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Shortcovers goes Palm Pre… coming soon to Symbian and Windows

palmpreimageShortcovers has expanded their eBook Reader service from the iPhone, BlackBerry and Android to the now include Palm Pre users (as part of the on-device beta App Catalog). Shortcovers allows you to sample the first chapter of a book for free, then have the option to purchase additional chapters for $0.99 if you want to continue reading.

Of course for us Canadians the Pre is not available, but from what we hear it will be by the end of June. In addition, Shortcovers is also working on Symbian and Windows Mobile devices.

Michael Serbinis, President of Shortcovers said “We’re excited to make Shortcovers available on Palm Pre. Pre’s high resolution screen and innovative design make it a great eReading choice for consumers. We are committed to providing eBooks to consumers on the mobile device they already own.” (more…)


TELUS Samsung R540 Video Review

The Telus Samsung R540 is an affordable device that has a couple nice features that puts this just above an entry level flip phone.

To begin the review, this feels good in the hand and also is relatively small. Overall dimensions of the R540 is 92.46 x 47.00 x 17.53mm and is only 3.32 ounces. So the point is that this won’t get in the way of feeling heavy in your pockets. On the outside you’ll notice it has this mirror look to the faceplate, this brings a bit of needed style to the R540. In addition, an old school clock proudly shows the time on the exterior display (96×96 resolution). Apart from the clock, this shows the artist, song and any messages you have.

You can control all your music from the front of the device as it has dedicated music keys… in addition, very surprising is that you can get up to 8GB of memory with a microSD card (located on the side) on the R540. So you know you will be able to store a ton of songs on here. Also on the front it the 1.3 megapixel camera (4x digital zoom). The camera is decent and you can scroll through your pics with the directional pad. This has a video recorder also but be warned the sound quality and picture quality (very pixely) is not the greatest. But for the dollar value is certainly capture the moments you want.

The internal screen is 2.1 inches and has a resolution of 176 x 220. The keypad is nice and big, so it’s perfect for when you want to dial your contacts or text buddies. The max number of characters allowed for a text is 123. The one great thing about this device is that it’s so incredibly easy to use. You have to literally open the box, put the battery in and turn it on and start using. Not to complicated and challenging. Of course, this also comes with the standard features such as calendar, clock, contacts, games etc.

Check out the full review here:

This is available now on the following price plans:
3-year contract: $49.99
2-year contract: $149.99
1-year contract: $199.99
Outright: $249.99

More here at TELUS


The Score launches ScoreMobile for BlackBerry

bbapp-thescoreComing off the iPhone mobile app, Score Media has launched the ScoreMobile application for BlackBerry. This is a free app and has similar features as the earlier Mobile app with up-to-the minute scores and stats, previews, recaps, fantasy player stats covering top leagues such as MLB, NHL, NBA, and PGA (more to come soon).

The content streams to you for free as they have partnered with Budweiser cover some costs. So expect to see some Bud advertising on your Berry. Download this at the BlackBerry App World here or at The Score.

Dale Fallon, Director, Mobile, Score Media Inc says “With an average 10 million page views per month, we’ve been very successful connecting with sports fans. This application has been built from the ground up for BlackBerry smartphones and we are delighted to be bringing the unique ScoreMobile experience to the BlackBerry community.” (more…)


Dance Fabulous released on Nokia N-Gage, free trial available

Dance Fabulous is now available on Nokia N-Gage and you can have a free trial of this before you purchase it. The game costs $4.99 USD to purchase and if you remember this is the game that you can use your own music and have a character dance along. Nokia says this is like having “a real-life digital pop star in your pocket!”

Check out this video trailer here (more…)


Virgin announces winner of “Screw You Recession” Intern Search

screwyourecessionnewimageVirgin has announced a winner in their “Screw You Recession” Summer Intern Search and after 31,000 votes they are proud to give the title to Waterloo’s D.J. Demers. He will now work at Virgin this summer and spend his days searching for stories, digging for deals, interviewing financial experts… and just generally telling the recession where to stick it. As compensation he rake in $2,000 a month for 3 months, a laptop, BlackBerry and a Flip video camera.

