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.

Here are a few tech deals from Amazon Canada

After an onslaught of holiday deals, Amazon and its partners are still offering deep discounts on various tech accessories. Here’s a selection of what we’ve found so far. AUKEY 20000mAh Portable Charger External Battery Power Bank for $22.39 [44 percent off] Speck Products CandyShell Wrap Case for iPhone 6 Plus/6S Plus for $50.95 [36 percent…

TTC Wi-Fi coverage expanding past platforms and into subway tunnels in 2018

Toronto commuters will soon be able to use their wireless devices beyond the subway platform and into tunnels next year, something many riders feel is long overdue. BAI Canada, a subsidiary of Broadcast Australia, was awarded $25 million contract to rollout the TTC’s Wi-Fi network in 2013 and is now active in 51 connected stations…

Samsung Galaxy A5 confirmed to launch in Canada

Earlier this week, Samsung announced a trio of new smartphones to its lineup. Falling under mid-range Galaxy A series, Samsung unveiled the 5.7-inch Galaxy A7, 5.2-inch Galaxy A5 and the 4.7-inch Galaxy A3. Similar to the 2016 version, Canadians will only see the Galaxy A5 be available. In a statement to MobileSyrup, a Samsung Canada…

Twitter signs exclusive deal to livestream 31 PGA tournaments this year

Twitter is continuing to expand its relationship with the PGA by exclusively live streaming an additional 31 tournaments through the remainder of this golf season. Originally announced last August, those interested in tuning into a specific broadcast of a PGA tournament can simply access Twitter either logged-in and logged-out from PGATourLive.twitter.com. Twitter notes its coverage…

Samsung has shipped over 5 million Gear VR headsets, 10 million hours of video viewed

In September 2014 Samsung, in partnership with Facebook-owned Oculus, released its first virtual reality headset called the Gear VR. During the company’s keynote presentation at CES 2017, Tim Baxter, Samsung electronics America president and COO, stated that Samsung has shipped over than 5 million Gear VR headsets to customers around the world. While this is…

5.5-inch HTC One X10 leaks in new photo

Rumours point towards HTC unveiling three Android-powered smartphones in Q1 2017. What looks like the first official photo of one of these devices has just leaked. According to reputable device leaker Evan Blass, HTC will release a follow-up to the One X9 with the launch of the 5.5-inch One X10. The exact release date is…

Here’s everything we know about the BlackBerry ‘Mercury’

During CES 2017, Steve Cistulli, president and general manager of TCL Communication in North America, unveiled BlackBerry’s fourth Android-powered smartphone. Currently going by the internal codename of ‘Mercury,’ the go-to-market branding will most likely be the DTEK70, which follows the DTEK60, DTEK50, and the Priv. Mercury is set to be the first of many devices…

OnePlus 3T in Soft Gold will be available January 6th

OnePlus launched the follow-up to the OnePlus 3, the OnePlus 3T, on November 22nd. While the phone was small step forward, the “Never Settle” manufacturer added some substantial hardware improvements over its predecessor. Packing in a Snapdragon 821 processor, 3,400mAh battery, 16 megapixel front-facing camera, 6GB of RAM and a 1920 x 1080 pixel Optic…

Swarovski to unveil first smartwatch in March

Swarovski continues to expand its connected offerings following the reveal of plans to release a smartwatch later this year. At CES 2017 during a press conference unveiling Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 835 processor, a teaser video revealing Swarovski’s plans to release its first smartwatch, which the company states is “for her,” was revealed. The full unveiling of…

Samsung will reportedly soon reveal exactly why the Galaxy Note 7 caught fire

After a glorious entry into the market, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 quickly went down in flames in 2016. The device was one of the nicest looking handsets the company has ever manufactured, but also came embedded with a faulty battery that caused several to explode, bringing on a full recall of its flagship smartphone. According…

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: Amazon says it delivered over one billion items with Prime this holiday season [Read here] Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is ‘thinking a lot’ about allowing users to edit tweets…

Ian’s favourite things of 2016

For me, 2016 was a mix of love of the usual dose of Tim Hortons, Taylor Swift, eBikes, exploding phones, Tesla, and trying to understand the hype of Pokémon Go. Overall, thankfully, it was a tremendous year for tech in Canada, and one that laid the foundation for an exciting 2017. Here are five of…

Volkswagen acquires Vancouver-based PayByPhone

Volkswagen has acquired Vancouver-based PayByPhone for an undisclosed amount of money. According to the Wall Street Journal, Volkswagen is interested to clean up its image from the 2015 diesel-emissions controversy and this deal is about solely a play to gain access to proven technology that makes the overall driving experience easier and convenient. “This is…