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.

Upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note Jelly Bean update brings Nature UX and Multi View

Users of the Samsung Galaxy Note are in for a treat when the update to Jelly Bean arrives “late December.” According to a leaked version of the software for international users, Android 4.1.1 for the Galaxy Note will bring the company’s Nature UX and a few other nifty features found on the Note II, including…

Google not confident that Apple will approve its iOS version of Maps

We’ve heard the gruesome details already: Apple switched out Google Maps for its own solution in iOS 6. Apple’s Maps was attractive, but riddled with bugs and inaccuracies that sent people to wrong places. And while Google didn’t officially say it was pursuing a strsategy to launch its own Maps app on iOS, it is…

Google may be subsidizing the price of the Nexus 4 models sold on Google Play

How does a high-end phone like the Nexus 4 end up costing $309/$359CDN for the 8GB/16GB models, respectively? Considering the upcoming stock Android device contains the same internal hardware as the LG Optimus G — minus the LTE, of course — it bears asking the question. When the Nexus 4 goes on sale November 13th,…

Android tablet market share rises in Q3 on strong sales from Samsung and Asus

Android tablets battered Apple’s market share in the recently-finished Q3 quarter on the backs of strong sales from Samsung and Asus. Growing 325% and 243% respectively year over year, the companies shipped significantly more tablets to retailers than in Q3 2011, when sales were considered to be pretty dismal. While Apple still holds a commanding…

bus@toronto is a simple, Holo-designed TTC schedule app for Android

I’m constantly searching for great looking Holo-designed apps for Android. Not only do they look better on modern devices, but they’re usually less cluttered with hidden menus and inconsistent navigation choices. bus@toronto is one such app for users frequenting Toronto’s often-fraught TTC system. While not as comprehensive as the previously-reviewed Transit Now Toronto, bus@toronto provides…

Samsung Galaxy Note II Review (Video)

Who would have thought that barely eight months after the Canadian release of the original Galaxy Note we’d be at it again? The Galaxy Note II embodies the very idea of incremental progress: its screen is bigger, but its body is narrower; its resolution is lower, but its display is clearer, brighter; its processor is…

Another reason you want Android 4.2: built-in malware detection

For years, security teams, anti-virus companies and, most publicly, Apple, have accused Google’s Android of being vulnerable to remote hacking and malware. That Google doesn’t vet individual apps in its Play Store doesn’t help the situation, as they have a “hands-off-until-necessary” policy. In Android 4.2, the situation has changed for the better. Google now includes…

The Facebook phone apparently exists, and it’s being made by HTC: Rumour

We’d understand if you’re skeptical — we are too — and we likely could have written this same title a year ago with no ill effects, but here we are. According to sources at Pocket-lint, not only is HTC building the Facebook phone — yes, the phone that Zuckerberg says “wouldn’t make much sense” —…

WSJ: Microsoft really testing a Surface phone

Microsoft’s ability to keep secrets was proven earlier this year when the Surface launched, and no one know it was coming. Unlike recent Apple products, for which there is a cottage industry of leaked parts prior to announcements, Microsoft successfully kept its first consumer tablet a secret until launch day. Not so with its purported first phone….

Path launches iPad app with mosaic view, claims three million users

We declared Path to be one of the most beautiful apps we’d ever used when it relaunched for Android and iOS devices late last year. The company has been slowly iterating its product throughout 2012, but is staying fairly small in scope. It’s a social network, the company claims, for close friends and family. You…

Google updates Chrome for Android with Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 support

Google has released an update for the Android version of its Chrome browser, adding support for the upcoming Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 devices. The company’s official changelog merely states that “this version update includes a number of stability fixes and performance improvements,” but there is more explanation over at Google’s Chrome Releases Blog. The…

Apple releases iOS 6.0.1 to fix keyboard, WiFi and camera flash glitches

Apple has gone ahead and released its first update to iOS 6, bringing with it many of the fixes we expected two weeks ago. First and foremost, the keyboard glitch has been taken care of, so users won’t experience distortion or aberrations when entering passwords in iTunes or the App Store. Apple has also fixed…

ADW Launcher for Android returns from the dead, announces complete revamp

ADW Launcher, and its paid, more feature-filled brother, ADW EX, had its moment in the sun last year, but quickly faded in popularity and user base when Ice Cream Sandwich was released. Other custom launchers like Nova and Apex were based on the ICS source code and were not only faster but more flexible. Still,…