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.

CraveTV goes live for all Canadians with $7.99 monthly fee after one-month trial

CraveTV, Bell’s hybrid over-the-top streaming media service, has expanded to all Canadians through the company’s website. Featuring HBO and Showtime back catalogues, along with a bevy of Canadian-exclusive shows like Seinfeld and South Park, CraveTV’s expansion challenges both US-owned Netflix, which is subscribed to by around four million Canadians, and Shomi, a joint streaming venture…

theScore posts higher ad revenue on strong mobile performance

theScore continues to take on the big names in digital sports reporting, posting improved revenue and usage stats for fiscal Q1 2016. theScore announced that its mobile apps reached an audience of 4.7 million, up 10 percent from the same period a year ago. While growth has slowed — the year-on-year growth was 15 percent…

Get used to pricey smartphones and a big push for the mid-range

Last week, the head of Canada’s central bank, Stephen Poloz, scared everyone in the Canadian tech industry (and beyond, but we’re myopic here in our bubble) by warning of continued weakness in the Canadian Dollar. At 69 cents and dropping, Governor Poloz says the weak Dollar is necessary to offset losses from slipping commodity prices such…

Corus Entertainment buying Shaw’s media arm for $2.65 billion

Corus Entertainment announced today that it is buying Shaw Media, the Calgary-based communications company’s media arm, for $2.65 billion. Shaw Media, which controls important pay channels like HGTV and Food Network Canada, as well as Global, reported revenue of $232 million in the three months ending August 31st, with an operating income before restructuring and amortization…

Google lowers price of Nexus 5X in Canada

Here’s something we didn’t expect to see the day the Canadian dollar dropped below 69 cents US: Google has dropped the price of the Nexus 5X by $60 CAD. Previously $499 for 16GB and $559 for 32GB, Google has just given us Canadians a post-Boxing Day price reprieve, dropping each one to $439 and $499 respectively….

Rogers raises prices on some Share Everything plans by $5 per month

Mirroring Bell’s plans to raise the prices of its consumer share plans, Rogers will increase the cost of many of its Share Everything plans on January 12th. Customers purchasing a new plan with data buckets of 5GB, 9GB or 15GB will pay $5 more tomorrow than they do today. For example, someone signing up for a…

Apple’s iOS 9.3 and watchOS 2.2 betas add long-requested features

Apple just released developer betas for a number of its devices, including the iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and new Apple TV. That is nothing new; Apple releases new betas every few weeks. What is new is the number of new consumer-facing features in both iOS 9.3 and watchOS 2.2, which Apple is happy to advertise…

UberPool, Uber’s cost-saving carpooling service, launching in Toronto on January 12

After announcing that it has lowered base fares in over 100 US and Canadian cities, including Ottawa, Quebec City, Hamilton, London and Kitchener-Waterloo, Uber says it will bring UberPool, its carpooling service, to Toronto beginning this Wednesday. After a two-week pilot program during the Pan-Am Games last summer, the service will launch permanently on Wednesday,…

Bell raises monthly share plan prices, eliminates BYOD benefits [Update: Virgin, too]

Bell, Canada’s third-largest network provider by subscribers and recent winner of two “Best network” awards, is set to increase its wireless prices for the first time in over a year. Starting Tuesday, January 12th, Bell’s standard share plans will increase by $5, justified by “recent network enhancements in coverage, speed and performance” and the ARPU-lowering Roam…

Lenovo to drop Motorola name from its products

Lenovo is going to be moving away from using the Motorola brand on its products in favour of its own. According to a report by CNET, the company will instead remit the Moto brand for high-end Android smartphones, and resort to its own Vibe name for the lower-end devices. While it’s unclear whether that means…

Uber expands wheelchair-accessible Toronto fleet with partner Dignity Transportation

Uber announced today that it has upgraded its transportation options for Toronto’s disabled community, formerly known as UberACCESS, bringing a new fleet of wheelchair-accessible vans to the city in partnership with Dignity Transportation. The improved UberWAV, for “wheelchair accessible vehicles”, was born from a forum the company held last year in conjunction with OCAD’s Inclusive Design…

BlackBerry’s QNX reveals self-driving car platform

BlackBerry’s QNX revealed a number of new initiatives today at CES, most pertaining to the automotive flavour of the year: driverless cars. With a flurry of acronyms and partners, QNX said that it is working with companies like HERE for maps, Nvidia, Intel and Texas Instruments for chips, and iHeartRadio for entertainment. The system, which was demonstrated in…

Vancouver-based Recon Instruments made a smart paintball mask

Vancouver’s Recon Instruments, which was acquired by Intel last year, announced today that it has worked with Empire Paintball to release a smart paintball mask. Based on Recon’s existing Snow2 heads-up display (HUD), which was originally released in late 2013, the Empire EVS mask has an integrated LCD display positioned below the wearer’s right eye,…

MasterCard bringing payments to more wearables with Coin partnership

MasterCard’s partnership with biometrics startup Nymi made a considerable splash when they completed the first heart beat-powered payment at a Toronto gas station last summer, but the payment provider wasn’t finished with its wearable partnerships. Today, as part of its expanding Commerce For Every Device program, the company announced a partnership with Coin, a US-based startup that offers…

iHeartRadio expanding to Canada with a little help from Bell Media

“Lend me your ears and I’ll sing you a song, and I’ll try not to sing out of key,” goes the popular Beatles tune, With a Little Help From My Friends. Streaming music fans got an early Christmas gift on December 24th, as Apple Corp. finally licensed its extensive library of Beatles albums to services…

Apple highlights developer job creation after record-breaking App Store holiday

Apple is usually quiet around the beginning of the year, as its presence at CES is all but peripheral. But as we wait on the company to announce its first quarter earnings on Tuesday January 26th, it is intent on highlighting its considerable impact on developers’ lives, and the proliferation of mobile apps, through the…

Samsung’s 18-karat rose gold Gear S2 Classic knows when that hotline bling

Samsung’s Gear S2 Classic smartwatch is soon coming in two new colours: rose gold, and platinum. Samsung announced the additions to the lineup during its keynote address at CES today, highlighting its “continued leadership in the wearables category.” Unlike Apple’s $13,000+ 18-karat gold Watch Edition, Samsung has gone for the much cheaper option with the new…

This smart thermometer will be a big help to parents everywhere

How much is your child’s comfort worth? What about your sanity? I’m no parent, but based on what I’ve discovered speaking with a number of friends who are, using a traditional thermometer is a recipe for tears. And while there are non-invasive ways of acquiring that information, they are generally not as accurate. Enter Withings’…