Trend Micro’s Top 10 Tips for Safe Social Networking this holiday season

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Posting information on-line can be a gift that keeps on giving. According to a recent survey from Internet security leader, Trend Micro, only 38% of people know how to limit what they post online and, as a result, run the risk of leaving a trail easy for cyber thieves to follow.

“Most of us are far too free and trusting with our personal information online,” according to Mark Nunnikhoven, Trend trendmicroMicro’s Vice President of Cloud and Emerging Technologies. “We don’t realize how quickly little bits add together to form a startlingly accurate picture of our personal lives. This unintentional disclosure of personal data can have very real consequences, making the work of criminals much easier.”

To ensure social media users do not “gift” their personal information to cyber crooks this holiday season, Trend Micro offers 10 top tips to help avoid a digital disaster:

  • What goes on-line stays on-line. Only post updates or photos you won’t mind sharing with strangers.
  • Keep tabs on all your tags and mentions. Getting tagged in a post might seem harmless, but it can also decrease your privacy.
  • Make sure only your intended audience sees your posts. If your friends have less restrictive settings, it’s possible for a wider audience to see your posts.
  • Never click on a link posted or sent by someone you don’t know
  • Use a two-factor authentication for Facebook as well as any other social media account you have and activate any other security measures you have access to.
  • Check privacy policies and adjust settings to your comfort level. Most sites keep their privacy policies in locations that are easy to find. It’s important to keep track of them because they can change anytime.
  • Double-check your security. You can use privacy scanning software to check current privacy settings in different social networks to make sure your information remains private.
  • Report and block spammers. This can help sanitize your feed as well as tell a social media site to take down the spammers’ accounts.
  • Always verify with your contacts any link they send your way, preferably through another form of correspondence.
  • Be careful whom you accept as a friend on social networks. Identity thieves can and do create fake profiles to steal your personal information.

About Trend Micro

Trend Micro Incorporated, a global leader in security software, strives to make the world safe for exchanging digital information. Built on 25 years of experience, our solutions for consumers, businesses and governments give layered data security to protect information on mobile devices, endpoints, gateways, servers and the cloud. Trend Micro enables the smart protection of information, with innovative security technology that is simple to deploy and manage, and fits an evolving ecosystem. All of our solutions are powered by cloud-based global threat intelligence, the Trend Micro™ Smart Protection Network™ infrastructure, and are supported by more than 1,200 threat experts around the globe. For more information, visit TrendMicro.com

Bell to acquire its mobile phone distributor GLENTEL

BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE; Bell) and GLENTEL Inc. (TSX: GLN) announced last week that they have entered into a iphonedefinitive agreement whereby BCE will acquire all the issued and outstanding shares of GLENTEL, the Canadian-based multi-carrier mobile products distributor. Valued at about $670 million, the transaction enhances Bell’s strategy to accelerate wireless and improve customer service in a competitive wireless marketplace, while providing more value to GLENTEL shareholders.

“GLENTEL is a remarkable Canadian success story, and over the past 25 years has been influential in driving the widespread adoption of mobile services in Canada, the United States and elsewhere internationally. As our longstanding partner, the GLENTEL team shares Bell’s commitment to wireless growth and service innovation, and we are proud to welcome them,” said George Cope, President and CEO of BCE Inc. and Bell Canada. “GLENTEL’s national reach, deep product knowledge, and great customer service and sales execution are key to our strategy to accelerate wireless.”

“As GLENTEL considered its future opportunities, it was essential that our partner share in GLENTEL’s core values of Quality, Service and Integrity. Bell, who has been a long time significant contributor to GLENTEL’s success, is that partner. We are delighted that GLENTEL, together with Bell, will continue to deliver legendary customer service to its customers, and believe that this new relationship will give more value to our shareholders and employees,” said Tom Skidmore, GLENTEL President and CEO.

Headquartered in Burnaby, BC, GLENTEL operates 494 retail locations across Canada offering wireless products and services from Bell Mobility, Chatr, Fido, Rogers Wireless, SaskTel and Virgin Mobile, and plans to continue offering products from multiple carriers after the acquisition. Outside Canada, GLENTEL owns, operates, and franchises about 735 retail locations in the United States, as well as 147 points of sale in Australia and the Philippines.

“There are clear growth opportunities ahead in Canadian wireless. This includes the much increased number of mobile customers with two or three year service contracts who will be eligible to renew their plans and change carriers over the next two years, a result of the federal wireless code of conduct implemented in 2013. Bell is ready to compete for their business,” said Wade Oosterman, President of Bell Mobility. “Supporting Bell’s commitment to deliver improved customer service, this transaction secures continued access for consumers to the convenient, high-quality customer experience offered by GLENTEL retail brands.”

