Digital Forum members get a chance to win an iPad2 by testing Shaw’s WiFi network

As reported on Digital Home in early December, Shaw Communications has begun consumer trials of its broadband wireless network using WiFi technology in Calgary, Vancouver and Edmonton.

In order to improve the quality of its new service, Shaw is asking Digital Forum members to try out the new service and then to complete a short survey about their experience.

Shaw launches broadband WiFi network trial

Shaw Communications today announced it has begun consumer trials of its broadband wireless network using WiFi technology.

The company says Shaw High Speed Internet customers can trial the service at a limited number of locations, including malls, restaurants and fitness facilities, in Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton.

Shaw’s Western Canadian WiFi Network to launch in Spring 2012

Early this after completing a strategic review of its business, Shaw Communications announced that it had cancelled its plans to build a wireless network in Western Canada. In its place, the company would invest in building a broadband wireless network using WiFi technologies.

Sony says new eReader will be world’s lightest

Sony Canada today announced the Reader Wi-Fi which the company claims will be the world’s lightest eReader and one of the longest lasting thanks to an estimated battery life of over three weeks. With Wi-Fi turned off, battery life is estimated at over a month.

According to the company, the Reader Wi-Fi will also be the first eReader to offer wireless connectivity to the public library system in Canada via a dedicated icon on the device. With eReader and a valid library card, owners should be able to borrow free books from their local library.

Shaw cancels plans to build a Wireless Network

In 2008, Shaw spent $190 million for wireless spectrum in Western Canada. The company’s goal at the time was to offer its more than two million customers in the west the quadruple play of services – Internet, wireline phone, TV and wireless.

Now, after a strategic review of the wireless marketplace, Shaw Communications has announced that it is no longer economically viable to build a wireless network.

McDonald’s Canada now serving Free WifFi

Starting today, more than 1,000 McDonald’s Restaurants across Canada will begin offering free and unlimited Wi-Fi ot its customres.

By month’s end, more than 90 per cent of the company’s 1,400 plus locations nationally will be enabled with the new service, making McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada one of the country’s largest providers of free Wi-Fi.

Hot tech in U.S. homes are bigger TVs, PVRs and WiFi

Bigger screen televisions, Wifi and PVRs are among the hottest new trends and devices in American homes according to Nielsens second quarter 2010 home technology report.

Tech devices which aren’t so hot include: satellite radio, DVD players, VCRs and personal digital assistants.

Cogeco to offer WiFi plans for iPad users

Cogeco Data Services announced today it will begin offering a $5 a month WiFi plan for iPad users in downtown Toronto when the device launches later this month in Canada.

The iPad plan is identical to WiFi service plans which Cogeco began to offer last summer for iPhone and iPod touch users.

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