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Date Published: April 17, 2016

Where: Radical J's Talk Newsletter

Title: Radical J's Talk Newsletter

 

When it's all gone off the rails, every business needs the genius of a Radical J in its corner to fix today's technology. Here is the April newsletter from Teeger Schiller Inc.'s "genius" and it contains two recent and important security notices, one concerning Adobe Flash Player and one concerning Window Quicktime. This is important and requires your immediate attention.

       

Date Published: April 5, 2016

Where: Graphic Arts

Title: Tools, tactics and resources for non-graphic designers in print shops and other organizations

 

Here, Olivia Parker (B.Tech, MPC), Innovation & Support Specialist at the Taylor Printing Group in Fredericton, New Brunswick, and graduate from the Graphic Communications Management Course at Ryerson University in Toronto, reveals some workable strategies for the non-graphic designer. This is an excellent and highly informative article for professionals and hobbyists alike. Enjoy.

       

Date Published: March 22, 2016

Where: Wired

Title: Here's Everything Apple Announced Today

 

March 21, 2016, via live streaming, at least for Apple users that is, Apple unveiled the next big things in its lineup. Wired provides us with a video snapshotof the presentation as well as a summary of every item within the announcement to provide us with insight into what's new and what's on the way for the Apple world. Here's a link to that article.

       

Date Published: February 24, 2016

Where: The New York Times

Title: Tips and Myths About Extending Smartphone Battery Life

 

Despite the leaps forward in mobile phone technology with crisp, clear screens and faster chips, batteries have made only sluggish progress. That has propelled a desire for longer battery life to the top of the list of factors considered by consumers when they purchase smartphones. This article lists eight tips and seven myths busted by the results of smartphone testing. It's worth the read.

       

Date Published: February 12, 2016

Where: CNN Money

Title: Plugging in this date will permanetly crash your iPhone

 

According to David Goldman at CNN, "January 1, 1970 is the earliest date you can set your iPhone to. If you turn your date and time settings to manual (please don't do this), and scroll the calendar back as far as you can go (seriously, don't do this), you can only go as far back as January 1, 1970". However, this will permanently crash your iPhone. If you can't resist knowing why, just like this editor, read the article.

       

Date Published: February 2, 2016

Where: The Toronto Star

Title: Provincial overhaul may give police boards more muscle

 

According to Fred Kaustinen, a good friend of Teeger Schiller Inc., "there is change ahead when the province overhauls the Police Services Act later this year". Fred Kaustinen is the executive director of the Ontario Association of Police Services Boards, and a member of the province’s Future of Policing Advisory Committee.

       

Date Published: January 27, 2016

Where: IT Pro

Title: iPhone 7: news, rumours, features and specs

 

For every Apple phone user who is thinking of upgrading, you may want to wait until the fall before making a decision. The iPhone 7 is expected to launch in September this year, possibly accompanied by the iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 7c.
Here IT Pro rounds up all the latest news on the iPhone 7 release date, price and features ahead of its official launch in the autumn.

       

Date Published: January 13, 2016

Where: FierceRetail

Title: Why Hudson's Bay Bought Gilt

 

Hudson's Bay Co. has agreed to purchase Gilt for $250 million, and CEO Jerry Storch has big plans for the concept including stores within stores and inventory sharing between Gilt and Saks Off 5th outlets. Gilt brings a digital presence and younger customer to Hudson's Bay, while Hudson's Bay offers the physical showroom of the store.
The transaction is estimated to contribute $500 million to HBC's sales in 2016..

       

Date Published: December 21, 2015

Where: The New York Times

Title: 12 Travel Apps Worth Keeping in 2016

 

 With the Canadian dollar suffering its worst decline in over a decade, you might find tip # 8, which recommends a free app called XE Currency a must have while travelling abroad this holiday season. I just loaded it, and it's great. Of course, the Uber app is on the list, but that's a whole other discussion. Have a great holiday, and a happy and healthy new year.

       

Date Published: November 26, 2015

Where: Ontario Ministry of Finance news release

Title: Proven Progress: Ontario's Plan Supports Growth, Builds for Future

 

 The Ontario Ministry of Finance posted this news release today. The Province is now forecasting revised deficits of $7.5 billion in 2015-16 and $4.5 billion in 2016-17. This is an improvement of $1 billion in 2015-16 and $0.3 billion in 2016-17 compared with the deficit targets laid out in the 2015 Budget. The government remains committed to balancing the budget by 2017-18.

       

Date Published: November 12, 2015

Where: PC World

Title: Microsoft releases a Windows 10 'November update' with a smarter Cortana and more

 

 Mark Hachman, Senior Editor, PC World published this article about the November release of enhanced Windows 10 features. He explains that Micorsoft's update takes many features, like better messaging, improved device activation and media casting and takes them out of preview and adds them to the "stable" build of Windows 10. He calls this update the carrot to lure the 90% of the market who have yet to update to Windows 10, to do so now. We shall see.

