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Windows Phone 8.1 now available to developers, but you can download it, too

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Windows Phone 8.1 is here, and if you’re a developer — or at least pretend to be — you can download it right now.

This is one of the most important software updates Microsoft has ever released, on both PC and mobile, as it jumps over a few important hurdles to reach feature parity with iOS and Android. While consumers will appreciate Cortana, the sassy voice assistant, and Action Center, there are a number of business-focused updates, including Enterprise VPN and S/MIME support, that will make the OS more attractive to corporations.

To download the update on any Windows Phone 8-based device is fairly straightforward, though you cannot return to your previous installed version once it’s complete. It will, however, upgrade to the carrier-released version of Windows Phone 8.1 — if and when it arrives — later this year. (more…)

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“BlackBerry Experience” registration now open for Toronto and Montreal

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During the turmoil of 2013, BlackBerry announced it would not be holding its annual BlackBerry Live conference in 2014, instead opting “to continue with an engaging lineup of smaller, targeted events taking place all around the world.”

The Waterloo-based company has already been on the road in Paris and most recently in New York with its “BlackBerry Experience” events. Good news for those who want to back BlackBerry on their home turf as they have announced a couple dates hitting Canada. BlackBerry Experience will arrive in Montreal on May 6th, then in Toronto on May 8th. Here are the complete details of what to expect, with the link to register below:

  • BlackBerry’s Vision: John Sims, President, Global Enterprise Services
  • The Evolution of EMM: Sepharim Group, Bob Egan
  • Learn about BlackBerry’s end-to-end, Enterprise Solutions for today and tomorrow:
  • BlackBerry® Enterprise Service 10
  • BlackBerry World Class Technical Support
  • Multi-platform Enterprise Mobility Management
  • Communication & Collaboration
  • A look at our roadmap to BlackBerry Enterprise Service 12
  • Enterprise Applications (apps for BlackBerry, cross platform, customized apps)
  • Closing Remarks

Source: BlackBerry

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TELUS Samsung Galaxy S5 review

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Few devices this year are going to receive the attention, and scrutiny, of Samsung’s newest flagship. The Galaxy S5 is the star of Samsung’s expanding smartphone lineup, and as the Korean company’s reach that grown beyond Android enthusiasts, its products have gone through a number of quiet evolutions.

Befitting the fifth product in a series, at the top of an industry settling into a comfortable middle age, the GS5 is mature, taking aim at pain points raised in previous versions. Speeds and feeds are secondary to what the phone can do, and though the company continues to look outside its walls for inspiration, the implementation of those ideas is all Samsung — for better or worse.

Coming to TELUS for $229 on a 2-year and other carriers on April 11th, the Galaxy S5 is a great Android smartphone, but is it a good buy?
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OneNote for Android gets OneDrive support for notebooks and sections

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Microsoft continues to expand on its cloud offerings as part of new CEO Satya Nadella’s “a cloud for everyone on every device” strategy. Yesterday, the company updated the Android version of its Evernote competitor OneNote. The updated includes support for creating and managing OneDrive notebooks and sections, as well as improvements to content rendering on some Android devices.

Creating a new OneDrive notebook or section from within OneNote is now as easy as hitting the requisite Create button from the Notebooks and Sections lists within the app. However, while you can delete sections from within OneNote, there is currently no support for deleting notebooks on OneDrive.

Are you an Android OneNote user? If not, what would it take for you to be willing to give Microsoft’s cloud offering a try?

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TELUS offering a $50 credit for customers who can’t find a Samsung Galaxy S5

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A repeat of the past couple years has occurred once again. When Samsung Canada released the Galaxy SIII in 2012 and Galaxy S4 in 2013 many carriers offered up a $50 credit to those who were unable to find one. The reasons were caused by low inventory as both devices were in “high demand.”

The Galaxy S5 has experienced the same fate. TELUS is now offering up a $50 “rain check” credit for those customers who cannot find a white or black version of the new flagship. According to an internal doc we received it notes that a $50 credit will be applied to a customers bill when the GS5 comes back in-stock.

TELUS says this credit is available for customers who try and buy between April 11th and 20th. “For customers who come into store during the period described above as the Effective Data, looking to activate or renew a Samsung Galaxy S5 and are not able to receive a device due to depleted inventory, TELUS is offering a $50 raid check credit towards the price of the device on a 2-year activation/renewal when stick is replenished.”

(Thanks tipster!)

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WIND Mobile launches $39 Spring Promo Plan

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WIND Mobile recently revamped their monthly price plans and included “a plethora of new unlimited options.” The carrier increased its two entry-level rate plans by $5/month, now $25 and $35. According to a post on RedFlagDeals, WIND Mobile will be launching a new promo for $39/month that will include the U.S. roaming add-on. This add-on usually costs $15/month and the springtime promo will go live on April 14th.

Update: WIND has gone live with this $39/month promo and as expected comes with the US roaming add-on. No word yet on the expiry date. More here at WIND

(Thanks RockJock!)

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TELUS ordered by the Quebec Superior Court to reimburse customers $2.6 million in texting fees

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TELUS customers in Quebec could potentially see a $15 credit appear on their bill in the near future.

According to a report in the CBC, plus the full court doc below, the Honourable Marie-Anne Paquette of the Quebec Superior Court ruled that TELUS changed the terms and conditions of the wireless contract of 177,425 customers without the proper notification. Apparently TELUS collected fees of $0.15 for incoming text messages between 2008 and 2011 and the court stated TELUS must pay a fine of $2.6 million (actual cost is $2,590,762). (more…)

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Completely useless Android antivirus app nets 30,000 downloads before being pulled

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Consider this a lesson in taking app claims (and user reviews!) at face value. Uploaded on March 28th, Virus Shield was the third most popular paid app, and the most popular overall, on the Google Play Store. Retailing for $3.99, the app promised to search a user’s Android smartphone for viruses without affecting battery life. In a little over a week, it had been downloaded more than 30,000 times and had received multiple 5-star reviews.

Unfortunately, the app didn’t do anything. Well, when pressed, the app’s icon changed, but as Android Police concluded when it examined the app, there was no additional code within to do anything else.

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Nike opens Nike+ Fuel Lab, partners with MyFitnessPal, Runkeeper, and Strava

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Nike has taken another step today in its quest to become the dominant fitness tracking platform for mobile users, announcing the launch of Nike+ Fuel Lab in San Francisco. The goal of the lab is to provide a space for app developers to work with Nike and the NikeFuel platform, allowing for data sharing and syncing across partner apps and Nike’s own hardware.

As part of the launch, Nike also announced initial partnerships with popular fitness tracking apps RunKeeper, MyFitnessPal, and Strava. Nike claims that the Nike+ community is currently 28 million people worldwide, and believes integration with these services could bring over 100 million new athletes to the NikeFuel platform.

If you’re interested in learning more about Nike’s fitness offerings as summer approaches, why not check out our hands-on impressions of the Nike Fuelband SE?

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