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.

Corning announces Gorilla Glass SR+ for wearable devices

Corning built its name on household products, but more recently, it’s become known for its ubiquitous Gorilla Glass, which is used in the displays of millions of smartphones, tablets and car windshields, most recently in the Samsung Galaxy Note 7. With the adoption of wearable devices taking shape, Corning has expanded its product line and…

Apple Watch 2 tipped to feature 35 percent larger battery

Apple is expected to unveil its second generation Watch in the coming weeks, possibly during the company’s upcoming iPhone 7 announcement. While the Apple Watch 2 will not support LTE connectivity according to reports, there are rumours of the wearable dramatically increasing its battery size. An image has shown up on Weibo the might reveal the…

Google offering Canadian Chromecast owners $20 Play Store credit [Update]

For a change, Google has launched a Canadian-only offer that’s a solid deal for current Chromecast and Chromecast Audio owners, or those considering buying Google’s streaming device. Until October 8th, Canadians will receive a $20 Play Store credit when they purchase a Chromecast device. The offer is open to participants that purchase a Chromecast or Chromecast…

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. Android 7.0 rolling out to Nexus devices in Canada [Read here] Shomi touts 143 million total ‘video plays’ [Read here] Canada’s best back to school wireless and internet promo…

SaskTel lets seniors experience VR for the first time [video]

At one point in time, your grandfather or grandmother were viewed as being hope for the future. This generation possibly saw new technology unfold, such as the typewriter, personal computer, and a portable stereo. Today, smartphones have more power in them than a 22kg computer did back in the day. Saskatchewan-based regional carrier SaskTel has taken…

Bell and MTS announce plans to expand LTE coverage in Glenboro, Manitoba

In July, MTS shareholders ‘overwhelmingly’ approved the proposed $3.9 billion acquisition by BCE. In addition, the Manitoba court also gave the green light for the deal to proceed. However, other regulatory bodies, including the Competition Bureau, are still seeking feedback on the deal. In the meantime, Bell and MTS are continuing to move forward and…

BlackBerry DTEK50 now available from Canadian carriers

Prior to this week, the only place Canadians could secure themselves a BlackBerry DTEK50 was through BlackBerry’s official ShopBlackBerry.com online store. That changes today with a number of national and regional carriers adding the smartphone to their device lineup. BlackBerry’s second Android-powered smartphone is heading to Rogers, Bell, Telus, Wind Mobile, Videotron, and SaskTel. The no-term,…

Motorola Moto G4 Play now available in Canada

While many Canadians are waiting for the Moto Z to finally arrive in Canada, Motorola’s newest entry level Android is officially available in Canada. The LTE-enabled Moto G Play runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, powered by a 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor, 16GB internal storage, 2 GB RAM, 2800Ah battery, 8 megapixel camera, 5 megapixel…

iOS 9.3.5 now available to download, brings ‘an important security update’

Apple has released “an important security update” to iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch users today. iOS 9.3.5 reportedly fixes three security vulnerabilities. While a changelog is not yet available, the New York Times is reporting, “Investigators discovered that a company called the NSO Group, an Israeli outfit that sells software that invisibly tracks a target’s…

Montreal-based Neptune reveals new design of its Hub wearable

May 2015 saw Montreal-based Neptune unleash a new crowdfunding initiative for a unique looking wearable designed to work with a variety of accessories, called the Neptune Hub. At the time of its reveal, Neptune estimated the release was set for February 2016, but that date has since come and gone, despite the fact that the…

Rogers could be building its own messaging service called En Route

Currently, customers looking to view their Rogers account details or file complaints can contact the carrier by phone, email, online, through the MyRogers app, or via Facebook Messenger. However, likely thanks to the rise of dedicated messaging apps, it seems Rogers could be working on its own dedicated messaging platform. A new filing submitted to…

Google to rollout Wi-Fi Assistant feature to all Nexus devices in Canada

Google Project Fi users in the U.S. have been enjoying Google’s Wi-Fi Assistant for a number of months now, and soon Canadian Nexus users will be able to do so as well. According to a post on the Nexus support pages, the company plans to rollout Wi-Fi Assistant to all Nexus users in Canada, the…

PGA announces deal with Twitter and Facebook to livestream several golf tournaments

Twitter and Facebook today announced a partnership with the PGA to live stream various professional golf tournaments in the coming weeks. This follows similar announcements from Twitter that saw the social media platform secure deals to live stream sporting events from the MLB, NHL, NFL, NBA and the recent Wimbledon tennis tournament. Similar to the Wimbledon…

uBreakiFix to open 22 new same-day repair stores, greatly expanding Canadian presence

iRepair and Mobile Klinik have new competition to deal with. Orlando-based technology repair shop uBreakiFix announced today plans to dramatically expand its Canadian presence with new 50 locations across the country. In partnership with Toronto’s G3 Capital Corp, the company will open 22 stores in the next two years. uBreakiFix offers same-day repair service for…

Samsung says it has processed nearly 100 million mobile payment transactions

While it’s expected mobile payments won’t become mainstream before the end of the decade, Samsung has just announced a major milestone. Samsung Pay, the company’s mobile payments platform, has surpassed “nearly 100 million unique transactions in seven countries” within its first year of availability. The company went on to declare Samsung Pay “the most widely accepted mobile…

CBC says Canadian streamed 626 million minutes of video during Rio 2016 Olympic Games

The CBC has experienced a very good month. Coming off its record-breaking viewership of the Tragically Hip’s concert on Saturday, the broadcasting corporation announced today that the Rio 2016 Summer Games was the most-watched summer Olympics in Canadian history. Between the Opening Ceremony on August 5th to the Closing Ceremony on August 21st, 32.1 million…

Twitter brings Night mode to iOS users

After bringing support for Night mode to Android last month, Twitter has launched the feature in the iOS version of its app. While a subtle change, Night mode switches the Twitter feed from a light background to a dark background, in this case a deep blue. This colour change makes it easier to read Tweets…

BlackBerry DTEK50 listed as ‘coming soon’ to Wind Mobile

BlackBerry’s second Android device has been available unlocked for $429 through the ShopBlackBerry for two weeks, but not it looks like the handset could be making its way to carriers. When the mid-range DTEK50 was initially announced just a few weeks ago, BlackBerry stated that the phone would be available Canadian carriers, including Rogers, Bell,…