How the energy industry can reimagine itself

Blockchain could influence the way the energy sector does things, from extraction and production processes to financing and transactions

How the energy industry can reimagine itselfAlberta’s innovation landscape is pretty crowded. Companies, entrepreneurs, non-profits, post-secondary institutions and governments are bumping into each other all over the place. That’s a very good thing. It means that the innovation system is working. Some parts are focused on evolving the oil and gas sector, others on diversifying Alberta’s economy. For the most part, there…

We need to broaden our focus as we push for innovation

An inclusive talent strategy for innovation must include polytechnics and colleges – to produce skilled workers who can carry out, and scale up, concepts

We need to broaden our focus as we push for innovationNations need to have well-articulated strategies addressing science, innovation, competitiveness and productivity. Confusing or conflating these distinct but complementary goals is a recipe for underperformance. And, sadly, Canada underperforms where innovation is concerned. We need to take a closer look at how we develop and fund innovation talent in Canada to change this dubious record. While…

Give dad the gift of sound this Father’s Day

Every dad enjoys his music in different ways. Here are a few Father's Day gift ideas so he can listen to his tunes, podcasts or news any way he likes

Give dad the gift of sound this Father’s DayEvery dad is different, so every dad enjoys his music in different ways. Here are a few Father's Day gift ideas so he can listen to his tunes, podcasts or news any way he likes. Fluance AB40 Soundbase For the dad who enjoys home-theatre sound but prefers not to have speakers cluttering the family room or…

Serving up an unpalatable minimum wage for the food industry

The effects of artificial intelligence and the rise of the digital world will force us to rethink how we produce, process and distribute food

Governments jumping on the $15-an-hour bandwagon are missing an opportunity to look at how the next technological revolution will affect our food systems. And that’s a shame. The minimum wage is rising in many parts of the country. Recently, Ontario announced it would raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour, to match Alberta. In…

Old Man’s Journey a tale of hope and redemption

This short video game is high on quality, humanity and sentimentality. And it's perfect for playing in bits on a mobile device, perhaps while you're on transit

Review: Old Man’s Journey Developer: Broken Rules Supported by: Indie Fund, Vienna Business Agency Platform: Windows, Mac, ios, Android Rating: none (recommend for ages 4+ on App store) Price: Cdn$8.79 on Steam Old Man’s Journey is a relaxing, lightly puzzle-based game about a man who sets off on a hopeful adventure to find redemption. It…

Could bitcoin become the world’s only currency?

It seems fair to say that the world is gradually moving towards the e-currency as a global currency

Could bitcoin become the world’s only currency?In a short space of time bitcoin has gone from being a novel idea thought up by a mysterious character named Satoshi Nakamato to a worldwide phenomenon used in 131 countries across the globe. It reached an all-time trading high of $2,000 earlier this year, and continues to make a case for being a prime…

What’s new and exciting in the gaming world

A periodic roundup of game-related subjects to keep you abreast of developments and trends (and a few other things that amuse and intrigue me)

What’s new and exciting in the gaming worldSaddle up – it’s roundup time. I’ll be doing a periodic roundup of game-related subjects to keep you abreast of developments and trends (and I’ll throw in a few other things that amuse and intrigue me). This week, we’ll look at games I’m enjoying, big games I haven’t had a chance to play but are…

Game maker IO Interactive dumped by Square Enix

Future of hugely successful game series Hitman is in doubt

Game maker IO Interactive dumped by Square EnixThe Hitman games series from IO Interactive has been hugely successful since its first installment arrived at turn of the millennium, even developing a cult following over the years. Thus there have been more than nine games across various platforms along with two films, Hitman (2007) and Hitman: Agent 47 (2015). The most recent episodic…

Ransomware: Why do 70 per cent of businesses pay up?

The vulnerability of a business to cybercrime isn’t a lesson anybody wants to learn the hard way

Ransomware: Why do 70 per cent of businesses pay up?A type of malware that encrypts computer data until the owner pays a fee for its release, ransomware has been around almost as long as the internet has, with a questionably named trojan made in 1989 serving as the progenitor for more modern and sophisticated variants like CryptoLocker, CryptoWall, and Locky. It’s not the vintage…

Video game Beat Cop soon wears out its welcome

This throwback pixel art game honours 1980s cop shows, but it tends to tedium – with some unsettling racist and homophobic elements thrown in

Video game Beat Cop soon wears out its welcomeReview: Beat Cop Developer: Pixel Crow Publisher: 11 bit Studios Platform: PC, Mac, Linux Price: $16.99 (Steam) Rating: none currently, lots of mature content Beat Cop is a balancing act. Ultimately, the scales of justice tip the wrong way. You play as (now stay with me) a beat cop. You’re a recently-demoted detective, framed for…