Apple Canada has closed the confusing return policy that negatively affected customers of its online store. Previously, customers buying an iPhone at a retail store could take 30 calendar days to return their in-good-condition device, while online orders were subject to a 14-day return period.
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A long-time favourite on iOS, Transit App made the transition to Android last year with aplomb. But the Montreal-based company hasn’t been able to keep the two versions at feature parity, until now.
Transit App 2.0 for Android apps real-time vehicle locations for the districts that support the feature — in Canada, this includes most of the big cities like Toronto, York Region, Montreal, Vancouver, Thunder Bay and Winnipeg. This allows users to follow the approach of their bus, streetcar and, in some cases, subway, as they move.
The app also stores schedules and route maps for a user’s default location, so even if you don’t have an internet connection it’s now possible to check the theoretically arrival time of the next bus or streetcar.
Transit App has also been overhauled behind the scenes to make it quicker to check the departure times of more routes at once; it also now tells the user when the last streetcar or bus left, in addition to the two upcoming departures.
If you’re a fan of the Toronto Raptors, who are currently leading the Atlantic Division, then Bell might be your best friend today.
The carrier has announced that they have a total of 250 pairs of tickets to see the Raptors. Apparently there is no purchase needed and Bell noted that you just have to have good timing. The first 125 customers at the Toronto Eaton Centre Bell Store (upper level) from 10-12pm today or the Yorkdale Mall Bell store from 2-4 pm will receive a pair ticket to a Raptors game (unknown which game).
Bell and Rogers partnered up late 2011 to take a 75% stake in Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE), who owns the Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors and Toronto FC sports teams. Majority of the involvement has surfaced in the form of branding their wireless products plus streaming content to mobile devices.
For those interested in keeping track, Apple has updated their pie chart that shows 83% of devices are using iOS 7. This stat is based on the number of users visiting the App Store and was dated March 9th. In addition, 14% of users who visit the App Store are still on iOS 6, while 3% are rocking older versions of iOS.
When Apple made the ‘completely redesigned’ iOS 7 available last September, CEO Tim Cook said 64% of all iOS devices downloaded the new OS and was declared as “the fastest software upgrade in history.” (more…)
For the next big update to its iOS app, which is expected to hit Canada on March 19th, Starbucks is once again thinking about providing a better experience for both the customer and barista.
The app will be redesigned for iOS 7 but with similar tabs to previous versions that allow for quick access to see your Starbucks balance, rewards, transaction history and account settings. In addition, a new feature called “Shake to Pay” brings the ability to shake your iPhone to bring up a barcode to make a payment, though this will obviously only work within the app. (more…)
There were moments during my two-week period with the Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2, the biggest and most expensive tablet on the market, when I thought, “Huh, this could probably replace my laptop.” What do I use my laptop for? Browsing the internet; playing music; taking notes; writing blog posts; playing games. Samsung’s newest tablet is generous on features and pre-installed productivity software; it could just work.
But the Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 is no laptop replacement, even with a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse. That’s because the company is trying to wedge Android’s open nature into a multitasking paradigm that it wasn’t designed for. It’s a good tablet, and an OK laptop, but at $769, it’s more expensive than either has a right to be these days.
Twitter issues a lot of Android betas — it’s up to version 101 on this 5.2 build — but the recent versions have added and removed a number of features that users will both appreciate and find vexing.
First, the good news: Twitter has recently added the ability to reply, retweet and favourite from the notification shade on devices running Android 4.1 and above. Tapping one of the actions initiates a confirmation notification, which can then be dismissed. (more…)
Earlier today, we published what appeared to be an authentic advertisement of the All New HTC One from Australian carrier, Telstra.
Now, a purported field guide for in-store sales reps has leaked, courtesy, as well, of GSM Arena. The specs sheet appears to confirm what we’ve been able to glean over the past few weeks: (more…)
As expected, WIND Mobile has joined other Canadian carriers and officially launched the Google Nexus 5 in Bright Red. The specs of the 5-inch KitKat powered Android are the same as the black version. The price are as follows: $99 with the $50/month plan, $249 on the $40/month plan, $399 with the $30/month plan, and $499 outright.
Check out our hands-on of the Bright Red Nexus 5 here.
WhatsApp for Android got an update this week that allows users to pay for their friends’ subscriptions in one-, three- or five-year increments.
The feature was the biggest in a relatively busy change log, which includes the option to hide profile details, such as your avatar, status and time last online, and a new camera shortcut for faster picture sending. (more…)