Bell will acquire all of GLENTEL’s about 22.4 million fully diluted common shares, for a total consideration for GLENTEL’s equity of about $594 million. GLENTEL shareholders may choose to receive either $26.50 in cash, or 0.4974 of a common BCE share, for each GLENTEL common share, representing a premium of 108% based on GLENTEL’s closing share price on the TSX on November 27, 2014 and a 121% premium to the volume weighted trading average share price on the TSX for the past 10 days. The BCE share consideration is based on the 10-day volume weighted trading average share price on the TSX of $53.27.

Including net debt and minority interest of about $78 million, the total enterprise value of GLENTEL is about $670 million. The transaction consideration will consist of a combination of 50% cash and 50% in BCE common shares. Bell will fund the cash part with available liquidity and expects to issue about 5.6 million BCE common shares to fund the equity part. GLENTEL shareholders will be able to pick cash or share consideration and will be subject to proration should the total elections for cash or shares exceed the greatest available.

The Board of Directors of GLENTEL, acting on the unanimous recommendation of the Special Committee (which consisted solely of independent directors of GLENTEL), has approved the transaction and recommends that GLENTEL shareholders vote in favour of it. The Skidmore family, which owns about 37% of the common equity of GLENTEL, has entered into agreements with Bell supporting the transaction. Canaccord Genuity Corp., financial advisor to the Special Committee of the Board of Directors of GLENTEL, provided an opinion that as of the date of the opinion and subject to the assumptions and limitations stated there, the consideration proposed to be received by GLENTEL shareholders is fair from a financial point of view.

The agreement between Bell and GLENTEL provides for a non-solicitation covenant by GLENTEL and a right in favour of Bell to match any superior proposal. If Bell does not exercise its right to match, Bell would receive a termination fee of $33.6 million in the event GLENTEL supports any superior proposal.

Expected to close by the end of the first quarter of 2015, the transaction will be effected through a plan of arrangement and is subject to customary closing conditions, including court, shareholder and competition approvals. A reverse break fee of $33.6 million would be payable by Bell to GLENTEL should the transaction not close for competition approval reasons. GLENTEL has agreed not to declare or pay dividends on its shares through to the closing date. GLENTEL shareholders are expected to vote on the transaction in early 2015.

A proxy circular will be prepared and mailed to GLENTEL shareholders in the coming weeks providing important information about the transaction. A material change report will be filed with the Canadian securities regulatory authorities and will be available at http://www.sedar.com.

Canaccord Genuity Corp. acted as exclusive financial advisor to GLENTEL. Owen Bird Law Corporation acted as legal counsel to GLENTEL, McCarthy Tétrault LLP acted as legal counsel to the Special Committee of GLENTEL, and Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP in Canada and Sullivan & Cromwell in the US acted as legal counsel to Bell.

Bell accelerating wireless in Canada
Since 2006, Bell has invested about $7 billion to acquire new mobile 4G spectrum and build advanced wireless networks in every region of Canada. As a result, a re-energized Bell is regaining its leadership position in Canadian wireless with rapid customer adoption of smartphones and ongoing fast growth in data services like mobile TV.

Bell is rolling out the best wireless network technology available, 4G LTE, and now offers Canadians access to the largest LTE service footprint in the country. Available to 84% of the population, LTE coverage is growing fast as Bell extends the broadband service to smaller towns, rural communities and Canada’s North. By the end of 2015, Bell 4G LTE service will cover more than 98% of Canadians – similar to Bell’s existing 4G HSPA+ network. This summer, Bell was able to increase data speeds up to 45% across its LTE network for all smartphone users.

Bell’s ongoing strategic transformation is built on industry-leading investment in communications growth services, including wireless, TV, Internet and media. With over $3 billion in capital investment each year in new fibre and mobile networks, and more than $575 million in Canadian R&D annually, Bell invests more in Canadian communications infrastructure and service innovation than any other communications provider.

About GLENTEL

Based in Burnaby, BC, Canada, GLENTEL (TSX: GLN) is a provider of creative and reliable wireless communications services and solutions, offering a choice of network carrier and wireless or mobile products and services to consumers and commercial customers. GLENTEL is an independent multicarrier mobile phone retailer in Canada and Australia. In the United States, GLENTEL operates two of the six National Premium Retailers for Verizon Wireless. To its business and government customers, GLENTEL offers wireless systems and hardware, rental equipment, and system implementation services. GLENTEL celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013.
GLENTEL employs over 4,670 employees and operates about 1,400 locations, including 494 retail and business locations in Canada, 735 locations in the United States; and 147 retail locations in Australia and the Philippines.

