AgileBits, the Toronto-based credential storage developer behind 1Password, has revealed how it intends to use Touch ID and iOS 8′s Extensions system to create the perfect authentication system for third-party apps. (more…)
The Galaxy Alpha, Samsung’s rumoured smartphone that is mostly metal, has been tipped for an official announcement next week. According to SamMobile, Samsung will reportedly unveil the 4.8-inch Android device on August 4th, hitting various markets shortly after.
The Galaxy Alpha is said to be a scaled down GS5, with a metal chassis that Samsung users have long been hoping for. The Alpha is expected to sport a 4.8-inch 1280×720 pixel AMOLED display, 32GB of storage, LTE-Advanced connectivity and a fingerprint sensor.
Samsung is also tipped to unveil the fourth generation Galaxy Note in September at the IFA conference in Berlin. The 5.7-inch Note 4, according to a Samsung exec, could feature “a three-sided display so messages can be read from an angle.”
CRTC is dropping the hammer on companies non-compliant with the Do Not Call laws. The latest to violate the rights of Canadians is Woodbridge, Ontario based Suitelife Vacations Club, which is one of the businesses offering free cruises during dinnertime. “Acting on complaints submitted by Canadians,” the CRTC set the fine at $20,000 for SuiteLife and its third-party telemarketing firms for making unsolicited telemarketing calls to those who registered their number on the DNCL.
Manon Bombardier, CRTC’s Chief Compliance and Enforcement Officer, stated, “We appreciate receiving complaints from Canadians registered on the National Do Not Call List who receive unsolicited calls. This information helps us in our investigations and aids us in our work to protect Canadians. We are pleased to report that Suitelife cooperated with our investigation and changed its telemarketing practices.”
The National Do Not Call List (DNCL) was created by the CRTC in 2008 with a goal for Canadians to register their home phone, wireless, fax or VoIP telephone numbers to prevent telemarketers from calling. To date, over 12 million numbers are registered and the CRTC has ordered those who violate the telecommunications rules to pay over $4 million in penalties.
Research firm IDC has released its Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone report for Q2 2014, noting smartphone shipments rose 23.1% over last year to a record of 295.3 million units, a 2.6% boost from Q1.
The “ongoing demand for mobile computing and an abundance of low-cost smartphones” helped Samsung keep its lead as top mobile manufacturer. However, everything is not roses for Samsung as the company slipped almost 7% year-over-year to 25.2% market share, distributing 74.3 million devices. Even though it shipped ‘millions’ of Galaxy S5 units, IDC notes that S4 and S3 shipments “remained strong as more affordable alternatives.” Apple also dipped in share this past quarter, sitting at 11.9% with 35.1 million iPhones shipped. (more…)
Google is stripping Hangouts of its Google+ heritage as it makes the communications service a core component of its Google Apps for Business package. Starting today, Google Apps customers will no longer require a Google+ account to log in and join or start a Hangout.
However, there are some some restrictions. The lack of a Google+ account will prevent Hangouts apps use, with the notable exceptions of Screenshare or Chat. Google Apps account access also only applies to meetings via desktop or Chromebox, as Google has yet to allow for mobile access (this will be changing soon, likely with a forthcoming app update). (more…)
Sony is set to bring its 5.3-inch mid-range behemoth to Bell, Virgin and SaskTel this August. The device was announced back in June as “the slimmest 5.3″ device” on the market at 7mm, and will arrive with Android 4.4.2 in tow.
The device sports a 5.3-inch Triluminos 720p IPS display, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage (which is expandable using microSD), a 1.4Ghz quad-core Snapdragon 400 (Cortex A7-based) SoC with Adreno 305 GPU, an 8MP rear camera and a 1.1MP front camera. Along with a 2,500mAh battery, it comes with all the connectivity fixin’s, including Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, Miracast and LTE connectivity.
The device launches in black, white and purple colour variants, and while pricing is not known at this point, it will also be sold unlocked at Sony Stores and online.
Probably the most exciting news was that the BlackBerry Passport was shown in a video demo of the touch-enabled keyboard. We’ve seen this before on a leaked video, and then BlackBerry detailed the finer elements of the 3-row QWERTY/touch device on a blog post. The video demos shows how the Passport has similar features to previous BlackBerry 10 devices with the predictive text that allows users to simply flick up the suggested word. In addition, the entire keyboard is a trackpad, according to the company, giving users the flexibility to use either the screen or display to scroll.
The Passport has a 4.5-inch 1440×1440 display, a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, 3GB RAM, a 13MP camera, 2MP front-facing camera, a non-removable 3450 mAh battery, and will come pre-loaded with the Amazon Appstore. (more…)
Roaming is for suckers, according to Roam Mobility. The Canadian company has staked its reputation on providing better service and significantly cheaper rates for customers travelling to the United States, and today is announcing a new range of plans, bundles and add-ons to undercut Canadian carriers even further.
Earlier this month, we told you about Roam’s new LTE network, which uses T-Mobile’s growing footprint in most big cities. The company asks existing customers to pay a one-time upgrade fee of $1.95, and is using these new plans as incentive to do so. (more…)
Well, it wasn’t exactly as promised, but Microsoft is making good on its word to bring Cortana to Canada.
Windows Phone 8.1 GDR1 will be released as a Developer Preview next week, and along with a number of improvements to the core OS, an alpha version of Cortana will be made available to Canadians. Note that it is not localized to Canada just yet, hence the ‘alpha’ moniker, but will offer either US or UK content depending on user preference.
Thalmic Labs has followed through on its commitment to begin shipping Myo, its gesture control armband. According to the CBC, Thalmic has received over 40,000 pre-orders for the wearable device at $149 each. Though the units shipping out now are Myo Developer Kits, intended for software developers, the consumer version of the Myo will begin shipping in September.