       

Date Published: October 5, 2015

Where: Canadian Manufacturing

Title: 10 questions about the Trans-Pacific Partnership

 

 Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press, has written this article which answers 10 questions about the Trans-Pacific Partnership including who's in it, how big it is, is it more important than CETA with the EU, what does it do,why does it matter, what's the problem, is it a done deal, when can we see the full text, and is this the end of NAFTA.

       

Date Published: October 1, 2015

Where: OAPSB Governance & Labour Seminar

Title: The Need for Police Governance Reform

 

 Teeger Schiller Inc. is proud to be the first conference presenter at the 2015 Governance & Labour Seminar organized by the Ontario Association of Police Services Boards. The topic,entitled The Need for Police Governance Reform, was presented on Thursday, October 1, 2015 beginning at 9:00am. Richard Taylor presented on behalf of Teeger Schiller Inc.

       

Date Published: August 27, 2015

Where: Retail Council of Canada Advocacy Page

Title: Labour Day Retail Hours

 

 The Retail Council of Canada has published this handy brief overview of retail business regulations from across Canada as related to Labour Day. Further, they have provided links to more detailed province by province, and in some cases, municipality by municipality regulations. Enjoy your holiday and have a great back to school selling season.

       

Date Published: August 25, 2015

Where: CBC News Business

Title: Uber, Airbnb here to stay so get rules in place, Ontario Chamber of Commerce Says

 

 The Ontario Chamber of Commerce is urging the province and the federal government to get legislation in place to handle the sharing economy and head off conflict over services such as Uber and Airbnb.

In a report released Tuesday morning, the business lobby group called for "innovative thinking" to handle problems like gaps in insurance coverage and tax compliance.

       

Date Published: August, 2015

Where: CNN Money

Title: IPhone vs. Android: Which is better?

 

 Recently the kids misplaced my ipad in the house and I was thinking about a CNN article I read comparing the iPhone to the Android. They listed 15 tasks, none of which included the Find My iPhone app. I thought about systems selection criteria and thought this was a good example of why it's important to define all of your requirements and which are mandatory and deal breakers. Defining the wrong criteria or an incomplete list could result in a disastrous choice for your business.

       

Date Published: August 13, 2015

Where: CBC News

Title: Trouble finding fine wines? Blame the LCBO's new inventory system

 

 Hard-to-find wines may be harder to find recently, as the LCBO switches over its inventory system to a ordering system.
With the introduction of a new product ordering system comes delays for restaurants and wine agents that purchase these rare wines.     Looks to this editor like they could have used the help of Teeger Schiller Inc. We ensure that our clients only deploy new systems when they are fully tested and ready to perform accurately.

       

Date Published: July, 2015

Where: C|Net

Title: Top 5 reasons to upgrade to Windows 10

 

 C|NET provides us with another of their Top 5 videos, this one, the "Top 5 reasons to upgrade to Windows 10". In our opinion, the top 5 don't seem overly compelling to Windows 7 users, but might be tempting to the Windows 8 world as Microsoft has "listened" to what users didn't like in Windows 8, specifically, the user unfriendly Start Menu, which is now redesigned, and reason #2 to upgrade? Judge for yourself.

       

Date Published: July, 2015

Where: Ontario Chamber of Commerce

Title: Empowering Ontario: Constraining Costs and Staying Competitive in the Electricity Market

 

 Electricity prices are set to rise over the next two decades. A number of organizations and groups are championing solutions that they claim will address rising electricity prices. Some are grounded in evidence and principles. Others are wishful thinking. The stated goal of this report is to inject research and principal into the discourse, and to identify the initial steps that Ontario can feasibly take to constrain rising electricity costs.?

       

Date Published: June 8, 2015

Where: Strategy

Title: Canadian Tire goes big with digital

 

Canadian Tire is continuing to play digital offence with a new Edmonton “showcase” store, focused on providing immersive, interactive experiences for customers. The automotive department, includes a car simulator, allowing customers to have the opportunity to test drive tires in different weather conditions. Its seasonal department, has a backyard and patio builder tool, where you can use interactive screens to design a dream outdoor space. Is this what Bricks and Mortar stores need to survive?

       

Date Published: June 1, 2015

Where: LinkedIn Pulse

Title: Negative Experiences Put 16% of Potential Retail Spend at Risk

 

Dennis Armbruster, Editor at Large  COLLOQUY, published this article based on a 2014 Gartner survey and new research by the Verde Group. Together with LoayltyOne and Dr. Deborah Small at the Wharton School, Verde has quantified the financial risk associated with poor retail experiences. As the headline says, the typical retailer is putting 16% of their customers' potential spend at risk from negative experiences.This is a must read. 