About BCE

BCE is Canada’s largest communications company, providing a comprehensive and creative suite of broadband communication services to consumers and business customers through the Bell Canada and Bell Aliant brands. Bell Media is Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, out of home and digital media, including CTV, Canada’s #1 television network, and the country’s most-watched specialty channels. To learn more, please visit BCE.ca.

Rogers commits $4 million to Wavefront to fuel growth of entrepreneurs

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wavefrontRogers Communications announced last week a funding commitment of about $4 million to Wavefront, Canada’s Centre of Excellence for Commercialization and Research, to accelerate the growth of machine-to-machine (M2M), the Internet of Things (IoT) and wireless businesses in Canada. Over the next five years, Rogers will offer financial resources, technology tools, training and mentorship programs to thousands of technology businesses and entrepreneurs that walk through Wavefront’s doors.

“At Rogers, supporting homegrown technology businesses is in our DNA, and we see a distinct growth opportunity for Canadian businesses in the M2M, Internet of Things and wireless application space,” said Gord Nelson, VP Sales, BC, Alberta & Prairies, Rogers. “Our commitment to Wavefront will give businesses in Vancouver and across the country access to programs and industry experts to help them drive growth in their business and allow them to better compete on a national and global scale.”

The number of connected devices in Canada is expected to grow by 30 per cent each year over the next four years, reaching 114 million connections by 2018 and generating total revenues of $21.1 billion.[1] Increasing demand for M2M solutions has businesses and developers well poised to help from new growth opportunities in the rapidly growing industry of the Internet of Things. As part of its commitment to Wavefront, Rogers will sponsor the development of new programs including the Wavefront National Accelerator Program and Commercialization Support Program, as well as hands-on mentorship to M2M businesses looking to commercialize their business and enter new markets.

“The success of our award-winning acceleration program would not be possible without the support of industry leaders like Rogers,” said James Maynard, Wavefront President and CEO. “Beyond the financial investment, the experience Rogers brings to the table will help businesses better compete with global counterparts, drive new job creation and invigorate the technology community across the country.”

Today’s announcement builds on Rogers’ investment in British Columbia. In addition to its commitment to Vancouver-based Wavefront, Rogers is investing over $450 million in British Columbia over the next three years to expand its wireless network in over 70 communities, and enhance existing LTE connections.

“This investment demonstrates Rogers’ support for innovation and entrepreneurship within British Columbia’s expanding technology sector,” said Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services, Andrew Wilkinson. “Wavefront has done an excellent job of incubating and accelerating technology businesses here in BC, and the continued partnership between Wavefront and Rogers will help fuel the growth of machine-to-machine, Internet of Things, and wireless technology here in our province.”

The commitment from Rogers to Wavefront will be matched by up to 50 per cent by the Canadian Accelerator and Incubator Program (CAIP), a five-year program established by the Government of Canada to support growth and development of entrepreneurs and startups. The funding from both Rogers and CAIP will go towards expanding and extending Wavefront programs and initiatives to help emerging start-ups commercialize their business.  Over the past six years, Wavefront’s incubation and acceleration of technology businesses has resulted in thousands of new jobs in Canada, and hundreds of millions of dollars to Canada’s GDP.

For more information on Wavefront, please visit: www.wavefrontac.com

About Rogers Communications

Rogers Communications is a diversified Canadian communications and media company. We are Canada’s largest provider of wireless voice and data communications services and one of Canada’s leading providers of cable television, high speed Internet and telephony services. Through Rogers Media we are engaged in radio and television broadcasting, televised shopping, magazines and trade publications, sports entertainment, and digital media. We are publicly traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: RCI.A and RCI.B) and on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: RCI). For further information about the Rogers group of companies, please visit rogers.com.

About Wavefront

Wavefront is Canada’s Centre of Excellence for Wireless Commercialization and Research (CECR), accelerating the growth and success of wireless companies in Canada by connecting them with critical resources, partners and opportunities, to drive economic and social benefits for Canada. Wavefront products and services are available to wireless and non-wireless companies looking to leverage mobile technology. They include a comprehensive suite of accelerated commercialization and mentorship programs, international market linkages, state of the art wireless product development and testing infrastructure, and wireless training programs and events. For more information and to join the Wavefront Community visit www.wavefrontac.com.

Canadians gear up for in-store and online deals this Black Friday and Cyber Monday as holiday shopping season kicks-off November 28

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Black Friday and Cyber Monday mark the kick-off to the holiday shopping season for more than half of all Canadians polled in a new survey released today. But some shoppers may be missing out: while 85% of those polled know about Black Friday, only 62% are familiar with Cyber Monday.

“It surprised us to learn that more than a third of the Canadians surveyed don’t know about blackfridayCyber Monday online shopping yet,” said Ron Craig, Vice President of Marketing at The Source, a leading Canadian consumer electronics and wireless retailer which commissioned the survey. “Without question, there are amazing in-store deals on Black Friday but Cyber Monday brings deep discounts online – with no lineups, crowds or busy parking lots to worry about.”

