Microsoft has releases the Windows Live Messenger app for the iPhone. We are one of 4 lucky countries (US, Canada, UK, France) to receive this and it can be downloaded via the App Store. Some features of this free app are that you can update your status, a “Social tab” that brings “together all of your friends’ activities” and photo sharing. Microsoft says that future features will be able to integrate Facebook, MySpace, Linkedin.
Samsung will be releasing the Wave soon (this will be their first device that operates on the Bada platform) and perhaps this should be the first app you download. Perfect timing with the World Cup happening now. The augmented reality (AR) game is called Kickball AR Juggling App and you use the display (via the camera) to juggle a virtual soccer ball using your real feet. (more…)
In an interesting move Best Buy Canada has started selling unlocked phones. You can now get the hardcore Sonim XP3 Enduro for the no-contract price of $449.99, then go activate it via your carrier.
The XP3 Enduro looks like it could simply dominate over any current rugged device that’s in the market – this thing can apparently handle dust, water, drops, shocks and extreme temperatures. Unfortunately as rugged as it looks it also weighs a brick at 166 grams. (more…)
Waterloo-based RIM has filed yet another patent, this time it’s called “BlackBerry Drive”. The official description is unclear but the filing states that it’ll be used for some sort of keychain accessory… possibly to lock/unlock or remotely start it your car. The “Identification” says “Key fobs; non-electric cables and wires of common metal; small items of metal hardware; goods of common metal not included in other classes”.
The only picture it gives is the font BlackBerry Drive spelled out. What’s your guess? (more…)
Apple has officially released iOS 4 – those who have an iPhone 3G or 3GS can upgrade the new OS via iTunes. There are over 100 new features but some of the key additions include multitasking (only with 3GS), folders, playlist creation, enhanced mail, iBooks, tap-to-focus video, home screen wallpaper.
The whole process should take about 18 minutes.
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Mobilicity launched their wireless network in Toronto on May 14th with a few Unlimited plans to choose from. Over the weekend that made some changes to their Unlimited Asia plan. The price is still the same but what used to include unlimited long distance calling to 9 countries (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, South Korea and Japan) now only includes four: China, Singapore, Hong Kong and India.
There is no word on why the plan was changed but those who have already signed up will be able to continue to call the previous countries. Mobility states that his is only available to those who have a $35 plan or higher and better “Hurry, this add-on is only available until July 31, 2010″. (more…)
A spoof of the iPhone 4 promo video has surfaced which is pretty funny. Apple execs have all be renamed and Actors “Jonny Five”, “Ronny Pang”, “Rob Mansfeld”, “Gregg Joswack” and “Phil Schillz” all show you how the new “FaceTime” is changing everything again, specifically phone sex.
“We’re bringing video calling to the world. We call it FaceTime and it’s going to change the way we think about phone sex. The very first time I had a FaceTime call, I was completely naked in a hotel room in Albuquerque in New Mexico talking to my wife. It probably saved my marriage.” (more…)
If you’re looking for a Prepaid device, PC Mobile just released the LG Rumour 2. This is a solid messaging device that has a full slide out QWERTY keyboard. This could be yours on a couple options: Bundle Box that includes a Bluetooth headset and car charger for $129, or just the phone for $99. Decent pricing for a device that was first released in Canada about a year ago. (more…)
Over the weekend we posted some upcoming info about Koodo hopping over to a HSPA network (Since they are owned by TELUS they will be using their network). We were originally informed it would happen around the 15th but now it seems sometime near the end of the month.
Also, we let you know that their first HSPA device will be the Nokia 3710 and it will be available for $175 no-contract or $25 on the Tab. According to this internal inventory screenshot it shows their second HSPA device is now confirmed to be the Samsung T356. This is another entry level device that has a slide out QWERTY keyboard and a 1.3 megapixel camera. Early no-contract price point is estimated to be at the $300 mark which would make this the most expensive entry level device every made.
We’ll have more info soon! (Thanks Tipster!)
The screen quality on your mobile device is so important. It makes the experience, especially when you’re using it outdoors in the sun. The videos below were shot in Greece and compared 3 devices with 3 different screens in direct sunlight: the Samsung Galaxy S which has a 4-inch display Super AMOLED with a resolution of 480 x 800, vs.the HTC Desire that has a 3.7-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 480 x 800 and the 4-inch TFT LCD display of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 (resolution of 480 x 854). The X10 and Galaxy really battle it out over the 6 minute video, while the Desire seems to be just hanging around for kicks. Even in directly sunlight the quality of the LCD and Super AMOLED is incredibly high. (more…)