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The Rise of the “Industrial Internet”

While many companies are flooding the burgeoning so-called Internet of Things sector, there is another associated industry that many of us have never heard about and may never directly use that promises to play a significant role in establishing our connected everything existence, one that multinational conglomerate (and household name) General Electric has dubbed the [...]

Nokia Eyes Re-establishing Global Empire, Acquires Alcatel-Lucent for $16.6 billion

It was almost two years that Nokia offloaded its entire mobile division on Microsoft; a move that allowed Nokia to exit a market it was clearly had no idea how to compete in, while giving Microsoft an established global footprint to grow its mobile brand. Saying nothing about Microsoft’s inability to do anything with that [...]

Videotron Announces Canada-Wide LTE Network Coverage, Starting May 13

Videotron has announced another major step toward improving customer experience: It is expanding its network coverage from coast to coast. Starting May 13, 2015 Videotron customers will have mobile coverage across the whole of Canada. The announcement comes less than a year after the carrier launched its LTE network, which supports theoretical download speeds of [...]

Net Neutrality Hit with Flood of Legal Challenges

Earlier this week the Federal Communications Commission’s rules for establishing a free and open Internet were published in the Federal Register, a move that pushes them one step closer to implementation. Unfortunately for the FCC, publishing Net Neutrality standards in the Register also means companies can officially start their legal challenges, and they certainly didn’t [...]

Ottawa Kicks Off 2500 MHz Spectrum Auction

Ottawa has kicked off the second wireless spectrum auction of the year. Following the AWS-3 spectrum auction which ended roughly a month ago, it was time for carriers to line up and start bidding on 2500 MHz airwave licences. The auction aims to serve a major scope of “more choice, lower prices, and better service in [...]

Verizon Study Finds the Focus on Mobile Security Unwarranted at the Moment

Despite what we’ve been hearing of late regarding the persistent threat to enterprise mobile security from the BYOD movement, from malware, or from cyber-criminals, Verizon has some counterintuitive paradigm altering news for us: mobile cyberattacks are relatively rare, short-lived, and generally benign. Show More Summary

Bell Withdraws Ads Program Due to OPC Privacy Concerns

Bell’s “Relevant Advertising Program” sparked an unprecedented 170 privacy-related complaints under the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA), Canada’s federal private sector privacy law, after it was announced. Show More Summary

Has Apple Lost its Magic?

For Apple it’s always been flash over function. The brilliance of the late Steve Jobs was not that he created the best mobile products, but that he was an incredible showman and an unrivalled manager of perceptions, able to convince the media and public alike that his company’s products were worth that extra money; a [...]

Verizon Tracking ‘Super Cookie’ Investigated

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has decided to investigate whether Verizon’s use of a “supercookie” to track users’ browsing habits is against consumer privacy and data security rules. The letter was sent to lawmakers late last month, but FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler informed the public about it only last Thursday. In the letter, Wheeler notes [...]

Sprint to Offer Free International Roaming (sort of)

Sprint has joined its UnCarrier rival T-Mobile in offering subscribers free international data roaming, but like many of Sprint’s value plans and marketing promotions of late, there’s certainly a catch. America’s third largest wireless carrier unveiled its new International Value Roaming bundle (again with little knowledge of the actual meaning of ‘value’), an add-on to [...]

FTC Bolsters IT Resources to Protect Consumer Data

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is bolstering its ability to oversee commercial entities in this digital age through the establishment of a new Office of Technology Research and Investigation, or OTRI. It’s clear that the FTC is taking on a larger role in helping regulate the impact of information technology on American consumers, and subsequently [...]

Requests for Customer Data Down, Rogers Transparency Report Reveals

Rogers’ latest transparency report shows that police are requesting far less customer information from carriers now that a warrant is required. As the Rogers’ 2014 Transparency Report reveals, the total number of law enforcement requests for customers’ names, addresses, and billing records fell from 174,917 in 2013 to 113,655 in 2014. The report shows a [...]

Heartbleed Not Done Bleeding Just Yet

It was a year ago this week that the online world was staggered when security researchers discovered a critical vulnerability in the foundational security technology of the Internet’s core infrastructure, a threat ghoulishly dubbed Heartbleed. Sadly though, a year later it looks like not much has changed regarding Heartbleed, except that we all seem to [...]

Telus to Invest $4.2 Billion through 2018 to Upgrade Alberta’s LTE Network and More

Telus has made public its plans to invest a hefty $4.2 billion in new infrastructure and facilities in Alberta. The investment will stretch over the next four years, through 2018, bringing the total Telus investment in Alberta to over $11 billion. The investment targets the expansion of fibre-optic Internet access, wireless network upgrades, and the growth of [...]

How much is your Personal Information Worth? FCC and AT&T Settle on Data Breach Fines

Have you ever wondered how much your private, personal information is worth? Well according to a recent settlement between the Federal Communications Commission and AT&T, the answer seems to be about $90. Earlier this week Ma Bell reached a $25 million settlement agreement with the FCC over stolen customer data from three overseas call centres, [...]

Online Instead of In-Store: Apple Changing the Way it Releases Products

Over the years it has seemed that part of the elitism of owning an Apple product—that  feeling of superiority you got knowing that your mobile gadget was way cooler than everyone else’s—has come from the amount of time you waited in line to get it. In fact, given the limited stock most retail outlets had, [...]

Wind Mobile Users Can Finally Access Wireless Services While Traveling on the Canada Line

Starting this Monday, April 6, 2015, Wind Mobile customers can use their cellphones and send text messages while travelling on the Canada Line, report Business in Vancouver. It took three years, but finally Wind Mobile is offering uninterrupted service throughout all underground portions of the SkyTrain system linking Richmond to downtown Vancouver. The story started [...]

A Fifth of American Smartphone Owners Consider their Smartphone a Financial Burden: Pew

Pew has released the results of its latest research into America’s smartphone usage and connectivity. What is interesting to see is how the rapid adoption of smartphones influence Americans and their habits, especially now that 64% of US citizens own a smartphone, a figure which is up from 35% reported in the spring of 2011. [...]

Google Seeks to Abolish International Roaming Fees

For many of us roaming fees are a painful reality of life, particularly for those of us who travel extensively across the globe. Such onerous international roaming restrictions often impose dreadfully steep additional fees for calls, text messages, and, the real money maker, data transfer; unless of course you opt in for one of your [...]

Mobile Security, BYOD and the Dual OS Smartphone

There’s no question that the Bring-Your-Own-Device movement has radically changed the mobile landscape across the enterprise world, as companies have had to find ways of incorporating consumer oriented smartphones—devices inherentlyShow More Summary

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