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Blackberry Seeks Out Cross-Platform Partnerships

As the annual Mobile World Congress officially kicks off in Barcelona today the news out of Blackberry is distinctly less flashy than what one might expect at an event defined by cutting edge technology, but perhaps that’s to be expected from a company quickly moving away from the flashier hardware side of the mobile industry. [...]

Verizon and Mozilla Announce Partnership to Bring Firefox OS Phones to the US

Traditionally designed for first-time smartphone buyers, Firefox OS phones have been targeted at emerging markets. The original plan was to reach developed markets in 2014, but Firefox OS phones ultimately failed to reach, for example, the US. That’s about to change. Mozilla and Verizon Wireless announced a partnership on March 1 that will bring the [...]

Protecting Your Business with Cyber-Insurance

The world of cyber-crime is one of investment versus reward, a calculation whether the data the hackers are seeking is worth the time and risk it will take to access it. The unfortunate reality is that no network is absolutely safe, meaning all the network security, IT protocols, firewalls, security hardware and software in the [...]

The Internet is Now a Public Utility: FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules in 3-2 Vote

After years of legal wrangling and bureaucratic bungling the fight for Net Neutrality hit an important milestone this week, the Internet will finally be regulated as a public utility. In a close but never really disputed 3-2 vote, the Federal Communications Commission approved the utility-style rules to govern the Web, adopting the Net Neutrality standards [...]

Lenovo Caught Preloading Controversial Spyware ‘Superfish’ onto PCs

Chinese computer manufacturer Lenovo came under fire this week for preloading controversial spyware onto laptops sold late in 2014. While preloading certain software is a common practice in both the PC and mobile worlds, what makes Lenovo’s actions so repugnant is that it loaded the same software cyber-criminals use to crack encrypted data on the [...]

Public Interest Groups Urge FCC to Set Aside 40 MHz in 600 MHz Auction for Smaller Carriers

The FCC should follow Industry Canada’s example and set aside at least 40 MHz in the 600 MHz spectrum auction, because last year’s AWS-3 auction resulted in AT&T and Verizon securing the premium spectrum and left the rest of the industry with “only a smattering of paired blocks and 15 MHz of low-value, unpaired, uplink spectrum”, a coalition [...]

Telus and Public Safety Canada Educate Canadians to Protect Personal Information Stored on Smartphones

Telus and Public Safety Canada have joined forces to educate Canadian smartphone owners about wise Internet and smartphone usage, and to fight cybercrime in Canada. The two have launched the #BeAppSafe campaign to inform, educate, and inspire action among Canadians to secure the personal information they store on their mobile devices. “Public Safety Canada is [...]

AT&T Shakes Down Customers with Pay-for-Privacy Option

AT&T has responded to the controversy surrounding the wireless service industry’s widespread use of “super cookies” to track, record, and compile information on users’ search and browsing habits, but in way that seems tantamount to yet another slap in the face for privacy advocates. Ma Bell has promised not to track, record, or sell user [...]

Canadians Shopping In-Store Validate Purchases by Reaching Out to a Trusted Person

Canadian shoppers in brick-and-mortar stores are using their mobile phones slightly differently from other nations, a study conducted in 23 countries by Gfk has found. When asked what activities they regularly do on their mobile phones when shopping in brick-and-mortar stores, the answers were very different, but there are common behaviours globally. One of them [...]

What is Old is New Again: Market for Second-Hand Smartphones Exploding

While recycle and resale options have long existed for smartphones, they haven’t always been popular, with studies as recently as 2013 showing that the vast majority of smartphone users either kept their old phones stashed away like some technological paper weight, or simply threw them in the garbage. Further, the vast majority of those looking [...]

T-Mobile Contests Sprint’s Retention of Third Place in Wireless Market

While the initial results of the most recent quarterly reports filed indicate that Sprint has retained its place asAmerica’s third largest wireless service provider, such results may not be quite as cut and dry. In fact, T-Mobile has started to make its own case for usurping that third spot, stating that Sprint’s numbers don’t give [...]

Telus Internet Overuse Charges Anger Customers

Telus customers in British Columbia and Alberta will start paying fees for exceeding their Internet plan’s monthly data allowance, the carrier announced last week. Although most Telus customers are already on an Internet plan that already meets their current needs, there are a handful of heavy Internet users who will incur additional data charges ($5 [...]

T-Mobile’s Love/Hate Relationship with Dish Network

Say what you will about charismatic T-Mobile CEO John Legere, in a marketplace where everyone is guarded about everything it’s refreshing to hear someone actually tell things like they are, to be open and honest about the state of the industry and what needs to change; a welcome alternative to the constant stream of denials [...]

Automotive Industry Reacts to Apple Car Rumours

Credible or not, rumours that Apple is poised to enter the car market have gained enough traction over the past week that the automotive industry itself has seen the need to respond. Former General Motors CEO Dan Akerson weighed in on the Apple automobile speculation, saying in an interview with Bloomberg that the Cupertino company [...]

Canadian Mobile Commerce Predicted to Grow by 142% in 2016

Canadian retailers now have even more reasons to adopt mobile payment solutions, a recent study from PayPal and Ipsos has found. From 2013 to 2016, the compound annual growth rate for mobile commerce in Canada is projected to be 34% vs.14% for overall e-commerce, including mobile commerce. This growth presents opportunities for Canadian retailers, as [...]

Verizon Lobbies Postponement of Next Year’s 600 MHz Wireless Spectrum Auction

Verizon has plenty of spectrum to power all its wireless services, having spent more than $10 billion on wireless spectrum licenses last month, the carrier’s communication chief technology officer, Tony Melone, said on Tuesday during the earnings call. “With the addition of the licenses won at this auction we have spectrum holdings that allow us [...]

Apple’s iOS Dominates Global Enterprise Market

Move over Blackberry, enterprise has crowned a new mobile king. According to a report released this week from virtualisation solutions firm Citrix (PDF), Apple’s iOS stands as the most dominant mobile platform in the enterprise sector, accounting for 64 percent of the worldwide enterprise-managed mobile devices in 2014. Apple’s dominance was followed distantly by Android [...]

Rogers Charges Customer Hundreds of Dollars for Unwanted Texting Service

An Edmonton-based customer realized that Rogers had been charging him $10 each month for unwanted text messages he considered spam for more than two years. A CBC investigation revealed that the fortune-telling messages Andy Pearcey received – we don’t know if this was on a monthly or daily basis – weren’t spam: They were allegedly [...]

Is Apple Eyeing the Automotive Industry?

As wild tech rumours go, well this one’s a doozey, but last week Business Insider reported that Apple may be developing its Apple-branded connected car, a project that will reportedly “give Tesla a run for its money.” While largely unsubstantiated, save for one unsolicited email from an anonymous Apple employee, the rumour has quickly developed [...]

Facebook Attempts to Brand Itself as the Internet

Over the last several years Facebook has managed to build an empire of data collection and advertising on the fact that most people in the world consider it the default social network (are there any others?). But with its recent initiative Facebook is looking to move beyond merely the global social network to become [...]

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