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Hashtag Trending – Stern warning from Snowden; Zoom concerns; Amazon seeks donations

Edward Snowden issues a strong warning about surveillance in the wake of COVID-19, people are figuring out that Zoom shares data with Facebook even if users don’t have an account with the social media platform, and Amazon solicits public donations to pay workers’ sick leave.

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Canadian ICT spending could shrink by 5 per cent in 2020: IDC

As the world responds to the COVID-19 pandemic, Canada’s ICT spending is expected to shrink by up to five per cent in 2020, predicted a new IDC report.

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Hashtag Trending – WeWork wants you back; More Amazon workers test positive for COVID-19; UPS Wingcopter

WeWork is doing its best to entice people to work from its locations again with money, more Amazon workers test positive for COVID-19, and a flying UPS delivery wingcopter is turning heads on social media.

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This week on Reddit, MSPs talk about mental health, shadow IT, and more

This week, there was a lot of focus on how MSPs cope with the late-night calls and frantic customers during a crisis such as this one, a school has no idea how to transition to remote work, and more.

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Hashtag Trending – Gates says US botched COVID-19 response; Snopes overwhelmed; Plague Inc. flips the script

Bill Gates says the US acted too late to avoid a lockdown; Snopes scales back due to overwhelming coronavirus misinformation; Plague Inc. flips the script on the virus.

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Ingram Micro announces two new partner financing programs in response to COVID-19

Ingram Micro today released two new partner financing programs to help Canadian and U.S. small and medium businesses (SMBs) solve for expected cash crunch amid COVID-19.

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Can Huawei’s AppGallery really replace Google’s Play Store? I spend a week with Huawei’s Google-less phone

Hardware in Huawei’s Mate 30 Pro is great – its AppGallery that tries to replace Google? Not so much

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Hashtag Trending – 3D-printed ventilators; Drones yell at people to stay indoors; Banning targeted ads

It’s the rise of 3D-printed ventilators, drones are being deployed and programmed to yell at people not practising social distancing, and a story about targeted ads blows up on Reddit.

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A quick guide for businesses navigating Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

The COVID-19 pandemic has not been an easy time for Canadian businesses as the first major wave…

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Hashtag Trending – Internet is here to stay; Netflix, YouTube slow down; Tech’s big 5 struggle

People are worried over the strain COVID-19 is putting on the internet, YouTube and Netflix reduce their streaming resolutions in response to spikes in traffic, and Tech’s Big 5 lost a lot of money in one month.

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Local restrictions making things tricky for distributors as COVID-19 pandemic continues

Channel partners are navigating largely unchartered waters. Thousands of businesses globally continue to urge employees to stay…

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Ingram Micro calls France’s competition regulator’s claims against it ‘false’

Technology distributor Ingram Micro isn’t happy with the French antitrust agency’s latest decision to fine Apple and two of its distributors a total of US$1.23 billion.

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An open letter to our audience – COVID–19: A balanced approach to carrying on

An open letter to our audience about our approach to business moving forward as the threat of COVID-19 continues

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Hashtag Trending – Amazon confirms its first COVID-19 case; A stern warning from Twitter; Trudeau unveils $82B aid package

Amazon confirms its first known coronavirus case in an American warehouse, Twitter is not messing around when it comes to stopping the spread of misinformation, and Justin Trudeau unveils an $82B aid package for Canadians and small businesses.

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Hashtag Trending – Remote work’s downsides; Supercomputer helps COVID-19 research; New iPad Pro goodies

Many people appreciate working from home, but social media is highlighting the downsides, IBM’s supercomputer is already producing results in the ongoing fight against the coronavirus, and the iPad is pretty much a laptop after Apple unveils a keyboard and trackpad.

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Suddenly working from home and need a solution that works? Here are some options

Looking for the right solution to help workers work from home? We broke down some of the most popular options

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MSPs on Reddit reference panicked clients and remote work issues as COVID-19 concerns rise

The spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus has impacted supply chains and people’s ability to work at the office, putting enormous pressure on collaboration and communication software and the businesses that help install and maintain them.

