Articles By Brian Jackson

Hashtag Trending – Russian router hack; Lenovo Z5 teased; Canadian banks suffer breach

The FBI asks if you’ve tried turning it off and back on again, Lenovo’s new Z5 smartphone sounds impressive, and two Canadian banks are reporting a new data breach that affects customers. Trending

Published on: May 29th, 2018 Brian Jackson

OpenText underlines AI platform Magellan’s open source approach to counter Watson

LAS VEGAS - Aside from naming its artificial intelligence platform, Magellan, after a 16th-century explorer instead of a 20th-century businessman, Waterloo, Ont.-based OpenText Corp is looking for other ways to differentiate itself from

Published on: May 28th, 2018 Brian Jackson

Using Apple’s HomePod in Canada

Americans have been able to get their hands on Apple's smart speaker, the HomePod, for a few months now. But with no Canadian release date in sight, we smuggled one across the border

Published on: May 17th, 2018 Brian Jackson

Google Home Max review – it’s my new TV soundbar

The Google Home Max is my new TV soundbar, thanks to the simple inclusion of the 3.5mm aux audio input that's included on this device. I've bemoaned the loss of the headphone jack (an

Published on: May 16th, 2018 Brian Jackson

Hashtag Trending – Largest PC case ever made; Lyft launches subscription plan to some; RIP net neutrality

Does size matter? If we’re talking about PC gaming rigs, the answer is yes. Lyft opens up a subscription option to its power users. And the death of net neutrality in the U.S.

Published on: May 11th, 2018 Brian Jackson

All Hands on Tech – Canada’s first smart condo community

We tour Tridel's new Ten York condo tower development in downtown Toronto with Smart One Solutions, the firm that's deployed smart community technology that will see residents have access to capabilities unlike anywhere

Published on: May 10th, 2018 Brian Jackson

Hashtag Trending – Notepad upgraded; Amazon partners with home builder; AT&T made payments to Michael Cohen

Microsoft brings an end to garbled text files on Notepad, Amazon enters yet another industry, and people are asking questions about why AT&T is making payments to Donald Trump’s lawyer. Trending on Google,

Published on: May 10th, 2018 Brian Jackson

Google Home Max launches in Canada May 16 featuring work of local engineers

Google Home Max, the big sister to Google Home, is launching in Canada May 16 for $499 and there are some Canadian connections involved in the product's development. Google Canada demonstrated the big

Published on: May 9th, 2018 Brian Jackson

Hashtag Trending – Google Duplex unveiled, new details on Equifax breach; OnePlus 6 leak

Why you’ll never again fully trust that it’s a real person on the other end of the phone line, Equifax responds to an investigation into its data breach with new details, and some

Published on: May 9th, 2018 Brian Jackson

Hashtag Trending – Emergency mobile alerts tested; Microsoft’s $25 million AI fund; smart luggage goes bust

Emergency alert! Systems for mobile devices is tested across Canada, Microsoft creates an AI for accessibility fund, and one “smart device” that’s packing its bags for the graveyard of good ideas. https://twitter.com/YRDSB/status/993473840410906624 Trending

Published on: May 8th, 2018 Brian Jackson

CDN Top 100 Solution Providers Fastest Rising Star Award: Comparex Canada

Comparex Canada soared up CDN's Top 100 IT Solution Providers list 35 spots to claim the Fastest Rising Star Award in 2017. The award was announced April 25 at CDN's Top 100 gala

Published on: April 26th, 2018 Brian Jackson

CDN Top 100 Solution Providers list sets revenue records as 2017 rankings unveiled

CDW Canada still has its magic touch, once again appearing on top of the Computer Dealer News (CDN) Top 100 IT Solution Providers Gala on April 25. It’s the fifth year in a

Published on: April 25th, 2018 Brian Jackson

Mitel acquired by Roots owner Searchlight Capital for $2 billion, will go private

Ottawa-based Mitel Networks Corp. has been acquired by London-based Searchlight Capital Partners for $2 billion. The cash transaction was announced on Tuesday and will see Mitel be taken off the public stock exchanges

Published on: April 25th, 2018 Brian Jackson

Hashtag Trending – Kanye West-Elon Musk bromance; Shazam! Apple slapped by regulators; dead guy can’t unlock his iPhone

Kanye West and Elon Musk just can’t get enough of each other on Twitter. Apple is running into trouble with European regulators. And police in Florida attempt a unique, if somewhat grotesque, way

Published on: April 24th, 2018 Brian Jackson

Hashtag Trending – Amazon partners with Best Buy; Blockchain may help space travel; Abu Dhabi to get hyperloop by 2020

Amazon has a new partnership with Best Buy, NASA is looking at blockchain technology as a way to help with deep space travel, and Abu Dhabi is getting an operational hyperloop by 2020.

Published on: April 19th, 2018 Brian Jackson