I love the how Nokia involves the mobile community by sharing their upcoming applications. They have released a new one on their Beta Labs site called “Photo Browser” that makes it fun and easy to view your pics on your mobile devices.
A couple cool features make this unique: a Magnifying glass for instant zooming in of pics and Face browsing that allows you to scroll over any faces in your images. They are looking for feedback on what to do with this specific app…Check out this video of it in action:
Remember a few weeks ago the story of how the Weather Network wants the CRTC to look into Internet Traffic via mobile devices. It seems like the CRTC has now opened up a full discussion area and wants the Canadian public to give feedback over Internet Traffic Management as a whole.
“The CRTC is examining the current practices of ISPs operating in Canada, as well as those that could be adopted in the future. The proceeding’s main objective is to determine whether and to what extent such practices
are appropriate under the Telecommunications Act.” Check out this video of CRTC Executive Director Namir Anani.
The online consultation can be found here and will end midnight EST on April 30, 2009
Bell Mobility has partnered with Coveo to create an exclusive offering targeted for business customers called “Enterprise Search”.
From reading the info it sounds like this you’ll save you a great deal of time as the “Enterprise Search” allows Bell BlackBerry users to “securely search and retrieve info within their Microsoft Exchange server accounts, including emails, attachments content, folders, calendars, tasks and contacts”… so you’ll no longer have the need to know what folder you store your documents in. (more…)
We have some updates on the upcoming release of the anticipated Samsung OMNIA. This will be officially launched on April 9th with Bell, we’re still waiting to hear back on a release date for the TELUS.
The only price we know with a Voice and Data package is a 3-year at $129.95. The Bell OMNIA will come with a 2GB card loaded with NHL content and the following prices is for voice only:
Talk about taking the law into your own hands. Vancouver-Island Port Hardy Secondary School has a total of 343 students and their principal Steve Gray was so sick of them using their cell in school that he picked up an jamming device from China and blocked their calls.
The cell phone jammer was $115 (U.S.) plus $50 for shipping… and the school board paid for it (good tax money well spent). Using a tool like this is illegal in Canada under Sections 4 and 9 of Canada’s Radiocommunication Act… this caused an outrage at the school and 90 students skipped classes and started a protest.
Grade 12 student and protest organizer Destiny Herman said “On the first day, we thought the Telus tower was down. On the second day, we suspected the jammer. On the third day, we had the protest”. In addition, Grade 11 student “Some teachers said it was the humidity, but my cellphone works in the rain. We did our research on the Internet. Breaking the law is not a good way to send a message.”
This protest caused principal Gray to remove the jammer. He said “I was looking for a solution to a problem”. The issue started a few years ago when students started bringing in MP3 players and then cell phones started to come into play. His main concern was during exam time and wanted to ensure that nobody was cheating.
“You can imagine, people can text surreptitiously. Teachers are forced to deal with this and it detracts from learning. It’s time not spent on-task,”
RBC analyst Mike Abramsky released a report today that stated Apple “will announce an updated iPhone 3G ‘Pro’… Positively, the new features addresses iPhone’s major shortcomings vs. competitive platforms such as BlackBerry, Android and Windows Mobile, and may enable developers to create more innovative apps, however, in our view, the new features are evolutionary vs. revolutionary, sustaining momentum and developer interest vs. competitive platforms”.
The additions will be a smaller iPhone by one-tenth of an inch than the current model, a 3.2 megapixel camera, better battery life for video playback, “a faster 3G chipset (HSUPA vs current HSDPA), improved graphics processor, video recording, more memory (16GB/32GB)”. (more…)
For those who do not know Skype, it’s a service owned by eBay and allows you to send and receive calls and message other Skype users for free using a Wi-Fi connection.
Tomorrow they’ll be releasing an new and free iPhone App (via the Apple AppStore) and when it officially launches, us Canadians will not share the joy and be able to use this as we are the only country left out of the party!
According to Chaim Haas, a public relations rep for Skype, reason is because of a patent issue related to Skype, not an Apple related issue.
(However, one way around this is to create a US iTunes App Store account.)
At an event this morning we got our hands on the upcoming Samsung Omnia. This will be released very soon through Telus and Bell. You can check out the quick video we captured (sorry about the glare) and believe this is a great advancement for Samsung (much better than the Instinct).
Many key features make this a device to consider: Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional for your e-mail and documents (Word, Excel and PowerPoint), 5 megapixel camera with Auto-Focus, Flash and Video Capabilities that you can upload to YouTube, Flickr & MySpace directly from the device. The actual screen size is 3.2 inch touchscreen with a resolution of 240 x 400 pixels. In addition, as you’ll see on the video is has an accelerometer, handwriting recognition. The OMNIA comes with 8GB of internal memory with a staggering capability of holding up to 24GB.
The most impressive feature about the OMNIA is the widgets. These are located on the left hand side of the device and are basically applications that you can drag and drop on the desktop of your phone. For any quick access to the FM radio, Stock, Weather forecast, GPS, internet (Full HTML Browser) etc… this will help you get to the places you love faster.
There are a couple videos below. The first if the hands on with the upcoming TELUS version of the Omnia. Also, it seems that Bell will be releasing an NHL widget for their version that wil give you unlimited video content and updates, so you can expect a promo offer to come. The second video is Max Karlin of Samsung Canada going over some additional features. We’ll have more info on pricing and an official release date shortly:
Rogers has officially announced that Nadir Mohamed will takeover as President and CEO. He was the front runner all along. Here are some statements from the press release:
Chairman Alan Horn said “Nadir was the unanimous choice of our board of directors to succeed Ted as RCI’s president and CEO. He is a highly regarded, principled telecom executive who has the demonstrated ability to build and lead strong teams and to consistently deliver strong results. “Over the past eight years Nadir has earned the respect of our Board, our employees and the investment community. The Board believes Nadir’s skills, experience, track record and firm understanding of the industry uniquely position him to lead Rogers through the next chapter in its history. We all congratulate Nadir and look forward to working with him in his expanded leadership role.”
Mr. Nadir Mohamed said “To succeed a visionary business titan like Ted Rogers and to lead a company that has an asset mix as unique and powerful as Rogers’ is a rare and exciting opportunity. We have the brand, the technology platforms, the financial strength, and tremendously talented employees to continue this company’s success well into the future. Looking forward, we will build upon this solid foundation by driving continuous improvements to our customer experience, by improving the efficiency of our operations through cost and capital management, and by delivering innovations and deploying leading edge technologies to meet the changing needs of our customers,”
Let’s reduce those monthly rates and get rid of the System Access Fees… one can only dream!
We know that Bell & Telus are going to launch the Samsung OMNIA (SCH-i910) very soon, targeted around the 10th of April. Here are some pictures of each carriers release. It looks from the early pics that the Bell version will have some NHL content included, just like the latest BlackBerry devices.
We got these early pics of the Omnia at an event this morning. The Omnia means “everything” in Latin and “brings together all the features and capabilities needed to provide users with a superior mobile experience”. This has a 5 megapixel camera with auto focus, flash and video, 3.2 inch touchscreen (240 x 400 pixels) with an accelerometer and handwriting recognition, Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional, 8GB of internal memory with a staggering capability of holding up to 24GB, Upload images and videos instantly to Facebook, Flickr & MySpace.
Remember that video that was teased us last week, well the full video is online now: