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Advertising Through Smart Technologies -- How to Be Intelligent Without Being Intrusive

Carlos de Torres | Posted 09.09.2014 | Canada Business
Carlos de Torres

The key to smart and successful marketing is finding the right time and the right experiences to engage. In fact, today's smart technologies can do a lot to reduce information overload -- countering Orwellian fears some might have about machines that know so much about us.

Microsoft Cuts 18,000 Jobs

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 07.17.2014 | Canada Business

REDMOND, Wash. - Microsoft is cutting up to 18,000 jobs, about 14 per cent of its staff, over the next year as it works to cut down on management laye...

Fighting the Electronic Pirates

David Martin | Posted 08.31.2014 | Canada
David Martin

While my desktop computer sits in the shop, I find myself sitting at the dining room table with an ancient, steam-driven, pre-millennial laptop with i...

Microsoft Canada Announces MAJOR Vancouver Plans

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 05.01.2014 | Canada British Columbia

Microsoft has announced plans for a training and development centre in downtown Vancouver. The Microsoft Canada Excellence Centre is set to open in...

Businesses Should Bow to Creator Culture

Carlos de Torres | Posted 06.17.2014 | Canada
Carlos de Torres

Providing the resources and platforms for consumers to create has become an embedded part of how people consume. Organizations, no matter the industry, cannot ignore the importance of collaboration and co-creation. We are no longer the experts who can dictate what people want. We are now the apprentices to a very large population of mentors.

As Technology Improves, Are We Moving Towards 'Her' or HAL 9000?

Carlos de Torres | Posted 05.12.2014 | Canada Business
Carlos de Torres

As our relationship with technology matures, we do expect more human connections online and we want our things to have some intuition. But are we building a world where HAL 9000 or Samantha the OS from Her will become our confidantes?

Five Things Kids (And Parents) Can Learn From Microsoft's New CEO

Dr. Shimi Kang | Posted 04.24.2014 | Canada
Dr. Shimi Kang

Microsoft, a company worth more than $19 billion that employs over 10,000 staff globally, has only had three CEOs in its 38-year history. After 14 yea...

You Want My Data? What's it Worth?

Carlos de Torres | Posted 04.21.2014 | Canada Business
Carlos de Torres

For many businesses, Big Data may have been (and probably still is) the go-to agenda item in the board-room. Understanding, measuring and gaining business intelligence from our growing plethora of digitized customer data will remain top of mind for the foreseeable future. People are now aware that their personal data is worth something.

'Gears of War' In Hands Of Vancouver Studio

CBC | Posted 03.29.2014 | Canada British Columbia

Microsoft has bought the rights to the Gears of War video game franchise and plans to develop it at Vancouver-based Black Tusk Studios. The Xbox ma...

LOOK: The 10 Most Innovative Companies In The World

24/7 Wall Street | Michael B. Sauter, Alexander E.M. Hess and Thomas C. Frohlich | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Business

In 2013, the United States Patent and Trademark Office granted more than 270,000 patents, often to the same organizations. The USPTO awarded 76,850 pa...

To Find Future Jobs You Have to Look Back

Paul Barter | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business
Paul Barter

Similarly, before your career or your company is disrupted by aggressive new start-ups or the convergence of dominant players from adjacent industries, you should probably look around the table. Don't just look for opportunities in your existing industry.

Why Work at a Tech Startup? Luring Vancouver's Tech Talent to the real Opportunities.

Tanis Jorge | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Tanis Jorge

Startups often have to deal with one or all of three big issues: lack of capital, brand recognition and product penetration. While these are real threats and pose the biggest risk to success, startups often have advantages that cannot be found in large, established companies. Educating talent on these benefits helps them make an informed decision between the bright lights of the behemoth and the siren's call of the startup. So, what exactly are these benefits?

The Future (According to Corporations)

Robert Bolton | Posted 11.17.2013 | Canada Business
Robert Bolton

Future scenarios should be thought of as being in perpetual draft form; they should be rewritten constantly and thought about critically -- always in the condition of workshopping. Questions about how things like new technologies ought to exist are matters of vital social consequence. They are political decisions; questions that we should all be engaging.

HOPE

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.03.2013 | Canada Business

TORONTO - Blackberry (TSX:BB) shares were slightly ahead Tuesday as some investors found hope that the Canadian smartphone maker could still be an acq...

Mad Men Doomed to Repeat History

Paul Barter | Posted 10.01.2013 | Canada
Paul Barter

To understand the huge advertising and marketing communications merger this week between Omnicom and Publicis, one need only look back eight years to ...

Can QuickLaw Really Help Lawyers?

Joshua Slayen | Posted 03.08.2013 | Canada Business
Joshua Slayen

LexisNexis and Microsoft have teamed up to offer a new solution called Quicklaw for Microsoft Office. They say it is designed to simplify legal research and ultimately save time for lawyers. I took it for a test drive to see if it's all they say it is.

What Comes After Smartphones?

Mitch Joel | Posted 02.09.2013 | Canada Business
Mitch Joel

What will Apple do next? What is the technology that will disrupt the iPhone and iPad business? If you have read Walter Isaacson's Steve Jobs biography (and I strongly recommend that you do), there was a very telling (and compelling) line from Jobs: "If you don't cannibalize yourself, someone else will."

Female Video Game Characters Are Still More Breasts Than Brains

Kyle Bachan | Posted 01.07.2013 | Canada Living
Kyle Bachan

Why can't female video game characters, especially ones that were created to break the mold of the male-hero-saves-the-day, retain their brains and problem-solving abilities as their selling point? After all, video games are supposed to be escapism from the messed-up, patriarchal world we live in, so it's about time they started living up to that expectation.

Watching the Watchdog: Will Microsoft Produce the Next Walter Cronkite?

Tim Knight | Posted 09.19.2012 | Canada
Tim Knight

Once upon a time when the world was young and had hope, and global warming, the one per cent and social media hadn't yet been invented, there truly was a golden age for TV news in North America. Could Microsoft bring that golden age back since its split from MSNBC?

The $6.2-Billion Flop

CP | Michael Liedtke, The Associated Press | Posted 09.01.2012 | Canada Business

SAN FRANCISCO - Microsoft is absorbing a $6.2 billion charge to reflect that one of the biggest deals in its 37-year history turned out to be a dud.Th...

A Match Made in Mobile Purgatory? Microsoft and RIM

Robert Whent | Posted 05.17.2012 | Canada
Robert Whent

With the Blackberry maker RIM struggling today to stay relevant, I think it's time they join forces, hire some new interface designers and give Apple and Android a run for their money -- if they do it right.

Nortel Sells Remaining Patents to Apple, Microsoft Amongst Others

www.cbc.ca | Posted 08.31.2011 | Canada Business

THE CANADIAN PRESS — Former Canadian technology giant Nortel Networks Corp. has auctioned off all its remaining patents to a consortium of software ...

Bill Gates: Foreign Aid 2.0

Patricia Adams | Posted 07.27.2011 | Canada
Patricia Adams

Microsoft Co-founder and Chairman Bill Gates has a revolutionary new model for foreign aid that, by his own admission, will be an "incredibly effective way to combat hunger and extreme poverty."