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Twitter CEO: “40 percent of all tweets created on mobile devices”

Twitter is quickly becoming a powerful medium to quickly communicate. Twitter CEO Dick Costolo was being interviewed by Kara Swisher at the AllThingsD event at CES and revealed a staggering mobile stat. Costello stated that “Mobile is a more and more and more common use of Twitter–40 percent of all tweets created on mobile devices. That might seem low, but it was 25 percent a year ago. 50 percent of active users are also active on mobile.”

Back on December 10 Twitter posted a note on their bog that over the past 12 months “Twitter users sent an astonishing 25 billion Tweets”. So this means that 10 billion tweets are from mobile devices. Another interesting stat that Twitter announced a couple days ago was an all-time record in the number of Tweets sent per second (TPS) of 6,939. This occurred in Japan on January 1st with “Akemashite omedetou gozaimasu” (“Happy New Year!”).

Source: All Things D


Bell LG Optimus Chic pricing revealed

Bell’s first entry level low cost Android-powered LG Optimus Chic will be released soon (we’re hearing it was set for the 14th but might be available on the 17th). Previously in an internal doc there was no price plans revealed other than the no-contract for $249.95. Thanks to one of our tipsters from a retail outlet we’ve got pricing for you for this OS 2.2 device: 3-year is $0.00 (or $48.83 voice only); 2-year for $198.83; 1-year for $224.83 and the no-contract is $248.83. This is odd pricing as the standard Bell prices usually come in ending with a $0.95…  So you can expect to increase these prices by $1.12.

(Thanks tipster!)


Rogers & Fido extending 6PM Early Evenings promo “until further notice”

This year there will be more deeper competition with monthly plans and we’ll see the carriers (incumbents and new carriers) continually drop prices and add more value. “Due to the recent competitive activity” Rogers offered a promo during the holidays that gave 6pm early evenings and weekends, this was supposed to expire on January 6th… but it now seems that they have extended the promo “until further notice”. The internal doc states that “Due to recent competitive activity, we will be extending the Early Evenings & weekends promotion beyond January 6, 2011 until further notice.”

Update: Fido has extended their Early Evenings promo too.

Source: Howard Forums (Rogers) & Fido
(Thanks WorldIRC & ceredon!)


Rogers Dell Streak upgrade to OS 2.2: “hoping to get it out by Spring 2011″

When Rogers released the Dell Streak they also stated that the upgrade from the current Android OS 1.6 to 2.2 will happen “later this year”. If you’ve purchased this tablet/phone device then you be happy to know that Rogers is currently testing OS 2.2. A note by Chris from the Rogers Social Media team in our Forum said that “The 2.2 update for the Dell Streak is currently being tested on our network. We’re hoping to get it out by Spring 2011.”


Video: Microsoft Surface 2.0 coming to a RBC near you

Microsoft and Samsung unveiled the next generation of the Microsoft Surface at CES this week. In Canada both Wind Mobile and Videotron use this technology to give their customers a great experience. They give the ability to check rate plans, device features and also compare devices against each other. This new version is called the SUR40 incorporates the new “PixelSense” technology that has 50 simultaneous touch points and somehow recognizes anything you put on the display such as your hands, fingers and paper with written words. Specs have it with a 40-inch HD 1080p screen (1920×1080 resolution), AMD Athlon II X2 Dual-Core Processor.

At a cost of $7,600 (USD) there has yet to be a Canadian wireless company to bring this on but RBC said they will have these in their branches (Some branches already do). According to the press release the Surface 2.0 will be in retail locations across Canada and offer a “unique and interactive way to engage clients to explore the ways RBC can help them and increase their financial literacy”. CrunchGear captured a 20-minute video of the Surface in action (RBC applications are at the 9:50 second mark) and gives a good overview of the technology involved and what it’s capable of. Looks incredibly impressive… check it out after the break (more…)


CES 2011: Video of the BlueAnt Vlingo app

A couple days ago BlueAnt and Vlingo came together and developed a free app that will be available sometime in Q1. Currently it’s available for Android, iPhone and BlackBerry devices and later in Q2 for Nokia. To use this you’ll have to purchase a BlueAnt headset and download the free app and when you’re ready for action you can simply speak out loud “Hey Vlingo” and start dictating the commands you want: voice search, voice to text, voice dialing and opening apps. Certainly a good idea and needed if you’re driving a great deal. We captured a demo of the app in action from CES… check it out after the break (more…)


Rogers internal doc: “Our Explanation of the Claims Made About Mobilicity”

New entrant Mobilicity and Rogers are rivals in wireless – the two companies just don’t get along. It could be that Mobilicity went to the Competition Bureau after Chatr launched which might see Rogers paying a $10 million fine for false advertising claims… or it could be that the Mobilicity “Magenta Militia” stopped by the Rogers Head Office and paraded around promoting unlimited wireless. An interesting 2-page internal document has popped up on Howard Forums that shows Rogers going head-to-head with Mobilicity and gives a complete “explanation of the claims made about Mobilicity” such as the “Reality of Unlimited” and “Reality of No Bill Surprises”… basically going after them in every angle from coverage to high upfront device costs and a full breakdown of comparing monthly plans. Check it out after the break and leave your comments about what you think of it… (more…)


Future Shop says “awesome new Android 3.0″ is coming in 2011

The Future Shop “Cell Shop” magazine highlights certain devices each month and in their January issue they have a short intro to 2011 titled “Get the 411 for the new year”. It gives a quick outline of what they expect this year to be like. Specifically a caption in the post reads “It’s going to be a banner year for smartphones and tablets. 2010 was just the start, 2011 is where they’re going to shine. We’ve got cool devices like the Samsung Galaxy Tab and the iPad changing the way we connect, and awesome new Android 3.0, Windows Phone 7, BlackBerry Smartphone, and Apple iPhone devices offering incredible possibilities.”

It’s almost expected that we’ll eventually see a device with Android OS 3.0 “Honeycomb” in Canada, but nothing has been confirmed. This new OS is “Built entirely for Tablet” and this could mean that we’ll see the new Motorola Xoom launched here. However there are other tablet devices that are 3.0 compatible: Toshiba Honeycomb tablet (yet to be named), Asus Eee Pad Transformer, Asus Eee Pad Slider and the Asus Eee Pad MeMo… but hopefully it’s the Motorola Xoom that becomes available.


Samsung on the Infuse: “we will bring that to Canada”

The Samsung Infuse 4G by its specs looks to be a stellar device. This is heading towards AT&T in the States and comes packed with a 4.5 inch “Super AMOLED Plus” touchscreen display with a resolution of 450 x 800 (apparently gets “50% more sub-pixels for better contrast and outdoor readability”), runs Android 2.2, has a 1.2GHz processor, 8-megapixel camera with LED flash, records 1080p HD videos, a front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera for video calling.

But what about us Canadians? In conversation with Paul Brennan of Samsung Canada he stated the following about the Infuse: “we will bring that to Canada, I’m just trying to finalize which carrier and I don’t know timing”.

So there you have it… it’s coming to Canada and from the sounds of it will be an exclusive.


Mobilicity release the BlackBerry Bold 9780 for $499.99 no-contract

The BlackBerry 9780 was recently found on the Mobilicity BlackBerry download section and now it’s officially been confirmed to be “available soon”. In a press release today Mobilicity stated this will go on sale for the no-contract price of $499.99.

Specs have this Bold 9780 come with the new BlackBerry 6 OS, a 2.4-inch display (resolution of 480×360), 624 MHz Processor, 512 MB of RAM, a 5 megapixel camera with auto-focus and LED flash, GPS, WiFi and can hold up to 32GB with a microSD card (comes with a 2GB micro SD card in the box).

Update: This is now available at Mobilicity