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2019 CDN Women in the IT Channel Hall of Fame inductee: Vicki Thomson

The channel is about the promotion and distribution of technical solutions, but for Vicki Thomson, the most vital part of the channel is people.

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2019 CDN Women in the IT Channel Rising Star Award: Tanya Grant

Ahead of CDN’s 2019 Women in the IT Channel Recognition Luncheon event Aug. 22, read about this year’s Rising Star Award winner Tanya Grant.

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OVH launches its managed kubernetes service in Canada

Hyper-scale cloud provider OVH announced this week the deployment of kubernetes on its servers in Canada.

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Hashtag Trending – Apple responds to iPhone fiasco; urgent Windows 10 security patch; Send Google reminders to other people

Apple explains why it’s hiding iPhone battery health status, Windows 10 users should patch their PCs ASAP,…

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Samsung Space monitor review: a gorgeous and space-conscious display

Regardless of how chaotic your work life is, I’d wager that your monitor always remains pristine and…

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Hashtag Trending – Microsoft listening to you too; Huawei aided Africa in spying; teenager’s fridge-tweet

Microsoft admits to listening to Cortana and Skype; Huawei aided African governments in spying; desperate teen sends…

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Hashtag Trending – Sad Tumblr deal; Google Chrome page sharing; free Google Home Mini

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Pure Storage maintains momentum in Canada, prepares for its fall Accelerate event

Roughly a month prior to Pure Storage’s flagship Accelerate event in Austin, the firm’s Brent Allen, surrounded…

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Cohesity’s CyberScan app targets unpatched vulnerabilities in backups

Organizations looking for a way to scan their production environment for vulnerabilities without disrupting it have an…

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Federal government launches cybersecurity certification program for SMBs

The federal government on Monday launched the long-awaited cybersecurity certification for small and mid-sized businesses in hopes of increasing the attention SMBs pay to cybersecurity as well as increasing the confidence of online shoppers who buy from Canadian sites.

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Hashtag Trending – CBS and Viacom merging; hi-tech warfare in Hong Kong; Save icon called into question

Broadcasting giants CBS and Viacom set to merge; hi-tech warfare is underway in Hong Kong protests; Save…

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The Reddit Recap – Chaos ensues with new CEO, personal ethics, IT Glue goes down

The Reddit recap highlights last week’s top trending posts on the r/msp subreddit. This is the largest MSP-related…

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Hashtag Trending – Huawei’s new OS; Samsung removes mocking ads; AMD’s EPYC processors

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Ottawa’s cybersecurity action plan includes $10M for special projects

Just over a year after announcing an updated federal cybersecurity strategy, Ottawa has revealed how it will be implemented.

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Hashtag Trending – Carrier price drop; Uber losing money; Facebook being sued again

Canadian mobile pricing is on the decline according to CRTC, Uber announces record loss, Facebook is facing…

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Hashtag Trending – Apple launches credit card; Amazon coaching law enforcement; Solar-powered phones a possibility

Apple launches its own credit card; Amazon coaching law enforcement on obtaining video footage without warrants; Patents…

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TBI signs distribution partnership agreement with Canadian-based TeraGo

Chicago-based technology services distributor Telecom Brokerage Inc. (TBI) has signed TeraGo Inc. to a distribution partnership agreement.

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MSI WS75 workstation laptop review: slim yet mighty

Cramming professional-grade hardware into a compact body, the MSI WS75 is a compelling laptop for those that…

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Hashtag Trending – Alleged discrimination at Google; AT&T employees bribed; Japan offers $1B grant

A memo alleges Google is discriminating against a pregnant employee, AT&T employees took bribes to plant malware across the network, and Japan offers a grant for $1B towards cyborg technology research.

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Toronto-based data analytics firm becomes Microsoft’s go-to data and AI partner in Canada

Almost all CIOs agree that the cloud is a standard way to access services and systems quickly with minimal effort, and one of Microsoft analytics partners is finding creative ways to put that added computing power to use.

