Smartphones

Back to School Social Media Rules for Parents and Kids

Jeff Quipp | Posted 09.04.2014 | Canada Living
Jeff Quipp

With the school year back in full swing, it's a great time to revisit a topic that affects students, parents and teachers equally: social media. While social media use continues to grow and becomes increasingly common place, it is nonetheless an area of contention, particularly when it comes to kids -- both in and outside of the classroom.

What I Learned This Week: How YouTube Will Change Comedy Forever

Andy Nulman | Posted 09.20.2014 | Canada
Andy Nulman

At its best, YouTube is the Garden of Eden; not only for the next generation of comedians, but actually forming the next generation of comedians. It's way more than just a promotional tool. At its worst, YouTube is the ruthless Angel of Death, and perhaps for an entire comedic genre...namely, stand-up. Gulp.

Are You Turning Your Child Into a Social Media Monster?

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 04.15.2014 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

While older folks may not have started society's social media obsession, we may, surprisingly, be the ones who are unwittingly facilitating our kids' dependence on it through our own actions and examples. To this end, we should take a long hard look at our social media behaviour.

Top Five Must-Have Apps for The Multi-Tasking Woman

Sharon Vinderine | Posted 04.06.2014 | Canada Living
Sharon Vinderine

If I don't finish this article now, I can always finish at home because Evernote stores my data in the magical Elephant cloud and makes it accessible to me on any device I have Evernote installed on. Why an elephant as their logo? That would be because Evernote never forgets.

BlackBerry Users Dumber Than iPhone Fans?

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business

As if BlackBerry needed more bad publicity, along comes a new test suggesting users of the Canadian company’s smartphones are, well, a little slower...

Just Because I Can Live My Whole Life Online Doesn't Mean I Should

Elizabeth Hawksworth | Posted 02.17.2014 | Canada Living
Elizabeth Hawksworth

I stopped journalling because I got online. I don't think that's a bad thing, but I am realizing that reconnecting, thinking how to package myself and my experiences in a palatable way, and "making memories" is getting in the way of actually living them. That is the one thing that today's technology has taught me. I may be able to get information and companionship instantly, but it doesn't mean that I should.

Can We Still Embrace Technology Without Giving Up Privacy?

Ramona Pringle | Posted 01.26.2014 | Canada
Ramona Pringle

It starts to feel like a no win situation, or as Mr. Polonetsky puts it, as though "the data genie is out of the bottle" and there is no turning back. Following the NSA leaks it became clear that Big Brother was watching, and listening -- but so are thousands of little brothers and sisters -- as anyone with smartphone in his or her pocket now holds a powerful surveillance device.

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.

How Hooked Are You To Your Devices?

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 10.01.2013 | Canada

Devices are an important part of day-to-day life for most Canadians. Whether it's checking email on your smartphone, spending time with a computer at ...

Your Smartphone Could Help Fight Disease

Jason Tetro | Posted 11.30.2013 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg Through the use of a common smartphone, we may be even closer to germs than ever, with the ability to not only see them, but also help researchers and medical professionals with applications ranging from disease diagnostics to helping in the fight against global health threats such as malaria.

Sorry, Louis C.K., But My Smartphone Saved Me

Sarah Kurchak | Posted 11.23.2013 | Canada Living
Sarah Kurchak

I have an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Before the proliferation of the smartphone, I was constantly screwing up even the most basic of social tenets and losing friends, if I ever made them to begin with. While Louis C.K. and his supporters assert that you need face to face contact and the ability to see another person's expressions to build empathy, I've found that occasionally removing the pressures of that contact has allowed me, for the first time in my life, to express all of the empathy that I have always had for my loved ones and fellow humans. It has allowed me to prove that I am a person.

6 Reasons Your Canadian Business Needs To Go Digital

Lisa Ostrikoff | Posted 11.15.2013 | Canada Business
Lisa Ostrikoff

Canadians are plugged in more now than than ever before. From how long we use the Internet, to our level of website engagement, to our appetite for online video, Canada is on top of the world when it comes to everything online. This is great news for marketers and advertisers.

We're Buying More Smartphones And Becoming More Addicted

CP | Michael Oliveira, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.28.2013 | Canada Business

TORONTO - Not only is smartphone ownership way up in Canada, users are getting increasingly addicted to their mobile devices, suggests a new report re...

Why Not Exchange "Status Updates" Face to Face?

Sharon Vinderine | Posted 09.25.2013 | Canada Living
Sharon Vinderine

The world likely wont come to an end if you don't immediately respond to a tweet or an email or update your status. Spend the time exchanging status updates with the people around you, giving them the time and respect that they likely deserve.

Smartphones Easily Steal Credit Card Data: Investigation

CBC | Leif Larsen | Posted 04.24.2013 | Canada Business

A technology designed to make it easier to pay with your credit card may be putting Canadians at risk of fraud and identity theft, say security expert...

Why Some People Don't Want Androids, BlackBerrys Or iPhones

CP | Lauren La Rose, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.21.2013 | Canada Living

Spring Gillard is an avid blogger and active on social media, but don't expect to see any emails or tweets sent from her Android device, BlackBerry or...

Enterprising Tech Trends for 2013

Renee Lalonde | Posted 04.08.2013 | Canada Business
Renee Lalonde

More than ever before, IT is driving business competitiveness. It's all about the experience, the engagement and the features, and providing customers and employees alike with exactly what they need, at exactly the time they need. Here are some of the trends CA Technologies foresees as the biggest in enterprise IT this year.

Play4Perks Means Earning Rewards While Playing Games On Your Phone

John F. Gray | Posted 04.02.2013 | Canada British Columbia
John F. Gray

Three former game studio executives with 40+ years of experience could easily be basking in the console glory days of the past. Instead of opting for white sandy beaches and umbrella drinks, these former EA (Electronic Arts) colleagues have co-founded a company that adds rewards to mobile games as you play.

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."

How the CRTC Can Fix Wireless in Canada

J. David Ellis | Posted 02.02.2013 | Canada Business
J. David Ellis

Last time, I took the Commission to task for trying to build excitement over the level of cellphone penetration in Canada in their consultation video. Why? Because the only metric that really counts in 2012 is the takeup of smartphones: smartphones do data, feature phones don't. Let's consider penetration in a more meaningful context.

OMG! SMS Turns 20!

CBC | Posted 12.04.2012 | Canada Business

On Dec. 3, 1992, Neil Papworth, a young software engineer in England, sent out the world's first text message. Typing on a PC — since mobile phon...

What WiFi Is Doing to Backpacker Culture

Valentina Jovanovski | Posted 01.30.2013 | Canada Travel
Valentina Jovanovski

Sitting in the lounge of a hostel in Munich, I looked around and noticed most people were consumed, not by interesting conversations with other worldly people, but by their electronic devices. With wifi now a staple in most accommodations, backpackers no longer need to rely on other travellers for advice and directions -- Googlemaps and TripAdvisor can take care of that.

What's the CRTC Trying to Pull?

J. David Ellis | Posted 01.24.2013 | Canada Business
J. David Ellis

Back in the summer of 2010, the CRTC decided to get the public's input online as part of its proceeding on the "obligation to serve." Big mistake. There's a habit that's getting entrenched at the Commission: treating online consultations as a substitute for both educating Canadian consumers and conducting real research.

'Dead On Arrival'

CP | Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.07.2013 | Canada Business

WATERLOO, Ont. - Research In Motion has won U.S. security clearance for devices based on its yet-to-be launched BlackBerry 10 platform.The Waterloo, O...

The Future Of Entertainment

The Experts at Microsoft | Posted 11.06.2012 | Canada

Times are changing and they’re changing quickly. The best industry to see where this change is clearly taking place is the entertainment industry. T...