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Contest: Rogers ask Canadians to create the “Best App”

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Now that the “Revolution” is in full effect and the highly anticipated Android devices have officially launched (and price dropped), Rogers has come forward with a contest called the “Best App Contest” that’s on until August 10th, 2009.

Over the next 5 weeks Rogers is asking Canadians to submit their idea for an app to be included into the Android Market. Remember it’s just the idea they are requesting. Rogers and Vortex Mobile will develop the app with you. In addition to entice you even more there are weekly draws of 1 HTC Magic or Dream (value of $599.99).

So you can keep up to date, Here are the weekly draw periods:
- 1st Period begins at 10:00:01 AM on July 6th and ends at 9:59:59 AM on July 13th
- 2nd Period begins at 10:00:01 PM on July 13th and ends at 9:59:59 AM on July 20th
- 3rd Period begins at 10:00:01 PM on July 20th and ends at 9:59:59 AM on July 27th
- 4th Period begins at 10:00:01 PM on July 27th and ends at 9:59:59 AM on August 3rd
- 5th Period begins at 10:00:01 PM on August 3rd and ends at 9:59:59 AM on August 10th

To enter you’ll have to use Facebook and download the Rogers “Best App” application. There are 2 ways to get involved:

1. Audio Clip where you can ”Voice your App” entry, this can not exceed more than 30 seconds in length;
2. Facebook Entry via “Write your App” entry where you submit the title of your app and a maximum 140 character description of your application idea.

Good luck! Check it our here

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Vex gives you free Wifi at CFL games and lots of ads

vex-logoCompared to our friends in the United States, our Canadian football games have their own flare of excitement. Vex has entered Canada and has given us another way to get distracted… by giving us free WiFi during some CFL games, namely the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Vex will make it’s money by a new advertising program that “works with a single HotSpot provider, such as a coffee shop franchise, with a like-minded advertiser looking to connect with a similar demographic: the advertiser will fund the Wi-Fi service through online ads, but will also receive in-store branding at the HotSpot’s location.” (more…)

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Nokia to implement “expedited repair service”?

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If you’ve had any issues or repairs done on your Nokia device you could possibly win a 5800 XpressMusic. Granted if the repairs are completed everything should be working just fine… but it’s always great to win something, especially if it’s their latest touchscreen device. Head on over to Nokia Canada and complete the 12 question survey and you’ll be entered into the draw to win the 5800 XpressMusic.

I checked out the survey and the questions range from if you were “satisfied were you with your Service experience?”, “How long did the repair take?”, “Has the problem with your phone been fully repaired?” and question that’s based around a new service they’re looking to introduce is a “expedited repair service.” (more…)

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Best Buy selling TELUS BlackBerry Storm for $99.99

bb-storm-price-drop-againWe’ve seen the Storm continue to drop in price recently. The lowest price to date has been $49.99 but this was only for a few days. Originally when it was first reduced after launch to the $199 mark we thought this was going to say put, however the sale price seems to be reduced even further to the now $149 area.

Good news is that there’s a cheaper place to get this touchscreen that was once called an “iPhone killer”. If you wander over to your local Best Buy you can walk out with a brand new TELUS BlackBerry Storm for the low price of $99.99 (And what’s even more shocking is that if you know somebody who works at TELUS you’ll be able to score one for only $59.99).

I can only hope that these price drops mean the BlackBerry Storm 2 is on the way. One can dream!

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Upcoming MiKE Moto Clutch i465 appears on rebate form

clutch-rebate-imagesA couple months back we showed you that TELUS’ Mike Network was going to bring on the Motorola Clutch i465. This Push-to-Talk (PTT) device is Motorola’s first iDen device with a full QWERTY keyboard. It actually looks really decent.

We have an update as this has now appeared on a $50 Motorola rebate form. No other details such as launch date or pricing but the form is valid until August 31st, 2009 so you can expect it available soon. Quick specs: weight is 96 grams with dimensions of 2.1” x 4.4” x 0.6 inches. It comes with a 1.79” display (128×160 pixels), VGA camera (4x zoom) with video capabilities, Bluetooth, threaded SMS and MMS and POP3 email support. More info here at MiKE

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Videos of “real world” testing of upcoming Nokia “Rugged” devices

Nokia will be releasing some rugged devices shortly, no word on when these will hit the Canadian market. They will be launching a dedicated “rugged” page tomorrow but in the meantime they have captured a couple videos that show the real world rugged test: a device getting kicked and also the famous golf swing. Check them out here (more…)

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Polar Mobile launches CNNMoney app for iPhone, BlackBerry coming soon

cnnnomey-iphoneToronto-based Polar Mobile has extended their list of partnerships and has developed the mobile app for the widely popular CNNMoney.com.

This is only currently available for iPhone users (BlackBerry is coming soon) and if you want to watch what your money is doing, or keep up to date on the latest finance and business news, this free app will help you out. “The iPhone app features breaking news alerts, top headlines, near real-time market and stock data and video.” (more…)

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Sony Ericsson goes old school… brings back free classic ringtones, themes and wallpapers

se-oldschoolSony Ericsson Canada wants you to take your device and load in some old school beats and images. They have added a page on their site that as they call it “Soul stirring sensations” that allows all SE owners to “Experience a musical harmony that touches your heart and stirs your soul with these heartwarming downloads of classic ringtones, themes and wallpapers”

Check it out (more…)

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Reminder: July 7th Rogers to start charging for incoming SMS

Text messagesJust a friendly reminder that tomorrow being (July 7th) is the date that Rogers Wireless will start charging customers $0.15 for each incoming text for those who don’t have message plan. This follows Bell and Telus making the move last year to charge their customers.

So if you’re not any message plan this only applies to you. I remember Rogers stated that this will only affect a small number of customers, something like 6% who are not signed up or do not receive many text messages. There are many plans and many options available… better to be prepared than expect a massive unwanted bill. (more…)

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