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Review: OtterBox Impact Series Case for Tour 9630

If you have a BlackBerry Tour 9630 and want to protect it from scratches, bumps and even dust… you might want to consider getting the OtterBox Impact Series Case. It’s only about 20 bucks and will protect it far greater than the dollar value.

There are a few key features of the case: it’s incredibly lightweight, only 0.59 ounces has overall dimensions of 4.51 x 2.66 x .75 inches. The good news is that it feels good in the hand and not bulky at all. The case is made of silicone and only comes in black. As you’ll see in the video it’s easy to start protecting your Tour as the case just slides on. Plus you get a screen protector to prevent any scratches, this is easy to put on and comes with an “installation card”.

The bottom line is that will, as with all OtterBox products, will do a great job protecting your Tour. This retails for around $20 and can be purchased online or at any retailer. Check out the review here: (more…)

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Apple to open retail location in Mississauga at Square One

apple-square-oneApple is again expanding their growth in Canada with the grand opening of a new retail outlet in Mississauga. I was only a few weeks ago that they opened in Ottawa and this new location at Square One will be the eleventh store. This means that there are now more locations to get an iPhone: Mississauga, Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Toronto, Laval and Montreal.

As usual there will be some celebrations happening, the doors will open at 9:30am and the first 1,000 visitors will be given a free Apple t-shirt, plus experience everything Apple related such as the new iPhone 3GS (16GB and 32GB), iPhone 3G, iPod’s plus all laptops etc. (more…)

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RIM launches BlackBerry Developer’s Blog

originalRIM launched another blog to their growing list. As part of InsideBlackBerry, the newly created BlackBerry Developer’s Blog will be a place for developers to ask questions and give answers. They say it’ll be a “key component to the overall BlackBerry Developer Zone  experience, and will cover three distinct areas:

  • Technical Discussion and Insights – Including best practices for BlackBerry development, code snippets, and general technical information on how to make applications users will come back to time and again.
  • Market Insight – Discussions of trends and opportunities in mobile development and mobile applications that RIM sees from breathing the mobile industry every single day.
  • Developer Engagement – We have substantial plans to get more engaged with our regional and local developer communities all around the world, from Australia to Argentina and everywhere in-between.  We will be using the BlackBerry Developer’s Blog to communicate events in your region and opportunities to meet other BlackBerry developers. (more…)
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Koodo’s $50,000 “Build-a-Bash”

build-a-bashKoodo didn’t want to Virgin have all the party fun… so along with “brand infiltration company” Espresso, they’ve created BuildABash.ca. Basically is open to Canadians who are 13 and up (not located in Quebec) and gives them a chance to virtually create a dream party with a massive $50,000 budget. That is baller status money. Koodo has turned into the high roller of sub-wireless brands.

The contest ends on October 1st, 2009 at 11:59:59 and you can earn points by “finding Koodo codes, voting on party elements and participating in koodo-tainment – fun activities that range from word games to visiting a local Koodo kiosk.” (more…)

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Virgin to launch Samsung Link in White/Blue; SaskTel in Grey/Red

samsung-linkIt looks like Virgin Mobile will be adding to their line-up another colour for the Samsung Link – a white and blue version will be launched soon. They already have the Link in “Great” or as Samsung calls it Grey/Black. No launch dates for the new colour have been announced, but you can pick up the Virgin Mobile Link on the following price plans: 2-year contract is $24.99 and prepaid is $99.99.

Also, it appears that SaskTel will be releasing the Link as well. Again, no dates or pricing is revealed on the Samsung site, but they will be having this in the “Grey/Red” colour like Solo has. (more…)

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Video: Bell LG Bliss Unboxed

The LG Bliss was recently released by Bell and we got our hands on one to find out what’s inside the box and how the newest touchscreen actually feels.

First and foremost, the LG Bliss is incredibly light. It almost feels like you are holding nothing in your hand and it will feel similar in your pocket. The entire device is made of plastic, but this does not mean it can’t preform well. The overall style is nice with a large 3-inch touchscreen (resolution of 240 x 400). In addition, the only button on the face of the device are the call, end, back/speakerphone buttons. The usual button on the side of the device for volume, lock and a one-touch button for the 2 megapicel camera (located on the back… there is no flash for the camera).

Under the back cover is a slot for the microSD card that can hold up to 16GB of memory. Plus the battery is a 1000 mAh. We will be doing a full review over the next few days of the software and am looking forward to seeing how the touchscreen preforms, music player and the customizable screens look.

Check out the unboxing here:

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Nokia’s “Dancefabulous” contest

dance-contestDancefabulous, the popular dancing game was released as a mobile game back in June and Nokia has come up with a new contest to promote it.

There are a couple ways to enter, first is to text FAB to 555 and download it for $4.99 (plus a $0.75 fee) on your N95 8GB device. Second is to submit a video to Nokia.ca/dancefabulous of you showing off your favorite dance moves.

If you are the grand price winner you could walk away with a 42-inch Panasonic Plasma TV that has a retail price tag of $1999.99.

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Rogers releases Samsung “Hype” on Pay As You Go

samsung-hypePrepaid is getting more popular these days and partly due to the devices you can now get at a reasonable cost. Rogers has added another device to their Pay As You Go lineup, the Samsung A256 “Hype”.

This looks great and is only $89.99 outright. The Hype comes with a full QWERTY keyboard that is great for texting and can hold up to 16GB of memory for all your music and videos. The only downside is the camera as it’s a VGA camera, but hey – it’ll do the job and for a Pay As You Go device this is a good deal. The overall dimensions of the Hype are 109(h) x 59 (w) x 12(t) mm and weighs in at a measly 87.5 grams.  More here at Rogers

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Future Shop selling HTC Dream & Magic for $49.99!

rogers-android-dropTalk about a Revolution! We saw last week Rogers reduced the price of the Canada’s first Android devices (HTC Dream and Magic) to a low price of $79.99 on a 3-year contract. But can you believe that another so-called “iPhone Killer” has been price dropped…  apologies, put on sale at Future Shop for an amazingly shocking price of $49.99!

The sale officially ends on Thursday, August 13th and is only available in-store. Think, it was only 2 months ago when the revolution rolled in at $149.99 on a 3-year… perhaps there are some new Android devices coming up! (more…)

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Mike Zafirovski resigns as President & CEO of Nortel Networks

Mike ZafirovskiOuch. What does the future hold for Nortel Networks? Selling their core assets like crazy and trying to get as much money out of them as possible.

More news today as Mike Zafirovski (former CEO of Motorola) has officially resigned his position as is stepping President and CEO of Nortel Networks Corp. Even though the company is bankrupt and on its last legs, outgoing Nortel chairman Harry Pearce stated “We’ve reached a logical departure point. Mike made a commitment to see the process through the stabilization of the company [and] sale of its largest assets…. He has done so.”

I guess he should have gotten more than $1.13 billion for their LTE assets. Nortel has also said they will not find another CEO, but get a court-appointed monitor to oversee the organization. (more…)

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