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Video: RIM demos the BlackBerry PlayBook

The BlackBerry PlayBook made an appearance at the Adobe MAX conference yesterday (official launch date of the PlayBook is sometime in 2011). On the stage was Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch and RIM co-CEO Mike Lazaridis who were pimping out all the goodness the PlayBook has to offer: full flash support, multi-tasking, fast processor… and to quote Lazaridis: “we’ve gone even further. We’ve been talking about this for a while. We’re not trying to dumb down the internet for a small a mobile device. What we’re trying to do is bring up the performance and capability of the mobile device to the internet.” It looks good so far… check it out after the break (more…)


Rogers to release “Essential Connect Package” specifically for seniors

Rogers is getting ready to release a device specifically for seniors – and possibly reaching an untapped market. The Doro Phone Easy 410 gsm was supposed to be available today. This phone has big buttons with large fonts that makes for easy dialing/texting and comes with a extra loud handset volume feature. Other features has a “easy to read” colour display and a “special ‘alert’ button that triggers emergency text message alerts and calls. Getting old sounds terrible.

As for price points: No-Term: $99 and a 2 year-term: $24.99. There’s a specialized price plan for this called the “Essential Connect Package” and the Doro Phone Easy 410 must be purchased to get it:
$15 – 100 weekday minutes
$20 – 150 weekday minutes
$25 – 200 weekday minutes

There are also some specially priced add-ons:
$5 – Call display
$7 – Call display + voicemail
$7 – Long Distance add-on

Check it out here at Rogers


Update: TELUS HTC Desire upgrade to OS 2.2 changed back to “October”

Today is a great day for TELUS HTC Desire owners… According to the TELUS HTC Desire site it states that the the upgrade to OS 2.2 Froyo is going to be available today. You’ll be able to upgrade via your device and also through the HTC site (nothing is on the site yet).

Update: Well, it was sooo close. The TELUS site has for some reason been changed to back to the “HTC Desire upgrade to Android 2.2 coming in October”… so within the next few days. (more…)


Koodo offers a “Mini Muchacho” and helps Food Banks Canada

Remember when Koodo Mobile launched their wireless service with the 1980′s feel and people decked out in spandex. That was good for a season and then jumped to a Gingerbread man and then eventually created the current “El Tabador” character. Finally the Koodo brand is taking shape. El Tabador is fun, entertaining and his image can be viral… his goal is to help “fight for phone freedom” but in the month of November it’ll be to help “fight against hunger”.

For every Koodo phone purchased they will be giving out a free “Mini Muchacho”… a little El Tabador that you can place on your desk, car etc… It looks there will be 4 Mini Muchacho’s in total and you can buy others for $8 each and proceeds will go towards Food Banks Canada. Say hello to his little friends…

(Thanks tipster!)


Live Stream: Watch the AndroidTO conference while at work

There’s a cool conference on today in Toronto called “AndroidTO”… it’s actually the first Android conference in Canada. There’s are a bunch of speaker and workshops lined up that help developers get off the ground. If you can’t go for some reason no worries as they are streaming the event live. The event starts at 9:30am with Polar Mobile CEO Kunal Gupta. Some of the topics include: Homescreen Widgets Demystified, Porting Android Applications to the Google TV Platform, Persistence on Android with SQLite, Creating engaging Android apps using Push Technology, The Global Mobile Opportunity… check it out here at AndroidTO (more…)


Rogers Q3 2010 results grow subscriber base to almost 8.9 million

Rogers has reported their Q3 2010 results: Revenue increased by 4% to over $1.8 billion and again data revenue was a main factor and makes up 28% of their total revenue ($477 million). Total activations (including upgrades) was a “record 529,000 additional smartphones during the quarter, predominantly BlackBerry, iPhone and Android”… “Wireless upgraded 61% more iPhones than in the third quarter of 2009″. ARPU (Average monthly revenue per user) dropped to $1.65 to $64.80 ($74.98 Postpaid and $17.10 Prepaid). It also looks like their total subscriber base has increased to 8,881,000. Even though the subscriber base is high, Rogers only added 125,000 this quarter, a drop of 42,000 from this time last year.

Check out the full report here at Rogers


“I Can’t Find My Phone” will find your phone

Here’s a pretty cool website that can help you find your phone. It’s called “I Can’t Find My Phone”. All you have to do is enter your phone number and click Hello. It’s pretty basic but entertaining. A 208 area code rings you back within a few seconds and speaks “It looks like you found your phone. Have a great rest of the day”.

Source: I Can’t Find My Phone
Via: Gizmodo


“Rogers Navigator” app for Blackberry Torch 9800 released

Rogers has released their “Rogers Navigator” specifically to work on the BlackBerry Torch 9800 and to work on the new BlackBerry 6 OS. The app is free to download but you’ll be charge $4.99 a month (you’ve got the option to unsubscribe within the app at any time). The app is similar to the other versions and is powered by TeleNav. Features include voice-guided turn-by-turn, 2D 3D maps, real time traffic alerts, weather forecasts, one-touch reroute, search businesses, day and night modes and the ability to pre-plan trips.

Check it out here at the BlackBerry App World


Samsung and TELUS holding Galaxy S Fascinate event in Toronto on November 10th

TELUS sent out a press release this morning confirming the upcoming release of the Samsung Galaxy S Fascinate. We posted this on Friday that it was coming soon and in the release there’s still no official launch date. However if you want to read into things a bit there’s an upcoming event in Toronto to celebrate this device launch. They stated that “On Wednesday November 10 at Yonge and Dundas in downtown Toronto, Samsung and TELUS will kick-off a full day Gaming Expo, featuring the Samsung Galaxy S Fascinate 3G+. The event will bring in four Canadian World Cyber Game champions in a head-to-head gaming dual”. Also, good news for those who are planning on getting the Fascinate… it comes with OS 2.1 Eclair but is confirmed to be on an upgrade path to 2.2 Froyo.

Android OS 2.1, has a 4-inch super AMOLED display (resolution of 800 x 480), 1 GHz processor, 5-megapixel camera, LED flash and video capabilities, Samsung’s AllShare and Social Hub apps, WiFi, access to the Android Market (now over 100,000 apps), Google Maps, Google Talk.

What prices do you think this will come in at? $499.99 on no-contract and the 3-year for $149.99?


Android Market officially has 100,000 apps

There has been various numbers flying around about exactly how many apps Google’s Android Market has… today the AndroidDev team has stated on their Twitter account that they have “One hundred thousand apps in Android Market”. What would be really great is to see the official breakdown of paid and free apps and what’s popular by country. With 100,000 apps under its belt the Android Market still trails Apple’s App Store by 200,000 apps (Steve Jobs confirmed last week they have 300,000 apps).

Source: AndroidDev Twitter
Via: BGR