Bell and Rogers Have Fastest Mobile Networks in Canada, Says PCMag

by Istvan Fekete on September 23, 2014

Canada’s #3 and #1 carriers (Bell and Rogers) have the fastest mobile networks in the country, according to PCMag’s own testing. Rogers’ download speeds are “unmatched” across much of Canada, but Bell’s lead on other factors. Actually, the PCMag’s tests show that although Rogers has the country’s fastest downloads, Bell has a better-balanced network.

The publication published the results of their second Fastest Mobile Networks Canada, which hit the road at the end of July, to measure all Canadian mobile networks. The testing period was one month, and the team hit all of the top 14 urban areas in the country, as well as several smaller cities and regions.

Last year, the FMNC tests found that Canadian networks were faster and more stable than US networks, as the price of competition: the big three own the majority of the country’s wireless networks and subscribers, and there is no equivalent to Sprint or T-Mobile.
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Will the Wearables Revolution Spark a New Debt Crisis?

by Matt Klassen on September 23, 2014

For much of the last decade America has been mired in a difficult debt crisis, an economic maelstrom that has crippled once stalwart corporations and citizens alike, leaving many stripped of financial independence and mired in unending debt. But now just as the nation is finally getting its collective head above water we’re confronted with a new technological and economic reality that threatens to send many of us once again cascading into the economic abyss.

Over the past few weeks we’ve witnessed significant advances in both the field of wearable technology and the associated field of mobile payments, as Apple has released Apple Pay along with its new Apple Watch while Samsung has teamed up with PayPal to bring mobile payments to its wrist-mounted platforms. While these advances come as no surprise, they do come with unexpected dangers, as the overarching concern of the technology and financial worlds are not to help you maintain your financial security, but to find easier ways to separate you from your cash.

In fact if there’s one thing the national debt crisis has shown us its that most people depend on credit to maintain their quality of life, and that many of those people simply do not know how to properly manage their debt. But, like it or not, with the emergence of mobile payment technology people are about to find new ways of draining their bank account without a second thought, a reality that once again has the potential to drown us all in debt.

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Android L Promises to Keep Your Data Safe

by Jeff Wiener on September 23, 2014

Perhaps it shouldn’t surprise us to see that following any sort of well-publicized mobile security breach that distinct patterns of behaviour on both the parts of mobile tech companies and mobile users emerge, patterns that respectively blend added security and concern with renewed apathy and ignorance.

The cycle, at its most basic, is this: Some industrious hacker finds a way to expose a vulnerability in either a newly released or legacy piece of mobile software, accessing personal data that leaves many users feeling vulnerable and exposed. Those users, in turn, begin to clamour that it wasn’t their fault for not upgrading or using the available security measures, pressuring the tech companies to increase security measures. Invariably said security measures are indeed bolstered, leaving users once again feeling naively secure, assured that those compromising selfies are once again safe. Given that all mobile security measures aren’t foolproof, however, the cycle invariably continues.

So it is with Google’s latest announcement of Android L, the latest upgrade to the search engine giant’s popular mobile platform that will mirror the security enhancements made by Apple earlier this month with iOS 8. But while encryption now comes standard with Android L, users should never think they’re 100 percent safe, as there’s always a chance that our data will be exposed.

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Samsung and PayPal Team Up to Bring Secure Mobile Payments to the Wrist

by Istvan Fekete on September 22, 2014

With the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Apple is finally ready to step into the emerging mobile payments market. The built-in NFC chip allows iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners to use their device to pay for goods in the US, in places where the POS system is equipped with an NFC chip.

But Apple isn’t stopping stop there: in a video aired during the event, the company also teased us with a feature of the forthcoming Apple Watch, and that is using the device while paying for goods and services in places where you can also use your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. But it may happen that you don’t have the device on you (well, it’s kind of unlikely, but it may happen).

This is a major step for Apple in its foray to the mobile payment market: it will actually have two devices owners can use to make a payment. Since mobile payments is the next buzz, all the powerful players want their share.
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Verizon, Motorola Create a Faster Droid…at least when it comes to charging

by Matt Klassen on September 22, 2014

Although not the most popular Android smartphone, there’s no question that Motorola Mobility’s Droid franchise has been one of the most enduring, even if its popularity is hampered by its antiquated exclusive connection to one wireless carrier. According to inside sources, Verizon and Motorola will launch the latest Droid smartphone some time next month (no specific release details have been made available yet). While details are scant about device features and functionality, there is one new feature this Droid will bring to market: rapid recharging.

Verizon’s Droid Landing Twitter account has already teased the fast-charging capability, hinting at this being the flagship feature of the forthcoming phone. “Faster charging is a big deal. That’s why we made it a bigger deal,” the account said last week.

Unlike previous upgrade cycles for the Droid franchise, however, this latest round will see Verizon and Motorola release only one phone, as opposed to the two or three phones we’ve seen previously. But I have to wonder, with Apple releasing its latest round of products and Samsung still dominating the mobile market; will faster recharging be enough to set the new Droid apart? Can niche upgrades actually create a smartphone hit?

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Telecom Industry Needs to Change Data Sales Philosophy, Rogers CEO Says

by Istvan Fekete on September 19, 2014

How can a wireless player increase the data spending of its customers? Rogers CEO Guy Laurence has a (new?) strategy: the telecom industry needs to change the way it markets its data services and stop scaring subscribers into buying more data. Instead, the carriers should focus on why it is worth the price.

The CEO used an analogy between buying gasoline for a car, and data for a smartphone. And from his perspective, the auto industry is doing a much better job.

“We need to change the philosophy of how we sell data so it’s as easy as buying petrol,” Guy Laurence, who has been president and chief executive of Toronto-based Rogers since December, told a CIBC conference in Montreal. “Instead of having a little yellow light on the dashboard, we send out messages going ‘Oh, my God! You’re nearly at your limit!” Laurence said Wednesday.

“If you want to go out to the lake or the mountain or something. . . what you spend on petrol isn’t the big issue at the end of the day. That’s where we need to get to.”
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Steve Jobs Opposed Children using iPads (at least his children)

by Matt KlassenSeptember 19, 2014

I’m sure many of us picture the lives of the technocratic elite as being filled with the gadgets we crave; touchscreens on every wall and iPads around every corner, but as New York Times journalist Nick Bilton explains, such is often not the case. In fact, the at-home reality for those who have imagined and [...]

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Ottawa’s Determination to Establish Fourth Wireless Player Costs Investors Billions

by Istvan FeketeSeptember 18, 2014

The Harper government’s determination to impose the establishment of a fourth wireless player in the country may bear fruit thanks to Quebecor and Anthony Lacavera’s Wind Mobile. The recent moves from these small wireless players seem to point in the “right direction” from the government’s perspective, but Ottawa’s wireless policy still continues to generate a [...]

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FCC Considers the Future Course of Net Neutrality

by Matt KlassenSeptember 18, 2014

Now that the Federal Communications Commission’s public comment period regarding Net Neutrality standards has come to close the often pointless bureaucratic entity is now left with a decision regarding what direction to take its Open Internet initiative. In fact, rumours abound that based on public feedback the FCC is actually considering a reversal in its [...]

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Wind Mobile Chairman and CEO Anthony Lacavera Speak About Company Plans

by Istvan FeketeSeptember 17, 2014

Starting yesterday, the Russian VimpelCom has officially ended its foray into the Canadian wireless market: it sold all its direct and indirect debt and equity interests in Wind Mobile to Globalive Capital, a firm owned by Anthony Lacavera. While the transaction terms were being sealed, Globalive confirmed to the Financial Post that it had agreed [...]

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