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Dell Technologies World 2020: Partner program updates and boosts to online training

This year, announcements were few but the company took advantage of the opportunity to reinforce its commitment to its partners, and to give some new faces a bit of air time.

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Hashtag Trending – Right to repair movement swells; #CoronaVirusHiring; Cleaning up your digital history

The right to repair movement gains momentum in the U.S. and beyond, LinkedIn has a long-list of companies that are hiring right now and they include several tech companies, and a story about maintaining your digital history catches fire.

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Hashtag Trending – Quibi is finished; Former Google CEO dunks on social networks; Trump’s Twitter password

Entertainment startup Quibi shuts down after blowing through $1.75 billion of funding, Google’s former CEO dunks on social networks, and a security researcher says they guessed President Trump’s Twitter password.

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Hashtag Trending – PayPal opens up to crypto; Netflix experiments; GOP fast-tracks 5G deal

Paypal opens up to cryptocurrencies, Netflix has a new promotional experiment, and Trump is pressuring the White House to fast-track a deal that would give a no-bid contract 5G deal to Rivada Networks.

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Micron’s uMCP5 with LPDDR5 is ready for mass production

Micron’s tiny storage and DRAM combo can bring higher performance while saving space and power.

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Dell Technologies doubles down on as-a-service with Project APEX

Dell Technologies is putting its as-a-service aspirations into overdrive, unveiling a new initiative called Project Apex that will ease the company and its partners and clients into the as-a-service world.

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Hashtag Trending – Google VS the US; Hacking for charity; Microsoft Azure, but in space!

Google is accused of abusing monopoly powers by the U.S. government, hackers are using cyber crime for good, and Microsoft debuts Azure – in spaaace.

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SK Hynix acquires Intel NAND flash memory division for $9 billion

SK Hynix buys Intel’s last NAND fab in China.

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Hashtag Trending – EU investigates Instagram; Nokia shoots for the moon; Google names that song

The EU is investigating Instagram for allegedly exposing the contact data of up to 5 million underage users, you will soon get a phone single on the moon, and Google launches it’s ‘hum to search’ feature.

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CDN Morning Briefing, October 19, 2020 – Aruba highlights edge opportunities, drama at Datto, plus a chatty Reddit

Aruba highlights edge opportunities, drama at Datto, plus a chatty Reddit

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Hashtag Trending – A $2B tax evasion scheme; Zoom launches OnZoom; Oracle CEO supports Lindsey Graham

A billionaire is indicted on charges of tax evasion and wire fraud, Zoom launches a new service, and a report shows Oracle’s CEO donated $250,000 to a super PAC supporting Sen. Lindsey Graham shortly after the TikTok deal.

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Hashtag Trending – WFH woes; Dropbox makes WFH permanent; Former Facebook exec speaks out

More WFH woes, but in the meantime Dropbox makes WFH permanent, plus, a Facebook exec speaks out and calls Facebook ‘a threat to democracy.’

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Hashtag Trending – Amazon workers strike; Google goes farming; Twitter suspends accounts

Amazon workers are striking in Germany, Google comes out with new robots to help farmers, and Twitter…

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CDN Morning Briefing, October 15 – Chatting with HostedBizz and Cloudian about data storage, news from Cohesity and AWS, plus more

To keep up with the firehose of news, we’ve decided to deliver some extra channel news to…

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Miami-based channel partner slammed by 1TB customer and business data leak

A Miami-based managed services provider has suffered a major data breach, with nearly 1TB of its users’ data leaked, according to researchers from CyberNews.com.

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Hashtag Trending – Apple unveils new iPhone; Amazon Prime Day; Disney makes moves

Apple’s new iPhone 12, Prime day kicked off the holiday shopping season, and Disney is going to be making a historical change

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Hashtag Trending – Revisiting old websites; Contact tracing mishap; WFH dress codes

We take a trip down memory lane to revisit old websites and feel old, pubs and restaurants sell contact tracing information; and is it time to consider work from home dress codes?

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IBM spin-off to handle managed infrastructure services starting end of 2021

IBM is saying goodbye to its legacy business by spinning off its managed infrastructure services into a…

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Hashtag Trending – GPS track sea turtle traffickers; Netflix Canada hikes prices; IBM spinoff

GPS tracks sea turtle traffickers; Netflix Canada is hiking its prices, and IBM says goodbye to its managed infrastructure services

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Hashtag Trending – LAPD admits using facial recognition; Battle against Big Tech; QAnon banned on Facebook

The LAPD admits to using facial recognition since 2009, House Democrats are calling for big changes among the big four, and Facebook bans QAnon.

