LinkedIn’s Top Companies of 2018 In Canada Named

Posted in Commentary with tags on March 21, 2018 by itnerd

Today, LinkedIn released the first Canadian edition of Top Companies 2018: the most sought-after companies where people want to work in Canada. TD Bank takes the title of most desirable company, and Vancouver’s tech darling, Hootsuite, slides into the top 5. Canadian companies comprise over 75 per cent of the list with 19 of the 25 companies headquartered here.

The Top Companies results are based on the actions of LinkedIn’s more than 546 million professionals (over 14 million in Canada alone) and looks at four main pillars: interest in the company, engagement with the company’s employees, job demand and employee retention.

Canada’s Top Companies realize they must find new ways to woo professionals and set an example for the way corporate Canada treats employees. Among the themes emerging are: travel opportunities, experience as a new currency and family and health-related initiatives.

Here is what the highest ranked LinkedIn Top Companies are doing to attract and keep talent:

  1. TD Bank Group: Employees feel like they have a voice thanks to a yearly feedback survey in which more than 80 per cent of employees said they felt engaged at work in 2016. One of the things employees rate the highest is flexible working hours.
  2. RBC: Employees are encouraged to live healthy lifestyles and are offered a wellness program that rewards healthy behavior with credits employees can use toward things like gym memberships, workout classes and weight-loss programs.
  3. Hootsuite: The company’s “stretch program” encourages employees to spend one day a week trying a new position.
  4. Amazon: Amazon’s inventors have won more than 2,300 patents in the past year, covering everything from Kindle cases to predictive restaurant ordering.
  5. KPMG Canada: The company’s Global Opportunities program has sent Canadian participants to work in overseas offices in the U.S., U.K., Australia, New Zealand, China and Switzerland.

The complete Canadian Top Companies list and research methodology are copied below. You can read the blog post featuring top companies across the world here and the Canada-specific list here.

Methodology:

The Top Companies list is a part of the LinkedIn List franchise, which celebrates companies and individuals making an impact in the professional world, and it spotlights the companies that attract and retain top talent globally. The list is fueled by the billions of actions of our 540M+ members to unveil where professionals really want to work and stay and looks at data including job seeker reach and interest, engagement, and retention paired with editorial lens.

 

adidas Originals Launches New Cases For iPhone

Posted in Commentary with tags on March 21, 2018 by itnerd

adidas Orginals is proud to announce a collection of new cases for spring in summer. The new cases range from iPhone 6/6s/7/8(+) and iPhone X.

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New collections include adicolor & AOP Beach and Floral. Color updates on Metallic Clear Cases, Dual Layered

ADICOLOR – BASIC RANGE

The new adicolor cases in sunning colors are Originals classics done in flexible TPU for iPhone 7/8, + and X. The cases have two-tone looks with contrast trefoil logo front and tonal primary color for a uniform yet authentic attitude. Energized by the full spectrum, playfully iconic. The cases are available in five colors: black, blue, green, red and yellow.

 

METALLIC CLEAR RANGE

The design leaves nothing to be desired, either – that particular adidas Originals spring summer style will especially appeal to those that love that street-sportswear look. It’s made of ultra-light TPU that’s impact-resistant for optimal protection for your device. The case features an all-over trefoil print for a stylish look. The cases are available in metallic silver and are available for iPhone 7/8+ & X.

AOP FLORAL & ISLAND TIME

These seasonal adidas Originals cases helps protect your phone from impact and wear and tear. It’s made of ultra-light TPU that’s impact-resistant for optimal protection for your device. The case features Floral and Island print for a stylish look and are available for iPhone 7/8(+) & X.

DUAL LAYER PROTECTIVE RANGE

The dual-layered hard cases take protection to the next level, they combine technical sophistication with a uniform look, and feature a TPU base and embossed a didas Trefoil. A soft rubber core provides ultimate protection and grip, while the hard outside boasts a cool print from the adidas apparel line. TPU is a sturdy, non-slip rubber material that will protect your mobile device while keeping it comfortable to hold. Polycarbonate is a durable, robust material that encloses the base from the outside. The cases are available for iPhone 7/8+ & X.

XBYO RANGE

An essential re-imagined in this adidas Originals collaboration with XbyO for Zen-like simplicity. Made from expertly cut alcantara give this collection pieces that are soft to touch, feel great and offer a generous grip. Featuring a white ‘X’ on the front to put a new twist on street wear and offers detailed elegance. The cases are available for iPhone 6/6s/7/8(+) & X.

EQT RANGE

Flash back to the ’90s with this reinvented snap case inspired by the Equipment running shoe. The cradle from flexible TPU guarantees easy removal of your phone. Detailed in authentic style with a tone-on-tone card pocket on the front and a heat-transfer Equipment ADV logo for a clean look and are available for iPhone 6/6s/7/8(+) & X.

Prices:
ADICOLOR SNAPCASE: $29.95
ADICOLOR BOOKLET: $34.95
METALLIC CLEAR RANGE: $24.95
AOP FLORAL AND ISLAND TIME SNAPCASE: $29.95
AOP FLORAL AND ISLAND TIME BOOKLET: $34.95
DUAL LAYER PROTECTIVE RANGE: $29.95
XBYO RANGE: $39.95
EQT RANGE SNAPCASE: $29.95
EQR RANGE BOOKLET: $34.95

Telegram Ordered By Russians To Hand Over Encryption Keys….Not That It Can

Posted in Commentary with tags on March 21, 2018 by itnerd

Secure messaging service Telegram has lost a bid before Russia’s Supreme Court to block security services from getting access to users’ data. Those security services, namely the FSB which is Russia’s spy agency wanted access to Telegram’s encryption keys so that they can snoop on all communications. Here’s the problem with that…. At least beyond the fact that Russia wants to spy on Telegram users…. Telegram doesn’t hold users encryption keys. Thus it’s impossible to comply with orders to hand them over. Too bad the company has 15 days to comply or bad things will happen. Though their lawyer plans to appeal. We’ll see how that plays out.

 

AMD Comments On Chip Flaws: Nothing To See Here

Posted in Commentary with tags on March 21, 2018 by itnerd

AMD has finally commented on the security flaws in its Epyc, Ryzen, Ryzen Pro, and Ryzen Mobile chips, identified in a frankly dodgy manner by CTS Labs a week ago. In a post on the AMD website on Tuesday, Mark Papermaster, senior VP and CTO of AMD, had this to say. Oh as an aside, if the name sound familiar to frequent readers of this blog, this is why:

It’s important to note that all the issues raised in the research require administrative access to the system, a type of access that effectively grants the user unrestricted access to the system and the right to delete, create or modify any of the folders or files on the computer, as well as change any settings. Any attacker gaining unauthorized administrative access would have a wide range of attacks at their disposal well beyond the exploits identified in this research. Further, all modern operating systems and enterprise-quality hypervisors today have many effective security controls, such as Microsoft Windows Credential Guard in the Windows environment, in place to prevent unauthorized administrative access that would need to be overcome in order to affect these security issues

At least we know these flaws are real now. But in AMD’s opinion you would have to be highly skilled to exploit these flaws. In short, there’s nothing to see here. But they’re still going to fixed via firmware updates that are coming real soon now. No timeframe on those fixes just yet. But it appears to be a measured response. Far more measured than how these bugs were disclosed by CTS Labs, who wasn’t mentioned once in the post. That tells you all you need to know about what AMD thinks of CTS Labs.

 

HP Releases World’s Smallest Laser In Its Class

Posted in Commentary with tags on March 20, 2018 by itnerd

HP Inc. today unveiled the new HP LaserJet Pro M15 and M28 series, the world’s smallest laser in its class designed to give micro and small business owners unparalleled fast and productive printing that fits absolutely anywhere. Learn more at hp.com/go/smallestlaser.