Black Friday falls on November 28th this year, and Cyber Monday follows on December 1st. Both dates mark when retailers offer deals and special sales, and are considered by 57 % of Canadians surveyed to be the beginning of the holiday shopping season.

But the two dates don’t have the same meaning for Canadians polled, even among those who are familiar with both. While Black Friday and Cyber Monday are both associated with deals (91% and 79% respectively) and choice (55% and 53% respectively), Black Friday is described as an adventure for almost half of those polled (49%), while Cyber Monday represents shopping convenience (64%).

“These results tell us that Canadians enjoy the fun and excitement of hunting for deals in-store, but there is an important place for e-commerce as well among those who welcome the convenience of shopping online,” added Mr. Craig. “What’s important for Canadians starting their holiday shopping to remember is that they can find great deals online in addition to what is found in retail stores.”

What Canadians are shopping for

The survey found that two out of three Canadians polled are considering tech-related gift-giving and many are looking to start shopping for these items this Black Friday or Cyber Monday. The top three categories among Canadians considering tech gifts this holiday season include:

  • Video games and/or gaming consoles (32%),
  • Electronic gadgets and toys (30%),
  • Laptop or tablet (28%).

About the survey

Hill+Knowlton Strategies’ research practice, H+K Perspectives, partnered with Public Opinions Inc. to conduct a study of 1,496 Canadians from October 23 to 28, 2014. An associated margin of error for a sample of this size would be +/-2.53 19 times out of 20.

About The Source

Building on more than 40 years of excellence as an electronics retailer, The Source is one of Canada’s largest retailers with over 650 locations nationwide. Over 70 per cent of Canadians live within five kilometers of stores operated or licensed by The Source.  Retail locations and thesource.ca offer a range of brand name consumer electronics including communications, home entertainment, home office and sound products.  For more information, visit www.thesource.ca.

Jabra’s Sport Pulse Wireless named CES Innovation Awards Honoree

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The Jabra’s new Sport Pulse Wireless all-in-one earbud training solution has been named a 2015 CES Innovation Awards Honoree. Entries are judged by a preeminent panel of independent industrial designers, independent engineers and members of the trade media to honor outstanding design and engineering in leading consumer electronics products across 28 product categories.

The products are evaluated on their intended use/function and user value, how the design and innovation of the sportpulsewirelessproduct directly compares to other products in the marketplace and unique/novel features present.

Sport Pulse Wireless earbuds combine premium Dolby® enhanced sound, an integrated, in-ear heart rate monitor and real-time audio coaching to offer the greatest clutter-free, tangle-free workout and inspire athletes to beat their best.

“This is the second time that one of our products from the growing Jabra Sports line has been named a CES Innovation Honoree,” said Darcy Clarkson, Senior Vice President at Jabra. “These nominations show that – in addition to performing as promised – our intelligent audio solutions uphold the Company’s reputation for developing quality products that advance audio engineering, and are on form with the latest design trends.”

2015 CES Innovation Honoree products are featured on CESweb.org/Innovation.

About Jabra

Jabra is the brand name of GN Netcom, a subsidiary of GN Store Nord A/S (GN), listed on NASDAQ OMXJabra employs about 925 people worldwide and, in 2013, produced an annual revenue which amounted to DKK 2,612 million.Jabra is a world leader in the development, manufacturing and marketing of a broad range of communications and audio solutions. With a reputation for innovation, reliability, and ease of use that goes back more than two decades, Jabra’s consumer and business divisions produce corded and wireless headsets, plus mobile and in-office speakerphones that allow people and businesses through increased freedom of movement, comfort, and functionality.

Rogers launches LTE-Advanced

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Last Friday Rogers Communications announced that it is rolling out LTE-Advanced, the next evolution of wireless technology that combines its 700MHz and AWS spectrum, so customers can download and live stream video even faster on mobiles and tablets.  Starting today Rogers customers in 12 cities will be the first customers in Canada to help from LTE-Advanced.

“This new network technology allows us to combine our 700MHz beachfront spectrum with AWS, the backbone of our iphoneLTE network, to give our customers an even better and faster video experience.  It’s like putting the highways in a major city together to make a superhighway, allowing more traffic at faster speeds,” said Guy Laurence, President and Chief Executive Officer.

Rogers was the only carrier to secure two blocks of contiguous 700MHz spectrum across the country’s major geographic markets. This 700 spectrum is located in the key rural and urban locations across Canada and carries wireless signals across longer distances, while the AWS spectrum has greater capacity and is suited for high density towns and cities.

