Author: Ian Hardy

I write articles on the happenings within the Canadian wireless scene since Brick Breaker was cool. Building the wireless community is my gig and I'm probably the biggest fan of Tim Hortons in Canada.

Samsung’s Gear 360 can now be purchased from Best Buy Canada

Samsung’s latest tech gadget went on sale in Canada last Friday. While the Galaxy Note 7 and Gear VR headset are an integral part of Samsung’s future, the Gear 360 will play an important role in the evolution of Samsung’s devices. The Gear 360’s design is shaped like a ball and features two fisheye lenses,…

Top Canadian mobile stories from the past week

Every week we bring you the latest in Canadian mobile news. Listed below is a quick overview of the top stories from the past seven days. YouTube and Canadian mechanical rights agency CMRRA sign licensing deal [Read here] Samsung Gear 360 and new Gear VR are now available in Canada [Read here] Samsung Galaxy Note…

Woodbine Racetrack is hiring a Pokémon Go Administrator

If you thought the Pokémon Go craze has fizzled then think again. Woodbine Racetrack currently has a job opening for a “Pokemon Go Administrator.” The details of the employment opportunity is to work with the entertainment group on “an exciting and innovative event” related to a Pokemon Go inspired job fair. “At Woodbine Racetrack we have…

SyrupCast 83: Note 7 and revenge of the SyrupCast

On this episode of the SyrupCast we talk about the official launch of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, Open Signal’s latest wireless report and McDonald’s entry and quick exit in the wearable market. In her first appearance on the SyrupCast, BetaKit’s Jessica Galang joins us to give her opinion on the Note 7. Hosts: Igor…

Android 7.0 Nougat expected to arrive August 22nd, says Telus

Telus might have just revealed the release date of the Android Nougat update. According to its latest schedule, Telus is preparing to unload Android 7.0 to the Huawei Nexus 6P and LG Nexus 5X on August 22nd, which is next Monday. Of course, Telus notes that “all dates are approximate and subject to change.” Google…

Huawei Honor 8 isn’t officially coming to Canada, but you can ship one from NewEgg

Huawei has unveiled the Honor 8, the company’s latest Android device. The phone features a metal unibody design with a 5.2-inch 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution display. Unfortunately, just as we suspected, like previous Honor flagship models, the 8 is not officially coming to Canada. “The Honor Brand isn’t one we are launching in Canada….

Unboxing McDonald’s Step-it activity tracker

I’m not a fan of McDonald’s and I’m also not the target market for its new toy wearable. However, I caved and spent the $5 and purchased a Happy Meal specifically for the Step-it activity tracker. Unfortunately, the wearable is not worth it, both in terms of time and health. I must preface this that…

Apple has started hiring lyric curators to help with Apple Music

At WWDC 2016, Apple said it would start providing song lyrics within Apple Music. It now seems Apple is actively hiring individuals to help build out the feature, with lyrics curation manager and lyrics curator positions appearing on the company’s website. Both positions will be part of the company’s Content Curation team, and will be…

McDonald’s Canada bundles Step-it activity tracker with Happy Meals

In an attempt to shed its image of fatty Big Macs and oily french fries, McDonalds has slowly updated its menu to offer healthier food choices, including various salads, apple slices and yogurts. Taking this transformation one step further, McDonald’s Canada has bundled in a step tracker into its latest Happy Meal. The wearable is…

Microsoft Lumia 650 discounted to $149

Following the price reduction of the Surface Pro 4, Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL, Microsoft has also put the dual-SIM Lumia 650 on sale. Available since April 1st, the Lumia 650 is now $50 less at $149. Microsoft of also offering a $40 discount off various accessory bundles, such as the Car Charger and…

Samsung to announce Gear S3 on August 31

In true Samsung fashion, the mobile manufacturer has begun teasing the next generation of its circular smartwatch, with the company stating it will be ready to “talk about 3 on 31st August,” hinting that the launch of the Gear S3 is on the horizon. The experience is set to unfold at 6 p.m. CET in…

Bell trademarks mobile-focused VOD service called SnackableTV

Bell Media, a subsidiary of BCE, has filed a trademark for SnackableTV, SnackTV and SnakTV in Canada. According to the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO), a trademark filing for the three names was submitted on July 28th and formalized on August 2nd. The description used on the filing for SnackableTV states it’s a “Television broadcasting…

Rogers officially stops activating new Mobilicity accounts

Rogers purchased Mobilicity for $465 million back in 2015. At the time, the struggling wireless carrier amassed 150,000 wireless subscribers, but more importantly, secured wireless spectrum in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, and Ottawa. As previously reported, today, August 15th, Mobilicity has officially halted the activation of new accounts. The carrier has slowly transitioned its customers…

Twitter unveils new monetization strategy with Promoted Stickers

Twitter has over 300 million users around the world and in an effort to attract a new, younger audience it added Stickers to its arsenal last month. Now, Twitter has unveiled plans to further monetize its platform through promoted stickers. The first partner for Twitter Stickers is Pepsi though a collaboration that integrates Pepsi emojis…

How to stream The Tragically Hip’s final August 20 concert

The Tragically Hip’s final tour is rapidly coming to a close. The group, which consists of Gord Downie, Paul Langlois, Rob Baker, Gord Sinclair, and Johnny Fay, will hit the stage for its final show in Kingston, Ontario. Lead singer Downie was recently diagnosed with brain cancer and announced the band’s Man Machine Poem tour…

Bell to start decommissioning its CDMA network on January 31st, 2017

The end of an era is near. According to sources, Bell will begin decommissioning its CDMA network, starting in Alberta, British Columbia and the Gaspé region of Québec, on January 31, 2017. Since its heyday, Canadian carriers have transitioned to the evolved GSM standard, building out networks that support HSPA and LTE, which incorporates SIM cards…

Top Canadian mobile stories from the past week

Every week we bring you the latest in Canadian mobile news. Listed below is a quick overview of the top stories from the past seven days. CRTC confirms Canadians pay more than everyone else in international telecom price study [Read here] Twitter Canada gives us a glimpse into the first week of #Rio2016 [Read here]…