Skyway West Recommended July 15th to 21st

Each Monday we’ll pass on links to articles we thought were well worth reading from the previous week, for those who live where we do (British Columbia, Canada), work like we do (high speed business internet), and think about things we do (internet trends, internet privacy, internet censorship, cutting-edge technology, etc.). If you don’t want to wait ’til Monday, we usually tweet and link to these as we come across them

Financial Post | Telus CEO Entwistle warns of ‘bloodbath’ if Verizon has advantage in wireless spectrum auction

The head of one of Canada’s big three telephone companies warned that the sector faces a “bloodbath” unless rules that could give a U.S. giant preferential treatment in the upcoming spectrum auction are changed in the next two months. Read More…

Tech News World | Elon Musk Revs Up for Super-Fast Hyperloop Transport Reveal

Sounds like Elon Musk is ready to get another pet project off the ground. This time, it’s the Hyperloop, a space-age transportation system that would radically compress the time it would take to travel on Earth. It would also be safer, cleaner and more energy-efficient than conventional transport. And it might just be cheaper to build it than to study it, suggested tech analyst Rob Enderle. Read More…

ReadWrite | Time To Change Your Tumblr Password—Immediately

Ever logged in to Tumblr on your iPhone or iPad? How about while logged in on a public Wi-Fi connection? If you answered yes to any of the above, you may want to change your Tumblr password ASAP. Tumblr has just made users aware of a serious privacy compromise that enables anybody with the ability to “sniff” traffic on public Wi-Fi networks to view Tumblr users’ passwords in unencrypted plain-text format. The problem arose because the iPad and iPhone apps fail to log users in through a secure server. Read More…

The Atlantic Wire | How Likely Is Death by iPhone Electrocution?

Horrifying news reports suggest that an iPhone electrocuted a Chinese woman—though it’s very unclear if that happened at all and if the rest of the iPhone-owning public should worry about death by smartphone electrocution. The details from various media reports are murky, making it hard to reach any firm conclusions about the dangers of iPhones. It’s unclear what model of Apple’s popular cell phone the victim, Ma Ailun, used, or if it even came from a legitimate Apple retailer orChina’s gray market. Her family insists that she used genuine Apple parts and that the phone was under warranty still. Apple is investigating the situation. Given how little we know about the incident, however, here are some possible ways she might have put herself in contact with a deadly electronic charge. Read More…

Tech News World | Those Cute Little Baby Cell Towers Could Pose Big Security Problems

Having your own little cell tower at home may seem like a nifty solution to wireless customers who live at the edge of their carrier’s network or have difficulty picking up a strong signal for other reasons. However, with those small cells, or femtocells, comes the risk of having all of your communications — voice, text messages and data transmissions — laid bare to hackers. Read More…


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