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RIM introduces the BlackBerry “PlayBook” tablet

At RIM’s BlackBerry Developer conference in San Fransisco co-CEO Mike Lazaridis took the stage and revealed some interesting statistics:

- Over 115million BlackBerry devices sold to date (over 12 million just this past quarter)
- #1 smartphone in North America
- 35 million users for their BlackBerry App World: 1.5 million apps getting downloaded per day
- Over 300,000 registered developers across the world
- Over 28 Million active BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) users worldwide
- increasing BBM stats show 1 million added per month (2,000 new BBM users per day)
- Developers will now be able to distribute their app via BBM

More importantly RIM has introduced their new tablet called “PlayBook”. Here are the specs:
- “The world’s 1st professional tablet”
- Ultra thin, 9.7mm
- 7-inch LCD display (1024 x 600)
- HTML 5, Full Flash 10.1, full web experience,
- Front and rear cameras (3 megapixel front facing, 5 megapixel rear facing)
- Supports 1080p video
- WiFi
- Bluetooth
- HDMI connector
- Out of the box support for BES
- 1GHz Dual Core Symmetrical Multiprocessor with 1GB RAM

More pics and a video after the break and you can watch the live webcast is here at BlackBerry (more…)


SaskTel joins the others, launching BlackBerry Torch 9800 on September 30th

If you’re out in Saskatchewan and waiting to get your hands on the upcoming and delayed BlackBerry Torch 9800 from SaskTel… they have just confirmed that it’ll be launching on September 30th. No surprise there as all the other carriers will have it available on that date. You can also be sure the 3-year contract price will be $199.99 (possibly $179.99) but the no-contract price might be above the $600 mark.

They stated on Twitter that “The BlackBerry Torch is set to arrive at SaskTel Sept 30th! Quantities are limited so call your store/dealer for availability info”. So if you want this limited device it’s best to call them now and pre-order.


Desjardins launches mobile banking

The Canadian financial institutions are all jumping on board offering their customers the choice of banking by mobile. Over the past few months we’ve seen TD Canada Trust, ING, CIBC all offer apps… and now Québec-based Desjardins has expanded their apps by offering a full suite of mobile services. Customers can now access from any smartphones or PDA and check account balance, locate branches, making transfers, paying bills, convert currency and request auto insurance quotes. We’ve got a video of the service after the break (more…)


White Apple iPhone 4 finally coming to Rogers?

The White version of the iPhone 4 has been delayed due to it being “more challenging to manufacture than we originally expected”. There’s still no official word on when this will be available as the only time frame is “late this year”. However taking a look at this Rogers internal screenshot shows both the 16GB ($359) and 32GB ($469) white version ready for action.

Have you been holding out for the White version to arrive or have you decided to get something else?
For an unboxing of the White iPhone 4 check out this unboxing here

Via: The Cellular Guru


Video: Wind Mobile Motorola XT720 Hardware Review

WIND Mobile has added another Android-powered device to their lineup. Their first was the Huawei U8100 and now they have added one they can currently call their flagship Android device. The Motorola XT720 comes with OS 2.1, 720 mHz processor and a well equipped 8 megapixel camera that can record 720p videos, a Xenon flash, auto-focus.

As for the design, it’s sleek and feels good in the hand. The colour is metallic gray on the front with a navy blue backing. The XT720 weighs in at 160 grams and has overall dimensions of 116 x 60.0 x 10.9 mm. In the video I put it next to the iPhone (a device that people generally know the feel of) and it’s slightly bigger in all areas. The display is 3.7-inch display has a resolution of 854×480 and viewing your pics/videos come out nicely. Even typing e-mails is good on this as the virtual QWERTY keyboard comes out well space. The only downside of the display is the sheer amount of fingerprints it captures. Not the biggest concern, but something to be aware of.

As for other features of the hardware, the XT720 has the standard capacitive buttons you’d on any Android touchscreen: menu, home, back and search. Along the left hand side is a microUSB port and the top is the HDMI output, 3.5 mm headset jack with the power/lock button. The right hand side has the volume rocker with a dedicated camera button and shutter. When you lift up the back plate you’ll reveal the 1390mAh battery, SIM card slot and microSD slot (can hold up to 32GB).

Check out the full review in the video after the break (more…)


PC Mobile starts cleaning house, “Limited quantities available”

PC Mobile might not be your first choice when it comes to purchasing a mobile device. They started reselling Bell Mobility devices and plans back in 1995 and if you take a look at their website you’ll notice that most of the devices have been slashed in price and been stamped with a “Limited quantities available”. There are some good deals if you’re looking for a Prepaid device.

This could be the first step of them cleaning house and getting rid of inventory… and on a path to bring in one of the carriers to open a retail location within Loblaws stores.

More here at PC Mobile


Black’s Photo App coming to iPhone and BlackBerry this week, Android in October

A month ago we let you know that TELUS’ Black’s Photo was going to be releasing an app that will make it easier to upload and print your pics. Good news as as of this week iPhone and BlackBerry owners will be able to download the free app. Also, the app will be available to Android owners mid-October.

According to the press release today the Black’s Photo app is a “way to manage, share, store and print photos, allowing users to immediately share their memories with friends, family and colleagues, rather than sending them at a later time when the moment has passed. Customers can use the Black’s Photo app’s GPS feature to locate and map out the nearest Black’s store, and send photos directly from their smart phones to a printer at any store location across Canada.”

Sounds good. Unfortunately there are no screenshots of the actual app in action to show you. These will be available sometime this week.

Source: CNW


Bell settles late fee Class Action lawsuit out of court, again.

Back in April Bell settled a Quebec Class Action lawsuit out of court for customers who paid their account through a financial institution on time but were being charged for late fees. The result was Bell crediting customers who were wrongly charged. Today it was announced that the a similar Class Action case was settled again out of court in Ontario (official hearing is taking place in Ottawa on October 28th, 2010). The same terms and conditions apply. So if you were with Bell (for any Bell service not just Mobility) between March 26th, 2008 and August 9, 2009 and were wrongly charged late payment fees they’ll credit the amount back to you.

You can read the entire documentation here at BGA Law (PDF)