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Each episode, Derek Silva and sometimes special guests will break down the biggest stories in Canadian technology news. We talk about the big and small stories, and how they affect Canadians and their daily lives. Interv
1/15/2018

CTP Ep. 145 – Jan 14, 2018: TTFN, Ta-Ta For Now!

Sponsored by Olio Digital Labs and Codeship Thanks to Techdoz.ca for the loan of the Snowball Blue Mic Hosts & Guests Stuart Clark Derek Silva Announcement – We’re taking a hiatus! See you in… 6 months? 2020? 2025? Never? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Quick Hits Google combines Android Pay and Google Wallet under a single banner, Google Pay https://mobilesyrup.com/2018/01/08/google-android-pay-google-wallet-single-brand-google-pay/ Future Samsung smartphones will have working FM chips in Canada https://mobilesyrup.com/2018/01/10/samsung-fm-chips/ Manitoba to receive $83.9 million in high-speed internet funding https://mobilesyrup.com/2018/01/09/manitoba-receive-83-9-million-high-speed-internet-funding/ TD Bank Acquires AI Startup Layer 6 https://techvibes.com/2018/01/09/td-bank-acquires-ai-startup-layer-6 Public advocacy group calls for CRTC inquiry into Canadian digital service providers https://mobilesyrup.com/2018/01/08/public-advocacy-group-calls-crtc-inquiry-canadian-digital-service-providers/ http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/rogers-employees-pressure-to-sell-1.4481128 Razer’s Project Linda imagines a laptop dock for the Razer Phone https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2018/1/9/16866206/razer-project-linda-phone-laptop-dock-touchpad-prototype-android-concept-ces-2018 Toronto’s Goal to Become the Smartest City in North America https://techvibes.com/2018/01/10/torontos-goal-to-become-the-smartest-city-in-north-america Bitcoin Mining Looking at Canada Given China’s Digital Currency Stance https://discover.coinsquare.io/digital-currency/bitcoin-minining-canada/ Topics Meltdown and Spectre: ‘worst ever’ CPU bugs affect virtually all computers https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/jan/04/meltdown-spectre-worst-cpu-bugs-ever-found-affect-computers-intel-processors-security-flaw https://spectreattack.com/ What Facebook’s news feed change could mean to users, businesses http://www.lfpress.com/2018/01/12/what-facebooks-news-feed-change-could-mean-to-users-businesses https://mobilesyrup.com/2018/01/12/facebook-friends-publishers-change-news-feed/ macOS High Sierra bug gives access to App Store preferences without a password https://mobilesyrup.com/2018/01/11/macos-high-sierra-bug-app-store-preferences-no-password/ Tech for Good: How machine learning and rich data can help prevent pollution https://betakit.com/tech-for-good-how-machine-learning-and-rich-data-can-help-prevent-pollution/ B.C. experimenting with ‘blockchain’ to store and share crucial data http://www.timescolonist.com/business/b-c-experimenting-with-blockchain-to-store-and-share-crucial-data-1.23131666 Stuff We Like Stuart – Zooniverse Derek – Enjin Wallet What are you up to lately? Stuart – Was sick for most of the holiday’s (not fun). I’m now Board Chair at London Public Library. Really enjoying the contract position at Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry help desk. Keeping fingers and toes crossed that it turns into a permanent position. Derek – Had a nice holiday season. Enjoying the Google Home mini and Chromecast I got for Christmas! Was just at Kathleen’s company country-themed new year party on Friday, I came in second place in the Bloom token community rewards program to take home USD $3,000 of BLT, and thinking of becoming a crypto-focused YouTuber/podcaster. Don’t forget to review us on iTunes, Google Play, TuneIn, Spreaker, Stitcher, Player FM, iHeart.com, or wherever else you get your podcasts. Please retweet us when tweet about new episodes on Twitter, share them on Facebook, or tell a friend! You can also follow and like our page on Facebook. Or send us an email to let us know what you think! Music Credit: “District Four” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0 The post CTP Ep. 145 – Jan 14, 2018: TTFN, Ta-Ta For Now! appeared first on Canadian Tech Podcast.
12/21/2017

CTP Ep. 144 – Mon, Dec 18, 2017: Do Unata Canadian Blockchain?

