WHO says mobile phone could raise risk of brain cancer

The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research (IARC) today classified radiofrequency electromagnetic fields use as “possibly carcinogenic to humans” because it increases the risk for glioma, a malignant type of brain cancer.

The WHO says human exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields can occur from occupational exposures to radar and to microwaves; environmental exposures associated with transmission of signals for radio, television and wireless telecommunication; and personal exposures associated with the use of wireless telephones.

Sasktel offers iPad 2 data plans

SaskTel, providers of wireless service to over half a million customers in Saskatchewan, announced last week that it is now offering two dedicated data plans for the iPad 2.

“We are excited to bring affordable data plans for the iPad 2 to our customers enabling an unbeatable experience at our Wi-Fi locations or on Saskatchewan’s largest and fastest 4G network.” said Ron Styles, SaskTel President and CEO.

Apple to unveil Mac OS X Lion and iOS 5 at WWDC

In a written statement released today, Apple has announced it would introduce Mac OS X Lion, iOS and its new iCloud service at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) on Monday, June 6.

WWDC is a conference held annually in California by Apple. The conference is used by Apple to showcase its new software and technologies for developers, as well as offering hands-on labs and feedback sessions.

North American Playstation Network to be fully restored this week

On its Playstation blog today, Sony announced its Playstation Network and Qriocity Music Unlimited service would be fully operational in Asia, Europe and the Americas by the end of this week.

A date for complete restoration of the Playstation Network and the Music Unlimited service in Japan, Hong Kong, and South Korea has still not been announced.

CityNews Channel coming to Toronto this fall

Rogers Broadcasting announced today that it will launch CityNews Channel, a 24/7 English language news station, in Toronto this October.

In addition to competing against local news broadcasts, the station will compete for audience against Bell Media’s local CP24 news station and National News channels such as CBC News Network, CTV News Channel, and Sun News.

MuchMusic HD launches on Bell June 1st

Muchmusic HD, a high definition version of the English language digital specialty channel, will launch on June 1st.

On launch date, the Bell Media owned station will only be available on Bell’s Direct-to-Home satellite television service and its Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) service. To-date, no other cable or satellite distributors has picked up the station.

/A\ Network to be renamed CTV2

Bell Media announced today that it will rename the /A\ network to CTV Two this fall.

Bell says the rebranded network will broadcast in high definition to English Canadian viewers in Vancouver/Victoria, Toronto/Barrie, Ottawa, London, Windsor and Atlantic Canada.

One third of Canadian wireless users have a smartphone

A new survey released today by the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA) has found that nearly half (48%) of Canadian mobile phone users under the age of 35 now own a smartphone.

The survey, which polled 2,400 Canadians in the latter half of March, found that among all adults over the age of eighteen, one in three wireless phone users now use a smartphone.

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