The Pros and Cons of Cloud Computing Sep03

The Pros and Cons of...

(Image via) cloud com·put·ing Noun The practice of using a network of remote servers hosted on the Internet to store, manage, and process data, rather than a local server. -Merriam-Webster   You may already be using cloud computing through familiar services like...

29 Ways To Boost Creativity Aug28

29 Ways To Boost Creativity

There’s no secret recipe to being creative. Generally when we’re researching new concepts or working on a new task, creativity breeds out of conception. That said, it’s easy to burn yourself out when consistently churning out new and creative ideas. There are however, a few ways to maintain your creative state of mind. The below INFOGRAPHIC (from Islam Abudaoud) outlines 29 ways to wake and reinvigorate the creative side of your brain. Here’s some of our favourites: Carry a notebook everywhere you go, you never know when opportunity might strike! Get away from the computer, even if it’s for 5 minutes. Quit...

5 Free Productivity Apps You’ll Absolutely Love Aug26

5 Free Productivity Apps You’ll Absolutely L...

With so many different productivity apps to choose from, it’s hard to find ones that will actually make you more productive. To help save you both time and money, we’ve compiled a list of five FREE apps that will help you stay organized and, most importantly, actually increase your productivity. 1. Dropbox With Dropbox, you can upload all your photos, documents and videos into one account and access them on your smartphone or any computer. It works like a virtual USB and stores everything you need in one place, making it available wherever you are. Available on iOS, Android and BlackBerry. Get the app here. 2. Mint Mint helps you...

10 Ways To Bring More Happiness Into Your Life Aug23

10 Ways To Bring Mor...

In line with the posts we’ve made on health and well being recently, we thought we’d share this infographic (from Network.com) that outlines 10 ways you can seriously increase your happiness levels. Read on and be surprised at how simple some of these 10 things are to incorporate...

5 Healthy Snacks To Keep At The Office Aug20

5 Healthy Snacks To Keep At The Office

With autumn quickly approaching, we’re reminded of the days when we’d pack healthy lunches and snacks for ourselves to head off to school each day. Perhaps you have some little ones at home to make those coveted brown paper bags of deliciousness, but are you  taking the time to bring healthy snacks for yourself to enjoy throughout the day? This blog is a quick reminder of 5 healthy snacks that you can (and should) bring to the office each day to keep your mind and body in top shape! 1. Yogurt – Whether it’s greek or naturally sweetened with your favourite fruit, yogurt can be an excellent morning energy booster....

Your Desk’s Dirty Little Secret

Here at Torstar Digital, we hold regular desk clean up days (hosted by our Heath Nuts) to ensure that all our employee spaces remain at tip top condition. It’s hard to believe just how many germs and bacteria can house themselves on the surfaces that we use on a daily basis. Here’s a scary thought: think about how often you clean your kitchen counter versus your work desk! We’re betting not as frequently, yes? Check out some other staggering facts: There are 21,000 germs per square inch on your keyboard, mouse and chair. A desk has up to 10 million bacteria living on it – that’s 100x more than a kitchen...

Apple Expected To Release 5S On Sept 10 Aug12

Apple Expected To Re...

Rumours are circulating about the possible unveiling of the iPhone 5S on September 10. Apple remains mysterious when it comes to revealing new products, but typically introduces new lines at the beginning of each Fall. All Things D, who have accurately predicted past launches, revealed that...

Twitter and TV: A Match Made In Advertising Heaven? Aug06

Twitter and TV: A Ma...

Twitter has proven itself to be a quick resource for breaking news, most notably during the Boston Marathon Bombings, but now Twitter can add boosting TV ratings to their repertoire. (Image Source) A recent study by Nielsen showed premiere television episodes saw a one per cent increase in...

8 Pointers To Beef Up Your LinkedIn Profile Aug02

8 Pointers To Beef Up Your LinkedIn Profile

(Image Source) If you are new to LinkedIn, you probably know how overwhelming it can be. LinkedIn is a tool that needs to be updated regularly, so you remain relevant. Here are some tips to help you in creating the best LinkedIn profile that fits your style, industry and accurately reflects all that you can do! 1. Job Title (Headline): Whether you are a student, assistant, intern, consultant or CEO, you should accurately state what your present position is, or what you are capable of. It is acceptable to put your job title, example: Account Manager at (insert organization here). Or you can try a catchy title that will set you apart from...

Fake Tweets: Why Companies Are Jumping On The “Hack” Bandwagon Jul29

Fake Tweets: Why Com...

