This Year's 9.7-inch iPad Supports Apple Pencil

March 28, 2018  by Ayla Ylanen
9.7-inch 2018 Apple iPad

Almost exactly one year after the launch of the 2017 9.7" iPad, Apple is back with another 9.7-inch iPad for 2018. The 2018 model is almost identical to 2017's, with just a few differences.

The 2018 iPad has Apple's newest operating system; iOS 11. It is packed with Apple's A10 Fusion chip with 64-bit architecture, and an embeddded M10 coprocessor - an upgrade from last years' A9 chip and M9 coprocessor. The most notable different this year however is the addition of Apple Pencil support. Apple Pencil compatibility was normally reserved for the higher-end iPad Pro until now. The newest iPad costs slightly less than last year's model, staring at $429 CAD (for the 32GB Wi-Fi version) and up to $719 CAD (for the 128GB Wi-Fi + Cellular connectivity model) at the Apple store.

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"Hands-on with Apple's new 9.7-inch iPad" by c-net

"Apple's new iPad and software are here to help educators and students" - by Mashable

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

Source & images credit: Apple

Samsung Galaxy A8 Now Available in Canada

March 23, 2018  by Ayla Ylanen
Samsung Galaxy A8

Samsung's Galaxy A8 (2018) was announced back in December 2017, and just launched in Canada today. It doesn't look as through the A8+ will be heading to Canada, but the A8 is available in Black and Orchid Grey (which is really more of a purple) variations.

Canadian Pricing and Availability:

Bell Mobility | Available now!
  • Full price: $659.99
  • With a 2-year term: $149.99

Rogers | Available now!
  • Full price: $699.00
  • With a 2-year Premium+ Tab: $0

Virgin Mobile | Available now!
  • Full price: $659.99
  • With a 2-year Platinum Plan: $149.99

About Samsung Electronics Inc:  Samsung Electronics Canada inspires Canadians to reach their full potential through a transformative ecosystem of products and services that deliver innovation and distinct design to every aspect of their connected lives. The company is making incredible innovations in TVs, smartphones, virtual reality and wearable devices, tablets and digital appliances. In 2016, Samsung was ranked in the top 10 most reputable brands in Canada, based on a study by Leger. Dedicated to helping make a difference in the lives of Canadians, Samsung's award-winning Hope for Children corporate giving initiatives supports public education, sustainability and health-related issues in communities across the country. To discover more, please visit

Image Credit: Samsung

Sony Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra Now at Videotron and Freedom Mobile

March 22, 2018  by Ayla Ylanen
Sony Xperia XA2 smartphone

Sony announced the Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra back in January, and there has not been much information on prices or release dates since then. A few readers have emailed me asking for more information over the past couple months, but I've had nothing concrete to tell them... Until now! Both the XA2 and the XA2 Ultra are officially available in Canada as of today. (Still no word on the Xperia XZ2 or Xperia XZ2 Compact yet though...) Here's you go!

Canadian Pricing and Availability:

Freedom Mobile | Available now!
  • Full price: $400.00 for the Xperia XA2
  • With a My Tab Boost for 24 months: $0 down for the Xperia XA2
  • Full price: $520.00 for the Xperia XA2 Ultra
  • With a My Tab Boost for 24 months: $0 down for the Xperia XA2 Ultra

Videotron | Available now!
  • Full price: $419.95.00 for the Xperia XA2
  • With a 24 month agreement: Starting at $29.95 down for the Xperia XA2
  • Full price: $529.95 for the Xperia XA2 Ultra
  • With a 24 month agreement: Starting at $39.95 or the Xperia XA2 Ultra

About Sony Mobile:  Sony Mobile is a multinational telecommunications company founded on October 1, 2001 as a joint venture between Sony and Ericsson, headquartered in Tokyo, Japan and wholly owned by Sony. It was originally incorporated as Sony Ericsson, but Sony acquired Ericsson's share in the venture on February 16, 2012. Sony Mobile Communications has research and development facilities in Kenya, Africa; Chennai, India; Lund, Sweden; Beijing, China and Silicon Valley, USA. Sony Mobile was the fourth-largest smartphone manufacturer by market share in the fourth quarter of 2012 with 9.8 million units shipped. - Wikipedia

Images Credit: Sony Mobile Canada

Canada's Alert Ready System is Coming April 6th

March 21, 2018  by Ayla Ylanen
Alert Ready Emergency System

What is Alert Ready?

"Alert Ready is designed to deliver critical and potentially life-saving alerts to Canadians through television and radio. The Alert Ready system is developed in partnership with federal, provincial and territorial emergency management officials, Environment and Climate Change Canada, Pelmorex Corp. and the broadcast industry to ensure you receive alerts immediately and know when to take action to keep yourself and your family safe." - Alert Ready Canada

What types of devices will be compatible with the system?

  • You will need a 4G LTE-capable device such as a smartphone.
  • The device must be connected to an LTE cellular network at the time that the alert is issued.
  • The device must be Wireless Public Alerting (WPA)-compatible.

What types of alerts are broadcast?

