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Boeing Partners with Blackberry to Produce Ultra Secure “Black” Smartphone

At first glance U.S. government defence contractor Boeing’s first attempt at a secure military grade smartphone is really nothing to look at, yet one more plain looking cloak and dagger device aimed at keeping snooping eyes away from one’s private data. But where other such offerings have been geared towards keeping Big Brother at bay, [...]

T-Mobile Pushing FCC to Set Aside More Spectrum for Smaller Carriers

Smaller carriers should benefit from more set-aside spectrum during the 2016 incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum, says T-Mobile. The carrier fears that the current auction rules would allow the country’s leading wireless players — Verizon and AT&T — to purchase the bulk of the spectrum licences, leaving minimal amounts of spectrum in [...]

Blackberry Revenues Continue to Disappoint

Even with a bold new strategy based around secure mobile services and data management features rather than strictly mobile devices and retro throwback smartphones designed to attract both legacy users and the enterprise market alike, it still may not be enough to allow Blackberry to survive. Although admittedly we have yet to see the full [...]

Norton Designs Jeans to Prevent Digital Pickpocketing

The mobile payment revolution was supposed to make things easier for us, offering a new way to store, carry, and access our money. But to date it seems that all this burgeoning payment platform has done is make things easier for the criminals, ostensibly giving birth to a new breed of cyber-criminal: the digital pickpocket. [...]

Rogers Moves to Block Bell–Glentel Transaction

Rogers Communication has filed an application in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice against Glentel with the aim of blocking BCE’s plan to acquire the Burnaby-based multicarrier mobile phone retailer. On November 28, 2014, Bell announced that it would acquire Glentel’s approximately 22.4 million fully diluted common shares for about $594 million. This represents a [...]

Apple Still Failing to Protect Workers along its Supply Chain, BBC Investigation Finds

Several years ago when the working conditions along Apple’s global supply chain were first called into question, the Cupertino Company ran the public relations playbook perfectly. First, Apple ignored the problem for as long as it could, denying there were any issues with working conditions…that is until beleaguered workers starting hurling themselves off the top [...]

Wind Mobile Hails Ottawa’s Move to Release More Spectrum to Foster Competition

The government has reiterated its commitment to bringing “more choice, lower prices and better service” to Canadians by unveiling its plans for next year: Ottawa will release an unprecedented amount of spectrum to telecom companies. It starts with the AWS-3 spectrum auction scheduled for March 3, 2015. In this specific case, Industry Minister James Moore [...]

The Blackberry Classic: Function over Flash for Enterprise Clients

As the name Blackberry Classic implies, the latest phone from the once great Canadian smartphone company is a retro throwback to better days and brighter times, when people loved the QWERTY keyboard and the world had just discovered fire (well maybe not that far back). But despite Blackberry’s desperation to recover the glory days of [...]

T-Mobile Data Stash Program Allows Customers to Roll Over Unused Monthly Data

As part of its “philosophical, principle-based attack on changing a stupid, broken arrogant industry” (T-Mobile’s CEO John Legere’s description of the US mobile market), T-Mobile has unveiled the next Un-carrier move: Data Stash. The program allows customers to roll over their monthly unused data and at the end of the month and gives them the [...]

Microsoft Breaks Down Language Barriers with Skype Translator

There was a time in antiquity, the ancient epics tell us, that humanity was united under one common language. But seeing the disaster wrought from such homogeneity, God confused the languages of the human race, confounding their nefarious plans and creating a barrier aimed at inhibiting true global unity in perpetuity. Now say what you will [...]

Wind Mobile Celebrates Five-Year Anniversary and Reaches 800,000 Subscribers

Wind Mobile has two reasons to celebrate: First, it challenged the Big 3 five years ago, and second, it has officially surpassed 800,000 active wireless subscribers and 1,400 network sites, maintaining its fourth spot in the Canadian mobile landscape. MobileSyrup sat down with Pietro Cordova, the newly appointed Wind CEO, to discuss the past, present [...]

Tech and Telecom Giants Support Resistance to Government Data Collection Demands

There’s nothing, it would seem, that creates allies among enemies as quickly as government intrusion. For the last year Microsoft has been embroiled in a legal battle with the U.S. government over the latter’s demands for information pertaining to at least one particular Microsoft user. In 2013, U.S. Magistrate Judge James Francis issued a warrant [...]

Is Web Access a Basic Human Right?

The Internet is “less open” and “more unequal” than ever before, according to a report from the World Wide Web Foundation, with its annual web index suggesting that Internet users are at ever-increasing risk of online surveillance from the government, as laws to restrict such mass intrusions are weak or non-existent in 84% of countries, [...]

T-Mobile’s John Legere to Host the Uncarrier 8.0 Event Today

We are just a few weeks away from the end of the year, but T-Mobile has yet another thing to show to US mobile users: Today, president and CEO and outspoken leader John Legere will take center stage to unveil the carrier’s Uncarrier event. The nation’s fourth-largest wireless player is set to host an “Uncarrier [...]

Xiaomi Forced to Halt Sales in India as Legal Troubles Begin

It looks like up-and-coming Chinese mobile handset maker Xiaomi may have had its meteoric rise to the top temporarily halted, as the company has been ordered to cease operations in India following a patent dispute claim from Ericsson. In the complaint, Ericsson argued that some Xiaomi handsets were employing as many as eight of its [...]

Vodafone Plans to Re-Enter US Targeting Enterprise Customers

Not so long ago, Vodafone officially exited the US mobile space by selling its share in Verizon. However, the US mobile market seems too lucrative to just leave, so the Vodafone Group has announced plans to re-enter through its Vodafone Americas subsidiary, operating as a mobile virtual network running across T-Mobile’s US network. The new [...]

Supreme Court of Canada Allows for Warrantless Phone Searches

In a landmark decision earlier this year the U.S. Supreme Court established protections surrounding mobile phones, stating that our boon technological companions are not simply “technological convenience[s],” but instead hold the “privacies of life,” and thus should be protected under the Fourth Amendment against unlawful search and seizure. Show More Summary

Canada’s Competition Bureau to Investigate Apple’s Contracts with Domestic Carriers

Canada’s Competition Bureau said on Thursday that it will look into Apple’s contracts with Canadian carriers and investigate whether the iPhone maker has violated antitrust laws (via Reuters). Specifically, the bureau, which acts asShow More Summary

Apple and IBM Announce First Wave of MobileFirst iOS Apps Designed for Enterprise Customers

Apple and IBM have announced the first set of IBM MobileFirst for iOS solutions, apps designed specifically for businesses and supporting cloud services that bring IBM’s big data and analytics capabilities to enterprise users of iPhone and iPad. Show More Summary

Ottawa Aims to Reduce Geographic Price Discrimination with New Legislation

The government wants to reduce the unexplained and often significant gap between Canadian and US prices for the same products, and the frustration caused by it. To tackle the practice of geographic price discrimination, Industry Minister James Moore announced new legislation yesterday: the Price Transparency Act. As the Minister highlights in the press release, the [...]

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