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Get Dedicated! 5 Reasons You Need Dedicated Internet

By Vin Rao  |  Categories: Trends
To have a dedicated Internet connection or not to… that is the question. The answer is actually pretty easy to determine.

List of Location Based Services

By Glen Farrelly  |  Categories: Mobility
I'll soon be starting a study on location-based services. I'll be studying the field rather broadly - any mobile application or mobile website that deliver geotargetted content.

Program Gives Start-ups a More Solid Start

By Lawrence Cummer  |  Categories: Technology start-ups

A new program being launched this week by Accelerate Okanagan promises to help give entrepreneurs in that region help at the earliest stages of their business.

VMware Desktop Virtualization Gets Windows 10 Treatment

By Lawrence Cummer  |  Categories: Cloud computing Trends

This week VMware released its desktop virtualization software for Windows, Linux and Macs that have been upgraded to support Windows 10 and given a performance boost.

BlackBerry Joins Forces with PayPal for Mobile Payments

By Amanda Baines  |  Categories: Mobility Trends

Taken from a recent press release on the official blog of BlackBerry, the mobile phone manufacturer announced that users can now connect their PayPal account to their BBM (BlackBerry Messenger).

3 Ways Phone Systems Aren’t What They Used to Be (…But Better)

By Matthew Leppanen  |  Categories: Trends
We’ve come a long way, there’s no question that our phones aren’t the same as they once were. Look around for a payphone—remember those?—and you’ll see a clear illustration that our relationship with phones has changed.

In the Zone: Study Finds That Using Headphones During Exercise Helps Athletes Stay Focused

By Backbone Staff  |  Categories: Gadgets
Whether it's for taking a brisk walk, going for a bike ride or for running a few laps on the track, many top and amateur athletes alike consider their headphones a real workout essential.

Presentation Software with New Features that Make Presenting More Engaging for Students and Teachers

By Backbone Staff  |  Categories: Trends
Check out the new features Prezi presentation software has added since the last school year, all of which make presenting easier and more engaging for students and teachers.

Which Way is Up? How Locative Media May Enhance Sense of Place

By Glen Farrelly  |  Categories: Mobility
Last September, I participated in a workshop at the Mobile HCI conference (read my blogpost). My short paper was selected as one of the best from the conference, so I was invited to submit a full length article for the Journal of Mobile Human Computer Interaction.

Netflix Taxes and Canadian Digital Issues in the Election Spotlight

By Michael Geist  |  Categories: Trends
This week my regular technology law column (Toronto Star versionhomepage version) focused on the long election campaign and the prospect that digital issues might get some time in the spotlight. The column pointed to three broad themes – what comes after Bill C-51, the Trans Pacific Partnership, and a digital strategy 3.0. As part of the digital strategy discussion, I stated that questions abound, including “are new regulations over services such as Netflix on the horizon?”

First Autonomous Vehicle to Be Run on a Canadian Road by University Of Waterloo Students

By Backbone Staff  |  Categories: Trends
Today local startup Varden Labs will achieve a first in Canada when they run their autonomous (self-driving) shuttle on Ring Road at the University of Waterloo main campus.

Nova Scotian Not-for-profit and CATAAlliance Team to Promote Women in Tech

By Lawrence Cummer  |  Categories: Trends

Techsploration, a Nova Scotia-based not-for-profit organization that assists young women in exploring science, tech and trades careers, is partnering with the CATAAlliance to collaborate on content for a portal to promote the mentorship around women in technology.

Cloud’s Not New, Let’s Stop Being Skittish

By Tommy Chiu  |  Categories: Cloud computing
Cloud is more than a decade old. In Internet time, that’s a lifetime. But many businesses and individuals still see it as novel and are reluctant to adopt it, whether it is for security reasons, concerns about cost, loss of control, or voice quality issues in the case of VoIP.

Need Help with Telecom Acronyms and Jargon?

By Backbone Staff  |  Categories: Trends Unified Communications
A recent visitor to Backbone’s “Ask the Expert” wanted definitions of PBX, Hosted PBX, IVR, PABX, SIP – all acronyms and jargon in the telecommunications world.

5 Factors For Finding The Perfect Telephone Provider

By Matthew Leppanen  |  Categories: Trends

I’ve written recently about how crucial a business’s communications system is to its success. The right cloud-based telephone system and call centre can act as an enabler for improving customer experience.

