Galaxy S IV announcement on March 14

It is finally official, Samsung will be introducing the Galaxy S IV on March 14 in New York City. Leaked specifications of Samsung’s next flag ship phone indicate that it will have a 4.99 inch Super AMOLED 440 ppi HD display, Exynos 5 Octa processor, 2 GB of RAM, and 13 MP and 2 MP rear and front facing cameras respectively with Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) on board. The Galaxy S III has a 4.8 inch Super AMOLED 306 ppi display, Exynos 4412 Quad processor, 1 GB RAM, and 8 MP and 1.8 MP rear and front facing cameras respectively, so this will definitely be an improvement. The new Galaxy smartphone should also have a LTE radio, a step up from the 3G HSDPA+ radio of the S III. For those who can’t make the New York City engagement, it will be live streamed starting at 7 PM on March 14.

Source: Mobile Syrup 1 and 2 and GSM Arena

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Aereo expanding to new counties in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania

Aereo’s television streaming service is set to expand significantly today as it adds 29 new counties in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania.  With these latest additions it now covers the entire metropolitan of New York City that has a population of 19 million.  If you are in one of these new areas you may start to see some publicity for the service as the Aereo has started its first advertising campaign.  The legitimacy of this new business model is still not clear as there are ongoing legal battles between Aereo and several television broadcasters for copyright infringement.
See previous posts (Aereo 1 and 2) for more information on Aereo’s Over the Air Cloud TV service.
Source: The Verge

Firefox latest to jump into mobile space

A lot of announcements coming out of the Mobile World Congress as it is gearing up for the week ahead.  One of these is from Deutsche Telecom and Mozilla, as they used the congress to talk about Firefox OS, the latest mobile OS to reach the light of day.  Although it won’t be coming to North America for now, it will be rolling out soon in a number of other countries including: Brazil, Columbia, Hungary, Mexico, Montenegro, Poland, Serbia, Spain and Venezuela.  The first bunch of handsets for the OS will be provided by Alcatel, Huawei, LG and ZTE.  Mozilla also announced that it will be launching its marketplace for the OS later in the year.  Apparently you will be able to buy apps directly from your mobile provider, perhaps a way to entice carriers to get on to their bandwagon.

Sources: Engadget 1 and 2

SMS based Wikipedia expected soon

In a bid to provide access to users who don’t have the latest smartphones, Wikipedia will soon be offering its content through SMS.  If you have a cell phone with SMS capability you will only have to send a text message to Wikipedia and you will get an article in response.  The service is expected to be in place in the next couple of months.

Source: Engadget

No warrant needed to search cell phone without password

According to the Ontario Court of Appeals, police can search your cell phone if it is not password protected. If you do have it protected then they will need to get a warrant to search it. The decision came from a case where a man appealed his robbery conviction in which police collected evidence from his cell phone. It was argued that the seizure was a breach of his right within the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The judge ruled that police can look through your non password protected phone in a “cursory fashion” to search for evidence.

Source: iPhone in Canada and CBC

Plants vs Zombies: Apple’s free App of the week

Well another week, another high profile game is free at Apple’s App Store. Up this week is Plants vs Zombies by PopCap games which has been one of the most popular iOS games since it was introduced back in 2010. It should be noted that both the iPhone and iPad versions, regularly priced at $2.99 and $6.99 respectively, are free for the next week. PopCap is probably trying to get everyone hooked on the game in advance of Plants vs Zombies 2 which is expected to be released in the spring.

Source: iPhone in Canada

Air Miles Program coming to Staples

If you have an Air Miles account you may want to start heading over to Staples for your Tech needs. The big box office outlet announced today that starting on March 6, 2013 you will be able to earn 1 reward mile for every $40 spent in-store or online at Staples.ca. As expected there are a number of exclusions including: taxes, shipping, assembly services, and self serve copying to name a few.

Source: Staples