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Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet now up for pre-order, available in Canada on May 5th


Sony unveiled the Xperia Z2 Tablet back in February and declined to comment on when it’ll arrive on Canadian soil. But it is coming to Canada, and it will be available in-store and online on May 5th, with pre-orders now open. The 16GB version looks to be selling for $529.99 and the 32GB model is a bit higher at $599.99, available in black or white.

As for specs, the Xperia Z2 Tablet run OS 4.4 KitKat and has a 10.1-inch 1920×1200 pixel display with a new image processor called Live Colour LED. Under the hood is a 2.3Ghz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM, an 8MP rear camera with an Exmor RS sensor, waterproof and dust resistant (IP55 & IP58), a 6000mAh battery, it weighs in at 426 grams and is one of the world’s thinnest tablets at 6.4mm.

Source: Sony


BlackBerry once again named Canada’s top tech company, followed by the Big Three


The Branham Group have released their annual report on Canada’s Top Tech Companies. Now in its 21st year, the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) report showcases the top companies in various categories by annual revenue.

According to their findings, the cumulative revenues of the top 250 tech companies accounted for $85 billion in 2013, up 2.4% over last year. Taking top spot once again was BlackBerry, but the results significantly slipped in revenues by a whopping 40% to $11.8 billion. BlackBerry has held onto first place for the past five years. Depending on BlackBerry’s earnings, Branham notes there might be a “very dramatic effect on next years listing… and perhaps may lead to a change in the top spot.” (more…)


Apple’s Earth Day message: ‘There are some ideas we want every company to copy’

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Today is Earth Day and Apple already unveiled a new video that promotes its environmental initiatives. CEO Tim Cook declared that “We want to leave the world better than we found it. We’re proud of our progress but we know we have much more to do.”

The Cupertino-based company, who’s currently embroiled in a legal battle with Samsung over smartphone designs, has taken out a full page ad in several countries that reads “There are some ideas we want every company to copy.” Similar to the video, Apple highlights how they are making the “environment a priority.” (more…)


Rogers executive team earned $48,971,630 in 2013


Rogers has a plethora of business and have their hands in radio, magazines, TV, home security, internet and also own a number of sports teams. From a wireless perspective they are leading the nation with over 9.4 million subscribers across the Rogers Wireless, Fido and Chatr Wireless brands.

Curious what compensation it takes to lead a company like Rogers? Well, Rogers just issued their proxy circular for year-end 2013 and the executive team were paid a total of $48,971,630. This includes base salaries, shares and bonuses. Most of the payout was dedicated to former President and CEO Nadir Mohamed at $26,769,973 (54.7%). New CEO Guy Laurence, who came on board December 2nd, earned $12,699,997 in the form of a base salary, shares and a signing bonus of $750,000. (more…)


Google Hangouts for Android update merges IMs and SMS, adds widget


Google Hangouts for Android is receiving a nice new update this week, addressing one of the most vociferous user complaints since SMS functionality was added last year: that the two content branches were separate.

The update merges Hangouts and SMS messages, but unlike iMessages on iPhone, does not do so automatically. Instead, it asks you to choose one or the other before sending the message. This offloads the responsibility to the user, rather than relying on Google’s servers to determine which devices have Hangouts installed. While the convenience factor is lower, this is likely as close to an iMessage-like experience as Google can produce at the moment.

The app is also getting a new homescreen widget, which showcases recent conversations and video/audio calls made. It’s nothing special, but, like the merging of Hangouts and SMS, is a long time coming.

Performance improvements and a simplified contact list round out the relatively concise change log, but Hangouts users will be very happy to see these changes.

The update is rolling out piecemeal throughout the week, so either wait for the update to arrive on Google Play, or head to Android Police for one of their mirrors.



Rogers Q1 2014 results show slow subscriber growth, ARPU sitting at $57.63


Rogers announced its Q1 2014 results today and wireless revenues were 2% lower than last year, coming in at $1.73 billion. The reason for the decline was “pricing changes made over the past year primarily associated with our simplified plans and the introduction in 2013 of lower priced roaming plans.”

From a subscriber base perspective, Rogers now has 8,076,000 postpaid subs, up 198,000 from Q1 2013. Postpaid continued to drop and now represents 1,356,000 subscribers (down 142k in the past year). Total subscribers are now 9,432,000. Blended ARPU (average revenue per user) is now sitting at $57.63, again down an impressive $2.05 over the same period last year. The total number of postpaid subscribers who have a smartphone rose 5% to 76%.

Rogers also noted that another reason for the decline in wireless was due to the recent adoption of the CRTC Wireless Code, stating that it “appears to have slowed overall wireless subscriber growth over the past three quarters.”

Guy Laurence, President and CEO of Rogers said, “During the first quarter, we made a significant investment in ‘beachfront property’ 700MHz spectrum to give our customers an unsurpassed wireless experience, building on our unprecedented NHL rights deal late in 2013. We made these long-term strategic investments while maintaining our balance sheet at investment grade.”

Source: CNW


Google and HTC rumoured to partner for 8-inch Nexus 8


The latest rumour to hit the web, courtesy of DigiTimes, reveals that Google will release a new tablet sometime in Q3 that will sport an 8-inch display. The name follows the previous Nexus tablets numbering and will go to market as the Nexus 8. One major difference is that the Nexus 8 will reportedly be build by HTC and not ASUS like previous versions.

DigiTimes states that their sources the reason Google potentially switched manufacturing partners is that they are “considering adopting a new design.” Perhaps we will see the Nexus 8 sport similar design lines to the HTC One M8 with an all-aluminum unibody.

The report says this unannounced tablet will be available in between July, August or September. With Google I/O coming up on June 25th this timing works out well. No indication of pricing.

Source: DigiTimes
Via: Engadget


Apple pushes its good name beyond products in new Earth Day initiative (video)

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“Better. It’s a powerful word and a powerful idea.”

Thus begins the narration from Apple CEO Tim Cook over a video highlighting Apple’s success, not in products but in the earth-focused processes under which they’re designed, produced, manufactured and distributed.

The Cupertino-based company is highlighting its “unprecedented” leadership in environmental matters this week, in the run-up to Earth Day. A new portal on Apple’s home page, titled Environment, outlines ways that the company has cut down on harmful emissions in recent years, powering its new Reno data centre entirely with renewable energy from wind turbines and solar arrays.

Apple also points out that it not only uses a prodigious amount of recycled material in its products, but offers in-store initiatives to recycle older Apple products.



Microsoft’s acquisition of (most of) Nokia is set to close on April 25th


Nokia Oyj, the company’s public name, will soon be Microsoft Mobile Oy. Microsoft’s $7.2 billion acquisition of Nokia’s Devices and Services division, including its manufacturing, design and engineering facilities, will close this Friday, April 25th.

Brad Smith, Microsoft’s General Counsel, wrote in a blog post today,“the completion of this acquisition follows several months of planning and will mark a key step on the journey towards integration. This acquisition will help Microsoft accelerate innovation and market adoption for Windows Phones.” He also notes that elements of the original deal have changed:

“As with any multinational agreement of this size, scale and complexity, our two companies have made adjustments to the original deal throughout the close preparation process. We’ve entered into numerous agreements to address items ranging from manufacturing to IT.” (more…)