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BusinessWeek goes BlackBerry

businessweeklatestPolar Mobile has been pounding out the apps recently, such as TIME and the Food Network. Today they have launched BusinessWeek specifically for BlackBerry devices.

This is a free app and features latest news, information, market updates, stock quotes, and specialized content channels – everything from Finance to Small Business, Technology to Management. Check it out here at m.businessweek.com. Good news for iPhone users as Polar Mobile says they will be releasing this app in the next few weeks.

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More leaked images of the BlackBerry Storm 2 9520

blackberry_storm_2_6Now that we are getting closer and closer to an offical announcement, the BlackBerry Storm 2 9520 (BlackBerry Odin) has appeared online in the form of more leaked pictures.

Still no word on a Canadian release date but should be coming in the next few months. Here are some additional specs:
OS 5.0.0.138 and it’s running platform 4.3.0.28.
WiFi – awesome!
SurePress has been replaced by a new touchscreen technology that is apparently much better.
3.2MP camera
360×480 capacitive touchscreen display
UMTS/HSDPA (2100MHz)
Quad-band GSM and CDMA 1xRTT/EVDO Rev. A (more…)

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Even more evidence of 8GB iPhone 3GS from Rogers!

504x_3gs8gbiphoneEven though there has been a couple stories over the past couple weeks about Rogers bringing on an 8GB version of the Apple iPhone 3GS, Rogers has told us that “We can’t comment on rumour or speculation”. No worries… more news today that comes straight from a screenshot of the Rogers internal website Sales Central.

According to Gizomodo, the screenshot is from the Hardware Upgrade Sales Flow system and the Rogers employee who took the picture says:

“It clearly shows that an 8GB 3GS has been added to our stock list and is the same price as the 3G coming in at 99$… The first listing is showing 74.00$ (promo price with data plan and minus customers 25$ discount)

The second listing shows the phone if the customer does not choose a data plan, which is normall 299$ minus said $25 discount, so 274$. I think that when 3G stock runs out they are going to build 99$ 3GSs since those are the parts they are ordering, might as well keep the parts list minimal…”

In addition, a comment made by a former Rogers employee had this to say about the screenshot “Being a former Rogers employee I can say that this is enough evidence to say that 8GB 3GS is coming for sure. Sales Central is the interal website that all staff use and it’s never been wrong. Hardware actually pop up on the site all the time and they have all materialized. It used to be a natural hint when we see something we don’t recognize on it and know that it is new hardware that will be shipping soon.”

So, this makes 3 leaks now… perhaps we can expect an official announcement soon!
Via: Gizmodo

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Koodo Mobile to bring on Motorola Rival

Koodo Mobile Motorola RivalLooks like our predictions for the Motorola Rival heading to Koodo Mobile are coming true. This full QWERTY texting dream just screams Koodo Mobile. An image of the Rival showing it’s features and the Koodo branding has this launching shortly with targeted availability dates of either August 17th or 24th.

No word on exact pricing, but you can bank on this being at the top of their price point for $200 outright of $50 on the Tab.

The Rival is a side slider with a full QWERTY keyboard and TELUS launched this in purple or silver (not sure what Koodo will do but can expect the same). This has a 2.2-inch screen with some touchscreen features, one-touch access to text messaging, emoticons buttons and IM, 2 megapixel camera with video capabilities. Overall dimensions of the Rival are 50mm x 96.5mm x .100.3mm and weighs in at 124 grams. (more…)

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Sony Ericsson Jalou in Canada “within 3 months”

sony-ericsson-jalouSony Ericsson has announced the upcoming released of a flip phone called “Jalou”. According to the Sony Ericsson site us Canadians can expect this “to be available within 3 months”. No word on who the Canadian carrier will be that will get this goodness.

The Jalou will come in several gem inspired colours (Deep Amethyst, Aquamarine Blue and Onyx Black) and also a special limited edition with real 24 carat gold plating Dolce&Gabbana “Sparkling Rose” flavour. Key specs and features of the Jalou are:

- Size is 73 x 45 x 18.2 mm and weighs 84 grams
- 2 inch screen with a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels
- 3.2 megapixel camera with up to 3.2 times digital zoom, geo-tagging and video capabilities
- Music player, Bluetooth, built-in FM radio
- Internet
- Networks: GSM GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900, UMTS HSDPA 2100

Linda Schori, Marketing Business Manager at Sony Ericsson said “The new Jalou phone is all about looking great and sharing the good life. We wanted to create a beautiful handset without compromising on style or content. It’s perfect for anyone who is sociable, loves fashion and wants to stay one step ahead of trends, because it has a fashion forward design you will want to show off. And, for such a compact handset, it has an immense amount of detail both inside and out.”

