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Flickr iPhone app now available

Yahoo! Flickr iPhone appYahoo! recently launched their updated iPhone app and now it seems they are making a bigger push into the mobile app space. A few more have been added to their lineup: Flickr, Finance & Fantasy Football.

The Flickr (owned by Yahoo!) is an iPhone app that let’s you upload your images and videos and geo-tag them straight from your iPhone. You’ll be able to search for photos and videos that are in the Flickr also. The app is for free and can be downloaded in the Apple AppStore.

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Sienna Miller and her sister talk about the LG BL40 Chocolate

I noticed on Ken Hong’s Twitter page he put a video of Sienna Miller and her sister speaking about the upcoming LG BL40 Chocolate. If you have a few minutes to waste today make sure you check out the video below. As the Sienna and her sister are global promoters it kinda shows how a bit of money can make celebs say anything. (more…)

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Odd: Telus skyrockets price of BlackBerry Storm to $299.99?

telus-storm-increaseIn one of the most odd moves, especially while we are waiting patiently for the Storm 2 to be officially announced, TELUS has decided to increase the price of the BlackBerry Storm 9530 to  its highest price ever of $299.99 on a 3-year contract.

Even when it was launched back in December the price was at $249.99… perhaps it’s a trip in the TELUS matrix as it does show they are doing “an emergency system repair”. However, hold tight and wait a bit before you purchase online… hopefully this will drop to say $99.99??

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TELUS acquires Black’s Photo for $28 million

telus-blacksEarlier in the year we saw Bell swallow all The Source locations and not to be shunned out of the retail space, TELUS has stepped forward and acquired Black’s Photo Corporation for $28 million. In total there are 113 locations across Canada soon you’ll be able to pick up TELUS product at your local Black’s.

Think about it, all that digital inventory, prime store locations for a low $28 million. Pretty good deal over the long run. This is another sign that everything will eventually merge into one, but those who are photography enthusiasts will shun the mobile phone cameras stating they are only as good as the lens. Hopefully the Balck’s staff will be up to speed on the devices and new network coming. Perhaps TELUS will create a package for their customers to order their prints online straight from their mobile device. (more…)

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Vortex Mobile ranks 17th in the PROFIT HOT 50

s_logoEach year Profit Magazine puts out the “PROFIT HOT 50″. It’s a special issue that highlights emerging companies and this year Toronto-based mobile marketing firm Vortex Mobile comes in at number 17!

Vortex Mobile were the ones who was behind the Rogers “Best App” Contest. Big congrats to them as the company was started in 2006 and has seen a 679% growth in revenue since then.

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BlackBerry to release U2 Mobile Album on September 12?

It’s been several weeks since RIM announced they were sponsoring the U2 360 tour, more importantly their first mobile album. We got word that this is scheduled to be released on the the opening night of their North American tour, which is this coming Saturday, September 12th in Chicago. Time will only tell to see if this is true or not.

In the teaser video it looked like they will also be including some sort of App that will work with the GPS in your Berry to locate the band, your friends and anyone else that has a Berry. Also you’ll be able to share watch videos, share images, get news and updates.

Imagine if this mobile album works. I’m sure there is actually a bigger game going on here. Who better to test out a “mobile album” with no other than the biggest band in the world? If it’s successful, could this be the solution for online piracy? The mobile industry goes into the mobile album app business?

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GSMA updates launch dates: Bell, DAVE, WIND & SaskTel

bell-networkIt was only a couple weeks ago that the GSMA confirmed a September launch for TELUS‘ new HSPA network, then miraculously changed to October a couple days later.

With our Canadian wireless space changing so rapidly these days: new network launches, new carriers coming in, potential mergers and rate plans dropping… Canada is not shy of drama. However, checking out the GSMA website again today they show some updates (thanks simcity) when it comes to the carriers network launch date:

Bell Mobility Inc.: Planned September 2009
Data & Audio-Visual Enterprises Wireless Inc. (DAVE): Planned January 2010
Globalive Wireless LP (WIND Mobile): Planned November 2009
Sasktel Mobility-Cellular/PCS: Planned December 2009
TELUS Communications: Planned October 2009

Even with these dates above, things can happen and they can change just as fast as we saw the TELUS date move. There are some things we do know when it comes to possible device/product launches (there are a few other devices/products we have omitted as we are waiting on confirmation):

Bell Mobility:
BlackBerry Bold 9700, Blackberry Bold 9000, Apple iPhone, Nokia N97, Nokia 2730, Nokia 6350, LG Xenon, Samsung T746, Novatel HSPA Turbo Stick.

