Samsung Galaxy Note8 Officially Launched Today

September 15, 2017  by Ayla Ylanen
Samsung Galaxy Note8
 
Following up our original article on the Samsung Galaxy Note8, the official launch date has arrived.
 

Here are some of the Canadian carries who you can get the Note 8 from today:


Bell Mobility | Available now!
  • Full price:  $1349.99
  • On a 2-year term:  Starting at $549.99
 
BellMTS | Available now!
  • Full price:  $1349.99
  • On a 2-year Premium Smartphone Plus Plan:  $549.99
 
 Eastlink | Available now!
  • Full price:  $1272.00
  • On a 2-year easyTab plan:  $0 up front
 
 Freedom Mobile | Available now!
  • Full price:  $1300.00
  • On a 2-year term:  Starting at $260.00
 
Koodo | Available now!
  • Full price:  $1300.00
  • On a 2-year term Tab Large:  $750.00

Rogers | Available now!
  • Full price:  $1299.00
  • On a 2-year Premium+ Tab:  $549.00
 
SaskTel | Available now!
  • Full price:  $1299.99
  • On a 2-year term with Plus Pricing:  $549.99
 
tbaytel | Available now!
  • Full price:  $1349.99
  • On a 2-year term:  $749.99

TELUS | Available now!
  • Full price:  $1300.00
  • On a 2-year term:  Starting at $550.00
 
Videotron | Available now!
  • Full price:  $1299.95
  • On a 2-year term:  $449.95
 

Apple iPhone 8 and 8 Plus Preorders Start Today

September 15, 2017  by Ayla Ylanen
Apple iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus 

If you missed Apple's keynote speech on September 12th, you can find it here. The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus were both unveiled during the speech, and pre-orders have opened for business today. The official launch date will be on September 22nd - coming up fast!
 
This year's line of iPhones comes in Space Grey, Silver, or Gold finishes and have internal storage capacities of either 64 GB or 256 GB. The battery life of the newest iPhones is about the same as the previous models - the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. And like the iPhone 7 line, they are IP67 water and dust resistant and have a 4.7-inch (iPhone 8) or 5.5-inch (iPhone 8 Plus) Retina HD display.
 
Though there are many similarities, there are also some major enhancements this year. The newest iPhones have a glass front and back to support wireless charging. The cameras have gotten some major upgrades, especially the 8 Plus' new Portrait Mode and Portrait Lighting.
 
The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus have a new A11 Bionic CPU with four efficiency cores that are up to 70 percent faster than the A10 Fusion in prior models. A11 also has two performance cores that are up to 25 percent faster. The new A11 Bionic can power Augmented Reality apps and games - all on the new Apple iOS 11 - making the iPhone 8 more capable than ever, so you can be too.

Key Features:

  • All-Glass Design - The most durable glass ever in a smartphone, front and back. A colour‑matched, aerospace‑grade aluminum band. 

  • IP67 Rated - Precision‑engineered to resist water and dust.

  • Wireless Charging - Wireless charging for a wireless world. With no charging cable required, iPhone 8 is truly designed for the future of wireless. Charge with wireless charging stations and mats in hotels, cafés and airports around the world.

  • Faster CPU - Introducing A11 Bionic. With four efficiency cores that are up to 70 percent faster than A10 Fusion. And two performance cores that are up to 25 percent faster.

  • All New Sensor - iPhone 8 features a more advanced 12MP camera. With a larger, faster sensor. A new colour filter. Deeper pixels. And optical image stabilization for photos and videos. Portrait mode on iPhone 8 Plus gets even better. For sharper foregrounds and more naturally blurred backgrounds. There are also Beta Dual cameras and new facial landmarking creates dramatic studio lighting effects in Portrait mode. The wide‑angle and telephoto lenses enable optical zoom, as well as digital zoom of up to 10x for photos and 6x for videos.
Apple iPhone 8 and 8 Plus in Gold finish

See full specifications for Apple iPhone 8

See full specifications for Apple iPhone 8 Plus

Compare Apple iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus

Compare other Apple devices

 

Availability & Pricing:

Apple Store | Available for Preorder now!
Price varies depending on options selected.
  • 64GB iPhone 8:  Starting at $929.00
  • 256GB iPhone 8:  Starting at $1139.00

