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Contest: Win a BlackBerry Torch 9800!

UPDATE: This contest is now closed. We are happy to announce that Perry Newsome in our forums has claimed the prize for the Torch 9800! Congrats to Perry and thanks to everyone who entered. Stay tuned… we have another contest happening soon.

Anyone interested in getting the newest BlackBerry to hit Canadian soil? For our latest contest we are offering up the BlackBerry Torch 9800! This new BlackBerry is a slider that has a 3.2 HVGA capacitive touchscreen with a QWERTY keyboard, runs off the new BlackBerry 6 OS, has a 5 megapixel camera with flash, Wi-Fi, GPS… These are just some of the specs of this device…

All you have to do to possibly win is one of the following: follow us on Twitter or become a member of our Forum. People who are already following or members are automatically entered. The contest ends Tuesday, October 12th at 11:59pm. Good luck to all who enter… (more…)


Rogers Samsung Galaxy S Captivate dummy phones start arriving, still no launch date

The Rogers Samsung Galaxy S Captivate dummy phones have officially started to arrive at Rogers locations. The launch date for this Android 2.1 device is rumoured for mid-October with the pricing on a 3-year is $149.99… the other price plans are still unknown. Specs of the Captivate have it coming with a 4-inch Super AMOLED display (480 x 800 resolution), 5 megapixel camera, records 720p HD videos, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3.5 mm audio jack, holds up to 32GB with a microSD.

More soon!
Source: The Cellular Guru


Top 5 Bada apps being downloaded this week on the Samsung Wave

It’s not much of a surprise that “Need For Speed” continues to top the charts via SamsungApps as it’s one of the only mainstream developers to create an app. Samsung themselves have been putting more emphasis on Google’s Android platform with the release of the Galaxy S series of devices. However, it’s always good to recognize what’s popular for those who opted for Samsung Wave (which runs of the Bada OS). Here are the top 5 apps being downloaded:

1. Need For Speed™ Shift – Electronic Arts
2. Magic Torch – Magic App’s
3. BBC NEWS AND SPORT – Samsung Mobile UK
4. Bruce Lee Dragon Warrior – Bruce Lee Enterprises, LLC
5. Chess – Aviral Gupta

Check it out more details here at Samsung


TD enhances iPhone, BlackBerry and Android app (specifically insurance section)

TD has updated their mobile app for the BlackBerry, iPhone and Android devices. Majority of it has stayed the same but TD states that the enhancements are to the TD Insurance section of the TD mobile app. The TD Insurance section of the mobile app now includes the following features:

- (New) Accident Photos: take up to 4 accident photos within the app and send to the TD Insurance Claims
- (New) Flashlight: use the smartphone device as a flashlight tool.
- Frequently asked questions on Auto, Home, Life and Health insurance
- An Auto Insurance Accident Toolkit with the following options:
- Accident Checklist: step-by step instructions on what to do in case of an accident
- Accident Notepad: a place to record accident details to make it easier when reporting a claim
- Important “How To” information for Home (Home Owner checklist) and Auto Insurance (Auto Assistance)

You can download the TD Bank app via iTunes, BlackBerry App World and the Android Market.
(Thanks TrickyD and Matthew!)


Microsoft patents “Dual Module Portable Devices”

Back in 2009 Microsoft painted a picture of possibly what 2019 will be looking like. In the video they showed a man walking through an airport to reach for his mobile device that seamlessly split into 2 screens that could work independently or together.

Looks like Microsoft is looking forward as they have filed a patent application with the exact demonstration that’s in the video. The patent is officially called “Dual Module Portable Devices” and it’s described as “A motion of a first module of the dual module portable device may be detected. Based at least in part on the detected motion, a position of the first module may be determined relative to the second module of the portable device. Once the relative position of the first module has been determined, a portion of a user interface associated with the relative position may be displayed at the first module.”

It’s probably easier to watch the video to understand what the patent entails. Check out the patent drawings and the after the break. Pay close attention to the 2:12 mark. (more…)


“Recycle My Cell Challenge” kicks off October 18th

The average Canadian keeps their mobile device for approximately 2 years and only 12% of used mobile devices are recycled. Recycle My Cell is run by the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA) and offers thousands of drop-off locations for Canadians to get rid of their old device.