       

Date Published: June 1, 2015

Where: MR, The Menswear Industry's Magazine

Title: George Zimmer Launches National Tailor Network Service

 

George Zimmer, the founder of Men's Wearhouse, announced his new business today. zTailors is an online service that connects men and women to a national network of tailors that will make home or office visits. Mr. Zimmer is quoted as saying "It's Uber for tailors". It's an interesting model in times when online shopping is eating into traditional brick and motor sales. But, is tailored men's clothing the right market niche?

       

Date Published: May 7, 2015

Where: CIO

Title: 12 easy ways to lose your ecommerce customers

 

CIO writer Jennifer Lonoff Schiff provides us with 12 mistakes that we should ensure that we aren't doing on our mobile apps. This article also links to Google's Mobile-Friendly Test tool to let your site be evaluated for mobile friendliness. While many of these tips are obvious mistakes, some should be viewed as wake up calls to keep our web presence effective.

       

Date Published: April 27, 2015

Where: Graphic Arts Magazine

Title: Our government-funding columnist Elliot Schiller predicts demise of OIDMTC

 

At the conclusion of 2014, Ontario announced that it intended to review the Ontario Digital Media Tax Credit. Makes sense, a program that was intended to boost and grow the interactive digital media sector had turned into a $100 Million funding giveaway. In Elliot Schiller's March 2015 column he correctly predicted that the program loopholes would be closed, and last week, they were. The program will now only be available to specific entertainment and educational products.

       

Date Published: April 21, 2015

Where: CPA Canada

Title: 2015 FEDERAL BUDGET EARNS B GRADE

 

By now, we've all heard the media, the Big 4 accounting firms, and the political parties. Before you think you understand the good, the bad and the ugly of the budget, perhaps you should see why the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada gives the federal budget a B grade as it addresses challenges of today and looks to better prepare Canadians for the future.

       

Date Published: March 15, 2015

Where: THe New York Times

Title: Is Your Babysitter an Employee? It matters to Tax Liability

 

This article in The New York Times, while concerning U.S. tax law, is also applicable to Canadian tax law. In a previous article, see November, 2011 What Type of Relationship Exists ,we provided you with a checklist to see if a person to whom you are paying money is an employee or a contractor. See the checklist, read the Times article, and, I think you will see that your nanny or repetitively contracted babysitter might be an employee.

       

Date Published: March 6, 2015

Where:TD Economics

Title: Data Release: Canada's productivity edges down in Q$ after two quarters of growth

 

Leslie Preston, Economist, produced this fact sheet after analysing Statistics Canada's labour productivity numbers. The document contains both a summary of the information as released and a key implications section stating that Canadian unit labour costs are down relative to the U.S. for the past two consecutive years, while, on the positive side, the manufacturing sector continues to remain competitive.  

       

Date Published: February 20, 2015

Where: Forbes

Title: Walmart: More Surprises Coming

 

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. intends to spend $1 billion to change how it pays and trains its hourly workers. Walter Loeb, the well respected retail industry consultant considers this to be "a genuine effort (to) clean up its act. This will certainly have an impact on the industry." You can read more about Mr. Loeb's insights about Wal-Mart, as well as, Macy's, Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom, in this article. 

       

Date Published: February 9, 2015

Where: Conference Board of Canada-Press Release

Title: Canada Economic Growth Slides With Decline in Oil Prices

 

The collapse in oil prices takes its toll on the Canadian economy, so predicts the Conference Board of Canada. Business investment will be the weakest part of the Canadian economy while the trade sector will be the bright spot in the Canadian economy because of a strong U.S. economy and a lower dollar. The drop in oil prices is predicted to cost producers more than $40 billion in lost revenue.

       

Date Published: January 20, 2015

Where: Business Insider

Title: Amazon Isn't Killing Big Box Retailers

 

L2 Inc., a research think tank recently looked at 64 big-box chains and uncovered some surprises in the industry. Despite Amazon's mammoth growth over the last decade, conventional retailers are now stealing e-commerce market share from the leader. While Amazon's retail sales grew by 20%, Home Depot grew by 54%, Costco increased by 48% and Wal-Mart and Macy's saw growth over 30%.

       

Date Published: January 6, 2015

Where: CNET CES 2015

Title: What mattered on Day 1 at CES 2015

 

It's the New Year and once again the Consumer Electronics Show is alive and well in Las Vegas. This year on the business front there is lots to see in new technology for 3D printing, health products (including a smart yoga mat), and wearables. On the consumer side, our automobiles of the future will drive themselves, park themselves and entertain us. Even our relationship with our pets will change. For the better? We shall see.

       

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