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45% of employees admit to unsafe data access practices, Dell finds

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 18:12:32 +0000

Most employees know how important it is to protect sensitive enterprise information, but in practice many admit they engage in risky behavior. That’s the conclusion of a new Dell survey of 2,608 professionals who handle confidential data at companies with 250 or more employees in eight countries, including Canada. Nearly two in three employees (65 per…

Samsung officially releases the Galaxy S8

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 14:08:08 +0000

It’s finally here. After months of rumours, bombastic keynotes, and enthusiastic pre-release videos, Samsung Electronics Ltd. has officially released the latest addition to its Galaxy line of smartphones. The new devices will initially be available in four markets – Canada, the U.S., Puerto Rico, and South Korea – and will continue rolling out to additional…

Tech CEO asks ‘How do I hire women?’ on LinkedIn: Here’s how his network responded

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 13:57:01 +0000

The fact that women are underrepresented in Canada’s technology sector doesn’t exactly come as a news flash, but one tech CEO is openly reaching out to his network to do his part towards solving the problem. As we’ve covered in the past on, women only make up about 25 per cent of workers in the…

Prepare to disrupt yourself: Netflix cofounder on starting a successful business

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 13:50:54 +0000

When Marc Randolph started Netflix Inc. with cofounder Reed Hastings in 1997, he couldn’t have possibly imagined what the company would become in just 20 years. Speaking at Ingram Micro’s 2017 Cloud Summit in Phoenix, AZ, on Apr. 20, Randolph walked the audience through the history of Netflix – from humble beginnings as a small…

HP’s next-gen ZBook workstations focus on security

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 13:00:50 +0000

HP Inc.’s fourth generation of ZBook Mobile Workstations is here and improved security is the tagline. With the latest generation of ZBook, HP is focusing on four areas: quality, longevity – each device is designed for a five year life, design, and most importantly, security. Each ZBook product comes with HP Sure Start Gen3 BIOS Protection,…

Celestica prepares for the future by investing outside its main industry

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 13:00:34 +0000

It might still be known best as a component manufacturer, but Celestica Inc. has a great deal more to offer its partners and clients, as president and CEO Rob Mionis made clear on Thursday. In fact, the Toronto-based electronics design, engineering, and manufacturing services firm now earns more than 65 per cent of its revenue…

Mastercard launches biometrics card in South Africa

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 20:04:57 +0000

Apple Pay already has Canadians using their fingerprint to authenticate payments at the till, but now Mastercard may soon allow them to do so by scanning their fingerprint right on the card itself. The credit card processing firm released a new biometric card that combines secure chip technology with fingerprint recognition to verify cardholder identity,…

Fully autonomous vehicles still 10 to 15 years down the road, says BlackBerry QNX exec

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 19:46:04 +0000

Carmakers must calm consumer fears about cost, not just collisions, to fuel the market for self-driving cars, an executive from BlackBerry QNX said Thursday. During his keynote at a Toronto conference, Grant Courville said there are two main risks consumers want to steer clear of before buying autonomous cars: collisions and cybersecurity breaches. Even if…

Facebook’s AR/VR push could be a boon for businesses, analysts say

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 22:46:14 +0000

The Facebook Spaces virtual reality (VR) platform and AR (augmented reality) Studio software that the social media giant announced at yesterday’s F8 developers conference could provide large brands and small and medium-sized businesses alike with new revenue streams, if the company – and the partners who will ultimately use them – plays its cards right,…

Audi becomes first automotive brand to incorporate 4DX into Canadian marketing

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 20:09:30 +0000

Now you can add Audi Canada to the list of automotive companies taking a page from the tech industry. Last week the company released a 4DX-enabled version of “Pure Imagination,” an ad for its A5 2017 mid-size coupe that also happens to be the first commercial of its kind to screen in Canada. “The campaign…

It’s official: Toronto is one of the world’s best tech cities

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 18:45:28 +0000

2016 apparently proved to the world that Toronto is a premium destination for technology, with a second report this year listing the Canadian metropolis in the top 10 of tech cities worldwide. Similar to a report by an Australian firm that placed Toronto 8th in its annual index of best digital innovative cities, U.K. firm Savills World…

From PM to VC – Stephen Harper joins San Francisco tech fund

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 12:02:45 +0000

The last time Canadians really heard from Prime Minister Stephen Harper, he was campaigning for another term in government against Justin Trudeau’s Liberals. We know how that ended. Now Harper is speaking up again, but politics are no longer his focus. Now departed completely from the House of Commons, the former Conservative leader has taken…

Trump’s move on H-1B visas won’t hinder Canadian applicants

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 21:17:36 +0000

U.S. President Donald Trump’s latest executive order to “Buy American and Hire American” likely won’t hinder the Canadians heading south to take up high-skill tech jobs, but may see more immigrants seeking work in Canada. During his campaign, Trump pointed to H-1B visas as being “bad for America” and at one time issued a statement…

Joe Natale to get early start as Rogers CEO

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 20:24:17 +0000

Joe Natale will be able to start his new gig as president and CEO of Rogers Communications Inc. early – on April 19 – after the carrier was able to reach a confidential agreement with his former employer Telus Corp. Natale was President and CEO at Telus, where he’d climbed to the top since joining…

IBM Watson’s new capabilities to help marketing teams

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 18:28:24 +0000

IBM is putting its flagship artificial intelligence (AI)-powered supercomputer in the hands of marketers. The company has announced new cognitive abilities for Watson that will allow it to continuously examine customer behaviours and learn how they may impact the success of businesses. IBM Watson Marketing Insights can help marketing teams understand their audience and launch…

Canada will need 216,000 tech positions filled in these 5 key sectors by 2021

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 13:32:43 +0000

As the Canadian business landscape rapidly digitizes, a shortage of skilled labourers continues to hinder its growth potential. A new report published on Apr. 12 by the Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) indicates that Canada will need to fill approximately 216,000 technology-related positions by 2021, up from 2015 predictions of 182,000 by 2019. ICTC’s Labour…

How Workday makes sure its ERP platform stays ahead of the pack

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 12:45:48 +0000

TORONTO – Chat with Workday Inc. CTO Stan Swete for any length of time and it becomes obvious why his firm’s enterprise resource planning (ERP) software is a favourite of more than 1500 enterprises, including such tech luminaries as Adobe Systems Inc., LinkedIn, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) Co., and Netflix Inc.: the dedication to innovation…

Avaya throws support behind Canadian teen racing phenom

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 19:16:50 +0000

Most high school students aren’t thinking beyond their next test or social activity, but 17-year-old racing star Kendra Adams plans to rip up the track during the 2017 season. She’ll get some help from American tech company Avaya Inc. as an associate sponsor, and SE Telecommunications, an Avaya Edge channel partner, which will be Adams’ secondary…

eMarketer predicts Canadian digital ad spending to grow by 16%, mobile by 40% in 2017

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 15:24:19 +0000

Canada’s digital and mobile ad spending are predicted to rise higher than ever this year, according to eMarketer Inc., by 16 and 40 per cent respectively. Those numbers are contributing to across-the-board growth in Canadian media ad spending, which the market research firm expects to rise by 5.8 per cent to $10.74 billion this year.…

Disruptive mindset, agile platform key to digital transformation, Workday VP says

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 13:00:45 +0000

TORONTO – Today’s executives need both a disruption-embracing mindset and a versatile software platform that allows them to harness the latest customer, workplace, and industry data if they want their companies – and more importantly, employees – to reap the benefits of digital transformation, enterprise software maker Workday Inc.’s vice-president of financial management products, Betsy…