Sponsored by Olio Digital Labs and Codeship Hosts & Guests Derek Silva David Toste Quick Hits Apple Maps is bringing indoor maps to Toronto, Edmonton and Vancouver international airports https://mobilesyrup.com/2017/12/14/apple-maps-indoor-maps-airport-yyz-yeg-yv/ Canadian Border Agency Can Now Scan Personal Information in Advance https://techvibes.com/2017/12/14/canadian-border-agency-can-now-scan-personal-information-in-advance Ontario formally bans ticket-buying software, resale of tickets purchased through bots https://mobilesyrup.com/2017/12/14/ontario-enact-ticket-sales-act-banning-ticket-buying-software/ 815,000 Canadian Riders and Drivers Affected by Uber Data Breach https://techvibes.com/2017/12/12/uber-says-815000-riders-and-drivers-affected-by-data-breach Twitter’s new ‘Threads’ feature aims to make posting tweetstorms easier https://mobilesyrup.com/2017/12/12/twitters-threads-feature-posting-tweetstorms-easier/ Lyft launches in Toronto with SickKids donation partnership https://betakit.com/lyft-launches-in-toronto-with-sickkids-donation-partnership/ Topics How Future Regulation Will Shape Canada’s Blockchain Environment https://techvibes.com/2017/12/15/how-future-regulation-will-shape-canadas-blockchain-environment Canada’s New $100-Million Procurement Program for Technology Startups https://techvibes.com/2017/12/14/canadas-new-100-million-procurement-program-for-technology-startups Supreme Court of Canada upholds privacy protections for text messages https://betakit.com/supreme-court-of-canada-upholds-privacy-protections-for-text-messages/ Toronto’s Unata Powering Growth in Online Sales for Grocers https://techvibes.com/2017/12/08/unata-powering-growth-in-online-sales-for-grocers Shaw argues in favour of internet service providers blocking copyright-infringing sites https://mobilesyrup.com/2017/12/06/shaw-argues-favour-internet-service-providers-blocking-copyright-infringing-sites/ Stuff We Like Derek – AR stickers in Pixel camera app David – Google Home Noteworthy News Deloitte Outlines 2018 and Beyond for Tech, Media and Telecoms https://techvibes.com/2017/12/12/deloitte-technology-media-telecommunications-predictions-2018 Canada Launches $400-Million Venture Capital Catalyst Initiative https://techvibes.com/2017/12/18/canada-launches-400-million-venture-capital-catalyst-initiative Ontario’s high-speed rail plan moved forward with call for bids on Kitchener-to-London line http://www.lfpress.com/2017/12/18/a-request-for-bids-on-the-terms-of-reference-for-the-kw-to-london-portion-of-the-train-issued-friday Please review us on iTunes. You can also subscribe to the show on Google Play, TuneIn, Spreaker, Stitcher, Player FM, iHeart.com, or wherever else you get your podcasts. Subscribing ensures you get the latest show as soon as it’s in the feed! You can follow us on Twitter, Facebook, or tell a friend about the show! We appreciate your feedback which you can share with us via Twitter, Facebook, or send us an email to let us know what you think! Music Credit: “District Four” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0 The post CTP Ep. 144 – Mon, Dec 18, 2017: Do Unata Canadian Blockchain? appeared first on Canadian Tech Podcast.
12/12/2017

CTP Ep. 143 – Dec 11, 2017: D-Train Flies Solo

Sponsored by Olio Digital Labs and Codeship Hosts & Guests Derek Silva Quick Hits Apple's most downloaded apps of 2017 http://mashable.com/2017/12/07/apple-most-popular-iphone-apps-2017/#k2ReBqZSbmqi https://mobilesyrup.com/2017/12/07/180-billion-apps-downloaded-apple-app-store/ Aeryon Labs’ Dave Kroetsch explains the advantage of building a drone business in Canada https://betakit.com/aeryon-labs-dave-kroetsch-explains-the-advantage-of-building-a-drone-business-in-canada/ CBC to launch subscription service for $4.99 https://mobilesyrup.com/2017/12/04/cbc-launch-subscription-service-4-99/ Facebook starts testing child-friendly Messenger Kids app https://mobilesyrup.com/2017/12/04/facebook-messenger-kids-us-launch/ Google’s Files Go Android app is now available in Canada https://mobilesyrup.com/2017/12/05/googles-files-go-mobile-app-now-available-canada/ Instacart and Loblaw Will Bring Groceries to Your Doorstep https://techvibes.com/2017/12/05/instacart-and-loblaw-will-bring-groceries-to-your-doorstep Hands-on with the first ARM-based Windows 10 laptops from Asus and HP https://mobilesyrup.com/2017/12/05/hands-on-with-the-first-arm-based-windows-10-laptops-from-asus-and-hp/ Amazon says the first 1st Gen Echo does not support ‘Canadian English’ https://mobilesyrup.com/2017/12/05/amazon-1st-gen-echo-alexa-canadian-english-not-supported/ Stuff We Like Derek – Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 Please review us on iTunes. You can also subscribe to the show on Google Play, TuneIn, Spreaker, Stitcher, Player FM, iHeart.com, or wherever else you get your podcasts. Subscribing ensures you get the latest show as soon as it’s in the feed! You can follow us on Twitter, Facebook, or tell a friend about the show! We appreciate your feedback which you can share with us via Twitter, Facebook, or send us an email to let us know what you think! Music Credit: “District Four” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0 The post CTP Ep. 143 – Dec 11, 2017: D-Train Flies Solo appeared first on Canadian Tech Podcast.
12/4/2017