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Looking forward to the next Samsung Note? Not so fast, source confirms

There won’t be a new Note come next-gen, but the S Pen won’t be going away.

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Google renames G Suite to Workspace

Google says it’s turning G Suite into a more integrated experience across its various communication and collaboration tools and rebranding it to Google Workplace for a more accurate representation of the product.  

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Hashtag Trending – COVID Alert open source; AT&T ends DSL; John McAfee arrested

The COVID Alert app source code is now available on Github, AT&T pulls DSL internet without providing an alternative for people living in the area, and John McAfee gets arrested in Spain.

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BlackBerry launches new partner program

BlackBerry this morning announced its new BlackBerry Partner Program, which combines its BlackBerry Enterprise Partner and BlackBerry Cylance Partner Programs into one.

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Hashtag Trending – Apple sues Ontario recycling partner; Excel troubles; Spotify helps you name that song

Apple sues an Ontario recycling partner, Excel may have caused the loss of 16,000 COVID-19 tests in England, and Spotify has a new feature.

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CDN Morning Briefing, October 5, 2020 – A news roundup, Reddit talks Microsoft outages, and MapleSEC starts today

MapleSEC, a news roundup, plus the latest chatter about those Microsoft outages last week.

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Hashtag Trending – 19,000 Amazon workers with COVID-19; States use Apple-Google contact tracing app framework; Digital tattoos

Amazon says more than 19,000 of its frontline workers contracted COVID-19 this year, a few states have warmed up to the Apple-Google framework for contact tracing apps, and some tips on how to track your digital tattoo.

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D&H Canada launches two new Lenovo-focused partner programs

Lenovo is taking centre stage in D&H Canada’s latest channel partner programs.

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Hashtag Trending – Cybersecurity Awareness Month begins; Microsoft announces hardware; Drone delivers organs

Cybersecurity Awareness Month is here; Microsoft announces some new hardware, and a drone test flights in Nevada turn heads.

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Microsoft announces the affordable Surface Laptop Go and a refreshed Surface Pro X

Microsoft releases the affordable Surface Laptop Go and updates the Surface Pro X with its second-generation processor.

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Dell refreshes XPS 13 and XPS 13 2-in-1 laptops with faster hardware

The new Dell XPS 13 laptops get Intel 11th-Gen processors and faster RAM.

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Google announces Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G smartphones

Google’s new phones come with a midrange processor and big changes to the camera system.

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IDC Canada survey: Digital thermometer checkpoints more popular than contact tracing among businesses

Most businesses are prioritizing digital thermometer checkpoints instead of employee contact tracing or smartphone proximity solutions, according to IDC Canada.

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Hashtag Trending – EMS use SpaceX’s Starlink; Cross-platform messaging on Facebook; Talking COVID-19 via social media

Washington emergency responders are the first to use SpaceX’s Starlink internet, Facebook will be launching cross-platform messaging on Instagram and Messenger, and why social media should be used more to inform young people about Covid-19 in Canada.

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Hashtag Trending – YouTube cuts crowd-sourced captions; Read before you retweet; Future of work

YouTube kills crowd-sourced captions, Twitter is bringing the ‘read before you retweet’ prompt to all users, and…

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Canada is on board the Kubernetes train, but still riding coach, says VMware

VMware’s Peter Near says 100 per cent of the executives he’s spoken to in recent months, including the ones in Canada, are planning to make Kubernetes a core part of app development.

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Equinix ‘bullish’ about data centre opportunities in Canada, says Equinix Americas president

Equinix, a colocation data centre and interconnect company, in particular, made a strong expansion in Canada by purchasing 13 data centre sites from Bell for CA$1.04 billion in June. John Lin, president of Equinix Americas, explains why this is important.

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Hashtag Trending – Google removes Android apps; Uber in London; Amazon Prime Day is set

Google removes 17 Android apps involved in billing fraud, Uber is coming to London, and Amazon has set the dates for Prime Day.

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CDN Morning Briefing, September 28, 2020 – Cohesity’s new disaster recovery solution, Hootsuite’s contract with ICE, and more

To keep up with the firehose of news, we’ve decided to deliver some extra channel news to…

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Hashtag Trending – Arm looks to dominate; Amazon release new gizmos; Civil Rights group targets Facebook

The core wars are heating up, Amazon releases new gizmos and one of them, in particular, is driving people crazy, and a Civil Rights group mounts an attack against Facebook.

