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Link Bubble gets first big update in months, but it was worth the wait

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Link Bubble is a brilliant concept. It allows Android users, many of whom are voracious consumers of content, to load up web pages in a resizable “bubble” that overlays on top of the existing application. While it works great in many situations, Link Bubble is especially useful on social networks like Facebook and Twitter, which are increasingly focussed on loading external content in a browser window.

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Providence Equity Partners tipped to make an investment in WIND Mobile

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The saga to become Canada’s fourth national wireless player continues. The latest report, courtesy of Bloomberg, suggests that US-based Providence Equity Partners Inc., is considering investing an unknown amount into WIND Mobile. Providence has previously invested in Univision, VoiceStream (now T-Mobile US), Warner Music Group, Western Wireless, and is part owner of Brampton-based Q9 Networks Inc.

The finer details of the rumoured investment were not made public, nor the intentions of how the investment will be spent. Representatives from WIND Mobile, VimpelCom and Providence declined to comment on the report. (more…)

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BlackBerry adds additional security with BlackBerry Guardian, a tool that automatically scans suspicious Android apps

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Last February, BlackBerry and Trend Micro announced BlackBerry Guardian, a real-time tool that scans installed apps for malware against the company’s extensive database.

The two companies combined resources to ensure apps within BlackBerry World are safe for BlackBerry 10 users to download. BlackBerry Guardian is a “multi-layered strategy” that involves both automated and manual analysis to vet apps before they show up on the storefront. (more…)

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Windows Phone 8.1 update now available for Nokia Lumia 625 on Rogers and Telus

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Late last year, Nokia released a delightful entry-level Lumia that cost $200 outright and offered one of the best cheap Windows Phone 8 experiences. The Lumia 625 debuted on TELUS, but would later come to Fido and Rogers.

Now, eight months after its initial release, with the Lumia 635 looming on the horizon, the 4.7-inch dual-core device is the first in Canada to be updated to Windows Phone 8.1. (more…)

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Toronto and York Regional Police kick off a 6-week distracted driving blitz

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Just in time for the long weekend is another distracted driving blitz by the Toronto and York Regional Police. The 6-week initiative kicks off today with a goal to “raise awareness regarding high risk behaviours behind the wheel and to urge drivers to focus on the road.”

The OPP recently reported that distracted driving has slowly become the “#1 Killer on Roads,” overtaking drinking and driving. Individuals using their mobile device while driving — talking, emailing, texting, surfing the web, or holding your device — could face a fine upwards of $280.

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne said that distracted driving is “a real problem, and that’s why we’ll be reintroducing the legislation.” Wynn is expected to propose an increase to raise the maximum fine to $1,000, and also penalize those caught disobeying the law and with three demerit points.

Source: CNW

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BBM for iOS and Android being redesigned to less resemble BB10

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At a Q&A during BlackBerry’s Security Summit in New York today, Enterprise Chief John Sims said that a native redesign is coming down the pipe for BBM on Android and iOS.

As BBM for Windows Phone hit the market, users noted that its design more resembled other Modern UI apps on the platform, while the Android and iOS versions stuck closely to the BlackBerry 10 Cascades visual stylings. Sims noted that, at the time, BlackBerry’s focus was to push Cascades as a brand, but since the company’s priorities have shifted, so too has its insistence on a specific aesthetic. (more…)

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Over 1 million cheques have been deposited on CIBC’s iOS and Android app

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CIBC says that over a million eCheques have been deposited using its mobile app for iOS and Android.

It was only just back in late May when it was revealed that a million echeques across all banking institutions in Canada had been deposited. Now it looks like that number has likely grown by three or four times at least, given that CIBC users have hit a million. (more…)

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Microsoft reportedly readying ‘selfie’ Lumia while HTC porting the M8 to Windows Phone

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According to The Verge, Microsoft is set to unveil two new Windows Phone 8.1 devices, one of which focuses on high-quality front-facing ‘selfie’ photos, and the other on excellent rear shots using the PureView branding.

Though Nokia has been integrated into Microsoft’s Devices & Services division, Stephen Elop, former CEO of the Finnish company, is still in charge of the devices division within his new (and former) organization. (more…)

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