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Huawei Is Moving its R&D To Canada

Fed up with American sanctions against their company, Huawei announced that they will be moving its R&D office to Canada.

Ren Zhengfei, founder and CEO of Huawei, said the move its necessary because Huawei would be blocked from interacting with US employees.

This is a surprising move considering Canada is currently holding Meng Wanzhou, Huawei CFO, under house arrest and refuses to release her.

“The research and development center will move from the United States, and Canada will be the center.

According to the U.S. ban, we couldn’t communicate with, call, email or contact our own employees in the United States.”

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Ren Zhengfei in interview with Globe and Mail

Founder and CEO of Huawei

Huawei is one the largest network providers for the cell phones in the world. US authorities also accuse Huawei of spying and corporate espionage. Huawei denies all accusations.

Details were not disclosed where the new R&D in Canada will be located or how many new jobs will be created. But we do know that Huawei has cut 600 jobs in California just recently.

Huawei’s main headquarter is in China with additional offices in Germany, India, Sweden and Turkey.

Huawei also wants to start manufacturing 5G chips in Europe to gain trust from Europe that their equipment does not contain anything illegal.

“Ottawa should make the development of artificial intelligence its national strategy, Such a strategy would involve attracting talent.” Ren was dismissive of the idea that Ottawa should give Huawei some financial support. “If they need more money, I can give them money. I’m richer than the Canadian government.”

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Ren Zhengfei in interview with Globe and Mail

Founder and CEO of Huawei

Trudeau Promises To Cut Cell Phones Bills by 25%

If you have traveled around the world , you probably know, that in Canada we have one of the most expensive cell phone bills on the planet.

Justin Trudeau came to the rescue last week saying that if reelected he will cut the cell phone bills by 25% in the next 4 years.

As Canadians, we pay some of the highest prices in the world for cell phone services, while Canadian Telecom companies are among the most profitable in the developed world.

To help lower monthly cell phone bills and bring costs in line with what people pay in other countries, we will move forward with cutting the cost of these services by 25 per cent in the next two years by using the government’s regulatory powers,saving an average middle class family of four nearly $1,000 per year.

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Liberal Party of Canada

NDP has also proposed the idea of capping internet and cell phone bills if elected.

Robert Ghiz, president and CEO of the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association, has mentioned to CBC, that cell phone bills have already been reduced by 30% in the last 3 years and continue going down.

He warned not to put caps on prices of internet and cell phone bills.

As we enter a world of 5G, it is critical that we encourage investment in network technology, the backbone of the Canadian economy. We need to balance driving affordability with investing long-term so Canadians continue to enjoy world-class networks

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Robert Ghiz

CEO of the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association

Google’s Cell Phone Plan Now Works on iPhone and in Canada

UPDATE #1: Some of our readers on social media in Canada were  astonished with this phone plan and asked us to clarify – Does it kick you off if you aren’t in the US? like after 6 months if you live in Canada and want to use it?

We have reached out to Google and they replied back : Correct it will not kick you off and yes the plan will still be the same. However if something were to happen and the service is giving you troubles, you would need to be in the US so that we can fully troubleshoot whatever problem it is.


In case you did not know Google’s been testing its super cheap and reliable phone service plan that is now supported in over 170+ countries and now supports both Apple and Android phones.

The main appeal of Google Fi is that it is month to month plan starts at $20 USD for unlimited calls and texts within the US, and $10 per GB (you will get refund for data you don’t use, and data over 6 GB is free). They also provide free international SMS.

Even though you can not sign up for the service in Canada, you can sign up when you are down in the US, and take your cell phone with you to Canada or any other of the 170 countries on the list and can keep that cheap data plan as well as unlimited SMS. If you do not use all the data, you will get a refund.

Compare this for example to Fido’s plan where they charge you $7.99/50MB when you go down to the US.

Basically you can use 20GB in Canada every month for just $80 USD. Did we mention that there is no roaming and will work in Canada the US and 170 other countries and you can use it once month or pause it the next?

Even though Google Fi existed for few years not many users knew about it because it only supported limited number of phones. This all changed this week as they now support most iPhones and Android phones.

Please note that iPhone support is still in beta as per their website:

Fi for iOS is in beta for iPhone 5S and up. You’ll have a great Fi experience with most of the Google Fi features you know and love. Your phone isn’t built with Fi’s technology to seamlessly switch between networks, but of course, you’ll have reliable coverage. Finally, bringing your iPhone requires some extra upkeep from time to time (it’s in beta, after all), but we’ll be with you every step of the way.

Ready to sign up and save money on Canadian expensive cell phone providers? You can head over to the Google Fi site here and get their Free SIM (limited time offer) shipped to any address in the US.

Toronto Mobile App Developer Kills 10 People in North Toronto

Alek Minassian, a Toronto mobile developer and a student, rented out a van, and drove it down a busy Toronto street running over and killing 10 people and injuring multiple others.

Noone knows yet the motive for his actions, but all we know is that multiple people are killed and injured.

So what do we know about this Alek Minassian?

He is a developer and a college student at Seneca College.

He is 25 years old, and grew up in Toronto suburb of Richmond Hill, one of the richest neighbourhoods in Toronto, Ontario.

He did try to flee the scene and used a fake gun to scare the police.

The cop in the video shows extreme restrain and bravery while apprehending the suspect.

