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Impressed Photo Book now available for iPhone

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Supporting local businesses is always a good thing to do. Toronto-based Spoke Technologies released their Impressed Photo Book last year for the iPad and today they’ve made the service available for iPhone users.

The app competes in the photo book category with all the other app, such as Mosaic, Shutterfly and Blurb, but takes it a step further by adding the ability to record your voice on any photo. Pics can be uploaded from either your photo album, Facebook or Instagram. As for sizes, there is 6×8 and 8×8 hardcover, and also a 5×5 softcover. In addition, 5 themes are available — Signature, Be Mine, So Square, Black Tie, Classic — and most books cost $29, with the premium ‘So Square’ hardcover costing $10 more.

More here via iTunes.


Samsung exec says the Galaxy S5 ‘is selling faster than the S4′


Samsung successfully launched the Galaxy S5 last week in a massive 125 countries, including Canada. The company has been shy on producing numbers and when they do they usually come out with a fancy infographic to show its success over previous flagship devices.

During an interview with Reuters, Yoon Han-kil, SVP of Samsung’s product strategy team, declared that the GS5 is selling far better than the GS4 did last year. “(The S5) is selling faster than the S4 so far, though it’s difficult to share specific numbers as we’re still at early stages… S5 sales should be much better than the S4.”

The Galaxy S5 is a better looking device than the Galaxy S4 as it has more design class and comes with improved specs (screen, processor and camera), but Samsung also added in a bevy of free apps that were included to entice people to purchase.

“With the S4, we thought smartphones shouldn’t just focus on hardware. They also had to come with a lot of software and services, and that line of thinking did lead us to cram many services into the device… We still feel the same way but this time around, we decided not to put in so many things and only include what the user really needs, so I cut out a lot of services and software.” Yoon said.

The Galaxy S4 sold 10 million units within the first month of sales. A report earlier this week indicated that Samsung is aiming to sell 55 million Galaxy S5 units by the end of the second quarter.

Read our Galaxy S5 review here

Source: Reuters


Samsung’s Make it Meaningful website shows how they ‘strive to create the culture of tomorrow’

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Samsung is a massive company with billions of dollars in revenue every quarter. We usually cover their mobile smartphones, tablets, smartwatches and fitness bands, but they are also into shipping, real estate, printers, home entertainment and kitchen appliances (to name a few).

To celebrate their progression in moving mankind forward, Samsung created a dedicated site called “Make it Meaningful.” The intent is aimed at informing users of how Samsung thinks about design and how their products come to life. Samsung notes that “they strive to create the culture of tomorrow” and that the core of every product, beyond profit, is “the value of people’s dreams… our design should begin with empathy for people’s lives.”

There are several back stories and interviews with designers around the world, but unfortunately none are Canadian. Samsung’s designers live by three design values: Balance of reason and feeling; Simplicity with resonance; and Meaning innovation. The site is informative and gives a good look back at what Samsung has created and possibly how the future will be shaped.

Source: Samsung Make it Meaningful
Via: Engadget


Contest: Win a Bell HTC One M8


Our first HTC One M8 contest was incredibly successful and here is yet another chance for you to score this latest flagship!

This time around it’s a Bell version and the all-aluminum beauty is waiting for you. We’re pretty fond of the LTE-enabled HTC One M8 – see our review here – and the full specs have this Android coming with OS 4.4.2 with Sense 6.0, 5-inch 1920×1080 pixel Super LCD 3 display, 2.26Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 2GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, Duo Camera (4MP main ‘Ultrapixel’ sensor + secondary sensor for depth), 5MP front-facing camera with a 2600mAh non-removable battery.

To enter this contest all you have to do is either follow us and re-tweet this contest on Twitter (@mobilesyrup), “Like Us” on Facebook (, join us on Google+, or sign up for our e-newsletter. All current Facebook, Twitter and Google+ followers are automatically entered. This contest closes on April 30th.

Good luck to all who enter!