Mobile video consumption is skyrocketing and likely to be more than half of all online video views within a year. In the first two weeks of the season, hockey fans streamed 650 terabytes (that’s 650 million megabytes) of data on Rogers™ NHL GameCentre LIVE™ and on average 80,000 hockey fans are using their mobiles or tablets to live stream or watch special camera angles on the app each game night since the start of the season. Our investment in LTE-Advanced will allow Rogers to meet its customers’ growing demand for data.

“This is just the first step,” says Laurence. “In the future, we’ll be able to combine even more spectrum to further enhance the video experience for our customers. We are the only network focused on bringing customers the greatest video experience on mobile.”

LTE-Advanced is launching today in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Windsor, London, Hamilton, Toronto, Kingston, Moncton, Fredericton, Halifax and Saint John, with more markets across the country to follow.

About Rogers

Rogers Communications is a leading diversified public Canadian communications and media company. We are Canada’s largest provider of wireless communications services and one of Canada’s leading providers of cable television, high-speed Internet and telephony services to consumers and businesses. Through Rogers Media, we are engaged in radio and television broadcasting, televised shopping, magazines and trade publications, sports entertainment, and digital media. We are publicly traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: RCI.A and RCI.B) and on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: RCI).  For further information about the Rogers group of companies, please visit rogers.com.

D&B chooses Vancouver to launch global Cloud Innovation Center

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This spring, Vancouver cloud-based analytics and business intelligence startup, Indicee made headlines after being acquired by internationally renowned commercial data, analytics and business insights provider, Dun & Bradstreet (D&B). What’s drawing attention to this acquisition now is the team unveiling the new D&B Cloud Innovation Center and announcing plans to create 100 new local jobs in the next two years.

The launch of D&B Cloud Innovation Center marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter for the Indicee team as they bring their expertise in cloud computing and business intelligence to D&B’s global customer base and work to set up the D&B Cloud ID&Bnnovation Center’s presence in the Vancouver tech scene.

The D&B Cloud Innovation Center team continues to be led by Business Intelligence (BI) industry veteran and Indicee Founder, Mark Cunningham who is steering the team’s focus on building the next generation of D&B products by mobilizing the world’s largest B2B database through cloud technology. By doing so, the D&B Cloud Innovation Center is tackling a truly global Big Data problem that is set to peek the interests of the city’s data and BI talent.

The D&B Cloud Innovation Center is looking to recruit the top talent in this field with the aim of adding 100 new positions to the team over the next two years. Their enticing proposition for job seekers is the opportunity to work with leading BI technology, with the added benefit of working within a startup culture that has the financial support of a global organization.

Cunningham believes the team’s recruitment goal is especially possible in Vancouver, given the city’s growing tech industry, “We are seeing top data and BI talent explore Vancouver as a place to innovate, and advance their skills.” Elaborating, “With global companies investing in the growth of Vancouver’s tech scene, this is only the beginning of a major surge of talent within the local industry.”

Zen Launchpad aims to create hub of innovation on the North Shore

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Vancouver is a hot bed for tech these days and while incubators and startups are popping up faster than the latest microbrew company, North Vancouver hasn’t reached the same level of tech as Gastown or Yaletown.

Reza Ghaeli and Cyri Jones Co Founders of Zen Launchpad and Zen Maker Lab aim to change that when they opened the Zen Launchpad. These two different entities do different things under one roof. The Launchpad helps startup companies while the Maker Lab is a workshop that has 3D printing equipment and other hardware.

“We met through a bridge building competition and we watched kids experience the joys of engineering together says Ghaeli. That experience led us to realize that Zen Launchpad could do the same for tech entrepreneurs starting out.”

“Gastown and Yaletown regional hubs of innovation adds Jones. Not just downtown. We think we can offer something here on the North Shore and help create another hub with the Zen Launchpad.”

Ghaeli’s background includes Engineering and Data Warehouse positions as well as time with ICBC where he was able to create a unique model for claims management. This unique project made him realize he could do something on his own and an incubator seemed like the place to start.

The first company to come on board was Vandrico Technologies. Experts in the wearable tech field, Vandrico needed the workshop space for projects. Their large wearable tech database and Canary platform have made the mining industry take notice.

Plantiga, developers of a patent-pending footwear technology, is another resident at the Launchpad while the Maker Labs has local tech specialist John Biehler offer 3D printing workshops on occasion.

A key part of the Zen Launchpad has been the Critical Mass Kids Camp which has been a driving force behind the venture and a good money-maker. “The workshops allow us access to the community. It also lets kids be a producer and a creator. It’s also a revenue source and a marketing tool and that has made it a real bonus for us” says Cyri Jones.