Alek was a mobile app developer who created an app called “Toronto Green Parking Advisor” downloaded more than 100 times. You can get it if you have an Android on Google Play.  It seems like the app allows you to search for parking locations in Toronto near a given address. The address can either be your current location or an address you specify. Parking locations can either be viewed in a list or on a map.

Furious users went on the app’s website after the attack to leave their negative reviews in the app comments section:

It seems like Alek really wanted to become a professional developer getting involved in Seneca’s Centre for Development of Open Technology development project at Seneca College.

Project states:

The program works by creating one or more objects and placing them on a Scene. It then adds one or more light sources and traces them as they reflect off or refract through objects.

So once again, noone knows why he did it. But it seems like mental illness could be at play. Some of his classmates at school described him as an odd and weird.

We here at PlanetWeb , send best wishes to everyone affected by this tragedy and would like to leave you with this quote:

Canadian Cell Phone Companies Can No Longer Lock Your Phone

As of December 1st, 2017, Government of Canada and specifically CRTC, has requested that all telco companies in Canada can no longer lock your phone or ask you to pay to unlock it.

They have also requested that all wireless contracts are readable to make sure you avoid unpleasant surprise when your bill comes.

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All phones sold in Canada as of December 1st will be unlocked and you can use them with any provider you chose.

Also now if you have a family plan, you as plan administrator will be the only person, who can authorize how much data your kids can use.

Lastly, all contracts must be in simple language without any small print that can get you for thousands of dollars. You will be given a permanent copy, it will tell you how much exactly it is by the month, and potential optional charges and how much more you would need to pay.

Finally, we are catching up to the rest of the world. PlanetWeb loves this new regulation. Thanks!

 

Toronto Avocare Reduces Healthcare Wait Time

Avocare helps reception desks in the healthcare industry reduce their phone volume. They do it by enabling two-way channels of digital communication – text message, Facebook Messenger, and web messaging. To drive efficient communication, they further support both patients and practitioners by automating requests and conversations with our in house developed AI powered assistant. The outcomes are reduced costs for healthcare clinics, and improved patient access and satisfaction.

We sat down with Vikram Luthra, CEO & Founder, to find out more about his company:


Who started the company? Do you / team members have tech background?

The company was founded by Vik Luthra, an experienced entrepreneur and corporate executive. Subsequently, Vik partnered with Taylan Pince (CTO & Parner @ Avocare, and an experienced technology leader), to build Avocare’s products. Avocare has a talented team of designers, developer and advisors. Another partner in the business is Dr. Manisha Verma (a family physician), who is a partner and the companies Chief Medical Officer.

How are you being financed?

Avocare has raised pre-seed capital from some early stage investors, including its founder and partners.

What do you think will be / is a big obstacle to overcome?

A major obstacle will be barriers to technological change in the healthcare industry. Typically, technology is dominated by larger incumbents and switching and integration costs from existing solutions can be high. Furthermore, especially in Canada, adoption of new technologies is slow – for a number of reasons. Our challenge will be to drive change in a way that lessens the impact of these obstacles and factors on practitioners and patients.

How do you go about finding good developers / IT guys for your company?

Taylan, our CTO, has years of experience developing junior technical talent, and also brings with him a wide network within the tech community. Our team and recruitment has been built on this platform.

Who is your biggest competition?

Our biggest competition is web-based technologies that are offer digital services to patients on behalf of clinics. However, it’s important to note that our value proposition and product features differ in many ways – for one, we strive to make our services as accessible and efficient as possible to all parties, with great focus on helping clinic administrators run better practices. Providing great customer service and very simple user experiences help too.

How are you intending on taking your company to million dollars in revenues? In what markets?

There are many initiatives that we are working on from both a product and scaling perspective – including growth of our product and expansion into new markets in Canada and the US. We have a pipeline of clinics that are interested in the benefits that our product provides. Ultimately, it requires that we sign on as many clinics, practitioners and patients as possible, as quickly as possible, across key Canadian & US markets.

What is the big lesson you’ve learned (success or failure) with this project.

Building an incredible product and launching with our first clinic within 5 months is a huge success, however arguably we could have gotten to market sooner. We had recognized problems that needed to be solved long before the start of Avocare, but it took a long time to fully take the plunge – a consequence of over-analysis.

Lesson: As an early-stage startup, moving fast, and constantly iterating on and testing ideas with real world users is the most important thing we can and will continue to do. If we fail at things, it’ll be okay, as long as we pushing hard and fast to drive progress on our path.

 

Learn more about Avocare here:

Vancouver startup GoFetch.ca raises $1.4m

GoFetch.ca , 10+ people startup based in Vancouver, raised $1.4m valuing the company at $7m.

Founded in June of 2015, GoFetch.ca is Canada’s largest community marketplace connecting dog owners with trusted dog walkers and sitters. With GoFetch, dog parents can discover, book, and manage personalized care for their dogs, including dog boarding, sitting, and dog walking. New sitters and walkers go through a background check, provide references, give GoFetch a dog-care plan, and go through the GoFetch vetting process.

Thousands of Canadians have used and have had positive experiences on GoFetch. GoFetch is venture-backed and has launched across Canada. GoFetch is one of the fastest-growing tech companies in Canada, and Canadian leader online marketplaces where owners can find services for their pets. The company started with dog walk and is expanding into other services.

You can watch Canadian CTV news profiled the company back in 2016: