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The video game industry is expected to generate over 200 billion USD in 2023. While this includes the sale of home consoles and physical video games, the largest growth is in mobile gaming. There are an estimated 2.7 billion gamers worldwide, of which 2.6 billion are playing on mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.[1] Mobile gaming platforms allow individuals to play without a gaming console or personal computer. They are the most popular for…

The world of technology is always changing, often accelerated by the social and cultural realities of the time. These changes are sometimes incremental and have a seemingly imperceptible impact on our lives, or we can find ourselves in the midst of a paradigm shift. We are arguably entering such a period now. The development of extended reality (XR) platforms is being thrust centre stage at a time when we as a society have collectively become…

Although a paradigm shift towards flexible working arrangements was already underway before the COVID-19 pandemic, it is clear that remote and hybrid work arrangements are here to stay. Two years into the pandemic, many businesses continue to operate with a distributed workforce. Others, including major technology companies, have allowed their employees to work remotely on a permanent basis. This has resulted in a large and growing portion of the population working from their homes. These…

As organizations continue to create more data and the threat of cyber risk continues to grow and evolve, businesses are trying to keep up with advancing technologies, find new ways to prepare for cyber-attacks, and mitigate the associated risks. While some of these actions typically occur in response to an attack (e.g. fixing exploited flaws and vulnerabilities, and upgrading technology to better monitor future threats), proper data management is critical to reducing the risks to…

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many organizations to re-evaluate and transform their approach to crisis and risk management in relation to their information governance programs. Since the start of the pandemic, several jurisdictions have introduced temporary legislative measures (e.g., proof of vaccination requirements), amendments to existing legislation (e.g., tax relief measures), imposed new requirements (e.g., remote working), and suspended limitation periods for legal claims and disputes in certain situations. As with any crisis that triggers…

In the wake of recent public corporate scandals involving fraud and misconduct, regulators at a global level are increasing their oversight in the area of whistleblower protection as well as issuing substantial fines and penalties to public and private sector organizations for such misconduct. Several jurisdictions have implemented, recently updated, or are introducing whistleblowing laws and anti-retaliation measures in an effort to identify and combat fraud and misconduct across different sectors including financial, pharmaceuticals, and…

Why are Intellectual Property Rights Important? Organizations that are constantly innovating to create new products (or to improve existing products) will need to consider how they are protecting those newly created (or improved) assets. One of the ways that they can do so is by ensuring that they own the relevant intellectual property rights. Intellectual property (“IP”) refers to a set of intangible assets that, when owned by an organization, legally protect that organization’s creations…

Blockchain was originally created to validate the transactions of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. It can be described as a digital ledger of transactions that is an immutable database and distributed across a network of computer systems. Although touted primarily as a value transfer technology, at its core, blockchain is also a records and data management technology.1 Blockchain technology provides a system for recording information in a manner that makes it difficult to change, hack, or…

Whether you want to call it “design thinking,” “human-centered design,” or “user experience design,” the approach, goals, and strategy are all very much the same. It is a way of putting the user at the centre of your design process every step of the way, to develop and deliver the best possible solution and experience. While user experience is often thought of through the lens of providing customers with products or services, there is no…