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Archived Since:August 8, 2011

Blog Post Archive

The Forthcoming U.S. Wireless Spectrum Auction and You

Wireless spectrum: It is to the wireless industry what oil is to the automotive industry, a finite resource that serves as the lifeblood of the modern conveniences we hold most dear. While I’ll admit that writing about the radio waves designated to transmit data over the air from your smartphone to the Internet isn’t the [...]

Google Grows Phablet Market with Gigantic Nexus 6

Bigger than a phone, smaller than a tablet, hybrid phablet devices continue to be a surprisingly successful niche in the mobile market, evidenced by the release of Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4, and now Google’s own form factor bending Nexus 6, a colossal 6-inch smartphone. To that end, the search engine giant [...]

Google Uncovers Web Encryption Vulnerability That Opens “Encrypted” Data to Hackers

If you have placed your bet on a safe Internet, you may want to think again: as it turns out, the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption we have relied on for secure communication on the Internet, isn’t as safe as we initially thought it was. Google researchers unveiled yesterday that they have found a bug [...]

Flight Attendants Sue over In-Flight Mobile Usage

At the time it was seen as a radically progressive revision, the Federal Aviation Administration’s decision almost a year ago to allow the use of mobile devices on board aircraft during flight; a forward-thinking change to a longstanding ban on wireless electronics while flying. But while passengers lauded the decision, and the subsequent follow-up by [...]

SaskTel Releases Transparency Report 2013

SaskTel is the next telco in line to publicly release the first transparency report for 2013 since the eavesdropping scandal unveiled that government and police agencies request information about customers. The transparency report details the number and different types of requests SaskTel received in 2013. Although its customers’ privacy is important and the company takes [...]

Microsoft CEO Inadvertently Shines Light on Gender Inequality

Late last week Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella inadvertently revealed the lingering presence of the gender gap in today’s workplace, stepping in a steaming pile of controversy when he suggested that women shouldn’t ask for raises, but rather trust that the system will take care of them. What was even worse for Nadella is that his [...]

Hands-free Tech Still a Serious Driving Distraction, Study Finds

For several years now hands-free technology has been touted as a safe alternative to the driving distractions inherent in our mobile devices and other such things we often employ while driving, but according to two studies conducted jointly by the University of Utah and the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, hands-free technology presents its own [...]

CRTC Says Wireless Code Not Applicable to Enterprise Plans

The CRTC has issued a response to Telus’ application filed back in March requesting clarification regarding how the Wireless Code applies to two types of corporate wireless service plans (corporate plans) offered by TCC and other service providers: “corporate individual plans” and “employee purchase plans”. Show More Summary

AT&T Agrees $80 Million Compensation for Incorrect Charges

AT&T has agreed to pay $80 million to the Federal Trade Commission to provide refunds to consumers whom the carrier unlawfully billed for unauthorized third-party charges. The refunds are part of the $105 million settlement the carrier has signed with federal and state law enforcement officials. The full amount also includes $20 million in penalties [...]

ShoreTel Sets Up Shop in India

For the past several years ShoreTel has quietly gone about establishing a firm global telecom footprint, providing cutting edge communication and mobility solutions tailored for a variety of customer groups, including specialized support for the healthcare industry. Show More Summary

Border-Region Canadian Customers May Be Wrongly Charged Roaming Fees, Warns Consumer Group

A consumer advocacy group has warned Canadians living near the border about the risk of accidental roaming charges due to interference from US carrier signals. As Bruce Cran, president of the Consumer’s Association of Canada pointed out, this is a national problem affecting every cellphone provider in the country. “You’ve got to be very vigilant [...]

This Isn’t Your Father’s Mitel Anymore

I don’t think its overstating things to say that Mitel may be one of the greatest Canadian telecom success stories in history, particularly when you contrast its recovery and revival with the fate of its now defunct cross-town rival Nortel Networks. It was less than a decade ago that Nortel stood as the bastion of [...]

Quebecor Unloads Media Assets to Fund Wireless Ambitions

Quebecor is closing deals that could help the company expand its wireless arm outside Québec, says Barclays analyst Philip Huang, commenting on a recently announced deal Quebecor has inked with Postmedia. In fact, you may recall that Quebecor has been vocal about its wireless expansion plans since it acquired spectrum earlier this year. Since then, [...]

Google Accused of Profiting off Hacked Celebrity Photos

Google is at fault for the continued propagation of the hacked nude celebrity photos that were illegally stolen from iPhones and other devices early in September, Entertainment lawyer Martin Singer, a partner with Lavely & Singer says, accusing the search engine giant of failing to act “expeditiously and responsibly” in the removal of the images. [...]

Quebecor Asks CRTC for Lower Roaming Rates, “Without Delay”

Since it purchased spectrum licences at the beginning of this year, Quebecor has taken every possible opportunity to emphasize that it is ready to become the fourth national player Ottawa has been pushing for. Last week, at the CRTC public hearing on the review of wholesale mobile wireless services, the parent company of Videotron emphasized [...]

Telus Says Canada Should Not Recycle Europe’s Failed Policies, but Learn from Them

Competition stimulated artificially could harm Canadian wireless subscribers rather than benefiting them, Telus’ CEO Joe Natalie hinted to the CRTC during the company’s presentation on Tuesday. His position was backed by the former head of Austria’s telecom regulator, Georg Serentschy. Show More Summary

BYOD Privacy, Corporate Policies, and Employee Rights

With more companies embracing BYOD, and indeed an increasing number now demanding it, tensions have started to mount over user privacy, with employers who want access and control over corporate data on one side and employees who want to maintain control over their private data stored on their devices on the other. As it stands, [...]

Wind Mobile Calls CRTC to Cut Wholesale Roaming Rates

The incumbents are charging rivals too much for roaming services, said Wind Mobile during this week’s CRTC hearing about the wholesale wireless market. Ottawa has capped some rates, but the charges are too high, argued Simon Lockie, Wind’s chief regulatory officer. After looking into the incumbents’ practices, the government introduced temporary limits on wholesale roaming [...]

Microsoft Windows 10 Creates Unified Multi-Platform Experience

The new Windows 10 operating system is such a substantial leap forward, Microsoft said earlier this week, that it decided to skip over Windows 9 entirely, creating a unified multi-platform experience unlike anything that we’ve seen from the company before. “Windows 10 will run on the broadest amount of devices. A tailored experience for each [...]

Social Network Ello bills itself as yet another anti-Facebook

I would wager a guess that most rank-and-file Facebook users don’t give a second thought to the control that the dominant social network exerts over their lives, for if there’s one brilliant thing Mark Zuckerberg and Co. have accomplished, it’s convincing the world that Facebook is the way social networking should be done. In fact, [...]

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