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Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 review: it has its charms, but is not for everyone

The Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 has its charms. It’s a compact, lightweight machine adequate for most basic tasks, including document creation, web surfing, and playing videos. However, it’s not for everyone (few machines are); we took a look to see where it would suit. The review unit we received had a 12.4-inch PixelSense touchscreen

Corel rebrands to Alludo

After more than 35 years, Corel Corporation has rebranded itself; it is now Alludo. “Corel has been a beloved and trusted industry titan for 35 years. We’ve seen the world change, and we’ve evolved along with it,” explained chief executive officer Christa Quarles, in a blog post. “In fact, we’ve evolved so much that we’ve

Cisco Webex suffers major incident

Since around 1:20 PM ET today, Cisco Webex App users have been unable to access the service. The company’s status page noted that its engineers were investigating problems with logging in, sending messages and files, viewing presence, starting and joining meetings in the Webex App. By 2:15 PM, things were worse, not better, with major

The journey to make a difference

Compugen’s lead Azure solutions architect Julian Galley is cycling almost 3400 km from the company’s Calgary, Alberta office to its headquarters in Richmond Hill, Ontario to raise funds for the Alzheimer Society of Canada. And it all started with a door sensor. When Galley was looking for an Internet of Things (IoT) use case for

Cisco showcases cloud at Cisco Live

Cisco’s annual flagship event, Cisco Live, went hybrid this year, with 16,000 live attendees as well as a global online audience. And, fittingly, its focus was on the cloud. Cisco chairman and chief executive office Chuck Robbins kicked off the conference by reiterating the four priorities – reimagine applications, power hybrid work, secure the enterprise,

Leading the charge for improved electric vehicle infrastructure in rural Ontario

In the move to Net Zero, that critical state where greenhouse gases going into the atmosphere are balanced by their removal from the atmosphere, capping global average temperature increase, switching to electric vehicles (EVs) is considered key. Yet there’s one big issue: there aren’t enough charging stations to keep those vehicles moving, especially in rural […]

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BlackBerry launches zero trust network access solution

This week BlackBerry unveiled CylanceGATEWAY, an AI-driven zero-trust network access (ZTNA) as-a-service solution designed to provide businesses of all sizes with a contextual correlation of network and device telemetry combined with continuous authentication to limit access to trusted, authenticated, and known users and devices.  The company said that CylanceGATEWAY works alongside CylancePROTECT and CylancePERSONA to […]

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Canadian CEOs rank sustainability and cyber risk as greatest challenges in 2022: IBM report

Canadian results from the IBM Institute for Business Value’s global CEO study for 2022, Own Your Impact: Practical Pathways to Transformational Sustainability, released Thursday at the company’s Think Toronto event, highlighted the fact that key focus areas for businesses have shifted over the last twelve months. More than half (56 per cent) of Canadian chief […]

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Privacy commissioners find Tim Hortons violated privacy laws

Results of a joint investigation launched in June 2020 by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) and Canada’s three provincial private sector privacy authorities in Alberta, British Columbia, and Quebec, directed at the Canadian operator and franchisor of Tim Hortons, The TDL Group and its parent company Restaurant Brands International (RBI), released […]

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FTC charges Twitter with using account security data to sell targeted ads

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is acting against Twitter for deceptively using information gathered to ensure user account security for targeted advertising. Under the proposed order, Twitter must pay a US$150 million penalty and is banned from profiting from the deceptively collected data. In addition, it must satisfy a number of other conditions. According […]

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SAP highlights four focus areas at Sapphire conference

Enterprise application software giant SAP chose four areas to focus on during its hybrid Sapphire customer and partner conference this week: supply chain, sustainability, business process transformation, and accelerating innovation. Chief executive officer and member of the executive board of SAP SE Christian Klein noted that the company turns 50 this year, and said that […]

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Microsoft Canada’s new head office: how it was optimized for hybrid work

Microsoft Canada’s new head office in downtown Toronto, which officially opened this week, was designed three years ago, in what now looks like a prescient moment, to be optimized for hybrid work. Occupying four floors of the new CIBC Square south tower at 81 Bay St, the 132,000 square foot space includes space for employees […]

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Canadian companies embrace the Sustainable IT Pledge

On this Earth Day, there’s a group of new signatories to the Sustainable IT Pledge, a commitment by Canadian organizations to cut emissions from their IT operations. Launched in August 2021, the Sustainable IT Pledge was created by the CIO Strategy Council, a non-profit organization that brings together Canada’s most forward-thinking chief information officers and […]

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Unihertz tease: a BlackBerry-like phone with keyboard

A teasing “Coming soon” notice posted last week on Twitter from Shanghai-based phone manufacturer Unihertz may herald what, if not a duly-licensed BlackBerry design, looks very much like a BlackBerry KEY2 Android smartphone. Enterprising users who brightened the dark image managed to showcase the whole device. Something is coming soon…Just stay tuned!😜 📺https://t.co/KalQX2pyDN#unihertz #smartphone #newphone […]

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Microsoft courts commercial customers with new Windows features

At Microsoft’s Windows Powers the Future of Hybrid Work event, the company unveiled a series of enhancements aimed straight at the commercial user. “What got us to the present will not always take us where the future needs us to be,” said Panos Panay, executive vice president and chief product officer, noting that commercial customers’ […]

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Deloitte report: How Canadians with autism can help employers close the talent gap

Almost half of employees with autism don’t feel comfortable disclosing their neurodiversity to employers, according to a report jointly released today by Deloitte Canada and auticon Canada, a global technology consulting firm focused on helping companies engage with autistic talent through deployment, education, training, and coaching. The report, Embracing neurodiversity at work: how Canadians with […]

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Torontonians arrested in international business email scammer sweep

