Computer scientist David Magerman wants to build a more ethical internet

Multi-millionaire computer scientist David Magerman believes he has met the enemy, and it is us. Maybe not exactly the flesh-and-blood us, but certainly our cyberselves — the unwitting employees of Facebook and Twitter who absently click great gobs of our personal information into the maw of social media, allowing a handful of internet titans to […]

Royal Bank cuts 5-year fixed mortgage rate, others likely to follow suit

Canada’s biggest bank has cut its five-year fixed-term mortgage rate, a move that other banks are likely to try to match in short order. Royal Bank edged the rate on its five-year “special offer” mortgage down to  3.74 per cent, a cut of 0.15 percentage points. Though subtle, the move is likely to prompt similar actions […]

Maker of ‘fun’ toy bomb apologizes, halts sales following complaints

The company behind Cut The Wire, a bomb-defusing game for children, has offered an apology following complaints from parents that it’s inappropriate and insensitive. “We’re very sorry for any concern the game may have caused,” said Jochem van Rijn, president of YULU, in a statement to CBC News this week. In response to the criticism, he […]

More than 150 automotive tech jobs coming to Windsor, says federal minister

More than 150 jobs in the automotive technologies sector are coming to Windsor, according to Canada’s minister of innovation, science and economic development. During a visit to APAG Elektronik in Windsor, innovation minister Navdeep Bains announced $4 million in federal funding for the company. Service Mold + Aerospace, an integrated tool-and-mold manufacturer, will also receive $1 million. Both investments […]

Online ads spoil Christmas surprises, raising privacy concerns

Lisa Clyburn knew she had found the perfect gift for her nine-year-old son: a feline-themed logic game that would appeal to his passion for cards and cats. But when the Edmonton child psychologist pulled out her phone to show her son a funny cat video on Facebook, she fears she may have inadvertently tipped him […]

G20 shows steady rise of Chinese clout and fraying U.S. ties in Latin America

It took only minutes for Argentine officials to react to the White House’s version of what was said in the meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and his G20 host Mauricio Macri: the Americans weren’t reporting the discussion accurately. It was spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders who had described the bilateral talks in terms sure to […]

Stocks markets surge on hint of slower rate hikes

Stocks surged on Wall Street, powering a 600-point gain in the Dow Jones Industrial Average, after the head of the Federal Reserve hinted at slower interest rate increases. The market snapped higher shortly after noon Wednesday after Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell suggested the central bank might consider a pause in its interest rate hikes […]

Tech companies and pot producers becoming fast friends

Recreational pot has been legal in Canada for just over a month but the pressure on Cannabis producers to improve their yields and profits is already growing. And one factor that will influence their fate is the technology that keeps their plants healthy and improves harvests. “Nobody can manage a million square feet by themselves the […]

BlackBerry to buy cybersecurity company Cylance for $1.4B US

BlackBerry Ltd. has signed a deal to acquire U.S. artificial intelligence and cybersecurity company Cylance for US$1.4 billion in cash. The Ontario-based company called Cylance a pioneer in applying artificial intelligence, algorithmic science and machine learning to cybersecurity software. “Cylance’s leadership in artificial intelligence and cybersecurity will immediately complement our entire portfolio, UEM and QNX […]

Imperial Oil forges ahead with construction of $2.6B Aspen oilsands project

Imperial Oil Ltd.’s commitment to begin construction this year on its $2.6-billion Aspen oilsands project in northern Alberta comes less than a week after it received long-awaited approval from the Alberta government. The speed of the announcement Tuesday surprised observers who have watched Calgary oilsands rivals including Canadian Natural Resources Ltd., Cenovus Energy Inc. and […]