Top Canadian stories from the past week, plus other news from around the web

CES 2014 kept most of the week busy (we have lots of hands-on below). In addition, rumours of Rogers coming out with a video service to take on Netflix surfaced, and Bell and RBC launched their mobile payment offering. Below are the top Canadian mobile stories from the past week, plus notable news from around the web.

– Good cause: Bell ‘Let’s Talk Day’ is happening January 28th [Read here]
– 2500 MHz spectrum auction will begin on April 14th [Read here]
– Wearables on the feet: hands-on with the first smart sock [Read here]
– Bell and RBC launch their mobile payment service [Read here]
– Parrot and Sphero Show Off New Robotic Toys at CES Unveiled [Read here]
– Samsung Galaxy S5 launching by April [Read here]
– Gogo’s in-flight WiFi network now live in Canada [Read here]
– Rogers expected to launch a Netflix-like video service called ‘Showmi’ [Read here]
– Epson Gets Into the Activity Tracking Space with Pulsense (Hands-on) [Read here]
– Health sensors and the quantified self are trending big at CES [Read here]
– App Store sales topped $10 Billion in 2013 [Read here]
– BlackBerry is no longer searching for a CEO [Read here]
– Qi wireless charging [Read here]
– Samsung’s next version of TouchWIZ for smartphones may actually be good [Read here]
– Fairfax is buying an additional $250 million of BlackBerry bonds [Read here]
– Nokia’s Android interface leaks [Read here]
– Rogers and Telus begin rolling out Lumia Black update for the Lumia 1020 [Read here]
– Thalmic Labs Shoots to Kill with CES Demo (First Look) [Read here]
– Pebble’s new smartwatch is worth its price in Steel (Hands-on) [Read here]
– Cars and smartwatches making interesting partners at CES [Read here]
– A First Look at Recon Jet: Smart Glasses for Sports [Read here]

Around the web:
– ZTE’s modular smartphone could make part-swapping a reality within 2-years [Engadget]
-Google+ Android app may soon get Chromecast support [AndroidAuthority]
– BlackBerry Adds Live QML Editing for BlackBerry 10 Developers [BerryReview]
– Microsoft Planning To Release Windows 9 ‘Threshold’ April 2015 [WMPU]