“We believe in C3 as well, Community Contribution Corporation says Jones. 60 percent of the proceeds from here go to the community,  40 percent goes to founders and investors. We have the option to stay a C3 or turn into not for profit. We also aim to merge Social Enterprise and Entrepreneurship”

Survey of Canadian CIOs Unveils Technology Trends Influencing the Evolution of the Workplace

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A recent IDC survey commissioned by Samsung Electronics Canada found that technology trends such as Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), which show the growing use of personal tablets and smartphones in the workplace, is driving change for the Chief Information Officer (CIO) and businesses across Canada. Of the CIOs surveyed, 58 per cent said the number of mobile workers at their company has increased and that 68 per cent of these workers use tablets in addition to mobile byodphones.

BYOD is quickly becoming the new norm for companies across Canada with 52.5 per cent of CIOs open to employees bringing their own devices to work. When asked why CIOs have a bring their own device policy, 50.8 per cent responded saying it was to appeal to young workers which will make up 75 per cent of the workforce by 2028.  While security remains a core part, CIOs are being driven by workplace trends to help future-proof their organization.

“Part of the CIO’s role is to expect trends in technology and understand how they influence corporate policy while maintaining security and aligning with the strategic vision of the company,” said Warren Shiau, Director, Buyer Behaviour Research Practice, IDC Canada. “The CIO role is shifting from a concentrated focus on managing and protecting centralized back office IT resources to driving employee productivity and empowerment.”

The survey also reflects a shift in attitude by CIOs who have traditionally acted independently to make IT regulations. The survey reveals that fifty-five per cent of CIOs are actually adjusting their IT policies based on employee feedback and beginning to recognize the value of these insights in helping to create a more empowered workforce.

When asked about their biggest IT priorities for 2014, CIOs responded by saying that improving staff productivity (60 per cent) and IT security (70 per cent) were at the top of that list. Specifically, 96 per cent of respondents that support BYOD said that security is important which is why CIOs are turning to Samsung KNOX, a secure mobile enterprise security platform for Android, to create a protected IT environment.

“At Samsung, we are deeply committed to ‘people-inspired innovation’ and we listen to our customers – both consumers and enterprises – and innovate to discuss their issues,” said Paul Brannen, Senior Vice-President, Enterprise and Mobile Solutions, Samsung Electronics Canada. “As the first commercially available, secure Android platform for mobile enterprise, Samsung KNOX gives CIOs peace of mind by allowing their employees to easily and securely switch between work and play on their devices with the press of a button.”

While security remains a top priority for CIOs, metrics and measurement are areas that have potential for growth with 43 per cent of respondents saying that measuring mobile security effectiveness is not an exact science and hard metrics aren’t being used. Fifty-two per cent of CIOs surveyed don’t now measure security effectiveness although 52 per cent say they will soon which speaks to the direction the ever-evolving role of the CIO may go next.

KNOX is now supported by a range of Samsung mobility products including the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy NotePRO 12.2. To learn more about Samsung KNOX secure Mobile Enterprise platform, visit www.samsungknox.com

About Samsung Electronics Canada
Samsung Electronics Canada is a global leader in technology, opening new possibilities for young minded consumers everywhere through innovation, stylish design and premium experiences. Through relentless innovation and discovery, Samsung is transforming the worlds of TVs, smartphones, tablets, PCs, cameras, home appliances, printers, LTE systems, medical devices, semiconductors and LED solutions. As a result, Samsung has become a true leader in the technology industry. In 2013, Samsung was ranked #8 in the Interbrand 100 Best Global Brands while the Canadian arm was named as one of Strategy Magazine’s 2013 Brands of the Year and Marketing Magazine’s 2012 Top 10 Marketers of the Year in Canada. Globally, Samsung employs 286,000 people across 80 countries with annual sales of US$216.7 billion.

To discover more, please visit www.samsung.com.

Follow Samsung Canada at facebook.com/SamsungCanada or on Twitter @SamsungCanada.

About IDC

International Data Corporation (IDC) is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications, and consumer technology markets. IDC Canada is part of a network of over 1,000 analysts providing global, regional, and local expertise on technology, industry opportunities and trends with more analysts dedicated to understanding the Canadian market than any other global research firm.

About the Survey

The telephone survey of 120 major Canadian organizations was completed during February 2014 by IDC Canada and represents a cross-section of the Canadian private and public sectors from Business Services, Financial Services, Retail, Communications and Media, Transportation and Warehousing and Utilities, to Government, Healthcare, and Education.  The survey was designed to show an illustration of major Canadian organizations’ attitudes and behaviour within the mobility area.  Survey respondents were composed of CIO or CIO equal IT-decision makers.

