How poor is your user experience on your apps and websites?

UX strives to make complex devices easy, from computing devices to cars, ATMs, airplanes and more

How poor is your user experience on your apps and websites?The importance of user experience (UX) has exploded in the era of ubiquitous personal computers, tablets and smartphones. Poor UX is a major reason apps and websites deliver disappointing business results. UX is the discipline that strives to make complex devices easy to use. Outside of computing devices, it applies to everyday objects, including cars,…

The Trudeau government is on a quest for censorship

Beware mission creep: today, promoting Canadian content; tomorrow, controlling how you think

The Trudeau government is on a quest for censorshipSign first; then we’ll discuss the details. Nobody would trust a real estate agent or used car dealership with that approach, but that’s how the Trudeau government is trying to sell its plan to regulate the internet. The government is trying to rush new censorship legislation through Parliament at lightning speed. Through Bill C-11, the…

Yet more crazy, wacky gadgets at CES 2022

The final instalment of items at the recent Consumer Electronics Show that you can probably live without

Yet more crazy, wacky gadgets at CES 2022Would you use these eight gadgets? Moonbike Bev, the robot bartender Starcase Halo hairdryer TV for displaying NFTs Archer AXE11000 Wi-Fi router Smart health monitoring light bulb Steambox for lunches They were all on display at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) earlier this year after the influential tech show returned to Las Vegas after a…

Yet more crazy, wacky gadgets at CES 2022

The final instalment of items at the recent Consumer Electronics Show that you can probably live without

Yet more crazy, wacky gadgets at CES 2022Would you use these eight gadgets? Moonbike Bev, the robot bartender Starcase Halo hairdryer TV for displaying NFTs Archer AXE11000 Wi-Fi router Smart health monitoring light bulb Steambox for lunches They were all on display at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) earlier this year after the influential tech show returned to Las Vegas after a…

Yet more crazy, wacky gadgets at CES 2022

The final instalment of items at the recent Consumer Electronics Show that you can probably live without

Yet more crazy, wacky gadgets at CES 2022Would you use these eight gadgets? Moonbike Bev, the robot bartender Starcase Halo hairdryer TV for displaying NFTs Archer AXE11000 Wi-Fi router Smart health monitoring light bulb Steambox for lunches They were all on display at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) earlier this year after the influential tech show returned to Las Vegas after a…

Are you thinking about upgrading your cloud skills?

An overview of the extensive training that cloud providers offer to help information professionals

Are you thinking about upgrading your cloud skills?As more and more organizations move applications from their on-premises computing environment to their favourite cloud service provider, information system (IS) professionals need to build their cloud skills. Here’s an overview of the extensive training that the major cloud service providers offer to help IS professionals. It isn’t easy to choose among these excellent, in-depth…

Does the internet make us better naturalists?

While the amount of information available is astounding, it is usually hard to find the answers

Does the internet make us better naturalists?When I was a kid, we didn’t have cellphones, the internet or even computers. Facebook, TikTok, Tumblr, YouTube, WhatsApp, Instagram or myriad other social media platforms didn’t exist. Add to that the many apps that are available to help us learn bird songs or identify everything from plants, mammals and insects to mushrooms, and we…

Ten top updates for Windows 10

Windows 10 adds features, visuals and helpful refinements with the latest update, version 20H2

Ten top updates for Windows 10Windows 10 continues to improve, adding features, new visuals and helpful refinements with the latest update, known as version 20H2 to techies. I’ll describe my favourite new and improved features that enhance my Windows experience daily: Search Clipboard history Windows Hello face recognition login OneDrive cloud storage Photo, video, and mixed reality tools Touch screen…

Don’t count on government to police the internet

Instead of embracing its liberating capabilities, the government is opting for woke conformity

Don’t count on government to police the internetWho should police the internet? The big tech platforms – Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, etc. – or is this a role for government? Our right to free expression on the internet is being challenged by both the tech platforms and governments that want to control not only activities that are already illegal, but any news…

Ten technology tips to improve work from home

What hardware are you using? Software? Wi-Fi fast and secure enough? What are your cloud options?

Ten technology tips to improve work from homeNow that we’re past the initial scramble to start widespread working from home (WFH), it’s time to improve our effectiveness and reduce or eliminate irritants. I’m calling the required technology components the enterprise-grade WFH solution. Mark Perrin, a partner at Corvelle Consulting, an information technology (IT) consultancy in Calgary, encountered clients where the IT department…

Big data is useless without visual analytics

Having trouble spotting trends in endless spreadsheets? Visual analytic tools can help

Big data is useless without visual analyticsWith its vast volumes, big data is useless without the analytic and presentation functionality of visual analytical tools. Think how difficult it is to spot anomalies or trends in endless rows of spreadsheet data. Visual analytic tools solve that overload problem. Big data is an in-vogue topic in the information technology world. Many executives see…

Are meals in the metaverse a new frontier for restaurants?

Crossover between the real food world and a virtual metaverse offers companies a new look at markets

Are meals in the metaverse a new frontier for restaurants?Some restaurants are looking for new ways to re-engage with a market heavily affected by a two-year-old COVID-19 pandemic. Restaurants have done a lot of juggling over the last two years: redefining menus, thinking of new ways of connecting with customers, pivoting to a positive future. It’s been nothing short of impressive. One approach gaining…

Wake up your employees to cyber security risks

Your employees can inadvertently be a cybercriminal’s best friend

Wake up your employees to cyber security risksWhen breaking through an organization’s security defences, employees who create vulnerabilities are a cybercriminal’s best friend. While technical security safeguards are essential, employees continue to be the weakest link when it comes to protecting corporate information from cybercriminals of various shapes, sizes and motivations. Cybercriminals regularly convince inattentive employees, through a phishing attack, to engage…

How to minimize headaches during cloud migration

Addressing the essential considerations that can trip up companies will ensure a smooth migration

How to minimize headaches during cloud migrationIt should be easy to migrate a web-based application from its in-house computing environment to a vendor-managed, cloud computing environment. While migration is not a high-risk, stress-inducing project, there are significant considerations for your cloud migration project plan. Addressing the essential considerations that can trip up companies will ensure you achieve a smooth migration to…

How to stop playing Whac-a-Mole with your information services

Band-aid fixes create a terrible work environment. This happens when IS is viewed simply as a cost

How to stop playing Whac-a-Mole with your information servicesIn too many organizations, the delivery of information services (IS) is best described as a giant, never-ending version of the Whac-a-Mole arcade game. If this situation describes your organization, it is time to take action. As a technology problem pops up, just like the mole in the game, someone in the IS group whacks it…
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