Montreal Aims to Become World’s Next ‘Smart City’ by 2017

Montreal Aims to Become World’s Next ‘Smart City’ by 2017

Montreal mayor Denis Coderre and his team have announced the Montreal Action Plan, which includes a number of projects that will see Montreal become a “smart city.” With a total budget of $23 million, the plan is broken down into six sections, with an estimated completion date set for the end of 2017. The city plans to set up wireless access points in 750 locations across the city to deploy free public WiFi throughout the city. The Coderre administration...


Shomi Will Be Available to All Canadians Starting This Summer

Shomi Will Be Available to All Canadians Starting This Summer

Well, it’s official – Shomi, Rogers and Shaw’s joint venture streaming service, will soon be available across the country. Shomi was first launched in November in beta form for Rogers and Shaw internet and cable customers. “The beta has been a huge success and we’re excited to now bring it to all Canadians. We’ve taken the time to work out the kinks so members can enjoy a great user interface and viewing experience,”...


Bell Launches Fibe TV App for iOS and Android

Bell Launches Fibe TV App for iOS and Android

Bell today announced the launch of the Fibe TV app, a new way for subscribers to use the service. Image: Bell Available for iOS and Android, the app will allow Fibe TV users to access hundreds of channels and over 7,000 hour of on-demand programming via their smartphone or tablet. With the tap of a button, users can also switch to viewing on their television set.  Additionally, the app can be used as a remote control to navigate the menu, browse...


CRTC Asks Canadians for Help in Measuring Broadband Speeds

CRTC Asks Canadians for Help in Measuring Broadband Speeds

The CRTC has issued a call to Canadians to assist in the testing of broadband internet speeds across the country. Interested parties can volunteer to participate in a project that will measure the performance of internet services offered by 10 different Canadian internet service providers. The results will let Canadians know what kind of speeds they are actually receiving from their ISPs and if those speeds match up with what companies purport to...


LG Debuts Paper-Thin, Stick-to-the-Wall OLED TV

LG Debuts Paper-Thin, Stick-to-the-Wall OLED TV

LG yesterday unveiled a new paper-thin and incredibly light OLED display TV prototype. Could this represent the next great leap in TV technology? Image: LG Display The OLED panel is a good size at 55-inches, but the most surprising thing is that it’s only 0.97mm thick and weighs just 4.2 pounds. Did we mention that it’s also essentially a ‘peel and stick’ television? The TV sticks to the wall with a magnetic mat, meaning you could potentially...


Canadian Telcos Lose Court Appeal Over CRTC Wireless Code

Canadian Telcos Lose Court Appeal Over CRTC Wireless Code

In news that’s sure to please Canadians everywhere (particularly those of us still trapped in 3-year contracts with our wireless providers), the country’s most powerful telecomm companies have lost their court appeal over the final implementation date of the CRTC’s national wireless code. The code, which came into effect in December 2013, states that wireless providers must spread out the cost of phone subsidies over no more than a 2-year period....


Apple Reveals New MacBook Pro, iMac

Apple Reveals New MacBook Pro, iMac

Apple today announced an updated MacBook Pro and iMac, as well as a lower price for its highest end Mac. The updated 15-inch MacBook Pro will feature the new Force Touch trackpad as well as faster flash storage and increased battery life. Canadian pricing starts at $2449 for the 2.2 GHz model, while the 2.5 GHz model will set you back $3049. The new 27-inch iMac Retina 5K display desktop has a higher screen resolution at 5120 x2880, 67 percent more...


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Fido rolling out LTE network this summer

Fido rolling out LTE network this summer

During the course of this summer, Fido customers will start being able to access LTE throughout Canada. This will begin in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, St.John’s, and their surrounding areas.. By the end of 2012 it should also include Moncton, Trois-Rivières, Sherbrooke, Québec City, Kingston, Ajax, Pickering, Oshawa, Oakville, Burlington, Hamilton, St. Catharines, Niagara, Windsor, Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo, Guelph, London, Barrie, Sudbury, Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Kelowna, Abbotsford and Victoria. It looks like at launch Fido will be offering an LTE Hotspot device, with LTE compatible smartphones launching later in the year. “We are thrilled to offer the benefits of LTE network technology to Fido customers this year,” said Steven Sarfin, senior director of marketing, Fido Solutions. “Our focus at Fido has always been on providing the best value to our customers. With data plans starting from $10/month, affordable LTE service is a perfect complement to the exclusive FidoADVANTAGE programs like FidoTRADE™,...


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