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BlackBerry files patent suit against Facebook

March 7, 2018 by David Paddon, The Canadian Press, Toronto
BlackBerry Ltd. is taking Facebook Inc. and its WhatsApp and Instagram subsidiaries to court in California, alleging they’ve infringed on several U.S. patents owned by the Canadian company.  BlackBerry – which has largely exited the smartphone industry that it helped create…
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element14 launches Bluetooth design challenge

March 7, 2018 by EP&T Magazine
The latest design challenge encourages development of new projects leveraging Bluetooth technology
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Astrodyne TDI signs global disty deal with Mouser

March 6, 2018 by Stephen Law
Mouser will distribute AstrodyneTDI EMI filter products to its customers worldwide
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Sophia the humanoid robot kicks off Discovery 2018

March 5, 2018 by EP&T Magazine
Advanced AI-powered global star to be keynote speaker in Toronto this spring making its Canadian debut 
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X Tronics to represent IDEC in Canada

March 4, 2018 by EP&T Magazine
XTronics Inc., Barrie ON, has signed a manufacturers’ representative agreement with IDEC Corp., a global leader in the manufacturing of automation & sensing, safety, and switching & controls components.  The sales arrangement includes coverage of PLCs, relays, sensors, switches, lamps,…
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Stanford researchers develop stretchable, touch-sensitive electronics

March 3, 2018 by Andrew Myers and Tom Abate, Stanford University School of Engineering
Stanford researchers have set the stage for an evolution in electronics by taking the concept of ‘artificial skin’ to the next level, demonstrating not only a stretchable circuitry that can feel the touch of a ladybug, but a manufacturing process to mass produce this circuitry.
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Urban tech campus to open at Toronto Eaton Centre

March 2, 2018 by Tara Deschamps, The Canadian Press, Toronto
The Bank of Montreal is taking over a four-storey space in the Toronto Eaton Centre in a bid to attract the high-tech talent it needs to bring ideas to the market quicker. The bank’s plans, unveiled on Thursday, include an “urban campus” that will take…
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Quebec-based Exfo expands into France with acquisition

March 1, 2018 by By The Canadian Press, Barcelona Spain
Quebec-based EXFO, a specialist in fibre optic testing and mobile network monitoring, says it has purchased a majority stake in Astellia, a similar company based in France.  Exfo has acquired 97.44 per cent of the capital and at least 95.07…
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Stretchable health sensor monitors chronic medical conditions

February 28, 2018 by EP&T Magazine
A new type of flexible, wearable sensor could help people with chronic conditions like diabetes avoid the discomfort of regular pin-prick blood tests by monitoring the chemical composition of their sweat instead.   In a new paper published in the journal…
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LoRaWAN network access launch to simplify IoT dev for Canadian tech firms

February 27, 2018 by Stephen Law
eleven-x’s LoRaWAN based, long-range Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) service is now available at Wavefront Wireless Zones across Canada
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EPTECH trade show comes to Markham this week

February 27, 2018 by EP&T Magazine
EPTECH's table-top style of exhibit is the only series of coast-to-coast national electronics shows in Canada
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Heilind Electronics partners with Bel Fuse

February 26, 2018 by Stephen Law
Heilind Electronics, a leading distributor of electronic components, has added Bel Fuse to its existing Bel franchise. As a globally authorized distributor for Bel Fuse, Heilind will now stock a wide range of the manufacturer’s circuit protection products – including…