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Video: Word Lens iPhone app instantly translates any text


This is a cool iPhone app and will come in handy when traveling. Word Lends translates whatever text you put in front of it by using the video camera on your device. It’s like Google translate on your iPhone but visually . It’s currently free to download but you’ll have to fork over $4.99 to have either Spanish-to-English or English-to-Spanish. No other languages are available yet. The video of this is amazing and you can check it out after the break (more…)

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Mobilicity: We’ve “added over 50,000 new subscribers in just the fourth quarter”


New entrant Mobilicity wants to show their muscles. They are a private company and don’t need to share subscriber numbers, but in a press release they’ve announced that they “already added over 50,000 new subscribers in just the fourth quarter, reinforcing its position as the rising new force in Canada’s competitive wireless market. This milestone comes with the key holiday sales period still ahead and just one month after launching in three new markets.”

Good results considering they were only operating in Toronto for 6 months before launching Vancouver, Edmonton and Ottawa last month. The only other remaining city is Calgary and this is poised for an early 2011 launch. No word on how many of these “over 50,000 new subscribers” are active subscribers or what there total number of subscribers are. It would also be interesting to see some more data like average rate per user and which devices are the most popular choices.

Mobilicity also made a few inroads last month with distribution partners 7Eleven, HMV and Zellers and now have over 700 places where people can pick up a device and plan (this includes corporate locations and franchises). Speaking of plans, Mobilicity also restructured their Unlimited rate plans over the past couple months from 6 to 3 and now have a all-in $40 talk, text and data Holiday promo… WIND Mobile followed suit shortly after and Public Mobile recently discounted their rate plans. Seems like the competition between the carriers is heating up, specifically the new carriers against themselves. It’ll be interesting to see what happens a year from now and who will be active versus who will have been consolidated (if it happens).

Mobilicity President and CEO Dave Dobbin stated “Mobilicity is thriving and is on track to account for approximately 10 percent of the Canadian wireless industry’s growth in subscribers this quarter with three of our key markets open for only six weeks. We are proud of achieving so much in so short a time period and look to Canadians’ thirst for more affordable mobile phones and plans as a sign to continue chipping away at the high cost of wireless in this country.”

Source: CNW (more…)

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Rogers and Pandigital sign agreement; uploading pics wirelessly to a digital frame coming soon


Rogers foray into the machine-to-machine (M2M) market is coming on strong. They announced a few weeks ago that trials are currently happening with both the City of Ottawa to remotely monitor traffic lights and Toronto Hydro to track electricity usage. In addition, the “Rogers Smart Home Monitoring” will be rolling out in 2011… all these services can be accessed and managed through smartphones.

Next on the list is an exclusive agreement between Pandigital and Rogers. Early next year customers will be able to wirelessly upload their photos to Pandigital Photo Mail Digital Photo Frames. According to the Pandigital site there are “No Cables. No WiFi. No Setup… As each Photo Mail Frame features a unique email address, photos can be sent directly to the frame with no complicated setup, no difficult syncing and no confusing WiFi connection. Just send the pre-assigned email to friends and family and let the fun begin.”

Cool idea for Rogers to grab hold of… surprising that TELUS didn’t snatch this up as it would fit perfectly with their Black’s Photo arrangement. No word on how Rogers will be pricing this but AT&T in the States currently has this priced at $119.99 for the frame and includes the ability to receive 60 photos.

Mansell Nelson, Vice President, M2M and Partners, Rogers Communications stated “Canadians are looking for new ways to stay connected to family and friends, colleagues and customers like they never have before and we are excited to work with companies like Pandigital to deliver these experiences to them. As the provider of choice in Canada, we are powering all points of connection for M2M solutions to bring emerging devices such as the Pandigital Photo Mail Digital Photo Frame to Canadians.”

Image from Rogers M2M site
Source: Vancouver Sun

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SaskTel releases the Samsung Rugby II


The Samsung Rugby II has also landed at SaskTel. This “heavy-duty workhorse” is a rugged device that meets military specs and can resist “dust, shock, vibration, moisture, solar radiation, and altitude and weather extremities”. Specs of this flip phone has a a 2.2-inch internal display (resolution of 240 x 320), a 1.3-inch external display, 2 megapixel camera with video capabilities, can hold up to 32GB with a microSD card, A-GPS, Voice Recognition and weighs in at 100 grams. SaskTel prices are $75 on a 3-year; $175 on a 2-year; $225 on a 1-year and $250 no-contract.

