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Update: “Bud Phone” app now live… offers Canadian long distance for free


No need to pay for long distance minutes again – Bud has saved the day! Looks like Freephoneline and Budweiser have teamed up for a very heavy ad centric app called the “Bud Phone”. This is officially launching on December 15th and works on Android, iPhone and BlackBerry devices. All you have to do is install the app (everything apparently integrates and syncs with your contact list) and type in the long distance number and press call and get unlimited for free.

The description that we were sent states that “The ‘location’ feature of the application allows the user to confirm their location. This ensures your calls are always routed through our network access number local to that city. You can now take your free long distance on the road and never pay for anything more than local airtime”.

Update: Well the app is now live on BlackBerry, iPhone and Android. Make sure you read the FAQ’s carefully. It seems that the app only gives free Canadian long distance calling to select provinces/cities. Check out the full list here. Unfortunately if you want to call outside these cities you’ll need to purchase a “long distance voucher”. Rates for Canada and the US are two cents a minute and they state that over 50 countries range from $0.03/minute. (more…)

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Video: Nokia Beta Labs releases “Wellness Diary”


Nokia Beta Labs has released the “Wellness Diary” to help you “Improve your health and wellness every day”. Feels like having Tony Robbins and the Nike Plus app on your Nokia device and it’s actually a cool idea. You can check out the videos after the break but the app assists you to set goals, monitor your progress and also has built in features to share with your friends. For example, if walking 5km is a goal of yours the Wellness Diary Step Counter uses the accelerometer to keep track of how many steps you take, once accomplished you have the ability to share via various social networks. (more…)

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Twitter “Trends of 2010″ has iPad, Android battling it out


Twitter has released their “Top Twitter Trends of 2010″. Specifically for the technology section it was Apple that scored top spot. This seems to be a global trend as they came in number one in both Yahoo! and Google’s top trends. Twitter states that they grew their subscriber base by 100 million registered accounts in 2010 and below are the top 10 most popular user tweets… Google crashes the Apple party by coming in 2nd with Android. No word on how many times each term was used. That would be cool to see.

1. Apple iPad
2. Google Android
3. Apple iOS
4. Apple iPhone
5. Call of Duty Black Ops
6. New Twitter
7. HTC
8. RockMelt
9. MacBook Air
10. Google Instant

Source: Twitter top Trends of 2010
Via: AppleInsider

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Virgin Legend upgrade to OS 2.2 Froyo coming “mid-Janaury”


Virgin is still hammering out the sales of the HTC Legend. This came packed with OS 2.1 and now they have stated on Twitter that an upgrade to OS 2.2 is in the works for a January release. Good news for Virgin Legend owners that they are not being left behind. No word yet on the Bell version.

Source: Twitter

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TELUS & Bell also rake in millions from a Government wireless contract


On Friday Rogers signed a massive agreement with the Government of Canada Public Works worth $117 million. News has come forward today that the Government shows the love for all the Big 3 carriers. TELUS has secured a 4-year contract that’s valued at $45.82 million and Bell takes home $33.86 million. The contracts will provide government workers with cellphone, smartphones, internet sticks and accessories. Serious dollars coming to the incumbents.

Source: OBJ

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Review: Sony Ericsson Vivaz Pro


Sony recently released an updated version of their initial Ericsson Vivaz, now dubbed the Vivaz Pro, which sports a 3.2” TFT resistive touchscreen, with a resolution of 360 x 640, and a full slide out, QWERTY keyboard. The Vivaz Pro is approximately 109mm (tall) by 52mm (wide) by 15mm (thick) and weighs around 117g.

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When I first picked up the Vivaz Pro, I noticed that it felt very simple and lacked a high quality feel to it, this is mainly due to its plastic housing; however the curved shape of the device fit nicely in the palm of my hand.

The front of the Vivaz Pro houses a 3.2” resistive touchscreen, with three plastic buttons located underneath (open call, menu, and end call). The right side of the device has volume/zoom rockers, as well as individual camera and camcorder buttons. The left side of the device has a microUSB port for charging/PC connectivity and a 3.5mm headphone jack. It should be noted that the top and bottom of the device do not house any features, due to the curved design of the casing. (more…)

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TELUS giving a free Xbox 360 with a Windows Phone 7 purchase


When TELUS launched their Windows Phone 7 devices (HTC Surround & LG Optimus 7) to entice buyers they offered a free XBOX 360. Sounds good but there was only about 100 consoles and was only available at the Toronto flagship location.

Over a month has passed and the festive season has come forth over at TELUS. The reason: free XBOX 360 consoles for all who purchase a Windows Phone 7 device. According to the internal doc we received it states that “TELUS will be giving away an X-Box 360 game console free with the activation or renewal of a new Windows Phone 7 handset”. So this is not just for new customers or for those located in Toronto… this time it’s all TELUS locations across Canada. The promo will start on December 15th until the 19th and the doc says the XBOX is not located in stores but will be shipped to you. TELUS confirms that “All eligible clients who activate/renew a Windows Phone 7 device during the promotion period will be shipped an X-Box”. Also, you must “activate or renew on 3 year contract term”.

Good deal. Certainly the best WP7 promo around!
(Thanks tipster!)

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Google Latitude iPhone app now available


Google Latitude iPhone app has finally been approved and can now be downloaded for free in the App Store. Via the GPS the app allows you to keep track of your friends at all times – plus they can truly follow you too. Google says that you have the ability to control the privacy but the app allows you to “see where your friends are right now. Latitude lets you stay in touch with your friends and family by making it easy to share where you are and see each other on a map”.

Get it here via iTunes (more…)

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Rogers BlackBerry Bold 9780 now available in White


The Rogers BlackBerry Bold 9780 was released a few weeks ago and now the White model has become available. Same specs and prices: 3-year for $149.99; 2-year for $399.99; 1-year and monthly for $449.99. If you’re into looking for deals you might want to check out Future Shop or Best Buy as they have reduced pricing and offer various gift cards for this Berry.

Check it out here at Rogers
Via: CrackBerry

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Samsung unveils Galaxy Tab “Luxury Edition”

The Samsung Galaxy Tab was launched in Canada over a month ago and is selling well. Recently Rogers VP John Boynton stated they are “selling out as fast as they can get them in stores”. If you’re having a challenge getting the original Tab and feeling desperate you might want to consider reaching a bit higher. At the Millionaire Fair in Amsterdam Samsung unveiled the limited “Luxury Edition” of the Galaxy Tab. That’s right… same specs (Android 2.2, 7-inch display, WiFi, GPS, 1GHz processor) but this comes with a leather case and a Bluetooth headset.

The price: €749 ($1,000 Canadian). Interested? (more…)

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