Twitter hacking is a fear among many companies using social media sites. It seems like every few months the news is focused on yet another hacking story, but how many of these “hackers” are in fact the real deal? Burger King and Jeep were both hacked within days of each other earlier this...

How Startup Funding Works Jul26

How Startup Funding ...

In this visually appealing INFOGRAPHIC, we take a simplified look at how startup funding really works. From the idea stage straight through to IPO, this image takes a look at the different funding you’ll receive with each part of the startup evolution. It’s important to note that...

5 Hotspots In Our King Street West Neighbourhood Jul22

5 Hotspots In Our King Street West Neighbourhood

Part of the joy of working at our 590 King Street West location is the amount of fantastic restaurants and cafes at our disposal. We thought we would share with you a few of the places in our neighbourhood that you really ought to check out for yourself! 1. Jimmy’s Coffee This is one of our favourite places to grab a quick cup of coffee and enjoy a delicious snack. Besides the convenient location (it’s right beside our office), we love the quaint surroundings and the entertaining staff. You can always count on a good cup of joe (or Jimmy in this case) and to have a good laugh with their personality-filled baristas. 2. La...

Tips For Running Your Facebook Business Page Jul19

Tips For Running You...

Facebook business pages are an important part of your company’s online identity. Unlike websites, Facebook pages have the ability to update those who take an interest in your organization almost instantaneously – making them a powerful way to communicate and provide support to your...

All Eyes On Apple, Samsung and Microsoft’s New Smartwatch Technology Jul15

All Eyes On Apple, Samsung and Microsoft’s N...

It’s no secret that technology heavy-hitters like Apple and Samsung have been developing “smart watches” in an effort to bring a fresh product to the technology marketplace, but what exactly will they do? As you can imagine, the rumour mill is swirling in anticipation for Apple’s release. Some experts have speculated that their version will include features like Siri, health monitoring, GPS, text messaging, and potential web browsing capabilities. Interestingly enough, Apple has recently put a patent on the “slap band” style bracelet – drawing some conclusions that the “iWatch” will...

50 Facts You May Not Know About Mobile Commerce Jul12

50 Facts You May Not...

Mobile commerce continues to grow in popularity, accounting for a significant portion of purchases and sales in today’s marketplace. Recently, Mobify compiled 50 must-know facts about mobile commerce in a beautifully laid out slideshow. We thought we’d take this opportunity to...

What Facebook Hashtags Mean For Your Business Jul05

What Facebook Hashta...

Have you noticed #hashtags on your newsfeed lately? Well 20% of Facebook users have. Facebook is set to launch the hashtag feature to all users in the coming weeks and later on mobile devices. So what do hashtags mean for you and your business? Well, there will be the usual...

5 Tips To Make Your Crowd Funding Project A Success Jul02

5 Tips To Make Your ...

(Image Source) Please Fund.Us defines crowd funding as “the collective cooperation, attention, and trust by people who network and pool their money and other resources together, usually via the internet to support efforts initiated by other people or organizations.” This  means, if you...

Olive Media Makes A ‘Summer Splash’ On Twitter Jun28

Olive Media Makes A ‘Summer Splash’ On...

When it comes to re-living events, sometimes social media can say it all. That’s certainly the case with Olive’s recent summer party, aptly themed ‘Summer Splash’! Attendees were asked to come dressed in their best summer garb, and celebrate yet another successful year with Olive and its partners. Check out some of the tweet highlights from the evening: We are excited to have you kick off summer with us #oliveparty #summersplash pic.twitter.com/1eBGb6msTw — olivemedia (@olive_media) June 27, 2013 Thank you to Jumpstart for providing our guests with summer splash photo experiences @JumpstartAuto #oliveparty...

How To Write For Email, Social and the Web Jun24

How To Write For Email, Social and the Web

Copywriting can certainly be a daunting task: but it doesn’t have to be. We recently discovered the below INFOGRAPHIC that outlines some of the best practises for writing on social media, email and the web. Here’s a few highlights: Email: Make it enticing and impactful Be sure to include a clear call to action and compelling imagery Blog: Have a story Have a personality that’s engaging and opinionated Include links to other posts, keywords and suggestions Social: Include links, hashtags and questions Add images where you can Be personable Keep it short! Website: Be informative Make sure copy is action oriented for...

Instagram Adds Video Option In Attempt To Trim Some ‘Vines’ Jun21

Instagram Adds Video...

Well it appears that Vine’s time of free-growth is over. Yesterday, Instagram introduced its own video-sharing service.  The joint announcement from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook owns Instagram) and Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom was made from Facebook’s Menlo Park headquarters to...