Author: Ian Hardy

I write articles on the happenings within the Canadian wireless scene since Brick Breaker was cool. Building the wireless community is my gig and I'm probably the biggest fan of Tim Hortons in Canada.

Comwave fined over $300,000 by Competition Bureau for misleading advertisements

Comwave, a Toronto-based provider of long distance, Internet and VoIP services for consumer and business customers, has been fined $300,000 by the Competition Bureau. The Competition Bureau conducted an investigation and found the company falsely misleaded the public “in regards to charges and the level of service for internet and home phone connections.” As a…

How to filter inappropriate comments in Instagram

Kevin Systrom, CEO and co-founder of Instagram, stated in a blog post that one of the reasons for creating the photo and video app was to build a “community where people could share their lives.” The company is now owned by Facebook and has over 500 million users. With a community of this size, many…

Samsung sold approximately 21,953 Galaxy Note 7 devices in Canada

Almost two weeks after a voluntary recall was issued for the Galaxy Note 7 due to the phone’s explosion-prone 3,500 mAh battery, Samsung and Health Canada have announced an official recall. The Note 7 went on sale in Canada on August 19th and was pulled globally on September 1st. To date, Samsung sold 2.5 million…

Slack to open Toronto office and create 145 jobs

Slack, the popular enterprise chat app started by Canadian entrepreneur Stewart Butterfield, announced today it plans to open a Toronto office. “Toronto is one of the most diverse and dynamic cities in North America and an ideal location for Slack’s global expansion,” said Ali Rayl, Director of Customer Experience at Slack. “We looked at a…

TTC bus driver caught using his smartphone while driving [Video]

Last week, the OPP announced it handed out an astonishing 800 distracted/inattentive driving charges over the three day period during Labour Day weekend. This brought the yearly total to a staggering ,8,800 fines relating to distracted driving. A video has surfaced showing a TTC bus driver using his smartphone while driving, which is against the…

Health Canada recalls hoverboard due to lithium-ion battery explosion concerns

It’s not just the battery in the Galaxy Note 7 that is having issues as Health Canada has officially recalled the Hype Roam Electric Self-Balancing Scooter, which is known these days as the common hoverboard. While no incidents have been reported of the hoverboard catching fire and exploding, Health Canada notes, “the lithium-ion battery packs…

Twitter Canada creates engineering department to better serve local content

Rory Capern, managing director of Twitter Canada, recently stated in an interview that there is “tremendous growth potential” for the social platform in Canada, which has already been noted as one of the company’s top ten markets. Apart from bringing on new talent, such as Jennifer Hollett and Laura Pearce, Twitter rolled out new features…

Top Canadian mobile stories from the past week

Every week we bring you the latest in Canadian mobile news. Listed below is a quick overview of the top stories from the past seven days. Videotron says it will exclusively stock the LG V20 in Quebec [Read here] Rogers launches online shop for small businesses to buy cloud-based apps [Read here] Eastlink Stream is…

Transport Canada safety advisory informs Canadians not to use the Galaxy Note 7 on planes

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 is one of the most beautiful smartphones ever produced. Unfortunately, however, the flagship device suffers from major issues and in some cases can actually catch fire. Following a global recall, Transport Canada has echoed the same statement as the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration by informing passengers to avoid using or charging the…

Airbnb hosts in Ontario earn an average of $3,900 per year

Airbnb was founded in 2008 and offers millions of users around the world the ability to rent their home to people who are looking for accommodations. The app is available on iOS and Android and currently has over 2 million listings in 34,000 cities and 191 countries. Airbnb takes a percentage of the rental fee…

Apple Watch Series 2 now available to pre-order in Canada

During the keynote presentation of Apple’s September “See you on the 7th” event, CEO Tim Cook stated the Apple Watch, its first wearable, has become the world’s best-selling smartwatch. Unfortunately, numbers were not released. However, for those eager to purchase the second-generation smartwatch can now do so as the company has opened up pre-orders to…

iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus now available to pre-order in Canada

Apple’s latest smartphones can now be pre-ordered in Canada. The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus can be purchased unlocked directly from Apple’s online store, or from participating Canadian carriers, as of 12:01am PST / 3:01am EST. The new iPhones have improved cameras, redesigned Home button, faster processor, water resistant, and scraps not only the…

OPP’s weekend distracted driving blitz results in over 800 charges

Using your mobile device while driving has been against the law since 2009, with the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) stated last week that distracted driving-related deaths are on track to double those of impaired driving. Heading into the Labour Day long weekend, a blitz was organized to educate and ticket drivers who disobeying the law, resulting…

iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus specs, pricing and Canadian availability

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus has finally been revealed. While most of the specs of both devices have already leaked, Apple had a few surprises up its sleeve, specifically related to the iPhone 7 Plus’ camera functionality. Canadians will be able to order the new Apple flagship smartphone on September 9th, unlocked through…

Apple Watch Series 2 specs, pricing and Canadian availability

Following the release of the Apple Watch, which Apple proudly declared to be the world’s best-selling smartwatch, the company unveiled the Apple Watch Series 2. The overall square design is similar to the original and this time, it’s water resistant for up to 50 meters, powered by a dual-core S2 chip, 50 percent faster cores,…

watchOS 3 will be available to all on September 13th

Today has been a whirlwind of announcements from Apples September 7th event in San Francisco. Amongst the announcements, Apple has officially released the launch date of the anticipated watchOS 3. Some of the biggest gripes with Apples first foray into the smartwatch industry were with app load times and just overall responsiveness. According to Apple…

Pokémon Go is coming to the Apple Watch

If you didn’t get enough Pokémon Go on your iOS or Android device, then how about on your Apple Watch? Yes, Pokémon Go is coming to the Apple Watch. During Apple’s keynote presentation, John Hanke, CEO of Niantic, the developer behind Pokemon Go, announced the popular game will make its way to Apple’s wearable sometime…

Apple’s iPhone 7 and 7 Plus will be available September 16th

Communication is key. During the intro of the Apple’s keynote presentation, somebody behind Apple’s recently launched Twitter account started to spread the official details of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. According to a flurry of Tweets, Apple will be going live with pre-order of both flagship devices today, with availability to the masses…