Not long ago, social networks were a fun but somewhat inconsequential place—a digital playground to share ramen photos and connect with friends over cat memes. Then, it evolved into a springboard for democracy, helping usher in movements like Occupy Wall Street. Recently, social media has emerged as an insidious danger, a tool to divide and conquer democracy.
Warning: Spoilers below….
There’s been no greater pop culture milestone than the Star Wars franchise. Starting in 1977, Star Wars has revolutionized filmmaking and genre, creating avenues of licensing and merchandising that has never been rivalled (Star Wars lipstick is a thing).
The most recent installation, The Last Jedi, has gone a step further than just inspiring people to fight with broomsticks or squawking like a Porg from Ahch-To. It has done something that the previous eight films, animated TV Oseries and countless books and comics have failed to do. It has made fans re-evaluate the characters that have lived in their hearts and imaginations since the first crawl appeared on screen.
I know what you’re thinking. There have already been a million articles dissecting The Last Jedi so why write another. Well, like most, The Last Jedi got me thinking but not about plot or character arcs. My fandom has been consumed by how this movie reconceptualised the idea of leadership.
When James W. Marshall discovered gold in Coloma, California, little did he know that a fever of greed would pass through the nation, unleashing an excitement that would re-shape the U.S. landscape and rattle the population. If history has proven anything, it’s that the smallest inkling of wealth can profoundly impact the world economy.
There has been tons of hype and buzz regarding Apple’s iPhone 8 which is expected to be showcased to the world on September 12th at the newly minted Steve Jobs Theater.
Some of newest features which have grabbed the public’s attention have been an all-screen OLED screen, removal of the iconic Home button, wireless battery charging, and a new system-on-a-chip. While most consumers will view the removal of the home button as a necessary step towards slimming the form factor of mobile device even further, it’s important to look at how this decision can impede the adoption rate of mobile payments moving forward.
As I’ve mentioned earlier, Toronto is quickly becoming the Silicon Valley of the East Coast. Evidence of this can be seen in the growing number of tech industry events slated to take place in the city in the near future. Continue reading “Toronto Tech Events to Watch for in the Second Half of the Year”
You may have noticed that Toronto is solidifying its place as a North American tech hub. The Atlantic recently published a piece on how Toronto is more than happy to bring Silicon Valley employees and prospective tech talent up north. Meanwhile, in June, Tech Crunch reported on how the city is likely to become the next great producer of tech startups. The recently announced Elevate Toronto festival in September I think will only further Toronto’s status as a tech capital.
Continue reading “Elevate Toronto Will Be a Game-Changer For City’s Tech Industry”
Ecommerce is booming. Current projections estimate double-digit growth through 2020, when sales will top $4 trillion. There are several reasons why.
We’ll take a look at three of them.
Continue reading “Jonmichael Moy: Why the future is bright for ecommerce”
Canada’s rich history of technical innovation dates back to the 1970s, when Nortel Communications began shifting its focus to digital technologies, and later gave way to Bell Canada Enterprise after multiple iterations of telecom deregulation. Research in Motion, which was founded in 1984, also had a significant impact on cellular phone technology with its messaging service and BlackBerry devices.
We’re facing a double-edged sword up here in the north as our tech sector continues its explosive growth. The growth, in and of itself, is hugely positive. But, we must be able to continue to provide a ready supply of qualified talent to drive the engine. And the competition is increasingly fierce.
Continue reading “Wanted: Talent to Keep Driving Toronto’s Fast Growing Tech Engine”
Experts have predicted this before and have been slightly embarrassed when their annual IPO forecasts don’t live up to the fashionable predictions investors are looking for out of the technology industry.
So, what’s different about the Canadian IPO market this year? Timing and politics, maturity and Trump.
Continue reading “Canadian Tech IPOs Expected to Blossom This Year”