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Nest, Samsung, ARM and others team up for Thread, a new wireless protocol meant to improve the Internet of Things

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Nest, Samsung, ARM and a series of other big names in semiconductors and research have teamed up to create a new wireless standard for the Internet of Things, that umbrella term for any gadget with a wireless chip that talks to other chip-filled wireless accessories.

While there are already many disparate “standards” powering these devices, with names like Zigby, Z-Wave, Bluetooth, WiFi Direct and others, Thread is intended to fix all of the functional inefficiencies within each one.

Thread Group, the team behind the Thread protocol, said in a press release, “[It] takes existing technologies and combines the best parts of each to provide a better way to connect products in the home.”



BNN Go for iOS and Android brings stock news, tips and on-demand shows


Another Bell media outfit has received the on-demand mobile app treatment.

Business News Network, the company’s 24/7 financial reporting portal, has been miniaturized to the mobile screen in a clean, well-designed app. While it lacks the live viewing capabilities of CTV Go, it makes up for that omission by offering full on-demand shows hours after they air, as well as daily news, tips, and the ability to follow stocks.

Doubling as both a stock and fund tracker, BNN Go aims to be more than just a portal for the channel’s shows but an app one would open to follow his or her entire portfolio. It also offers many of the show anchors’ blogs.

While the app is not entirely new — it arrived in late June — it’s well worth looking out for. Those who want the live BNN feed will have to subscribe to Bell TV, the company’s streaming television solution.


Microsoft now selling the best camera phone ever for $549 outright


We’ve heard rumblings that the Nokia Lumia 1020, the best camera phone ever, is about to put on Microsoft’s End of Life list as the company makes way for its successor.

But the 41MP Windows Phone 8-sporting monster is still a great way to showcase all of Nokia’s incredible imaging capabilities, especially now that it has been put on sale for $549 outright at the Microsoft Store.

A new listing popped up this week for an unlocked version of the device, which was sold through TELUS and Rogers when it debuted last year. It has since been removed from TELUS’s shelves, but is still available for $49.99 from Rogers.

The Lumia 1020 will be updated to Windows Phone 8.1 later this summer, and the unlocked version appears to be AWS-compatible over HSPA+ and incumbent-compatible over LTE. While the dual-core Snapdragon processor is not going to win any performance awards these days, the Lumia 1020 is still the best alternative to a point and shoot one can find in compact smartphone form.

(Thanks Joel!)


Apple: 90% of devices are using iOS 7


In the latest update to its developer site, Apple has stated that “90% of devices are using iOS 7.” That stat, along with other percentages of iOS usage, are mainly for the developer community and shows which version of iOS people are using when visiting the App Store.

Unfortunately, there isn’t a country breakdown as it would be interesting to see a deeper set of stats that show Canadian usage. However, iOS 7 is at 90%, up one percentage in the last month, followed by iOS 6 at 9% and earlier versions at 2% — which brings the total to a reality distortion field of 101%. (more…)


Samsung rumoured to announce the all-metal Galaxy Alpha next month


Samsung tends to release devices in many sizes and specification range to attack each market and price point.

One of the latest smartphones that Samsung is rumoured to launch is the Galaxy F. Information about the device has leaked over the past few weeks, which is expected to sport a metal frame and a QHD screen. However, this foray into premium materials might just be the start of a larger plan to take on other manufacturers who are already offering this option.

According to ETNews, Samsung is prepping to come out with a new smartphone lineup that aims to appeal to the higher end of the smartphone market. The first device is known as the Galaxy Alpha, which is reportedly made of metal and may be announced on Wednesday, August 13th, with a release sometime in September. Apparently the goal is to go head-to-head with Apple’s soon-to-be-announced iPhone 6.

Samsung declined to comment on the report. In addition, there was no mention of specs, carrier partners, or firm launch date… so for now this is considered a rumour.

Source: ETNEWS
Via: SamMobile


Shazam collaborates with Rdio to play full tracks in the iOS app


Shazam for iOS has been updated to support full track playback by plugging into Rdio’s extensive collection.

The Shazam-Rdio collaboration is already quite deep, previously allowing users to deep link into Rdio from Shazam once a user had tagged a song. The new feature merely saves a step, allowing users to listen to the entire song in the app, for free, while encouraging them to listen to similar content in the Rdio app itself.

Shazam continues to be the de facto song identification song, charting the top tracks in various categories from around the world. This update furthers integration between it and Rdio, giving the streaming music service some much-needed publicity at a time when Spotify, Google and others are trying to steal its thunder.

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Google’s augmented reality MMO ‘Ingress’ arrives on iOS


Google’s augmented reality game, Ingress, has finally arrived on iOS. Ingress hit general release in December following a year-long beta, but has been Android only since the official launch. The iOS version has been a long time coming — Google confirmed it was working on Ingress for iOS back in October – but there’s been little in the way of updates since last year. The availabilty of Ingress for iOS was confirmed last night via Google+ and a trailer on YouTube.



Canadian mobile customers now pay less for more, and more for less: Wall Report


Canadians now pay less for higher-end plans, and more for entry-level plans, according to the updated CRTC-commissioned Wall Report.

An annual review of wireless, wireline, mobile data and broadband data prices across various usage models, the Wall Report details the realities of Canadian monthly spending. In its seventh year, this is the first report since the CRTC’s Wireless Code of Conduct came into effect, and shows that while prices for low-usage plans have increased, those in the higher-usage bracket have fallen since last year.



Halifax exploring deployment of patchy public WiFi scheme


Halifax’s Regional Municipality has put forward an Request for Information (RFI) for a public WiFi solution partner. The city is looking to deploy WiFi in key public spaces around Halifax and Dartmouth and believes the initiative will further bolster Halifax’s reputation as a digital city, as well as enhance the lives of residents and visitors to the city. (more…)


Rdio brings a new General Manager to Canada to better compete with Spotify


Rdio is once again ramping up its Canadian presence in the run-up to Spotify’s launch north of the border. The company announced today that it is bringing on former Bark & Fitz CEO, Michael Orrbrooke, as a new General Manager for the company’s Canadian operations.

Rdio has grown steadily since it launched in Canada, and Orrbrooke’s role will be “growth and strategy” for the up-and-coming streaming music service. In April, Rdio announced a partnership with Shaw Communications, wherein Rdio would become the streaming service of record across Shaw’s considerable advertising and content network.

Scott Bagby, Rdio’s President of International, said, “The new role is part of Rdio’s commitment to Canada as one of our most important international regions,” though the company hasn’t released subscriber numbers to back up that claim.

The move is in line with Rdio’s strategy to grow its ad-based free streaming tier, which launched in January to grow the company’s user base. Rdio is available on iOS, Android and Windows Phone, as well as the web, and costs $9.99/month for the Unlimited tier.