Canada a Hotbed for Entrepreneurs, PwC Report

By Lawrence Cummer  |  Categories: Economic development Canada Technology start-ups
A recent report from PwC Canada finds that the country continues to be a great place for innovators and entrepreneurs to build and grow their businesses, calling the country a nation of innovators.

Entrepreneurs Use Cloud to Improve Workplace Safety

By Lawrence Cummer  |  Categories: Cloud computing
A Canadian start-up is using cloud technology to help businesses reduce workplace injuries and incidents and find return on their investments into occupational health and safety (OHS).

Boosting Customer Service with Cloud

By Matthew Leppanen  |  Categories: Cloud computing Sales and marketing
Customer service—or experience—is the most important competitive advantage for your business today, and only becoming more and more crucial.

Call for Technology Ingenious Awards Entries – Deadline July 17th

By Backbone Staff  |  Categories: Tech events
The Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) Ingenious Award Program is a yearlong initiative that celebrates businesses which demonstrate measurable evidence of productivity improvement, efficiency gains, revenue growth, overall business transformation or other organizational outcomes through the use of technology. Organizations may nominate themselves or be nominated by others.

How to Tell if Your Office Phone System is Bugged

By Robert Campbell  |  Categories: Mobility Security
Industrial espionage is a concern for every business in Canada, but high tech industries, financial institutions and publicly traded companies have more at risk than other types of firms. Unethical intelligence gathering on any business is a crime by any standard, and yet corporate spying is becoming more prevalent inside Canadian enterprise because of our advanced technology, our trusting national character, and general ignorance.

Fixing Up the Office Communication Breakdowns

By Matthew Leppanen  |  Categories: Trends
Communications is an essential component of any well-oiled workplace. Is there anything worse than those more-than-just-awkward situations when business communications breaks down? Sadly, we often don’t know it’s happening until it’s too late.

Trend Micro Looks Deeper at the Deep Web

By Lawrence Cummer  |  Categories: Trends
CBS’s new TV show CSI: Cyber is busy scaring the bejeezus out of Internet-using grandparents everywhere, but how real a threat is the Deep Web—often called the “dark net” by that show’s fictional FBI agents—and just how deep does it go?

Backbone Launches ‘Ask the Expert’ Feature

By Backbone Staff  |  Categories: Business innovation Trends
Backbone has recently added a new website widget called Ask the Expert. This is a place for you to share queries with us on the topics of technology and innovation on different themes each month, such as hosted phone services, cloud computing, high speed Internet, security and outsourcing.

Three Questions to Ask for Your Organization’s Change Management Strategy

By Eric Kimberling  |  Categories: Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
In our 2014 Clash of the Titans Report, we outline a quantifiable comparison of SAP, Oracle and Microsoft Dynamics – the leading ERP vendors in the industry. While this report has helped numerous organizations evaluate and select among these leading ERP systems, it does not necessarily address the role of organizational change management and it’s effect on successful ERP implementations.

Keeping it Real - RE/MAX's Mobile Marketing Strategy Has Curbside Appeal

By Glen Farrelly  |  Categories: Mobility Sales and marketing
I recently blogged about RE/MAX's recent mobile media when I saw one of their ads emphasizing that "No App Required". I was so impressed with how forward thinking this approach is that I contacted RE/MAX to find out more about their campaign and their motivations. 

Is Voicemail Dead? Not If We Can Help It

By Matthew Leppanen  |  Categories: Trends
Business news outlets in the last few weeks were abuzz about the fact that megabank JPMorgan Chase & Co. was cutting voicemail service for most of its consumer bank employees in what was being dubbed as voicemail’s demise.


I Lost My Mind When I Forgot My Mobile Device

By Glen Farrelly  |  Categories: Mobility Security
I was in a hurry yesterday to get out of the door and I forgot to grab my smartphone from its charger. I was on the TTC bus before I noticed its absence. Panic! I needed it!

You’re on Your Own: How the Government Wants Canadians To Sacrifice Their Personal Security

By Michael Geist  |  Categories: Security Technology law
Another week, another revelation originating from the seemingly unlimited trove of Edward Snowden documents. Last week, the CBC reported that Canada was among several countries whose surveillance agencies actively exploited security vulnerabilities in a popular mobile web browser used by hundreds of millions of people.

