Hardware

Despite short-term questions, games software/hardware to top $200 billion by 2023

There has been some negative sentiment on the games industry recently, with stock prices of public games companies in question in both the US and China. While being contrarian to market sentiment is always risky, it’s also possible that folks might be taking a long-term solution to a short-term ...

Huawei Matebook 13 review: honey, I’ve shrunk the Matebook X Pro

As the nimbler counterpart to the 14″ Matebook X and the Matebook X Pro, the Matebook 13 compresses the performance of its larger siblings into Huawei’s most portable offering yet. Carrying the same hardware as 14″ models and weighing just 2.9lbs, the Matebook 13 sacrifices front facing-speake ...

Investing in hardware and the data layer

Over the past couple of months, we have written about a range of themes that have been interesting to us lately. Through public brainstorming, we have met some inspiring entrepreneurs, been introduced to some cool companies and received some great feedback. All in all, we have been enjoying the pro ...

Cantech Letter announces finalists for the 2018 Cantech Letter Awards

The 9th Annual Cantech Letter Awards will take place on Day One of the Cantech Investment Conference, January 29th 2019 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The Cantech Letter Awards recognize excellence in Canada’s innovation sectors, presenting hardware in multiple categories that are voted ...

For AR/VR 2.0 to live, AR/VR 1.0 must die

The future of AR/VR could be bright, but only if it moves beyond where it is today. 2018 was the first of what look like two transitional years, with a potential shakeout in 2019 before an inflection point in late 2020. Let’s look at where we are today, where we’re heading tomorrow, and some o ...

BlackBerry Key2 LE review: privacy and security for cheap (ish)

The BlackBerry Key2 LE brings the robust security and fantastic physical keyboard to a palettable pricepoint. Though its hardware struggles with gaming, it has no problems handing day-to-day business use cases. Camera performance is better than previous generation, but it still falls way short relat ...

2018: Year in review and a look ahead

2018 was a big year for Version One, and it’s hard to believe another year is drawing to a close. We invested in seven new companies and participated in many follow-on rounds. Of the new investments, one is in encryption, one is in security, one is in consumer hardware, one is in bio/healthcare, ...

Now’s not the time to buy Sierra Wireless, National Bank says

Its transition away from hardware shows promise, but National Bank Financial analyst Richard Tse says Sierra Wireless (Sierra Wireless Stock Quote, Chart: TSX:SW) is fairly priced right now. On Thursday, Sierra Wireless reported its Q3, 2018 results. The company lost (US) $1.03-million on revenue o ...

Hashtag Trending – Apple hardware announcements: new iPad Pro, MacBook Air, Mac Mini

In the spotlight today is Apple’s newly announced iPad Pro, MacBook Air, and Mac Mini. In today’s episode, we’ll give you a quick tour of their special features. The new iPad Pro has received a hefty makeover. Apple squared its edges and rounded its corners for a sleeker look. Screen size has ...

BlackBerry says its making multiple Amazon Alexa smart speakers for work

Amazon has now officially announced it will be working with BlackBerry as a partner on Alexa for Business – a partnership that BlackBerry says will see several smart speakers made with a hardware partner. An Alexa blog post published Wednesday officially announced that Alexa for Business is now a ...