By Backbone Staff | December 10, 2013 4:00 AM | Categories: Trends
Tired of having to drag your way through a whole lot of channels that are useless to you because you had to buy a whole bundle of them just to get your eyes on your favourite sports channel? Toronto company VMedia may have the solution for you because they now offer 60 standalone channels. Their press release explains all...
By Emilia Zych | November 27, 2013 3:45 AM | Categories: Security Trends
Most industries around the globe have been plunging into digital work-flow automation with mobile apps and cloud-based or stand alone platforms that utilize electronic signatures for major purchases and transactions. They do this to save time while cutting long term costs associated with standard paper practices and procedures.
By Michael Geist | November 18, 2013 3:00 AM | Categories: Trends
Barry Sookman reports that a CRTC official advised a conference that the Industry Canada anti-spam regulations are now final and should be publicly available in about two weeks. The law will come into force in 2014.
By Cole Clark | November 11, 2013 3:00 AM | Categories: Trends
Non-profit organizations are non-commercial companies that use surplus revenues to achieve its goals rather than distribute profits as dividends to its shareholders. For example, a non-profit organization would include charities and public arts organizations.
By Michael Geist | November 6, 2013 4:45 AM | Categories: Trends Wireless
Statistics Canada released its bi-ennial Internet use survey
last week and while much of the immediate reaction focused on the continuing growth of Internet use (due largely to increased usage by those aged 65 and older), my weekly technology law column (Toronto Star version
, homepage version
) argues the bigger story is the ongoing Canadian digital divide that confirms the strong link between household income and Internet use.
By Backbone Staff | October 31, 2013 4:30 AM | Categories: Trends
How does Canada’s largest restaurant company find the perfect location? Location analytics, that’s how.
By Glen Farrelly | October 23, 2013 4:30 AM | Categories: Trends
I have nothing against hashtags in theory - they are a great way to distinguish tags. And I love tagging - in fact I have tagged 1000 articles with my tag "net news" for bookmarking on Delicious and to share the stories I find particularly interesting and useful about Internet and digital media.
By Glen Farrelly | October 17, 2013 4:30 AM | Categories: Trends
Every year, we take our daughter to an amusement park to celebrate her birthday. This year we went to a nearby amusement park, Canada's Wonderland, after the summer break in the hopes of avoiding jam-packed crowds and endless lines. We didn't.
The paperless office might be a dream, but paperless admissions to Royal Roads University
of B.C. is real. And the university’s efforts to streamline applications for enrolling students was recently honoured in University Business
magazine’s summer 2013 Models of Efficiency recognition program.
Non-profit organizations have specialized software needs and software companies that realize this can take a better approach to computerizing fundraising functions for non-profits. As a developer of software that deals with fund accounting, non-profit and municipal software programs, Solutions IDC has addressed many of the challenges presented by these unique government and public sector organizations.
“The 20th-century mass-production world was about dozens of markets of millions of people. The 21st century is all about millions of markets of dozens of people.” – Joe Kraus
You recently celebrated your specialty bread store’s third year in business and have been thinking of expanding to new locations to increase sales. But where should you locate your new store? You have some idea of who your best customers are; however, where and how do you begin finding more like them?
Physicists at the University of British Columbia
may be helping develop technology that will keep Moore’s Law from stalling.
By Peter Wolchak | September 24, 2013 3:45 AM | Categories: Trends
BlackBerry announced Sept. 23 it is selling itself to Fairfax Financial Holdings in a deal worth $4.7 billion. The initial reaction of many Canadian tech watchers will be disappointment: most of us held out hope BlackBerry could still succeed.
By Michael Geist | September 16, 2013 12:00 AM | Categories: Trends Wireless
The Labour Day weekend ended with a bang for telecom watchers as Verizon, the U.S. giant that was contemplating entering the Canadian market, announced that it was no longer interested in moving north. That decision represents a major loss
for consumers, who would have benefited from greater choice and increased competition.
Biometrics isn’t exactly new, but can you imagine logging into your PC based on the unique rhythms of your heartbeat? That’s what Nymi
, a new technology product launched by Toronto-based start-up Bionym, promises to do.
By Cole Clark | September 10, 2013 4:00 AM | Categories: Trends
By implementing optimized accounting procedures, organizations can ensure greater productivity while meeting their business goals. For-profit companies, for instance, should set their accounts in order to keep track of their gains and losses.