Humble Mobile Bundle 5 now available, brings 6 games to your Android device

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Here’s your chance to score six Android games at a fraction of the cost. Humble Mobile Bundle 5 is back and aims to take a bit of your money in support of a good cause.

If you’re unfamiliar with how Humble Mobile Bundle works then here’s a quick rundown: pay what you want will get you at least 3 games, but if you pay above the average — which is currently $4.59 — you’ll score all six games. The 6 available games this time around are Aralon: Sword and Shadow, R-Type II, The Room Two, The Cave and Carcassonne.

The monies raised will go towards supporting a couple charities: Electronic Frontier Foundation and Child’s Play Charity. (more…)


Sony Xperia Z2 hands-on: finally, a winner


When I first heard about the Xperia Z2 from Sony, I admit to being disappointed. Same body, small spec upgrade, same camera. And releasing it so soon after the Xperia Z1, itself a fairly modest upgrade over the Xperia Z. What’s wrong with this company?

But now that I’ve seen it, I take it back — and then some. The Xperia Z2 is Sony’s first truly great smartphone. Many, including the Z1, came close, but this one excels thanks to a confluence of hardware, software and experience.

Though it’s disappointing to see it come to just one carrier in May, Bell, for customers on the network deciding between one of the many excellent Android smartphones this quarter, it will be well worth looking at the Z2. (more…)


Rogers unveils new international data-only roaming rate of $9.99 per day


Rogers has unveiled a new set of international data roaming packages today. It takes the strategy employed in its data-only U.S. roaming package, which offers a flat rate, renewable package of 50MB for $7.99/day and extends it to Africa, Europe and other popular destinations. The $9.99/day flat rate will offer different amounts of data depending on the region.

For example, for $9.99/day:

  • Europe = 20MB/day
  • Africa = 3MB/day
  • Asia, Caribbean, Latin America & Oceania = 10MB/day

“Our customers have told us they want simpler solutions when travelling, no matter where their travels may take them,” said Raj Doshi, senior vice president, products, Rogers Communications. “With these new travel packs and a daily data rate, customers should feel confident they can text, get online, and stay connected while knowing how much their services will cost.”

Rogers noted that 20MB of data allows users to “send about 400 emails, share selfies on social media, or upload reports and files to work on the go; or visit 80 websites, or access 20 maps.” These plans are valid with any smartphone, and can be activated remotely by text message at no added cost.


The Guardian’s Android beta app is beautiful, fast and free


UK-based The Guardian is a newspaper transforming into a digital content powerhouse. Though it’s kept its best content in front of a paywall until now, the company has experimented with a number of apps, mostly for iOS, including the photography-focused Guardian Eyewitness for iPad.

Today, The Guardian is debuting a brand new beta app for Android, and while the previous version was attractive and usable, this one shows some of the nicest attention to detail I’ve seen in an Android news app. (more…)


Photos of Amazon’s 4.7-inch smartphone reveal four front infrared cameras and a 3D interface


We’ve heard through the grapevine that Amazon would be releasing a smartphone this year, and details are emerging to fill in the gaps. Last week, the Wall Street Journal posited that the device would be launched in June and go on sale some time in the fall, though it would, at first, be restricted to US users only.

Then there was the rumour that Amazon would be implementing a number of cameras — up to six — to facilitate a sort of glasses-free 3D parallax effect throughout the Android-based user interface.

Today, BGR obtained the first images of the 4.7-inch device, though the actual design is hidden behind what appears to be a thick casing. In other words, this is not what the phone will look like, but should provide enough insight to prove it exists. (more…)


BlackBerry confirms desktop video chat coming to its eBBM Suite of products


BlackBerry currently has over 85 million BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) users across its platforms. The app is available on BlackBerry, iPhone, Android and coming soon to Windows Phone. Rumours have always pointed towards the Waterloo-based company bringing its popular messaging service to the desktop and this looks to be true.

In an interview with PC Mag, John Sims, President of Enterprise at BlackBerry, stated that desktop video chat will be coming to the enterprise version of BlackBerry Messenger. There is no indication of when the desktop version of BBM will be available, nor at what cost. (more…)