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Bell releases the Alcatel OneTouch Pop 7 tablet

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Bell has added another tablet to their arsenal today. As expected, the Alcatel OneTouch Pop 7 tablet is available for a low $179.95 no-term, or $29.95 on a 2-year contract. This is the third Alcatel device Bell has released in the past of - the others were the OneTouch Idol X and OneTouch Idol mini smartphones.

As for specs, the OneTouch Pop 7 (picture above via Cnet) runs Android OS 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, has a 7-inch display with a resolution of 1024×600, a 1.3 GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB internal storage, WiFi and HSPA+ connectivity (up to 21 Mbps), 3240mAh battery. Overall dimensions are 192 x 113 x 8.9mm with a weight of 285 grams.

Check it out here via Bell.

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Montreal subway currently testing underground wireless service, will go live ‘as soon as the tests are successful’

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Late last year the Société de transport de Montreal (STM), Bell, Rogers, TELUS and Videotron announced that they’d come together to bring cell service to the subway system (3G, 4G and LTE). The initiative would cost around $50 million and be “divided into five phases that should be completed within a period of five to seven years.”

The first phase and testing has already started at Place-des-Arts and Saint-Laurent stations. According to a report in the Le Journal de Montréal the progress is ‘well advanced’ and the STM has tightened its deadlines. Over 900,000 people ride the STM on a daily basis and cell service will give them the option to use their device underground to talk, text, email, surf the web, stream movies, etc…

Amélie Regis, spokesman of the Société de transport de Montreal (STM), said “We are also currently in test phase for these two stations… if it is impossible to specify the date of system function in these stations, it will be “as soon as the tests are successful.”

This is certainly a great step forward and the project seems to moving fast. By the end of 2014 there will be a total of 14 stations equipped with connectivity. The larger goal is to bring cell coverage to 68 stations within 7-years.

(Thanks Alexandre!)

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HTC One (M7) slated to receive Sense 6.0 upgrade ‘by end of May’

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HTC recently unveiled Sense 6.0 with the new HTC One M8. During the official launch, Jason Mackenzie, president of HTC North America, said the HTC One and HTC One Mini will receive an update to Android 4.4.2 with Sense 6.0 sometime “this spring,” and also promised both devices will be upgraded to the latest version of Android for at least another year.

Mackenzie took to Twitter today with a reminder that will please many HTC One users, stating that “Sense 6 will push to current HTC One users by end of May.” This will be coming to both the United States and Canada.

There is no word on whether the complete features of Sense 6.0 will be included or if parts will be omitted. While the changes from Sense 5.5 are minor, mainly focused on the camera feature set, the update will be welcome to current M7 owners looking to take advantage of that Ultrapixel camera which, unlike the M8, comes with optical image stabilization. However, when additional details arrive HTC will post the full feature list for Canada on their software update site.

Source: Twitter
Via: Android & Me, Engadget

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Did you buy a Samsung Galaxy S5 or HTC One M8?

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According to Samsung’s Korean PR team, initial sales of the Galaxy S5 have eclipsed the already-high first weekend sales of its predecessor, which went on to sell over 40 million units.

Though the device may not have the immediate appeal of the completely-overhauled Galaxy S3, nor the marketing checkbox fascination of the Galaxy S4, the GS5 has a number of small yet substantive improvements that add up to a pretty nice smartphone.

But there’s another device, widely available in Canada tomorrow but already on sale in some carrier stores, that means to avert as much attention from Samsung’s flagship as possible. The HTC One M8, a metal masterpiece, is the follow-up to last year’s M7, and while it also sports smallish improvements, the sum is meatier than the parts.

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How to enable Cortana on Windows Phone 8.1 (but there’s a catch)

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You’re Canadian, and therefore a nice person. You also lose out on a lot of great features from new products like Windows Phone 8.1.

If you’re taken the plunge and installed the Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Preview, you may have noticed that, while Action Center is ready to go, and a bunch of other changes are noticeable, the one thing that has remained the same, sadly, is the Search interface.

But it’s not difficult to get Cortana working. In fact, it’s a simple switch in the Settings. Head to Settings/Region and change it from Canada to United States, and reboot your phone. Simple.

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Motorola’s upcoming Moto X+1 to have 25 backplate options

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Motorola is rumoured to be coming out with a refresh of the Moto X with the “Moto X +1.” The branding appeared online last week and if true we will most likely this flagship come to Canada.

Some additional details have popped up and it seems it’ll follow a similar path of being highly customized. According to reputable device leaker @evleaks, Motorola will offer up 25 backplate options from Moto Maker from 5 categories including Cool, Neutral, Warm, Wood and Leather. (more…)

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Nexus 5 Android 4.4.3 update scheduled to be released this week, says Sprint

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US carrier Sprint has announced that Android 4.4.3 for the Nexus 5 will be released today, with a wider rollout coming this week. The new build, KTU48F, will not be a major release, but rather a minor one focused on bug fixes.

We’ve heard rumours that Android 4.4.3 would be coming soon, fixing a number of battery- and productivity-killing bugs present in many of the current Nexus products, but Sprint’s announcement seems to firm up the matter. Though its change log refers to the addition of Spark LTE support, we have it on good authority that Android 4.4.3 will fix wider issues with the Android camera staying awake in the background after closing the app.

Android is unlikely to get any major feature additions until Google I/O at the end of June, so Android 4.4.3 may be the last iteration of this extremely polished OS release.

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Android 4.1.1 is likely the only major version vulnerable to Heartbleed, but here’s an app to check anyway

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By now, you’ve heard of Heartbleed. You’ve heard that this bug can be exploited to allow hackers to gain sensitive information from well-known services, many of which are still in the process of being patched. Just this morning, after days of outages, the Canadian Revenue Agency said that it has been subject to data theft from Heartbleed, likely between the time the bug was made public and the time the government decided to shut down its databases.

Bluebox, a security company, has done considerable work auditing Android versions from Ice Cream Sandwich and later (the OpenSSL bug that causes Heartbleed was only implemented after the release of Android 4.0, so Gingerbread and older are actually safe). They found that Android 4.1.1 is the only version inherently exposed to the SSL bug, as it implements both the insecure OpenSSL and heartbeats, which are disabled in subsequent releases.

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Handybook’s iOS-based home cleaning service expands to Toronto

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A new startup has hit Toronto, and it’s going to be a boon for consumers and professionals alike.

Handybook, a New York-based startup that has raised just over $12 million to date, runs an iOS-based cleaning service that allows customers to book home cleanings, electrical and plumbing appointments, and a number of other fix-it verticals, quickly and easily.

The company is expanding beyond the US today, making Toronto its first city in an expansion that will hopefully take it across the entire country. (more…)

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Samsung to announce Galaxy S5 Zoom at Singapore event on April 29th

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Samsung is set to announce the second in its Galaxy S5 line, if an invitation to an event in Singapore is to be believed.

The company invited a select set of journalists to an event in Singapore on April 29th, detailing the tagline, “Kapture the moment.” It appears that the Galaxy S5 Zoom is on the docket, though in Asian regions it may be called the Galaxy K (or Galaxy SK? JK).

We recently got a good first look at the upcoming Galaxy S5 Zoom, which will reportedly have a larger sensor and higher-resolution display than its predecessor. The Galaxy S4 Zoom never made it to Canada officially, but many of the device’s internals could be seen in the Galaxy Camera.

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