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Contest: Win a Rogers Samsung Galaxy S5 and a Gear 2 Neo

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Fancy yourself a new smartphone and smartwatch? Here’s something for you! Up for grabs in the first of many summer contests is a Rogers Samsung Galaxy S5 and a Samsung Gear 2 Neo!

Both devices were released earlier this year and the LTE-enabled GS5 runs KitKat, has a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED HD display (1920×1080, 432ppi), 2.5 Ghz quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, built-in heart rate monitor, 16MP camera with a 2MP front-facing camera, 2800 mAh battery and are both water and resistant. The Gear 2 Neo, which is exclusive to Rogers, is one of the latest smartwatches to arrive in Samsung’s lineup. (more…)

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You can now pay for your Grooveshark with Bitcoin

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Earlier this year, Stripe announced that its users would soon be able to accept Bitcoin payments from their customers. The private beta program was launched in the spring, and it looks like Grooveshark is one of the first eager businesses to adopt the new form of payment.

Reddit user cloud109 this past weekend posted a message he received from a community developer at Grooveshark. This developer said that the company was now accepting payment for premium subscriptions via Bitcoin. A quick glance at the Bitcoin website confirms that anyone upgrading to Bitcoin premium is now offered the opportunity to pay with Bitcoin along with the usual credit card or PayPal options. (more…)

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Yahoo app for Android gets updated with Canadian content

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Previously only available to Android users in the United States, Yahoo has rolled out an update to its official app that brings Canadian-specific content. Yahoo notes that those who install the app will experience “the best of the web” on their device.

Yahoo’s app is compatible with Android devices running 2.3.3 and higher and offers the latest local Canadian news, as well as the ability to search via 12 different categories: World News, Business, Celebrities, Entertainment, Finance, Health, Media, Politics, Science, Society, Sports, Technology. Information is visually displayed in a card format with large feature images that remind us of Flipboard, along with adjustable text sizes. Also embedded within the app are a number of options for sharing articles via mail, Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr.

Alongside support for content for international regions, this latest version of the app (version 4.1) offers an improved news stream layout as well as access to the aforementioned news categories from the navigational drawer.

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Apple and IBM announce enterprise software and device partnership

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Apple and IBM have announced a partnership that will see the two companies team up in an enterprise push involving IBM software and Apple hardware. This exclusive partnership will see IBM’s big data and analytics capabilities arrive on Apple’s iOS devices.

The deal covers more than 100 industry-specific enterprise solutions and will include native apps designed exclusively for the iPhone and iPad from the ground up.  There’s also going to be new a new breed of AppleCare tailored to the needs of enterprise customers as well as packaged offerings from IBM covering device activation, supply, and management. (more…)

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Vancouver’s Faraday cage cafe closes tomorrow

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Most smartphone owners would argue that while the devices make our lives far more convenient, it comes with a certain level of sacrifice. Every where you turn, people are staring into those tiny screens with no care or caution for the people around them. Understandable, then, that some people have the urge to disconnect completely.

Earlier this month, Vancouver got its very own cellphone-free cafe in the form of the Faraday Cafe. The cafe is a space free of cell phone service or any kind of digital connection. By enclosing the entire cafe in a mesh that shields electromagnetic fields, social artists Julien Thomas and Hughes Condon Marler Architects have created a place where people can go to get away from the buzz of their electronics. And it sounds like the people of Vancouver have embraced the idea.
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Tory Burch launches fashionable but expensive line of Fitbit Flex accessories

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At last month’s We Are Wearables event in Toronto, IDC Canada identified fashion as one of the main barriers for wearables when it came to mainstream adoption. Krista Napier commented that consumers needed to be able to walk into their favourite store, be it Michael Kors or Hugo Boss, and buy wearable devices that fit their style and taste. While we might not be quite there yet, things are moving in that direction. Tory Burch and Fitbit today announced that their new line of accessories for the Fitbit fitness tracker is available for pre-order now. (more…)

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Google secures partner for glucose-tracking smart contact lens

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Google’s been dabbling in wearable tech for the last couple of years, with the most public-facing examples of its progress being Google Glass and Android Wear. However, Google is also quietly pursuing some other, arguably more significant wearable technologies.

Back in January, the company announced plans for a smart contact lens that would monitor a user’s glucose levels via the tears in his or her eye. The Google[x] team created a contact lens material with embedded chips and sensors that takes a glucose reading once per second. At the time, Google said it was testing the lens, had completed multiple clinical research studies, and was in talks with the FDA. Now it looks like Google has secured a partner to develop the lens. (more…)

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Symantec study reveals 93% of people access data on lost smartphones

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For most of us, the prospect of losing our smartphone is pretty daunting. Your phone probably knows more of your secrets than any one person in your life. Private emails, entire galleries of images from friends and family, access to all of your online accounts (including social media, professional sites like LinkedIn, and maybe even your financial institution’s online banking service), it’s all there.

Thinking about that kind of information falling into the wrong hands is scary for a lot of people. But if you lost your phone, what’s the most likely scenario? Would it be returned? Would the person keep your phone but wipe all of your information? Would they post your Snapchat screen grabs for all to see?

Symantec Canada recently ran something of a sting operation to figure out what people generally do when they come across a homeless smartphone. First, the company “lost” 60 smartphones in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottowa, Montreal and Halifax. Then it monitored the phones to see what people did with the them once they picked them up.

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Minuum teases its keyboard on an Android Wear smartwatch

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Minuum, the one-dimensional keyboard with an eye towards wearables, has announced an early version of the input software for Android Wear smartwatches. After launching on Samsung’s Gear series and Omate’s TrueSmart watch, the company has dedicated some time to demoing the keyboard on Google’s new wearable platforms. (more…)

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Two more HTC executives depart the company

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HTC’s executive shuffle continues. According to a report in Bloomberg, President of Engineering and Operations Fred Liu and Chief Marketing Officer Ben Ho are both departing the company. Liu was with HTC for the last 16 years, has held several leadership positions and is leaving because he’s retiring. Ho just joined the company in January 2013 and will stay with the company until the end of the year. (more…)

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