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Telus, MTS, SaskTel, RIM all honoured as one of “Canada’s Top 100 Employers”


Mediacorp has announced “Canada’s Top 100 Employers” and their editors examined thousands of employers across Canada in 8 areas: (1) Physical Workplace; (2) Work Atmosphere & Social; (3) Health, Financial & Family Benefits; (4) Vacation & Time Off; (5) Employee Communications; (6) Performance Management; (7) Training & Skills Development; and (8) Community Involvement.

This year specifically for telecommunications organizations here’s the list that made the cut: Telus, Ericsson Canada, MTS Allstream, RIM and SaskTel. Some of the reasons of why these companies were recognized are below (MTS description was MIA):

TELUS: Supports ongoing employee education with tuition subsidies, helps employees prepare for retirement, provides parental leave top-up payments to new mothers, offers a number of excellent financial benefits, employee referral bonuses

SaskTel
: offers employees discounted company products, free memberships to an on-site fitness facility, employees and retirees donate tens of thousands of volunteer hours every year, operates a peer recognition program, tuition subsidies

RIM: Gives new employees a free BlackBerry smartphone, tuition subsidies, helps employees plan for retirement with matching RSP contributions, provides on-site massage services, flu shot clinics and discounted gym memberships

Ericsson Canada: offers new mothers a maternity leave top-up payment, provides on-site daycare centre, supports ongoing employee skills development, offers referrals bonuses, free memberships to an on-site fitness facility

Big congrats to the Telus, Ericsson, MTS, RIM and SaskTel!
What does your company do for you? What perks do you get?

Check out the full list here

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RBC: Apple has “Cascades of Cool” and expects a Q4 record 13.5 million iPhones shipped


Even with all the hoopla about “Antennagate” and the recent (and very quiet) “Glassgate”, RBC analyst Mike Abramsky sent a note to investors that he believes Apple Q4 sales will top $20 billion. “Big Q4 beat expected as Apple surpasses $300/share…with innovation, future opportunities as strong as ever… we foresee further upside for the shares, as Apple remains well positioned against three large, growing, under-penetrated market opportunities (iPhone, iPad and Mac) and has “Cascades of Cool”, i.e., subsequent product generations and accessory cycles”.

For specific numbers, Abramsky said he expects Apple to announce Q4 shipments of 5 million iPads and a whopping record 13.5 million iPhones.

Source: AppleInsider (more…)

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Bell puts LG Optimus Quantum as “coming soon”, will be $99.95 on 3-year


The Windows Phone 7 device that will be heading to Bell is the LG Optimus Quantum. This was announced on Monday and they have put a “coming soon” page live. However, since this is a joint launch with the United States it will be available on November 8th. We’re still waiting for the no-contract price but we’ve been informed that the 3-year price will be $99.95. As for specs, this will operate on the new WP7 OS, a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, has a full 4-row QWERTY keyboard, 3.5-inch touchscreen (480×800), 5 megapixel camera, LED and records 720p videos, 3.5 mm headset jack, holds up to 16GB and WiFi.

Check out coming soon page here at Bell

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White iPhone 4 delay caused by the home button colour not matching?


Yet another White iPhone 4 has been spotted, this time in New York City. This much delayed device has been pushed back due to it being “more challenging to manufacture”… and the actual manufacturing challenge is apparently the home button. According to a couple sources who captured pictures say that the suppliers are having trouble matching colours up. One supplier made the white home button colour and the other made the white front face plate colour… thus causing issues with the colours being off and Apple will not release the device to the public until the product is perfect looking.

Source: Pocket-Lint & Geek
Via: BGR (more…)

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Upcoming Virgin LG Sway appears in Future Shop ad, promoting a $75 Gift Card


According to the internal doc the upcoming Virgin Mobile LG Sway is going to launch on October 29th, 2-weeks from today. The price point of this entry level slider is $0.00 on their SuperTab… but taking a look over at Future Shop weekly flyer shows the LG Sway is ready for business (perhaps launch dates have moved around). It’s got the same price point but Future Shop is throwing in a $75 Gift Card for good measure. The Sway (when officially launched) comes with a 2-inch display, 1.3 megapixel camera and an MP3 player.

