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Shortcovers thanks Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol for “biggest sales day by almost 2X”

The Lost SymbolAbout a month ago Shortcovers announced they wold be carrying the anticipated new ebook by Dan Brown called “The Lost Symbol”. I’m pretty sure they are thrilled as this was their biggest sales date (no word on exact numbers). The book is selling for $9.99 USD and $11.99 CAD.

Shortovers CTO Michael Serbinis said on the company blog “In just one day, Dan Brown’s new book, The Lost Symbol, sold more eBook copies than the last one and a half months of Stephanie Meyer’s hit Twilight series… This will easily be the biggest eBook of the year, and perhaps the biggest eBook so far”.

In addition, he gave some additional stats on the Lost Symbol to date (more…)


Curve 8520 promo material shows up at Rogers

rogers-curve-8520-promo-imageIt was only a few days ago that we saw an actual image of the upcoming Rogers BlackBerry Curve 8520. Before that an internal inventory screenshot showed this was on its way. Today, good news as Rogers locations have started to receive promo material… so a launch will be coming up shortly.

As the document shows the Curve 8520 will have the new”optical trackpad for easy navigation, external media keys, support TalkSpot for unlimited Canada-wide calling”. As usual with all BlackBerry devices it will have all your messaging, has WiFi and is a World Phone with a 2 megapixel camera with video capabilities.

More info on the upcoming Rogers 8520 launch soon!

Via: BBCool


Apple & RIM “duopoly” challenged by the “other major vector” Android devices

Rogers HTC MagicRob Bruce, the president of Rogers Communications was speaking at the BMO Media & Telecom Investor Conference yesterday and had some words about the current “duopoly” that RIM and Apple have.

He stated that manufacturers that have slide-out QWERTY devices such as Samsung and LG Electronics “are peeling off the low end of the smartphone market right now and in effect putting pressure on that duopoly”. When it comes to Android being a player, he calls this the “other major vector” that adds to the RIM and Apple feeling the pressure. (more…)


LG to sell 120 million phones in 2009, become 2nd largest by 2012?

LG-BL40-ChocolateLG is set to release some stellar devices this year. A couple to mention is their first Android device named the “Etna” and the upcoming TELUS LG BL40 Chocolate.

With new devices and a positive outlook, Ahn Seung-kwon, head of LG’s mobile business has stated “we have raised the sales target of mobile phones to 120 million this year. Although the economic downturn has cut our growth potential, the revised target is achievable. The target consists of 75 million GSM-based phones and 45 million CDMA-based ones”.

This is a 20% increase from last year. During the first half of this year, globally LG has sold a total of 52.4 million handsets (22.6 million in the 1st quarter & 29.8 million in the 2nd quarter). (more…)


Public Mobile: “This is about fat cats looking to get fatter”

publicmobileimageEarlier in the week we learned that Rogers has requested the CRTC to look into the foreign ownership of both Dave Wireless and Public Mobile. It seems the impending launch dates of the new wireless carriers has the incumbents getting a bit worried. Reports have shown that an estimated 8 million subscribers will be switching from Rogers, Bell and TELUS by 2014.

Specifically when it comes to Public Mobile, Rogers stated their ownership is “even more confusing. It filed two beneficial ownership structures before the beginning of the auction… However on May 15, 2008, just 12 days for the start of the auction, 6934579 Canada Inc filed a new beneficial ownership structure with Novacap replaced by three new entities Rho Canada Ventures LP, 6976387 Canada Inc. and BMO Capital Corporation. The five foreign firms remained. Apparently the controlling Canadian shareholder was replaceable while the non-controlling foreign shareholders were not. Who controlled the bidding is unknown”.

In response to these claims, Alek Krstajic, CEO of Public Mobile said “This is about fat cats looking to get fatter. Industry Canada created an auction to fan competition and now the incumbents are making a futile attempt to stem the competitive environment. This would only serve to keep prices high and reduce competition which hurts customers.”

