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Score Mobile app coming to Windows Phone 7 devices “first quarter of 2011″

The Score Mobile app is coming off a good year, they recently announced that they “attracted over 1.4 million monthly unique visitors who viewed over 50 million pages of content in peak months”. This app is available on the iPhone, BlackBerry and Apple… but soon it’ll be available to those who own a Windows Phone 7 device too. In a press release they stated that they “received a great deal of feedback requesting” the app and it “will be available for download on Windows Phone 7 devices during the first quarter of 2011.”

Features of the apps on other platforms gives you live scores, stats, standings, video content, latest news, highlights, live blog updates and game odds, but Score says Windows Phone 7 users will have the following features embedded into the app:
- An optimized user experience, utilizing core Windows Phone 7 design elements
- A redesigned interface with a customizable dashboard for favourite sports
- Multiple ways for users to personalize the look and feel of the app

Source: Score Mobile


CWTA: “wireless technologies are not a health risk”

There has been much debate on the health risks of wireless technology. Most recently the Simcoe County School Committee has been going all out guns blazing to rid of Wi-Fi in schools, stating children are experiencing “strange problems as they can’t hold a pencil, they feel faint, they have chronic headaches, and they have developed an erratic heart rate requiring medical attention”.

Today the Standing Committee on Health came out with their report that researched the “negative health impacts of radiofrequency electromagnetic radiation emitting devices, such as microwaves and wireless phones”. The Committee stated that “we would like to reiterate that, to date, there has been no credible science linking exposure to electromagnetic radiation emitting devices and adverse health effects”.

The Committee also went on to say that although they found no health risks but there was “significantly contradictory evidence”. This ranged from the recent Interphone Study that found there was a greater chance of developing a type of brain tumour if you used your cell on the same side of your head… to the “biggest gap in studies to date has been the effect of wireless technology on children” and that “the findings from studies on adults cannot be extended to children”.

Probably the best quote was from Bernard Lord, President & CEO of the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA) who proudly stated “The overwhelming evidence, as determined and published in studies worldwide by the respected scientific community, continues to support the conclusion that there is no public health risk associated with the use of wireless technologies. Government agencies in Canada and around the world responsible for establishing safety standards also support that wireless technologies are not a health risk.”

So there you have it… lots of government research and big words to say you can safely use your device without risks to your health.

Source: Gov’t Link (PDF)
Via: CNW


Apple iPhone 4 named top obsession of 2010

The iPhone is always a hot topic but this year was intensified as the 4th generation of the iPhone was leaked online, then had a massive reception issue that was dubbed “Antennagate”. Finally “Glassgate” came but then quickly vanished from the radar… Sales of the beloved touchscreen still soared and now Yahoo! has named the iPhone 4 as the top obsession of 2010. Followed is Lindsay Lohan in 2nd, then the iPad in 3rd spot.

Source: Yahoo!
Via: IntoMobile


TELUS “Holiday Accessory Sale” offers $25 mail-in rebate

TELUS is feeling festive – they have come out with a new accessories promo called the “Holiday Accessory Sale” and it can see $25 get put back into your pocket. The catch is that you to spend $100 (before taxes) to get it… good deal if you’re planning on buying a Bluetooth headset or a few cases. The offer is on until December 24th and the mail-in rebate cheque will take about 8 weeks to get to your door. With any of these offers you have to submit a copy of the receipt.

More here at TELUS


Report: Canadian Telecom industry profits to reach $7.5 billion in 2010

According to the latest report by the Conference Board of Canada the “past year was a milestone for the telecom industry”. No doubt. New wireless entrants Wind Mobile, Public Mobile, Mobilicity all launched their services. Videotron and SaskTel turned on their 3G+ networks and all the incumbent players significantly responded by changing cancellation fee structures and all sorts of adjusted price plans.

The Conference Board estimates the telecom industry will see profits rise by 11.6% to $7.5 billion in 2010 but will “stagnate starting next year as increased competition limits the ability of providers – notably in wireless services”.

Economist Maxim Armstrong said “The sluggish economic recovery made it harder for telecom providers to attract new clients or convince existing customers to expand their service. However, lower costs and continued demand for new products, such as digital TV and smartphones, helped to keep the telecom industry growing when most other industries were in recession.”

What do you think 2011 will look like for wireless? Will we see the start of a consolidation of carriers?

Source: Conference Board of Canada
Via: The Globe


Koodo creates new “Unlimited No Zone Combo” for $50/month

Yet another new plan this holiday season. It’s getting hard to keep up but this time Koodo has returned with their “Unlimited No Zone Combo” plan. Taking aim at the new carriers this includes unlimited Local Calling with No Zones and unlimited text and picture messaging. It’s available until December 31st for 50 bucks a month… but really, Koodo needs to release more smartphones – specifically Android devices.

Check it out here at Koodo


BlackBerry Style 9670 released by TELUS, $399.99 no-contract

Over the past few weeks we’ve seen the dummy devices and videos pop up but it looks like TELUS has released the BlackBerry Style 9670. This is a flip phone that operates on their CDMA network and comes loaded with RIM’s new BlackBerry 6 OS. Other notable specs is the full QWERTY keyboard, 3.6-inch internal display (360×400 resolution), Wi-Fi, 5 megapixel camera with auto-focus, flash and video recording and a 3.5mm headset jack. A couple bonuses that TELUS is throwing in the box is an 8GB microSD card and a BlackBerry desktop charger.

As for pricing, the “Suggested contract pricing” is $79.99 on a 3-year; $229.99 on a 2-year; $349.99 on a 1-year and $399.99 no-contract. Hopefully this changes as Future Shop had this listed for $49.99. This has not made it online over at TELUS but good to see another Berry flip device arrive. Much better than the original BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230.

(Thanks tipster!)


Canada’s “Rich 100″ list includes Rogers, Lazaridis, Balsillie and others

Canadian Business magazine has released their annual Rich 100 list and it’s certainly something to aspire towards. In total there are 58 billionaires and leading the way is the Thomson family with a measly worth of $23.36 billion. When it comes to wireless, here’s who made the cut:

Rogers Family at #4 with a combined worth of $6.02 billion (up 28%)
RIM co-CEO Michael Lazaridis coming in at #24 with $2.02 billion (down 30.5%)
RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie coming in at #30 with $1.81 billion (down 32.4%)
JR Shaw of Shaw Communications coming in at #42 with $1.41 billion (up 22.1%)
Pierre Karl & Érik Péladeau of Quebecor coming in at #85 with $667 Million (new on the list this year)
André Chagnon of Videotron ltée coming in at #100 with $540 Million (down 1.6%)

The complete list is here at Canadian Business
Source: CNW


Google: 83% of all Android devices run OS 2.1 or higher

74% of Android devices in Canada are running OS 2.1 or higher… but the latest reports from Google’s Android developer distribution stats shows us Canadians trailing a bit behind the global number of 83% (it was 77% a month ago). The good news is that more devices are being released with OS 2.2 and carriers and manufactures have committed to have an upgrade path for certain devices. Android phones that were first launched years ago are slowly dropping in percentage. 6.3% for Android OS 1.5 and 10.6% for Android OS 1.6.

Looking forward to seeing Android OS 2.3 (Gingerbread) on the charts soon!

Source: Android Developer
Via: Android Central


Red BlackBerry Curve 3G now available at Videotron

Videotron is following up from the release of the BlackBerry Curve 3G last week by adding a new colour… now available in a festive holiday Red. The same specs and prices: $49.95 on their “reduced price” plan or $349.95 no-contract. Got to hand it to Videotron – after a couple network delays they are certainly taking full advantage and bringing on new devices and creating compelling plans… how’s everyone liking the new Videotron?