In the news … May 28, 2018

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CBC News takes home 51 awards at 2018 RTDNA

CBC News scooped up 51 awards on Saturday at the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) awards, honouring national and regional journalism in TV, web and radio. (Nathan Denette/Canadian Press)
CBC News scooped up 51 awards on Saturday at the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) awards, honouring national and regional journalism in TV, web and radio.


Microsoft is holding workshops about accessibility in technology across Canada

Microsoft has announced that it will be hosting ‘Ability Week,’ a week full of workshops focused on accessibility in technology, from May 29th to June 2nd. Workshops range from ‘Deaf and Hard of Hearing Day: Minecraft Coding workshop’ to ‘Mobility Day, Build the Robotic Finger workshop.’ The programs will be held at Microsoft stores across the country. Users can check out if there are any events happening near them here.

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How the GDPR is effecting Canadian business

If your Canadian business collects or has collected personal data from European customers, you needs to make sure you are not violating the new EU privacy laws, the GDPR, that took effect today (Friday, 25th of May, 2018). These rules will apply to any business, be it a small retailer that sells online or an educational institute – personal information on any resident of the European Union, student, tourist, online customer and otherwise, can result in a maximum fine of $30 million.


Companies up for achievement awards

Eleven companies will be honoured at the Nova Scotia Export Achievement Awards on June 12.

The 34th annual awards received a record number of applications under a revised format, according to a news release. With five new categories, the awards will honour businesses of diversity, new and innovating exporters, and those excelling nationally and internationally.

This year’s keynote speaker is Ross Simmonds, a digital marketing strategist, entrepreneur and founder of Foundation Marketing.


Facebook and Google targeted as first GDPR complaints filed

Facebook and Google have become the targets of the first official complaints of GDPR noncompliance, filed on the day the privacy law takes effect across the EU.

Across four complaints, related to Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Google’s Android operating system, European consumer rights organisation Noyb argues that the companies have forced users into agreeing to new terms of service, in breach of the requirement in the law that such consent should be freely given.


In the news … May 25, 2018

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The Stars Group’s Pokerstars Spring Championship of Online Poker Surpasses Guarantee With $91 Million Prize Pool

TORONTO, May 24, 2018 /CNW/ – The Stars Group Inc. (Nasdaq: TSG) (TSE: TSGI) today announced that its popular annual Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) tournament series exceeded its largest ever $65 million guarantee, ultimately paying out approximately $91 million in prizes and making it the second largest ever online poker series behind last year’s SCOOP which paid out approximately $94 million.

This year’s SCOOP ran from May 6 to May 23 spanning 16 days and 183 tournaments, 28 of which individually guaranteed at least $1 million in prizes. The online series, which is in its tenth year, attracted 141,862 players from 141 different countries for a total of 1,071,706 tournament entries; tournament buy-ins ranged from $2.20 to $25,000. Among the industry-leading prize guarantees, the SCOOP-58-H Main Event sported a $5 million guarantee.


Porsche Canada gets new marketing director with digital focus 

Porsche Cars Canada has tapped Colas Henckes to be its new marketing director, effective July 2.

Henckes joins the Canadian unit after serving 10 years as the luxury automaker’s marketing director in France. He will replace Margareta Mahlstedt, who will become the marketing director at Porsche Cars Great Britain.

Porsche Canada CEO Marc Ouayoun said Henckes brings expertise in motorsport, experiential events and social media to the Canadian division.


Interview with Kyle Kemper of Blockchain Canada – C2 Montreal #C2M18

Kyle Kemper is executive director of the nonprofit Blockchain Association of Canada (BAC). Kyle shows leaders and influencers the potential of Blockchain technology in an effort to supercharge the blockchain ecosystem and turn Canada into a global hub of fintech excellence.

Kyle says he’s looking forward to blockchain reducing the influence of centralized monetary policy and the subsequent amplification of the power of individual people. He is excited about blockchain applications in healthcare, supply chain management, voting, digital ID, certifications, gaming and media.


Amazon Echo sent family’s private conversation to another user

An “unlikely” string of events prompted Amazon’s Echo personal assistant device to record a Portland, Ore., family’s private conversation and then send the recording to an acquaintance in Seattle, the company said Thursday.

The woman told KIRO-TV in Seattle that two weeks ago an employee of her husband contacted them to say he thought their device had been hacked. He told them he had received an audio file of them discussing hardwood floors, she said.


In the news … May 24, 2018

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Here’s how to make your digital strategy seamless

When a district goes digital, it is doing everything necessary so that students can seamlessly access and use all of the digital learning tools available and teachers can easily manage the administrative functions associated with these tools, such as rostering students into apps and connecting learning applications, tools, and content into the learning system.


 The government of Canada has been increasing its use of paid Facebook advertisements over the last three years, spending tens of millions of dollars on boosted posts, videos and ad campaigns, new figures tabled in Parliament show.

In the news … May 23, 2018

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Siri winning battle of the virtual assistants in Canada: poll

TORONTO — In the heated battle between Amazon, Apple, Google and Microsoft to get consumers hooked on their virtual assistants, Siri seems to be enjoying the first-mover advantage.

Just shy of 40 per cent of Canadian adults recently used a virtual assistant, according to a report by the Media Technology Monitor, which polled almost 8,200 Canadians by phone late last year.

About 25 per cent said they had used Apple’s Siri in the past month, 15 per cent had said “OK Google” to interact with one of the search giant’s devices, four per cent had used Microsoft’s Cortana, and one per cent had chatted with Amazon’s Alexa.


In the news … May 22, 2018

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Technology exists to fix design flaws of the ‘Alert Ready’ system

TORONTO — The technology exists to fix some of the design flaws in Canada’s mobile emergency alert system that was tested this month for an Amber Alert issued in Ontario, some experts say.

The “Alert Ready” program — which sounds an alarm on LTE-connected smartphones during a crisis — could be more effective at alerting people to emergencies, they said.


Top Insights on the Digital Signage Device Market- Leading key players Involved: Sharp, Sony, Panasonic

The study of the Digital Signage Device market by HTF MI provides the market size information and market trends along with factors and parameters impacting it in both short- and long-term. The study provides a 360° view and insights, outlining the key outcomes of the industry.


How to find out everything Apple knows about you

Let’s just say a big thank you to Facebook. Not for being righteous – that’s the last thing you can perhaps associate with the social network – but for making people aware than before about their privacy. Almost every tech company worth their salt has now made it easier for users to know what


Trudeau touts technological innovation during MIT campus visit

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau remembers asking his father why the stereo and other gadgets he had as a boy were made in Japan — not in Canada.

The answer he eventually got from other people over the years was that Japan is a small country without a lot of natural resources, one that had to massively invest in its people through technology spending and education.