’s Top 6 Posts for April 2013

by Matt Klassen on May 6, 2013

1. Digitcom Recognized as a Top Canadian IT Solution Provider, 2 years in a row

Digitcom, a leading Canadian business phone systems and data networks distributor, announced this month that it has reached a significant landmark in its history, earning a spot two years in a row in the Computer Dealer News (CDN) annual ranking of Canadian IT solution providers by revenue. Digitcom was on the list last year as well at number 95, and has climbed 4 spots to number 91 this year. The announcement was made at the CDN Channel Awards dinner help at the Paramount Conference & Event Venue inVaughan on April 16th, 2013.

Digitcom’s inclusion in CDN’s annual Top 100 list is a milestone for the company and follows multiple awards and designations for customer satisfaction and industry leadership.

2. Mapping the Mobile Journey: The Fortieth Anniversary of the First Cell Phone Call

There’s no question that forty years ago Motorola’s Martin Cooper changed the world forever, placing the first cellular phone call to the head of research at rival Bell Labs, just to let him know he’d been beaten them to the punch as both companies worked furiously to create the first mobile device.

But things look very different now, and it would an understatement for the ages to say that the mobile market has come along way since that fateful day. In fact, the history of mobile communication has left us with so many culturally significant moments that it makes me wonder what the next forty years of mobile development has in store, curious how it will continue to change the very fabric of our existence.

3. Ontario to Introduce New Bill to Make Cellphone Contracts more Transparent and Consumer-Friendly

TheOntariogovernment plans to introduce a new bill which obligates wireless carriers to explain their fees more clearly and face limits on cancellation charges. The aim of the bill is to make cell phone bills — one of the most-hated items of mail Canadians receive — more transparent.

This new bill is also aimed at filling a gap that the Canadian Radio–Television and Telecommunications Commission cannot: to regulate wireless players’ charges, and if successful, it could redefine how governments are able to regulate a Canadian mobile market that often times looks like the Wild Wild West.

4. Dark Horse Dish Network Bids on Sprint Nextel

It’s a story that could have fallen from the pages of any Soap Opera hack, a seemingly rock-steady relationship suddenly thrown into turmoil by the sudden introduction of a dark horse suitor. While the pending merger between Japanese Softbank and Sprint seemed all but a done deal, the waters were muddied when upstart Dish Network entered the fray, offering more money in an attempt to gain a serious foothold in theAmericawireless market.

If that weren’t enough, Clearwire, the subject of Dish Network’s first attempt to scoop up a wireless asset, has now become the focus of Verizon’s latest spectrum grab, the wireless giant hoping to benefit from Sprint’s soap opera by quietly offering Clearwire a way out.

5. How NFC can Leave our Finances Exposed

While NFC has quickly become one of the most important smartphone features, mass adoption is proving difficult for this sleek mobile payment technology, and one of the key concerns consumers are communicating is security. In an investigation this month, it was found that the burgeoning technology could put users at extreme risk to having their information stolen or hacked.

In support of these ongoing security concerns, the investigation found that it took criminals only a matter of seconds to get access to credit card details through several payment apps, certainly not enough time to realize anything is untoward, let alone do anything about it.

6. Microsoft takes Android Cold War to Foxconn

An interesting Android Cold War has been waging for several years now between Microsoft and Google, with the Redmond PC giant fighting this proxy battle with the search engine giant by signing key licensing deals with many of Google’s Android partners, a move that has allowed Microsoft to make more money off Android directly then Google ever has.

Just this month alone Microsoft struck landmark licensing deals with Foxconn parent company Hon Hai, the maker of approximately 40 percent of the world’s mobile technology, and key Chinese Android partner ZTE, evidence that Microsoft’s mobile strategy has more to do with lawyers and less to do with research and development.

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