Two Torontonians were among 65 individuals arrested during an international U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation operation to combat business email compromise (BEC) schemes that intercept and steal wire transfers sent by businesses and individuals. BEC, the FBI explained in its news release about the operation, is “a sophisticated scam that often targets employees of businesses […]

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Meet Skyhigh Security, the new name for McAfee Enterprise SSE

When private equity giant Symphony Technology Group (STG) announced in January that it had split its McAfee Enterprise acquisition in two, combining all but the secure service edge (SSE) portfolio with FireEye to form Trellix, it promised that the SSE business would receive new branding at its launch “later this quarter”. And just before the […]

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Canadian government announces $240 million investment in semiconductor and photonics industries

Canada’s semiconductor industry received a boost this week as the Honourable François‑Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, announced the Semiconductor Challenge Callout, which provides C$150 million through the Strategic Innovation Fund to build Canada’s strengths in the design and manufacture of semiconductors. The Semiconductor Challenge Callout looks for ambitious, large-scale ideas from industry […]

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It’s official, OnwardMobility shuts down; no new BlackBerry coming

Anyone hoping beyond the hope that, despite recent developments, there still might be a new 5G BlackBerry smartphone with keyboard on its way might as well reconcile themselves to a keyboardless life. OnwardMobility has shut down, abandoning its optimistic plans to develop the successor to the iconic device. The announcement on its now single page […]

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Research reveals gap between what business leaders say is good for business and their actions

Canadian business leaders are on board with the notion that data, and the insights gleaned from it, are key components in achieving business success. Yet very few are actually doing anything about it, according to research released yesterday by Microsoft Canada. The survey revealed that while 61 per cent agreed that data use is important, […]

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The new BlackBerry phone is dead after all

There’s yet another twist in the ongoing saga of the BlackBerry phone with a physical keyboard, which was promised by licensee OnwardMobility by mid-2021. Android Police reported yesterday, citing fan site CrackBerry founder Kevin Michaluk, that OnwardMobility has lost its license to the BlackBerry name just a month after it published its blog post asserting […]

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A conversation with IBM Canada president Dave McCann: It’s all about the people

For IBM Canada‘s new president, Dave McCann, it’s all about the people. “I’ve always been a very people-focused leader inside the IBM company,” he said in an interview. “And there’s really two very important ingredients to our success. Number one, that’s our clients, and equally so our employees, especially with what all of our clients […]

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Citrix sold for $16.5 billion, to be combined with TIBCO

Virtualization giant Citrix Systems, which has struggled over the years with its transition to cloud-based storage and the subscription model prevalent in today’s businesses, has announced that it is being acquired and taken private by private equity firms Vista Equity and Evergreen Coast Capital for US$16.5 billion, which includes the assumption of Citrix debt. The […]

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Microsoft releases out-of-band patches to address issues from January’s Patch Tuesday

Microsoft has issued a series of out-of-band (OOB) patches to correct problems, which included Windows domain controller boot loops and Hyper-V failure, caused by the January 11 Patch Tuesday updates. The original updates had been pulled later in the week after widespread issues were reported, and many customers who had installed them were forced to […]

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Microsoft pulls Windows Server updates causing domain controller boot loops, Hyper-V issues

January’s Patch Tuesday left many Windows Server admins in a very bad place: domain controllers in boot loops, unavailable ReFS volumes, and Hyper-V refusing to start. BleepingComputer reports that admins described domain controllers on all versions of Windows  entering boot loops as the LSASS.exe process consumed all CPU resources and crashed the system, which automatically […]

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BlackBerry phone with keyboard is not dead

OnwardMobility, the Texas-based firm that picked up the hardware license for BlackBerry smartphones after previous licensee TCL decided to produce its own phone designs instead, has finally broken its almost year-long silence to announce that it is still alive. “Contrary to popular belief, we are not dead,” wrote the company in a blog post on […]

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CES 2022 exhibitors opting out over Omicron concerns, but CTA says the show will go on

Despite exits by a number of exhibitors, the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) still seems determined to make CES 2022, scheduled for January 5 – 8, a live event. But how long that will last, in the face of Omicron-driven withdrawals, is anyone’s guess. This week, T-Mobile, Amazon, Meta (Facebook’s parent), Twitter, Pinterest, and iHeartRadio are […]

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Eight last minute holiday gift ideas

It’s less than a week until Christmas, and if – who am I fooling – since we still have some gifts left to pick up, and need ideas, consider this offering of eight potential presents for those hard-to-buy-for folks on our lists. All prices listed are in Canadian dollars. Whoosh! If there’s one thing that […]

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CN partners with Google Cloud to modernize railway services

CN and Google Cloud this week announced a seven-year strategic partnership to advance CN’s supply chain transformation and move its systems to the cloud. “Our partnership with Google Cloud is in line with our previously announced strategic plan,” said Mohit Bhat, vice president of digital customer solutions, innovation, digital platforms and cloud transformation at CN. […]

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AWS experiencing widespread outage

Amazon Web Services is experiencing a global outage of some services, centering around its US-EAST-1 region. DownDetector began receiving reports of the issue around 11 am ET, with status reports beginning to appear on the AWS Service Health Dashboard just before noon. The outage affected Amazon’s retail website, Amazon Alexa, Prime Music, and Ring, as […]

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CIO Association of Canada hosts BlackBerry’s John Chen in fireside chat

BlackBerry executive chairman and chief executive officer John Chen doesn’t like the term “turnaround”. “I call it a chapter 2.0,” he told National Research Council of Canada chief information officer Philippe Johnston during a virtual fireside chat sponsored by the CIO Association of Canada (CIOCAN). “I don’t like the word turnaround; it seems a little […]

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