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 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,…

Twitter Canada hires Jennifer Hollett as News and Government lead

After a few key departures, Twitter Canada has announced Jennifer Hollett as the social media platforms new Canadian News and Government lead. This role was previously in the hands of Steve Ladurantaye, now the managing editor of digital news at CBC. Hollett will be responsible for forming content strategy with Canadian media outlets, government agencies…

11.7 million people tuned into The Tragically Hip’s concert on Saturday

Saturday night was owned by The Tragically Hip. Performing the band’s final concert of its 15 date Man Machine Poem tour, the Hip and CBC partnered to bring Canadians closer to Canada’s band for a commercial-free concert called “A National Celebration.” Available to anyone around the world to watch via its TV, radio, online stations,…

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…