By Richard Sands | September 5, 2013 12:00 AM | Categories: Trends
Keeping track of inventory has clear and obvious benefits in today’s fast paced business environment. Regardless of the size of your business, you have to keep track of all aspects i.e. goods in stock, property and building contents if you want to run everything smoothly and keep costs down.
By Michael Geist | September 4, 2013 4:45 AM | Categories: Trends Wireless
With Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam stating
yesterday that "Verizon is not going to Canada", the government's best hope for "more choice, lower prices, better service"
may have been lost.
Does it matter where your computer data such as email, digital photos, personal videos, and documents resides? The Canadian Chamber of Commerce apparently doesn’t think so.
No matter if you plan to replace your old accounting solution with a newer and more advanced non-profit software, or this is the first time you implement such a solution, there are several aspects you need to consider.
One year ago, many Internet users were engaged in a contentious debate over the question of who should govern the Internet.
By Michael Geist | July 31, 2013 1:30 AM | Categories: Trends Wireless
As the lobby onslaught from Bell, Telus, and Rogers bears some fruit - editorials from the Globe
and Toronto Star
calling for the government to reverse its position on a set-aside as well as support from the Canadian Council of Chief Executives
and from a leading telecom union
- it is worth considering whether the Canadian policy differs significantly from other developed economies.
Google says a recent study conducted by the company has determined that 88 per cent of a site’s visitors driven by mobile search ads would not happen with relevance-based search listings alone. It’s a nod to pay-per-click advertising, like that offered by the company.
By Backbone Staff | July 23, 2013 12:47 PM | Categories: Trends
Last month, Microsoft raised its ante in the bet that Canadian enterprises will look to its technologies for the inspiration to innovate, opening a Microsoft Technology Centre
(MTC) in Mississauga, Ont.
By Mitch Garvis | July 22, 2013 4:45 AM | Categories: Gadgets Trends
Independent IT trainer Mitch Garvis travels more than 100,000 business miles every year, so he knows a thing or 10 about laptop bags. In "What IS your Laptop Bag?" he discusses the four bags he now carries on a regular basis: a shoulder bag and wheeled suitcase from Ogio, a Wenger backpack and a Brenthaven briefcase-style bag.
By Michael Geist | July 19, 2013 9:57 AM | Categories: Trends Wireless
Telecom giant Telus has had an eventful week as it moves from claiming
that Canada "really should be the most expensive country for wireless service in the OECD" to increasing its prices
in the shift toward two-year contracts to now declaring war on the government's commitment to injecting greater competition into the Canadian marketplace.
Last month, Bell Canada was named by both Maclean’s and Corporate Knights magazines as one of Canada’s top 50 most socially responsible companies.
By Peter Wolchak | July 17, 2013 2:45 AM | Categories: Gadgets Trends
Microsoft just slashed the price of its Surface RT tablets. The 32GB model now costs $349, down from $500, and the 64GB model is $449.
By Michael Geist | July 16, 2013 11:23 AM | Categories: Trends Wireless
Yesterday I blogged twice about the 2013 OECD Communications Outlook
, a major international report issued once every two years with detailed comparative data on telecommunications throughout the developed economy world.
By Backbone Staff | July 16, 2013 11:01 AM | Categories: Trends
Changes abound recently at Primus Canada
, some of which may mean more choices available to businesses and homes in the Greater Toronto Area.
By Peter Wolchak | July 15, 2013 2:45 AM | Categories: Mobility Trends
Google just updated its Maps app and there are some great additions. There is also one weird and unfriendly subtraction.
By Michael Geist | July 10, 2013 10:42 AM | Categories: Trends Wireless
Reports that U.S. telecom giant Verizon may be preparing to enter the Canadian market has sparked considerable speculation on the likely impact of a company with a market cap greater than Bell, Rogers, and Telus combined.
The complex relationships between insurance companies and technology firms have come a long way in the past years, based on greater understanding between the two.
Having initially dismissed
the prospect of Verizon's entry into the Canadian market, telecom analysts are now seeking to downplay the likely impact, questioning
whether Verizon would become a consumer-focused competitor and suggesting
its focus may be limited to the corporate market.
By Peter Wolchak | July 2, 2013 12:15 PM | Categories: Gadgets Trends
There’s no way to sugarcoat this: BlackBerry just announced very disappointing numbers. The company underperformed in all three critical measures: revenue, subscriber base and units sold.
By Peter Wolchak | July 2, 2013 5:30 AM | Categories: Gadgets Trends
I wrote recently
that although I have done most of my gaming on an Xbox 360, I was torn about which next-gen console to buy: Microsoft’s Xbox One or Sony’s PS4. Pushing me towards a PS4 was Microsoft’s rigid rules restricting used-game sales and the company’s insistence that consoles connect to the Internet once per day.
