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Would you buy a “Zune Phone”?

More rumours are swirling today of the rumoured possible plans of Microsoft officially announcing plans to launch a “Zune Phone”, basically a phone with Zune capabilities. Early specs are that it has Windows Mobile 7, will use a Nvidia Tegra chip, has a 480 x 272 screen, HDMI video out, and weighs around 70 grams.

Spanish blog MuyComputer says this will be officially announced during Mobile World Congress this February is 100% confirmed, and Gizmodo is backing the rumour up stating they spoke with the blogs editorial director Javier Pérez Cortijo, “he told me that “the Zune Phone presentation at Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress 2010 is 100% confirmed.”

Would you buy one if/when it comes out?

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Texting and social networking sites the reason students can’t write correctly

This is hilarious and was bound to happen. When computers were invented and spell check came out it started a whole evolution/revolution of taking the easy way out from actually learning the correct way to spell words. In Today’s university or even workforce it’s screaming louder than ever.

Ann Barrett is the managing director of the English language proficiency exam at Waterloo University and she says “Thirty per cent of students who are admitted are not able to pass at a minimum level”. The reason for these low levels are due to the increase of cellphone texting and social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. But it’s not just at Waterloo… over at Simon Fraser University, English Professor Paul Budra says “Punctuation errors are huge, and apostrophe errors. Students seem to have absolutely no idea what an apostrophe is for. None. Absolutely none.” (more…)

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Video: Unreleased TELUS Motorola Milestone

With the TELUS Motorola Milestone being one of the most anticipated devices to come to Canada this year… I can let you know that I’m crazy excited to test this out. We got hold of one – still waiting on an official launch date – but as you can see in the video it looks like this Android-powered beast is ready for action.

It’s lighter than I originally thought and looks really incredibly sleek. The Milestone has a full slide out QWERTY keyboard and comes with a 3.7-inch WVGA display, 5 megapixel camera with a dual LED flash, Android OS 2.0.1 with access to the Android Market (still no paid apps), comes with 16GB and can hold up to 32GB with a microSD card. More specs are the full HTML browser, WiFi and the rumoured pricing that we’ve heard is $199 and $549 outright.

Over the next few days I’ll be hammering out a review but we’re told the version that I’ve got in my hand is not the final hardware or software. So send us all your questions!

(The vid is still processing through YouTube so it may be a bid pixelated)

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CRTC congratulates Canadian wireless providers that “have risen to the challenge” of upgrading 911 services

Exactly 1-year ago the CRTC mandated that Canadian wireless service providers to upgrade their 911 services, mainly because the technology was lacking to locate urgent calls and caused a number of deaths. Today the CRTC sent out a release and congratulated the Canadian wireless industry and the public safety community for having improved 911 services.

Konrad von Finckenstein, Q.C., Chairman of the CRTC “We are delighted that wireless service providers have risen to the challenge of upgrading their 911 services. Canada is now one of the few countries where 911 operators automatically receive location information from the moment a call is placed from a cellphone. Thanks to the collective efforts of everyone involved, the safety of Canadians will be greatly improved during emergency situations that require quick action.” (more…)

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Motorola Milestone launch getting closer as TELUS puts “coming soon” on homepage

Over the weekend we posted a story of the TELUS Motorola Milestone appearing in the upcoming Best Buy catalog. More Milestone news today as TELUS has updated their site to have the Android-powered device from and centre. It’s still the usual “coming soon” but now we get a notify me when it’s available sign up page.

Any predictions on the actual launch date? (more…)

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Video: Shape shifting & emotion feeling cellphone prototype

This has got to be one of the best prototype demonstrations of possibly what’s on the horizon when it comes to cellphone technology. Nokia would eat this up in their beta labs. Design and researcher Fabian Hemmert put his latest works on display at TEDxBerlin. He asked “How can we make digital content more graspable” and came up with 3 answers that led him to a shape shifting, emotion feeling cellphone prototype that he believe will make devices more human. Check out the video here (more…)

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Fido releases software update for unreleased BlackBerry Curve 8520

This certainly confirms all the rumours of Fido getting the BlackBerry Curve 8520. If you check out this link you’ll notice that Fido has pushed out OS 4.6.1.473… the best part is that they have yet to release the device!

Rumours are floating around that we could see this as early as February 2nd or 9th and we’ve been informed that the prices plans will be the following: 3-year contract is $50 and no-contract is $400. (more…)

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Victoria-based University to test out Smartphone distance education

Victoria-based Royal Roads University is looking into to use Smartphones to bring their distance education program to those who have limited or non-existent access to the internet.

Involved in the 3-person study are Instructional designer Ining Chao, Analyst Robert Aucoin and Professor Ken Christie. They are currently going over literature and current mobile learning practices. Then they’ll be taking the trial live in April of 2010 where a field test with 30 students who are scheduled to complete their MA in human security and peace-building program will travel to Uganda and test out the Smartphone program.

Professor Ken Christie said “Developing nations, in particular, provide an interesting laboratory for mobile learning because, despite weak technological infrastructure, many have robust cell phone connectivity”. (more…)

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Nexus One Contest: Enter you name here also!

We created this entry form since our previous comment section maxed out on our Nexus One Giveaway. 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, February 10th at 5:00pm and as usual we’ll announce our 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!

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