Check it here over at Jump

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RIM Q3 Results: Record 14.2 BlackBerry Smartphones shipped


Who says BlackBerry is dying? Waterloo-based Research in Motion has reported “record third quarter results” and from their press release here are the key points:

- Record 14.2 BlackBerry smartphones shipped (up over 40% from the same quarter last year)
- Revenue breakdown for Q3: 82% for devices, 15% for service, and 3% for software & other revenue.
- Revenue grew 40% over the same quarter last year to $5.5 billion
- Revenue for the Q3 of fiscal 2011 was $5.49 billion up 19% from $4.62 billion in the previous quarter and up 40% from $3.92 billion in the same quarter of last year.

Jim Balsillie, Co-CEO at Research In Motion stated “We are pleased to report another record quarter with strong growth in shipments of BlackBerry smartphones leading to record revenue, subscriber additions and earnings. RIM’s business continues to grow and diversify as BlackBerry adoption accelerates in markets around the world. With strong results and momentum from our recent product introductions, as well as growing excitement from our partners and customers around upcoming smartphone, tablet, software and service offerings, we are setting the stage for continuing success.”

Good numbers with all the manufacturer competition… bring on the PlayBook!

Source: MarketWire
Via: CrackBerry

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Images of the LG “B” Android leak out… thinnest smartphone on the planet?


The recently announced LG Optimus 2X is nice but this beauty is much nicer! What you’re looking at is the unannounced LG “B”. No word yet on what the B stands for but this Android is incredibly thin. According to Phandroid this is the thinnest smartphone on earth (the iPhone will claim that title no more). You’ll see in a pic that it’s sitting with the iPhone 4 and Samsung Galaxy S and apparently it also has the brightest display on the planet, 4-inch LCD. No word on any other specs but this new lineup from LG is very impressive. Check out more pics after the break (more…)

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WIND officially expands coverage to include Whistler, British Columbia


Yes WIND temporally turned on Whistler during the Olympics but now it has officially given the green light. According to a comment on the company blog it states that “As a special holiday present for Vancouverites (along with customers from our other WIND Zones that love to travel!), WIND is thrilled to announce that we have expanded our coverage to Whistler, British Columbia making it our newest WIND Home Zone”.

Certainly good news… check out the coverage map above or here
(Thanks Aileen!)

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Apple iPad 2 is “expected to top six million units a month”?


Here’s a rumour that has the upcoming “iPad 2″ numbers skyrocketing. Overseas reports from DigiTimes state that Apple has added two additional touch panel makers for the upcoming tablet. Now there are 5 in total: Chimei Innolux, Cando, Wintek, Sintek Photronics, and TPK Touch Solutions and according to the report “Apple’s orders of iPad 2 are expected to top six million units a month compared to a volume of four million units a quarter for the current version, pushing Apple to expand the number of touch panel suppliers”.

The next generation iPad is expected to have a better display with a front facing camera for FaceTime video calling, shipping is estimated to begin early January 2011 with availability sometime in April.

6 million a month? If this is true then 2011 will be the year of the Tablet…

Source: DigiTimes
Via: AppleInsider

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Video: Nokia gives Santa the N8


Personally we think going the route of placing the Nokia N8 in the movie Tron was a great idea. However, giving Santa his own Nokia N8 with the latest version on Nokia Maps to find his way around is a long shot. Nokia stated on their blog that “Santa was extremely curious and pleased with the Nokia N8’s functionality and its installation onto his sleigh – and put the device to immediate use”. Hope he can use the touchscreen with those gloves… Check out the video after the break (more…)

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MTS BlackBerry Style 9670 now available


The throwback device of this year has launched on MTS. You can now get the BlackBerry Style 9670 for the following prices: 3-year contract for $99.99; 2-year for $199.99 and a massive $424.99 on a 1-year. This flip comes with their new BlackBerry 6 OS, a full QWERTY keyboard, 5 megapixel camera with auto-focus and LED flash, WiFi, trackpad, built-in GPS, holds up to 32GB with a microSD card, Bluetooth.

More here over at MTS

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