Demers said “I’m totally pumped to get this chance to express myself on the blog and help people out at the same time. The first time I saw the Intern Search I knew I’d be able to do something really cool, and it feels awesome that other people thought so too. I can’t wait to get cracking. I’ve got a ton of ideas for videos, blog posts, and just a whole bunch of general ways to bring this whole recession to its knees.”

Here is his winning video (more…)


Rogers HTC Magic Unboxing

Not to take away from the spotlight of the iPhone 3G S, but a nice reminder of a smashing device is the new Android powered HTC Magic. We’ve been playing around with this and will have a full review shortly… for now check out our unboxing of what contents you can expect to get when you buy yours.

This is now available at Rogers for $149.99 on a 3-year with a minimum $45 voice and data plan. Also, Rogers has brought back the $30/6GB data plan until July 1, 2009. Other price plans are: Outright for $599.99; 1-year for $524.99 and 2-year $499.99.


Bell LG Rumour 2 unboxed!

The LG Rumour 2 was released yesterday by Bell and Solo. There are a few differences with this model than the previous, noticeably the curves of the device and the directional pad has been changed. In addition on the keyboard they have added a designated emoticon key and dedicated directional left, right, up and down keys.

The LG Rumour 2 also has a 2-inch display with a resolution of 240 x 320. This can hold up to 16GB of memory with a MicroSD card. Current prices on Bell are: 3-year contract: $39.95; 2-year contract: $119.95; 1-year contract: $219.95 and Outright/Prepaid: $269.95. Solo also has this for $160 outright or $50 on a 2-year term.

Here is the unboxing… a review will be coming shortly:


Globalive set to launch 2 wireless brands


Globalive is set to enter the Canadian wireless space later this year and even though we got incredibly thrilled by that so-called leaked marketing strategy, it turned out to be a “fake”. Some say it was a move to gain customer insight.

As it turns out, one thing that Globalive is great at doing is gaining feedback. They recently re-launched WirelessSoapbox and today we found on their Twitter page that they will be launching a couple brands. The Tweet says “…b/c of your feedback we’ll be launching 2 wireless brands, more choice for CDN’s.”

We can only guess that this will be similar to the other carriers where Rogers has Fido, Bell has Solo and Virgin, and TELUS has the Koodo Mobile Brand. Expect Globalive to come to market looking to take away some serious business.


New Apple iPhone 3G S to have “Oil Repellent Screen”

intro-iphone-cutcopypaste-20090608If you are sick and tired of having to wipe all the fingerprints and smudge marks from your iPhone screen, you’ll be thrilled to know that the new iPhone 3G S will have a “Oil Repellent Screen”.

You can find more about this on the iPhone How-to page on the page about cleaning your iPhone. “…If your iPhone has an oleophobic coating on the screen (iPhone 3G S only), simply wipe your iPhone’s screen with a soft, lint-free cloth to remove oil left by your hands and face.”

Here’s to no more streaks! More here at Apple (more…)


Bell to release Palm Pre by months end?

palm-pre-bell-releaseHere is a nice way to get your day started. The Palm Pre will be one of the most desirable devices this summer, so will the new Apple iPhone 3Gs and the upcoming BlackBerry devices.

Regarding the Palm Pre, I got curious this morning and had a lovely online chat with Bell’s Live chat service. For this agents job security (because you just never know) we’ve blocked out his/her name. During our conversation the representative stated twice that the Palm Pre “will come within this month end.” and “We do not have an exact date. We will receive it shortly... It will be released within this month for sure”. So this means we’ll have the Bell Palm Pre launched by the end of June!

Please know this is just a rumour for now, not confirmed. Some will say that it’s just a online agent, but the communication has to start somewhere. No pricing was revealed and it does make sense that Bell will take advantage of the Summer to launch this device. Also we are reaching out to get further confirmation and will follow up shortly.

(Click here on the image to read the entire conversation)