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Multitasking & “iAd” coming to iPhone OS 4.0?

With Apple announcing a sneak peek event set for April 8th that will offer a look into the future of the iPhone OS, analysts Shaw Wu with Kaufman Bros. sent a note to investors that 4.0 will be “a full multi-tasking environment where third-party apps will also be able to run simultaneously and/or in the background along with AAPL’s own apps.”

Back in January Apple acquired mobile advertising company Quatrro Wireless for $275 million and it’s also rumoured that with the 4.0 release we’ll see Apple foray into the mobile advertising space under the name “iAd”.

Wonder how Palm is reacting to the possibility of multitasking as this is one of the key features of their webOS platform. We’ll learn more about this when the event unfolds on Thursday at 10:00am Pacific time.

Via: Apple Insider


TELUS HTC Hero 2.1 update delayed until May?

Overseas there’s talk about the HTC Hero being upgraded to Android OS 2.1 on April 16th… even here in Canada there are several rumours of when we’ll be seeing TELUS update the Hero to OS 2.1.

TELUS released the Hero when they launched their new HSPA network back in November of last year. We’ve been tipped that an OS update was supposed to happen sometime in April but apparently TELUS is taking their time to push it through and due to a “lack of effort the HERO’s update to Android 2.1 has been delayed to the first week of May”.

We’ll have more info soon…

(Thanks Tipster!)


TSN releases Masters Live iPhone app

All eyes will be on Tiger as he makes a comeback and TSN has released a new iPhone app specifically for The Masters this coming weekend. TSN MOBILE: MASTERS LIVE allows gives access exclusive Canadian live streaming for all four rounds including Amen Corner (holes 11, 12 and 13) and holes 15 and 16 as well as the option to follow featured groups live as they play through the back nine (holes 10-18). The app also gives a live leaderboard and breaking news. The app is free but you’ll see Nike everywhere as it looks they are sponsoring it…

We hope Tiger and Mike Weir dominate this week. The live streaming schedule is as follows (more…)


InPulse BlackBerry smartwatch “is almost here”

It was a few months ago that Waterloo-based Allerta announced people could pre-order their “inPulse”, this is the BlackBerry accessory that they are dubbing the “smartwatch”. The cost of the watch is $149.00 USD and connects wirelessly to your phone by Bluetooth and alerts you of incoming emails, SMS and calls. This was supposed to be ready for shipping in February, but a new post has been added to their company blog that says:

“Long time no blog. We have some amazing news that we’re going to be sharing very shortly. Images, video and something that all you pre-order customers will be extremely happy about. inPulse is almost here.”

Here are the pics that they updated us with… sounds like it’s going to be shipping soon: (more…)


Fido increasing 911 Fees April 12th

Not the biggest surprise in the world but Fido is joining parent company Rogers by increasing the 911 Fees. This goes into effect April 12th and the fee will increase from $0.50 to $0.75 per month plus taxes, but only for those customers “who subscribed to price plans prior to November 4th, 2008″.

You’ll see in the internal document that Fido states “we are simply bringing the rate in line with those charged by other Canadian wireless service providers. Our competition has been charging $0.75 for similar types of rate plans for some time. Customers have a choice. Fido will not require customers to move to new non-SAF plans if they do not wish to do so; customers who wish to migrate to non-SAF plans will not have to pay the 911 emergency access fee (a one-time set-up fee of $35 per line applies).

See the document below in comparison to their competition (Rogers, Bell, TELUS, Virgin, Wind and Koodo Mobile).

Via: HoFo


Contest: Win a Nokia N97!

Even though Mother’s Day is not until May 9th… we’ve decided to hold a two-part Mother’s Day Contest with two devices up for grabs, the first is a brand new Nokia N97!

The N97 has a 3.5-inch tilt touchscreen with a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 5 megapixel camera, Carl Zeiss optics, auto focus, dual LED flash and video capabilities, can hold up to 32GB of memory with a microSD card, 3.5 mm audio jack and has overall dimensions of 117.2 x 55.3 x 15.9 mm and weighs in at 150 grams.

To enter the contest all you have to do is submit your name in the comment section below – no strings attached. The contest goes until Wednesday, April 14th at 5:00pm and as usual we’ll announce our both winner shortly after. You can only enter your name once… Go ahead, enter your name below!

(Follow us on Twitter to find out faster if you won! – @mobilesyrup)

Good luck to all who enter!


Apple holding iPhone OS 4 sneak peek event April 8th

Apple sent out an invite for an event on April 8th at 10AM PT for a “sneak peek into the future of iPhone OS… this is very exciting as the rumoured changes are expected to have multi-tasking. We’ll find out what the future will be in a few days, but in the meantime here are some more expected features from a previous post: (more…)


Rogers puts on pre-order promo for Xperia X10

Looks like those who want the Android-powered Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 can now officially pre-order it from Rogers. We saw Best Buy jump the gun yesterday, but for those looking for a deal Rogers has created an offer that for those who purchase it on a 3-year contract will also get a free Bluetooth headset and a chance to win two tickets to the FIFA World Cup (Sony Ericsson is a major sponsor).

The X10 will be available in “Sensuous Black” and “Luster White”. Rogers states that “Pre-order by April 9th for delivery the week of April 12, 2010″. In addition, the pre-order offer expires on April 14th as the device is officially launching April 15th.

More here at Rogers


TELUS BlackBerry Pearl 9100 currently in testing

The unreleased/unannounced BlackBerry Pearl 9100 has sure received a great deal of leaked pictures. How about adding one more to the mix as a TELUS internal screenshot has surfaced of the 9100 “Stratus” currently being tested on their network. So it seems that the rumour from a few months ago might be coming true of this coming to TELUS in Pink and Black. In addition, we’ve been told that the new Pearl will be also coming to Bell, TELUS, Virgin, and Rogers… and also the rumoured Fido’s May 4th launch.

Source: BBOS
Via: BBSync