Tag: canada

CIRA accepting applications from web-based non-profits for funding grant

There are currently more than 2.5 million registered .ca domain names, and the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) is hoping to attract even more for its 2017 Community Investment Program (CIP). Through the program, CIRA is hoping to bring together members of “Canada’s internet community” to help build a “better online Canada.” Over the past…

Text 911 functionality a long way off, claim city of Toronto regulators

New reports indicate that the long-awaited ability to text 911 might be more far off than originally anticipated. Officials claim that new regulations won’t be enough to integrate the emergency text system, as operators will need to be trained to handle the new medium, especially with the potential for disturbing images and videos to be…

Top Canadian mobile stories from the past week

Every week we bring you the latest in Canadian mobile news. Listed below is a quick overview of the top stories from the past seven days: Welcome to MobileSyrup 3.0 [Read here] Intel’s Project Alloy Hands-on: Shooting drones in merged reality [Read here] BlackBerry partners with Giuliani security consulting firm [Read here] A look at…

LCBO says online alcohol orders skyrocketed during the holidays

The Liquor Control Board of Ontario’s already popular online ordering and delivery service for alcohol saw a massive spike in transactions during the 2016 holiday season. The board, commonly known as the LCBO, told BNN that its online alcohol sales totaled nearly $2 million CAD between November 6th and December 31st, which marks a significant…

Here are all the games coming to the Nintendo Switch, organized by release date

The Nintendo Switch will officially be available in Canada on March 3rd. The handheld-console hybrid gaming device retails for $399.99 and pre-orders quickly sold out within 10 minutes at a variety of retailers. For those considering purchasing the Switch, here is a rundown of all the currently known games Nintendo and its third-party developer partners plan…

Tesla outlines Supercharger fees for new Canadian owners

In November Tesla laid out plans to change the way its Supercharging network is operated, moving from a completely free network that allowed Tesla owners to charge their vehicles at no additional cost, to a pay-per-use model. In a follow-up, Tesla stated that free Supercharger access will be permitted for customers who purchased a Model…

Microsoft acquires AI startup Maluuba

Canadian startup Maluuba, which is focused on helping machines learn, think, and communicate like humans, has just been acquired by Microsoft. Maluuba has offices in Kitchener-Waterloo and Montreal. In a blog post, the company suggested that it is at a point where its complex tech requires ‘significant resources’ in order to scale. “Our team has…

Nintendo Switch pre-orders now live in Canada for $399.99 [Update]

During the Switch keynote presentation in Tokyo, Japan, Nintendo officially announced a release date and pricing for its next video game console. The portable gaming console will be available in Canada on March 3rd for $399 through most retailers, including Best Buy, EBGames, and Amazon Canada. There is no indication as to the number of units Nintendo will…

Prime Minister Trudeau becomes first politician to host Q&A Live Story on Snapchat

Not long after becoming the first Canadian Prime Minister to ever have a Snapchat account, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau continues to break new ground on the ephemeral video and photo-sharing app. On January 12th, the Prime Minister became the first politician to ever host a Snapchat Q&A Live Story, answering the questions of college students…

Miovision partners with U of T, launches lab to help cities make sense of traffic data

At the Transportation Research Board (TRB) annual meeting in Washington today, Kitchener-based Miovision announced that it’s creating Miovision Labs, a new division within the company. Miovision, which provides cloud-based traffic management software to help cities improve traffic flow, will be focused on research that helps cities leverage their traffic data and create smart city applications…

Shaw launches new BlueSky IPTV platform to compete with Telus’ Optik TV

Shaw has debuted a new internet protocol TV (IPTV) platform, BlueSky, in an effort to win back customers that were drawn to Telus’ IPTV service Optik TV in the Western provinces. The product is based on American telco Comcast’s X1 platform, making it the first Canadian deployment of the technology. It won’t be unique for…

The Xbox One’s two new gamepads are coming to Canada

The product factory that is the Xbox Design Lab continues to churn out new Xbox One controllers. On Tuesday, Microsoft announced the addition of two new controller colour schemes to its already jam-packed lineup of first-party gamepads. Starting later this week, Canadian consumers will be able to purchase the first of the two new controllers,…

Amazon Canada fined $1 million for employing misleading pricing practices

After a two-year investigation by the Competition Bureau, Amazon Canada has been fined $1 million CAD for misleading pricing practices. The web giant will pay $1 million in penalties and $100 thousand towards the Competition Bureau’s costs, as part of an agreement regarding the Bureau’s probe into its pricing practices on its Canadian website. Amazon…

Merchants can now sell products on Amazon through the Ottawa-based Shopify

In a blog post, Shopify announced that it now allows its merchants to sell directly on Amazon using Shopify. Shopify’s integration allows merchants selling in USD to automatically list on Amazon, which is currently the biggest online store in the world, rather than having to manually enter product information directly. The Amazon integration features include…

HTML500 aims to teach 2500 Canadians to code, expands to nine cities

After a year-long hiatus, HTML500, a free learn to code event hosted by Lighthouse Labs, is kicking off in Toronto on February 18. HTML500 will run in eight other cities across Canada, including Vancouver, Montreal, Calgary, Ottawa, Halifax, Victoria, London, and Saskatoon. The coding school said that over 2,500 people of all ages will participate…

Ottawa will study the safety of driverless cars during Ontario pilot program

Transport Canada announced recently that it will evaluate the safety of driverless cars as three test vehicles touch down on Ontario roads as part of a new pilot program. “Connected Vehicle (CV) and Automated Vehicle (AV) technologies have the potential to create new possibilities for the transportation sector by improving road safety, providing environmental benefits, expanding…