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The rise of the gig economy is having reverberations on how and why people work. Business models are shifting and new careers are emerging. For example, according the World Economic Forum (WEF), small businesses make up 99% of the private sector in the UK, and there are more than 57.9 million small business employees in the U.S. Similarly, WEF reported that in China, small and micro enterprises and self-employed entrepreneurs accounted for 94.2% of all firms.

Smallest Form Factor with Maximum Productivity

Now 30% smaller than the previous generation, the HP LaserJet Pro M15 and M28 printers are about as tall as a standard No. 2 pencil or the average smartphone. The printers feature a sleek compact design that will fit nearly anywhere.

Even with the tiny size, these new LaserJet Pros can print at speeds up to 18/19 pages per minute, allowing users to quickly finish projects on a tight schedule.

Easy Mobile Printing

The HP LaserJet Pro M15 and M28 printers allow mobile workers to easily print business documents and scan on the go—all from a smartphone or tablet. For example, the HP Smart App is designed to completely control the printer from a smartphone, offering simple set up in minutes, fast scanning to the cloud, and making it more convenient than ever to order supplies or print from virtually anywhere. In addition to the HP Smart App, the new laser devices also support Apple AirPrint; Google Cloud Print, Mopria-certified and Wi-Fi Direct.

 Affordable Laser Quality

The smallest laser in its class from HP is also the company’s lowest priced, allowing micro business users to save money while enjoying the quality and reliability expected from the industry leader.

The printers are intuitive, feature a simple design and automatically save energy with HP Auto-on/Auto-off technology. In addition, preinstalled cartridges help users get printing professional-quality documents right out of the box.

 Availability and Pricing

HP’s new LaserJet Pro M15 and M28 series is estimated to be available for purchase worldwide starting April 2018. More information can be found at hp.com/go/smallestlaser.

udoq: First Patented Multi-Device Docking/Charging StationFor All Mobile Devices

Posted in Commentary with tags on March 20, 2018 by itnerd

udoq announced today that it is now shipping udoq, the first worldwide patented universal docking station for all mobile devices of every brand and generation. Just in time for Father’s Day and graduations, udoq is a one-size-fits-all station for charging and docking all Android, Apple, and other smartphones, tablets, music players, smartwatches, eReaders, and other devices. Created by the minimalist designers of Porsche and other brands according to German engineering standards, udoq is made of elegant sturdy high-grade aluminum built to last. It features an innovative patented process which allows users to quickly and neatly move and slide back and forth all the charging cables from multiple devices in one station without the mess and disorganization of tangled cables and lost devices.

Connector Cables Slide Back & Forth in Any Order – Mix & Match Devices

udoq includes cables from Apple, Android, or other devices as chosen by the user, such as Lightning, Micro USB, USB-C, and 30-Pin, with an adapter for the Apple Watch. The cables snake through the back of udoq’s aluminum bar, snapping onto the patented udoq connectors which slide along the track on the bottom and can be moved into any position for optimal viewing, operating, and charging.

udoq is fully customizable to any  range of mobile devices, allowing users to mix and match Android, Apple, or other devices with a quick cable swap. All connectors can be adjusted in height to fit thick bumpers and cases. Simply open the udoq adapter to adjust your cable to the required height with the included small tool, or custom configure the dock ahead of time when ordering at https://udoq.com/configurator/from a drop down list of devices. udoq keeps the cables tidy and hidden away, connected to its multi-port USB charger contained in the box behind the udoq which plugs into a wall outlet, or you can plug the cables directly to your computer.

All smartphones, tablets, eReaders, and music players, such as iPods, are propped vertically or horizontally (according to the location of the charger port) and stay fully accessible for use while docked and charging or syncing. The dock protects devices against slipping with a double layer of silicone strips, so you can safely store and use your devices without the fear of sliding or scratching their surfaces. All versions of udoqs can also be mounted to a wall with the rock-solid udoq wall mount set, which contains machined aluminium brackets.

