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Datto announces integration with Intel

Intel today announced that it has picked Datto’s cloud-based remote monitoring management for its latest integration for managed services providers.

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Hashtag Trending – Google warns against Edge; startups losing staff; work-life balance is dying

Google says Microsoft Edge not secure, startups are losing staff, and laptops have killed work-life balance. https://www.phonearena.com/news/Microsoft-Edge-isnt-secure-says-Google_id122491…

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Keyfactor announces channel partner program

Digital identity solutions provider Keyfactor announced the launch of its global channel partner program last week and the appointment of B.J. Ferguson as head of global channel sales and operations.

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Hashtag Trending- Facebook pays for your data; AI finds new antibiotic; Instagram Music comes to Canada

Facebook plays the Uno reverse card and buys your data, MIT discovered a new potent antibiotic compound…

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Toronto firm’s growing partnership with Google ‘on a 10x rocket ship’ thanks to deep Anthos ties

For the first time, Google Cloud invited partners to its Accelerate sales kickoff conference in Las Vegas…

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Hashtag Trending – Facebook faces lawsuit, Find My Mobile, a legend passes away

Facebook faces *gasp* another lawsuit, Samsung scares everyone with a mysterious notification, and the legend behind cut copy and paste passes away.

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Hashtag Trending – Kickstarter unionizes, Inbox damage control, Bezos pledges to fight climate change

Kickstarter employees have voted in favour of forming a union, Twitter talks about how they prevent their email inbox from catching on fire, and Jeff Bezos says he’s pledging $10 billion to fight climate change, but Reddit isn’t convinced.

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D&H Canada launches new cloud program with DaaS offerings

With the introduction of a new cloud program, D&H Canada is leaning on its American counterpart’s years of experience dealing with the cloud business to help resellers in Canada adopt a broad range of solutions and sales strategies, according to the distributor’s leadership team.

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Hashtag Trending – CRTC hearing; new budget iPhone; new Microsoft Office app

If you care about Canadian mobile pricing at all, then you may want to tune into the…

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Dell Technologies sells RSA to Symphony Technology Group consortium for over $2 billion

Dell Technologies today announced that it was selling its cybersecurity arm RSA for $2.075 billion to a consortium of investors led by Symphony Technology Group, a deal that’s expected to close in six to nine months.

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Veritas country manager says cloud governance misconceptions still a problem

While businesses are becoming more cloud-savvy, misconceptions about cloud governance remain, according to Garth Scully, Veritas country manager for Canada.

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Hashtag Trending – Facebook and taxes, Cyborg locusts, where’s the love Snapchat?

Facebook says it’ll pay more taxes in Europe, mechanically enhanced locusts sniff out bombs for the military, and thousands of people are wondering why Team Snapchat left them hanging on Valentine’s Day.

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LG brings gram 17 laptop to Canada

LG this week launched the 17-inch gram laptop in Canada, rounding out its gram series laptop lineup.

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New video series from ViewSonic focuses on collaboration tech and more

A new seven-part video series from ViewSonic highlights best practices around collaboration and large interactive display products, as well as leadership tips from ViewSonic’s president of Americas, as well as Sean Conrad, chief executive officer of the Internet Marketing Association.

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Hashtag Trending – The ‘Tech Clash’ is coming, Macs and viruses, tech startups flood Kenya

A new report says the collision between business and technology models is causing headaches, the latest stats suggest Macs are more prone to adware infections than PCs, and tech startups are closing in on Kenya.

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Pivot3 achieves Common Criteria Certification on its new generation software platform

Governments and private enterprises are having trouble sleeping knowing more of their data is being generated outside of the traditional data centre, but security solutions firm Pivot3 says its latest certification will help them sleep a little better.

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Hashtag Trending – MWC 2020 canceled, U.S. accuses Huawei of spying, Youtube looking to gatekeep streaming

MWC 2020 gets cancelled, the U.S. once again accuses Huawei of spying, and Youtube is looking into gatekeeping streaming.

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Samsung launches Galaxy Z Flip foldable phone and Galaxy S20 series smartphones

Samsung announced four new smartphones at its Samsung Unpacked event held in San Francisco yesterday.

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Hashtag Trending – IBM picks Slack, Samsung Unpacked, robotic workforce stops growing

IBM selects Slack over Teams as its official communications platform, Samsung Unpacked yields a few surprises, and Robots loosen their grip on the American workforce.

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Platforms key for the future of today’s ‘immature’ smart environments

Most smart environments today are a hodgepodge of different applications of varying quality. A couple of Canadian firms chime in about the importance of a platform strategy in a connected environment.

