Microsoft Wearable Fitness Band on Sale Today at $199

by Istvan Fekete on October 30, 2014

On Wednesday, Microsoft unveiled its long-rumoured wearable device shortly after the apps on the App Store and Google Play leaked, suggesting that the software maker is about to make an announcement.

The Microsoft Band is what its name suggests: a fitness band somewhat resembling the Samsung Gear Fit and packed with a bunch of sensors that are designed to track both sleep and daily activities, and act as a second screen for your smartphone. This means users can receive notifications on the device.

Microsoft’s wearable goes on sale today for $199 at the company’s physical and online stores. Besides featuring the usual sensors that measure heart rate, the Microsoft Band is able to measure sun exposure and galvanic skin response, thanks to its UV sensor.
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Blackberry Classic Goes Back to Go Forward

by Matt Klassen on October 30, 2014

Still struggling to regain traction in today’s mobile market Blackberry has decided to navigate a bold new course, going back to go forwards. To that end, yesterday Blackberry CEO John Chen explained the firm’s reasoning behind its latest mobile offering, and I’ll use the word “latest” generously, as the aptly named Blackberry Classic Q20 is definitely something we’ve seen before.

Describing the new Classic as a Bold 9900 with “a little more power,” it’s clear Blackberry is doing more than reviving the retro look of its more popular smartphones of the past, but actually slapping a new label on a slightly upgraded version of its old phones and sending them back to market. As MobileSyrup’s Douglas Soltys writes, “If leaked specs are to be believed, the Classic Q20 features a two year old processor to go with its three year old design, as the Classic resurrects the navigation keys and trackpad that were dropped with the company’s push to BlackBerry 10.”

For those now left scratching their heads about Blackberry’s latest retro product development, Chen offered an explanation in an open letter published earlier this week, stating that the release of the Classic is part of Blackberry’s plan to produce more “unconventional” devices,” much like the square-shaped Passport, and that by offering a pre-Blackberry 10 retro smartphone the company is hoping to finally upgrade those users who are still clinging to their legacy Blackberry devices.

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CCTS: Bell Accounts for a Third of Wireless Complaints for 2013–14

by Istvan Fekete on October 29, 2014

Have you ever signed up for a service after receiving a promotional offer from a carrier only to find out a month later – or when the bills started to arrive – that it wasn’t a deal, after all? This is exactly the case for more than 12,000 Canadians who turned to the Commissioner for Complaints for Telecommunications Services (CCTS) in Canada.

Speaking with CBC, Commissioner Howard Maker called on telecom companies to make offers easier for consumers to understand. The media outlet brought up the case of a Canadian woman who received a promotional offer from Bell, which she jumped on only to find out that her bill was much higher than she expected.

When asked for a comment, Bell replied that the customer had made modifications to the account, adding a lot of extras that increased the bill. On the other side there is the customer, who thought it all was part of the deal.
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Our Connected Everything Lifestyle will soon need a Digital Butler

by Matt Klassen on October 29, 2014

As the ever-expanding Internet of Things continues to fill our lives up with connected gadgets—with every piece of technology we ever owned now capable of updating us on even the most mundane minutia—we are once again going to encounter the extant problem of the digital age: information overload.

In fact it won’t be long until we’re overwhelmed by the constant neediness of our connected everything existence, continually hounded by our heating system desperate for a filter change, our kids’ nightlight that just told us the fire alarm may be going, a smart toilet that informs us we need to eat more fibre, and a refrigerator that simply needs to let us know we’re out of milk.

What we really to sort out the Internet of Things is a little help, and there’s nothing better to help us sort out of the nattering of a thousand technological gadgets than, well, some more technology. To that end the next great advancement in the Internet of Things will likely not be yet another connected gadget, but instead a hub to help us sort everything out; a digital butler of sorts.

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Wind Mobile Names Pietro Cordova CEO – Lacavera Remains Chairman

by Istvan Fekete on October 28, 2014

Wind Mobile is about to undergo further changes: The wireless startup announced yesterday that it is promoting Pietro Cordova to Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately.

Anthony Lacavera, who has been the heart of the company, will remain Wind Mobile’s Chairman and a shareholder, and will take an active role at board level, including working with the company on business planning and strategy. He will also continue to advocate for the carrier.

The announcement comes after Wind announced a major change in the carrier’s history just last month: Backed by investor partners, Anthony Lacavera’s Globalive took over the struggling wireless startup from the Russian VimpelCom. This move marks an important milestone in the carrier’s history and seems to be the start of a much-needed change.
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5 Call-tracking Platforms to Help Boost Your Business

by Jeff Wiener on October 28, 2014

If there’s one communication solution that many businesses in Canada and around the world often overlook it’s the importance of call-tracking, but to fair, it’s not entirely their fault. The reality is that many call-tracking platforms available on the market today are so difficult to implement and interpret that they serve little purpose anyways, forcing many businesses to limit their use of call-tracking software (thus not benefiting from its full functionality) or simply ignore it completely.

But the truth of the matter is that if you want your business to succeed to today’s competitive, technology-driven market, you need to employ an advanced call-tracking platform, one that delivers not only advanced statistics and feedback, but one that is easy to use and seamlessly integrates into your existing communication network.

It’s here that the rigorous evaluation process of telecom analysis website TopSEOs is invaluable, as the team’s “in-depth analysis delves into the features of the call tracking software and compares them against what other competing services have to offer.” By examining the call-tracking interface, the platform’s ease of integration, its features, the quality of its technical support, and the reporting methods the software provides, TopSEOs has compiled a list of the top call-tracking platforms in Canada, and here’s a selection of some of the key standouts:

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Apple has Confused Tablet Market Domination with True Innovation

by Matt KlassenOctober 28, 2014

As the first reviews emerge about Apple’s recently unveiled iPad Air 2 two common themes are abundantly clear: the latest iteration of the iPad is a half-hearted tablet upgrade that still delivers limited functionality, and despite these mounting criticisms, most reviews begrudgingly acknowledge it’s still the best tablet out there. What’s different about the criticism [...]

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Ottawa Introduces Bill to Eliminate Telecom Paper Fees

by Istvan FeketeOctober 27, 2014

The Conservative government has presented a bill that will end the telecommunication companies’ practice of charging customers for paper bills and also give federal authorities more power for national security reviews conducted under the Investment Canada Act. The new bill addresses an issue that made headlines earlier this year: telecom companies (among others) charge customers [...]

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Technologist Warns of the Uncontrollable Demon of Technological Advancement

by Matt KlassenOctober 27, 2014

Elon Musk, business magnate and CEO of the up and coming Tesla Motors, is one of the nation’s chief advocates for smart cars, pushing for increased automation that would allow cars to park and drive themselves. But as much as Musk wants to see a world where technology helps us in increasingly complex ways, on [...]

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No Gender Gap at Microsoft, CEO Claims

by Matt KlassenOctober 24, 2014

There’s no gender gap at Microsoft, company CEO Satya Nadella announced earlier this week while discussing his firm’s latest cloud ventures, a follow-up on his comments earlier this month that women in the tech industry should “trust karma” to get them ahead in their field, instead of asking for raises. The comments ignited a firestorm [...]

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