How to Satisfy Savvy, Connected Canadians

By Brad Fisher  |  Categories: Trends
Primus recently teamed up with Ryerson University’s start-up incubator DMZ on a comprehensive national online survey entitled Canadians & Their Connected Devices: How the Internet of Things is Changing our Lives.

Edsby Adds Office 365 Integration

By Lawrence Cummer  |  Categories: eLearning Trends

Edsby,winner of Backbone’s 2013 Innovation Campaign, this week extended its software to integrate with Microsoft’s Office 365, making it easier for K-12 teachers, parents and students using Microsoft’s cloud-based solutions.

Four IT Challenges You Don’t Want to Face Alone

By Eric Kimberling  |  Categories: Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
Rapidly evolving technology trends and their associated organizational and operational impacts can be overwhelming. It is nearly impossible to constantly keep up to date with this ever-changing landscape–making the job of today’s CIO so difficult. Proving why leveraging outside expertise can be so beneficial.

No App Required!

By Glen Farrelly  |  Categories: Mobility
I saw an ad today that had me puzzled at first. It was for a real estate agency, Re/Max, with a simple non-descript illustration, but with a huge call out: NO APP REQUIRED.

Canadian Cellphone Freedom Day: Wireless Consumer Protections Now Apply to All

By Michael Geist  |  Categories: Mobility Technology law
Today [June 3, 2015] is “Cellphone Freedom Day”, the day that most Canadian consumers can say goodbye to three year cellphone contracts. With the Federal Court of Appeal recentlyrejecting an attempt by the major carriers to stop the retroactive applicability of wireless code as of June 3rd (the two year anniversary of the code), consumers with cellphones that have run for more than 24 months can now cancel their contracts without penalty.

Personalization: How Much Is Too Much?

By Lawrence Cummer  |  Categories: Trends
Retailers have ever-more information at their fingertips to customize and personalize their customers’ experiences, and customers have come to expect it—and sometimes demand—this as the new norm.

TeraGo Networks Opens New 18,000 Square Foot Data Center in Mississauga, Ontario

By Robert Campbell  |  Categories: Data centers
Thurs evening, May 14th, 2015 TeraGo Networks hosted a Grand Opening exhibition to debut their new 18,000 square foot data centre in Mississauga, Ontario.

Five ERP Change Management Strategies to Promote Growth

By Eric Kimberling  |  Categories: Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
While many ERP system initiatives are intended to help replace outdated legacy systems, our clients typically leverage new systems to help them promote and prepare for growth. Whether their plans are to grow through organic growth, mergers, acquisitions or all of the above, our focus is on how to help our clients scale for future growth.

Is Your Phone System Killing Your Business?

By Matthew Leppanen  |  Categories: Business innovation Unified Communications

Three considerations to improve your voice communications. If you’re like many small business owners, you have probably not thought much about your phone system in recent years.



Grow Conference Offers Discounted Pricing for Advanced Bookings

By Backbone Staff  |  Categories: Business events Tech events
Advance booking can save you a bundle... the May price of $695 ends at midnight on May 31st and then prices increase to $795 for the month of June $895, for July, and $995 in August. The conference is once again being hosted in Whistler on August 19-21 for the second year in a row while being held in Vancouver for the first four years.  

Accessibility of Information Systems

By Glen Farrelly  |  Categories: Mobility
Last school semester I was working for a course on Information Systems at the University of Toronto. I delivered a guest lecture, Accessibility and Information Systems, that highlights the various issues, benefits, and resources for practitioners to consider to make their info system (whether it is a website, mobile app, self-serve kiosk, etc) more accessible to people of various abilities.

Five Ways to Achieve ROI in ERP

By Eric Kimberling  |  Categories: Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
The other day, I was speaking with a CIO at one of our US-based ERP implementation clients. He shared that his concern was not realizing the potential benefits of the new system.

New Strains of Ransomware Are Catching IT Off Guard

By Lawrence Cummer  |  Categories: Security

As if the news that people simply don’t seem to be recognising Phishing attacks wasn’t bad enough, those attacks are becoming more sinister as the latest surge are leading to ransomware, according to KnowBe4, a provider of Internet security training solutions.

Mobile Devices Give Directions... TO HELL!

By Glen Farrelly  |  Categories: Mobility
I had some free time last night so I caught up on some shows saved to my PVR that I've been meaning to watch.  I used to be a big fan of the television show Supernatural - which if you haven't seen the show, the name pretty much tells you all you need to know. Now in its tenth season, I stopped watching religiously about two seasons ago.

