Vacation Gadgets You Can’t Do Without

by Jennifer Albert Whether you’re looking to escape the winter weather or travelling for the holidays, you’ll want to plan ahead for this season’s jaunt. These travel-geared gadgets will help you travel safer, smarter, and more stress-free at this hectic time of year. Smarter Luggage Bluesmart is kicking off the future of travel with their line of smart suitcases. They come equipped with GPS tracking and a 30-day battery life, […]

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The HELIX Summer Institute: Students tackle problem on behalf of Markham Stouffville Hospital

By Sophia Reuss Several years ago, Dr. George Arnold, chief of innovation at Markham Stouffville Hospital (MSH), met Chris Dudley, director of HELIX, Seneca College’s entrepreneurship incubator, in the lobby outside an event hosted by Markham’s mayor. With Dudley were three students who were planning to showcase HELIX at the event. Under Dudley’s mentorship, each of the students had developed a health-related app. The students were eager to share their […]

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Not All Backups Are Created Equal

By Alex Lachine Twenty years ago, choosing a data backup was simple. You could copy files to a disc or back up to tape, and that was it. Today, we have a lot more data, and as businesses learn to better analyze and use that data, it becomes a lot more valuable. This increase in data has yielded more ways to back it up. But beware: not all backup solutions […]

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You and YouTube: Is video marketing right for your business?

By Daniella Postavsky As the biggest source of Internet cat videos, YouTube is not at the forefront of most business owners’ minds when it comes to social media marketing. But don’t write the popular video-sharing website out of your marketing plan. Here are a few reasons why YouTube might work for you. Google Search Integration Thanks to a recent update, YouTube videos are now embedded in Google’s search results. This […]

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Saving on the Go: Four Cash-Saving Apps

The only thing better than a free app is a free app that will save you money. Whether you have been struggling to get your budget balanced or you just love a great bargain, these four apps will help you make smarter spending and money-management decisions. Parking Trying to find cheap and convenient parking in the GTA is like trying to find a pot of gold. That’s where ParkMe comes […]

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Listen and Earn: Amplify Your Business Through Podcasting

By Daniella Postavsky Two years ago, podcasting exploded onto the scene thanks to the radio series “Serial.” Today, podcasts – audio files that are distributed online – are powerful tools to reach audiences in a less intrusive but more intimate way than traditional advertising. Here are the top three reasons to use podcasting to promote your business: The audience: Podcast audiences have grown steadily in the last four years. As […]

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Markham Businesses Going Green: Sustaining the Earth and the Bottom Line

by Sophia Reuss As the conversation around climate change continues to heat up around the province, businesses are being challenged to convert all the talk about sustainability into meaningful change. Examples of what this might look like are not hard to find. For Markham businesses, going green is an idea that has taken root. And although the approaches vary, there is a growing consensus: the future must be green. In […]

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Green on the Go: Four Earth-Friendly Apps

By Jen R Albert Interested in becoming part of the green revolution but don’t know where to start? Whether you want to commute smarter, to take action, or to shop greener, these earth-conscious apps will put you on the path to eco-friendly living, and they might even save you some money along the way. Travel Green blancride (Android, iOS) blancride is the Greater Toronto Area’s premier rideshare app. It combines […]

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The Future Lives Here: The IBM Innovation Space

Markham Convergence Centre Opens at IBM’s Markham Headquarters By Jen R Albert There is much talk today about “innovation,” “collaboration,” and more specifically “disruptive collaboration,” which creates a new market and value network, eventually displacing established market-leading firms, products and alliances. To build on this phenomenon and Markham’s growing tech cluster, IBM approached the Markham Convergence Centre (MCC) to move into their new IBM Innovation Space. As members of the Markham […]

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Fashion Meets Tech: The New Wave of Wearables

  With the recent launch of Spectacles by Snap Inc. (formerly Snapchat), wearables may have finally shed the dorky image of the (in)famous Google Glass and become something consumers actually want to wear. Here is a brief list of other stylish wearables you might want to add to your wardrobe. All prices converted to CAD. Smartwatches and fitness trackers have exploded onto the market in the last few years, but […]

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