Telus introduces free Wi-Fi to Vancouver

The City of Vancouver, in a special partnership with Telus, has launched six free Wi-Fi hotspots across the metropolitan centre as part of its Digital Strategy program. Although associated with Telus, you do not have to be a Telus or subsidiary customer in order to access the hotspots: #VanWiFi, as it’s been dubbed, is open to anyone. The only difference for Telus users is, they will automatically connect and start saving their data, whereas everyone else can connect through a splash page. It’s not the first program of its kind. Telus has established free hotspots to several 7-Eleven locations in

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Apple Tests Carrier Billing

Apple is dipping its toes in the waters of carrier billing, changing the ways it charges customers for apps, music, and other services in Germany. In the near future, German customers will be able to pay for their iTunes and App Store purchases through their mobile phone bill. This is beneficial for customers who want to take advantage of Apple’s services without using their credit card in another online account. Instead of entering an Apple ID and password when making a purchase, users will only have to enter their phone numbers and their bills will subsequently be charged. Carrier billing

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MasterCard Rolls Out Gadget Payment

Credit card company MasterCard is working with diverse innovators to launch a program that would make mobile payments possible from any device. The technology – announced this week in Las Vegas – works with gadgets as unsuspecting as a GM car key fob. MasterCard plans to bring mobile payments to “a wide array of consumer products across the automotive, fashion, technology wearables and yet-to-be-imagined categories,” stated a story in Top Tech News. The program is supported by technology from NXP Qualcomm, and “puts in place a standard for expanding secure contactless and embedded payment options globally,” said MasterCard. Mobile payment

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Complaints Lead to $170,000 Fine

Here at Schooley Mitchell complaints are nothing new. We hear them about poor telecom services and vendors all the time! One of the most annoying things that continues to plague families is receiving unsolicited telemarketing calls. They always seem to come at the most inopportune time, like when you are sitting down to dinner or have your hands full. In Canada, two home improvement companies are facing hefty fines for doing just that – calling residents who had registered their phone numbers on the national Do Not Call List (DNCL). The rules state that once someone signs up on the

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Introducing Instagram’s new Boomerang app

The team at Instagram has launched a new app for for iOS and Android called Boomerang. The idea is simple – on Boomerang users can shoot a one-second burst of five photos. The stream of photos is then played both forwards and backwards on a constant loop. Users can then share their creation on Instagram and Facebook. To use Boomerang, you don’t have to have an existing Instagram account or create a unique login for the application. Boomerang does not yet have its own feed. Boomerang is not the only standalone app created by Instagram. It has previously released Hyperlapse

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Apple Music reaches 15 million users

Apple Music has ballooned to 15 million users in the mere four months since its launch on June 30. Currently there are 6.5 million paying subscribers and 8.15 million people have signed up for the 90-day free trial. To put that in perspective, Apple Music already has a third of the amount of competitor Spotify’s users, even though Spotify has been in the music streaming business for seven years. Apple CEO Tim Cook announced the new user figures at a conference in Laguna Beach. The first numbers were announced after the first wave of free-trials ended in September. According to

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Google Maps adds stops, gas prices

At long last Google is providing its Maps users with an update that will make traveling a little easier: now you’ll be able to add stops along the way to your destination and check the latest gas prices. Being able to enter multiple destinations en route is a highly anticipated feature among loyal Google Maps users. To access it from navigation mode, tap on a magnifying glass icon in the top-right corner of the screen. A menu will drop down showing several options including gas stations, restaurants, grocery stores and more. If what you are looking for isn’t among the

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Schooley Mitchell lawsuit watch: 911 challenge

In this week’s Schooley Mitchell Lawsuit Watch, we bring you news of a $214 million storm brewing on the east coast over 911 system fees. It’s the latest legal challenge filed by Alabama-based company Phone Systems Recovery, this time alleging Massachusetts phone companies are pocketing emergency call system fees instead of handing them over to the government. According to a Boston Globe article, the lawsuit was filed in Superior Court based using whistle-blower statutes. The company that filed on behalf of the state stands to receive a portion of the settlement if successful. Phone System Recovery president Roger Schneider alleges

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Bell faces $1.25M fine for fake reviews

Bell Canada is facing a $1.25 million fine after company employees were caught downloading its free apps and posting above-average ratings and reviews online. The penalty, handed down by the Canadian Competition Bureau, also included an order for Bell to “enhance and maintain its corporate compliance program, with a specific focus on prohibiting the rating, ranking or reviewing of apps in app stores by employees and contractors.” The activities date back to late 2014 when the Competition Bureau says Bell employees were encouraged to download two free apps, MyBell Mobile and Virgin My Account, from iTunes or the Google Play

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Is sharing your Netflix password piracy?

Because there’s no real limit on how many devices that a Netflix account can be accessed from non-simultaneously, it’s not a big deal to share your password with a friend, right? The millions of people enjoying premium, free video content on streaming services by using shared passwords seem to think it’s an OK practice. Netflix recently announced it is raising its price from $8.99 to $9.99 a month for the plan that allows more than one device to stream content at the same time. This news was negatively received from many binge-watchers, but Goldman Sachs analyst Heath Terry suggests that

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