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Everything you need to know about Mobile World Congress 2016 (Video)

Mobile World Congress started on February 21st in Barcelona, Spain with two highly anticipated smartphone launches, the LG G5 and Samsung Galaxy S7/S7 Edge. The LG G5 is a complete redesign of the G4 and is the first modular smartphone to hit the market. Samsung on the other hand, retained the same design philosophy as…

Samsung to launch Connect Auto device and service in North America

Samsung has made headlines at Mobile World Congress for its new shiny phones and VR plans, but part of its drive (no pun intended) toward the Internet of Things will include its Auto Connect device and service. The hardware piece is a module that plugs into a vehicle’s OBD-II port, usually found under the steering…

Sony Xperia X Hands-on: A new mid-range contender?

With LG and Samsung stealing much of the attention at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, it’s easy to forget other manufacturers are also announcing new smartphones at the massive event. With little fanfare, Sony revealed a new line of Xperia X devices earlier this week: the low-end, plastic, Xperia XA, the mid-range Xperia…

Samsung Galaxy S7 vs. LG G5: Which flagship smartphone is more promising?

With smartphone sales consistently waning over the last few years, LG and Samsung have adopted two decidedly different strategies when it comes to vying for consumer attention at Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona. One is safe, iterative, and will likely resonate with longtime fans of the company, while the other takes chances, and could…

LG 360 VR Hands-on: A new mid-level VR competitor

It seems the rumours were true, Samsung and HTC are no longer the only mobile OEMs with virtual reality ambitions. LG wants in on the burgeoning VR technology industry with its recently announced LG 360 VR headset. Following the company’s big G5 reveal yesterday, I tried the LG 360 for a brief period of time at…

Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge Hands-on

And then there were two. Contrary to some rumours suggesting Samsung would be releasing a triad of new smartphones, the company has narrowed it down to a duo in the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge. Video S7 and S7 edge hands-on by Patrick O’Rourke  Coinciding with its now predictable launch schedule for new devices…

Samsung Gear 360 Hands-on

With a VR headset in tow, it was probably a foregone conclusion that Samsung would also come to market with a 360-degree camera to create content for it. Enter the Gear 360. Samsung had teased a 360-degree camera at its press conference last month at CES in Las Vegas, but has now raised the curtain…

2016 Chevrolet Spark review: Affordable infotainment

Chevrolet calls the 2016 Spark “the ultimate mobile device.” Not because it’s almost as small as one, but because it is a connected device unto itself. Unveiled in January at a base price of $10,000, the Spark is effectively the least expensive brand new vehicle to offer 4G LTE and support for both Apple CarPlay…

Galaxy S7 rumour roundup: Here’s everything we know so far

We’re mere days away from Samsung’s Unpacked 2016 event at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, which means we’ll soon see everything the company’s latest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S7, has to offer. There’s been a torrent of leaks over the course of the past couple of weeks, which is why we’ve decided to collect as many…

The iPhone 6s Plus, six months later (Video)

I’m going to preface this video by stating that I used a Nexus device for three years before deciding to make the switch to the iPhone 6s Plus. Apple’s latest iPhone has been my daily driver for the past six months. I’ve dropped it; I’ve charged the battery multiple times; I’ve pushed its powerful A9 processor…

LG G5 rumour roundup: Here’s everything we know so far

With Mobile World Congress less than a week away, we thought it would be a good idea to give you a run down of everything we know about LG’s still unannounced new flagship smartphone, the LG G5, ahead of the mobile industry’s biggest event of the year. Despite what have likely been LG’s best efforts,…

Uber’s CEO talks risk, regulation and women in tech

In downtown Vancouver’s Launch Academy hub for a “fireside chat” moderated by SheTalks’ Barinder Rasode and Launch Academy’s Ray Walia, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick shared his thoughts on how his tech company is adapting to the needs of its customers, facing off against competition, and dealing with regulation as its sharing-economy vision becomes reality worldwide….

These 3 mobile apps will change the way you drive

Given the laws against smartphone usage in the car, it would seem odd — or perhaps, appropriate — that apps specific to the car are only growing in number and sophistication. Not surprisingly, the focus on several of them is safety, with a touch of convenience. Not many apps in this category necessarily stand out,…

Hands-on with TappLock, the first fingerprint-enabled padlock

The concept of TappLock is so simple it’s one of those rare tech gadgets you look at and wonder why it didn’t exist sooner. With the touch of a finger the lock pops open, removing the need for a key or complicated combinations of numbers. TappLock can also be unlocked via Bluetooth and a dedicated app,…

Toyota unveils U2 concept car in Toronto ahead of Auto Show

Toyota showed off a concept car in Toronto today that won’t be heading to an assembly line anytime soon, yet tackles the notion of a vehicle that is highly modular and flexible to a driver’s needs. This also includes the dashboard, though it became clear early on that its designers cut a few corners because…

Canadian developers look to virtual reality for the future of video games

Soon we’ll all be able to take the red pill. Virtual reality is thrilling, but it is often difficult to describe, since it drops the user into a 360-degree virtual world, creating an inherently unique, immersive digital experience. As a result of the current frenzy built up around virtual reality, many Canadian video game development studios have jumped at…

Battery-Saving Tips for iOS and Android users

The smartphone battery is one of the most lamented smartphone features when a new device hits the market. Aside from a select few phones with extra-large batteries, the majority of smartphones barely make it through a day of moderate to heavy use. Android and iOS both have different approaches to power management, but in the end,…