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MTS LTE coverage now reaches ‘more than 850,000 Manitobans,’ expands service into Swan River

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Regional carrier MTS is almost approaching 2-years of offering LTE speeds in Manitoba. The company went live on August 28th, 2012 and at the time LTE (Long Term Evolution) was only available in Winnipeg and Brandon.

Now, a couple years later, MTS has dramatically expanded the coverage and reaches 97% of the province’s population, or “more than 850,000 Manitobans now have access” to these faster speeds. Of course, this is the complete coverage map and not a representation of how many customers MTS has hooked onto its LTE network – at the end of Q1 2014 MTS had 474,601 wireless subscribers. In addition, MTS has expanded LTE service into Swan River (population of approximately 4,000).

MTS will be continuing to expand its LTE offering. The carrier also secured a prime block of 700MHz spectrum (C1) during the recent wireless auction for $8.8 million and has yet to announce when this will go live in the province.

Source: MTS

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LG’s Snapdragon 805-powered G3 shipping in Korea this week

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LG today announced that a Snapdragon 805 variant of its flagship LG G3 will go on sale in South Korea later this week. The news follows Samsung’s introduction of an LTE-A Galaxy S5 powered by Snapdragon 805 last month.

Like Samsung, LG is highlighting the Snapdragon 805’s modem in the name of the device. However, LG has shunned the LTE-A moniker and instead gone with the much catchier ‘Cat-6.’ The Snapdragon 805’s Gobi MDM9x35 modem is the first Category 6 LTE modem and uses two 20Mhz channels, paired or fragmented, for higher bandwidth areas. (more…)

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Microsoft FY14 Q4 earnings: $6.48 billion profit on $23.3 billion revenue, owns up to tragic Nokia loss

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Microsoft posted its fiscal Q4 2014 results today, and the mood must be good at the executive offices in Redmond despite an announcement of 18,000 job losses, most of which are from Nokia.

Indeed, Nokia was the major black spot on a fairly positive balance sheet. The company posted revenues of $23.38 billion (all numbers USD) and operating profit of $6.48 billion for an EPS of $0.55.

Nokia contributed just under $2 billion in revenue, but its 5.8 million Lumias and 30.3 million non-Lumias dragged down the EPS by $0.08 with an overall operating loss of $692 million. In comparison, Nokia sold 7.4 million Lumias in the same period a year ago, as well as 53.7 non-Lumias. (more…)

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Apple sells 35.2 million iPhones, records revenue of $37.4 billion for Q3

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Today, Apple announced quarterly earnings for the third quarter in its 2014 fiscal year. Back in April, the Cupertino-based company predicted revenue between $36 billion and $38 billion for Q3, about $8 billion less than its revenue for Q2. The company hit the middle of that range, reporting $37.4 billion in revenue. That amounted to a net profit of $7.7 billion (or $1.28 per diluted share) for the quarter.

Apple CEO Tim Cook said the company’s record June quarter revenue was driven in part by strong sales for the iPhone. The company shipped a total of 35.2 million iPhones for the quarter, a substantial increase over the 31.2 million iPhones sold in the same period last year. (more…)

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OnePlus One gets Bamboo treatment with new $49 StyleSwap cover

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Launched in April, the OnePlus One still isn’t publicly available to buy. Instead, you have to snag a coveted invitation from the company itself. Despite this, OnePlus is already preparing for a day when the OnePlus One is so widely available, users want to differentiate their own unit from the sea of OnePlus Ones in the wild. (more…)

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White BlackBerry Passport finally shows its face

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BlackBerry’s upcoming three-row QWERTY/Touch Passport has been receiving a fair amount of attention over the last couple of weeks. The company claims that the BB10 device ‘reinvents the mobile keyboard,’ as the the physical keyboard also doubles as a trackpad for various actions. The Passport is currently scheduled to hit the market in September, but for now there is no word on an official release date, nor price or carrier partners. (more…)

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Xiaomi announces new flagship Mi4 phone and $13 fitband

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Xiaomi’s Mi3 smartphone was the world’s first Tegra 4 smartphone (the company also made another version running on the Snapdragon 800), and now the company is introducing its 2014 flagship in the form of the Mi4.

Like the WCDMA version of the Mi3, the Mi4 is based on a Qualcomm SoC; in fact it’s the same quad-core Snapdragon 801 that’s in the Galaxy S5. It also boasts a 5-inch 1080p display, 3 GB of RAM, a 13MP camera in the back, an 8MP camera up front, either 16 GB or 64 GB of integrated storage, a massive 3080 mAh battery, and support for LTE. All of this is packed into a plastic casing with a metal band around the edge that gives it an iPhone vibe. (more…)

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Huawei Ascend Y330 now available at Public Mobile

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Existing customers of Public Mobile, now owned by TELUS, can now purchase the entry-level Huawei Ascend Y330, one of two devices the carrier is releasing this month (the other being the Samsung Galaxy S3 mini). Originally priced at $150, the Y330 has since dropped to a respectable $69 outright.

The Ascend Y330 is nothing special from a design perspective, nor is it screaming the latest specs, but this comes running Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) with a 4-inch 854×480 pixel display, a 1.3 GHz dual-core processor, 512MB RAM, 4GB internal storage, and a 3MP camera.

Source: Public Mobile

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WSJ: 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhones coming, Apple tipped to produce 70 to 80 million units by year’s end

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This story has been around the block a few times. A new report from the Wall Street Journal is citing Apple has requested its manufacturing partners to start producing larger sized smartphone displays, specifically 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays. “According to people familiar with the matter,” Apple is expecting them to produce between 70 million and 80 million units by the end of the year. (more…)

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