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Android 4.1.1 is likely the only major version vulnerable to Heartbleed, but here’s an app to check anyway


By now, you’ve heard of Heartbleed. You’ve heard that this bug can be exploited to allow hackers to gain sensitive information from well-known services, many of which are still in the process of being patched. Just this morning, after days of outages, the Canadian Revenue Agency said that it has been subject to data theft from Heartbleed, likely between the time the bug was made public and the time the government decided to shut down its databases.

Bluebox, a security company, has done considerable work auditing Android versions from Ice Cream Sandwich and later (the OpenSSL bug that causes Heartbleed was only implemented after the release of Android 4.0, so Gingerbread and older are actually safe). They found that Android 4.1.1 is the only version inherently exposed to the SSL bug, as it implements both the insecure OpenSSL and heartbeats, which are disabled in subsequent releases.



Handybook’s iOS-based home cleaning service expands to Toronto


A new startup has hit Toronto, and it’s going to be a boon for consumers and professionals alike.

Handybook, a New York-based startup that has raised just over $12 million to date, runs an iOS-based cleaning service that allows customers to book home cleanings, electrical and plumbing appointments, and a number of other fix-it verticals, quickly and easily.

The company is expanding beyond the US today, making Toronto its first city in an expansion that will hopefully take it across the entire country. (more…)


Samsung to announce Galaxy S5 Zoom at Singapore event on April 29th


Samsung is set to announce the second in its Galaxy S5 line, if an invitation to an event in Singapore is to be believed.

The company invited a select set of journalists to an event in Singapore on April 29th, detailing the tagline, “Kapture the moment.” It appears that the Galaxy S5 Zoom is on the docket, though in Asian regions it may be called the Galaxy K (or Galaxy SK? JK).

We recently got a good first look at the upcoming Galaxy S5 Zoom, which will reportedly have a larger sensor and higher-resolution display than its predecessor. The Galaxy S4 Zoom never made it to Canada officially, but many of the device’s internals could be seen in the Galaxy Camera.


MTS launches ‘My Trade-In Program’


Regional carrier MTS has finally offered their customers a device trade-in program. Most Canadian carriers have had this for years and now MTS has officially introduced “My Trade-In.”

The service is actually made possible by US-based Phobio and gives the option for MTS customers to trade-in their old and unused device for a credit towards a new smartphone. Similar to other trade-in programs, customers can use the online tool or visit a store and see how much their device is worth. MTS notes that the max you’ll be able to receive is $250. For example, if you’re interested in trading in your old 16GB iPhone 5 the credit you’ll receive is “up to $164.45.”

Source: MTS


Windows Phone 8.1 now available to developers, but you can download it, too


Windows Phone 8.1 is here, and if you’re a developer — or at least pretend to be — you can download it right now.

This is one of the most important software updates Microsoft has ever released, on both PC and mobile, as it jumps over a few important hurdles to reach feature parity with iOS and Android. While consumers will appreciate Cortana, the sassy voice assistant, and Action Center, there are a number of business-focused updates, including Enterprise VPN and S/MIME support, that will make the OS more attractive to corporations.

To download the update on any Windows Phone 8-based device is fairly straightforward, though you cannot return to your previous installed version once it’s complete. It will, however, upgrade to the carrier-released version of Windows Phone 8.1 — if and when it arrives — later this year. (more…)


“BlackBerry Experience” registration now open for Toronto and Montreal


During the turmoil of 2013, BlackBerry announced it would not be holding its annual BlackBerry Live conference in 2014, instead opting “to continue with an engaging lineup of smaller, targeted events taking place all around the world.”

The Waterloo-based company has already been on the road in Paris and most recently in New York with its “BlackBerry Experience” events. Good news for those who want to back BlackBerry on their home turf as they have announced a couple dates hitting Canada. BlackBerry Experience will arrive in Montreal on May 6th, then in Toronto on May 8th. Here are the complete details of what to expect, with the link to register below:

  • BlackBerry’s Vision: John Sims, President, Global Enterprise Services
  • The Evolution of EMM: Sepharim Group, Bob Egan
  • Learn about BlackBerry’s end-to-end, Enterprise Solutions for today and tomorrow:
  • BlackBerry® Enterprise Service 10
  • BlackBerry World Class Technical Support
  • Multi-platform Enterprise Mobility Management
  • Communication & Collaboration
  • A look at our roadmap to BlackBerry Enterprise Service 12
  • Enterprise Applications (apps for BlackBerry, cross platform, customized apps)
  • Closing Remarks

Source: BlackBerry


TELUS Samsung Galaxy S5 review


Few devices this year are going to receive the attention, and scrutiny, of Samsung’s newest flagship. The Galaxy S5 is the star of Samsung’s expanding smartphone lineup, and as the Korean company’s reach that grown beyond Android enthusiasts, its products have gone through a number of quiet evolutions.

Befitting the fifth product in a series, at the top of an industry settling into a comfortable middle age, the GS5 is mature, taking aim at pain points raised in previous versions. Speeds and feeds are secondary to what the phone can do, and though the company continues to look outside its walls for inspiration, the implementation of those ideas is all Samsung — for better or worse.

Coming to TELUS for $229 on a 2-year and other carriers on April 11th, the Galaxy S5 is a great Android smartphone, but is it a good buy?


OneNote for Android gets OneDrive support for notebooks and sections


Microsoft continues to expand on its cloud offerings as part of new CEO Satya Nadella’s “a cloud for everyone on every device” strategy. Yesterday, the company updated the Android version of its Evernote competitor OneNote. The updated includes support for creating and managing OneDrive notebooks and sections, as well as improvements to content rendering on some Android devices.

Creating a new OneDrive notebook or section from within OneNote is now as easy as hitting the requisite Create button from the Notebooks and Sections lists within the app. However, while you can delete sections from within OneNote, there is currently no support for deleting notebooks on OneDrive.

Are you an Android OneNote user? If not, what would it take for you to be willing to give Microsoft’s cloud offering a try?



TELUS offering a $50 credit for customers who can’t find a Samsung Galaxy S5


A repeat of the past couple years has occurred once again. When Samsung Canada released the Galaxy SIII in 2012 and Galaxy S4 in 2013 many carriers offered up a $50 credit to those who were unable to find one. The reasons were caused by low inventory as both devices were in “high demand.”

The Galaxy S5 has experienced the same fate. TELUS is now offering up a $50 “rain check” credit for those customers who cannot find a white or black version of the new flagship. According to an internal doc we received it notes that a $50 credit will be applied to a customers bill when the GS5 comes back in-stock.

TELUS says this credit is available for customers who try and buy between April 11th and 20th. “For customers who come into store during the period described above as the Effective Data, looking to activate or renew a Samsung Galaxy S5 and are not able to receive a device due to depleted inventory, TELUS is offering a $50 raid check credit towards the price of the device on a 2-year activation/renewal when stick is replenished.”

(Thanks tipster!)