More here at Sony Ericsson

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Chart full of bubbles shows Apple iPhone’s dominance

applechartThere is a new chart that has been developed by iSmashphone that shows how much of a market Apple now has. All statistics were gathered by Q2 earning from all the major cellphone manufacturers: Apple LG, Motorola, Sony Ericsson, RIM, Nokia and Samsung.

It’s certainly interesting to look at, very colourful and at the very least it shows how dominant the Apple iPhone truly is. They state “The cell phone handset industry has sold over $65B in the last 6 months. Of that, 9.7% was pocketed by the companies. It was recently announced that Apple received 32% of the total handset market’s profits, equivalent to a whopping $2,038,000,000, all from selling the iPhone. Prior to paying expenses, the net revenue Apple earned from the iPhone is over 5 billion dollars. These figures astounded us, so we did a little more research. The graphic below visualizes what these numbers actually mean by comparing operating profits, operating margins, and net revenues.” (more…)

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Shortcovers to carry Dan Brown’s “Lost Symbol”

ProductImageI’m an not what you call an avid reader, but certainly can appreciate a good book now and then. I guess this new Dan Brown book titled “Lost Symbol” is a big deal.

Indigo’s Shortcovers has announced they will carry the mobile version and state “Lost Symbol coming to Shortcovers Sept 15th… We are also confirming that we will make the book available for $9.99 USD and $11.99 CAD. Delivery at 12:01 Pacific on September 15th. Pre-order page coming soon!”

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TELUS LG Keybo2 Unboxed

We finally got our hands on the recently launched TELUS LG Keybo2 and unboxed this baby. The Keybo2 has great improvements from the original – in style and in features.

Some improvements are the curved design, the 3 megapixel camera (original had 2 megapixels) and the internal display – now is 2.6 inches (originally 2.4 inches). Overall with our first glance at the full QWERTY device it looks good and feels solid on the hand. We will follow up with a full review over the next few days. Check out the unboxing here:

The LG Keybo2 is available at TELUS on the following plans:
3-year contract: $99.99
2-year contract: $199.99
1-year contract: $249.99
No contract: $299.99

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Bell & TELUS to merge within “the coming year or two”

bellusimageRumours of Bell and TELUS merging have been going on for a number of years. It started to heat up again late last year when the failed $52 billion takeover bid by the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan was “officially terminated. At that time Scotia Capital anylist John Henderson said “We believe Telus remains very interested in entering merger discussions”… but this was defused by himself about a month later “A new head of the Competition Bureau this month makes it less likely in our view that BCE or TELUS will consider proposing a merger in the near term”.

Bell and TELUS together control about 60% of the Canadian wireless market and with the new competition coming in a couple months, brings new “Bellus” merger rumours to the table.

Jonathan Allen, of RBC Dominion Securities Inc. has said in a report today that “Faced with cyclical and secular pressures on the top-line, we believe that a BCE-Telus merger is increasingly likely in the coming year or two as both companies look to cut costs and sustain margins. There is only so much cost cutting that can be achieved individually. The scale benefits from a merger of Bell and Telus are substantial”.

He states that together they would save over $1.2-billion annually and that if merged Telus shareholders would receive one-third of the new entity and BCE shareholders getting two-thirds.

They are both launching a new HSPA network within the next few months. A deal would make sense, but a massive undertaking that could take years to finalize.

More here from the Globe
Thanks Jeremy!

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Microsoft and Nokia partner to bring Microsoft Office Mobile to their devices

nokia-microsoftThis is big news! Microsoft and Nokia have partnered to bring Microsoft Office Mobile (and other services) to their smartphones. This is a global initiative and it will be first available on their E-Series devices. The press release stated “Under the terms of the agreement, the two companies will begin collaborating immediately on the design, development and marketing of productivity solutions for the mobile professional, bringing Microsoft Office Mobile and Microsoft business communications, collaboration and device management software to Nokia’s Symbian devices.”

This just blows Nokia wide open to the business sector and further establishes Microsoft into the mobile space. Let’s hope Windows 7 is as good as it looks. Stephen Drake, VP of Mobility & Telecom at IDC said “The scope of the alliance between Microsoft and Nokia, and potential value for the enterprise and individual is significant. By bringing Microsoft’s productivity solutions to Nokia’s large customer base, the two companies should be better able to serve the needs of the growing mobile worker population, which IDC estimates to reach 1 billion worldwide in 2011.” (more…)

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