All New HTC One (M8) Now Available

April 10, 2014   Comments
The all new HTC One (M8) began launching at select carriers today. There has been some confusion over release dates, here's what we have determined: TELUS officially announced it's availability on Google+ this morning. Bell had released an internal document that the date was being pushed back to the 15th, but the phone is available to order online, and after talking to a rep we've confirmed it's available in-store as well. You can order now through SaskTel, Rogers only has the option to reserve, while WIND, Koodo & Virgin are still listed as coming soon.
 
This highly anticipated device has been receiving great reviews. Here's a recap of its top features:
 
HTC One (M8) Features
  • High quality metal unibody finish and stacked internal components for a thinner design.
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor with 2.3 GHz quad-core Krait CPUs.
  • Android 4.4 KitKat OS with the all-new HTC Sense 6 user interface.
  • Duo Camera that features HTC’s innovative HTC UltraPixel module, a dual flash and full 1080p HD video recording.
  • Zoe in the cloud: Zoe will evolve into a cloud based service in 2014. The new Zoe app will be available for download through Google Play in the summer.
  • Motion Launch – convenient gesture controlled shortcuts.
  • Extreme Power Saving Mode – extra standby time at no extra cost.
  • HTC BoomSound, with dual frontal stereo speakers, a new amplifier and redesigned speaker chambers, it delivers sound that is 25% louder than the HTC One (M7).
  • A more intuitive HTC BlinkFeed with with continuous scrolling, adaptable tiles and a new layout.
  • Pre-loaded Fitbit app, so you can get healthier and stay motivated.
  • Available in Gunmetal Grey, Glacial Silver, and coming to Rogers mid-May in Amber Gold.
 
The All New HTC One (M8) - Click for details 
 
 
To compare the HTC One (M8) to its predecessor, the HTC One (M7), click here.
 
For full HTC One (M8) features, specifications, images, downloads and reviews, click here.
 

Air Canada to Offer In-Flight Wi-Fi

April 9, 2014   Comments
Gogoair.com Participating Airlines 
In a partnership with Gogo, Air Canada has announced that in-flight Wi-Fi will be available to customers on flights across North America beginning May 2014. The agreement will also provide future testing for solutions on international flights.
 
Benjamin Smith, Executive Vice-President and Chief Commercial Officer says, "Air Canada continually seeks to enhance the travel experience and that is why we are pleased to be the first airline in Canada to offer in-flight Wi-Fi connectivity to customers flying over continental North America. In today's connected world, our customers want to access email, mobile device applications and the internet wherever they are, both to increase their work productivity and expand their leisure options."
 
Subject to a final agreement with Gogo, Air Canada plans to begin outfitting its fleet of aircraft with Air-To-Ground Wi-Fi connectivity. Installations are to start in May for a designated 130 planes, with a target completion date of 2015. Connection speeds are to be comparable to on-ground broadband services. Cellular voice communication will not be offered (due to current prohibited regulations – IMHO, regulations that should stay in place). Air Canada states "Pricing will be competitive with other in-flight Wi-Fi connectivity offerings.”
 
Only two Airbus 319 aircrafts are currently equipped with Wi-Fi. Pending the final agreement it will be installed on the remaining Airbus A319, as well as the A320, A321 and Embraer 190 fleet types, and Air Canada Express CRJ-705 and Embraer 175 aircrafts.
 
For more information, visit Air Canada or Gogo.
 

Samsung's Gear Fit SmartWatch

April 8, 2014   Comments
Samsung Gear Fit Global Website 
 
The launch of the Samsung Galaxy S5 is almost upon us, and with it will come the arrival of one of Samsung's new wearables, the Gear Fit.
 
"The device is only compatible with about 20 Galaxy-branded devices, so you're out of luck for now if you're running iOS or have a non-Samsung smartphone. But for those who fall into that group and are eyeing a fitness wearable, this is by far your best option yet," wrote Mashable's Samantha Murphy Kelly.
 
