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Smartphone “Kill Switch” Law now Official in California

Since yesterday, California has been the first state in the US to require smartphone manufacturers to implement and enable antitheft security features by default in every smartphone sold in the state. Gov. Jerry Brown signed the so-called kill switch bill introduced by State Sen. Mark Leno and sponsored by San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon. [...]

Successful Companies Need a Mobile-First Strategy

Increasingly consumers are transitioning towards a mobile-first lifestyle, abandoning not only traditional tethers like the home phones, but more recently ones like the desktop computer as well. This shift has created a new kind of consumer, one with real time access to information, purchasing, and unimaginable amounts of data. But if consumers are becoming mobile-first, [...]

Apple’s iWatch Facing Critical Delays

Production issues are plaguing Apple’s latest creation, the rumoured iWatch smartwatch, financial analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reported recently. Apple’s efforts to bring the so-called iWatch to market are presenting “a much higher level of difficulty for the company,” according to Kuo, who goes on to say that problems Apple is facing include component issues, system design, [...]

Navigating the Back-to-School Technology Craze

If you’re a parent or simply one who likes to watch TV you’ve no doubt noticed the commercials advertising back-to-school supplies; you know, the ones that have been playing since the day after school finished for the summer. Recently one particular commercial caught my eye, a Best Buy advertisement that featured a father giving his [...]

BlackBerry Uses iMessage Spam Reports to Push for BBM

Apple introduced iMessage with iOS 5 back in 2011 as a great and easy way to send a text or multimedia message phone-to-phone without paying fees to your wireless carrier. Since then, security and anti-spam companies such as Cloudmark have kept an eye on the service, just to note that it is spam-free. Well, almost, [...]

Wind Mobile First to Cut Roaming Rates After Ottawa’s Push for Price Caps

It looks like Ottawa’s push to lower domestic roaming charges in Canada has finally seen results: a wireless startup announced yesterday that it is lowering rates for voice, text, and data. Although the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission does not regulate the prices in the wireless industry, the government approved a law this spring that [...]

Google Targets Services to Children Under 13

Google is planning on offering online accounts to children under the age of 13, a report in the Wall Street Journal indicated, moving the search engine giant into the “controversial and operationally complex” (and not to mention lucrative) market of underage users. But is this move in the best interests of our kids, or simply [...]

Requests for Cell Tower Information Can Disclose Bank and Credit Card Data

The media was loud last month about a case involving a Peel Regional Police warrant application requesting subscriber data from both Telus and Rogers. The two incumbents have decided to challenge the warrant, as the police were asking for cellphone information about 40,000 to 50,000 customers as part of the investigation. Back then, the incumbents [...]

Microsoft Boosts Green Credentials by Ending Affiliation with Controversial ALEC Lobby Group

Microsoft has ended its longstanding support of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a conservative public-policy lobbying group that has championed the cause of the fossil fuel industry and hampered the development of green, renewable energies across the country. The move comes as Microsoft attempts to boost its green credentials, as clearly the winds of [...]

Ottawa to Auction Off 3500 MHz Spectrum for Urban and Rural Areas

Last year Industry Canada said the wireless industry would have 750 MHz worth of spectrum for commercial mobile services by 2017. It took another step yesterday to add more frequencies for carriers by proposing to split spectrum about to become available in the 3500 MHz band, which was designated years ago for fixed wireless services. The government [...]

Sprint’s “Aggressive Pricing” Offers More Value but No Savings

When Marcelo Claure took over as Sprint’s CEO two weeks ago he immediately promised that the new Sprint would get aggressive on pricing in an effort to attract new customers. On Monday Sprint made good (sort of) on Claure’s promise, rolling out the company’s first Family Share Pack, which effectively doubles the amount of data [...]

Court Gives Green Light to Class-Action Lawsuit Against Bell Mobility

The Ontario Superior Court of Justice gave the green light on Monday to a class action lawsuit targeting Bell Mobility over the expiration of prepaid cell phone minutes, CBC reports. It all started two years ago when Celia Sankar of Elliot Lake, Ontario, filed a lawsuit against Bell Mobility after the balance on her prepaid [...]

Amazon Introduces Local Register to Mobile Payment Market

It’s difficult to plot the future course of the mobile payment market, as the initial vision of our smartphones replacing our credit cards and cash seems to have fallen by the wayside, replaced by a new mobile payment reality that has ostensibly transformed smartphones into digital cash registers instead of digital wallets. That means that [...]

Microsoft Aims for the Head to Combat Apple’s Appeal to the Heart

It’s a tug-of-war that has defined many sectors of the technology industry for decades now, the ever-present fight between the heart and the head, emotions vs. rationality. While there’s something to be said for rational arguments, for presenting facts to the consumer and then letting them decide, there’s almost no debate that whipping that same [...]

Ottawa’s Policy Threatens Shaw’s Wireless Spectrum Sale

When it bid on wireless spectrum six years ago, Shaw Communications Inc. apparently failed to make all the necessary checks to see if it was worth the nearly $190 million investment. Now, the company faces the threat of a financial blow due to Ottawa’s wireless policy, which could prevent Shaw from monetizing the unused spectrum. [...]

Germany Caught “Accidentally” Spying on American Government Officials

In an effort to find a way to deflect some of the criticism the NSA and the American government now faces in the wake of the PRISM global surveillance scandal, perhaps the American intelligence community should look to their German counterparts for an effective strategy: just say it was all an accident. According to reports [...]

Apple Bans Two Dangerous Chemicals along Supply Chain

Apple is banning the use of two hazardous chemicals during the final assembly of its popular iPhones and iPads, the company announced this week, all part of its ongoing commitment to protect the workers who build are favourite gadgets. Over the last few years Apple has faced a torrent of criticism regarding the conditions along [...]

The New Sprint Optimistic about the Future

Last week Sprint rocked the wireless world with two bold moves: abandoning its ill-fated T-Mobile bid and removing Dan Hesse as CEO in favour of Marcelo Claure. The Sprint we’re now left with this week looks manifestly different than it did before, a new company that’s poised to take yet another crack at rebranding itself [...]

Samsung Stands at Smartphone Crossroads: Change Now or Die

While Apple has long faced questions about the stability of its consistent perch in the upper echelons of the smartphone market, no one can argue that the Cupertino Company has weathered the storms of the mobile market with great care and poise, for although the company had its top spot usurped by Samsung several years [...]

Apple’s Enterprise Dreams Rest on the Keyboard

It’s clear that next technological frontier for Apple is the enterprise market, as competent and secure mobile business solutions have been in short supply of late, particularly given that most people just bring their favourite consumer devices like the iPad or iPhone to work anyways. But the problem for Apple is that the business world does [...]

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