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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.”

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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

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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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It’s easy to root your new Galaxy S5 with Chainfire’s Auto-root tool

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It may not be standard practice for a lot of Canadian Android owners, but there is a dedicated minority of hackers, developers and modders who will appreciate being able to root their brand new Samsung Galaxy S5.

Chainfire, one of the most well-known Samsung hackers around, has developed a tool called Auto-root for the Canadian version of the Galaxy S5, model number SM-G900W8, that takes advantage of the device’s unlocked bootloader to push the relevant root files and associated SuperSU software that facilitates access for other apps. (more…)

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Just bought a Samsung Galaxy S5? Remember to redeem your Galaxy Gifts

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If you just bought a Galaxy S5, you’re probably playing with it to discover the new features added to the device this year. If you can pry your finger away from the heart rate monitor for a moment, remember to take a look at the various gifts Samsung has bestowed upon you with the purchase.

On the third home screen, you’ll find a widget called Galaxy Gifts. Tap on that and log in to your Samsung Account (or reluctantly create one if this is your first Samsung device — we know, it sucks, but it’s a necessary evil) and you’ll see all the freebies Samsung has worked to offer its Canadian customers.

Not all of them are great, but some are: three months of Evernote Premium; $15 in-game credits for Cut the Rope 2; 12 months of Bloomberg Businessweek+ access; six months of EasilyDo Pro access; 50GB of Box access for six months.

Let us know which ones you’re excited for!

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Hands-on with Rogers suretap wallet mobile payment solution for Android and BlackBerry 10

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Rogers has finally launched its long-awaited suretap wallet product, available today for a number of devices, including the Galaxy S5. In fact, all future NFC-compatible Android and BlackBerry devices will arrive with suretap wallet pre-installed.

So what is it? And why use it? That’s a good question, and one Rogers is trying very hard to thoughtfully answer. At its core, suretap wallet is an open destination for cards, all types of cards, from payment to loyalty to gift. At the moment, the selection is rather barren — there is no credit card support, and loyalty is nowhere to be seen — but Rogers promises that will get better very quickly. Using the combination of a secure element, in this case a SIM card designed to store payment credentials and pass them, securely, to a payment terminal for which only the issuer has the key, a user can treat a touchless retail terminal the same way they would a physical credit card. The payment itself is processed wirelessly using near-field communications (NFC), eliminating the need to enter a PIN code or issue a signature. (more…)

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