Waste Reduction Week 2010 is happening from October 18th to the 24th and Recycle My Cell has become the official national sponsor. As part of this initiative the CWTA will launch the “Recycle My Cell Challenge”, a contest for students to see who can recycle the most wireless devices and accessories. The contest closes on November 30th, 2010 and it seems everyone will be a winner with their school being acknowledged on the CWTA website and in local media.

Via: CNW & Recycle My Cell


TELUS to preload BlackBerry devices with the Yellow Pages app

The Yellow Pages app has been downloaded over 1 million times and helps you find people and Canadian businesses by category, name, or location. Starting in October TELUS BlackBerry devices will come preloaded with the Yellow Pages app. In addition, this will also include the ability to complete voice-assisted searches and receive a confirmation texts with the information you searched for. Specifically for TELUS customers there’s an optional “concierge” service that connects you with a TELUS 411 agent who can give you added features beyond search such as driving directions or accommodations.

In a press release today TELUS’ CMO, David Fuller, stated that “Our partnership with Yellow Pages Group will simplify life for TELUS customers by putting a rich and easy-to-use source of information about local businesses in the palm of their hand. Not only will they be able to get a phone number and address in seconds, but they will be able to book a restaurant reservation, get driving directions, or perform any number of handy tasks with the push of a button.”

Via: MarketWire


Rogers starts selling the BlackBerry Torch 9800… online

If you’ve been waiting for the BlackBerry Torch 9800 to arrive at Rogers… go forth. It’s now available for $199.99 on a 3-year; 2-year $499.99 and no-contract for $609.99. Rogers is also throwing in a Bluetooth headset with the purchase and specs have this touchscreen slider with RIM’s new BlackBerry 6 OS, 3.2-inch display with a resolution of 480 x 360, full QWERTY keyboard, 624 MHz processor, 512 MB of internal flash memory, can hold up to 32GB with a microSD card (Rogers ships with a 4 GB card), 5 megapixel camera with auto-focus and flash, WiFi, GPS.

Update: it seems that this is only for online orders. Stores will start selling these as previously announced tomorrow (September 30th)

More here at Rogers


Fido releases first Android: Acer Liquid E

Fido has released another smartphone and their first Android-powered device, the Acer Liquid e. This can be yours for $30 on a 3-year contract or $375 no contract.

From now on you can expect more smartphones (and more Android devices) to trickle down from Rogers lineup to Fido. The reason is more handset competition from the mid-level carriers and that customers are demanding devices that can do more than talk and text. Bell’s Virgin Mobile started to bring on smartphones when they hopped on to HSPA back on February 2nd. TELUS’ Koodo Mobile has also started to release smartphones over the past few months. The entry level devices will be left for Solo Mobile and Chatr.

As for the specs of the Fido Liquid e:  comes with a 3.5-inch display, 768MHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 5 megapixel camera with video capabilities, WiFi, full HTML browser, GPS, Bluetooth, 3.5mm headset jack, holds up to 32GB. Overall dimensions are 116×54×12.75mm with a weight of 135 grams.

More here at Fido


Manitoba police have ticketed 290 “blatant” offenders who disobeyed the cellphone ban

Manitoba implemented the ban of using a cellphone while driving on July 15th and it seems the police are cracking down. A recent shows that as of August 31st a total of 290 tickets have been handed out to offenders (123 were handed out the day the law went into effect). The fine is set at $199.80 so this brings the total to $57,942.

Hands-free devices are permitted while driving such as connecting your phone via Bluetooth headset. Staff Sgt. Mark Hodgson said more blitzes are coming in the weeks ahead but “there’s still some people out there who are doing it very blatantly. We’re looking for the most obvious or blatant offences. They’re keeping it down or trying to disguise the function they’re doing… They’re being a lot more surreptitious about it.”

The ban of using your hand held device while driving is now law in most provinces (or will be soon). Have you changed your habits or are you still “blatantly” using your device?

Source: Winnipeg Sun