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.

Amazon Prime Video in Canada: Complete TV and movie list

Amazon has officially brought its Amazon Prime Video streaming service north of the U.S. border, giving Canadians access to a selection of movies and television shows, including Amazon’s own original content. While the selection is currently limited, below is a current list of all the titles available for online and offline viewing. In a statement to…

Twitter integrates Periscope live broadcasting into its core mobile app

Just a few weeks ago Twitter announced plans to shut down Vine, its 6-second video platform at some point “in the coming months.” To compensate for Vine’s departure, however, Twitter has rolled out new features that allow users to more easily create and share live content within the social media platform. “Twitter is about what’s…

Amazon Prime Video is now officially available in Canada

Following weeks of speculation, Amazon Prime Video has officially launched in Canada. The on-demand streaming video service now offers its complete collection to Canadians, including originals such as The Grand Tour, Transparent, Mozart in the Jungle, The Man in the High Castle, and popular movies and TV shows. Content beyond Amazon’s originals includes popular shows like Fear…

Telus brings Wi-Fi Calling to the iPhone

iPhone Wi-Fi calling has been enabled by several Canadian carriers for well over a year now, specifically Rogers, Fido, Bell, Virgin and Halifax-based Eastlink. With the update to iOS 10.2, Telus has also brought the feature to its customers. “We’re excited to announce that Wi-Fi Calling is now available to TELUS iPhone customers! iPhone customers can…

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. Interac predicts December 23 to be the busiest shopping day of the year [Read here] Pebble confirms it’s no longer manufacturing or selling smartwatches [Read here] Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy…

Rogers and Chatr launch the ZTE Z223 flip phone for $63 no-term

The flip phone is still alive as Rogers and sub-brand Chatr have both launched the new ZTE Z223. Bringing back the late 1990’s, the ZTE Z223 features a 0.3 megapixel camera, 2.0-inch 176 x 220 pixel display, powered by a Qualcomm QSC6270 processor, and a 900 mAh battery that ensures up to four hours of…

Apple Music now has 20 million paying subscribers

In September, during the unveiling of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, Apple announced Apple Music had 17 million concurrent subscribers. According to a new report in Billboard, Apple has seen a sharp increase in adoption as the number of people paying for the streaming music service jumped by 15 percent, representing 3 million new…

Apple says November 2016 had the ‘highest monthly sales ever in App Store history’

Apple unveiled its 2016 “best of” year-end list yesterday, revealing the year’s top selling App Store apps, games, books and movies. Topping the list were Canadian-made Severed by Toronto-based Drinkbox Studios and Chameleon Run by Saskatchewan-based company Noodlecake Studios. In a tweet sent out today, Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, said…

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. Pour one out, Rogers and Shaw’s Shomi is now dead [Read here] Offline playback comes to Canadian Netflix [Read here] Apple Music offering $4.99 student pricing in Canada [Read…

Is this BlackBerry’s next QWERTY Android-powered smartphone?

“We have one keyboard phone I promised people. It’s coming,” said BlackBerry CEO John Chen in a recent Bloomberg interview. Adding to the Priv, DTEK50 and DTEK60, the upcoming Android-powered device is expected to bring back its iconic QWERTY keyboard and come packed with a number of security enhancements. A device with the codename of…

BlackBerry DTEK50 on sale for $289 CAD unlocked

The BlackBerry DTEK50 was BlackBerry’s second Android device and the first designed and built by a 3rd party manufacturer. Originally released in August, the DTEK50 was priced at $429 CAD unlocked and was put on sale during its Black Friday promo. While now at its original price on ShopBlackBerry, large online retailer Amazon has once…

BlackBerry updates Android apps, brings dark theme mode to your launcher

BlackBerry has updated its portfolio of apps for its Android-powered Priv, DTEK50 and DTEK60. There is a full change log below but you will see notable improvements and bug fixes to the Hub+, BlackBerry Keyboard, and the BlackBerry Launcher, including a dark theme mode. Find all of the updates below: BlackBerry Hub+ Apps Accounts Improvements:…

BlackBerry cuts price of Priv to $599 unlocked, Amazon $399 CAD

The BlackBerry Priv launched in Canada on November 6th, 2015 and was the company’s first Android smartphone. Now, a year later, BlackBerry has added the DTEK50 and DTEK60 to its lineup and named them the most secure Android devices on the planet. As with all things in the tech space, older devices receive a price…