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Emergency 911 on your mobile “is not like in the movies”

Almost a year ago the CRTC issued a statement that mandated that Canadian wireless service providers had a firm deadline of February 1st, 2010 to upgrade their 911 services. The main reason for the upgrade was because the technology was severely lacking to pinpoint urgent calls and caused a number of deaths. Plus as cellphones have become more popular the total number of 911 calls from a mobile now is at 50%.

Even Bernard Lord, President of the CWTA (Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association) stated back in April that “it’s going to be a significant challenge to deploy this county-wide for next February”. In a follow up interview yesterday, Lord said there will be some carriers that will not be ready due to additional testing, plus parts Quebec have not been covered yet. (more…)

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Q4 results show Nokia increased market share to 39%

Nokia has reported their Q4 2009 results and after a year of job cuts and restructuring CEO Ollo-Pekka Kallasvuo stated “We grew our market share in smartphones in the fourth quarter, driven by the successful launch of new touch and QWERTY models. Our performance in smartphones, combined with continuing success in the emerging markets, helped us increase sales in our Devices & Services unit, both quarter-on-quarter and year-on-year.”

Here are some highlights:
- Nokia estimated mobile device market share of 39% in Q4 2009, up from 38% in Q3 2009.
- The full year 2009 estimated market share was 38%, down from 39% in 2008. (more…)

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Motorola teases us with 4 Milestone “How to” videos

The anticipated Motorola Milestone will be launching soon (very soon) and even though there were several rumoured dates about the TELUS release… the fine folks at Moto have started the official teasing by releasing 4 very quick “How-to” videos about the new Android-powered device.

Check them out below, you’ll see it gives greater insight on how to “Get to Know Your Phone”, “Run Multiple Apps”, “Mobile Web Browsing”, “Home Screen & Notification Panel”:

Who’s excited about this device? More importantly… who’s looking to buy?
(Thanks John!)

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Motorola patent shows rating system for mobile devices in the works

With all the devices coming out with faster processors, bigger screens and the ability to basically do anything you such as e-mail, pictures, video, web… mobile TV will eventually become more popular and even become standard. A new patent has surfaced that shows Motorola getting into the game to develop a rating syste,

The patent titled “Method for Collecting Usage Information on Wireless Devices for Ratings Purposes” is described as “A system for collecting usage information from a mobile device includes at least one ratings server configured to communicate with a population of mobile devices over a network… A method for collecting usage information from a population of mobile devices includes reporting usage information for each mobile device of the population with a ratings application installed on each the mobile device; and receiving and analyzing the usage information with a ratings server to produce ratings of content available to the mobile devices based on the usage information.” (more…)

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Public Mobile “will completely change the face of telecommunications for the consumers benefit”

Public Mobile will be launching their wireless service in both Ontario in the coming months and the Montreal where they have the capacity to reach over 19 million people.

It’s always nice to know the people behind the scenes. We’ve interviewed CEO Alek Krstajic before, then saw a bunch of people from their Toronto office… but Public has released a new video that has the employees based in Montreal speaking about their upcoming services. Some of the employees state that Public Mobile is an “honest and straightforward company”, “a company that really listens”, “has a new vision for cellular phones”, “will completely change the face of telecommunications for the consumers benefit”.

What do you think… will Public be able to take on Rogers, Bell Videotron?

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RIM confirms on Facebook that “BlackBerry Tour 9650 is coming”

RIM has confirmed on their Facebook page that states the The BlackBerry Tour 9650 is coming! Check back soon for official news!”. Can’t get more clearer than that… now it’s just a matter of when TELUS or Bell will release the new smartphone. In the meantime there has been several videos released that show the Tour2 in action (more…)

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Rogers Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 Video demo

Today we caught up with Neil Dutton and Peter Farmer of the Marketing team over at Sony Ericcson. They gave me a quick demo of the upcoming Rogers Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10. First and foremost the device does not even compare to anything Sony Ericsson has put out in the past. This is a new brand new beginning for them and the X10 clearly shows it.

This will come with Android OS 1.6 and has a beautiful 4-inch screen WVGA touchscreen that’s scratch-resistant (resolution is 480×854). You’ll see in the video the movies take up the entire screen with no wasted space. Overall the X10 weighs 135 grams and has an elegant look/feel to it. If comparing to other Android devices even the iPhone, this is one you should consider as the design is a massive shift to a better overall experence. This will be available in Black and also Rogers will be releasing a White model at release (sometime in Q2).

It comes with everything you could want: 8.1-megapixel camera with auto-focus, 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU, GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth, 3.5mm audio jack and the new “Mediascape”, “Timescape” and an “infinite” button” that brings everything in your world together.

Check out the video here (still being processed by YouTube so it may be a bit pixelated)

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Video: Nokia devices will eventually have a built in radar?

Nokia has come out with another video demo of a future technology they’re working on… this time it’s the capabilities of putting a radar in your pocket. Seriously… it’s similar to the police version just on your mobile phone now.

Nokia researchers Jani Ollikainen, Terhi Rautiainen and Risto Kaunisto show how it works by measuring the distance, speed, and direction of walking.

In addition, the first part of the video shows another cool technology that gives the ability to use your hand to simply adjust the volume on your device without ever touching the hardware. Check it out on the video. (more…)

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680News gets an iPhone app that streams live video traffic reports

680News has released an iPhone app that gives you up-to-the-minute news, weather and more importantly traffic updates. All the news you want is live but the traffic cams are even live too via video streams (you can set up the roads you want to watch so you don’t have to sit in traffic). Sounds like people might be downloading this app, checking traffic while driving… perfect app to introduce when the law comes into effect to ban the use of hand held devices while driving.

This is a free app and from what we are informed it’s only available for Rogers and Fido customers only (680News is a Rogers radio station). (more…)

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