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It’s Time to Be Honest: Netflix Will Not Mean the End of Canadian Television

By Michael Geist  |  Categories: Trends
The Globe and Mail’s Simon Houpt ran a column over the weekend titled It’s Time to be Honest: Netflix is Parasitic. The piece received some positive commentary on Twitter, with some suggesting that it provided a counter-view to the Netflix support that has prevailed publicly and politically for several weeks in Canada. Houpt uses some effective imagery (Netflix as a Wal-Mart or Costco behemoth that will lay waste to Canadian film producers in the same way that the retail giants take out “mom and pop” stores), but this post argues that he does not come close to making his case.

Closing the Facebook

By Glen Farrelly  |  Categories: Social networking
A few days ago, I signed back into Facebook after a month long self-imposed exile. In an effort to improve my work-from-home efficiency, I had my wife change my password and not give it to me. I did the same with my email and Twitter accounts (I still haven't signed back onto Twitter, but I couldn't live without email beyond a couple days.)

The countdown to iTech 2014 Calgary & Vancouver is on!

By Sponsored  |  Categories: Tech events
With the events taking place in less than three weeks, here is an over view of what you can expect at iTech 2014:

The CRTC – Netflix Battle: Could It Lead to a Challenge of the CRTC’s Right to Regulate Online Video?

By Michael Geist  |  Categories: Technology law Trends
Netflix just concluded an appearance before the CRTC that resulted in a remarkably heated exchange between the regulator and the Internet video service. The discussion was very hostile with the CRTC repeatedly ordering Netflix to provide subscriber and other confidential information.

Stand out among the flurry of innovation at the Energy New Venture Competition!

By Backbone Staff  |  Categories: Tech events Technology start-ups
Are you an entrepreneur with an idea that will impact the energy industry? Are you a seed-stage company in the energy sector? Your share of $50,000 awaits.

CIPS INTERVIEWS: Chris Labrador, Director Concierge Service NRC-IRAP; World-Renowned Top-Ranking Executive in Business Innovation, Entrepreneurship and ICT

By Backbone Staff  |  Categories: Business innovation
INTERVIEWS by STEPHEN IBARAKI, FCIPS, I.S.P., ITCP/IP3P, MVP, DF/NPA, CNP, FGITCA. This week, Stephen Ibaraki has an exclusive interview with Chris Labrador.

Transmit Better Messages using Video

By Sponsored  |  Categories: Communications
Communication is the most important aspect of any sort of relationship, whether that relationship is personal or business oriented. Miscommunication causes some of the biggest problems in today’s world, just as it has caused some of the largest problems throughout history.

Backbone’s Annual Resource Guide, Ingenious Awards and Predictions Issue – Coming November 2014

By Backbone Staff  |  Categories: Tech events
Canada’s first ever annual Tech Resource Guide issue, our annual Tech Predictions story and the results of ITAC’s 3rd annual Ingenious Awards program – all in one big issue, publishing this November 2014.

Give MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) a Try

By Glen Farrelly  |  Categories: eLearning
Last week, I finished my first MOOC. No, it is not a sound a sick cow makes, rather it's a Massive Open Online Course  MOOCs are different from other online courses in that they are open. Open in that they are free to take and open to anyone, no perquisites required. Massive in that their free status tends to attract a very large number of students - with diverse backgrounds, locations, and subject-matter knowledge.

What the Recording Industry Isn’t Saying About Canada’s Internet Streaming Royalties

By Michael Geist  |  Categories: Technology law
Over the past month, Music Canada, the lead lobby group for the Canadian recording industry, has launched asocial media campaign criticizing a recent Copyright Board of Canada decision that set some of the fees for Internet music streaming companies such as Pandora. 

5 Healthcare tech innovations you should know about

By Miles Young  |  Categories: eHealth Gadgets
As the healthcare industry takes a technological turn, more and more innovations are coming out that are changing the face of medicine. From patient care solutions and diagnoses to the operating room, technology is quickly improving the healthcare landscape. With the future of health in mind, here are five tech innovations you should know about.

Proposed Technology & Innovation Hub to Support Job Creation and Downtown Kelowna Revitalization

By Backbone Staff  |  Categories: Technology start-ups
A new technology hub being proposed for downtown Kelowna is receiving support from a wide range of business, academic and community leaders.

Discovery showcase greets creative innovation with industry, academia and government - May 12-13, 2014

By Backbone Staff  |  Categories: Tech events
Discovery, an annual innovation-to-commercialization conference hosted by the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), brings together players from industry, academia, government, the investment community as well as entrepreneurs and students, to pursue collaboration opportunities.

Experience and explore how the Internet of Things will impact our world

By Backbone Staff  |  Categories: Tech events
GROW is transforming Whistler Village into North America’s first experiential conference to celebrate its 5-year milestone. August 20-22, 2014

Growth Hacking Toronto Meet-Up - April 23, 2014

By Backbone Staff  |  Categories: Tech events
Growth Hacking is a marketing term that recognizes strategies with an absolute focus on growth – this marketing discipline encourages high technology short cuts to grow companies.

TSX Ignite - Essentials for Great Canadian Companies

By Robert Peterman  |  Categories: SMB Trends
Canada is a nation of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Taken together, they represent a significant portion of the Canadian economy.

BYOD vs BYOPC

By Michael James  |  Categories: Mobility Trends
Many companies have a clear understanding of the pros and cons of Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD), with an estimated two-thirds of all companies adopting this method at least to enable email access. Given this now common practice you would think that it would apply to PCs too.

Increasing employee engagement with a mobile first strategy

By Backbone Staff  |  Categories: Mobility Speakers Corner
Using internal enterprise apps may help your business achieve its desired outcomes. Engaging your employees nowadays is more important than in the past. Employees want to be involved in the everyday running of the company they work for and understand what the business will need to succeed.

Chrysalix EVC, clean energy venture capital firm, funds 11 early-stage companies

By Backbone Staff  |  Categories: Tech events Technology start-ups

The Canadian Financing Forum held February 20 and 21, 2014 in Vancouver brought together the West Coast’s largest gathering of corporate development leaders from some of the most active acquirers in IT and Cleantech, the most active US and Canadian VC firms, and the most accomplished M&A professionals. The Forum featured presentations from Canada's most promising technology companies, as approximately 30 technology companies compete for the attention of top tier investors from across Canada and the United States. During the event, Chrysalix EVC announced funding of over half of their portfolio companies.

CoreFour completes investment round

By Lawrence Cummer  |  Categories: Start Up Innovation Campaign Technology start-ups
CoreFour, developers of the Backbone Innovation Campaign award-winning Edsby, have finished their first round of investor financing with multi-millions to show for it.

Mathtoons Media Receives Support from the Government of Canada

By Backbone Staff  |  Categories: eLearning
Kelowna-based educational technology company, Mathtoons Media has signed its second Contribution Agreement with the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) to develop teacher-created mobile practice for upper level academics.

Wavefront Wireless Summits 2014 a Success

By Backbone Staff  |  Categories: Tech events Wireless
The Wavefront Wireless Summits consisted of two parallel programming tracks covering the most important topics impacting business technology decisions today. The M2M Summit and the Wireless Business track included 2.5 days of sessions from the industry’s leaders.

Guidelines for MDM Software Deployment

By Michael James  |  Categories: Trends
Mobile Device Management (MDM) provides support, monitoring, security and management of mobile devices used by organizations, everywhere from smartphones and tablets to point of sale handhelds and mobile printers. As these devices become more popular as a work tool, and more vendors offer such services, the core benefits of MDM can become confused. The following outlines the main items that should be taken into consideration when implementing MDM software.

Get Ready For a Tech Upswing in Canada: Wayne Gudbranson

By Peter Wolchak  |  Categories: Economic development Canada Trends
We talk to Branham Group President and CEO Wayne Gudbranson about Canada’s tech clusters, our promising new companies and a bright outlook for 2014.

Edsby Outgrows Its Old Offices

By Lawrence Cummer  |  Categories: Start Up Innovation Campaign Technology start-ups
New funky loft space will accommodate rapid employee growth.

World's First Crowdsourced Loyalty Program Launches Beta Site

By Backbone Staff  |  Categories: Trends
MoPals.com, the world's first community-driven, crowdsourced loyalty program launched its beta website on December 17, 2013. It focuses on rewarding its members for their social media influence and brand ambassadorship.

Integrating ERP With CRM Systems

By Eric Kimberling  |  Categories: Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
When we implement new ERP software for our clients, we typically view CRM as one of several important cornerstones of the rollout. However, the fact that CRM systems can often deliver great value at a lower cost than a full ERP system, coupled with the fact that more conservative organizations are often less likely to bite off an entire ERP deployment all at once, means that many of our clients pursue CRM implementations without necessarily committing to a full enterprise solution.

Driving business transformation with mobility and wireless solutions

By Backbone Staff  |  Categories: Wireless
Building or adopting wireless solutions is no longer a choice. It’s a competitive reality. The convergence of mobile, social, cloud and information is driving toward the Internet of Things – a technology environment that transforms business scenarios.

App Store Sales Top $10 Billion in 2013

By Backbone Staff  |  Categories: Trends
Record-Breaking December with Over $1 Billion in Sales for Apple.

Capilano U Delves Deeper into e-Learning

By Backbone Staff  |  Categories: eLearning
Students at the Capilano University School of Business next spring will be able to study e-commerce and marketing exclusively online, one of a number of courses the school is offering online.

What Will Canada's Anti-Spam Law Mean for Users and Businesses?

By Michael Geist  |  Categories: Technology law
Long before sites such as Youtube and Twitter were even created, the Canadian government established a national task force to examine concerns associated with spam and spyware. The task force completed its work in May 2005, unanimously recommending that the government introduce anti-spam legislation (I was a member of the task force). 

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