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Bell launches Quebec-only $80/month plan with Unlimited calling, texts and 4GB data

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Quebec continues to be a hotbed of competition and the carriers are volleying back and forth for consumers hard earned dollars.

Bell is the latest carrier to launch a promo plan that entices people to sign-up or switch. The “Voice and Data Plus 80″ is a Quebec-only plan that costs $80/month and includes unlimited nationwide calling, unlimited text, picture and video messaging, voicemail, call display, 10-hours of MobileTV and 4GB data. According to the internal doc we received it seems the promo lasts a few days as its only available until April 14th – which might be good for those considering buying the new HTC One M8 or the Samsung Galaxy S5.

Quebec-based carrier Videotron has a competing plan that offers similar features with 4GB data for $74.95/month.

This should be online shortly.
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Pocket 5.4 for Android adds Immersive Mode for KitKat users

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Pocket for Android, one of the best apps in which to read longform content, has received a nice little update that lets KitKat users hide the top and bottom navigation bars for a fullscreen experience.

Immersive Mode was one of the best features added to Google’s newest iteration of Android, and it’s slowly being added to various apps and games that are better served with a full-screen experience. Not to entirely leave out users of Jelly Bean, Pocket now hides the status bar in Android 4.1 to 4.3.

Also in this update are improvements to the way text is automatically formatted, making the translation engine more reliable, and a number of translations to languages like Dutch, Korean, Chinese, Polish and Portuguese.

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Air Canada rolling out in-flight WiFi on North American flights in May

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Air Canada has been testing Wi-Fi on select flights between Toronto, Montreal and Los Angeles with GoGo for a number of months now.

The service is currently available on two A319 planes, but according the latest release the two companies are planning “to begin rolling out connectivity across its North American fleet in May,” which will bring “Air-To-Ground Wi-Fi connectivity” to a number of aircrafts (Airbus A319, A320, A321, Embraer 190, Air Canada Express CRJ-705 and Embraer 175).

The current cost on the A319 is $9.95 USD for connectivity on your laptop or for $7.95 USD for handheld devices on one-way travel. No word on if the pricing will change when the Wi-Fi service goes live next month, but Air Canada noted that “pricing will be competitive with other in-flight Wi-Fi connectivity offerings.” The installation process of in-flight Wi-Fi will start next month with the goal of complete 29 aircrafts by the end of 2014, then aiming for “a targeted completion date of December 2015 for the designated 130 narrow-body aircraft.”

Source: CNW

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Robert Downey Jr. says everyone should buy an HTC One M8 or he’ll ‘be possessed with the most foul spirit’

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HTC recently hired Hollywood heavyweight Robert Downey Jr. to “help shape the creative direction” of its product lineup. The contract is a 2-year marketing agreement worth $12 million and ensures Downey Jr. has the “final say over creative elements.” The first ad campaign was with the HTC One and saw ‘Here’s To Change’ come to life by bringing meaning to the individual letters of HTC.

Next up is the HTC One M8 and since Downey has final say, the minute-long video below is what they’ve come out with. Packed inside are a number of stats, English accents and that he demands everyone in the world all get the HTC One M8 or he’ll “be possessed with the most foul spirit.” (more…)

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Bell lays out plan to shutter its CDMA network by January 1st, 2017

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Following TELUS, Bell will begin shutting down its CDMA network.

According to an internal doc we received, Bell’s plan is to start shutting down its CDMA EVDO network in Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador & Prince Edward Island effective July 1st, 2015. Bell also notes that its CDMA 1xRTT network will see the same shutdown date of July 1st in British Columbia (excluding Fort Nelson), Alberta, and parts of Quebec.

There is no word on how many CDMA customers Bell currently has on its CDMA network, but a couple of years back during an interview a spokesperson noted there were over over 2 million active CDMA subs. That number has surely declined precipitously since then, but there are likely several thousand still running on the older technology.

January 1st, 2017 is the selected date when Bell is aiming to shut down all of its CDMA sites. Over the next couple of years, customers will be transitioned off CDMA and onto Bell’s faster HSPA/LTE networks.

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HTC One M8 launch pushed back to April 15th

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This is interesting. Many carriers have already started selling the HTC One M8 through “pre-sales.” Customers on the launch partners (Rogers, Bell, Telus, Wind Mobile and SaskTel) are able to score the flagship early and have it delivered to their door before the anticipated April 10th launch date.

However, in-store availability could be delayed a few days. According to this internal doc from Bell it states that inventory should arrive “towards the end of this week” and that “once inventory is received, Sales Consultants can start selling. Also, note, the launch date has been moved to April 15, 2014.” (more…)

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iOS highlight Walking Dead: Season One comes to Android

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Telltale’s Walking Dead: The Game Season 1 has finally come to Android.

The winner of Apple’s 2012 Game of the Year has been ported to Android phones and tablets, though the system requirements are fairly steep. The episodic adventure game received critical acclaim for its graphics, storytelling, gameplay and voice acting, and immerses players in Robert Kirkman’s seemingly never-ending Walking Dead universe.

The zombie apocalypse is the backdrop for the story, but it’s the characters that make the game so interesting. Sold as a freemium title, the first episode is offered as a taste, with episode 2-5 and bonus title 400 Days available for $14.99 as an in-app purchase.

Telltale doesn’t mince words when it comes to hardware requirements. The team collaborated with Nvidia to bring Shield controller compatibility to the game, and the title is optimized for Tegra 4 hardware. Still, it works great on Adreno 300-series GPUs, so most flagships sold in the last year should be fine.  (more…)

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Distiller’s whisky guide arrives on Android

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I like scotch, but heaven help me if asked to identify the “dark honey, cereal, citrus, and vanilla” notes in a bottle of Dalmore 12.

That’s why apps like Distiller, available today for Android after a brief exclusivity period on iOS, are useful. The app has a wide range of whiskys from all over the world, though its more extensive section is for scotch, and pairs pricing, tasting notes and reviews in an easy-to-follow flow.

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Songza for Android is getting a big upgrade, and you can try it early

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There are few apps on Android more in need of a design overhaul than free music streaming service, Songza. Though the app has added Chromecast support and fixed a number of bugs in recent months, the core user experience is very much aligned with how apps were expected to function in the Ice Cream Sandwich era.

With the introduction of updated design guidelines in Android 4.1 and beyond, most new apps have done away with the drop-down Action Bar in favour of a persistent top bar or, more common, a “hamburger” menu that exposes menu elements from the left side.

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Javelin Browser is a great Android browser designed for KitKat

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There is no shortage of great Android browsers, from the AOSP project (Chromium), Google itself (Chrome and Chrome beta), to Mozilla (Firefox), Opera, Dolphin and many, many others.

Javelin Browser is a relatively new entry into this crowded market, differentiating itself with a unique UI and a gesture-friendly UX. Built on top of the open-sourced WebKit-based Lightning Browser, Javelin renders extremely quickly and scrolls smoothly, two prerequisites for a great browser on the platform. But it’s got a few more tricks up its sleeve: it’s KitKat-optimized, so the navigation elements are either hidden or made translucent, allowing for fullscreen usage on devices with virtual menu buttons like the Nexus 5 and HTC One M8.

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