iTunes Gift Card on Sale

For those bargain hunters out there, iPhone in Canada just spotted a sale on iTunes gift cards. Starting tomorrow, Friday October 5, a $50 gift card will only cost $40 at The Future Shop. Once added to your iTunes account you can use it for Apps, Music, TV Shows and Movies.

Source: iPhone in Canada

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Blackberry Playbook OS Update

Blackberry rolled out version 2.1 of its PlayBook OS today. Some of the new features available are:

  • portrait view support for email, calendars and contacts
  • Android App Player support for the camera
  • the ability to make in-app purchases
  • device encryption that now includes personal data and wireless printing
  • The new version is only compatible with the original WiFi PlayBook, the 4G LTE version should get its update within a month.

    Source: Engadget

    Google’s Street View coming to mobile browser

    It has been reported by several sources that Google’s Street View will be coming to the web app tomorrow. Now that your iOS 6 no longer uses the Google Map App, iPhone and iPad users have no longer had access to the popular feature. You can access the app through your mobile Safari browser at maps.google.com.

    Sources: Mobile Syrup and All Things D

    Rogers LTE down (Update)

    LTE service on Rogers seems to be back up again at least in some areas.

    I just noticed that Rogers LTE service is down as my iPhone 5 is defaulting to 3G. A quick call to Rogers Technical Support confirmed there is a problem with LTE and Rogers One Number. I guess we will have to survive with good old 3G for a while. No word yet on whether this is related to the data overcharges that some Rogers customers have been reporting.

    Gingerbread still top OS flavour in the Android World

    Even though Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0.3-4.0.4) was released nearly a year ago and Jelly Bean (Android 4.1) about three months ago, Gingerbread (Android 2.3-2.3.7) is still the top OS among Android users. Version 2.3 of Gingerbread still accounts for almost 56% of users, while Ice Cream Sandwich is now up to 23.7%. The latest offering from Google, Jelly Bean, is only at 1.8%. The low rate for Jelly Bean is not surprising since there are only a handful of devices that have been released that are capable of being upgraded to it (e.g. Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S and Nexus 7). The adoption rate is expected to jump significantly once popular devices such as the Galaxy S III and the HTC One X get upgraded. It was recently reported that Samsung has started to roll out Jelly Bean to its devices in Europe while HTC smartphones will receive the update later this month.

    In the Apple world updates to the OS are supported by most of its devices, only the older iPhones were not capable of upgrading to iOS 6. As a result, the adoption rate of the new mobile OS by iPhone users was already 17% after only 24 hours and now today that rate is at 60% in Canada and the US.

    Source: Mobile Syrup

    Rogers introduces Free Data Upgrade Promotion

    If you are planning to sign up for a new voice and data plan with Rogers, you may want to do it before October 14 to take advantage of their “Additional GIG of data” promotion. According to Mobile Syrup, if you sign up for a $63 or $73/month voice and data plan between now and October 14 you will receive an additional 1 GB of data absolutely free. In addition to the 2 and 4 GB of LTE and sharable data included in the $63 and $73 plan, you will also get:

  • 200 anytime minutes
  • Evenings and weekends starting at 6 PM
  • Unlimited text, picture and video messaging
  • MY10 Canada wide calling and messaging
  • Source: Mobile Syrup