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Freedom expands WiFi calling availability

Media | 06/11/2018 3:34 pm EDT

Shaw Communications Inc.’s Freedom Mobile said more phones with Apple Inc.’s iOS and Alphabet Inc.’s Android platform can make WiFi calls on its network in a post on Twitter Inc.’s platform Friday. This comes after the wireless carrier announced the feature in...

Frédéric Boulanger new ITAC chairman

telecom | 07/15/2016 5:36 pm EDT

The Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) said in a press release Friday that Macadamian Technologies president Frédéric Boulanger will be its new chairman of the board, replacing Softchoice president and CEO David MacDonald. “As ITAC’s Chair, Fred will continue to set ambitious targets for continued growth in our industry and ensure we continue our leadership role in advocating for increased digital adoption at all levels of government as well as ensuring the industry remains an exciting career choice for young people in Canada,” ITAC president and CEO Robert Watson said in the release. MacDonald will stay on the board, which will also have five new members joining this year: Carey Drader,...

Tablet market continues shipment decline: IDC

telecom | 04/30/2015 2:41 pm EDT

The global tablet market saw its second straight year-over-year decline in shipments in the first quarter of 2015, International Data Corp. said Thursday. The technology research company said in a press release that companies...

Global smartphones sales exceeded one billion in 2014: Gartner

telecom | 03/03/2015 3:41 pm EST

Technology research company Gartner Inc. said Tuesday that annual smartphone sales surpassed one billion for the first time in 2014. The company said in a press release that mobile-phone...

Tablet’s social impact remains despite sales slowdown: expert

Media | 02/02/2015 9:04 pm EST

New data shows that tablet shipments declined year-over-year in last year's fourth quarter — for the first time in the category’s short market history — though a Canadian trends observer says the cultural impact of tablets isn't going away any time soon. International Data Corp. said in a press...

Cablevision to launch ‘all-WiFi’ phone service in U.S.

telecom | 01/26/2015 5:08 pm EST

U.S. telecom provider Cablevision Systems Corp. said Monday it will launch low-cost “all-WiFi” cellphone service next month, with unlimited talk, text and data. The company said in a release that the service, called Freewheel, will work anywhere around the world where a WiFi signal is accessible, and...

Smartphone sales of China’s Xiaomi drive global growth

telecom | 10/30/2014 3:41 pm EDT

Global smartphone shipments were up 25.2 per cent in this year's third quarter from a year earlier, driven largely by explosive growth in devices coming from China's Xiaomi, International Data Corp. said in a release Wednesday. IDC said that preliminary data indicates there were 327.6 million shipments of smartphones during the three-month period, compared to 261.7 million one year earlier. The top two vendors remained Samsung Electronics Co. and Apple Inc. Samsung's smartphone shipments were down 8.2 per cent year-on-year to 78.1 million, while Apple sales gained 16.1 per cent to 39.3 million helped by the release of two new iPhones. Cracking the top five for the first time to land in third spot was Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi, which saw smartphone shipments surge 211.3 per...

World tablet shipments up 11% in second quarter

telecom | 07/24/2014 6:37 pm EDT

World tablet shipments were up 11 per cent in the second quarter compared to a year earlier, International Data Corp. said Thursday. It said in a press release that preliminary data shows that total shipments were 49.3 million in...

Government said no to BlackBerry sale to Lenovo: CBC

telecom | 03/25/2014 5:37 pm EDT

BlackBerry Ltd. abandoned a potential sale of the company last year to Chinese computer manufacturer Lenovo Group Ltd. after the Canadian government indicated it would not approve such a transaction, CBC reported online on Monday....

Google to sell Motorola Mobility

telecom | 01/31/2014 8:12 pm EST

Google Inc. said Wednesday it has reached a deal to sell Motorola Mobility LCC to Lenovo Group Ltd. for $2.91 billion US. Google CEO Larry Page said in a blog post Wednesday that the smartphone business is “super...

Lenevo looking at opportunities with RIM

telecom | 01/25/2013 5:26 am EST

Lenovo Group Ltd. could be looking to acquire Research In Motion Ltd. as it considers acquisition targets and strategic alliances to bolster its mobile-device business, Bloomberg reported Thursday. “We are looking at all...