Peter Nowak
Peter Nowak is an award-winning journalist and best-selling author of Sex, Bombs and Burgers: How War, Porn and Fast Food Created Technology As We Know It.

He has been a reporter for the CBC, National Post and New Zealand Herald and his work has appeared in the Boston Globe, Sydney Morning Herald and South China Morning Post, among others.

Entries by Peter Nowak

Unlimited Data In Canada? Good Luck With That One

(19) Comments | Posted April 7, 2017 | 3:38 PM

Toronto City Council is asking federal regulators to force Canada's Big Three wireless carriers to offer unlimited data, according to a report from MobileSyrup.

Uh, good luck with that.

Councillors last week voted 27 in favour, four opposed and six absent in favour of making a motion to the Canadian...

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Bell Is Losing The War With 'Game Of Thrones' Pirates

(44) Comments | Posted June 7, 2016 | 8:41 AM

Winter is coming for Bell Canada's TV business. What's funny is the company is either pretending it isn't, or doesn't see it. It's not clear yet which is sadder.

CBC ran a story this weekend about HBO's angry letter blitz, where the network has been sending out copyright...

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Justin Trudeau Is Just Not Ready to Take on Cellphone Bills

(9) Comments | Posted October 21, 2015 | 6:12 PM

So Justin Trudeau is the new Prime Minister of Canada. That's probably a good thing, at least as far as the end of divisive politics is concerned.

As Trudeau emphatically said in his victory speech Monday night, "a Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian," which hopefully means...

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Harper's New 'Anti-Terrorism' Bill Will Create a Climate of Self-Censorship

(24) Comments | Posted February 4, 2015 | 6:47 AM

The Harper government's newly introduced "anti-terrorism" legislature, Bill C-51, has been roundly condemned as an assault on privacy and free speech -- and rightly so.

Citizen groups, newspaper editorials and opposition politicans have criticized the bill -- which would allow for the removal of "terrorist propaganda" from the Internet, give...

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Wireless Roaming in Canada: A Lot of Meaningless Choice

(3) Comments | Posted September 10, 2013 | 11:23 AM

With the CRTC looking into wireless roaming rates, Canadians can expect to soon hear a whole new set of talking points from the industry about why the sky really isn't blue. Telecom consultant Mark Goldberg, in a blog post, gives a sneak preview of what some of those...

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The Country Most Gouged By Telecom Companies? Canada

(24) Comments | Posted March 18, 2013 | 2:56 PM

Last week, I made an effort to investigate some of the findings of a recent Scotia Capital report, which itself sought to dispel some of the alleged myths pervading the Canadian wireless market. Some of my conclusions were based on slightly older numbers, taken from a 2011 version...

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iPhone 5 Canada: The Dysfunction Of Three-Year Contracts

(44) Comments | Posted September 13, 2012 | 11:47 AM

The painful reality of Canadian cellphone service has once again come to the forefront this week. There was, of course, Apple's big iPhone 5 announcement on Wednesday - more on that in a second - but there was also the report out of the Montreal Economic Institute that suggested Canada's...

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What The Supreme Court's Copyright Rulings Mean For You

(2) Comments | Posted July 12, 2012 | 8:50 PM

The Supreme Court on Thursday issued a raft of landmark copyright decisions that will affect how Canadians listen to and buy music online.

It also kept open the doors to the kinds of research materials, primarily photocopies, that will be available freely to students.

With the large number of simultaneous...

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Tory Telecom Announcement Shows Love for Little Guys

(0) Comments | Posted March 17, 2012 | 11:59 AM

Has anybody seen Santa Claus? Because it sure feels like Christmas. The federal government came out of nowhere on Wednesday to announce that it is finally going to open up Canada's telecommunications market to foreign investors. As an added bonus, Industry Minister Christian Paradis also announced the framework...

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Rogers: The World's Worst Throttler (Officially)

(21) Comments | Posted October 21, 2011 | 5:39 PM

Hot on the heels of the news that Bell Canada is cutting some of its Internet throttling with wholesale customers comes some really -- and I mean really -- interesting data on throttling worldwide. Ladies and gentlemen, presenting the world's absolute worst throttler (since 2008): Rogers.

According to...

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CRTC Chair Crossed Harper Government Too Many Times

(2) Comments | Posted September 29, 2011 | 12:43 PM

If you disagreed with your boss at almost every turn and one of those arguments resulted in him getting dragged into a court battle, would you be surprised if he fired you? Probably not.

That's why it's hard to understand what was going on in the mind of Konrad von...

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ISPs Moving Society Backwards: 'Call of Duty' Chief

(9) Comments | Posted September 8, 2011 | 9:14 AM

It's not just Internet users who are angry over their service providers' usage-based billing and throttling policies. The man in charge of developing the biggest video game franchise in the world is pretty steamed too.

Mark Rubin, executive producer at Infinity Ward, the studio behind the 'Call of...

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The Art of Picking Up Women Gets a Female Touch

(13) Comments | Posted August 9, 2011 | 11:50 AM

When I think back on some of the most eye-opening books I've ever read, few struck me as much Neil Strauss's The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists.

I came across Strauss's 2005 book by chance. I was in my early 30s, single, and in a bookstore...

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Can BlackBerry Maker Battle with Giants Apple And Google In The Smartphone Wars?

(7) Comments | Posted May 26, 2011 | 8:20 AM

What's wrong with Research In Motion? That could be the question after financial analysts downgraded the BlackBerry maker's stock and reviewers panned its entry into the tablet space.

Indeed, four years ago, Canada's own success story could do no wrong. Celebrities and future U.S. presidents were touting its addictive 'CrackBerry'...

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