Why the CRTC Fell Short in Addressing Canada’s Wireless Woes

By Michael Geist  |  Categories: Technology law Wireless
The competitiveness of Canadian wireless services has been the source of an ongoing and contentious debate for years. Last week, Canada’s telecom regulator concluded that there is a competitiveness problem, yet in a decision surprisingly applauded by many groups, declined to use much of its regulatory toolkit to address the problem. Instead, it placed a big bet on the prospect of a smaller wireless carrier somehow emerging as a fourth national player.

Are Canadians Taking the Phishing Bait?

By Lawrence Cummer  |  Categories: Security
Phishing attacks continue to become harder to identify, and a recent quiz-based study by Intel Security found people globally were unable to identify phishing emails, and not by some small margin of error.

How You Can Use Technology and Innovation to Add Value to Your Company

By Amy Klimek  |  Categories: Business innovation
If you have developed technological and creative competencies through your education or formal work experience, it makes sense to leverage them as much as you can in any new role that you apply for. The biggest challenge to doing so successfully beyond just applying your skills to the tasks that you perform is knowing how to win the cultural competency race.

Tracking The Trackers

By Glen Farrelly  |  Categories: Mobility
Having researched mobile locative technology for the past few years, I have often heard from people that they don't use such features on their smartphone that automatically ascertain and transmit their position as they are concerned about being tracked.

Debunking the Seven Myths of Business Process Reengineering

By Eric Kimberling  |  Categories: Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
Through the treacherous years of manual processes, outdated legacy systems, inaccurate performance data and internal operational breakdowns, most organizations are ready for a heavy dose of business process reengineering (BPR)

Banking Study Highlights Importance of Digital Capabilities

By Lawrence Cummer  |  Categories: Trends
A new North American banking study conducted by Accenture has for the first time ranked online capabilities as the top criteria of Canadian bank customers, even more than branches and fees.

Learning Appreciation for Graphic Literature

By Glen Farrelly  |  Categories: eLearning Trends
Recently, I was invited to conduct a workshop for kids aged 8-12 on graphic novels and web comics at my local library. As you may be able to tell from the name of this blog, I am a fan of comics. When I was a kid I did not like reading and only read comic books and books in the Choose Your Own Adventure series (now I'm a PhD candidate so don't believe the criticism that reading comics makes you stupid.)

The Future of eCommerce

By Backbone Staff  |  Categories: eCommerce Mobility
Another great conference hosted by VEF (Vancouver Enterprise Forum) this week! VEF always does a great job of bringing the local technology community together once a month to stimulate ideas, conversations and connections. This month was no different with panelists discussing all things eCommerce.

The Copyright Notice Flood: What to Consider If You Receive a Copyright Infringement Notification

By Michael Geist  |  Categories: Technology law
For the past few months, I’ve received daily emails from people who have been sent a copyright infringement notification as part of Canada’s notice-and-notice system. Most of the notifications come from CEG-TEK, a U.S.-based anti-piracy firm. 

Leadership Communication: What to Say and How to Say It

By Eric Kimberling  |  Categories: Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
All business transformations require effective leadership buy-in and communication. The executive and management teams sponsoring a major change in an organization are tasked with an important mission: what to communicate to employees and how to say it.

In Defence of Stock Photos

By Glen Farrelly  |  Categories: Trends
Stock photography - that is a library of royalty-free photos - seems to be the subject of much mockery lately. Buzzfeed has numerous, hilarious pages involving the glorification of the cheesiness of stock photos.

Five Leadership Lessons from Successful Manufacturers

By Eric Kimberling  |  Categories: Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
Manufacturers are critical to economic growth – even while commodity-based manufacturing is outsourced to other countries in exchange for the higher-value manufacturing currently experiencing a renaissance.

Security Researchers Identify Malware Threat to Virtual Currencies

By Backbone Staff  |  Categories: Security
INTERPOL cyber threat researchers, including a Kaspersky Lab expert, have identified a threat to the blockchain in virtual transactions that could result in them being embedded with malware or other illegal data, including child abuse images.

Careers in Corporate Digital Media

By Glen Farrelly  |  Categories: Business innovation
I recently spoke to a class of university undergraduates on possible careers in corporate digital media. It was a short guest lecture to cover the basics to consider a career in this field.

