Canada Technology

What Small Businesses Can Learn From Elite Athletes

Dave Borrelli | Posted 07.02.2015 | Canada Business
Dave Borrelli

The business world has always been a lot like the world of sports. You work as a team. You face off against competitors. You can win and you can lose. While there is no finish line or final buzzer in business, entrepreneurs require the same single-minded focus and determination to reach their goals. On the eve of the 2015 Toronto Pan Am Games, here are five tips small businesses can learn from the world's best athletes:

Are You Better Than a Goldfish?

Rhonda Scharf | Posted 07.02.2015 | Canada Living
Rhonda Scharf

According to a recent study by Microsoft, the average attention span has dropped from 12 seconds in 2000, down to a pathetic eight seconds today. Believe it or not, a goldfish can concentrate for nine seconds. Why can't we focus?

How to Unplug This Summer

Alyson Jones | Posted 06.30.2015 | Canada Living
Alyson Jones

We experience our greatest joy when we are in the moment, and we are truly present in our lives. From a place of presence we can connect with ourselves and others. It is time to unplug from my technology and plug back into my actual life. So this summer I have a plan to dig in deeper, go outside, and stay present and reconnect with what is truly important.

Canada Could Become a Global Leader in the Internet of Things

Brad Fisher | Posted 06.23.2015 | Canada Business
Brad Fisher

The idea of Canada taking a global leadership role in this emerging technology is appealing, and achievable, in light of our impressive made-in-Canada capabilities. First, we've built world-leading infrastructure including ubiquitous telecom networks with ample bandwidth that enables us to communicate quickly and efficiently from coast to coast.

I Printed a 3D Sex Toy

Carlen Costa | Posted 06.03.2015 | Canada Living
Carlen Costa

I teamed up with Diply and Tech Alley of ISP Canada and we took sex-tech to a whole new level that neither of them thought was accessible. We 3D-printed a ribbed for your pleasure (as expected) blue dildo, and time lapsed the whole thing for your viewing entertainment -- because, that's what I do.

Google Canada Boss Says Canadian Businesses 'Bad Slow' With Technology

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.02.2015 | Canada Business

"Canadian businesses need to be embracing these tools."

The Real Cost of Chronic Disease and What You Can Do About It

Dr. Michael Guerriere | Posted 05.27.2015 | Canada Living
Dr. Michael Guerriere

Medications are a mainstay for managing chronic diseases, yet Canada is the only country in the world with a universal healthcare plan that does not include pharmacare for all its citizens. If you are not fortunate enough to have a benefits plan through your employer, drug costs are a significant barrier to best practice care for chronic disease. Demographics are such that drug plans are becoming increasingly expensive and, as costs go up, businesses are forced to make trade-offs that impact covered employees.

Innovation Is the Key to Attracting Young Workers

Tom Turpin | Posted 05.21.2015 | Canada Business
Tom Turpin

The key to closing Canada's skills gap in the future lies in young people and according to a recent Randstad study, it seems that young Canadians are getting the message. There is a wealth of opportunity for career building within the various skilled trade sectors across the country, and people are taking notice.

A.I. Disruption 'Happening Now'

CP | David Paddon, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.27.2015 | Canada Business

TORONTO - A new study by Deloitte has found that most Canadian companies aren't prepared for how quickly they'll be affected by major advances in tech...

6 Ways to Make Math, Science and Technology Fun for Girls (and Boys)

Leyla Seka | Posted 06.24.2015 | Canada Living
Leyla Seka

Over the past few months there's been a lot of conversation about whether women are getting a fair shake in Silicon Valley. It's fantastic that there's so much focus on gender equality, but most of the discussion bypasses the fact that we still need to get more women to even try to succeed in technology.

Sticky Situation: Five Apple Watch Etiquette Guidelines

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 06.24.2015 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

One thing is for sure, the proud Apple Watch owners will be the first to energetically turn their wrists to answer the boring "What time is it?" question. If you are one of the fortunate Apple Watch wearers, show Agent 99 "Smart thinking," by using these five B.A.W. (Before Apple Watch) techno etiquette guidelines of dos and don'ts.

Wearable Technology Will Change the Way You Travel

Sean Shannon | Posted 06.21.2015 | Canada Living
Sean Shannon

Travellers will be able to check itineraries for upcoming trips, get detailed flight and hotel information such as departure and arrival times, gate and terminal numbers, check-in and check-out times, ratings, locations, addresses and phone numbers for hotels.

The Class of 2030 Should Start Using These 5 Tech Tools Now

Martha Turner | Posted 06.21.2015 | Canada Living
Martha Turner

Much like the landscape of careers Canadians' perceptions of the classroom is changing. What tools should our children start using to better prepare them for the classroom for the future? Based on what we've seen these are the top five tech trends preschool children will begin adopting to better prepare them for the future of learning.