  1. Fire
    • Urban fire: An urban fire threatens multiple residential and/or commercial properties.
    • Industrial fire: A large fire in an industrial building or complex that poses a threat to human health.
    • Wildfire: A wildfire involves natural combustibles, such as grass, brush and trees.
    • Forest fire: A Forest fire is a wildfire or prescribed fire that is burning in forested areas, grass or alpine/tundra vegetation and poses a threat to human safety.

  2. Natural
    • Tornado: A tornado is a vortex of a violently rotating winds, often forming a funnel shaped cloud that is capable of damaging property and injuring people.
    • Flash Flood: Often occurring from river ice jams and excessive unexpected rainfall, a flash flood is the sudden onset of water causing immediate flooding. This event presents a unique danger to life and safety as there is little or no warning that this event will occur.
    • Earthquake: An earthquake is a sudden release of energy in the Earth’s crust that creates seismic waves that can cause substantial damage, especially in urban environments.
    • Hurricane: A hurricane is violent storm comprised of intense winds and, heavy rain, potentially causing a storm surge, floods, coastal erosion or landslides.

  3. Biological
    • Biological: A potentially dangerous and poisonous substance that is usually very unstable and can be easily transferred between living organisms.
    • Chemical: A chemical substance that, if misused or released, could result in serious injury or death.
    • Radiological: With sufficient concentration, a radiological substance.
    • Drinking Water Contamination: When water quality is negatively affected and a boil-water advisory may be raised, cautioning use by the public.

  4. Hazardous
    • Explosive: A potentially dangerous substance or device that may explode.

  5. Environmental
    • Air Quality: A decrease in air quality is caused by an elevated particulate count in the atmosphere that can negatively affect visibility or the health of individuals.
    • Falling Object: Natural or human-made materials at risk of falling, which may threaten people or property.

  6. Terrorist
    • Terrorist Threat: The use of violence or threats of violence by individuals or groups against civilians or infrastructure.

  7. Civil
    • Civil Emergency: A civil emergency occurs when humans cause a disruption of services or require varying levels of support, law enforcement or attention.
    • Animal Danger: When a wild or domesticated animal poses a threat to human life or property.
    • Amber Alert: An Amber Alert is issued by police services when a child has been abducted and it is believed that his/her life is in grave danger. An Amber Alert provides the public with immediate and up-to-date information about the abduction and solicits the public’s help in the safe and swift return of the child.
    • D911 Service: A 911 service alert happens when there is a disruption or outage of telecommunication services between the public and emergency responders.

  8. Admin
    • Test Message
: A test message may be issued for either public awareness or technical testing purposes.

More information and source: Alert Ready Canada

TELUS Easy Roam International Service Price Increase

March 20, 2018  by Ayla Ylanen
TELUS logo

About one month after Rogers and Fido, then Bell and Virgin did the same, TELUS is increasing the cost of their daily roaming add-on.

The bad news: The international version of their 'Easy Roam' service will be increasing from the current $10 up to $12 per day starting April 2nd, 2018 for pre-existing cusotmers. Anyone not already on a TELUS plan will see the price increase one month later on May 1st.

The good news: 27 more international locations will be added to the list of included destinations on April 2nd, so Easy Roam can be used in more places around the globe. There are currently 140 included destinations.

You can find more details about Easy Roam International, and other international travel options at our TELUS international services and add-ons section.

Image Credit:  Shutterstock

About TELUS:  TELUS (TSX: T, NYSE: TU) is Canada’s fastest-growing national telecommunications company, with $12.8 billion of annual revenue and 12.7 million subscriber connections, including 8.6 million wireless subscribers, 1.7 million high-speed Internet subscribers, 1.4 million residential network access lines and more than one million TELUS TV customers. TELUS provides a wide range of communication products and services, including wireless, data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, television, entertainment, and video. TELUS is also Canada's largest healthcare IT provider, and TELUS International delivers business process solutions around the globe.

Virgin Mobile's 'Roam Sweet Roam' Price Increases... $1

March 12, 2018  by Ayla Ylanen
Virgin Mobile logo

Virgin Mobile increased the cost of their "Roam Sweet Roam" US roaming add-on today. The price only increased from $5 to $6, but if you use this feature regularly then the change is worth noting before it adds up while you are on vacation.

Both the US and International (International price is still $10) variations of the Roam Sweet Roam add-on are active for 24-hours at a time and come with 100 MB of additional roaming data. They can both be added to any Virgin Mobile plan with unlimited local or Canada-wide minutes. If you plan to travel for a longer period of time or your destination isn't on the list of the 135 countries included in the Roam Sweet Roam international option, you can still buy a travel pass. You can check out all of Virgin Mobile Canada's roaming add-ons on our site here!

About Virgin Mobile Canada:  "Virgin Mobile Canada is a provider of postpaid and prepaid wireless voice, text and data communications services throughout Canada. Launched on March 1, 2005 as a joint venture between Virgin Group and BCE Inc., BCE took sole ownership on July 1, 2009 when it closed a deal to purchase the stake it did not already own. Virgin Mobile calls its customers 'Members' and offers a Member Benefits program,  which provides its customers with special offers, discounts, and VIP experiences." - Wikipedia

Source:  Virgin Mobile Canada

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