School of Public Policy Report on Wireless Competition slams Federal Government Moves for Fourth Mobile Wireless Carrier

Last year featured a high-stakes battle between two protagonists over the issue of a fourth wireless carrier in Canada. iphoneOn one side was the federal government, seeking to ease a fourth mobile carrier through spectrum policy and any other means at its disposal.  On the other side, Bell, Rogers, and Telus.  The issue?  Who should govern the allocation of resources in the provision of wireless services in Canada?  Should prices, quality, availability, and other terms of service — be determined by the market, or should the government intervene? The answer to these questions should depend on the extent of competition.  A report released last year by economists Jeffrey Church and Andrew Wilkins at The School of Public Policy argued that the three wireless providers were, in fact, competitive, had not raised prices above the long-run costs of providing services and had not exercised harmful market power.  Needless to say, the federal government disagreed.

The government fired back with research of their own, commissioned by the Competition Bureau, that made counter arguments in the defense of the need for a fourth carrier and the exercise of market power by the wireless carriers.  Today, Church and Wilkins released a follow-up paper on this issue.  The paper re-affirms the authors’ previous findings that the market has, in fact, worked when it comes to mobile wireless competition in Canada and the government should not be using government policy to try to force a fourth carrier in Canada.

Today’s report challenges many of the findings of the report commissioned by the Competition Bureau and its submissions on competition in wireless markets to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.  It argues “that the expert evidence ready for the Competition Bureau is simply insufficient to call for regulation and subsidization of wireless competition. The expert evidence findings on market power are small, as well as not robust, and it does not address whether entry is efficient. Instead it provides only an estimate of the competitive benefits of a fourth national entrant — not its costs — and it does not assess the financial viability of a fourth national competitor. The inaccuracies of the methodology  used cast much doubt on its use to accurately forecast the effect of a fourth national entrant,” said Jeffrey Church today.

“Given the absence of compelling evidence demonstrating the real exercise of inefficient market power, the evidence that having more than three carriers raises concerns regarding financial viability without ongoing subsidization, and the evidence that an additional carrier would be inefficient, one wonders how long the federal government and its agencies will continue the policy of attempting to “enhance competition” in wireless markets? What will be the final cost to Canadians of the federal government’s commitment to the proposition that competition is measured by the number of competitors?” asked Church.

Hacked festival takes place in Vancouver August 11 – 14, 2014

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Vancouver, BC – Hacked: Festival announces the first round of programming for this inaugural event taking place August 11 – 14, 2014 at the historic Yaletown Roundhouse. Hacked is pleased to present a stellar line up of local, national and international talent in the world of technology and revolutionary thinking. It has organized a lineup comprised of award-winning talent, controversial characters, people with amazing new ideas and people that have already changed the world. It is a lineup not to be missed.

Hacked Festival programming for Tuesday August 12 and Wednesday August 13th will include:

  • Ryan Bethencourt, Sr. Director (Life Sciences) Prize creation at X Prize Foundation and Co-Founder at Berkeley Biolabs (San Francisco)
  • Renee Black, Executive Director at Peace Geeks (Vancouver)
  • Eric Hersman, Founder BRCK, Ushahidi Project (Nairobi, Kenya)
  • Tim Pool, Hacker Journalist, VICE Magazine, Creator of Tagg.ly (New York)
  • Shaharris Beh, co-founder of HackerNest Tech Socials (Toronto & Kuala Lampur)
  • Amal Graafstra, founder Dangerous Things (Seattle)
  • Aaron Hilton, CTO at Conquer Mobile (Vancouver)
  • Kharis O’Connell, Experience Design Director at Global Mechanic, Founder Cyborg Camp (Vancouver)
  • Jay Giraud, Co-Founder and CEO, MOJIO (Vancouver)
  • Nik Badminton, Founder From Now Conference, Principal at DesignCultureMind (Vancouver)
  • David Vogt, Urban Opus (Vancouver)
  • Michael Bidu, Founder at Sanotron, Executive Producer at Interface 2014 (Vancouver)

“Hacked is the festival I always wanted but didn’t know we could have. It’s an ongoing honour to work with such talented inventors in putting together this celebration of human ingenuity.” says Yaniv Talmor, Festival Producer.

“Hacked Festival dares all participants to not settle for status quo. We curated programming that recognizes there is a global movement in motion to profoundly change the world, make it better, healthier, safer and more connected. This is as much about giving people information through raising literacy in science and technology as is about celebrating our greatest potentials as a species of creators. ” says producer/curator, Cameron Kuc. “We are creating programming that is focused on story-telling in short format. We recognized other conference formats were either to long or not catering to the entire audience by being either too general and not specific enough for experts or being too inclusive by offering talks only on the highest levels. We chose a short format for our presentations, most talks are just fifteen minutes, and we are delivering the most inclusive and high-level information through workshops, which in most cases attendees can participate in for the cost of General Admission which is $20/day CAD.” continues Cameron.

