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Information and discussion about news and politics affecting technology in Canada and around the world.

Meltdown and Spectre – Flaws in the System

A few years ago, Heartbleed was all over the news, and in the beginning 2018 Meltdown and Spectre have been making the rounds. But what are they exactly? While they sound like they should belong in a James Bond film, they are essentially faults in the system that could lead to sensitive data being accessed. While there hasn’t actually been any large-scale data breach, the potential for one is there, which is why people are concerned about it. We’re going to do our best to explain it to you below.

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Net Neutrality – Help Keep It

You’ve probably heard a lot about Net Neutrality in the last few years, and recently it is back in the news. Canada, and the world, will be affected in many different ways if Net Neutrality in the USA ends. But what does it mean exactly?

What is Net Neutrality?

Basically, Net Neutrality is the principle foundational rule of the Internet that means all web services are treated equally. This means that there cannot be content that is placed in a slow lane, thereby reducing the amount of people accessing it, or blocking the content entirely. Without Net Neutrality, an Internet provider can charge websites and users special fees to avoid slowdowns. In other words, an Internet provider could make accessing a particular website extremely slow if the site’s owner doesn’t pay the fees. The only ones that this benefits are the Internet providers themselves, as they can collect money from Internet users and website owners.

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eNewsletters Done Right

iStock_000017597047XSmallAn eNewsletter, an email sent directly to your clients, means new business. If your current eNewsletter is failing to bring in new business it’s time to change.

The Basics

  1. Use and include your social network (Facebook and Twitter, etc.). Share your message through every social media network you participate in;
  2. Only send when you’ve got something of value to share. The ‘value’ must be recognized by your subscription list otherwise they will simply tune you out;
  3. Keep your subscription list clean. Edit out un-subscribe requests and even those dead end emails (why should these people benefit from your expertise and witty commentary);
  4. Responsive formatting is critical. The statistics are overwhelming – your audience is on the move!
  5. Personalize. Whenever possible, include your clients within the content. Address them personally or ask them to provide you content for your eNewsletter. This technique will take you to a new level of association with your clients!

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Tune In To Google I/O 2015

Google I/O is Google’s annual technology conference in San Francisco, where developers from all over the world gather for a front seat to new technologies and the chance to play with Google software and tech.

Use the livestream below to watch the Keynote, tune into presentations, and get an early peek at some of the newest Google developments.

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January Tips, Tricks & Shiny Stuff

What Will 2015 Bring?

Man looking at a blank iPhone he's holding with a Mac laptop, notebook and pen in front of him on a tableBoom? Bust? More fluctuating oil prices? Stabilization at $70/barrel? A Canadian general election? What about for web design? Radar Hill Graphic Designer Julie Melano has written Web Design Trends to Watch For in 2015, and includes sites optimized for smart televisions, video and animation. | Read more…

Megan Newhouse, Radar Hill’s Director of Graphic Design (also known as theDirector of Awesomeness) wrote this article just before going on maternity leave. Read her great advice in Meeting with your Website Designer: How to Prepare…

You can trust our team of web design experts. But do not do this: How a Web Design Goes Straight To Hell… (courtesy of The Oatmeal)

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Do Better in Google: Considering increasing your Google AdWords advertising? We can show you the traffic and advertising trends for your industry. For example, if you are selling products for pets, we can provide statistics on advertising trends for pet accessories in Canada. Contact us to find out more… Continue reading

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From Bell to Shaw, oh Canada, we stand on guard for thee…

EDIT: Tony Clement has officially stated that if the CRTC does not reverse their position, the cabinet will overturn it for them. You can read more in the following articles:
Ottawa enters dispute over higher Internet fees
Clearing up the confusion over the caps
CRTC to review billing practices for wholesale Internet services


official logo of the CRTCThere’s been a bit of buzz going around our northern bit of the internet lately. You may have heard of it, especially now that Harper and major news outlets are getting in on the story. And it is a potentially ugly one. Continue reading

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