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Hashtag Trending – Amazon goes on hiring spree; Apple slapped with massive fine; invisible censorship

Amazon goes on a hiring spree to keep up with online orders, Apple gets slapped with a $1.23 billion fine, and TikTok tells its moderators to suppress posts from “ugly people”.

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Microsoft closes all retail locations due to COVID-19 concerns

Microsoft has temporarily closed its retail locations globally due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19. David…

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Hashtag Trending – Google tackles COVID-19 with new website; Microsoft Teams goes down; Bill Gates exits Microsoft’s board

Google says it’s building a national coronavirus website in the U.S., Microsoft Teams goes down just as people settle in to work from home, and Bill Gates exits Microsoft’s board of directors.

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Only a select few are allowed to build apps related to COVID-19, says Apple

As the world fights COVID-19 pandemic, communities around the world are trusting apps to be their news…

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Maple launches free online screening and consultation solution in response to COVID-19

While health officials do their best to provide answers to the public about COVID-19, virtual healthcare solutions…

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Hashtag Trending – WWDC goes remote; ISPs and data caps; on-site workers at Google, Facebook

Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference goes virtual, a lot of chatter about COVID-19’s impact on data caps and how contractors are still expected to work on-site at Google and Facebook.

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Synnex launches collaboration solutions program for channel partners

Synnex last week introduced a program to help partners sell and support unified communications and other collaboration…

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Hashtag Trending – Unlimited sick days for Amazon workers; Twitter forcing employees to work from home; U.S. bill threatens privacy

Amazon announces unlimited sick days for its workers, Twitter asks its employees to work from home, and…

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HPE reveals cloud-native software-as-a-service for 5G

This week, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) unveiled a software stack for the 5G core, combined with its HPE GreenLake platform, that will be available in the second half of this year.

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Hashtag Trending – Amazon flooded with virus fakes; Musk’s battery farm; Edge concerns

Amazon says it has removed millions of products from its platform because of price gouging and counterfeit claims related to the coronavirus, Musk’s battery farm gets a lot of attention on Reddit, and a new study says Microsoft Edge has more privacy-invading telemetry than other browsers

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CDN Top 100 Solution Providers: Ranking starts to take shape

With the application deadline for an appearance on the 2020 CDN Top 100 Solution Provider ranking now passed, the wealth of information provided has been passed on to analysts, judges and CDN writers to be evaluated and sorted.

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Hashtag Trending – Cleaning your smartphone; Clever social media use in China; Quantum computing breakthrough

A walkthrough for how to wash your smartphones and other mobile devices is gaining popularity on Twitter,…

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Cisco leadership undergoes another shuffle involving Amy Chang and David Goeckeler

Cisco is undergoing another major leadership shuffle. David Goeckeler, networking and security head of the company was…

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Softchoice achieves Google Cloud premier partner recognition

Shortly after Google announced a new Google Cloud Platform region in Toronto, managed services provider Softchoice touted…

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Hashtag Trending – Facebook facing massive fines; Amazon to sell cashier-less tech; Wrong place at the wrong time

Facebook could be looking at a massive fine over the Cambridge Analytica data breach, Amazon is looking…

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Hashtag Trending – Coronavirus update; Robot lawyer to the rescue; Twitter bans discriminatory remarks

An update on the Coronavirus, a new robot lawyer will do your bidding for just $3, and Twitter bans discriminatory remarks.

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Xerox acquires Digitex Canada

Nope, it’s not HP, but this morning Xerox announced that it’s acquired one of Western Canada’s largest independent solutions in Digitex Canada.

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Canadian expert says Honeywell’s quantum computer could be ‘remarkable’

In the world of computing, three months can be a short time. For those watching the progress of quantum computing, waiting for the next 12 weeks will test their patience.

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You might want to think twice about integrating RMM with backups, says Asigra

Ransomware is bad enough, but ransomware infecting your precious remote monitoring and management platform is a true nightmare. But that’s the battle managed services providers are increasingly fighting, according to Toronto data protection firm Asigra.

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A new Google Cloud Platform region to come to Toronto

Google Cloud is building a new platform region in Toronto to support its expanding customer base in…

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Hiring neurodiverse people has given us an edge, says AirGate CEO

A Microsoft partner that has successfully hired and integrated neurodiverse people into its workforce shares its story.

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Hashtag Trending – Amazon bans price gougers; Twitter’s one-day tweet; HPE and AMD build a supercomputer together

Amazon is trying its best to ban unscrupulous listings that capitalize on the coronavirus outbreak, Twitter is…

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In response to COVID-19, Cisco is handing out 90-day Webex business licenses for free

Cisco has come forward to help those impacted by the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) by offering free 90-day Webex licenses to businesses who are not Webex customers, Cisco announced on March 2.

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Hashtag Trending – Apple lawsuit, iPhone production bounces back, new Spotify subscription

Apple will be paying a hefty sum for intentionally throttling iPhones, but its device production is slowly…

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Hashtag Trending – iPhones in India; Amazon driver layoffs; Microsoft cancels ‘IoT in Action’

Apple can now sell iPhones in India; Amazon is set to layoff drivers; Microsoft has cancelled ‘IoT…

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Hashtag Trending – iPhones in India; Amazon driver layoffs; Microsoft cancels ‘IoT in Action’

Apple can now sell iPhones in India; Amazon is set to layoff drivers; Microsoft has cancelled ‘IoT in Action’

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Infosys partners with IBM on new public cloud program

Systems integrator Infosys is teaming up with IBM to roll out a new program to encourage enterprises to migrate their mission-critical data to IBM’s public cloud.

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Microsoft to replace MCSA, MCSD, and MCSE with role-based certifications

Microsoft announced on Feb. 27 that its role-based certificates will replace existing Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA), Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD), and Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) certificates on June 30, 2020.

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Do sales and marketing really hate each other?

By Tibor Shanto Do sales and marketing really hate each other? Hate is a bit strong, but…

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Hashtag Trending – Fake 2020 candidate gets verified by Twitter, US officially bans Huawei, mistrust with tech during elections

A fake 2020 candidate gets verified by Twitter, the U.S. officially bans Huawei, and new data says there’s a lot of mistrust with tech during elections

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VMware Partner Connect officially launches

VMware’s new and long-awaited partner program launched today, ushering in a series of important changes the company says will provide the channel with better business opportunities and sharpen their services competencies.

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Xerox announces new cloud offerings, will be available for channel in Q2

The battle to acquire HP continues, but that hasn’t stopped Xerox from rolling out new cloud solutions.

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Hashtag Trending – Bank of Canada says no to crypto, Wal-Mart+, Reddit CEO calls TikTok ‘parasitic’

The Bank of Canada says no thank you to crypocurrencies, Walmart is working on its own version of Amazon Prime, and the CEO of Reddit has some harsh words for TikTok.

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An extra day to complete your 2020 Top 100 Solution Providers Survey

Did you know 2020 is a leap year? Adding an extra day every four years keeps our 365-day-long calendar properly aligned with the astronomical seasons, giving people an extra day to complete tasks they may have been putting off for a while.

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Gartner says nearly half of privacy compliance technology to rely on AI by 2023

More than 40 per cent of privacy compliance technology will rely on artificial intelligence by 2023, a five per cent increase from today, according to a new survey from Gartner.

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Hashtag Trending – Gif/Jif debate resurfaces, Clearview AI get’s breached, Tesla Autopilot woes

One of the internet’s longest and silliest debates returns, Clearview AI says it suffered a data breach because of course it did, and it turns out Tesla’s Autopilot was one of the “probable causes” of a deadly crash in 2018.

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Hashtag Trending- Firefox switches to encrypted DNS; Intuit buys Credit Karma; EU recommends Signal app

The Mozilla Firefox browser just received a privacy boost by employing encrypted DNS, Intuit has decided to…

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BlackBerry, Microsoft and other heavy hitters drop product announcements at RSA Conference

BlackBerry, Proofpoint, McAfee, Palo Alto Networks and Spirion are among the companies making product announcements in San Francisco at the start of the annual RSA Conference.

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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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