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Hashtag Trending – Amazon is watching what you read, crypto scams make billions, Equifax breach update

Amazon is really into our reading habits, scams involving bitcoin and other forms of cryptocurrency brought in at least $4.3 billion from investors in 2019, and the US charges four Chinese military hackers in Equifax breach.

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Hashtag Trending – Google Maps revamp, Airbnb restricts age for rentals, France fines Apple

Google Maps gets a facelift, Airbnb is making changes in Canada, and France fines Apple for $27 million

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New Citrix channel chief emphasizes need to move past virtualization

Bronwyn Hastings, the new channel chief at Citrix has a clear message for partners: get familiar with Citrix Workspaces.

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Hybrid AWS Outposts ‘a great option’ for manufacturing, healthcare, says AWS director

Amazon Web Services’ on-premises Outposts offering is the perfect solution for Canadian manufacturing and healthcare companies seeking to deepen their ties with the tech giant but couldn’t through the public cloud due to data sovereignty or latency issues, according to its director and technical advisor.

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Sales and marketing must-listen podcast series

By Suzanne Robicheau Podcasts appeal on many levels. Some find the attraction in a format that fits…

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Avaya’s ‘All-In’ strategy resonates with partners, but expect a wait and see approach in Canada

Canadian partners chime in about Avaya’s strategy for 2020

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Synnex launches its digital transformation program Stellr in Canada

Distributor Synnex’s digital transformation program Stellr is launching in Canada.

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Hashtag Trending – Google eats its vegetables, Visa explains Libra concerns, Spotify doubles down on podcasts

Google is engineering a way to encourage its employees to eat healthier, Mastercard’s CEO says he withdrew from Facebook’s Libra because Libra’s leaders wouldn’t commit to observing laws, and Spotify doubles down on podcast content.

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Google to implement new quality standard for video ads for Chrome and YouTube starting in August

The Coalition for Better Ads announced this week announced a new set of standards for ads that appear during video content.

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Hashtag Trending – Coronoavirus scares MWC; YouTube revenue detailed; Chrome to curb annoying ads

The coronavirus has scared off two major companies from attending Mobile World Congress, YouTube released its revenue…

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Hashtag Trending- Google accidentally mixes Photos storage; deep fake detection tool; fake traffic jam

If you’ve used the Google Takeout service late last year, you may want to check if you’ve…

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Cybersecurity firm Cynet launches global partner program

New York-based cybersecurity firm Cynet this morning announced the launch of its MSSP global partner program.

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Hashtag Trending- Stephen King quits Facebook; no more BlackBerry phones; Yahoo time capsule

Welcome to Hashtag Trending. In today’s news, Stephen King has finally had enough of Facebook, TCL to…

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Avaya’s installed base was ‘ripe for the picking’ last year, but that’s no longer the case, says CEO

There’s no bigger target than Avaya and its 100 million seats in the business communications market, and during the Avaya Engage conference, chief executive officer Jim Chirico wasn’t afraid to admit his executive team had their work cut out trying to stop droves of customers from jumping ship last year prior to announcing a partnership with RingCentral in October.

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TCL Communication to discontinue sales of BlackBerry devices

TCL Communication will no longer be selling BlackBerry-branded mobile devices. BlackBerry’s brand licensing agreement with TCL Communication…

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Hashtag Trending – Amazon engineer dunks on Ring, Apple and Broadcom in hot water, Avast fallout

An Amazon engineer criticizes home-security camera company Ring, saying it should be “shut down immediately”, Apple and its wifi chip company Broadcom have been ordered to pay $1.1B, and Avast shuts down its data-harvesting arm.

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‘If I could work without VARs I would be okay with that,’ says Farrow CIO

When asked what she thought about value-added resellers and how firms seeking business with the largest independently owned customs brokerage in Canada could get her attention, Arlene McDonald’s answer was blunt – bring something new to the table.

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Canada’s privacy commissioner asks for input to address AI privacy concerns

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) is asking industry stakeholders to bring forward their…

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Ottawa should follow allies in public-private collaboration, says cyber industry group

In a report issued this week, the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI) says the United States, the U.K. and Australia offer strategies the government here should pick up on to improve this country’s cyber defence.

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Hashtag Trending- U.S. sues scam callers; Microsoft’s $40 million AI health care plan; Google’s new chat client

It’s a good news day in tech today. The U.S. is once again curbing annoying robocalls, Microsoft…

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From ransomware infections to cryptomining scams, fake factory honeypot provides lessons for CISOs

How tempting a target are companies with industrial control systems to online threat actors? A lot, according to a fake manufacturing firm set up by security vendor Trend Micro to gather intelligence.

