Facebook data center coming to Utah

On May 30th, Facebook announced it had plans to build a data center on a 490-acre site in Eagle Mountain, Utah. The center is expected to open in 2020, and will create around 30 to 50 full-time jobs and additional contract opportunities on an as needed basis. The City of Eagle Mountain has said that the project “represents a $750 million investment in [the city],” according to Fox Business. Facebook has announced it will invest $100 million in local infrastructure in Eagle Mountain. This includes roads and a new electric substation. To make this investment appealing for Facebook, the company

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New wireless service option coming to Eastern Quebec and Northern Ontario

Have you heard of Iristel? It is a Markham, Ontario based company that provides VoIP and other business data and voice services across Canada. Lately, Iristel has been getting in the wireless game as well, having recently acquired the Quebec-based company i-MobileCa and its licensed spectrum. Iristel is already the parent-company of northern carrier Ice Wireless, but the acquisition means that Iristel will begin to offer “3G and 4G LTE wireless services under its own brand beginning June 2018,” according to  MobileSyrup. Iristel’s spectrum licenses mean it can provide services in Kirkland Lake, Ontario and Eastern Quebec in the Lower

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FBI warns owners of routers to reboot their devices

You know cyber-security threats are serious when the FBI gets involved. Following Cisco’s recent report that 500,000 infected routers could be destroyed via malware, the FBI has taken action to warn small businesses and households to immediately reboot their devices. ZD Net explains that “the malware, dubbed VPNFilter, was developed by the Russian state-sponsored hacking group Sofacy.” The malware was discovered by Cisco’s Talos Intelligence researchers, and looks to have infected routers made by Linksys, MikroTik, Netgear, and TP-Link. In fact, if you’re an owner of one of these specific devices, the FBI wants you to immediately reboot it: Linksys

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Echo device shares one family’s data without consent

“Unplug your Alexa devices right now. You’re being hacked.” These were the frightening and urgent words a Portland, Oregon family received over the phone two weeks ago, after what the Toronto Star calls an “unlikely string of events” caused their Amazon Echo to record their private conversations and send them to an acquaintance in Seattle, all without consent. The receiver of these recordings was an employee of the husband, and was also the person to alert them of the situation. This person was listed in the device’s contacts. “My husband and I would joke and say, ‘I’d bet these devices

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Senators ask FCC to investigate their own identity fraud

You might remember that towards the end of 2017, millions of “fake net neutrality” comments were posted on the FCC’s website, with identical messages, that allegedly showed support of the FCC’s decision to overturn the Obama-era laws. Although the comments were pretty obviously made by bots, they used the identities of real people, including Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Pat Toomey (R-PA). Now, according to Engadget, Merkley and Toomey have penned a letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, asking him to investigate the identity fraud. In their letter, Merkley and Toomey said they were “among those whose identities were misused

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Sprint Unlimited 55+ is now available

You might have heard buzz lately about Sprint releasing an Unlimited 55+ plan, similar to T-Mobile. If you are a Sprint customer who is 55 years or older, you can sign up for one line of unlimited service for $50 a month, or two lines for $70 a month. In comparison two lines of the typical Sprint unlimited plan – which include unlimited talk, text, data, limited international texting and data, and a mobile hot spot – costs $100 a month. Maybe you’re thinking, “but didn’t T-Mobile just release the same thing?” Yes, they did. As explained by The Verge,

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Canadians pay the most in the world for telecom services

According to a new study by Rewheel, a specialist in mobile-data and marketing competition, Canadians face “some of the least competitive pricing… for their wireless plans.” Rewheel’s study looked at how much data 30 Euros – or $46.13 CAD – buys in mobile broadband and smartphone plans in over 41 countries. Canada came last for mobile broadband, and 37th for smartphone plans, ahead of Greece, Korea, Hungary, and Malta. This isn’t just a Canadian problem. North America in general is lagging behind Europe in a few ways. The study suggests that “Countries like Bulgaria and Lithuania are outperforming the United

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200 Facebook apps suspended over privacy concerns

In the latest addition to the post-Cambridge Analytica Facebook saga, the social media giant has suspended 200 third-party applications after a privacy audit. According to SlashGear, Facebook’s “data misuse investigation found signs that they may have been acting improperly.” Cambridge Analytica has closed its doors following the scandal, but it was likely not the only company abusing data it collected from the platform. This is where the investigation of all apps that “had access to large amounts of information” became necessary. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg promised that all suspicious apps, as well as developers that refused to comply with the

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Telus growing faster than expected in 2018

Canadian wireless giant Telus has recently revealed that its Q1 results were better than experts had predicted. According to Mobile Syrup, Telus “posted a consolidated operating revenue of 3.4 billion, an increase by six percent over the same period a year ago.” Telus says its growth comes from the success of its wireline and wireless businesses. Its wireless business made “$1.5 billion in revenue, an increase of four percent over last year.” Telus also added 48,000 new subscribers to its wireless service – which is 4,000 more than it added in Q1 of 2017. Most analysts predicted Telus would add

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Your iPhone X might have a notable defect

One of Apple’s biggest boasts when selling its iPhone X device starting last November was Face ID. Face ID is a sophisticated AI that uses 3D-sensing for facial recognition. Unfortunately, many iPhone X owners may have noticed that the Face ID on their device is faulty, and according to BGR, Apple has “instructions for its stores and authorized service providers to repair or replace faulty devices.” The solution is strange. If you take your iPhone X in tomorrow, citing these issues, chances are that the first thing they will do is try a repair procedure on the rear facing camera.

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