Author Archives: Pragya Sehgal

Shopify joins Facebook’s Libra Association

Shopify announced today that it has joined the Facebook-founded Libra Association, becoming the first new member of the organization since it was officially unveiled with 21 other partners last October. As the latest member of the Libra Association, the e-commerce giant will work collectively to build a payment network that supports consumers and merchants while…

TekSavvy partners with Ericsson to upgrade broadband for over 30,000 households in southwestern Ontario

TekSavvy Solutions announced today that it has chosen Ericsson to upgrade TekSavvy’s existing fixed wireless access (FWA) services and network in rural southwestern Ontario. The modernization of the existing FWA infrastructure is expected to be completed in the first half of 2020.  Ericsson will be leveraging its radio system, cloud core technology and transport technology…

Jeff Weiner to step down as LinkedIn CEO

In an email to his employees at LinkedIn today, Jeff Weiner wrote that he will be stepping down as the company’s chief executive officer on June 1, 2020 to begin his next role as the company’s executive chairman. Ryan Roslansky, the current global head of product at LinkedIn, will assume the role of the company’s…

TCL Communication to discontinue sales of BlackBerry devices

TCL Communication would no longer be selling BlackBerry-branded mobile devices, BlackBerry announced today. BlackBerry’s brand licensing agreement with TCL Communication is due to end on Aug. 31, 2020, and the TCL has no further rights to design, manufacture or sell any new BlackBerry mobile devices. BlackBerry made the announcement this morning on Twitter. However, TCL…

Trudeau government pushes streaming giants to support Canadian content

Released this week, a report commissioned by the federal government in 2018 suggests U.S. tech companies, including Amazon, Netflix and Facebook, should collect the same taxes as those collected by Canadian companies, and that they make strong commitments to supporting Canadian content on their streaming services. 

Say hello to Microsoft’s new Chromium-based browser

Microsoft officially launched its new Edge Chromium browser across both Windows and macOS operating systems this week and is available for download now.

One of the biggest issues facing IT professionals is high costs and the complexity in managing enterprise companies that support two or more browsers for maximizing compatibility across legacy and modern websites. Microsoft is hoping to eliminate some of those frustrations by allowing enterprise users to access features like Internet Explorer mode, which lets businesses load legacy IE sites within Edge automatically. 

The new Edge browser also comes with Microsoft’s privacy promise and embraces new features such as tracking prevention in addition to offering three levels of control while employees are browsing. The tracking prevention feature will help businesses know who has access to their data and also give them the control to choose the information they share. Tracking prevention and SmartScreen features of the new Edge browser will also protect businesses from any type of malware, phishing scheme and malicious software. 

A study conducted by Ponemon Institute in 2019 says a data breach costs companies $3.2 million on average.

In addition, new features like Collections will let employees more easily collect and organize web content and research, and export that information into Word or Excel. 

Jimmy Tom, research director at Info-Tech, noted in a recent presentation shared with IT World that the Chromium-based browser opens up new opportunities for Microsoft.

“In effect, Microsoft can now compete in other races that it has never before considered,” he wrote, adding it could provide them with an advantage against AWS as the cloud race between the two tech giants intensifies.

Additional benefits for users giving the new browser a try, he added, include having a much more unified experience for end-users on a platform that IT can control, as well as having the ability to easily port existing Chrome apps into Edge.

The new Collections feature to allow employees more easily collect and organize web content and research.

Microsoft Search in Bing can be easily accessed on mobile phones, thereby enabling knowledge workers to search for corporate information on the go.  

Microsoft Search in Bing can be accessed on mobile phones.

Microsoft Search in Bing also offers new inPrivate mode so that online browsing and searches by employees are not attributed to them.

The new Microsoft Edge browser offers new inPrivate mode.

The new Microsoft Edge browser also comes with a new logo. 

The new Microsoft Edge browser has a new logo

In order to pilot the new Edge browser within the corporate environment, IT administrators will need to download an offline deployment package. The new Edge browser will not automatically deploy for enterprise or commercial customers, Microsoft says. Tools like Configuration Manager tools and Intune deployment, the company adds, can simplify deployment.

The new browser is supported by FastTrack and App Assure. FastTrack will allow businesses with an eligible subscription to Azure, Dynamics 365, and Microsoft 365 to deploy this new browser at no extra charge. Businesses having sites compatible with legacy Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, or Internet Explorer 8 and above, will also work on the new Microsoft Edge the same way.

The new Microsoft Edge is available in more than 90 languages, ready to be downloaded on all supported versions of Windows and MacOS. It is also available to download on android and iOS. 

 

 

Accenture announces $1.1 million grant to Acces Employment to develop AI bot for job seekers

Accenture this week announced a more than CA$1.1 million cash and in-kind services grant to the Canadian nonprofit organization Acces Employment to help it deliver more customized services to job seekers across the country through a new chatbot.