CRTC, Competition Bureau Enforcement Actions Show Anti-Spam Law Has Teeth

By Michael Geist  |  Categories: Technology law
As the launch of the Canadian anti-spam law neared last spring, critics warned that enforcement was likely to present an enormous challenge. Citing the global nature of the Internet and the millions of spam messages sent each day, many argued that enforcement bodies such as the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission and the Competition Bureau were ill-suited to combating the problem.

Improving content marketing programs with agile methods

By Ben Bradley  |  Categories: Sales and marketing
Thinking about improving content marketing? By starting with the desired outcome and then working backwards (and keeping an agile mindset), you can always fine tune and find ways to keep improving your content marketing programs.

Toronto Startup Synaptop Succeeds on Dragons' Den

By Backbone Staff  |  Categories: New technologies

Synaptop's successful pitch on CBC's Dragons' Den aired on April 2nd, 2015.

Does Your Business Need More Traction? Look No Further…

By Backbone Staff  |  Categories: Tech events
On June 18th 2015 the Traction one-day conference in Vancouver will teach distribution strategies and tactics to get, keep and grow customers at scale. Learn everything from Content Marketing to Analytics, Testing, Conversion Optimization, Retention, Virality, Monetization, Sales, Partnerships and more.

Building a Solid Information Architecture for a Website

By Glen Farrelly  |  Categories: Technology start-ups
I attended a working session recently to plan out the information architecture of an organization facing profound problems with their existing websites.

People First, Technology Second

By Eric Kimberling  |  Categories: Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
Never equate activity with efficiency. Organizations have a long standing history of putting a high level of emphasis on the software being implemented and ignoring the people side of the implementation. In other words, organizations consistently value technology first and people second.

Building a Social Business

By Backbone Staff  |  Categories: Social networking
You’ve friended your clients on Facebook and followed your customers on Twitter, and maybe you’ve even linked to them all on LinkedIn, but does that mean you can call yourself a social business?

Before a Redesign, Try Website Landing Page Optimization

By Ben Bradley  |  Categories: Sales and marketing
A website redesign is expensive and time consuming. Before you leap into a big project, give some thought to testing various ideas with landing page optimization– a series of small A/B tests that can drive more leads as well as inform and fuel your future brand redesign. It can also help you  dramatically reduce your PPC advertising costs by optimizing traffic and eliminating traffic that will never convert.

Business Innovation Summit 2015 - Connect, Network, Learn

By Backbone Staff  |  Categories: Business events
On April 28-29, 2015, the Conference Board’s Centre for Business Innovation is hosting its annual Summit to help businesses and entrepreneurs accelerate the pace of their innovation and commercialization efforts—to reach markets faster and more profitably, in Canada and around the world.

Undergrad Students Predict Technology Trends

By Glen Farrelly  |  Categories: Trends
I have been working as a teaching assistant for an undergraduate e-business class for the Communication, Culture, Information and Technology program at the University of Toronto's Mississauga campus, which gives me the chance to talk about some cool tech, trends, and their possible ramifications for business.

How to Run a Successful Startup

By Backbone Staff  |  Categories: Business innovation
By the time Cameron Herold is 15 minutes into the phone interview for this article, he has already unpacked his suitcase, arranged everything in his four-star hotel bathroom and neatly rearranged the chairs on the deck overlooking the ocean.

The World Ski & Snowboard Festival: There’s An App For That

By Backbone Staff  |  Categories: Mobility Trends
At Backbone, along with all tech, we love apps and if they can add value to an already fun experience, even better. Whether you can or can’t get away from your desk and want to see what the cool kids are doing in Whistler next week, check out this new app!  wssf.com/WSSF-mobile-app

We Can’t Hear You: The Shameful Review of Bill C-51 By the Numbers

By Michael Geist  |  Categories: Technology law
The Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security will hold its clause-by-clause review of Bill C-51, the Anti-Terrorism bill, this morning. The government is expected to introduce several modest amendments thatexperts note do little to address some of the core concerns with the bill. 

Tips for Corporate Websites and Intranets

By Glen Farrelly  |  Categories: Trends
I'm lecturing to an undergraduate class this week on careers in the design and management of corporate websites and intranets. Having worked in the area for over eleven years, it's a subject I am quite familiar with.

