Author: Daniel Bader

Daniel has been writing about technology since 2010 and tinkering with it since before Radiohead was a band. He's an avid dog lover, owning Irish Wolfhounds since childhood, and loves to cook, read and play competitive dodgeball.

Samsung Galaxy Camera coming to Canada on December 7th

We were pretty impressed with the Samsung Galaxy Camera when we had a brief hands-on with it in October. The device manages stay fairly compact while doubling as both a fully-fledged Android device and a compact point-and-shoot camera. With a 16MP sensor and 21x optical zoom lens, the camera takes pretty good photos, though you…

Sparrow for iOS updated to support iPhone 5, Passbook

The much-loved, oft-neglected email app for iOS, Sparrow, has finally been updated to support the larger iPhone 5 screen. While Google purchased the creators of the excellent Sparrow OS X and iOS apps back in July, the company promised just bug fixes and the occasional new feature — though nothing has been done to change the…

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City steals onto iOS and Android this December

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City is approaching its tenth anniversary, and to honour that landmark Rockstar Games is unleashing the title on Android and iOS devices early next month. The 80’s-themed death-fest has been carefully re-worked to support touchscreen-based devices, and will be available on many newer Android devices including the Galaxy Nexus, HTC One…

Samsung’s new year’s resolution is to build an eight-core processor, we hope they stick to it

Samsung will outline its plans for an eight-core big.LITTLE chip at next February’s International Solid-State Circuits Conference. While the topics themselves sound riveting — they read like an electrical engineer’s fourth-year textbook — one takeaway from the agenda is that Samsung’s Exynos chip development is not slowing down. big.LITTLE is ARM’s new basis for next-generation mobile…

Jolla demonstrates MeeGo-based Sailfish OS for the first time (video)

Jolla, the Finnish startup with roots at Nokia, has shown off its MeeGo-based smartphone OS, Sailfish, to the public for the first time today. At first glance it resembles a mash-up of MeeGo Harmattan and BlackBerry 10, with its big multitasking blocks and slide-from-the-side notification view. There are some innovative design feats, like the ability…

Plex for iOS updated with offline playback, company releases PlayBook app

A big day for media streaming company, Plex. What used to be a simple, Mac-only media streaming service has transformed into one of the most functional, attractive multi-platform media consumption apps on the market. By installing the server program on your Windows or OS X machine, you can stream content to any of your mobile…

Update: Google Voice readying its Canadian launch?

For many Canadians, the one Google service coveted above all others is Google Voice. The ability to have a single, centralized number forward to as many phones as you like, with the option to replace your carrier’s voicemail service with Google’s own (occasionally inaccurate) transcription service is incredibly convenient. Not to mention the fact that,…

CyanogenMOD 10.1 is making progress, but product is “far from complete”

Though many Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 4 owners are already well versed in the new features of Android 4.2, the vast majority of users are still waiting for custom ROMs to release them from the shackles of earlier versions. A quick update from the CyanogenMOD team reassures us that progress is being made, albeit slowly,…

Skype 3.0 for Android released with new tablet interface and better audio quality

Microsoft’s newest big-time brand, Skype, has just been updated to version 3.0 for Android. With it comes a brand new interface for tablets, though Microsoft didn’t seem to think that anyone uses a Nexus 7 since the frame is forced into landscape mode. Hopefully this will be fixed in the next update. Also present is…

Google promises quick fix for Android 4.2 “December” bug

Google has promised a quick fix to its “December” bug in Android 4.2. A few days ago it came to light that the month of December was not selectable in the birthday section of the People app, making it impossible to select someone’s birthday in the last month of the year. We discovered a bug…

Sony Music Unlimited discounted to $12/year for PlayStation Plus members

We’ve talked before of Sony’s streaming music service, Music Unlimited, which is available for Android, iOS, PS Vita and PlayStation 3, as well as the browser. It’s a great platform, with a selection of artists and tracks comparable to Rdio and Slacker Radio. With the launch of firmware version 2.0 for the PS Vita, Sony…

Windows Phone 8 users complaining of random reboots, email issues

Some Windows Phone 8 users, including this author, have been experiencing random reboots and email syncing problems over the past few days. The issue, for me at least, started a few days ago when my Nokia Lumia 920 began having email sync problems. I just stopped receiving new emails altogether. Looking into the Email settings,…

Google Nexus 4 Review

Sometimes it feels like the world is becoming awfully small. You can fly direct to Tokyo from Toronto, WiFi on the plane and, once on the ground, head to a local store to purchase a prepaid SIM. And while it’s not particularly difficult to unlock a carrier-locked smartphone, the quick rise of the Nexus line…

Microsoft launches Smoked by Windows Phone successor: Meet Your Match

The Store is open; crowds are teeming in. Now, all Microsoft needs to do is attract new users to their growing lineup of products. Meet Your Match. This is the new Microsoft enterprise meant to sufficiently impress iPhone, Android and BlackBerry owners into switching brands, and platforms. Windows Phone 8 is a huge leap from…

Apollo Music Player comes to Google Play Store courtesy of CyanogenMOD

There is no shortage of great music players available to Android users. From Winamp to DoubleTwist to PowerAmp, users have access to powerful equalizer tools, gorgeous interfaces and excellent widgets. Now you can add Apollo to that list. Originally available exclusively through CyanogenMOD, Apollo Music Player was expected to arrive on the Android Market back…

Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie purportedly spotted in benchmark result

Now that Android 4.2 Jelly Bean is safely released to the public, it’s time to focus our (rumour) attention on the next big version, expected to be called Key Lime Pie and likely to be unveiled in February or March of next year. There’s no doubt that Googlers are testing Android 5.0 already, and it…