Articles By Dave Yin

BlackBerry kicks off its patent monetization phase by suing Avaya

Avaya's products are under fire from BlackBerry. The Canadian smartphone maker has filed lawsuits in the US against the video conferencing solution maker for allegedly violating eight patents related to video and speech decoding, message

Published on: August 8th, 2016 Dave Yin

Our first look at “Skype Preview”, Microsoft’s revamped, Bot-integrated Universal app

Microsoft is trying to expand the functionality of Windows 10 with its new Anniversary Update rolling out globally this week, but unless you have an ultrabook with biometric sensors or know how to

Published on: August 5th, 2016 Dave Yin

SAP announces “profit option” for its PartnerEdge Cloud Choice program

SAP has announced the availability of SAP PartnerEdge Cloud Choice "profit option" in a move meant to accelerate cloud sales among partners. "The new model will help partners who have concentrated on traditional on-premise

Published on: August 4th, 2016 Dave Yin

Just what do customers think of Windows 10 a year into its lifespan?

If one thing is true about Windows 10, it's that there is much to both love and hate. While much of the channel is focused on the migration and refresh opportunities that a

Published on: August 2nd, 2016 Dave Yin

Here is who will get the Windows 10 Anniversary Update first – It’s not who you think

It's August 2, 2016, which means Microsoft's much-touted Windows 10 Anniversary Update will begin to roll out to users around the world. The update will bring enhancements to the OS' usability including features

Published on: August 2nd, 2016 Dave Yin

This Ottawa company’s entire IT business is analytics for business efficiency

There are few channel companies with big data and analytics capabilities and fewer still that specialize in it. This makes RAPA Consulting a bit of a unicorn. RAPA is homegrown. The Ottawa-based company has

Published on: July 28th, 2016 Dave Yin

A Chinese smartphone maker has unveiled devices to compete with Apple’s Macbook Air

Ever heard of Xiaomi? The Chinese smartphone maker, which has seen a meteoric rise in popularity in Asia, is among the top five smartphone makers in the world by some accounts, even though

Published on: July 28th, 2016 Dave Yin

Avnet asks the channel to specialize in a technology, not just a vertical

Specializations have become all the rage in recent years with vendors left and right asking the channel to ditch the generalist model, and now it would seem that Avnet has caught on. The

Published on: July 27th, 2016 Dave Yin

BlackBerry unveils DTEK50, its second Android smartphone

As expected, BlackBerry has unveiled its next smartphone, officially named the DTEK50. Now available for pre-order at, the DTEK50 will follow the BlackBerry Priv in a line of Android-powered devices, which will reportedly include four devices

Published on: July 26th, 2016 Dave Yin

Here is where the Office 365 opportunity lies

As of late June, Office 365 has officially been released for half a decade. In that time, has it caught on or become the IP of the future that Microsoft had hoped for?

Published on: July 25th, 2016 Dave Yin

Europol partners with security vendors on public education on ransomware and decryption tools

Ransomware, it would seem, has grown to a big enough problem that it is forcing international policing bodies to collude with security vendors. Europol's European Cybercrime Centre, the National High Tech Crime Unit

Published on: July 25th, 2016 Dave Yin

Nearly one in four pieces of software installed in Canada last year was unlicensed: Report

Ever wonder about the impact of software piracy in an age of Software-as-a-Service? Despite efforts to curb the practice, using unlicensed software is still common. A new report published by the Business Software

Published on: July 25th, 2016 Dave Yin

French government gives Microsoft 3 months to stop collecting excessive user data

It seems that while privacy concerns for Windows 10 have all but died down, one government is adamant about holding Microsoft accountable. France's Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertés (CNIL), or National Commission

Published on: July 22nd, 2016 Dave Yin

Microsoft projected to hit $20 billion cloud revenue target by FY2018

Platform giant Microsoft this week announced its results from fiscal year 2016, earning $5.5 billion in profits and $22.6 billion in revenue, with both Windows 10 and Office 365 performing well. Many eyes

Published on: July 21st, 2016 Dave Yin