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New IaaS provider with deep ties to VMware and Veeam opens data centre in Toronto

There’s a new global cloud service provider opening up shop in Toronto.

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Hashtag Trending – Huawei enters U.K. 5G; Shopify’s new office; don’t pay to activate your phone

In an anticipated move, the U.K. has rolled out the red carpet for Huawei and allowed it…

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Hashtag Trending – Amazon and the climate, Google and law enforcement, Spotify for pets

Amazon staff are criticizing the company’s climate policy, Google is charging law enforcement for access to your data, and Spotify targets your pets because why not.

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Canadian Government partners with Ricoh as a managed print services provider

The Government of Canada has named Ricoh Canada one of three managed print services providers selected as part of a program to streamline its procurement process to purchase and manage printing technology and services.

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Hashtag Trending – Big brother’s watch in UK; YouTube mods and PTSD; Sidewalk Lab’s smart city delay

Hashtag Today is about big brother watching over UK citizens, YouTube moderators allegedly being forced into acknowledging…

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Kaspersky’s new head of North America says Canadian market key to company’s realignment

Despite still being on the U.S. government’s naughty list, Kaspersky’s recently appointed managing director for North America Rob Cataldo is confident about the direction the company is heading in.

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Endpoint security solutions are the true treasure of Carbonite acquisition, says OpenText’s CPO

Following the acquisition of security software solution provider Carbonite in December, OpenText’s presence in the endpoint security…

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Dell’s UltraSharp 27 4K PremierColor Monitor now available in Canada

Dell’s 27-inch UltraSharp 27 4K PremierColor monitor (UP2720Q) recently landed in Canada

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Hashtag Trending – Amazon is most valuable brand ever; tech giants spending heavy on lobbying; Tesla hits milestone

Amazon officially becomes the most valuable brand of all time; tech giants set a new record for…

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Hashtag Trending – Jeff Bezos phone hack; Microsoft exposes customer data; New budget iPhone

Today’s top story further proves that data theft can happen to anyone. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos had…

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Intel processor constraint to continue in 2020, says HPE

Hewlett Packard Enterprise has warned the industry to brace for an Intel processor shortage throughout 2020, specifically…

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VMware acquires Nyansa to improve SD-WAN capabilities

VMware’s appetite for acquisitions hasn’t waned since it acquired Pivotal last summer for $2.7 billion, and this…

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Hashtag Trending – Huawei CFO hearing; Apple bends to FBI; North shotgunning patents

Today’s top news is that Huawei’s CFO hearing is now officially underway. In other news, North’s new…

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D&H appoints new VP of sales, looks to ‘Canadianize’ U.S. strategy

For 12 years, the PC business and accessories market helped D&H expand its Canadian footprint and develop…

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C4 board member profile – David Dorey

C4 member David is a 20-year veteran in the Canadian IT industry, currently serving as National Sales Director, Channel Partnerships and IoT at TELUS

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Hashtag Trending – Google CEO calls for AI regulation; gotta hand it to Amazon; adult site leaks data

The CEO of Google calling for more AI regulation, Amazon wants customers to be able to pay with their hands, and thousands of cam girls have their data exposed.

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Hashtag Trending – Montreal teen arrested in cryptocurrency scam; EU considering suspending facial recognition; Alphabet passes the trillion-dollar mark.

Welcome listeners, hope you’re all doing well this Monday morning. The top three stories to take in…

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Making your content count

Renbor Sales Solutions Principal Tibor Shanto doesn’t mince words when it comes to content. “A fool with…

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From Windows 7 to Windows 10: A migration guide

For any IT pro who’s been around for more than five years, déjà vu must be setting in. It’s “scramble to get onto a supported desktop operating system (OS)” time, just as it was in early 2014, when Windows XP’s end-of-support loomed.

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Windows 7 is dead, but 25% of large businesses in Canada are still running it on desktops, says IDC survey

Experts say there’s a significant opportunity for the channel in the move from Windows 7.

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Say hello to Microsoft’s new Chromium-based browser

Microsoft officially launched its new Edge Chromium browser across both Windows and macOS operating systems this week and is available for download now.

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Hashtag Trending – A carbon negative Microsoft, Norwegian Consumer Council slams advertisers, China’s high-speed train

Microsoft says it wants to go carbon negative by 2030, the Norwegian Consumer Council releases a new report highlighting how digital marketing are breaking the rules – a lot, and Twitter can’t get enough of China’s new driverless high-speed train.

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Microsoft commits to carbon negative by 2030, among other environmental commitments

Microsoft today announced that it’s committing to becoming carbon negative by 2030, eliminating all past carbon emissions…

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