iPhone 5 sale now on

Rogers, Telus and Bell have joined Fido in offering discounts on the iPhone 5. The 32 GB and 64 GB iPhone 5 can now be purchased for $229 and $279 respectively on a three year contract, they were previously $279 and $379. Rogers is offering the deal until March 4 and will require a monthly service plan of $45 or more. If you want to save even more money the iPhone 4S is $0 on a three year contract.

Source: iPhone in Canada


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

Second Apple Store in Ottawa – Opening Imminent (Update)

Update:  The opening of the Bayshore store is now official as it was just announced on Apple’s web site.  The store will open on Saturday September 8 at 9:00 am.  It is expected that commemorative t-shirts will be handed out to the first 1000 visitors.

As reported in an earlier post, Apple is going to be opening a second store in Ottawa.  Well the opening seems imminent now as the famous logo has just appeared on the former Gap Kids location in the Bayshore Mall late last week.  If all goes according to previous openings, the store should actually open its doors in a week or so just in time to welcome the throngs hoping to get their hands on the “New” iPhone expected to be released on September 21.

Source: iPhone in Canada

Corel’s Earth Day Deals

If you are a fan of Corel’s software you may want to head over to their website this weekend to cash in on some of the deals. Until midnight on April 22 the sale includes:

  • Painter 12, regularly $429 now from $169
  • VideoStudio Pro X5, regularly $79.99 now from $49.99
  • PaintShop Pro X4 Ultimate, regularly $99.99 now from $39.99
  • Photo and Video X4 Ultimate Bundle, regularly $149.99 now from $49.99

For more details visit Corel’s website by clicking here.

Western Digital My Book Live Duo NAS

The newest addition to Western Digital’s line of Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices is the My Book Live Duo. As the name would suggest it contains 2 storage drives that are capable of acting in spanning or data protection modes. In spanning mode the two drives combine to form one large volume, whereas in data protection mode one drive is used to store your data and the other is used to store a duplicate copy. The device also does the other things that are now expected out of modern NASes, it will stream your media or iTunes Library to any DNLA certified device such as blu-ray players or game consoles, it performs automated backups using the included WD SmartWare software or it works with Time Machine, and it provides internet and mobile access using its iOS and Android apps.

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Apple’s App Store nearing 25 billionth app sold (update)

Apple announced recently that it has reached its 25 billionth download on the app store. Given the recent high profile launch of its devices in China, it was not surprising to learn that the lucky person resides in China. The winner of the $10,000 iTunes gift card was Chunli Fu who made the free version of Where’s My Water, a puzzle game designed by Disney, the record setting download. Apple said that there are now 315 million iPhones, iPads and iPods that have contributed to this milestone. Given that a new magical device is set to be released on Wednesday, there is no doubt that the 40 million apps daily download rate will continue to increase. For those interested, the Android market hit the 10 billion app download milestone in December, about 2 years after it opened. Apple took 2.5 years to reach this same number.

Source: Boy Genius Report

Over the Air TV cloud service

The American company, IAC/InterActive Corp, recently announced plans for a service which will stream Over the Air (OTA) broadcasts of the major networks on the internet.  According to the New York Times story, it is one of the most ambitious attempts to date to circumvent the traditional television distribution model put into place by cable and satellite TV providers.  To get over the legal issues of rebroadcasting television signals, the fee charged to its users is for the rental of an actual antenna, the signal of which is then streamed back to the user.  For now at least this is only available in New York city, a restriction which is strictly enforced through a IP address and geo-location verification.  The service will cost 12 $/month and include an on-line Digital Video Recorder (DVR) that will stream the service to any internet connected device, including cell phones, media players, tablets and TV’s.  Even though it will not have HBO or ESPN, it may be an interesting alternative for people thinking about cutting their cable, especially if this service is used in combination with on-demand services such as Netflix.

Even though there are no plans in place for a similar service in Canada, people in most major cities can pick up OTA digital TV signals themselves using an inexpensive antenna.  Provided that your television is a newer model that has a digital tuner, you should be able to pick up High Definition signals from all the major networks.  Broadcasters in Canada started transmitting their signals digitally in most large cities in September 2011.  More information about OTA TV in Canada can be found in the Home Entertainment tab of this website

Source: New York Times