there is no change.” Whitman herself…

Hashtag Trending – Net neutrality could be repealed in the US, Google is tracking Android users

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 14:33:00 +0000

The Federal Communications Commission is looking to repeal net neutrality, Google is collecting location data from Android users behind the scenes, and RBC is opening an artificial intelligence research lab in Montreal.

Hakim Optical using AR to help customers find the perfect glasses

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 20:08:43 +0000

If you’re in the market for new glasses but don’t have the time to visit a store and try on some frames, Hakim Optical has the perfect digital solution for you. On Monday the Toronto-based eyewear retailer released a Virtual Try-On app for iOS and Android devices. Developed by Toronto-based virtual reality (VR) and augmented…

Shopping mall revenues rise in Canada, slump south of the border

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 19:59:09 +0000

As the holiday shopping season swings into high gear, new research shows Canadian malls have racked up higher sales per square foot than their U.S. counterparts over the past three years. The Retail Council of Canada (RCC) presented a sneak peek of its 2017 Shopping Centre Study during an industry event in Toronto on Tuesday.…

Don’t expect workers to be productive on Cyber Monday, Robert Half says [infographic]

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 18:59:57 +0000

Canadians might have officially celebrated Thanksgiving in October, but that doesn’t make them immune from the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales that accompany Turkey Day south of the border – and Robert Half Canada Inc. has the numbers to prove it. Last week the nationwide staffing firm’s technology division released the results of a…

BlackBerry’s seven recommendations for a more secure smart car

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 18:35:12 +0000

As cars get smarter and more connected, they are equipped with more mechanisms that can be targeted in cyberattacks, like infotainment systems and autonomous driving features. And with autonomous features taking over the automobile industry – in preparation for full self-driving cars – these endpoints need to be secured. According to BlackBerry, however, the real…

Hashtag Trending – Uber’s fleet of driverless cars, SpaceX sending internet satellites to space in 2019

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 12:33:05 +0000

Uber is forming a fleet of driverless cars, Bitcoin reaches an all-time high, and SpaceX will start sending internet satellites into space in 2019.

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Canadian firms place bets on Amazon Alexa to lift smart home, office markets

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 22:32:47 +0000

Amazon Alexa might just be coming to Canada now, but it hasn't stopped Toronto-based firms from integrating the technology into their own smart products.