Mashable took an in-depth look at the fitness tracker smartwatch hybrid, which will be available for $219 (US$199) - view the article by clicking here.
 
Compatible device models (to be further expanded) include: Samsung Galaxy S5 / Galaxy Grand 2 / Galaxy Note 3 / Galaxy Note 3 Neo / Galaxy Note 2 / Galaxy S4 / Galaxy S3 / Galaxy S4 Zoom / Galaxy S4 Active / Galaxy S4 mini / Galaxy Mega 6.3 / Galaxy Mega 5.8 / Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition) / Galaxy NotePRO (12.2) / Galaxy TabPRO (12.2/10.1/8.4).
 
 
 

TELUS Officially Changing to New Website

April 3, 2014   Comments
Click to visit the new TELUS Mobility website
 
You may have noticed months back when TELUS started beta-testing their new-look website by posting a bar at the top of their current mobility website stating "We're building a new site and we'd love your feedback. See it now >". It looks like the new site is near completion (select pages have re-directed there for quite some time now), and we assume the odd tweaks were made based on user comments.
 
The new website features larger images, scrolling pages, and in general it seems, less information than before. Or maybe it's just harder to see. IMHO, the old website was very clear and user friendly - I am not finding the same experience with the new site (I let them know the first time I saw the 'we'd love your feedback'), but as the above banner recently posted to the landing page suggests - the new site will be official soon.
 
What do you think of the new site? Better? Worse? Let us know below in the comments.
 
 

TELUS Teams with Tranglo to Keep You in Touch

April 2, 2014   Comments
TELUS Tranglo WebsiteTELUS and international top-up service Tranglo have partnered up to help you keep in contact with friends and family overseas. TELUS users can now text the intended recipients' phone number to short code 5332, adding dollars to their account. The gift top-up automatically gets charged to the TELUS account.

There is a little back and forth, but all said it's pretty straightforward and all done via SMS. You choose the option of Canadian dollars you'd like to send, once confirmed, the recipient will receive a top-up to their account in the local currency. Done.

There are no subscription fees and no additional transfer fees to be paid - the total charge is confirmed via SMS. The service is available to both prepaid and postpaid accounts. The entire exchange happens within 5 minutes or less.

 
 TELUS Tranglo How To Use
 
 
For a list of eligible countries and rates, click here.

 

Sony Xperia Z2 Coming to Bell this May

April 1, 2014   Comments
Bell has announced they will be exclusively launching the Sony Xperia Z2 this coming May. Sony unveiled their new flagship smartphone at the Mobile World Congress 2014 last February, and though it has been available in other countries, it has yet to make an appearance in North America.  

Pricing has not been announced, but pre-registrations start today - and come along with the added bonus of automatically being entered to win one of five free Sony Xperia Z2s. Future owners of the Z2 will also be able to download Michael Jackson's XSCAPE (a posthumous compilation album of previously unreleased tracks) free of charge through the Xperia Lounge app. Although the device is being produced in purple and white, at this time Bell is only slated to carry the black.
Sony Xperia Z2 Details
The Xperia Z2 'multimedia powerhouse' is certainly packed with everything you need, including a 20.7 MP camera that's is capable of 4K video capture, a quad-core Qualcomm processor and 3 GB of RAM. Yes, 3 GB. And of course, it's certified waterproof and dust-resistant.
 
Sony Xperia Z2 Features
  • Android 4.4 KitKat OS
  • 5.2” Full HD TRILUMINOS Display for mobile with X-Reality for mobile picture engine
  • 4K video capture with a large 1/2.3” 20.7 MP Exmor RS for mobile image sensor, Sony’s award-winning G Lens and the intelligent BIONZ for mobile image-processing engine
  • 2.3 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor
  • 16 GB internal memory, expandable, with 3 GB RAM
  • Water-proof and dust-resistant (IP55 & IP58 certification)
  • One-piece aluminium frame with glass panels design
 
 
 
 
For full Sony Xperia Z2 features, specification, downloads, images and reviews, please click here.
 
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