Deadlines, year-end reviews and 2015 predictions were coming from all sides, but at IT World Canada the big news was the departure Howard Solomon, editor of and Computing Canada.

“From the early days of the Internet as a force in mainstream society to Web 2.0 and now the Internet of Things; from PCs to laptops to smartphones and now wearables; from print media to social media to apps; from desktop software to software as a service,” writes Shane Schick, editor-at-large of IT World Canada and long-time friend of Howard. “It’s difficult to imagine that a single journalist could have been on the front lines of so many changes, much less a journalist as dedicated to providing the best possible coverage of those changes.”

Howard, however, will be back in 2015 to write security stories for

Privacy commissioners from 22 jurisdictions, including Canada, call on Apple, Google, Samsung, Microsoft, Nokia, BlackBerry, and other mobile app stores to point buyers to the privacy policies of every app in their inventory that can access or collect personal information.

Telus Corp. announces it is launching an Internet of Things (IoT) marketplace that will open up featuring 38 different solutions the telco and its partners can offer.

BlackBerry, Microsoft, Google and RSA become part of alliance backing open biometrics standard that the group said will bring an end to passwords.

Globally, data loss and downtime costs enterprise organizations $1.7 trillion and $16.8 billion in Canada in the last 12 months, according to survey results released by EMC Corp.

Finally some good news. The majority of Canadian chief information officers will be hiring more IT professionals in 2015, according to a report from recruitment firm Robert Half Technology. Time to update that resume.