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HTC offers peek at smartwatch in design video

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The summer of Android Wear is well underway. Having teased the platform in the spring, Google in June introduced us to two new Android smartwatches, the LG G Watch, and Samsung’s Gear Live. August will bring us another device, the Moto 360, and it looks like HTC is looking to build anticipation for its own Android Wear watch. (more…)

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Rogers cuts several hundred jobs, will ‘become a more nimble, agile organization’

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Guy Laurence and his Rogers 3.0 vision is coming together.

According to a report in the Toronto Star, Rogers has shed several hundred middle management positions and approximately 15% of its employees at the VP and above level.

Rogers spokesperson Patricia Trott stated that the company is currently overhauling its customer service experience and “as part of the restructuring we have reduced the number of vice president and above positions by 15 per cent and several hundred middle management positions have also been eliminated across the company… These decisions are never easy… The goal is to become a more nimble, agile organization with much clearer accountabilities. Savings will be reinvested in areas like training and systems to better serve our customers.”

While this is no surprise, it is still unfortunate. Back in May, when Rogers announced its new vision to act as “One Rogers,” CEO Guy Laurence said “there will be job losses at the management level” and the plan is to invest in customer service and front-line staff.

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Foursquare promises Windows Phone users that Swarm is coming soon

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Foursquare announced plans to ‘unbundle’ its services across several applications back in the beginning of May. Swarm took over the check-ins functionality from Foursquare in mid-May, launching for iOS and Android at the same time. Two months on, Foursqaure is assuring Windows Phone users that they haven’t been forgotten.

Speaking via Twitter, Foursquare support told one irate Windows Phone user that it was putting the finishing touches on Swarm for Windows Pone and that it should be ready ‘very soon.’ (more…)

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Google details Samsung Knox integration in Android L

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Google is set to shore up enterprise support in its upcoming Android L release. Aside from improving the core set of APIs developers and IT administrators can use, the Mountain View-based search giant is partnering with Samsung to offer a set of non-hardware specific Knox features across the Android L ecosystem.

Now in its second iteration, Knox offers Samsung Galaxy S and Galaxy Note users the option to compartmentalize work data on a personal device, protecting vital enterprise data from being shared with other apps, and to protect both the user and the company in cases of theft or loss.

Google separates Knox integration into three categories: Device and Data Security; Support for IT Restrictions and Policies; and Mobile Application Management. (more…)

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Yahoo acquiring mobile ad and analytics firm Flurry for ‘hundreds of millions’

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Marissa Mayer hasn’t been shy about acquisitions since she became CEO of Yahoo. In fact, one could argue that she’s been on a sustained shopping spree for the last two years. Her current tally stands at 40 acquisitions, which is 20 per year since she became CEO in mid-July 2012. This week Mayer is adding another one to the pile with the acquisition of mobile analytics firm Flurry. (more…)

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Final Recon Jet design shown in latest preview, still on track for September ship date

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Vancouver’s Recon Instruments has been toiling away at designing the perfect Heads-up Display (HUD) for athletes since mid-2013, and had planned to release the $600 wearable in the spring.

But that period came and went, and on May 1st the co-founder, Dan Eisenhardt, performed the hard task of admitting the team was behind schedule, delaying final ship date until September 25th. (more…)

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Facebook ‘Save’ lets you save links, music, and places for later

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Facebook has been working on a ‘save it for later’ type feature for a long time and it looks like the social network is finally ready to roll it out on a widespread basis. Dubbed Save, this feature allows you to save links to articles, places, movies, TV, and music for viewing or exploration at a later time. These items can  be accessed across all your devices via the ‘More’ tab or via the tool bar on the left hand side of the newsfeed on Facebook for web. (more…)

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ZTE embraces Google Now Launcher for all new Android smartphones

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Smartphone manufacturer ZTE has announced plans for a new breed of Blade Vec 4G that uses the Google Now Launcher for its home screen. The Blade Vec 4G was announced in late June in Europe and launches in Hong Kong later this week. When it does, it will be running Google’s own Google Now Launcher as opposed to ZTE’s usual customized UI.

Based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 400 SoC, the Blade Vec 4G doesn’t have the most impressive spec sheet but it’s not too shabby, either. The phone packs 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage, a 1.2 GHz CPU, a 5-inch 720p display and a 13-megapixel camera. There’s also a 2-megapixel camera up front as well as Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi, and GPS. (more…)

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Apple products set to return to Costco after four years

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Costco members haven’t been able to buy Apple products at their favourite warehouse since 2010, the days of the iPhone 4 and the original, first generation iPad. Even then, the chain only sold Apple products in its physical stores and not online. That’s all about to change, though.

Late last month, Costco USA started selling Apple electronics via its website. Now, Costco Canada is reportedly set to do the same. iPhone in Canada cites sources that say Apple will carry the iPod touch and iPod nano as well as the Retina and non-Retina versions of the iPad mini and the iPad Air. (more…)

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Apple offers iOS 8 beta 4 to developers

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Apple has offered up iOS 8 beta 4 to developers two weeks after the third beta, which came two weeks after the second. See a pattern?

The company is rolling out a steady stream of test code for developers to build their apps upon before the public release this fall, which will almost certainly coincide with a new iPhone version.

iOS 8 promises a number of important new user-facing features, including Extensions like custom keyboards, Continuity for handing off functions between iOS and OS X devices, actionable notifications, as well as a new focus on health.

Apple will be reporting its fiscal Q3 2014 earnings on July 22nd, so stay tuned.

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