Krstajic continues with “Public Mobile is backed by multiple Canadian investors including an investment of $50M from OMERS private equity, making them the largest shareholder in Public Mobile. OMERS commitment to Public Mobile was publicly announced last January and is no secret to Rogers. Rogers simply chose to ignore this information and intentionally mislead the CRTC.”

Public Mobile purchased G Band license and only spent $53 million, however they will reach 19 million people in Ontario and Quebec. They will also offer unlimited flat-rate talk and text packages for around the $40 a month price point and have always said from the beginning that their market is the “value conscious segment”.


Apple to open retail store in Winnipeg, boasts about having over 75,000 apps


Apple is again growing their retail outlets in Canada. For their 12th location they are expanding into Winnipeg at the Polo Park Shopping Centre on Saturday, September 19th. They now join Mississauga, Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Toronto, Laval and Montreal.

This gives Apple addicts more places to shop for new iPods, get the iPhone 3GS or just hang out in the store. In addition, Apple now says they have over 75,000 available apps in the App Store.

As usual there are celebrations happening… the doors will open at 8:30am (CDT) and the first 1,000 visitors will be given a free Apple t-shirt, plus given the glory to experience everything Apple.


iTwinge is the “world’s first commercially available iPhone keyboard”

itwingeThis product must have Steve Jobs and every designer who has ever worked on the iPhone really questioning reality. iTwinge is dubbed “The world’s first commercially available iPhone keyboard”. It’s a real product and sells for $29.99 (USD). Shipping starts on November 9th so you have enough time to think about buying it.

From the looks of the iTwinge, it simply slides over the iPhone and the first downfall is that it can only be used in the portrait mode, not landscape. Apart from simply destroying the elegant design, the actual extension of the keyboard adds about a couple inches to your device.

Main benefits according to the manufacturer are “Povides the feel & tactile feedback of a “real” keyboard, Results in faster typing, Imagine an email or SMS with no typos”. (more…)


Opera Mini 5 Beta “a new, sleek look and feel” now available for download

Opera Mobile, which accounts for over 25% of the global Internet traffic (more than 30 million people using it) has announced a beta version of their mobile browser, Opera Mini 5. According to Opera some of the new features are “a new, sleek look and feel, Speed Dial bookmarks and tabs”. This is available on most devices, touchscreen and non touchscreen devices. In addition, “Opera offers a special version of the Opera Mini 5 beta for BlackBerry… including opening links and copy-and-paste functions.” (more…)


Poynt crosses the 1,000,000th user mark!

poyntCalgary-based Multiplied Media, creators of “Poynt” have announced that their free local search app (movies, restaurants, yellow pages) has just passed the 1,000,000 user mark. Andrew Osis, CEO, Multiplied Media stated “We are extremely pleased that our users have come to trust Poynt as their go-to application for mobile local search.”

The app can be used on your BlackBerry or iPhone (more…)


Video: Unreleased Bell Samsung Reclaim Unboxed

We got hold of the Samsung Reclaim, this is the eco-friendly device that’s going to be released on Bell September 17th. You’ll see in the unboxing video that this device has a full QWERTY keyboard and is also one of the smoothest sliders I’ve ever used.

The Samsung Reclaim is made from corn based bio-plastic materials and 80% of it is recyclable. Even the standard wall charger has been Energy Star approved (this is supposed to take 12 times less energy to charge). We’ll do a full review over the next few days, but in the meantime here are some specs of the Reclaim: comes with 2.4 inch display (resolution of 320×240), a slide-out 4-row full QWERTY keyboard, MP3 Player, 2 megapixel camera with video capabilities, hold up to 16GB with a microSD card, 3.5mm headset jack, messaging options (IM, text and picture, plus e-mail), built-in GPS, web that displays full HTML pages.

This will be available on the following price plans:
3-year contract: $49.95
2-year contract: $99.95
1-year contract: $199.95
30-day/Prepaid: $219.95

Check out the unboxing here: