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Photoshop Mobile for iPhone passes 1 Million download mark

photoshop-iphone-appWe just got word from Adobe that they have sailed passed the 1 million download mark for their free Photoshop iPhone app. This is only available in the United States and Canada and was released on October 9th. No word was given about how many were downloaded from each country but the app gives you the ability to edit, upload, view and share your photos from your iPhone.

Adobe said today: “Adobe today announced that its Photoshop.com Mobile for iPhone application has been downloaded over 1 million times from Apple’s App Store, a milestone reached in less than one week of availability. Additionally, the application has held the No. 1 position for all “Top Free” applications as well as the “Top Free” application in the Photography category. Thousands of iTunes reviews have provided Adobe with positive feedback, insight and suggestions that will be considered for future versions of the application.” (more…)

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RIM to release BlackBerry Watch called “inPulse”?

inpulse-blackberryThere’s been a rumour going around for the past couple years that RIM is creating a “BlackBerry Watch”. Images has surfaced but nothing official.

Today CrackBerry has received some new images of what is going to be the official launch of this watch. They’ve said it’s being developed by a BlackBerry-dedicated accessory company and it’s going to be branded the “inPulse smartwatch”.

A couple points about the upcoming inPulse are:
- it features an OLED screen that’s optimized for displaying text clearly
- it’s designed to show you notifications and previews of messages arriving on your BlackBerry

Is this something you would want to have? This could be the year for Smartphone watches as LG recently launched theirs in Europe and Samsung will follow soon. (more…)

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Facebook for iPhone 3.1 coming soon… has push notifications built in

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Facebook is used by over 65 million worldwide and those who have an iPhone we have some good news coming your way!

Joe Hewitt is an engineer at Facebook and the developer of the Facebook iPhone app has put on his Twitter page that “Facebook iPhone update: 3.03 with bug fixes coming soon, and 3.1 with push notifications to follow”. No word on what specific bugs they are fixing but it’ll lead towards 3.1 where your iPhone will beep every time you get a new message, friend request, pokes etc

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Is your Smartphone a “conversation killer”?

cellphone-imageIn the Globe this morning there is a great article titled “Smartphones: the ultimate conversation killer”. It goes into several examples of how you are out with your friends having a great time and a question gets finally asked that nobody has the answer too… what happens you pull out your device and within seconds find the answer. But this quick access to info has some people frustrated and believe pulling out your mobile device kills the conversation.

“We’re at a restaurant having drinks and you want to stop the conversation and show us something on a three-inch screen? It’s like, ‘No thanks. That’s the lamest get-together…It becomes ‘Oh cool, have you seen this?’ And the next 30 minutes are spent one-upping each other with ‘funny’ YouTube videos”. (more…)

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Rogers and Quickplay Media named in GTA’s Top 90 Employers

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Nothing is better than to start off another work week with a new study of recognizing some of our top employers. This time it’s the “The Greater Toronto’s Top Employers” and it was broken down from the Canada’s Top 100 Employers competition.

The Toronto-based organizations were based on the following criteria: (1) physical workplace; (2) work atmosphere and social; (3) health, financial and family benefits; (4) vacation and time off; (5) employee communications; (6) performance management; (7) training and skills development; and (8) community involvement.

Only 2 organizations shined when it came to the mobile space: Rogers and Quickplay Media. Kevin Pennington, Rogers Chief Human Resources Officer said “Our goal has been to create an enjoyable and fulfilling work environment for our employees. We are honoured to be recognized on the GTA’s Top Employer list and share this honour with our over 18,000 employees working in the region.” (more…)

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“Rock Band” iPhone app now available

rockbandThe Rock Band app is now available for $9.99 and gives you the ability to somewhat re-create the experience on your iPhone. You choose between vocals, drums, bass, or guitar in either and single player mode or multi-player mode (you can have up to 4 players going at the same time via Bluetooth).

The app works by continuously tapping the screen and a cool feature is that it currently has 20 tracks available where you can do in-app purchases to buy the song. Here’s a full list of the songs (more…)

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Good Cause: Virgin supports “Step up for Street Kids” Charity Walk

virgin-covenantVirgin Mobile is supporting another good cause, this time it’s the “Step up for Street Kids” Charity Walk for Covenant House and it’s for at-risk and homeless youth in Canada.

If you’re in Toronto on November 7th at 3:15pm you can join their team for a 5k walk. The registration fee is $25 and Virgin wants to top last years mark where they raised thousands of dollars for the cause.

The main goal is to take kids off the streets and offer them a safe place with food, clothes and support to turn their lives around. (more…)

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Bell officially drops price of Palm Pre to $149.95

bell-palm-preIt’s been 53 days since Bell released the Palm Pre in Canada. There has been a tremendous amount of hype with this device and all its new features, especially the new webOS platform.

This was first available on August 27th for the following price plans: 3-year: $199.95; 2-year contract: $449.95 1-year contract: $549.95 and no contract for $599.95. Decent into prices and from what we heard the demand was high, even employees and exec could only buy it after a certain amount of time passed. Other retailers started to get in the game and began to drop their prices. Take Walmart for example. they reduced their prices the first weekend to a 3-year contract for $198.83; 2-year contract: $448.83; 1-year contract: $548.83 and 30-day: $598.83. Then Best Buy stepped up and reduced the Pre by 50 bucks to $149.99.

This weekend marks the first official time Bell has reduced the price of there signature device. It’s now available on a 3-year contract for $149.95. I’m sure this is the first of a few price drops coming for the Pre… especially with the new network HSPA launching in a couple weeks and the holidays fast approaching, I believe we might even see it for $99.95 soon.

$149 is a good price for a Smartphone that can do everything you ever wanted it to do . It’s no Pomegranate phone and cannot take video but it’s got one of the best touchscreens on the market, a growing app catalog and can run multiple applications at the same time.

But why would you go spend your money when we have a contest going on right now where you can possibly WIN it! Enter your name in our contest here!

(Thanks Tyler!)

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Rogers BlackBerry Curve 8520 Video Review

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The latest BlackBerry to hit the Canadian market it the Curve 8520. If you’re looking to get your hands on an economical device that will have reliable e-mail/contacts/calendar this might be a good choice.

There are some advantages to this Curve, such as the the new trackpad (no more trackball) and the cost – this is only $99.99 on a 3-year contract with Rogers.

So you may be asking why this is such an “economical” or “cost effective” Smartphone and it just launched? It could be this  entry level BlackBerry only comes with a 2-megapixel camera with video capabilities (no flash), only has Edge (no 3G) but has WiFi and is a Rogers Talkspot (UMA) compatible device, and the screen is a 2.4 inch QVGA display (resolution is 320×240) which is reduced in quality from previous BlackBerry devices… but most likely the real reason is the design. It’s all plastic with nothing really making it standout in any way.

If you’re not too concerned about surfing the web and want something reliable, this Curve 8520 should be something to consider. You can hold up to 16GB of memory with a microSD card and can play all the music you want. Sound quality is decent, but nothing to write home about. In addition, as all BlackBerry devices are truly about making the messaging experience – the 8520 can do sync all your e-mails, Instant Messenger (BlackBerry Messenger, Google Talk, Yahoo! Messenger) and your picture and text messages (max characters is 160). Check out the full review here:

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