Gemalto Denies Encryption Key Hack

Gemalto – the largest SIM card manufacturer on the planet – has denied reports claiming the NSA had the ability to capture and store the encryption keys that protect SIM cards. The company has denied the breach and explained that 3G and 4G networks were unaffected. Recent reports stated that any phone using a Gemalto SIM card was at risk of having its encryption keys stolen, claiming the NSA and GCHQ have been able to decrypt cell phone signals mid-air or remotely implant malware on hardware. Having access to these encryption keys would result in global privacy ramifications, as Gemalto

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U.S. Wi-Fi Innovation Act Seeks More Airwaves Alongside Smart Cars

Legislation requiring regulators to quickly test how shared radio frequencies could exist alongside those used for communications between smart cars was recently revived by two U.S. senators, in an attempt to allocate more airwaves to public Wi-Fi. U.S. Senators Cory Brooker, a New Jersey Democrat, and Marco Rubio, a Florida Republican, are re-introducing a piece of legislation that aims to direct the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to study how more spectrum can be freed up for public use without interfering with connected vehicles. The Wi-Fi Innovation Act was originally visited last year. The bill is supported by cable and wireless

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More Canadians Accessing the Internet from Mobile Devices

Canadians now spend half of their Internet hours on mobile devices. Smartphones and tablets have revolutionized our ability to access the web. As of August, there are 27.8 million Canadian adults who have access to the Internet. The majority of hours during the day are spent on PCs, while mobile device use peaks during the evening. Both the U.S and Canada follow this trend of spending time streaming video, scrolling through social media and reading the news. A study conducted by ComScore shows the average Canadian adult spends 39 hours a month on the internet on their PCs alone. With

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FCC Approves Inquiry into 5G Technology

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has unanimously approved an inquiry into 5G technology. The investigation will seek to determine if high-frequency airwaves previously considered to be unusable may in fact revolutionize mobile technology. “We are moving from networks designed for analog voice to networks designed for high-speed digital data,” said FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel. “So how do we meet these demands? We look up. Way, way, up. To infinity and beyond.” Frequencies higher than 24 gigahertz have gone unused in the past, as they could not handle cell phone signals. These frequencies cannot carry signals over long distances and are

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CRTC Warned Not to Follow in Europe’s Path

Georg Serentschy, former head of Austria’s Telecom Regulator, has warned the Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) against following in Europe’s footsteps when it comes to wireless prices. He explained Europe has some of the worst mobile service in the industrialized world due to the inadvertent consequences associated with trying to keep customers happy. “Europe’s telecoms industry — and its entire digital ecosystem — is suffering because over the last two decades European telecom regulators have created rules intended to keep wireless prices low by stimulating increased competition,” said Serentschy. Serentschy emphasized Canadians would be even less pleased with poor service

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Taking Advantage of Public WiFi Hotspots

If you are a road warrior away from your home town you may not have an easily accessible place to find an Internet connection for your laptop enabling access to the Internet world to get your email, read reports, work on Excel spreadsheets and send off a Power Point presentation. That’s where WiFi ‘hotspots’ come into our picture, something we touched on before. These are wireless networks that can be very convenient.   Many cities have jumped on the bandwagon of providing WiFi throughout the downtown core. Enabling business people to use this facility provides a boost to the local

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