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.

You can now use BlackBerry’s Priv apps on any Android phone

Days before it released the Priv, BlackBerry uploaded a dozen or so of its first-party Android apps to the Play Store to make it easy to keep them updated. Though technically incompatible with any other Android phone, it didn’t take long for someone to remove that restriction for most of the apps. Most notably, BlackBerry’s…

Clearing up confusion about wireless charging on the BlackBerry Priv [Updated]

Update: Earlier this evening, we received word from a BlackBerry PR representative correcting an earlier statement issued to us about the Canadian STV100-1 model: “All PRIV devices purchased from ShopBlackBerry support wireless charging, regardless of whether they’re purchased from Canada or the U.S. (the STV100-1 variant). The site will be updated shortly with this information.” Our…

BlackBerry Priv review

It’s been over three years since BlackBerry began trickling details about its next generation operating system, a secure environment that would attract developers with its easy-to-use tools, support for open web standards, and an attractive, touch-friendly interface that would boost productivity for millions of people around the world. Despite modest pickup in some regions, that operating system,…

iPad Pro orders begin November 11, ships to Apple retail stores later this week

Apple announced that today orders for the iPad Pro will begin in Canada on November 11th, and stock will arrive in the company’s retail stores later this week. The iPad Pro is a 12.9-inch version of Apple’s popular tablet series, featuring a design similar to the iPad Air 2 with significantly expanded screen real estate….

In the beginning: Hands-on with the original Androids, the HTC Dream and HTC Magic

Android may have been announced eight years ago, but the first handsets powering the platform that would eventually change the world didn’t debut in Canada until the summer of 2009. Back then, Rogers was the only company willing to take a chance on Google’s new platform. The carrier released both the HTC Dream, also known as…

Telus blames ‘competitive intensity’ for flat Q3 2015 results, will shed 1,500 jobs

Telus will lay off 1,500 full-time positions as part of a cost-cutting measure aimed at “aligning our organization with the growth, customer service and capital allocation activities we are implementing,” according to President and CEO, Darren Entwistle. The announcement was made during the company’s Q3 earnings this morning, as it reported relatively flat results across…

Nexus 6P review: The best of Android, and the best Android

Having used a lot of Android devices, I know the signs. It usually takes a few weeks, but eventually the chugging begins. Apps load more slowly; the keyboard isn’t quite as spritely; games stutter and crash. It’s hard to pinpoint what causes it, but don’t blame yourself. I’m sure Android OEMs don’t want this for…

Small Talk: How is the Nexus 6P treating you?

The Nexus 6P is available starting today at select carriers, but it has been trickling into Canadians’ hands from the Google Store for around a week now. The question on everyone’s mind is, how is it? What do you think of it? We’ll have our review up shortly, but in the meantime let’s discuss some…

Nomad unveils leather wallet with integrated iPhone battery charger

Nomad, a US-based accessory company focused on solving pain points for travellers, unveiled today Wallet, a wallet that includes an integrated 2,400mAh battery with built-in Lightning cable. The wallet looks and feels a lot like what one would expect from a product in this price range — it will cost $80 USD when it ships…

Public Mobile taps Toronto’s Orchard to sell used smartphones in good condition

With Public Mobile’s relaunch emerging from beta, the Telus flanker brand is now looking to assuage one of the potential issues facing its growing user base: how to get a phone. When Telus relaunched the former independent new entrant as a value-conscious alternative to Telus and Koodo, it forwent not only the brick and mortar stores…

Moto 360 (2nd gen) review: It’s all in the lugs

The last year or so has been a long, drawn-out experiment by Android OEMs to see whether they can rejuvenate their businesses, or at least add another stable revenue stream, to augment their slowing disappearing smartphone profits. For those companies, Android Wear exists in an uneasy mush between control and compliance; unlike Android proper, they are not…

Rogers to release the Moto X Play this month

The Moto X Play is coming to Rogers in November. The device, which launched in August on Bell, Telus, Koodo, SaskTel, Wind Mobile and Videotron, has gained a reputation as one of the best value smartphones around. The Moto X Play will be the first flagship Motorola smartphone available at Rogers since the carrier launched…

Nexus 6P back in stock on Google Store

The Nexus 6P is back in stock on the Google Store. As we edge closer to carrier availability, which was pushed back two days to November 4th, customers are receiving their Nexus 6P orders from the Google Store made when orders began at the end of September. As of now, the 64GB Aluminum version is available,…

HTC One A9 review

What happened to you, HTC? You used to be big and bright, the world your oyster, so to speak. But now you’re sipping fifty cent beer at the corner dive, yelling at passersby about that time you were elected class president in 1987. I get it. It’s hard sometimes. There are lots of other people…

The OnePlus X could be the best phone under $350

OnePlus doesn’t waste much time. After launching the OnePlus 2 in August, the Chinese OEM is back with its second phone release of the year, the much-teased OnePlus X. Cheaper and smaller than its flagship sibling, the OnePlus X features a 5-inch 1920×1080 pixel AMOLED display, a 2.3Ghz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chip, 3GB of RAM,…

Sony purchases Toshiba’s image sensor business

Sony announced today that it has entered into an agreement to purchase Toshiba’s CMOS image sensor business, including a production line, equipment and 1,100 related employees. Sony’s image sensor business is increasingly important to the company’s future, as it tries to recoup losses from its years of smartphone development. While its Xperia devices have always…

Google Photos update brings facial recognition to Canadian users

With version 1.8 on Android, Google Photos will now recognize faces and group them together under the Search button, a feature that was made available to American users after the service was unveiled at Google I/O this past May. With this version, facial tagging has been expanded to Latin America, Canada, the Caribbean, Australia, and New…

Nexus 6P back in stock on Google Store, but only one model

The Nexus 6P has emerged from sales purgatory on the Google Store, but only in one model, the 32GB Aluminum version. Shipping in one to two business days (which usually means next business day in E-commerce parlance), the device is proving popular with Canadian buyers despite its $699.99 price point, a near-30 percent increase from…

Exploring smartphone choices under $600

There’s a new reality in play: the Canadian dollar is weak, affecting the prices of smartphones as a result. We’ve seen the discrepancies enumerate, but the practical takeaway is that Canadians are paying a 25 percent premium on devices over their US counterparts, something we haven’t seen in over ten years, especially since the Great…

HTC One A9 to increase to $649 CAD on November 7th

HTC’s promotional price of $549 for the unlocked version of the One A9, the company’s new flagship being released shortly in Canada, will revert to its regular cost of $649 on November 7th, according to the company. Hidden in the initial press release of the phone, the $100 “discounted” promotional pricing for the One A9 is…