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Koodo Mobile adds Pink Samung Slyde and Red Samsung Intensity to lineup

slyde-pinkKoodo Mobile has added a splash of vibrancy to a couple Samsung devices in their lineup.

You can now get the Samsung Slyde in a stunning Pink. This is available for $175 outright or $25 on the Tab. The Slyde is a slide slider with a full QWERTY keyboard and has a 2.1 inch screen. Additional features are the 2 megapixel camera with video capabilities, MP3 player, expandable memory of up to 8GB.

The recently launched Samsung Intensity is now available in Red. The Intensity has a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard and a 2.1 inch display (resolution of 176 x 220). In addition it has a 1.3 megapixel camera, MP3 player, expandable memory up to 16GB with a microSD card. This is available for $200 outright or $50 on the Tab. (more…)

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Bell’s blue map shows they dominate over Rogers

The coverage and reliability question has been a hot topic between Bell and Rogers for years. With the launch of Bell’s new HSPA network we’re sure things will heat up even more. We are actually doing our own test of reliability and speed of all the networks but this fun coloured map shows Canada dressed up in Blue from coast-to-coast.

What you’re seeing below is an internal doc that was sent to us by our friend the “Informer”. This is what Bell uses specifically sell against Rogers…. boasting how dominating their coverage and reach is.

Question to the actual Bell/Rogers customers… do find this to be an accurate representation of Canada?

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Google swallows AdMob for $750 million

admoblogoWe’ve been following AdMob for quite a while. They developed probably one of the world best mobile advertising platforms and now have over 15,000 publishers on board.

We got an e-mail this morning that stated the following:
“Today we announced that AdMob has signed a definitive agreement to be acquired by Google for $750 million. We are extremely excited about this new partnership and what it means for our publishers.

AdMob’s people, products and tools will continue to work to effectively monetize your mobile traffic – no interruptions. Our product and engineering teams will keep building great products for our customers. Our sales team will keep working with our thousands of advertisers to deliver successful campaigns. (more…)

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Nokia N86 dummy devices trickle into Rogers locations

rogersn86dummy We first learned that Rogers will be launching the Nokia N86 when Nokia’s holiday guide was put online.

Shortly after a leaked image of the Rogers “webphones” promo that listed the upcoming N86 to be priced at $99.99 on a 3-year contract. You can expect this to be out shortly and more news today from our friend “Treatz” who let us know that the N86 dummy phones are arriving at Rogers locations!

The N86 has a 2.6-inch display with a resolution of 240 x 320. Key features of the device are that is has an 8 megapixel camera, Carl Zeiss lens, autofocus, dual LED flash. Has 8 GB storage and can hold up to 16GB with a microSD card. The N86 has a 3.5 mm audio jack with dedicated music/image keys, Wi-Fi, Accelerometer, measures 103.4 x 51.4 x 16.5 mm and weights 149 grams.

Thanks “Treatz”, more soon!

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RIM & Adobe strengthen relationships… confirms Flash coming to BlackBerry again

RIM LogoThere will be a number of major announcements coming from the 2009 BlackBerry Developer Conference. The first was released a few minutes ago that again strengthens the ties between RIM and Adobe.

According to the press release, this announcement will “accelerate the mobile application and content development workflow between BlackBerry application and web content developers and creative professionals that use Adobe tools. It will also reduce the re-creation of graphic assets and iterations that designers and developers have to go through to generate rich application user interfaces, animations, images and video content when supporting multiple platforms.” Here’s the full press release: (more…)

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“Samsung Mobile Explorers” Olympic contest launches, looks to give 10 Canadians “once-in-a-lifetime experience”

mobilexSamsung has launched on online contest called the “Samsung Mobile Explorers”, this is in conjunction with them being the “Official Worldwide Olympic Partner in Wireless Communications Equipment” of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

To enter all you have to do is visit www.samsung.com/vancouver2010 and complete the form and upload a video (by December 6, 2009) that demonstrates your ability “seek-out and generate buzz”; your experience with online media; your social networking interests and your communication skills. If you win, you’ll get an economy-class airfare for 2 to Vancouver, 20-nights of accommodation, 3 meals per day and a two Samsung Omnia II mobile phones. (more…)

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Nokia-branded chargers recalled due to possible “electric shock hazard”

charger01Nokia has issued a press release that informs those who bought a Nokia device/charger between June 15, 2009 and August 9, 2009 may need to exchange it for a new one.

Nokia states “We have determined that the plastic covers of the affected chargers could come loose and separate, exposing the charger’s internal components and potentially posing an electric shock hazard if certain internal components are touched while the charger is plugged into a live socket.” (more…)

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“Pocketfox” named “Firefox Goes Mobile” Winner

pocketfoxMozilla’s mobile browser will hopefully be launched soon, there is much hype behind “Fennec”… or shall it now be called “Pocketfox”?

On the company blog, John Slater of Mozilla announced “The results from the Mozilla Creative Collective’s “Firefox Goes Mobile” design challenge are in, and I’m happy to announce that the winner is “Pocketfox”, by Yaroslaff Chekunov. As the official emblem of the upcoming mobile version of Firefox, we’ll be using this image as an avatar on social networking sites, on mozilla.com, on t-shirts and more. It makes a great addition to our portfolio of Firefox imagery!”

Do you like it? Is this something you could get used to seeing on your mobile? (more…)

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iPhone App business for sale on eBay… starting bid is $100,000

fnleBay has had some strange items in the past but now a full blown business has made it’s way to the online auctioneer.

If you’ve ever wanted to get a head start in the App business, the starting bid for JBMJBM is $100,000. This is Texas-based developer Brice Milliorn baby and a few stats about the company: 87 apps are included (Friday Night Lights, iSpy Game, iReferee, iSexyRef, iSexyRef2, Pro Rodeo Fan, Sit Up Counter), sold over 30,000 applications to-date and has revenues of over $10,000.

His reasons for selling are to “Spend More Time with Family”. Think you want to get in on the action? Bidding goes until Nov 14, 200908:17:57 PST. (more…)

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Virgin Mobile to launch Apple iPhone in February

iphone3gs16gbThis was eventually bound to happen but we’ve been informed that Bell’s sub-brand, not the almost forgotten Solo Mobile but the über-cool Virgin Mobile Canada will be launching the Apple iPhone. The targeted release date is scheduled for the February time frame… which means Virgin is going HSPA.

No word of pricing but you can bet it’ll be the same as Bell and all the others:
3G 8 GB: $99.00 on a 3-year contract
3G 16GB: $149.00 on a 3-year contract
3GS 16 GB: $199.00 on a 3-year contract
3GS 32 GB: $299.00 on a 3-year contract

In the meantime, we’re also told that Virgin is going to be launching a prepaid CDMA wireless internet stick for around $149.99 soon. This will probably be the Novatel Wireless U760 USB Modem that Bell launched a couple months ago.

Stay tuned for more.
(Thanks “Western Insider”)

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