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Canadian channel is missing out on deals that it ‘doesn’t know are there’, says Forrester analyst

The fountain of knowledge that is Forrester’s Jay McBain spent 30 minutes with 500 channel chiefs last…

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Hashtag Trending – New Microsoft Office; Google Maps COVID overlay; Shopify employees steal data

Microsoft will release a new perpetual Office license in 2021, you’ll soon be able to use Google Maps to keep tabs on COVID outbreaks in your area, and Shopify nabs two employees who stole customer data.

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CDN Morning Briefing, September 24, 2020 – Microsoft Ignite news roundup, and Reddit discusses what the cloud means today

To keep up with the firehose of news, we’ve decided to deliver some extra channel news to…

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Microsoft Teams updates delivers new modes, background options, new walkie-talkie features, and MUCH more

At Microsoft Ignite, the tech giant unveiled a host of Teams updates including unique video meeting capabilities, calling updates, and admin controls among others.

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Hashtag Trending – Tesla’s battery goals; Toronto the startup hub; Climate pledges from the corporate world

Tesla’s new battery goals, Toronto is a global powerhouse for startups, and new climate pledges for some of the world’s largest companies.

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Microsoft Canada launches Azure Availability Zones in Canada

Microsoft Canada is launching availability zones in Canada, following through on a promise made in January and competing with similar infrastructure already rolled out by Google and Amazon Web Services.

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Hashtag Trending – Microsoft Ignite; YouTube mod sues; virtual classes fail

We sum up the key announcement at Microsoft Ignite, YouTube moderator sues YouTube for mental health damages, and Toronto’s virtual classes started in chaos.

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VMware SD-WAN and SASE expand to the Equinix Network Edge

VMware’s VeloCloud SD-WAN offering will soon be available as a virtual network function (VNF) on Equinix’s data centres, the two companies announced this week.

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Hashtag Trending – TikTok saga continues; Microsoft acquires ZeniMax Media; Hackers leak police data

Trump says no to any Chinese ByteDance’s ownership of TikTok, Microsoft acquires ZeniMax Media, and Hackers leak data on thousands of Belarusian police officers.

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Hashtag Trending – TikTok update; Facebook slammed in The Times; iOS 14 home screens

The TikTok sweepstakes has an update, Facebook gets slammed in the New York Times, and iPhone owners are suddenly obsessed with sharing their flashy new homescreens.

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CDN Morning Briefing, September 21, 2020 – Joyce Mullen jumps to Insight, post-conference tips for vendors

Joyce Mullen jumps to Insight, post-conference tips for vendors, plus the latest news

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Hashtag Trending – Another 1-on-1 with Gates; DuckDuckGo is growing; Civil rights group calls out Facebook

Bloomberg goes one-on-one with Bill Gates, DuckDuckGo is picking up steam, and a civil rights group calls out Facebook.

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Hashtag Trending – iOS 14; Facebook’s new VR headset; Database drama overseas

iOS 14 is here, Facebook’s new VR headset, and an overseas Chinese information database has some inside scoops on influential people.

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CDN Morning Briefing, September 17, 2020 – Pure Storage making moves, HP drops new hardware, plus more

To keep up with the firehose of news, we’ve decided to deliver some extra channel news to…

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HP releases ProBook 600 G8 and ProBook 400 G8 business laptops

HP has refreshed its ProBook laptop series designed for the mobile enterprise. Both the ProBook 600 G8 and ProBook 400 G8 series received performance upgrades in processor and graphics.

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Dell planning layoff round this week

The “uneven and frustrating” times alluded to by Dell chief executive officer Michael Dell recently continue for the tech giant.

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Hashtag Trending – Apple’s new gadgets; Underwater data centres; Amazon’s new hiring spree

Apple announces some new gadgets, Microsoft’s underwater data centers turn heads, and Amazon announces a hiring spree 

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13-year Cisco vet Shannon Leininger named president of Cisco Canada

It’s official: Shannon Leininger is Cisco Canada’s new president.

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Hashtag Trending – Oracle wins TikTok, AirPods and fraud, and vinyls surpass CD sales

Oracle wins TikTok, AirPods and fraud, and vinyls surpass CD sales

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CDN Morning Briefing, September 14, 2020 – Nutanix news, NVIDIA acquires ARM, Reddit talks restaurant IT

Nutanix news, NVIDIA acquires ARM, Reddit talks restaurant IT

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Hashtag Trending – Office space decisions; Back to school issues; Amazon’s inflated prices

A story about a CEO keeping the office open while asking employees to stay home catches fire, back to school challenges are aplenty, and Amazon gets caught inflating prices during the pandemic.

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Huawei updates MateBook X and MateBook 14 laptops

New Huawei laptop lineups use both AMD and Intel processors.

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Hashtag Trending – Harmony OS 2.0; Federal Court dismisses internet appeal; techy face masks

Huawei says its phones will run Harmony OS in 2021, Federal Court dismisses case from big ISPs,…

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Hashtag Trending – Facebook engineer quits; Apple’s ongoing feud with Epic Games; Canada gets Spot!

Facebook engineer quits saying Facebook profits off of hate, Apple’s battle with Epic Games continues, and a…

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Hashtag Trending – China bans Scratch; Maximum internet speeds; U.S. to ban Chinese chipmaker?

China bans Scratch, Canadians are getting maximum internet speeds overall, and the Trump administration is considering to…

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Hashtag Trending – T-Mobile’s big promise; Robot dogs; Coronavirus benefiting tech giants

T-Mobile makes a big promise, a robot dog joins the fight against COVID-19, and a story about…

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CDN Morning Briefing, September 8, 2020 – Post-long weekend news roundup

A news roundup after the long weekend.

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Intel officially launches 11th Gen Tiger Lake mobile processors and Intel Evo design standard

Intel has officially released Tiger Lake, its 11th generation mobile processor along with Intel Evo design standard.

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Cogeco rejects mega-billion dollar bid which would have had Rogers’ entering Quebec

Cogeco, the Montreal, Quebec-based internet and telecommunications company, has rejected a bid by Altice USA, a U.S. communications and media company, according to a Cogeco press release.

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CDN Morning Briefing, September 3, 2020 – Lenovo DCG product launches, plus an intro to Cisco Webex Classrooms

To keep up with the firehose of news and press releases, we’ve decided to deliver some extra…

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Rogers launches 5G service in 18 new Ontario locations

Rogers today launched 5G services in 18 new areas in Ontario.

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Hashtag Trending – Nvidia’s new graphics cards; Zoom is zooming; Apple approves some malware

Nvidia’s new graphics cards turn heads, Zoom’s revenue continues to skyrocket, and Apple accidentally approves Malware to run in MacOS.

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Connected2Fiber says first Canadian provider of its networking solutions is TeraGo

TeraGo says its partners and clients will be able to access fixed wireless and networking solutions much…

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Hashtag Trending – CenturyLink outage; Apple and Tesla stocks split; Getting chatty about algorithms

A U.S.-based internet service provider suffers a major outage over the weekend and it can be traced back to Mississauga, everyone is going bananas after Apple and Tesla stocks split, and LinkedIn gets chatty about algorithms.

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CDN Morning Briefing, August 31, 2020 – Nutanix CEO retires, ‘everything is a ticket’, plus a news roundup

Nutanix CEO retires, ‘everything is a ticket’, plus a news roundup

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Hashtag Trending – TikTok chief quits 100 days in; Apple makes advertising harder; Scots Wikipedia snafu

TikTok’s CEO steps down after 100 days in office, Apple is making it harder for Facebook to advertise, and in a shocking turn of events, it turns out Scots version of Wikipedia was written by someone who was clueless about the language.

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The Dell Precision 3240 Compact desktop now available

Dell’s new Precision 3240 Compact desktop is absolutely tiny.

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CDN Morning Briefing, August 27, 2020 – Cisco techno-Babble, plus the latest news

Cisco opens up about its recent acquisition and the future of its collab products, plus the latest channel news

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Hashtag Trending – Nortel’s 2004 breach in retrospect; Cineplex is back; Canada’s high-speed hyperloop

A lengthy story about Nortel’s giant breach in 2004 makes its rounds, Cineplex is back, and Canada is getting its first high-speed travel pod.

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Five days left to enter Cisco’s Small Business Recover kit contest

Cisco is launching a new contest to give small business entrepreneurs a chance to win tools to address remote networking, security, and collaboration needs.

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Hashtag Trending – Apple says sorry to WordPress; Making virtual events; Neuralink demo announced

Apple apologizes to WordPress, LinkedIn is chatty about virtual events, and Elon Musk says we can expect a Neuralink demo this week.

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Canadian Computer Charity Golf Classic silent auction goes online

The annual golf tournament is cancelled this year, but a silent auction is still humming on the event’s website.

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CDN Morning Briefing, August 24 – A Channel Virtual Recognition Luncheon and news recap

To keep up with the firehose of news and press releases, we’ve decided to deliver some extra…

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Hashtag Trending – TikTok suing the U.S.; Apple and WordPress lock horns; PIPEDA chatter on Reddit

TikTok says it’s planning to sue the Trump administration, Apple and WordPress lock horns after Apple gets a little greedy, and a story about PIPEDA and Tim Hortons catches fire on Reddit.

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Ingram Micro’s Rising Star already flexing leadership muscles

Her title is category manager but that doesn’t come close to telling our Rising Star winner’s full story.

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Mentorship means helping others become ‘their best selves’ says 2020 winner

During her impressive career spanning over 22 years, Nicole Mumford has helped many people break down barriers…

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CommScope’s Canadian country leader’s leadership advice: Don’t create ‘a bunch of clones’

One of this year’s Hall of Fame inductees from Commscope has had to navigate a mega $7.4 billion acquisition of communications and networking specialist Arris International, which owns Ruckus, back in April 2019.

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There’s no remote workforce without change management, says WIIT honouree

Iva Harris is well-known by Canadian enterprises and public sector offices. One of 2020’s WIIT honourees has…

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CDN Morning Briefing, August 20, 2020 – Leadership shuffle at HPE, Twitter reacts to Rola Dagher returning to Dell

Leadership shuffle at HPE, Twitter reacts to Rola Dagher returning to Dell, plus more in today’s Morning Briefing.

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Women in IT Channel honouree worries about channel’s lack of visibility

Mary Whittle has had a front-row seat to the transformation taking place in the enterprise through the…

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Zoom Phone now available in 25 more countries and territories

Zoom Video Communications is expanding the availability of Zoom Phone.

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Hashtag Trending – Facial recognition in New York; Airbnb at Blockbuster; Swiping right at work

The New York City Police Department uses facial recognition to find a man who allegedly shouted into a police officer’s ear with a bullhorn, you may soon be able to experience the nostalgia of BlockBuster, and swiping right at work for lunch dates is a thing now.

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Hashtag Trending – Amazon investigation in Germany; CRA hack; WeChat ban lash back

Amazon is being investigated by Germany’s privacy watchdog for allegedly abusing its market position during the pandemic, the CRA has been hacked, and a very large amount of Chinese users say they will ditch the iPhone if WeChat is banned.

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Asigra makes Asigra Cloud Backup with Deep MFA generally available

Backup and recovery software firm Asigra is going deep into its back of tricks.

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Dell hires Cisco Canada president Rola Dagher as new channel chief

Dell Technologies says it’s hiring Rola Dagher as its new global channel chief, replacing Joyce Mullen who announced her departure from the post in July.

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Hashtag Trending – Snowden back in the news; Ontario’s $100K bid for new talent; Fortnite hits Apple with Epic ad

Donald Trump says he is considering pardoning whistleblower Edward Snowden, Ontario makes a bid for Silicon Valley talent, and Fortnite throws a counterpunch at Apple.

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Cisco CEO says tech giant considering to sell everything-as-a-service

Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins says the networking and software giant is looking at turning its core networking hardware into an as-a-service offering.

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Hashtag Trending – Bill Gates sits down with Bloomberg; Alexa bug draws concerns; Sidewalk Labs and Toronto’s proposed smart city in retrospect

Bill Gates sits down for a one-on-one with Bloomberg, it turns out Alexa’s web services had bugs…

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CDN Morning Briefing, August 13, 2020 – VMware layoffs, plus news from Pure Storage, Solarwinds, and more

VMware layoffs, plus news from Pure Storage, Solarwinds, and more

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Microsoft runs into trademark issues with its new low-code platform Dataflex

Soon after Microsoft announced the launch of the Dataflex low-code platform for Teams in late July, global application development software provider Data Access noted in a blog post that it already has “multiple, registered U.S. trademarks for the ‘DATAFLEX’ brand

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Browse the CDN Archives

Take a journey through the years of CDN Channel coverage. With key articles and events highlighted.

2018

A big year for Blockchain, AI and Hybrid Cloud.

2017

The year of the Cloud.

2016

Big changes in the Canadian Channel.

2015

A hard year for the markets and the channel.

2014

A year of growth.

2013

A banner year for the channel.

2012

Another year in the life.

2011

A year of difficulty.

2010

A year of growth.

2009

A year of indecision.

2008

Not two thousand and late.

2007

Prosperity

2006

Channel growth.

2005

Status quo.

2004

A big year for virtualization.

2003

The shift to managed services.

2002

Software as a Service.

2001

The dawn of a new century.

2000

Y2Nay

1999

The year of fear.

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