DAVE Wirleless (Name will change at launch):
Back in June we reported that Dave will offer BlackBerry devices and also handsets running Google’s Android platform”.In addition, on June 4th they announced “DAVE Wireless customers will be able to roam on T-Mobile USA’s growing 3G network and on T-Mobile USA’s GSM network throughout the United States. T-Mobile USA customers will be able to roam on DAVE Wireless’ UMTS network”

TELUS Mobility:
Apple iPhone, BlackBerry Bold 9700, HTC Hero, LG BL40, LG GB 255, Nokia E71

Globalive (WIND Mobile):
WIND Mobile recently announced on their site that “We will not have the iPhone at launch”, but did reveal through another post that “We will allow unlocked handsets onto our network… we are in discussions to source smart-phones from a number of vendors (including Android); and we are talking to both “brandname” manufacturers as well as some new manufacturers.”

We’ll have more info shortly… ever second that passes gets another second closer to all this great competition!

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Slideshow of Industry Canada’s axed “Rate Plan Calculator”

cellphone-calcLast week our hard working Canadian government was given a great deal of slack for dropping the proposed “Which Cell Plan? A calculator” initiative. This was the online tool that would have helped customers possibly choose the right carrier and the right cellphone plan… hopefully saving us some money in the long run.

However, the idea was squashed due to “technical reasons”. But information eventually leaked out that this was not the real reason. Apparently after a number of successful focus groups (valued at $60,000 out of tax payers pockets) the carriers expressed extreme interest and believed the “calculator” would reduce their profits and promote lower-cost plans. Eventually the project was shelved.

Then we saw the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA) step up and say it wasn’t anything to do with the carriers, but the tool itself. Bernard Lord, President & CEO of the CWTA said the calculator was “flawed since it did not take into account data plans, bundle discounts and hardware subsidies offered by carriers”… in addition, “the minister made the right decision, to not continue to dump good taxpayer money into a tool that was ineffective”.

Flawed and ineffective. Shelved due to “technical limitations”. We actually believe the government made the right move. We were sent 10 slides from the proposed “Which Cell Plan? A calculator”, this was somehow put online (probably from the Industry Minister’s office to defend their point of view) and shows us what they built and how it would operate.

Industry Canada gives and official description of the calculator as “an interactive tool to help you better understand the Canadian cellphone marketplace… The calculator sill suggest examples of Canadian personal cell plans which may match your needs. It has information on monthly, prepaid, network and share plans.”

Bernard Lord was correct – no data plans. This would have been a nightmare if it actually launched. More Canadians are transitioning towards Smartphones and this, if actually launched, would have been shelved within the first month as it was poorly thought out.

Actually, it would have been outdated from the gate. With plans changing so much, almost day one, the description goes into more detail by saying “Prices and costs are approximate and plans are examples of what can be found in the marketplace – not every plan may be included. The very least expensive plan may not always be the best for you”. Even under the Terms and Conditions” section Industry Canada knows it’s somewhat a lost cause as they state “Service plans offered by cellphone providers are constantly changing. We update pricing and service plan information periodically”. Basically saying, take your valuable time and enter your info here but it may not be right… check back later.

Take a peek at the slide show, you’ll see how you can enter your info from how many minutes you use, to your location, what kind of user you are, long distance usage, text messaging usage etc… In the example it shows the person who put in all the info was given a profile summary and the Rate Plan Calculator was going to display the “Total offers being Calculated: 37512″… only to eventually display all the rate plans stacked on top of each other in a confusing manner. Something we simply do not need to our frustration. Check it out here

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TELUS BlackBerry Curve 8530i texting issue fixed by OS version 4.6.1.294

4.6.1.294If you bought the TELUS BlackBerry Curve 8350i when it first launched you might have been a bit frustrated with the text messaging as is was unable to see who the sender was when incoming messages arrived.

However, Piper975 in our forums has informed us that an update (OS version 4.6.1.294) has been made available in the download manager that fixes the issue. He states “it does fix the texting issue and you now know who the texts are from and can reply to them”

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