Archive: March, 2011
ICE is an acronym for “in case of emergency”. Consider this, you are caught (God forbid) in a car accident and you are knocked unconscious. The paramedics arrive on the scene and have to make some quick decisions to save your life and require some basic medical information . They would like to speak to your wife, partner, mother or whom ever your next of kin is, so they grab your phone and search through your contacts – 150 contacts, who should they call? This is how ICE was born.
Playbook announced for Canada and the US
RIM announced the release of its long awaited BlackBerry Playbook earlier today. It will be available in over 20,000 retail outlets in the US and Canada according to RIM’s press release. RIM is teaming up with a large group of retailers and wireless carriers including, Bell, Rogers, TELUS, Wind and Videotron along with retail giants Futureshop/Best Buy, Stables, The Source, Costco and WalMart. The Playbook is priced at $499 which is close to the iPad 2 ($499 in the US and $519 in Canada). The 7″ version is going to be available on April 19 in Canada and the US. No word yet on when the 10″ version will be available. The Playbook is available in 3 versions, the 16GB model for $499, the 32GB model for $599 and the $64 model for $699 (see table below). You can preorder the device through Best Buy’s and Futureshop’s website.
The BlackBerry PlayBook is almost here – almost
With the BlackBerry PlayBook not launching until April 19th in North America, you have to wonder if anyone really cares at this point. April 19th seems like an eternity to wait for a device that we have been hearing about for almost a year. So to finally get the press release from RIM, announcing 20,000 points of distribution sounds impressive, however, if the delay to launch was due to RIM trying to get that many vendors on board I think it was a huge mistake. Perhaps I’m wrong and they just couldn’t get it in market any sooner. Either way it’s still a huge loss to launch a month later than the iPad2 in Canada and almost two months late in the US and at the same price point as the iPad2. I really don’t understand the pricing strategy given that Apple owns the mind share in this category and the PlayBook needs to pair with a BlackBerry device in order to access cellular networks. So what do you think, will the BlackBerry PlayBook Boom or Bust?
CTIA Wireless 2011 is here
On the eve of North America’s biggest Wireless trade show CTIA Wireless 2011, AT&T announced it will buy the No. 4 mobile carrier, T-Mobile USA, for $39 billion. Curious what other breaking news will come out of this three day event to be held from March 22-24,2011 in Orlando, Florida. With more than 1,000 exhibitors from over 125 countries and more than 40,000 spectators expected by the time the curtains come down on day three, there will surely be lots of device introductions, services launches and technology innovations that will shape the upcoming year or perhaps even years to come.
iPad vs iPad 2 – What’s the difference?
Apple released the latest version to its super successful tablet, the iPad2 which went on sale on March 11 in the US. The iPad 2 is expected to be on sale in Canada on March 25th. If you are like me you will be asking yourself, should I stick with the iPad or should I upgrade to the iPad2? And if you will be purchasing the iPad for the first time then you will be wondering which one you should choose. Let’s examine the two versions of the iPad.
The Association of Chinese Canadian Entrepreneurs Winner’s Club Reception at KPMG
On the 46th floor, rising out of the fog shrouded mantle of Downtown Toronto like a mountain in a sea of fog, KPMG hosted a reception for the ACCE. The purpose of this reception was for members of the association of entrepreneurs to have a chance to meet and hear from competitors on the Dragon’s Den who had braved the dragons and emerged victorious from the show.
Coming off the heels of the award winning HTC Desire and the more recent HTC Desire HD, HTC unveiled its’ successor, the HTC Desire S. HTC’s newest Android device combines everything you would want in a cell phone, from the look and feel to usability.
From the moment you pick it up, you will be impressed by the aluminum chassis that gives the device a sleek and firm looking feel After that, it’s all about usability and features. The HTC Desire S utilizes the new 1GHz Snapdragon processor for speed and performance while the Android 2.3 O/S, with HTC sense, gives a superior and simple user experience.
When is the Right Time to Switch to a Smartphone?
I recently made the plunge and switched from an ordinary cell phone to a smartphone. The smart-phone is revolutionizing the mobile market and it is a good time to make the switch if you are considering it. There are some very strong reasons for switching to smartphones but they aren’t for everybody. I hope, by sharing my own experiences and reasoning for going to a smartphone that I can help you ascertain whether a smartphone is the right choice for you.
Data Capable Cell phones will replace the PC!
Very few of us can accurately predict the future, but with the rapid explosion of data capable cellphones known as Smartphones I believe the time has come to put the personal computer, this includes desktops, notebooks, and mini notebooks to rest. The transition will take a few years but eventually the majority of us will not use a PC as we know it today to do our work. I see a future where new employees for companies are given the best smartphone for their work, no business notebook or PC.
Here are 10 reasons why I believe this will be our future: