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Why don't Canadian firms invest in technology?
Financial Post
If you are a private business owner or executive and are wondering why your company isn’t doing well, especially when compared to U.S. competitors, it may be a result of your company’s insufficient investment in information and communications technology (ICT). ICT is an umbrella term for business-enabling technologies that encourage data sharing within or between organizations, or even between businesses and customers. Examples of ICT include: cloud technology, web conferencing and integrated email, voicemail, text messaging and faxing.
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Wearable technology is here to stay and is the future
Grey-Bruce This Week
I’ve always been a fan of gadgets and especially with today’s modern technology. I myself own a couple of tablets, a smartphone and a few gaming systems, because I like the media I can use on my devices. Recently wearable computing has become popular, with watches, fitness bands and the often talked about, rarely seen Google Glass. For the most part the majority of smart watches and wearable technology is fairly inadequate, but technology has to start somewhere.
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5 ways young and old(er) consumers use technology differently
CTV News
It's not surprising that young Canadians are seen to be more plugged into digital trends than older consumers. But a new report from the Media Technology Monitor suggests the gaps between how the young and old(er) are using technology are, in some cases, vast. The research is based on telephone surveys with 6,011 anglophones conducted in the fall of 2013 and the spring of 2014. Overall, the survey results are considered accurate within 1.2 percentage points 19 times out of 20, while the numbers for the so-called millennial respondents, aged 18 to 34, have a margin of error of plus or minus 2.3 percentage points.
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Making GIFs just got easier with Imgur's new GIF creation tool
Mashable
Making GIFs just got a whole lot easier. Imgur, the free image- and GIF-hosting website released its new GIF creation tool on Thursday called "Video to GIF" which allows users to create high-quality looping GIFs from videos hosted on the Internet, including ones from YouTube or Vimeo.
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Why don't Canadian firms invest in technology?
Financial Post
If you are a private business owner or executive and are wondering why your company isn’t doing well, especially when compared to U.S. competitors, it may be a result of your company’s insufficient investment in information and communications technology (ICT). ICT is an umbrella term for business-enabling technologies that encourage data sharing within or between organizations, or even between businesses and customers. Examples of ICT include: cloud technology, web conferencing and integrated email, voicemail, text messaging and faxing.

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What's the most under-rated technology ever?
io9
Cellphones, self-driving cars, and laptops may grab all the attention, but zippers, paper, and, even the pavement covering our roads are all technology, too. Today we want to know your pick for the most amazing, but completely underrated, technological innovation. Tell us what the tech was, what makes it so phenomenal, and how exactly its appearance changed the world.

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25 worst passwords of 2014: Is yours on the leak list?
CBC News
If your password is on the list below you had better change it. Among the 25 most common passwords among 3.3 million that were leaked online last year, the top two were once again "123456" and "password," according to a company that provides password management software.

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The technology that unmasks your hidden emotions
The Wall Street Journal
Paul Ekman, perhaps the world’s most famous face reader, fears he has created a monster. The 80-year-old psychologist pioneered the study of facial expressions in the 1970s, creating a catalog of more than 5,000 muscle movements to show how the subtlest wrinkling of the nose or lift of an eyebrow reveal hidden emotions. Now, a group of young companies with names like Emotient Inc., Affectiva Inc. and Eyeris are using Dr. Ekman’s research as the backbone of a technology that relies on algorithms to analyze people’s faces and potentially discover their deepest feelings.
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Amazon offers work e-mail service to compete against Google
Bloomberg
Amazon.com Inc. is starting an e-mail and calendar service for professionals dubbed WorkMail, pushing deeper into a corporate technology market dominated by Microsoft Corp. and Google Inc. WorkMail would compete against Microsoft’s Outlook and Google’s Apps for Work to become a daily point of contact between Amazon and customers. It builds on the technical capabilities the Seattle-based company has developed through its Amazon Web Services cloud-computing division, through which Amazon also offers a file-storage service named Zocalo and databases like Amazon Aurora.
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New Chrome extension spots unencrypted tracking
PCWorld
A new Chrome extension highlights tools embedded in websites that could pose privacy risks by sending data unencrypted over the Internet. It’s hard to find a major website that doesn’t use a variety of third-party tracking tools for online advertising, social media and analytics. But if the trackers send data unencrypted, it is possible for those who have network-level access — such as an ISP or government — to spy on the data and use it for their own tracking.
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Are CMOs poised to take over technology purchasing?
Forbes
Today, most tech purchase decisions are still being made in the CIO/CTO suite. There is nothing new about that. With certain initiatives being handed down from leadership, buying and implementation has always been done in the tech department. However, as the debate around CIO-CMO fusion continues, and as data-centric and customer-centric businesses seek to work faster, issues like shadow IT, marketing-led tech, Big Data boom, predictive analytics, etc. have become hot topics in the corporate space.
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