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Bell internal doc says BDM for Mac coming tomorrow?

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Enough teasing with the “Coming Soon” or “are you ready” BlackBerry Desktop Manager for Mac posts. Special thanks goes out to an internal Bell document that shows it will be available for download starting tomorrow!

This news will make Mac enthusiasts very happy!

* Update, this has been delayed again … possibly a new launch date of next week :( * (more…)

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City of Toronto launches 311 service for non-emergency info

311torontoThe City of Toronto has launched a new service that gives residents access to non-emergency information. 311 Toronto can be called and a customer service rep will answer calls and resolve and questions you may have that relate to Toronto. The service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and available in 180 languages. Also, TTY service for the hearing impaired is also available.

If you’re outside the city you can dial 416-392-CITY (2489) to get connected to the service.

Mayor David Miller stated “This is a pivotal day for customer service for the City of Toronto. Residents and businesses are entitled to easy access to City services and programs. 311 Toronto ensures that every resident and business has direct access to a person at the City who can help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week.” (more…)

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“Closer Look” at the BlackBerry Desktop Software for Mac

macdm2It was a couple weeks ago now that RIM teased us by saying the BlackBerry Desktop Software for Mac: now available!”… only to say sorry a couple hours later and that it was not available.

However, on their Twitter page today RIM states “Are you ready for it? A closer look at BlackBerry Desktop Software…the Mac OS Version!”. Still not official (targeted for sometime in September) but they do give us an in-depth overview of it’s features.

As stated before, when this goes live you’ll be able to “Sync your iTunes playlists, calendars, contacts, notes and tasks; Add/Remove applications; Update your device when new software becomes available; Backup and restore your device data with such features like automatically scheduled backups and optional encryption and Manage multiple devices.” (more…)

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Google Mobile App for Windows Mobile gets update… My Location, Google Suggest and Search with Maps added

windows-googleIf you have a Windows Mobile device you be happy to know that Google has done an update for their Google Mobile App. They say that “It’s easier and faster than ever to search Google using your Windows Mobile phone”. We’re just excited to see the first device to have Windows 6.5 coming soon!

However, I digress… the new features are and to download the new version visit m.google.com from your phone.:

- My Location: Get local search results without typing your location.
- Google Suggest: Reduce typing time by selecting suggestions to complete your queries.
- Search with Maps: If Google Maps is installed, type a local query and wait for suggestions. Select the suggestion with the red pin next to it to launch your search inside Google Maps. (more…)

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Sony Ericsson Toronto-based scavenger hunt is on!

se-fifaSony Ericsson is the official mobile sponsor of the 2010 FIFA World Cup and have a special event in store for those in Toronto.

If you’re a big soccer fan you can partake in a city-wide scavenger hunt that starts today. There are 32 soccer balls hidden throughout the city and each ball is identified with the Sony Ericsson logo. If you find one of these you can score a unique training event with Canadian soccer star Jason de Vos. The scavenger hunt starts today and will go until all of the balls are, but will officially end this weekend. (more…)

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Text Flirting 101 by Lavalife

lg-qwertyText messaging is incredibly popular and continuing to grow in Canada. LG recently launched their new site and today I noticed a section on called “Fun Factor” where it directs you to a list of QWERTY devices they have. At the very bottom it seems they wanted to share the love and have a PDF called “Text Flirting 101″. It’s always good to understand the rules and get yourself that much closer to your end goal.

The article is done by LavaLife and they say “you can convey a message by text no matter how noisy your surroundings, without social conventions (‘Hi, how are you today?’) and maybe best for all singles, to discreetly alert your friends to the hotties on the next barstool without said hottie being any the wiser.” It goes on to say that “No doubt about it: texting adds a whole new dimension to flirting. But like anything, there are definite dos and don’ts in the text flirting game as well as acronyms that make the whole operation much smoother”. (more…)

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RIM to release the HS-500 Bluetooth Headset soon

l_hs500_bt_headsetWith the Ontario ban of hand-held devices coming up fast in Ontario and already present in some provinces, RIM is getting ready to release a new Bluetooth headset. According to Shop BlackBerry the HS-500 Bluetooth Headset is coming soon and will retail for $89.99 for us Canadians.

Some of the features include:
- Call control button – control calling features like, answer, end, mute and voice activated dialing
- Automatic volume control and noise cancellation – hear and be heard loud and clear in noisy environments
- Works with selected third-party GPS mapping applications – listen to turn-by-turn directions (more…)

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DAVE Wireless signs cell-site sharing agreement with Bell

dave-wirelessLast week we had the opportunity to speak with Dave Dobbin, CEO of DAVE Wireless, he stated that ““We want a better a better customer experience. We want customers to have a better experience with billing. We want customers to have a better experience with service, when they phone in we want them to have a better experience than they are having today…”

The “experience” Dave Wireless (or the upcoming new brand name) will offer is one step closer. They have announced an licensing agreement with Bell Mobility for wireless cell-site sharing (reaches 93% of Canadians). This will make things a great deal easier for them and can knock another item off their to-do list… hopefully we’ll hear a confirmed launch date sooner than later, and other than “early 2010″. (more…)

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Public Mobile lands new Canadian investors

publicmobileimagePublic Mobile is one of the new wireless entrants to coming into Canada and is expected to laucnh within the next few months. They invested $53 million to obtain the commercial G Band license that reaches 19 million people in Ontario and Quebec (Windsor to Quebec City) and will offer unlimited talk and text packages for $40 month.

Formally named BMV Holdings, Public Mobile has been supported by Canadian investments such as a $50 million investment from OMERS Private Equity and now an unannounced amount from Peter Thomson, Fred Eaton, Patrick Brigham and a few Public Mobile employees.

Peter Thomson, President of Thomvest Seed Capital Inc. (who also now joins the Board of Directors) said “We chose to invest in Public Mobile because of its unmatched cost structure, sound business plan and proven Canadian management team”.

Alek Krstajic, Public Mobile’s Chief Executive Officer stated “A good, solid company will always attract Canadian investors. The support of successful Canadian entrepreneurs and investors highlights the importance of creating a more competitive wireless market in this country. It’s deeply touching to see the people who work for Public Mobile so firmly behind this company. I believe it represents the feelings of so many Canadians – that it’s time for a change in the wireless industry.” (more…)

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