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Top Tech Trends CES Explained in 4 Graphs

By Jim Harris  |  Categories: Tech events Trends
The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) began January 6 in Las Vegas – and in 2016 it was the platform for 20,000 product launches. The 2.4 million square feet of exhibit space is equal to about 50 football fields. The event is Mecca to 150,000 tech enthusiasts. » read more
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#BCTECH Summit sets a new course for tech in BC

By Backbone Staff  |  Categories: Tech events

The largest tech event ever held in BC was a great success this week. The BCTECH Summit, a two-day celebration of BC technology innovation, hosted more than 2,800 people from across BC and beyond.

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Unfriending is Unprofessional and Unnecessary

By Glen Farrelly  |  Categories: Social media
According to a recent Australian regulatory decision, unfriending a coworker on Facebook can add up to workplace bullying. There were other actions leading up to this, but unfriending was key (see CNETfor details). Just recently, and without provocation, I was similarly bullied!
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Ransomware, Hacktivism May Be Up for 2016

By Lawrence Cummer  |  Categories: Security Trends
It’s that time of year, and security experts are making their forecasts for what to expect in 2016 and beyond; among them include more of the threats that had been on the rise this year such as ransomware and hacktivism. » read more
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Dear Facebook Diary

By Glen Farrelly  |  Categories: Social media
Earlier this year in March, Facebook launched the On This Day feature that shows a user his or her Facebook content from that same day from years past. Status updates, tagged photos, wall posts from friends, funny drawings, meme videos you commented on, etc. all from years gone by are presented in reverse chronological order for your nostalgic perusal.
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Technology and the TPP: A Panel Discussion

By Michael Geist  |  Categories:
Last month, the University of Ottawa hosted a standing room only panel on technology and the TPP featuring Burcu Kilic, Carolina Rossini, Jeremy deBeer, Tamir Israel and myself. The panel was moderated by Loris Mirella, the lead IP negotiator on the TPP for the Canadian government.
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FreshBooks to Release Credit Card Payment Hardware for Small Businesses

By Lawrence Cummer  |  Categories: Mobility Trends
Toronto-based small business accounting software company FreshBooks announced earlier this month it would be releasing hardware that will allow small businesses owners to securely accept credit card payments using their mobile phones. » read more
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Cool Tech Toys for Black Friday Shopping

By Lawrence Cummer  |  Categories: Gadgets Trends
Tied to American Thanksgiving, Black Friday is the U.S. kick-off of the holiday shopping season. And while Canadians continue to begin our seasonal shopping in December—some of us as late as the third week, sorry Mom—the areas of electronics, gadgets, toys and hobbies are a different story, with Canadians loving our Black Friday (and Cyber Monday) sales. » read more
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Kayak Fish Finder Duo Gets A Million Bucks On Dragon's Den

By Robert Campbell  |  Categories:
Oct 15 2015, Season Ten of CBC's Dragons' Den, Episode Two detailed some disruptive Canadian fishing technology. Dressed as sport fishermen in khaki vests, Michael Smith and Chester Yeum unveiled an amazing portable sonar fish finder that sketches marine life on smart phones, and then asked the Dragons for a million bucks to make it work even better. » read more
Trade and Investment in China

Trends and Opportunities for Trade and Investment in China

By Backbone Staff  |  Categories: Business events
The Vancouver International Trade & Investment Summit - CHINA: Emerging Trends & Opportunities takes place in Vancouver, BC on December 7, 2015.
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