By Peter Wolchak | June 27, 2013 5:30 AM | Categories: Trends
The movie industry is not known for innovative business and marketing practices. Its two main marketing vehicles — posters and movie trailers — have been around since 1895
respectively. And when the industry started losing big bucks to illegal file downloads, it responded with expensive shame campaigns and extensive lawsuits.
I don't have time to read flyers - print or online. But I do love specials! So I frequently sign up for companies' email newsletters to keep an eye out for good promotions or new products. Most corporate emails, however, are often dull and irrelevant. So I rarely make the time to read them.
While attending Dell’s Enterprise Forum in San Jose this week, it was immediately obvious that Dell is serious about repositioning itself as an enterprise IT vendor. Dell greeters throughout the event sported bright green T-shirts with clever sayings such as “Fibre keeps my network moving,” “Wearer carries no cache,” “I’m with the bandwidth” and -- my personal favourite -- “I’m too hot to swap.”
Suneet Singh Tuli explains the origin of Datawind's products; a vision for equality in education. After the first product presentation to the Indian government in 2003, the format of the product evolved substantially: from television add-on to tablet bundled with free Internet access! Videoed at CDMN Canada 3.0 in May 2013.
By Michael Geist | May 17, 2013 5:45 AM | Categories: Trends
The examination of the proposed Bell acquisition of Astral Communications took place last week in Montreal with the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission hearing from a wide range of supporters and opponents of a deal that only last year was rejected as contrary to the public interest.
By Backbone Staff | May 15, 2013 10:45 AM | Categories: Trends
Don Tapscott discusses radical openness; the subject of a book he co-authored with Anthony Williams and a concept currently important in many areas of business and life. The interview was conducted at the Live Pitch-Off event of the 2nd Annual Backbone Start Me Up Innovation Campaign on May 6, 2013 in Toronto.
By Glen Farrelly | April 17, 2013 11:15 AM | Categories: Mobility Trends
In early April, I attended a seminar on mobile technology and Canada's economy presented by Backbone magazine and the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance.
By Michael Geist | April 15, 2013 5:30 AM | Categories: Trends
Soon after the publication of my column
on the digital divide in Canada, I received the following email from a reader, who lives just north of Toronto (FWIW, I've received similar letters from people within the City of Ottawa limits). The reader reacts to both the lack of access and the efforts of Xplornet to stop the government from supporting communities without access.
By Glen Farrelly | April 11, 2013 5:00 AM | Categories: Trends
The educational benefits of digital and interactive media are well established. Even considering this, I am surprised how seldom my young daughter has had the chance to use educational technology. Her schools have made spartan and prosaic use of computers. Even with me working in digital media, I haven't exposed my kid to that much tech beyond online and console games.
By Glen Farrelly | April 8, 2013 5:45 AM | Categories: Trends
Last year at this time, I posted on the importance of recognizing Canadians working in digital media in both the content and technology sides. I urged people to nominate someone in the sector for Canada's Walk of Fame
. So far, it's been a complete shut-out for this sector - which inarguably has a huge impact on Canadian culture, identity, and daily life.
By Peter Wolchak | March 22, 2013 5:45 AM | Categories: Trends
People are once again talking about Yahoo! Its new CEO Marissa Mayer recently decided to reel employees back into the office
, cancelling or curtailing the option employees had to work where and when they wished. This has left many grumbling as they say goodbye to home offices and hello to the daily grind of commuting to centralized cubicles.
If you’re still getting your head around the concept of the Internet of Things, I have bad news: there’s a new buzz term in town, and it’s even bigger and more complicated.
Canada’s federal government recently announced a Start-Up Visa Program
aimed at attracting international entrepreneurs to the country.
By Jon Arnold | March 11, 2013 5:45 AM | Categories: Trends
Hot topic lately, and time will tell if old school work-at-your-desk policies will save Yahoo. Personally, I think remote working is great for certain types of people and situations, but for the masses, bad idea. Gee, can you tell that I work from home?
By Michael Geist | March 7, 2013 5:30 AM | Categories: General Trends
The movie Argo may have picked up the biggest prize in last week's Academy Awards ceremony, but it was the Best Documentary Short winner that had many on the Internet buzzing.
The world of IT employment has changed over the decades. When I graduated from Western University in 1969 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science, computers were new, networks didn’t exist as we know them now and there were plenty of full-time opportunities to be had.