New Keynote Speaker at THINK: Create Possibilities

By Backbone Staff  |  Categories: Tech events
Dr. Dave Williams, Southlake Regional Health Centre president and CEO is the second keynote speaker at THINK this year.

Why Did the CRTC Mandate Pick-and-Pay? Because BDU’s Wouldn’t Do It On Their Own

By Michael Geist  |  Categories: Trends
The CRTC released its TalkTV decision this afternoon and – as expected – it includes a mandatory basic service capped at $25 per month (which may include U.S. channels) and mandates a pick-and-pay alternative no later than December 2016.  Why did the CRTC conclude that it needed to regulate a pick-and-pay option?

See TED in Vancouver this week

By Backbone Staff  |  Categories: Tech events

See FREE archived talks hereTED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) the global set of conferences is presently in Vancouver.

Training Tips for Software Implementation Success

By Sponsored  |  Categories: Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
You don’t have to spend much time researching enterprise application software before you come across some pretty staggering numbers regarding failed implementations. Though the results vary, several studies have found around a two-thirds failure rate for enterprise relationship planning (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM) implementations, and the same has been reported for content management systems (CMSs) and others. Why does this happen and what can you do about it?

Canadian Government Is Throwing Out Paper To Save Taxpayers Money

By Backbone Staff  |  Categories: Digital economy strategy Green technology
Want to hear about a government initiative that will impact your finances and contribute to Canadian taxpayer savings of $17-million dollars annually?

I Spy Spotify

By Glen Farrelly  |  Categories: Trends
This week, I got my invitation to try out Spotify as they have just now ventured into the Canadian market (after launching in 50+ other countries).

What Open Government Hides

By Michael Geist  |  Categories: Technology law Trends
Treasury Board President Tony Clement unveiled the latest version of his Open Government Action Plan last month, continuing a process that has seen some important initiatives to make government data such as statistical information and mapping data publicly available in open formats free from restrictive licenses.

Why Uber Has a Canadian Privacy Problem

By Michael Geist  |  Categories: Mobility Trends
The mounting battle between Uber, the popular app-based car service, and the incumbent taxi industry has featured court dates in Toronto, undercover sting operations in Ottawa, and a marketing campaign designed to stoke fear among potential Uber customers. As Uber enters a growing number of Canadian cities, the ensuing regulatory fight is typically pitched as a contest between a popular, disruptive online service and a staid taxi industry intent on keeping new competitors out of the market.

Carol Todd on Bill C-13: 'What Happened to Democracy?'

By Michael Geist  |  Categories: Social media Technology law
The Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights continues its study later today [November 26, 2014] on Bill C-13, the cyber-bullying/lawful access bill that has already passed the House of Commons and seems certain to clear the Senate shortly.

A Webslinger Holiday

By Glen Farrelly  |  Categories: Trends
I spent a few days in Orlando Florida at their amusement parks and have come to two conclusions: 1. Mobile devices are invaluable for park visits and 2. I'm sick of simulated/3D rides.

Kid Reviews Mobile Game Tunnel Town

By Glen Farrelly  |  Categories: Trends
I have a guest blogger for today's post, my young daughter.  She recently discovered mobile app game by the maker's of National Geographic's Animal Jam that she loves! It's called Tunnel TownIt's a free game available on Android and iPhones. 

Returning to Toronto's Tech Centre for Mobile HCI Conference

By Glen Farrelly  |  Categories: Tech events
I spent much of this week [September 22-26] at a tech conference at the Hyatt hotel on Toronto's King Street near Toronto. I haven't been to this hotel for many years, since the height of the dot.com era. The hotel was a Holiday Inn back then. There wasn't much else of note in this area except parking lots and a few restaurants. Back then this former "fashion district" was increasingly populated by tech startups filling the old smallrise buildings left by banished furriers

DigiBC Shows Off BC’s Video Game Success Stories to Ministers

By Backbone Staff  |  Categories: Wireless
On the evening of November 24, DigiBC hosted a special event called “Game On 4 BC” at the Victoria Conference Centre. The purpose was to celebrate the diversity and ingenuity of video games (and similar entertainment) being created in our province, and to help educate the various elected officials about the abundant talent and companies working in this sector.

Ontario Provincial Police Recommend Ending Anonymity on the Internet

By Michael Geist  |  Categories: Security Technology law
The Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs began its hearings on Bill C-13, the lawful access/cyberbullying bill last week with an appearance from several law enforcement representatives. 

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