Good things come to those who wait, and Android users are reaping the benefits of this patience.
Read this: CRTC drops the hammer on telemarketers
Google Glass may only be available right now for a handful of folks, but that hasn’t stopped the accessory submarket from heating up.
Some of the accessories are taking the “Hello Kitty charm” route by having a little fun with this new face tech. Others are trying to solve some issues identified by the group of 10,000 or so Explorers out there today.
Riding the line between the two is GlassKap, a collection of 3D printed covers for Google Glass’ display. Glasskap is the brainchild of Baltimore Explorer and Maker, Todd Blatt. His Glass covers aren’t just for show, either: GlassKap attempts to solve one of the most talked about issues with Glass, privacy. (more…)
Foursquare is one of the hardest-working companies in mobile, based on the number of platforms it supports and updates it issues.
Just two months after the debut of iOS 7, the Foursquare team is at it again with a complete overhaul of its iPhone app, bringing push alerts to all users, improving the layout of its disparate components, and optimizing the experience depending on what users tend to do in the app. (more…)
Those unwanted telemarketers have once again met the hammer of the CRTC’s Do Not Call list. Both Green Shield Windows and Doors and Peak Windows have violated the rules and made “telemarketing calls to consumers whose numbers were registered on the list.” Green Shield Windows and Doors has paid $65,000 and Peak Windows has paid a penalty of $35,000. Not the largest amount of money, but certainly enough to get the message across.
The CRTC stated that “We appreciate the cooperation we received from both companies during our investigations. Any company that is involved in telemarketing activities must put appropriate safeguards in place to ensure compliance with the Unsolicited Telecommunications Rules.”
Since September 30th, 2008, Canadians have registered over 12 million telephone and fax numbers on the DNCL. According to the release the CRTC has yielded over $3.5 million in penalties.
Over the next few days, Nexus 5 owners will receive an update that will change the way they feel about the phone.
Barely a month after the release of Google’s latest, customers have been clambering for an answer to one of the device’s most vexing questions: why the heck does the Nexus 5 take such bad photos? It was an issue I consistently experienced over the duration of my review, and keeps me from feeling comfortable taking candid shots during the day.
Rogers has about 9.5 million wireless subscribers. Q3 results showed 8 million are postpaid and 1.5 million are prepaid. The prepaid market has been slowly declining over the past few years and Rogers is taking notice and has come out with an end-of-the-year promo.
An internal doc we received reveals that any Prepaid customer who transfers to a Postpaid account will receive 50% off their monthly service fee for 6-months “with or without agreement.”
Depending on which plan you go with this could be a solid deal and save you some money. The doc states that those eligible for the discount will receive an email, text or direct mail and is available until December 31st.
The upcoming 700 MHz spectrum auction — what some call the “beachfront property” of wireless — is happening on January 14th, 2014. This sought -after spectrum can easily reach remote areas (with fewer cell sites), is cheaper for carriers to deploy, and has the ability to penetrate through thick walls in buildings, thus reducing dead spots.
A month ago, Industry Canada released the final list of bidders who will duel it out for this heavily desired wireless space. The usual suspects were there, including the Big Three; the regional carriers like SaskTel, Eastlink and MTS; and Globalive (WIND Mobile). In addition, some new players made the cut, namely Mobilicity founder John Bitove’s Feenix Wireless. Since releasing the list, some of the bidders many have dropped out for unknown reasons, specifically BH Wave Acquisition Corporation (Birch Hill), Vecima Networks Inc. and 1770129 Alberta Inc. (more…)
Market intelligence agency, IDC, released its quarterly worldwide tablet forecast yesterday, with an estimate that 221 million tablets will ship in 2013. This is a mild drop from previous forecasts, but still a whopping 53% increase over 2012 levels.
According to IDC, iOS tablet marketshare continues to erode in the face of Android growth, as Google’s platform now controls 60.8% of the tablet market compared to 35% for iOS. Windows has made a surprising jump to relevance, moving out from the margin of error to claim 3.4% of the tablet market. IDC expects Windows to control as much as 10% of the tablet market by 2017. It must be stated that tablet shipments don’t translate directly to usage, as the iPad still accounts for over 80% of all tablet web traffic, but this data reaffirms that Android tablets are becoming much more popular among mainstream consumers.
IDC’s 2017 projections state that 7-inch tablets will continue to dominate consumer preferences, despite fears that the rise of phablet use could make the form factor redundant. IDC suggests that this fact, coupled with the recent launch of Apple’s 9.7 inch iPad Air, could eventually push consumers back to a larger screen format.
Click here to play with IDC’s interactive forecast graph.
A few weeks ago it was rumoured that Google and VSP Global, a company that specializes in eyewear, were teaming up to possibly take Google Glass to the masses. This would involve making the wearable tech be available in more stylish frames and developing Glass with prescription lenses.
It seems there’s truth to these rumours. Google employee Brian Matiash posted a note on Google+ that states “I noticed something off when fellow Googler, +Cody Sumter, walked by my desk en route to his (he sits behind me). Prescription Glass! He was gracious enough to let me nab a few photos of his very handsome pair of intelligent eyewear and I wanted to share with you here. The titanium frame plays off beautifully against the white Glass housing.”
There’s only a couple pictures, but they look less intimidating and less futuristic than the current version of Google Glass — which would eventually increase adoption. Would you wear these with Google Glass attached? (more…)
Google’s packaged Chrome apps could be making the move from browser to mobile as soon as next month. TheNextWeb team today stumbled across a GitHub repository called Mobile Chrome Apps. Led by Michal Mocny, a software dev at Google, the repository hosts a toolkit for developers looking produce Chrome apps specifically for mobile devices and for porting existing Chrome apps to Google Play and the iOS App Store.
The toolkit allows for modification of design, fixing of bugs, testing, and more through Apache’s Cordova. Documentation on GitHub suggests support for Android 4.x as well as possibly Android 2.2 and Android 2.3 at a later stage. iOS support is apparently in development but it doesn’t seem to be as far along as Android (it’s marked as ‘TBA’). Right now, rumors point to a January beta release.
Google declined to commented on whether or not it will be bringing packaged apps to mobile, but it wouldn’t exactly come as a surprise. Some apps, like Google Keep, should enjoy a pretty seamless transition to mobile, while others, like Google Docs and Sheets, might not translate as well to smaller screens.