  • 64GB iPhone 8 Plus:  Starting at $1059.00
  • 256GB iPhone 8 Plus:  Starting at $1269.00
 
Bell | Available for Preorder now!
Price varies depending on options selected.
  • 64GB iPhone 8:  Full price $949.99
  • 64GB iPhone 8:  Starting at $229.99 on a 2-year term
  • 64GB iPhone 8 Plus:  Full price $1089.99
  • 64GB iPhone 8 Plus:  Starting at $359.99 on a 2-year term 
 
Rogers | Available for Preorder now!
Price varies depending on options selected.
  • 64GB iPhone 8:  Full price $929.00
  • 64GB iPhone 8:  Starting at $229.00 on a 2-year term
  • 64GB iPhone 8 Plus:  Full price $1059.00
  • 64GB iPhone 8 Plus:  Starting at $359.00 on a 2-year term 
 
TELUS | Available for Preorder now!
Price varies depending on options selected.
  • 64GB iPhone 8:  Starting at $230.00 on a 2-year term
  • 64GB iPhone 8 Plus:  Starting at $360.00 on a 2-year term 
Also available at most other major Canadian carriers such as Fido, Koodo, Videotron or Virgin Mobile Canada.

iPhone 8 Plus hands-on review by C-net

Apple iPhone 8 Hands-on Review by techradar

iPhone 8 hands-on review by techradar

Apple iPhone 8 and 8 Plus Hands-on Review by ars Technica

iPhone 8 and 8 Plus hands-on review by ars technica

 
About Apple:  "Apple Inc. is an American multinational technology company headquartered in Cupertino, California that designs, develops, and sells consumer electronics, computer software, and online services. The company's hardware products include the iPhone smartphone, the iPad tablet computer, the Mac personal computer, the iPod portable media player, the Apple Watch smartwatch, the Apple TV digital media player, and the HomePod smart speaker. Apple's consumer software includes the macOS and iOS operating systems, the iTunes media player, the Safari web browser, and the iLife and iWork creativity and productivity suites. Its online services include the iTunes Store, the iOS App Store and Mac App Store, Apple Music, and iCloud." - Wikipedia
 
Images Credit:  Apple

Introducing Apple iPhone X

September 14, 2017  by Ayla Ylanen
Apple iPhone X
 
Announced at Apple's keynote speech on September 12th (which you can find here if you missed it that day.), meet the iPhone X. You'll have to be patient because iPhone X is not available until November 3rd, but you can reserve one on October 27th when pre-orders begin.
 
iPhone X will come in 64 GB or 256 GB capacities, like the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus that were also recently announced. You can choose from either Silver or Space Grey finishes, though you won't see much of the finish from the front side of the device with its massive 5.8-inch Super Retina HD OLED display.
 
The iPhone X is packed with Apple's new A11 Bionic CPU. It has four efficiency cores that are up to 70 percent faster than the A10 Fusion in the iPhone 7 series. A11 also has two performance cores that are up to 25 percent faster. The new A11 Bionic can power Augmented Reality apps and games - all on the new Apple iOS 11 - making the iPhone X more capable than ever, so you can be too.
 
The iPhone X is Apple's first smartphone ever with facial recognition technology, thanks to the new TrueDepth camera. Working with the A11 Bionic chip, the TrueDepth camera captures and analyzes more than 50 different muscle movements, then mirrors your expressions in any of the 12 different Animoji characters - inlcuding a unicorn, a Grey, or cute kitty cat. Animoji include your voice, and you can share your videos within Messages.

     
     

Key Features:

  • It's all Screen - With iPhone X, the device is the display. All all-new 5.8-inch Super Retina HD screen fills the hand and dazzles the eyes. 

  • Face ID - Your face is now your password. A tiny space houses some of the most sophisticated technology we’ve ever developed, including the cameras and sensors that enable Face ID. The TrueDepth camera projects and analyzes more than 30,000 invisible dots to create a precise depth map of your face. Face ID is so secure you can us it with Apple Pay and check out with just a glance.

  • Wireless Charging - Wireless charging for a wireless world. With no charging cable required, iPhone X is truly designed for the future of wireless. Charge with wireless charging stations and mats in hotels, cafés and airports around the world.

  • Animoji - The TrueDepth camera analyzes more than 50 different muscle movements to mirror your expressions in 12 Animoji. Reveal your inner panda, pig or robot.
  • Augmented Reality - A11 Bionic powers extraordinary augmented reality experiences in games and app on the world’s largest platform for augmented reality.
Apple iPhone X comes in either Silver or Space Grey finishes

See full specifications for Apple iPhone X

Compare Apple iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus

Compare other Apple devices

 

Availability & Pricing:

Apple Store | Preorders start October 27th, 2017
  • 64GB model:    Starts at $1319.00
  • 256GB model:  Starts at $1529.00
The iPhone X will be available at most major Canadian and US carriers once it launches.

iPhone X hands-on review by C-net

Apple iPhone 8 Hands-on Review by techradar

iPhone X review by Android Authority

Apple iPhone X Hands-on Review by ars Technica

iPhone X hands-on review by ars technica

 
About Apple:  "Apple Inc. is an American multinational technology company headquartered in Cupertino, California that designs, develops, and sells consumer electronics, computer software, and online services. The company's hardware products include the iPhone smartphone, the iPad tablet computer, the Mac personal computer, the iPod portable media player, the Apple Watch smartwatch, the Apple TV digital media player, and the HomePod smart speaker. Apple's consumer software includes the macOS and iOS operating systems, the iTunes media player, the Safari web browser, and the iLife and iWork creativity and productivity suites. Its online services include the iTunes Store, the iOS App Store and Mac App Store, Apple Music, and iCloud." - Wikipedia
 
Images Credit:  Apple

Motorola moto x4 is Headed to North America this Fall

September 11, 2017  by Ayla Ylanen
 Motorola Moto X 4th Generation

Moto x 4th generation was announced recently at IFA 2017 in Berlin. It launches in Europe this month for around €399, and will be headed to the U.S. later this fall. No word on if it will be coming to Canada or not yet, but we will keep you posted if it does.
 
In Motorola moto lineup, the x4 stands somewhere between the high-end moto Z line and the mid-range moto G line. The X series was once considered Motorola's flagship line of smartphones, but was absent last year. The X line has returned; now running Android 7.1 Nougat OS, and compatible with Amazon Alexa digital assistant.


 

Key Features:

  • Compatible with Amazon Alexa - Use Alexa wherever you go - without even unlocking your phone.

  • IP68 Water Resistant - Keep your phone protected from accidental spills, splashes and even puddles.

  • Fingerprint Sensor - No more need for passcodes when you can instantly unlock your phone using just the touch of your finger.

  • Precision-crafted Glass and Metal - Easy to hold and easy on the eyes, featuring a beautiful, contoured design.

  • Dual Rear Camera System - Capture wide-angle perspectives and stunning portraits. Plus, the front-facing camera comes with adaptive low light mode for selfies worth sharing.
 
Motorola Moto X4

Moto x4  Review by The Verge

 
 
About Motorola:  "Motorola created the mobile communications industry. We invented most of the protocols and technologies that make mobile communications possible, including the first mobile phone, the first base station, and most everything in between. Today, we are combining that pioneering spirit with a renewed commitment to consumers. That’s why our phones run on Android, the world's most popular operating system. Android brings the openness that shaped the Internet to the mobile world. That’s also why we are dedicated to bringing consumers around the world great value through devices that don’t compromise on quality, experiences or style. For the past 80 years, our engineers have thrived on invention and on finding new ways to solve problems. We continue to look for new opportunities to change people’s lives for the better through the magic of mobility." - Motorola
 
Images Credit:  Motorola

T-Mobile ONE Family Plans Now Come with Netflix

September 6, 2017  by Ayla Ylanen
T-Mobile Netflix On Us 
 
Good news for US readers - Starting September 12th, all eligible T-Mobile ONE subscribers with 2 or more active voice lines (Prepaid plans are excluded though, sorry.) will get a free Netflix Standard account. This new partnership has been dubbed "Netflix On Us" and comes with zero extra fees. Netflix Standard usually costs $9.99 USD, and includes:
  • HD video streaming on up to 2 devices simultaneously. 
  • Access to unlimited movies and TV shows on your laptop, TV, phone, or tablet.
  • Family Allowances, which offers a variety of talk and text management controls for parents.
Hey T-Mobile, will you please expand up here to Canada?
 
