Huawei Interested in Opening R&D Office in Waterloo Region

by Istvan Fekete on January 29, 2015

Huawei Technologies is interested in opening a research and development office in the Waterloo Region. The news comes as a solution for an area which has been working against the odds to find jobs for hundreds of employees who have been laid off by BlackBerry.

While the office is said to focus on mobile security, everything depends on whether Huawei is able to find enough engineers to staff it. As one of the world’s biggest smartphone manufacturers and biggest suppliers of telecommunications equipment, Huawei is working with a former BlackBerry executive.

“It’s testing the waters in terms of what we might do in Kitchener-Waterloo,” Scott Bradley, an Ottawa-based spokesperson for Huawei Canada, said Wednesday to Inside Brockville.
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The Cost of Chasing Malware Ghosts

by Matt Klassen on January 29, 2015

Recent cyber-security attacks on the likes of Target, Home Depot, JP Morgan Chase, and, most recently, Sony Pictures have shown us all just how damaging malware can be to a company’s reputation and bottom line, as intrusive hacks can cost businesses millions of dollars in damage, not to mention the cost of stolen high value and confidential information.

But what’s even more interesting is not just how much companies spend on trying to secure their networks, but how much is spent on chasing ghosts, as a recent report from the Ponemon Institute on the cost of containing malware found that businesses spend, on average, US$1.27 million annually pursuing and investigating erroneous cyber-threats, that is, suspected malware that turn out to be nothing more than a dead ends.

It’s truly no wonder that hackers are able to bypass even the best cyber-security measures employed by companies, as between chasing false leads and a distinct lack of manpower only a small fraction of actual malware threats are investigated, leaving data exposed and businesses at risk. But even in such an environment perhaps the most shocking revelation is that more than 40 percent of the businesses polled aren’t even using automated security tools to help fight against malware to begin with. Is there any hope for enterprise against the persistent threat of malware?

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Mobilicity Secures Funding for AWS-3 Spectrum Auction

by Istvan Fekete on January 28, 2015

Struggling wireless startup Mobilicity has managed to secure funding to participate in the upcoming auction for AWS-3 spectrum, just a few days before the final deadline for registration.

Last week the carrier filed materials with the Ontario Superior Court of Justice asking for a creditor protection extension until May 8, as it is in talks with old and new debtors to secure the funding necessary to allow it to place a deposit of about $62.5 million on Friday.

The financing arrived at the final moment, just in time for Mobilicity. Last Thursday the carrier said it still lacked the necessary funds, but chief restructuring officer William Aziz the said on Monday that the company had reached an agreement to enter into a second debtor-in-possession (DIP) financing for $65 million from some of the company’s existing debt holders.
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AT&T’s Mexican Acquisitions Establish Unprecedented Cross Border Network and Provide True Growth Potential

by Matt Klassen on January 28, 2015

As a Canadian living near the U.S. border I’m keenly aware of the ironclad boundaries between the countries’ respective wireless networks, as walking a few metres to the south often means the difference between connecting to my local network and incurring international calling and roaming charges. In fact, for as long as wireless technology has existed, national borders have served as barriers between wireless networks, imaginary walls preventing seamless Web access and affordable calling services.

But with AT&T having officially completed its acquisition of Mexico’s Iusacell after only two months, one of the fastest acquisitions in wireless history, and with news the company has made a bid for Nextel Mexico, Ma Bell has now been presented with a unique opportunity, the ability to transcend national boundaries and join America and Mexico in an unprecedented international web of wireless services.

There’s no question that AT&T’s entry into the Mexican wireless market presents considerable growth opportunities, significantly more than anything available to Ma Bell in today’s stagnant and saturated American wireless market. Having assets on both sides of the border will not only give AT&T the opportunity to offer unique cross-border wireless services, but it will allow the company to grow in a Mexican market starved for competition, a boon for consumers looking for advanced wireless options.

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Telus Paging Service Shutdown Questions Effectiveness of New Technologies

by Istvan Fekete on January 27, 2015

A letter sent by Telus informing recipients that it is canceling its pager service across Canada has raised concerns among some residents of Québec’s rural communities and questions how well incumbent wireless players perform in terms of wireless network coverage.

Even as cellular coverage continues to improve, there are still areas which lack a wireless service. In several municipalities in rural Québec, for example, emergency services rely on pagers, because of spotty, unreliable, or non-existent cellular coverage.

Darlene Rowsell Roberts, administrator for several Anglophone coastline villages near Labrador on Québec’s Lower North Shore, emphasized the lack of cellular coverage in some of the areas she covers, while speaking with the CBC.

To address this issue, healthcare workers and firefighters (for example) rely on the pager system for alerts of emergencies. Without the pager system, on-call volunteer firefighters and healthcare workers would have to stay home and wait by the landline phone all day.
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Where’s the future we were promised?

by Jeff Wiener on January 27, 2015

It has taken me a few weeks into the New Year to really start to formulate my thoughts on this matter, but as the calendar flipped to 2015 I really began to wonder about the limitless possibilities for technological development we all envisioned a few decades ago, and, given what I see now, wondering where that promised future has gone.

Blame trailblazing scientists, visionary film directors, or even prophetic science fiction writers throughout the latter part of the 20th century, but I’ll admit that 30 years ago I thought that 2015 would look a whole lot different than it does now. I mean, where’s my holographic communicator, my hover car, my quick shuttle to the Moon? As I look around I still see a human species still hopelessly dependent on fossil fuels, one still constrained to this particular terrestrial body, one still using relatively the same communication platforms; thinking, communicating, and manoeuvring our way through this world in much the same way we did when I was young.

Now granted there have been areas of monumental technological advances, but admittedly those seem relatively few and far between, with most of our most brilliant minds and forward-thinking companies working on incremental upgrades to the things we use now rather than dreaming up the things we’ll use tomorrow. So again I ask, where’s the future we were promised?

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T-Mobile Score Program Offers Actual Smartphone Discounts (some patience required)

by Matt KlassenJanuary 27, 2015

T-Mobile knows that the real money in the mobile world comes from data use, and users are more likely to consume data on a feature-rich modern smartphone, as opposed to more antiquated models or, gasp, a feature phone. To that end, the UnCarrier is rolling out a new promotion, called Score!, aimed at getting smartphones [...]

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Canadian Launch Date of Apple Pay Still Unknown

by Istvan FeketeJanuary 26, 2015

Apple announced its foray into the mobile payments market last fall with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and launched it on October 20 for the US only. Since then, Canadians who own the latest Apple device have demonstrated that they are able to use Apple Pay in Canada – if they have a US [...]

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A Conundrum for Schools: Teachers or Technology?

by Matt KlassenJanuary 26, 2015

As the annual British Education Training and Technology (BETT) shows wraps up for another year, a premier trade show for educational technology, many are left envisioning the future of gadgets in the classroom, no doubt swayed by the savvy presenters over the last several days towards the notion that unfettered technological advancement in the field [...]

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Chen Calls for Legislation Forcing Blackberry App Development

by Istvan FeketeJanuary 23, 2015

The App Store and Google Play both have more than 1.4 million apps available for download, while Windows Phone and BlackBerry owners are used to a much smaller selection of apps. That’s exactly what BlackBerry CEO John Chen finds discriminatory, so he wants US legislators to force developers to create apps for the failed BlackBerry platform. [...]

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