Peter Nowak

Technology

Peter Nowak is a Toronto-based technology reporter and author of Humans 3.0: The Upgrading of the Species.

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Analysis

Canadian broadcasters keeping in-demand shows off streaming services

A long list of popular series — including The Americans and many HBO shows — are being kept off Canadian streaming services by traditional broadcasters, leading some advocates to call for the retention of the use-it-or-lose-it rule that is set to expire at the end of August.
Analysis

iPhone 7 about 'courage,' but is it truly innovative?

Now that Apple has taken the wraps off the iPhone 7, the question on everyone’s minds is: Is it worth buying, or even worthy of all the attention it’s getting?

Canada's ad industry cracking down on paid endorsements on social media

Canada's advertising industry is taking long-overdue steps to curb misleading posts on blogs and social media that double as paid product endorsements in an effort to keep so-called influencers honest.
Analysis

Facebook bias scandal: New media giant deals with traditional media problem

Angst over Facebook's growing media influence is hitting new heights because of an allegation the social network is actively suppressing conservative news and opinions from its influential Trending Topics section.

CRTC rejects plea from small internet providers seeking wireless access

The federal regulator has turned down a plan by about 30 small internet companies that would have allowed them to rent the cellular networks of the big telecoms and, in all likelihood, provide a cheaper wireless service.

The 10 hottest new tech products from CES 2016

Only a handful of the thousands of new technology products launched at this year's Consumer Electronics Show made a lasting impression. Here are 10 products that created the most buzz at the Las Vegas event.

CES 2016: 10 new consumer gadgets that will amaze or bewilder

A look at some of the more notable devices shown off at CES Unveiled, the preview ahead of the main Consumer Electronics Show that officially kicks off in Las Vegas on Wednesday.

CES 2016: Set your smartwatch for a virtual-reality future

Hollywood and video game makers look set to storm the immersive, virtual reality marketplace now that the VR makers have finally worked the bugs out. Their wares are expected in force at the annual CES extravaganza in Las Vegas later this week.

A truly Canadian problem: Who do I complain to about Netflix?

The CRTC is promising some new code of conduct for the broad TV industry, including possibly video streaming, this year. But having already blinked in the past when trying to deal with big international providers like Netflix, maybe don't hold your breath.

From ultra-HD TVs to circular-dial smartwatches: A gizmo gift guide

Christmas is rapidly approaching, and with it, a frenzied panic as many shoppers scramble to check off everyone on their gift list. So, what to get that person who has everything? We outline some options that will satisfy even the most discerning gizmo geek on your list.
REVIEW

Shomi offers good variety of film, TV shows but lacks Netflix's features

Canadians will be able to sign up to Shomi for $8.99 a month regardless of their internet provider. But U.S. video streaming juggernaut Netflix offers superior functionality, features and catalogue breadth, so it's hard to justify Shomi's equal pricing.
Analysis

Cellphone customers have bargaining power thanks to CRTC contract rule

Canada’s wireless carriers are preparing for an unprecedented wave of customer free-agency as a new regulation kicks in next week, and that could mean some good deals for people who are willing to bargain with their carrier.

How McDonald's has shaped the food biz

McDonald's turns 75 this week. While the company is doing a lot of soul-searching about its future, looking back, there's no question it has had – and continues to have – a huge impact on the food industry.
Analysis

Why 'zero rating' is the new battleground in net neutrality debate

'Zero rating' may conjure thoughts of a movie or album review – a score a critic might assign to a terrible effort. But it’s also an internet pricing strategy and the latest battleground in the net neutrality debate.

Internet, phone bills in Canada too high, says consumer study

The federal government needs to take action to assess how escalating phone, internet and television bills are affecting Canadians, especially those earning the least income, a new study on affordability says.