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Hashtag Trending – Canada gets internet code of conduct; Pentagon testing surveillance balloons; Amazon is still listening

Canada finally gets internet code of conduct; Pentagon is testing mass surveillance balloons; Amazon will not stop…

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The Reddit Recap – Azure Lighthouse, Continuum partner compromised, replacing a client’s IT team

The Reddit recap highlights last week’s top trending posts on the r/msp subreddit. This is the largest MSP-related…

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Hashtag Trending – Nostalgia sweeps Twitter, U.S. city wants to ban facial recognition, China stealing IP

Another U.S. city wants to ban facial recognition technology, nostalgia sweeps Twitter for a day, and 1 in 5 corporations say China has stole their IP within the last year.

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Cisco Marketing Velocity gets an upgrade

Cisco says the recent enhancements to Cisco Marketing Velocity is more than just a matter of bringing its partner marketing resources together under one brand.

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We have to do a better job of monetizing data, Dell EMC execs say

There’s a growing sense of urgency among Canadian business as they try to find ways to take advantage of the 2.5 quintillion bytes of data produced globally everyday, and Dell Technologies wants to be the go-to source for the plumbing that helps manage it all, according to Dell EMC executives.

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Hashtag Trending – Apple pivots, Netflix is going Hollywood, Bernie unveils net neutrality plan

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Microsoft to drop Skype for Business Online and replace with Teams in 2021

Two years after hinting at plans to phase out Skype for Business Online and replace it with…

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More than 90% of security decision-makers fail to keep tabs on workloads in the cloud

Executives’ desire to not miss out on a competitive advantage is leading to security professionals losing track of workloads on the cloud, according to a new study from Symantec Corp.

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Hashtag Trending – Capital One data breach; banning autoplay videos; Skype for Business ending

Capital One data breach affects 100 million customers, the U.S. is considering banning autoplay videos, Microsoft to…

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Hashtag Trending – Zooming contacts; Slack’s down; Tesla to stream videos

Scientists create contact lenses that zoom when you blink, a temporary Slack outage sends workers into a…

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Hashtag Trending – T-Mobile and Sprint merger approved; India might ban cryptocurrency; Apple gets a no on tariff exemption

DOJ approves T-Mobile and Sprint merger; India considering banning cryptocurrency; Trump says Apple not getting tariff exemption.…

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D&H Canada launches professional and managed services programs

D&H Canada is offering value-added resellers (VARs) a number of white-labelled offerings to help them move towards a services model, the distributor announced recently.

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The Reddit Recap – MSP builds an ‘Easy button’, another bad client, another bad password

An MSP’s help button takes off, how to deal with a “client from hell”, and horrible passwords.

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ViewSonic M1+ portable projector review: smarter, but not brighter

Projectors are no longer the boring devices stuck on the office ceiling. The boom of portable projectors…

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eBay announces plan to launch end-to-end fulfillment service for sellers

In an effort to keep up with Amazon.com, Inc., eBay Inc. has announced its plans to launch…

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Hashtag Trending – Microsoft leaks internal Windows build; bogus VLC vulnerability, unethical programmer caught

Microsoft leaks internal version of Windows 10 to testers, VLC president dismisses recent vulnerability, programmer faces a…

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Microsoft Hungary slapped with $8.7M fine

A Microsoft Corp. subsidiary based in Hungary has agreed to pay an $8.7 million fine to resolve the government’s investigation into violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) that date back to 2013.

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Hashtag Trending – Google settles lawsuit; Canadian carrier pricing worst in the world; Google pushes for MVNO changes

Google settles an age-discrimination lawsuit, Canada’s mobile pricing among the worst in the world, Google pushing for…

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The Reddit Recap – Cylance engine gets tricked, a strange request, and the tips list grows

A bug in Cylance, a boss’ request raises eyebrows, and more from this week’s top posts on the MSP subreddit

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Hashtag Trending – Russian intelligence agency hacked; Oakland bans facial recognition; Equifax fined $700 million

Russian intelligence agency experiences biggest hack ever; Oakland becomes 3rd US city to ban facial recognition; Equifax…

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Cabinet minister to address CDN Women in the IT Channel Recognition Luncheon

Minister Ng will bring greetings on behalf of the federal government and offer some short some remarks.

