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Over 1 million cheques have been deposited on CIBC’s iOS and Android app

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CIBC says that over a million eCheques have been deposited using its mobile app for iOS and Android.

It was only just back in late May when it was revealed that a million echeques across all banking institutions in Canada had been deposited. Now it looks like that number has likely grown by three or four times at least, given that CIBC users have hit a million. (more…)


Microsoft reportedly readying ‘selfie’ Lumia while HTC porting the M8 to Windows Phone


According to The Verge, Microsoft is set to unveil two new Windows Phone 8.1 devices, one of which focuses on high-quality front-facing ‘selfie’ photos, and the other on excellent rear shots using the PureView branding.

Though Nokia has been integrated into Microsoft’s Devices & Services division, Stephen Elop, former CEO of the Finnish company, is still in charge of the devices division within his new (and former) organization. (more…)


BlackBerry acquires voice and data security leader, Secusmart


One of BlackBerry’s continuing fundamentals is a core focus on security. The company has staked its future on providing secure and encrypted network options. During the BlackBerry Security Summit event today, CEO John Chen announced it has acquired Dusseldorf-based Secusmart GmbH, which is touted as being “a leader in high-security voice and data encryption and anti-eavesdropping solutions for government organizations.”

Chen stated, “The acquisition of Secusmart underscores our focus on addressing growing security costs and threats ranging from individual privacy to national security. This acquisition bolsters our security solutions with leading voice and data encryption and anti-eavesdropping technologies, and furthers BlackBerry’s security leadership in end-to-end mobile solutions.” Secusmart is reportedly used by government officials to monitor smartphone voice tapping to ensure lines are secure.

The terms of the deal was not disclosed and the transaction is subject to the regulatory approvals, but Secusmart has been a BlackBerry partner since 2009.

BlackBerry also said it is committed “to being the first name in enterprise mobile security.” It has decided to drop the hammer today with some impressive stats: its customers currently includes all G7 governments, 16 of the G20 governments, 10 out of 10 of the largest global enterprises in pharmaceutical, legal, automotive, and the five largest oil and gas companies. In addition, BlackBerry has amassed a vast amount of security certifications and is the only mobility solution to receive Full Operational Capability (FOC) approval to run on U.S. Department of Defense networks.

Dr. Hans-Christoph Quelle, Managing Director of Secusmart, said, “This transaction is a fantastic opportunity to accelerate growth in the market for high-end secure communications solutions, driven by the need to combat electronic eavesdropping and data theft.”

BlackBerry is in a stronger position than it was when Chen took over the company last year, and is on track to release new versions of its Enterprise Service solution later this year alongside two new devices, the Passport and Classic.

Source: Marketwired


TELUS revamps its Europe roaming packages, announces Travel Tracker website


TELUS has revamped its European roaming offerings, launching three new voice/text/data bundle and a text-only pass that should make it considerably cheaper for travellers.

The passes include travel to practically every country in Europe, including areas in the east that weren’t previously included in the pass.



OneNote beta for Android brings handwritten notes and formatting options

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Microsoft recently announced a beta program for its OneNote app on Android. As with recently projects on Google’s OS, Microsoft it committing itself to make its cross-platform experience uniformly better.

On Google+, where the beta version is being managed, Ayush Rastogi, Software Development Engineer at Microsoft, announced the OneNote for Android Beta is live now. The biggest addition to the app is that it now offers handwritten notes with a fingertip or stylus. Below is the complete change log in this beta version. (more…)


Yelp’s iPhone app adds now lets users submit 12-second video ‘experiences’

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Yelp today updated its iPhone app to allow user-submitted videos, between three and 12 seconds, of a business or restaurant. The San Francisco-based company already allowed users to submit photos and reviews through the mobile app, but the videos “are great for conveying the atmosphere of a business, which helps others anticipate their experience before stopping by.”

The feature, which is coming soon to Android, was teased back in May, but needed some time to build out the feature set. The company says that many times photos can’t convey the full set of experiences of a place: “Imagine scrolling through pics of delicious dishes at a new bistro but not really being able to tell if the ambiance is more ‘date night’ or ‘family friendly.’ Yelp video is here to help.” (more…)


You’ll soon need to download Facebook Messenger to use Facebook Messenger


Until now, Facebook Messenger has existed in this weird in-between place, both as a core tenet of the proper Facebook app and as a standalone app with an expanded feature set. Starting this week, Messenger users on iOS, Android and Windows Phone will be pushed to download that standalone version in order to continue using the service.

It’s a move that we’re surprised has taken as long as it has. Facebook has increasingly emphasized Messenger’s importance, both as a platform and revenue generator, and has spent lots of time and money revamping it as a self-sufficient entity within the company’s ecosystem. Indeed, it’s even positioned as an alternative to WhatsApp, which is far more popular outside of North America. (more…)


Fitbit launches Windows Phone app just in time for WP8.1


As Windows Phone 8.1 slowly trickles down to devices through carrier channels, app developers are readying their services to take advantage of the OS’s new features. Specifically, Windows Phone 8.1, like Android 4.3 before it, normalizes the integration of Bluetooth 4.0 LE, allowing devices with compatible hardware to reap the benefits of wearables like fitness bracelets.

Fitbit is the first company out of the gate with support for Windows Phone 8.1. The app works with all of the company’s trackers, including the Zip, One, Flex and Force, though Bluetooth 4.0. Fitbit worked with Microsoft to optimize the app, adding platform-specific advantages like an always-updating Live Tile and background syncing. (more…)


TD Canada Trust for iPhone and Android can now transfer funds with ‘up-to-the-minute foreign exchange rates’


TD Canada Trust has updated its iPhone and Android app with the handy ability to transfer funds between your TD Canada Trust Canadian and U.S. Dollar accounts “using up-to-the-minute foreign exchange rates.” The iPhone app is now at version 6.0 and optimized for iOS 6 or higher, while the Android app has been bumped to minimum version 4.0.3 for an full optimized experience.

Other features of the app remain the same, such as locating branches and ATMs, check account balances, transfer funds, look up your investments, and place stock trades. And, on select Android and BlackBerry users, users can make payments using NFC and a secure SIM card. (more…)


Hilton working to make smartphone hotel room unlocking a reality by 2016


Millions of flyers already use their smartphones to pay for tickets, check in and choose seats. But once they reach the hotel, the check-in and verification process is still, for the most part, a manual experience.

Hilton Worldwide Holdings, owner of 4,200 hotels and resorts globally, will begin integrating smartphones into the check-in and even room unlocking process, according to The Wall Street Journal. Pilot projects will begin by early next year, and a full rollout is expected to be completed by the end of 2016. As customers are becoming more comfortable booking, transacting and even paying for things on a smartphone, the expectation is that the ubiquitous devices will, like other cards in one’s wallet, replace the magnetic key used to open rooms and access guarded-off areas of the hotel. (more…)