John Legere, President and CEO of T-Mobile said, "The future of mobile entertainment is not about bolting a satellite dish to the side of your house or resuscitating faded 90s dotcoms. The future is mobile, over-the-top and unlimited. While the carriers spend billions on their franken-strategies to cobble together carrier–cable–content mashups, the Un-carrier just leapfrogged them all by partnering with the best and giving it to customers at no extra charge. Because that’s what we always do. Give more to you without asking more from you.”
 
"This is the right move at the right time — for all the right reasons. More and more fans are bingeing on mobile, so we’re bringing together Netflix’s award-winning TV shows and movies with T-Mobile’s award-winning, unlimited network," said Reed Hastings, co-founder and CEO of Netflix.
 
Qualifying customers can activate their Netflix account on September 12th by following these steps:
  • Go to My T-Mobile and log in to your account.
  • Select Plan.
  • Select Change Services. If you need to change your plan to qualify, select Change Plan. You can also contact T-Mobile customer service for assistance.
  • Add the Fam Incl. Netflix $9.99 feature to your account.
  • Once added, select the Register For Netflix button after submitting your changes.
  • If you're a current Netflix customer, sign in with your existing account.
  • If you're new to Netflix, you'll need to sign up for a Netflix account. 
You can read the full press release or further details and information about Netflix On Us at T-Mobile.com. 
 

About Netflix:  "Netflix has been leading the way for digital content since 1997. Netflix is the the world's leading internet entertainment service with 104 million members in over 190 countries enjoying more than 125 million hours of TV shows and movies per day, including original series, documentaries and feature films. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on nearly any internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments." - Netflix
 
About T-Mobile:   "As America's Un-carrier, T-Mobile US, Inc. (NASDAQ: TMUS) is redefining the way consumers and businesses buy wireless services through leading product and service innovation. The Company's advanced nationwide 4G LTE network delivers outstanding wireless experiences to 72.6 million customers who are unwilling to compromise on quality and value. Based in Bellevue, Washington, T-Mobile US provides services through its subsidiaries and operates its flagship brands, T-Mobile and MetroPCS." - T-Mobile
 
Source: T-Mobile

More LTE Network Upgrades coming to Rural Saskatchewan

September 2, 2017  by Ayla Ylanen
 SaskTel Logo
After less than a year since SaskTel wrapped up a massive LTE expansion in Saskatchewan, another $4 million in upgrades has been announced. 35 more wireless towers are scheduled to have their LTE capacity upgraded by 20% to 100% before April 2018.

Dustin Duncan, Minister Responsible for SaskTel said, "Our government understands that having access to fast and reliable communications services are vital in today’s digital world. This most recent round of wireless upgrades from SaskTel will greatly benefit a number of residents, farms, and businesses who call rural Saskatchewan home.”

"Today’s announcement further demonstrates our commitment to deliver world-class communications services to our customers all throughout the province. These upgrades will help bolster our network and add capacity to address the ever-growing demand for wireless data," said Doug Burnett, SaskTel Acting President and CEO.

SaskTel's LTE network currently covers 99% of Saskatchewan's population.

Full List of Wireless Tower Locations that Will be Getting Upgrades:

Allan Gallivan
Marshal
Arcola Hague
Maymont
Bell Plaine Hanley
McLean
Birch Hills Hubbard
Norquay
Blackstrap Kamsack
Oxbow
Blewett Kamsack (Hwy 57 E.)
Pasqua Lake
Coronach Kensaton
Red Deer Hill
Crutwell La Ronge
Rosthern
Dubuc Lemberg
Southey
Dundurn Little Pine
Spruce Home
Estrehazy Maidstone
Stoughton
Fort Pelly Maple Creek



About SaskTel:  "SaskTel is the leading Information and Communications Technology (ICT) provider in Saskatchewan, with over $1.2 billion in annual revenue and approximately 1.4 million customer connections including 617,000 wireless accesses, 389,000 wireline network accesses, 273,000 Internet accesses and 111,000 maxTV™ subscribers. SaskTel and its wholly-owned subsidiaries offer a wide range of ICT products and services including competitive voice, data and Internet services, wireless data services, maxTV services, data centre services, cloud-based services, security monitoring services, advertising services, and international software and consulting services. SaskTel and its wholly-owned subsidiaries have a workforce of approximately 4,000 full-time equivalent employees (FTEs)." - SaskTel

Source:  SaskTel 

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