Four Different Versions Available from 10 inches to Almost 2 ½ Feet:

udoq is available in four different model lengths: 250mm, 400mm, 550mm, and 700mm. The smallest size (udoq250) is around 10 inches and perfectly fits four smartphones or one iPad and one iPhone. The largest model (udoq700) at almost 2½ feet can accommodate a tablet and six smartphones — and still have room for an iPod.

udoq Models:

  • udoq250 – at about 10 inches (250mm) – fits up to 4 devices.
  • udoq400 – at about 15½ inches (400mm) – fits up to 6 devices.
  • udoq550 – at about 21½” (550mm) – fits up to 8 devices.
  • udoq700 – at about 27 ½” (700mm) – fits up to 12 devices.

udoq Features:

  • Elegant high-grade aluminum docking station, built for years of use.
  • Available in four different lengths.
  • Includes user-selectable cables for Lightning, Micro USB, USB-C, and 30-Pin.
  • Includes udoq’s patented slideable connectors.
  • Apple MFi certified.
  • Devices can be moved back and forth by sliding sideways.
  • Adjustable in height (up to 8mm) to fit protector cases or bumpers.
  • Includes tool for attaching cables to udoq connectors.
  • Includes silicone strips for extra protection from slippage.
  • Manual.
  • Optional Wall Mount is available to attach any udoq to the wall.
  • Udoq’s CboxS box neatly stores and hides all cables.

udoq was created from Founder Marcus Kuchler’s desire to organize the chaos resulting from  multiple devices, cables, and chargers. “I’m the father of two active kids, and of course they love their smartphones and iPads,” said Kuchler. “After struggling with our various charging and syncing routines and the chaos of it for several years, I got sick and tired of the daily search for cables, chargers, and phones. Bringing all my expertise of 25 years working as a product designer with my company, marwin, for brands like Adidas, Porsche, Rimowa, Cherry and Leica – and my 12 years of ‘internship’ as a husband and father – I invented udoq.”

Pricing & Availability

Priced from $100-$200, udoq is available immediately from https://udoq.com/shop-2/, completely customizable at: https://udoq.com/configurator/. For more information, see www.udoq.com.

Why You Need To Quit Facebook Right Now

Posted in Commentary with tags on March 20, 2018 by itnerd

Over the last couple of days, it’s come to light a company called Cambridge Analytica was gathering Facebook data to try and manipulate the behavior of millions of voters. Most notably for the 2016 US election. Reports by The New York Times and Guardian revealed that Cambridge Analytica misused data harvested by University of Cambridge researcher Aleksandr Kogan, allowing the firm to better target around 50 million Facebook users with political ads.

What this highlights is that your data on Facebook is not safe. In fact, it never was. Sure Cambridge Analytica did some underhanded things to get access to your data, but they aren’t the only ones. Facebook itself is in the business of mining data to make money. And I’m talking about the data that you create by uploading your photos, changing your status, and even surfing the net outside of Facebook. Don’t believe me? Here is a link to an article published in Time magazine in 2014 that detailed some of the ways Facebook had used users data up until that time. And here is a link to a BBC news article published in 2015 about the fact that Facebook was even tracking internet users who were not members of the social media network. Let’s face it. Information is power and Facebook has a mountain of it when it comes to every single person who uses Facebook. That means that anyone who has access to that data can do anything they want with it. Good or bad. And as the current example with Cambridge Analytica, it currently falls into the “bad” camp.

Scary isn’t it?

This also highlights one other fact, when it comes to Facebook, which is that you are the product. I for one don’t like being the product. Rather I prefer to be a consumer. And you aren’t that if you use Facebook. So, besides the fact that your personal info isn’t safe on Facebook, this is one other reason to dump the platform. Finally, you’ll also get the bonus of getting back a ton of free time by not being on Facebook. Think of what you could do with that time. You could learn a language, take up a hobby, improve the relationships that you have with people. The list is endless.

To permanently delete your account, go to this page. To deactivate your account, go here. Facebook will use some weird tricks to try and keep you as a user, because without you they have less of a business model, so be aware of that. If you need more advice as to how to dump Facebook, click here. But take it from me, this week’s events highlight that Facebook is not a net benefit for your life. It is the exact opposite. Do yourself a favor and ditch it. You’ll thank yourself by doing so.