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Bell to offer the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 2S starting July 28th


It looks like Bell is adding a number of new devices to its lineup. We previously reported that the LG G3 flagship would be making an appearance on August 1st, and that ZTE Grand X would debut on July 31st. Now our sources say that the Alcatel OneTouch 2S is scheduled to launch next week.

Alcatel OneTouch is not new to Bell’s lineup, as the carrier previously launched the Idol X and the Pop 7 earlier this year. The OneTouch Idol 2 S was announced at MWC earlier this year and runs Android 4.3. It packs a 5-inch HD display, a quad-core Cortex-A7 SoC, an 8MP camera with a 1.3MP front-facing camera, 1GB of RAM, a 2150 mAh battery, and has overall dimensions of 5.37 x 2.74 x 0.29 inches.

There’s no word on a price point just yet but you can expect this mid-range smartphone to be competitively priced. Bell will be launching the Alcatel OneTouch 2S on July 28th.

Update: For those interested, we now have pricing for you. Bell will come to market with the LTE-enabled Idol 2S at $299.95 no-term.

(Thanks tipster!)


Nvidia Shield Tablet promises the best small screen gaming experience for $329

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Nvidia is ready to put its money where its heart is, assuming that people want a gaming tablet with an optional gamepad.

Unveiled today, the Nvidia Shield Tablet is a C$329 device with a 1200p screen and the first consumer-ready Tegra K1 SoC, the ultra-fast gaming CPU/GPU combo revealed in January at CES. The Cortex-A15 based CPU runs four cores at 2.3Ghz each, with a fifth companion core running at a lower speed for less intensive activities. The GPU is based on the company’s extensible Kepler architecture, with 192 CUDA cores and support for the latest standards like OpenGL 4.4 and DirectX 12.

While the first Shield began its life as a small clamshell screen-gamepad hybrid, the company has learned a hard truth about such a form factor: most people just don’t want bulk. Over the course of the Shield’s brief life, Nvidia added a number of features, including game streaming from a local Kepler GPU-adorned PC and a limited subset of cloud-based games that enabled a whole new type of experience.

The Shield Tablet doesn’t do away with any of those things, but merely separates the screen from the controller, lowering the price and offering casual users a more approachable product.



Nokia Canada promises new Lumia devices for later this year


Nokia Canada has promised to release new Lumia devices besides the already-announced Lumia 635 this year, reassuring loyal fans that it is still very much involved in the country’s smartphone ecosystem.

Nokia hasn’t released a high-end device in Canada since the Lumia 1020 last summer while big launches like the Lumia 1520, Icon and 930 have come and gone without a peep from the Canadian offices. The company confirmed to its Twitter followers that it would not be releasing the Lumia 1520 at all (though it’s contesting one off), but says others are coming soon.



Razer releases Android app for unreleased Nabu smartband


We got our first glimpse of Razer’s Nabu smartband at CES this past January. At the time, Razer was being pretty coy about the Nubu. Though the company promised a Q1 release, it kept the Nabu in a Perspex box and wouldn’t let attendees on the show floor play with or touch the device. In May, the company confirmed a delay due to issues with the hypoallergenic certification that would push the release to June, but seven months after it was first announced, the Nabu has yet to enjoy an official release. (more…)


HTC offers peek at smartwatch in design video


The summer of Android Wear is well underway. Having teased the platform in the spring, Google in June introduced us to two new Android smartwatches, the LG G Watch, and Samsung’s Gear Live. August will bring us another device, the Moto 360, and it looks like HTC is looking to build anticipation for its own Android Wear watch. (more…)


Rogers cuts several hundred jobs, will ‘become a more nimble, agile organization’


Guy Laurence and his Rogers 3.0 vision is coming together.

According to a report in the Toronto Star, Rogers has shed several hundred middle management positions and approximately 15% of its employees at the VP and above level.

Rogers spokesperson Patricia Trott stated that the company is currently overhauling its customer service experience and “as part of the restructuring we have reduced the number of vice president and above positions by 15 per cent and several hundred middle management positions have also been eliminated across the company… These decisions are never easy… The goal is to become a more nimble, agile organization with much clearer accountabilities. Savings will be reinvested in areas like training and systems to better serve our customers.”

While this is no surprise, it is still unfortunate. Back in May, when Rogers announced its new vision to act as “One Rogers,” CEO Guy Laurence said “there will be job losses at the management level” and the plan is to invest in customer service and front-line staff.



Foursquare promises Windows Phone users that Swarm is coming soon

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Foursquare announced plans to ‘unbundle’ its services across several applications back in the beginning of May. Swarm took over the check-ins functionality from Foursquare in mid-May, launching for iOS and Android at the same time. Two months on, Foursqaure is assuring Windows Phone users that they haven’t been forgotten.

Speaking via Twitter, Foursquare support told one irate Windows Phone user that it was putting the finishing touches on Swarm for Windows Pone and that it should be ready ‘very soon.’ (more…)


Google details Samsung Knox integration in Android L

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Google is set to shore up enterprise support in its upcoming Android L release. Aside from improving the core set of APIs developers and IT administrators can use, the Mountain View-based search giant is partnering with Samsung to offer a set of non-hardware specific Knox features across the Android L ecosystem.

Now in its second iteration, Knox offers Samsung Galaxy S and Galaxy Note users the option to compartmentalize work data on a personal device, protecting vital enterprise data from being shared with other apps, and to protect both the user and the company in cases of theft or loss.

Google separates Knox integration into three categories: Device and Data Security; Support for IT Restrictions and Policies; and Mobile Application Management. (more…)


Yahoo acquiring mobile ad and analytics firm Flurry for ‘hundreds of millions’


Marissa Mayer hasn’t been shy about acquisitions since she became CEO of Yahoo. In fact, one could argue that she’s been on a sustained shopping spree for the last two years. Her current tally stands at 40 acquisitions, which is 20 per year since she became CEO in mid-July 2012. This week Mayer is adding another one to the pile with the acquisition of mobile analytics firm Flurry. (more…)


Final Recon Jet design shown in latest preview, still on track for September ship date

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Vancouver’s Recon Instruments has been toiling away at designing the perfect Heads-up Display (HUD) for athletes since mid-2013, and had planned to release the $600 wearable in the spring.

But that period came and went, and on May 1st the co-founder, Dan Eisenhardt, performed the hard task of admitting the team was behind schedule, delaying final ship date until September 25th. (more…)