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Mobilicity to launch the LG Wink in November


A couple pieces of Mobility news today. First off is that they have a contest called “FMyBill” where you have a chance to win 1 of 100 BlackBerry Curve smartphones and six months of service on their unlimited $65 plan. All you have to do is tell them your mobile phone bill horror story. Each prize is worth $749.99 so this bring the total contest value to a stellar $74.999. The contest starts today and ends on November 8th. Reading over the terms and conditions to be eligible for the contest you must be a legal resident of Canada residing in areas codes 416, 647, 905, 365, 289, 613, 343, 604, 778, 403 and 587 (excluding Quebec). So the other launch cities are coming up soon… You can find more about this via their Facebook page here.

Next is a new device. Not as exciting as the upcoming Nexus One, but certainly will be a good addition to their lineup. The LG Wink will be making an appearance in the November time frame. Price points are expected to be in the $100 range. As for specs of the Wink… this comes with a 2.4-inch touchscreen (240 x 320), 3.5 mm headphone jack, FM radio and holds up to 4GB with a microSD card.

More soon… but for now that contest looks good.
(Thanks Tipster!)

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Google rakes in $1 billion via mobile: “Clearly, this is the future of search on the Internet”


According to analysts Google is poised to become #2 worldwide mobile OS in 2010 and on the leader by 2014. Yesterday, Google announced their Q3 results and hit revenues of $7.29 billion (up 23% year-over-year). When it specifically to mobile, Jonathan Rosenberg, Google’s SVP of product management, said “The people who are accessing our products and services through their mobile phones are adding $1 billion to our revenue streams. Clearly, this is the future of search on the Internet.”

Google CEO Eric Schmidt, spoke about their Android platform and that it’s “well past anything that I had ever hoped for… [Android] is probably the largest single platform play available in the market today… if you think of mobile as phone-plus-tablet, plus all the other things, we hope to become the leading platform in that space, and we’re doing it with an open-source approach.”

$1 billion. They have the OS in place and a lucrative mobile revenue stream already. The only thing really missing to date is a solid music platform like iTunes.

Via: Fierce Wireless

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Sony Ericsson Q3 profits rise along with ambitions to be the Android leader


Sony Ericsson has reported their Q3 results and have proudly stated a “turnaround continues with third consecutive quarter of profits”. As for the numbers: they made a profit of €49 million (US$70 million) but unfortunately the number of devices shipped in Q3 was down 26% (10.4 million) for the year and o down by 5% from last quarter. As for market share, Sony Ericsson says “is estimated to be approximately 6%”

Bert Nordberg, President & CEO of Sony Ericsson said that “our third consecutive quarter of profitable results illustrates that Sony Ericsson’s overall performance is stabilising. Our strategy to focus on the smartphone segment is succeeding and smartphones now comprise more than 50% of our total sales… it is our ambition to become the global number one handset provider on the Android platform.”

Source: Sony Ericsson

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Galaxy S upgrade to OS 2.2 being “gradually rolled out” to North America


The good news is that Samsung has announced that an upgrade to the Galaxy S series of devices is being pushed out effective “mid-October”, so any time now. However, this is only for the Nordic region first. For us Canadians we are slotted in the “gradually rolled out” status along with other markets such as Europe, Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Asia. Hopefully gradually means soon.

As for the upgrades, you can expect: voice-controlled GPS through Google Maps with Navigation, Android 2.2 JIT compiler (Just in Time), Search in-browser, video now records in MP4 format, GPS fix, new Android Market with auto-updating, Improved Exchange support, Colored settings icons, and Adobe Flash Player 10.1 compatibility.

When this does official come to North America you’ll be able to download the 2.2 upgrade via Kies (Samsung’s software upgrade program) at samsungmobile.com.

You can check out the full press release here
Via: Engadget

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