The second round of programming to be released by on July 8, 2014.

Tickets are on sale for Hacked: Festival via the Hacked: Festival website at hackedfestival.com

About Hacked Festival
Hacked is an experimental festival celebrating disruptive innovation, exploration and art taking place in Vancouver this summer. It will feature hacker led programming with talks, music, games, hands-on workshops, exhibits and market, popup hackspaces, parties, films and opportunities for artistic expression.

Contact:

To learn more about Hacked: Festival, please contact
Anne-Marie Enns, Festival Producer
Office: (604) 313-3831
anne-marie@hackedfestival.com

Add Wi-Fi to anything with TI’s Internet on a chip

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Today Texas Instruments (TI) (NASDAQ: TXN) introduced its new SimpleLink Wi-Fi® CC3100 and CC3200 platforms for Internet of Things (IoT) applications. The SimpleLink Wi-Fi family is the first in a series of new easy, low power SimpleLink wireless connectivity solutions for the IoT. This new Internet-on-a-chip family allows customers to easily add embedded Wi-Fi and Internet to a wide-range of home, industrial and consumer electronics through features including:

  • The industry’s lowest power consumption for battery operated devices with a low power radio and advanced low power modes.
  • Flexibility to use any microcontroller (MCU) with the CC3100 solution or leverage the CC3200’s integrated programmable ARM® Cortex®-M4 MCU, allowing customers to add their own code.
  • Easy development for the IoT with quick connection, cloud support and on-chip Wi-Fi, Internet and robust security protocols, requiring no prior Wi-Fi experience to get a product connected.
  • The ability to simply and securely connect their devices to Wi-Fi using a phone or tablet app or a web browser with multiple provisioning options including SmartConfig Technology, WPS and AP mode.

With a QFN package and fully integrated RF and analog, the CC3100 and CC3200 allow developers to create a low cost, compact and easy to use system by placing the device directly on a PCB. The SimpleLink Wi-Fi family comes with cloud connectivity support through TI’s IoT cloud ecosystem members. TI also provides various kits and software tools, a certified TI module (coming soon), reference designs, sample applications, development documentation, and TI E2E community support.

http://www.multivu.com/players/English/70647514-add-wi-fi-to-anything-with-ti-s-internet-on-a-chip-new-simplelink/embed_videos.html?video=3ec62c47-6d02-4df4-b1b3-a52287a9c18e&embed=true

Building on its MCU ecosystem of low-cost LaunchPad evaluation kits and BoosterPack plug-in modules, TI provides developers an easy way to design and evaluate Wi-Fi and Internet applications:

  • Get started using TI’s SimpleLink Wi-Fi CC3200 solution with the first wireless connectivity LaunchPad evaluation kit.
  • The SimpleLink Wi-Fi CC3100 BoosterPack plus the Advanced Emulation BoosterPack allows customers to connect to any MCU, including the ultra-low power MSP430 LaunchPad.
  • If customers have not selected an MCU or want to get started quickly, they can begin software development with a PC and the CC3100 BoosterPack plus the Advanced Emulation BoosterPack using SimpleLink Studio.

For more information on the features and benefits of the SimpleLink Wi-Fi CC3100 and CC3200 platforms, please read this blog post.

Pricing and availability:

  • SimpleLink Wi-Fi CC3100 and CC3200 solutions are available now through TI eStore and TI authorized distributors:
    • CC3200 LaunchPad is available for $29.99
    • CC3100 BoosterPack + CC31XXEMUBOOST + MSP-EXP430F5529LP bundle is available for $49.99
    • CC3100BOOST + CC31XXEMUBOOST bundle is available for $36.99
  • CC3100 and CC3200 production units will be available in July and will be part of TI’s sample program.
    • CC3100 –$6.70 per 1,000 units
    • CC3200 –Starting at $7.99 per 1,000 units
  • CC3100 and CC3200 modules will be available in 3Q

TI’s SimpleLink wireless connectivity portfolio
TI’s SimpleLink portfolio of low power wireless connectivity solutions – wireless MCUs, wireless network processors (WNPs), RF transceivers and range extenders for the broad embedded market – makes it easier to develop and connect anything to the Internet of Things (IoT). Spanning over 14 standards and technologies including Wi-Fi®, Bluetooth®, Bluetooth low energy, ZigBee®, Sub-1 GHz, 6LoWPAN and more, SimpleLink products help manufacturers add wireless connectivity to anything, to any design, for anyone. www.ti.com/simplelink.

About Texas Instruments
Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) is a global semiconductor design and manufacturing company that develops analog ICs and embedded processors. By employing the world’s brightest minds, TI creates innovations that shape the future of technology. TI is helping more than 100,000 customers transform the future, today. Learn more at www.ti.com.