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.

Humble Bundle IV brings Swords & Sworcery EP to Android for the first time

We’ve been pretty excited about the trend of games debuting on Android via the charitable enterprise Humble Bundle. Humble Bundle IV is the latest in the combination of DRM-free games and raising money for a good cause. While the kit calls out its Android compatibility, it gives you five games (and a bonus title if…

Microsoft Surface RT Review

The Microsoft Surface is one of the most exciting products to be released in recent memory. It enters the mobile space at a time when we’re not sure what to call anything anymore. Laptops are taking on touchscreens; iPads are being used as points-of-sale; notebooks are being mistaken for tablets; and hybrids are the new…

Pulse 3.0 for iOS and Android brings infinite scrolling and unlimited feeds

Pulse is one of the most popular cross-platform news reading apps, owed to its excellent design and curated content. Before Flipboard took the world by storm, Pulse was offering great content, syncing with Google Reader, and displaying it all in a cohesive and straightforward layout. Pulse 3.0 improves on almost every aspect of the app…

BlackBerry 10 achieves FIPS Security Certification prior to launch

BlackBerry 10 is almost here. We’ve been waiting a long, long time for the next step in RIM’s recovery plan, but work is going on behind the scenes to ensure that when it does, it will be ready for both consumers and the enterprise. To that end, BlackBerry 10 is the first RIM platform to…

Evernote for iOS gets huge overhaul, leaves other versions in the dust

Evernote is a company that continually iterates its products, overhauling designs and improving functionality, across all of its platforms. They offer native apps for almost every platform, and have paid special attention to iOS in recent months. The new Evernote for iOS is a universal app and brings an easier navigation system to both devices,…

Rogers releases its One Number app for Android tablets

Rogers has released its One Number app for Android tablets, making its popular VoIP service available to all modern slates except PlayBook. The company released its iPad app in late September and has recently updated its One Number Contacts apps for iPhone, Android and BlackBerry smartphones. One Number for tablets allows you to make calls…

Sony Xperia T Hands-on (video)

We had a chance to play with the upcoming Sony Xperia T — also known as the Bond Phone — at a media briefing today in Toronto. While it maintains the HD display and LTE connectivity of its ion predecessor, the Xperia T has a design sensibility that harkens back to the curved contours of the Xperia…

SkyDrive for Windows Phone 8 now available for download

If you’re one of the lucky few who has got his or her hands on a Nokia Lumia 920 (or some other unreleased Windows Phone 8 device), you can now take advantage of the new SkyDrive app. Microsoft has updated its SkyDrive app to support the new Windows Phone 8 OS, and has added some…

Nokia to release Lumia 830 as a follow-up to the 710?

This is certainly an interesting development. According to a leaked set of images from China’s WPDang, Nokia is set to release a new model, the Lumia 830, sometime in the future. While at first the new phone resembles the 820 in some ways, it is actually slightly narrower than the upcoming follow-up to the Lumia…

Download the Android 4.2 Google apps for rooted Galaxy Nexus and AOSP-based devices

This is for the Android enthusiasts in the house. If you’re running a Galaxy Nexus, rooted with a custom recovery — or any AOSP-based ROM such as CyanogenMOD 10 or AOKP — the GApps (Google Apps) from Android 4.2 are now available to flash. This includes Gmail, calendar, clock, keyboard and camera/gallery, including Photo Sphere. Flashing…

Pattrn for Android is your ticket to beautiful, understated wallpapers

Did you know the average Android user changes his or her wallpaper seven times per day? No, that’s not entirely true, but customization is a huge part of the Android experience. One thing I’ve often found with wallpaper sites is the lack of choice for minimalists: there are plenty of photos of beautiful women or…

Windows Live Messenger to be folded into the Skype brand

For the hundred million or so active Windows Live Messenger (or MSN Messenger) users out there, Microsoft will be folding the service into its Skype brand over the coming months. This essentially consolidates all its users under a Windows Live login, and will allow mobile clients to log into Skype using a Microsoft account. According…

Microsoft rumoured to launch a 7-inch Xbox Surface gaming tablet

Microsoft is expected to release a 7-inch gaming-focused Xbox Surface tablet in the future, according to The Verge. Back in June, we heard rumours that Microsoft would be releasing something called a Xbox Surface tablet, but that unsubstantiated info took a back seat to the actual Surface tablet announcement later that day. Since then Microsoft hasn’t…

Lightning to Micro USB adapter comes to Canadian Apple Store for $21

In September, I argued that Apple’s then Europe-only Lightning to Micro USB adapter needed to come to Canada. Most users have dozens of spare Micro USB cables lying around their houses, and instead of buying a brand new Lightning cable, they could just buy one of these bad boys and charge their new Apple products….

Facebook for iOS update adds batch uploads, filters and basic photo editing

Facebook for iOS got a nice bump yesterday when it was updated to version to 5.1. Unlike its Android counterpart, which seems to be trapped in development purgatory, the iOS version of Facebook is being regularly updated with new features and improved performance. The latest additions include multiple photo uploading and filters, features taken from…