Every week we bring you the latest in Canadian mobile news. Below is an overview of the top stories from the past week (March 3rd to March 8th). In addition, we’ve also assembled a few choice mobile related news from around the web: (more…)
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The trend of microbreweries making delicious small-batch craft beers has spawned a series of imitators. With the recent consolidation of the beer industry into four main camps — Anheuser-Busch InBev, SABMiller, Heineken Group, and Carlsberg — it’s sometimes hard to tell which “small batch” brew is in fact owned by a multi-billion dollar multinational.
Craft Check, an app recently released for iOS, aims to solve that problem with your smartphone’s camera and an extensive database of which beers are made by which company. Sometimes the reason for buying beer from a small, independent microbrewery will be about staying local; other times it will be about quality; others, about unique taste. The app scans a beer’s barcode to determine its origin, and its qualification is checked against the Brewer’s Association definition of American Craft Brewery.
While the app costs $0.99, the creators Barrett Garese and Rudy Jahchan are building and maintaining it in their spare time. They’ve also received, and acknowledged, requests for an Android version, which the pair says is coming soon.
HTC is poised to officially unveil their next flagship smartphone on March 25th. This currently goes by the codename of the “M8″ and the go-to-market name is expected to be “The All New HTC One.”
A plethora of specs, pictures and videos have surfaced online and the main attribute is the dual cameras. Other rumoured specs of the all-aluminum device are said to include a 5-inch 1080p display, run KitKat with Sense 6.0 and pack a 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor.
With this being HTC’s “primary flagship for 2014,” one would expect the majority of Canadian carriers to add this to their lineup in the coming weeks. We can confirm, via an official press rendering, that TELUS is on board to release the all-new HTC One. We’re still working on the learning more about an official release and pricing.
The details are limited, but according to an internal doc we received shows Bell preparing to launch “a new suite of Voice & Data rate plans.” These will go place on March 14th and will see the plans start as low as $40, then rises depending on the Lite plans (starting at $50) and Plus plans (start at $60).
“Stay tuned for more details.”
Rovio set to unveil the ‘next epic’ Angry Birds game, coming first to Canada, Australia and New Zealand
Angry Birds, Angry Birds Star Wars, Angry Birds Space, Angry Birds Rio, Angry Birds Go and Bad Piggies are just a few of the titles that fall under Rovio’s Angry Birds franchise.
Looks like there will be one more coming down the pipe soon as the company has taken to YouTube to tease a new “epic Angry Birds” game. Rovio noted that this could “perhaps the most Epic soft launch ever whatever that means!? Starting in Australia, Canada and New Zealand. Other countries to follow!” Check it out below: (more…)
Oh, wicked is the scourge of geographic restrictions!
Samsung has debuted a free and unlimited streaming service for its range of high-end Galaxy devices today, but it’s only available in the United States. The Slacker-powered service has a beautiful, very un-Samsung interface, and allows fine-tuning one of 200 stations. The full feature list is below, but it’s not going do much good; even though Slacker itself is available in Canada, and provides ad-supported free listening (or $3.99/month ad-free listening), Milk Music, the strange name of Samsung’s whitelabel equivalent, will likely never be available here.
Android Police has a guide for root users to install it on non-Samsung devices, and you can likely use a VPN like Hotspot Shield or Surfeasy to get around the restrictions, but we would just as easily recommend Songza, or the real Slacker Radio, as better options.
Rocketman has consistently been one of the best transit apps on iOS (and more recently, Android and BlackBerry 10), with support for a good chunk of the bigger Canadian and US cities. Not only does it support subway, streetcar and bus times but in certain cities (like Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal) it shows bike sharing locations and the number of bikes available to use.
The category is full of great apps, including Transit App and Moovit, but since the apps iOS 7-focused redesign in October, it has grown considerably more useful. Version 4.3, available today, adds support for Montreal’s extensive transit infrastructure, and adds French language support in addition to traditional and Mandarin Chinese.
It also offers a redesigned Alerts screen, with support for more than one transit system, to convey messages straight from the source. Of course, the app still supports selecting favourite transit stops, and have the app ping you 5 or 10 minutes before the next bus or streetcar. It’s an invaluable resource to anyone roughing this seemingly endless Canadian winter.
Pebble announced today that its appstore is now available on Android devices, ending a long beta period that resolved many of the bugs users were experiencing with previous versions.
The 2.0 app also overhauls the user interface, making it easy to pair the smartwatch with an Android phone or tablet, and brings the app and watchface portals to the fore. The app now requires Android 4.0 or higher to work. (more…)
TELUS, along with 10 other Canadian carriers, will be releasing the Samsung Galaxy S5 in April — probably April 11th.
Pre-registrations, which is basically dropping down your email address to be kept informed of the launch, went live back on February 24th. We have now been informed that the release is near and TELUS will be going live with Galaxy S5 pre-orders “at the end of the month.”
According to an email we received from TELUS it states the carrier is “targeting” the 2-year contract price of the GS5 to be $249. The email also said “Please note these prices may change,” so they just might surprise us and come in under $200. No word yet on the retail price, but might fall in around $700.
If the 10-inch Android tablets are simply too small for you then you might want to consider getting a size bigger at 12.2-inches. Samsung has officially released the GALAXY NotePRO 12.2-inch to Canadians for $769.99.
This Android-powered tablet is aimed directly at the professional market as it offers S Pen and Multi Window functionality, and sports the new UI called Magazine UX. The WiFi-only GALAXY NotePRO 12.2 has a 2560×1600 resolution display (247ppi), Exynos 5 Octa processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB internal storage, 8MP rear camera, 2MP front camera, USB 3.0 and Bluetooth 4.0 LE.
Samsung has arranged some free content for a few months with access to Bitcasa, Bloomberg Businessweek+, Blurb, Cisco WebEx Meetings, Dropbox, Easilydo Pro for Tablet, Evernote, Hancom Office for Android, LinkedIn, LIVESPORT.TV, NY Times, Oxford Advanced Learner’s A-Z, and Sketchbook Pro. In addition, Rogers’ Next Issue Canada (dubbed as the Netflix for magazines) is also free for 3-months.
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