After Ecobee, Stuart Lombard has no regrets

Ecobee was founded in 2007 and launched its first product in 2008. That was a long time ago, in real life and tech lifespans.  Last year, Stuart Lombard stepped down from his role as Ecobee’s president and CEO after a 16-year run. On this week’s episode of The BetaKit Podcast, I talked with Lombard about […]

Cyber Security Today, Week in Review for week ending Friday, Feb. 23, 2024

Welcome to Cyber Security Today. From Toronto this is the Week in Review edition of the podcast for the week ending Friday, Feb. 23rd, 2024. I’m Howard Solomon, contributing reporter on cybersecurity for ITWorldCanada.com and TechNewsday.com in the U.S. In a few minutes Terry Cutler of Cyology Labs will be here to discuss recent news. […]

Breaking news: RCMP facing ‘alarming’ cyber attack

The RCMP is facing a serious cyber attack from an unspecified threat actor. The Mounties told CBC News today that a “breach of this magnitude is alarming.” “The situation is evolving quickly but at this time, there is no impact on RCMP operations and no known threat to the safety and security of Canadians,” a spokesperson […]

Making AI explainable to bridge trust gaps: Forrester weighs in

Artificial intelligence has invaded industries and companies of all sizes, but the backstory of what makes these tools powerful and erratic alike remains somewhat obscure. Understanding how and why AI systems arrive at their outputs, Forrester explained in a new report, is a critical transparency mechanism, called explainable AI. And that is key for enterprises […]

Yoshua Bengio co-signs statement calling for new laws to combat deepfakes

Over 900 individuals globally, including deep learning pioneer and Montréal-based Mila co-founder Yoshua Bengio, have put their names to a statement this week calling for new laws to crack down on deepfakes. The statement, published Wednesday, contains three core demands related to deepfakes, which it defines as non-consensual or misleading artificial intelligence (AI)-generated voices, images, […]

As Techstars makes changes, the future of its Toronto accelerator is uncertain

Earlier this week, global early-stage technology startup accelerator and investor Techstars, announced significant changes to its operations and strategy. Those changes appear to have impacted its presence in Toronto. Techstars plans to shut down some of its accelerators and move its corporate headquarters from Boulder, Colorado to New York City as part of a renewed […]

Helius raises $12.8 million CAD to help devs build blockchain apps on Solana

Toronto-based Helius, which has built a developer platform for crypto applications, has raised $12.8 million CAD ($9.5 million USD) in Series A financing. The round was led by Foundation Capital, with participation from returning investors Reciprocal Ventures and Chapter One, and new investors 6th Man Ventures, Propel, and a number of  Solana ecosystem founders. This […]

Cyber Security Today, Feb. 23, 2024 – A cyber warning on the second anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and more LockBit news

A cyber warning on the second anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and more LockBit news Welcome to Cyber Security Today. It’s Friday, February 23rd, 2024. I’m Howard Solomon, contributing reporter on cybersecurity for ITWorldCanada.com and TechNewsday.com in the U.S.   Saturday will mark the second anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Russia may mark […]

H|T: The Healthtech Times – Healwell CEO dishes on evolution from clinics to AI

The Healthtech Times is a weekly newsletter covering healthtech news from Canada and around the globe. Subscribe to H|T using this form to ensure you don’t miss out on the most important healthtech news every week! Fuelled by Well Health partnership, Healwell looks to apply AI to preventative care In 2021, Toronto’s MCI Onehealth made […]