Tech Company Innovation Outweighs Policy Headaches

Saeed Selvam | Posted 06.15.2015 | Canada Business
Saeed Selvam

Tech giants like Google, Facebook, Uber and Airbnb have entered unchartered policy territory where ethics debates, grey areas and government relations are the daily norm. While the seeming nuisance of having to deal with all these new policy implications all at once may seem cumbersome, the economic benefits and progress that has been made far outweigh the work.

EU To Hit Google With Antitrust Charges

CP | Raf Casert And Michael Liedtke, The Associated Press | Posted 06.15.2015 | Canada Business

BRUSSELS - The European Union's escalating legal attack on Google is likely to ignite a debate about whether the Internet search leader makes life mor...

A Better World Is Not Impossible

David Suzuki | Posted 05.25.2015 | Canada Impact
David Suzuki

Despite a long history of the impossible becoming possible, often very quickly, we hear the "can't be done" refrain repeated over and over -- especially in the only debate over global warming that matters: What can we do about it? Climate change deniers and fossil fuel industry apologists often argue that replacing oil, coal and gas with clean energy is beyond our reach. The claim is both facile and false.

The Oil Lobby Should Let Go of Outdated Technology

Gerard Montpetit | Posted 03.25.2015 | Canada Business
Gerard Montpetit

If humanity does not want to suffer catastrophic climate change, it must limit the global rise in temperature to a maximum of two degrees Celsius. Quebec, Canada and the world must head towards a post-carbon economy without delay. Amongst other things, the Energy Board believes that the TransCanada Energy East pipeline is desirable. Instead of holding on to the past, why not immediately invest in the green technologies of the future?

Why the New Generation Is Turning Away From Facebook

Erin Bury | Posted 03.09.2015 | Canada Business
Erin Bury

Despite being a tech-savvy Gen Y'er who lives online, sometimes I read an article that makes me feel like I'm being relegated to some "too old to be hip" corner of the internet where only Clint Eastwood and baby boomers hang out. The most glaring instance was an October article in Quartz about the rise of social payments app.

Your Confidential Emails Aren't As Secure As You Think

Neil Seeman | Posted 02.15.2015 | Canada
Neil Seeman

Just like a postcard, an email passes through a lot of different people's easy access. The average email is fully stored and searchable on about six computers. Astonishingly however, lawyers, accountants, political leaders and financial professionals transmit highly confidential information by email.

Though Bright Minds Warn Against AI, It Can't Be Stopped

Justin Beach | Posted 02.14.2015 | Canada Business
Justin Beach

Recently two very intelligent and well known individuals, Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking, have made headlines by warning us about the 'dangers' of artificial intelligence (AI). While I hate to disagree with such brilliant people, I'm not as worried about the future of AI.

The Cyber Security Crisis Must be Confronted

Neil Seeman | Posted 02.09.2015 | Canada Business
Neil Seeman

The number one concern of businesses is -- or should be -- cyber-security. According to the FBI, law firms and accounting firms conducting high value deals are the most targeted by criminals. Cyber issues are now a boardroom matter.

'Tis the Season to Prevent Cyber-Hacking (Here's How)

Richard Leblanc | Posted 02.08.2015 | Canada Business
Richard Leblanc

What are best practices individuals can employ to lessen the chance of hacking of their computer or device? Here is a quick "top 20 list," based on part of an education session I have been providing to directors of company boards on cyber security.

Technology-Ignorant Boards Are Costing Shareholders Billions: What Should Boards Do Differently?

Richard Leblanc | Posted 02.08.2015 | Canada Business
Richard Leblanc

In the area of technology, are boards fulfilling their duty of care in overseeing management and protecting shareholders' investment? Indicators are that many boards and directors may not be. Plaintiffs' lawyers are suing companies and their boards over technology failure. Here are some recent statistics and trends.

How to Navigate the "Prediction Season" for 2015

Jeff Quipp | Posted 02.03.2015 | Canada Living
Jeff Quipp

As the holiday season nears and 2014 comes to an end, we're at the cusp of being inundated with countless lists and predictions about what 2015 holds. Everybody has the desire to gain insight into what's on the horizon. But with such a huge number of resources to turn to, how do you cut through the noise and find what is truly valuable?

10 Great Reasons to Reject Protectionism

Peter Hall | Posted 02.02.2015 | Canada Business
Peter Hall

Will the decades of multilateral effort and untold resources that have been devoted to freeing up global trade flows continue, or will protectionism, international trade's arch enemy, be the recession's enduring legacy? There are at least 10 reasons to speed the death of neo-protectionism.