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Hashtag Trending – Is FaceApp safe?; Vienna driverless bus trial on hold; quantum leap in quantum computing

What is FaceApp doing with your pictures?; pedestrian struck in Vienna driverless bus trial; Australian researchers make…

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We’re responding to support calls from devices, not people, says fast-growing MSP

A Saskatchewan-based managed services provider is reaping the fruits of its investments in predictive analytics and gaining a foothold in the Western Canadian market as a result.

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Hashtag Trending – Local ISPs shine, Prime Day haul or bust, EU targets Amazon

Local internet service providers shine in new study, Amazon says sale its Prime Day sale netted more than last year’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday combined, and the European Union has its crosshairs set on Amazon.

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Hashtag Trending – Elon Musk and your brain, sneaky TurboTax, robots eyeing our jobs

Elon Musk wants to tap into your brain, TurboTax targets low-income taxpayers to pay for its services, and a new report says robots ARE going to take our jobs.

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Conservatism makes it hard to manage the Canadian channel in a multinational company, experts say

How do you deal with a corporate head office that doesn’t seem to understand the Canadian market?

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Hashtag Trending – Office 365 banned in Germany; kids want to be YouTubers; Qualcomm’s new chipset

Office 365 banned in German State of Hesse, YouTuber a more popular career choice than astronauts in…

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OpenText announces fresh partnerships and talks Google at Enterprise World

Partnerships were the name of the game at OpenText Enterprise World. Although no new programs for the channel were announced, the message was all about alignment.

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Hashtag Trending – #AmazonStrike, social media linked to depression, FTC approves $5B Facebook settlement

#PrimeDayAmazon is joined by the Amazon Strike, social media, not video games, is linked to depression according to a new report, and the Federal Trade Commission approves a $5B settlement with Facebook.

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Huawei P30 Lite review: A pretty midrange

Political rivalries and bureaucracies aside, the P30 Lite is a solid midrange option.

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The Reddit Recap – Microsoft partners rejoice, Azure Lighthouse, outgoing vendor challenges

Microsoft partners rejoice, and maintaining confidence in your solution even when an outgoing MSP gives you a hard time.

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Hashtag Trending – malware hits 25 million Android devices; FCC leaks Samsung phone; Amazon spends $700 million to retrain workers

Malware infects 25 million Android devices through Asian app store, FCC leaks images of the Samsung Galaxy…

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Microsoft responds to Internal Use Rights removal: we can’t afford it

UPDATE: Microsoft has retracted the decision to discontinue its Internal Use Right (IUR) program for its partners.

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Hashtag Trending – A new streaming service, Google Assistant recordings, Former Tesla employee in the hot seat

Another player enters the streaming wars, it turns out human workers are listening to recordings from Google Assistant, and a former Tesla employee is in the hot seat.

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Hashtag Trending – 25 million Androids infected with malware; ‘detective wi-fi’ to the rescue; smart TV captures porn?

25 million Android users infected with Malware from WhatsApp; Wi-fi network busts young vandals; Did a smart…

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IBM and Red Hat partners can sleep soundly, executives say after mega deal closes

As IBM closed its $34 billion acquisition of Red Hat Tuesday, questions continued to swirl around the impact the move will have on partners and clients, which even IBM’s Arvind Krishna acknowledged was the “real challenge” ever since the deal was announced last October.

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Hashtag Trending – Instagram tackles bullying, Juggalo makeup to the rescue, IBM closes Red Hat deal

Instagram is stepping up its efforts to stomp out bullying on its platform, Juggalo makeup, it turns out, can block facial recognition technology, and IBM finally closes its acquisition of Red Hat.

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Hashtag Trending – AI and the Beatles, British Airways gets fined, Steve Jobs was a ‘wizard’

AI helps unlock some of the Beatles greatest secrets, British Airways gets slapped with a fine by the GDPR, and Bill Gates describes Steve Jobs as a wizard.

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Hashtag Trending – Samsung phones in hot water; London facial recognition failing; BBC puts out fully interactive episode

https://www.accc.gov.au/media-release/samsung-in-court-for-misleading-phone-water-resistance-advertisements Trending on Twitter, Samsung finds itself in hot water because its phones don’t work in water.…

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The Reddit Recap – Partners upset over Microsoft Partner Network changes, MSP’s ex-client, and 1 a.m. scares

Upset over Microsoft Partner Network changes, and late-night emergency calls are some of the top posts on the MSP subreddit this week.

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Hashtag Trending – Sony hacker gets jail time; social media strike; growing tech salary in Toronto

Hacker gets two years in jail and a hefty fine, former Wikipedia cofounder strikes against social media…

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IBM’s machine learning model is the new middleman for channel partners

It takes a long time for a large company like IBM to pass on quality leads to its partners. Lori Cohen used to get one per month, but with the help of IBM’s new AI-buddy SCORE, that number is now eight.

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CDW Canada donates $50K to SickKids

The Hospital for Sick Children’s campus redevelopment plan got a $50,000 boost this week. CDW Canada announced…

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Canadian tech community mourns loss of John Reid, the tech sector’s tireless advocate

John Reid navigated the complicated waters of federal procurement and championed the rights of businesses with such grace, an outsider would have a hard time believing he was one of Canada’s most tireless advocates for the tech industry.

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Hashtag Trending – The Walkman turns 40, Cloudflare outage, China’s surveillance campaign

The Sony Walkman turns 40 today, Cloudflare outage impacts services across the web, and China forces tourists to install text-stealing malware.

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Channel Innovation Awards offer new opportunities for recognition

UPDATE: The Channel Innovation Award deadline has been extended one week. It’s summer time and the living…

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The Reddit Recap – Big vendor headaches, onboarding check-list, MSP and chill

What do you do when a big vendor tries to go direct with one of your clients behind your back? And are you a “chill” MSP?

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Hashtag Trending – Electronic scooters in Canada; Bitcoin goes up and down; Longtime Apple exec leaves

The dockless scooter craze is coming to Canada, The price of Bitcoin doesn’t know what to do with itself, and a longtime Apple executive announces his departure.

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LG G8 ThinQ review: the best LG phone closes the gap

The LG G8 ThinQ stands as one of LG’s best phones to date. Omitting the camera bump,…

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Security is #1 IT priority for Canadian businesses, says CDW Canada report

An increasing number of Canadian businesses believe they are more ready for cyber threats than they were this time last year, according to a new report published by CDW Canada.

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Hashtag Trending – Creepy deepfake; The robotics revolution; New York’s “Supernode”

A disturbing new deepfake app is making its rounds, a new report about how robots will change the world is getting people worried again, and New York’s strategy to provide affordable broadband continues to turn heads.

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Hashtag Trending – Bitcoin price jump; telecoms get hacked; Bell increases fees

Bitcoin prices makes a comeback, massive telecom attack linked to Chinese hackers, Bell increases connection fee.

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We can do as a service too, says HPE, as its partners help grow GreenLake by 275%

Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s (HPE) channel partners helped grow GreenLake, the company’s hybrid cloud, data centre and private…

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Learn how to manage the Canadian channel in a multinational context

While the pursuit and achievement of global brand consistency and impact may be a good thing, “global…

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Collaboration and security major themes at Ingram Micro’s Partner Experience Roadshow

Ingram Micro held its 2019 Partner Experience Roadshow recently in Toronto, and it was clear that collaboration across the Canadian tech industry has become the norm.

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Hashtag Trending – Sidewalk Labs Toronto plans revealed; Senators demand transparency; Comments controversy

Sidewalk Labs finally reveals its plans for Toronto project; Facebook could soon need to reveal the value…

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Raspberry Pi 4 released; NASA hacked; Verizon internet blackout

Raspberry Pi 4 is here, NASA breach revealed, Verizon hit with a massive internet outage. That’s all…

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Hashtag Trending – Google abandons tablet market, Amazon leases more cargo planes, Samsung asking Apple to pay fine

Google abandons tablet market, Amazon leases more cargo planes, Samsung asking Apple to pay fine.

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The Reddit Recap – Webroot SecureAnywhere scare; MSP security; Choosing Datto

The Reddit recap highlights last week’s top trending posts on the r/msp subreddit.

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Kaspersky rebranding unrelated to government ban, says executive

A lot has changed in the cybersecurity space since the 1990’s, which is why Kaspersky Lab recently announced a “complete rebranding” of the organization, according to the company’s head of marketing and partner marketing for North America.

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Hashtag Trending – Fake Google Calendar invites, Google to build homes, U.S. chipmakers want a lighter Huawei ban

Criminals exploit fake calendar invites, Google to build homes, U.S. chipmakers want Huawei back. That’s all the…

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eSentire opens new global HQ in Waterloo

Cybersecurity company eSentire opens a new global HQ in Waterloo

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Hashtag Trending – Facebook announces cryptocurrency; Google Calendar crashes; CIA spied through smart TV’s

Facebook announces its cryptocurrency set to launch in 2020; Google Calendar crashed for 3 hours on Tuesday;…

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CBC’s tech and culture guru will take the stage at Women in the IT Channel Luncheon

Author, podcaster and radio host Nora Young will deliver the keynote address at the 2019 Women in…

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Hashtag Trending – Hacking iPhones; 3.5 million in support of net neutrality in U.S.; Tim Cook calls out Facebook

A company out of Israel claims it can hack into all iPhones as well as many Androids;…

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FireEye opens new headquarters in Toronto

Canada is one of FireEye Inc.’s fastest growing regions, so it only made sense to open up a new headquarters in Toronto, according to the cybersecurity firm’s area vice-president and general manager for Canada.

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Lenovo releases ThinkSmart Hub 500 for better conferencing

Lenovo recently announced the ThinkSmart Hub 500, an all-in-one video conferencing hub for Zoom Rooms and Microsoft Team, at InfoComm 2019.

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Dell EMC announces VxBlock Central 2.0, among other upgrades

Despite the shift towards hyper-converged infrastructure, Dell EMC is reaffirming its belief that converged infrastructure still has a part to play with its latest announcement.

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D-Link launches network management solution Nuclias in Canada

D-Link has high hopes for its cloud-based network management solution Nuclias, which is launching in Canada this…

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The Reddit Recap – Patch management woes; Solarwinds RMM; Veeam or no Veeam?

The Reddit recap highlights last week’s top trending posts on the r/msp subreddit. This is the largest MSP-related group on Reddit with nearly 40,000 members. Looking to find a quick answer to a question? This is the place to be.

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Hashtag Trending – U.S. carriers hit with FCC complaint; Amazon gets sued; Huawei in the hot seat

AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, and T-Mobile get hit with a FCC complaint, lawsuits aimed at Amazon suggest the company may be recording kids who use Alexa devices without their consent, and Huawei is in the hot seat again.

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Channel snapshot will reveal new business opportunities

The marketplace is becoming more and more competitive. This means channel players must evolve — learning and…

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Hashtag Trending – Google reveals Pixel 4; Huawei puts off laptop launch; Facebook to pay for your data

Google Pixel 4 pictured, Huawei scraps a laptop due to U.S. ban, Facebook pays to pay for…

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CIRA looks to expand DNS security in Canada, launches first firewall API integration

The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) recently announced an API integration designed to provide additional protection against cyber threats for Canadian SMBs.

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Hashtag Trending – Chrome tests reading mode; hackers steal biometric data; AMD’s new processor

Chrome tests distraction-free reading mode, hackers steal biometric data from border patrol, AMD announces new processor. That’s…

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Dell updates XPS and Precision business laptop lineups

Dell announced its fully updated business line of laptops at Computex 2019 held in Taipei, Taiwan last…

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Hashtag Trending – Mozilla paid browser; Samsung Galaxy Fold updated release date; Google Maps combats cab fare scam

Mozilla to launch a paid browser, Samsung Galaxy Fold gets an updated release date, Google Maps warns…

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Long View Systems wins Microsoft’s Canadian Partner of the Year award, DSI named a finalist

One of Microsoft’s biggest partners took home the Canadian Partner of the Year award last week.

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Hashtag Trending – Google walkout organizer quits; Microsoft deletes facial recognition database; ASUS releases updates for an unreleased phone

The walkout organizer at Google has quit the company citing retaliation against her, Microsoft deleted the database…

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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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