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.

HAILO taxi service launches in Toronto with iPhone and Android apps

In what could be a new show called Taxi Wars, HAILO (hereby known as Hailo) officially launches in its third city today, Toronto. Already up and running in London (England) and Dublin, Hailo is taking a different route, so to speak, than Uber, by certifying itself as a licensed cab company. Hailo allows you to…

Instagram updated with iOS 6 and iPhone 5 support, bug fixes

Using an iPhone 5 can be jarring if an app hasn’t been updated to support its 4-inch screen. While Android apps generally scale well to fit many disparate resolutions, Apple has necessitated that existing apps work in a letterbox format on the new 1136×640 screen, with black bars on the top and bottom in portrait…

Motorola RAZR HD LTE Hands-on (Video)

This morning we had a chance to try the upcoming Rogers-exclusive Motorola RAZR HD LTE. While it bears many a similarity to the recently-released ATRIX HD LTE, the RAZR HD takes the improvements over the original RAZR more seriously, and overcomes many of the obstacles that held it back from being a top-tier device. While…

The Weather Network launches app for Canadian Windows Phone users

We missed this when it launched last week, but better late than never, right? The Weather Network has launched its first app for Windows Phone, and it’s pretty darn nice. The Windows Phone app has a feature called ‘Follow Me’ which will track your current location using A-GPS and WiFi and determine local weather as…

iPhone 5 scuffs and scratches “normal,” according to Apple’s Phil Schiller

The iPhone 5 may have a new, hardier aluminum backing, but it’s also showing signs of wear and tear more easily than its 4S predecessor. In particular, the mirror-finish metal band, and the aluminum back, seem prone to scratches from little more than regular use. Some iPhone 5 users are claiming that their devices came…

Rogers launches One Number app for iPad, Android app coming soon

Rogers is launching its first One Number native app for a mobile device today with the launch of One Number for iPad. With the app, you can make phone and video calls, as well as plug into your phone’s text messages, using the iPad. This means that when anywhere in Canada, or abroad, you can…

Wireless prices expected to rise for first time in six years in 2014

Despite sustained criticism by cellphone users that prices seem to always be increasing, the reality is that, due to increased competition, monthly fees have been dropping annually since 2008. Due to increased competition from Wind Mobile, Mobilicity, Public Mobile and Videotron, average incumbent Annual Revenue Per User (ARPU), one of the measures to determine how…

iPhone 5 has best smartphone display on the market, says DisplayMate

It may come as a shock, but the Retina Display on the iPhone 5 is a pretty significant jump in almost every area than its predecessor, despite having the same pixel density. Apple touted a 44% increase in colour saturation, and a new manufacturing process that combined the LCD with the touch panel for a…

Sparrow for iOS to be updated for iPhone 5

When folks at Sparrow were dissolved into Google’s Gmail team, it was thought that there would be no more updates for OS X or iPhone. Turns out the small team is still working on new features for the mobile client. While push connectivity never officially came to Sparrow for iPhone, at least it will be…

PayPal for Windows Phone now available to download in Canada

The Windows Phone Marketplace has traditionally been an afterthought for many top brands. Many apps we take for granted on iOS and Android are either absent or neglected, and while there are decent alternatives from independent developers, some functions are not reproducible through APIs. PayPal is one such example of a brand sorely missed over the past…

Next-gen Medfield chips will be dual-core and LTE-compatible, says Intel

If you were concerned with the dearth of Medfield-based devices from Intel in North America this summer, don’t fret. The company says that its current SoC limitations mean that they are not LTE-compatible, a requirement for most North American carriers including our own. The company told Tech Crunch that they are working on improving the Medfield design…

Netflix releases new Android app with better design, easier navigation

Last week, Netflix updated its iPhone app to bring it in line with its iPad and Android tablet versions. The design language got a bit busier, but you can see more information on the screen, including what shows or movies you’re currently watching at the top, and more choices when scrolling through your favourite categories. Like the…

iPhone 5 Review

There isn’t much to say about a new iPhone. In many ways, I could finish this review right now, as you’ve likely already made up your mind whether to buy one. “If you like Apple products,” I’d say, “and you have the money, there is no reason to hold off. It’s a thinner, faster, better…

iPhone 5 drop test confirms increased durability (video)

While we’d never be so foolish as to purchase an expensive device only to drop it, repeatedly, until it breaks, the fine folks at Android Authority did just that. What they found was that the iPhone 5 is more securely made than the 4S, and is less prone to shatter. While the metal band is…

Sony Xperia Tablet S gets OTA update to fix early adoption WiFi problems

Canada’s next-to-newest tablet, the Sony Xperia Tablet S, has been issued an update to fix WiFi woes for a few unlucky people. According to the release, which still sits, sadly, at Android 4.0.3, the Xperia Tablet S was suffering from difficulties connecting to some WiFi networks, which should be fixed in this small patch. Have…