CTP Ep. 142 – Dec. 3, 2017: Bell’s Feeling Lucky

Sponsored by Olio Digital Labs and Codeship Thanks to Techdoz.ca for the loan of the Snowball Blue Mic Hosts & Guests Stuart Clark Derek Silva Saheba Segu, Market Development Representative at TouchBistro Alexandra Tucki, Software Specialist Consultant at TouchBistro TouchBistro – https://www.touchbistro.com/ Quick Hits Bell launching new prepaid wireless brand called Lucky Mobile https://mobilesyrup.com/2017/12/01/lucky-mobile-bell-canada-prepaid-wireless-carrier/ https://mobilesyrup.com/2017/12/01/canadas-innovation-minister-supports-bells-lucky-mobile-carrier/ Google unveils 2017’s list of top apps, games and books in Canada https://mobilesyrup.com/2017/12/01/google-unveils-list-top-apps-games-books-canada/ Canadian Apple Stores to hold free educational coding sessions in December https://mobilesyrup.com/2017/11/28/canadian-apple-stores-hour-of-code-december/ City of Kitchener opens IoT lab in Communitech https://betakit.com/city-of-kitchener-opens-iot-lab-in-communitech/ Google says it plans to fix Pixel 2 random rebooting issue ‘in the coming weeks’ https://mobilesyrup.com/2017/11/28/google-fix-pixel-2-rebooting-issue-coming-weeks/ Topics Here’s everything you need to know about Canada’s unlocking fee ban https://mobilesyrup.com/2017/11/29/heres-everything-you-need-to-know-abou t-canada-unlocking-fee-ban/ Apple's had a shockingly bad week of software problems https://www.theverge.com/2017/12/2/16727238/apple-macos-ios-software-problems-updates Equifax revises Canadian breach numbers, increases to 19,000 https://mobilesyrup.com/2017/11/29/equifax-revises-canadian-breach-numbers-increases-19000/ Interac and Nanopay Partner to Offer International Money Transfers https://techvibes.com/2017/11/30/interac-and-nanopay-partner-to-offer-international-money-transfers Stuff We Like Stuart – NASA fired up Voyager 1’s backup thrusters for the first time in 37 years Derek – Bloom Saheba – Sustainable Fashion Design Alexandra – Science of Self-Driving Cars What are you up to lately? Stuart – A very busy week but 1st few days at the LCBO have gone well, starting a contract gig at UWO next week. Derek – Pumping out proposals at Olio, wrapped up the Student Pathways Challenge Thursday night, attended a Council meeting to discus 2018 capital budget, invested in the Bloom token sale and was in their Slack helping people out. Installed a new Netgear Nighthawk R7000P wireless router, installed the Storj client in favour of ZCash mining on my desktop. Also testing out a Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 laptop! Noteworthy News Toronto-based InstaRyde wants to disrupt the Canadian ride-sharing market https://mobilesyrup.com/2017/12/01/share-the-road-toronto-based-instaryde-looking-make-name-hostile-ride-sharing-market/ Smart-home tech developers may be prioritizing convenience over security https://www.thestar.com/business/tech_news/2017/12/03/smart-home-tech-developers-may-be-prioritizing-convenience-over-security.html Mobile-friendly tool launched to help search for drugs covered by OHIP+ https://mobilesyrup.com/2017/11/30/mobile-friendly-tool-search-drugs-covrred-ohip-plus/ Ontario government looking to add Wi-Fi to province’s 74 major courthouses by 2019 https://mobilesyrup.com/2017/11/30/ontario-wifi-major-courthouses-2019/ IoT pilot at UBC will help create action plan for accessible parking https://betakit.com/iot-pilot-at-ubc-will-help-create-action-plan-for-accessible-parking/ Please review us on iTunes, and you can also subscribe on Google Play, TuneIn, Spreaker, Stitcher, Player FM, iHeart.com, or wherever else you get your podcasts. Please retweet us when tweet about new episodes on Twitter, share them on Facebook, or tell a friend! You can also follow and like our page on Facebook. Or send us an email to let us know what you think! Music Credit: “District Four” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0 The post CTP Ep. 142 – Dec. 3, 2017: Bell's Feeling Lucky appeared first on Canadian Tech Podcast.
11/28/2017

