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.

Nokia Lumia 510 coming soon with $150 price tag, Windows Phone 7.8

How low can Nokia go? That’s the question as we spot the first evidence of the Lumia 510, another low-cost handset from the Windows Phone OEM. Like the 610, the 510 will sport the absolute minimum specs to keep WP7 running smoothly. Those inclue a 4-inch WVGA display, 256MB RAM, 4GB internal storage, a 5MP…

Samsung to announce Galaxy S III Mini on October 11th?

Will Samsung announce a Galaxy S III Mini on October 11th? The company has issued invites to a press event in Frankfurt for next Thursday, with a byline that reads: “Something big can be small and something small can be big.” Rumours of a smaller, less powerful Galaxy S III have persisted since the device’s announcement…

Microsoft to sell Surface tablet in four pop-up stores across Canada on October 26th

Microsoft has announced today that it plans to sell its Surface tablet, in addition to copies of Windows 8, at four pop-up stores across Canada, starting October 26th. In addition to 28 locations across the States, the pop-up stores will be located at: – Toronto, Ontario’s Eaton Centre; – Edmonton, Alberta’s West Edmonton Mall; –…

Rumour: Asus bringing Jelly Bean to original Asus Transformer TF101

We’ve received a tip that Asus will be bringing Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean to its aging Tegra 2-powered Transformer TF101. While there hasn’t been any official word from the company, one of our readers was told by a U.S.-based customer service representative that the company is planning on bringing Jelly Bean to the popular tablet….

HTC One X+ coming to TELUS “this fall”

The newly-announced update to the HTC One X, the aptly-named One X+, is coming to TELUS this fall. The device, which was announced globally today, will be a slightly upgrade from its excellent predecessor, which is only six months old. The biggest change in the One X+, which looks exactly the same as the One…

Rdio announces Artist Program to help musicians earn money from social engagement

Rdio has announced a new initiative in the struggle to help musicians earn money from streaming music. Compared to direct album sales, profit from streaming music services like Rdio, Spotify, Slacker and Pandora are minuscule. Rdio’s initiative will pay $10 to the artist or band each time they sign up a new subscriber through social engagement….

Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean combine for 25% of total Android users: Google

The month of September is over, and as we look forward to fall colours and gourds galore, we take a look at the past month’s Android distribution numbers, and apparently it’s still Gingerbread season after all. As of October 1st, 2012, Gingerbread (Android 2.3) still accounts for almost 56% of all Android users. That number is down…

TELUS launches DC-HSPA+ network in Brandon, Manitoba

TELUS announced today that it has expanded its HSPA+ network into Brandon, MB, and now reaches 73% of Manitobans. The network is part of a $7 million expansion into Manitoba this year, and brings 42Mbps service to Brandon and its surrounding areas, including Carberry, Austin and MacGregor. According to a press release issued today, TELUS’ HSPA+ network…

SiriusXM launches Internet Radio service in Canada with new iOS and Android apps

SiriusXM has launched in Canada today with some fantastic new apps for iOS and Android, along with new portable hardware for both the car and the home. While access to the mobile service is contingent on having a $15.99/month satellite radio subscription, it’s a $4/month add-on, making the entire shebang $19.99 for the package. While…

New Nexus device rumoured to launch by the end of October

The last Nexus smartphone, Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus, was announced nearly a year ago, on October 18th, 2011. In addition to time officially flying, that it’s October 2012 points to the imminent launch of yet another Nexus phone — or five of them, if rumours pan out. Either way, there are rumours that LG will provide…

Netflix adds little-known PS3 remote control feature to iOS and Android apps in latest update

Netflix released updates to its excellent iOS and Android apps recently, bringing a new UI and some much-needed performance improvements. And while the navigational improvements are lovely, there’s an experimental app feature that few are talking about — likely because, due to its beta status, the company is keeping relatively quiet about it. If your PlayStation 3…

Get ready for the era of 1080p smartphones: Sharp begins production of 5-inch 443ppi panels

Think your current smartphone screen is sharp enough? You ain’t seen nothing yet. Sharp has announced that production of its 443ppi five-inch 1920×1080 resolution LCD display has begun in earnest, likely after years of demos and prototypes. The full 1080p resolution is way beyond what the human eye can distinguish, so talks of Retina displays and all that will…

Latest CyanogenMOD 10 nightlies add over-the-air update support

The quest for mainstream acceptance is a difficult one for CyanogenMOD and its open-source peers. Users have to sift through countless forums and lists of instructions to learn how to root and hack their Android phones, often with distratrous results. While the initiation process is getting easier, it’s still not as easy as we’d like….