CTP Ep. 141 – Nov 27, 2017: Finding my Waze through T.O.

Sponsored by Olio Digital Labs and Codeship Thanks to Techdoz.ca for the loan of the Snowball Blue Mic Hosts & Guests Stuart Clark Derek Silva Quick Hits Loblaw Borrows From Amazon With New Subscription Service https://techvibes.com/2017/11/21/loblaw-borrows-from-amazon-with-new-subscription-service Sixty-five percent of Canadians plan to shop online this holiday season, says survey https://mobilesyrup.com/2017/11/23/canadians-online-shopping-2017-habits/ Telus joins Rogers in asking for extension to December 1 Wireless Code deadline https://mobilesyrup.com/2017/11/20/telus-wireless-code-crtc-deadline/ Google cracking down on misleading ticket resale sites https://mobilesyrup.com/2017/11/24/google-cracks-down-on-misleading-ticket-resale-sites/ City of Toronto partners with Waze to improve city’s traffic awareness https://betakit.com/city-of-toronto-partners-with-waze-to-improve-citys-traffic-awareness/ Topics Uber reveals 2016 hack, reports say it paid $100,000 to cover up https://globalnews.ca/news/3873678/uber-2016-hack-paid-hackers/ https://globalnews.ca/news/3876783/uber-hack-ndp-requests-formal-investigation-into-breach/ Net neutrality: Why Canadians should care about the internet changes in the U.S. https://globalnews.ca/news/3874357/net-neutrality-internet-canada/ A CBC/Radio-Canada demonstration shows just how easy it is for hackers halfway across the world to spy on a Canadian MP’s phone calls and track his movements http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/hackers-cellphone-security-1.4406338 The short film ‘Slaughterbots' depicts a dystopian future of killer drones swarming the world http://www.businessinsider.com/slaughterbots-short-film-depicts-killer-drone-swarms-2017-11 Stuff We Like Stuart – Google Photoscan Derek – Google Home What are you up to lately? Stuart – An absolutely crazy / weird week last week. Starting some seasonal work next week at the LCBO (No, I don’t get a staff discount!). Derek – Pumping out lots of proposals and quotes at Olio, getting down to the wire for the contest we’re supporting at CleverHost, keeping tabs on my recent cryptocurrency investments (ETH, LEND, ANT, SNT, BLT on Wednesday), and we’re in the middle of budget season at Middlesex Centre. Noteworthy News Bluewave GET review: Not for everyone, but still incredible (Quebec based company) https://mobilesyrup.com/2017/11/25/bluewave-get-review-not-for-everyone-but-still-incredible/ Blockchain for Canadian cannabis industry http://m.digitaljournal.com/business/blockchain-for-canadian-cannabis-industry/article/508494 MaRS and Canadian gov’t want to give students experience in STEM companies https://betakit.com/mars-and-canadian-govt-want-to-give-students-experience-in-stem-companies/ Canada’s $50-Million Challenge to Make Cities Smarter https://techvibes.com/2017/11/24/canadas-50-million-challenge-to-make-cities-smarter Blue J Legal Combines Law and AI with Employment Foresight https://techvibes.com/2017/11/21/blue-j-legal-combines-law-and-ai-with-employment-foresight Don’t forget to review us on iTunes, Google Play, TuneIn, Spreaker, Stitcher, Player FM, iHeart.com, or wherever else you get your podcasts. Please retweet us when tweet about new episodes on Twitter, share them on Facebook, or tell a friend! You can also follow and like our page on Facebook. Or send us an email to let us know what you think! Music Credit: “District Four” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0 The post CTP Ep. 141 – Nov 27, 2017: Finding my Waze through T.O. appeared first on Canadian Tech Podcast.