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Canadians are still buying BlackBerrys more than any other smartphone, in stark contrast to the mobile whims of their southern neighbours.
Research In Motion Ltd. held 35.8% of the Canadian smartphone market in September, according to new data from market research firm comScore Inc., giving the Waterloo, Ont.-based BlackBerry maker the top spot in its home market. More than eight million Canadians owned a smartphone by early October, the report said, representing 40% of Canada’s mobile market… Read More
Source Photo and Text: Financial Post
Mobile developers more than ever want to devote their energies to writing apps for Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android platforms at the expense of their less popular rivals, a study released on Wednesday showed.
Apple and Google, already the favourites among developers, are likely to gain even more traction thanks to game-changing new services, according to the survey from research firm IDC and Appcelerator, a company that works with app developers… Read More
Source Photo and Text: The Globe and Mail
One of the few things that Google, Microsoft, Apple and just about every other major tech company in the world have in common is the belief that the world is going mobile.
The numbers are fairly staggering. Research firm Gartner expects the number of smartphones worldwide to triple by 2014, reaching some 850 million units. Tablet computers, such as the wildly popular iPad, are expected to fly off the shelves even faster, with sales growing sevenfold in the next two years… Read More
Source Photo and Text : The Globe and Mail
In the digital age, struggles between content creators and content delivery systems are heating up.
When hundreds of iPhone and iPad users of the Globe and Mail app were surprised last week to see their news replaced by a single article written by a company most probably hadn’t even recognized – Canadian mobile app provider Spreed Inc.
“From the moment [the app] started making ‘real money’ The Globe began making several decisions that severely harmed the relationship between our two companies,” Spreed CEO Anthony Novac wrote in the scathing article also posted on their corporate blog. “The sad result is that our differences will likely be settled in court.”
The Globe and Mail app is actually a Spreed app which syndicated Globe news content. Spreed charges that the Globe prematurely terminated their agreement to make their own app when they found out how profitable the app was. The app generates revenue through advertisements.
For all us app users, Spreed has released an update that turns the app into Free Press News, which syndicates content from the Winnipeg Free Press. Those still looking for their G&M fix can download the new Globe & Mail app that was created in-house.
More at The Financial Post.
If you have one of the latest credit cards with embedded chips in them, you may have experienced the convenience of paying for your purchases by just tapping your card against a reader. Soon, a similar chip equipped for Near Field Communications (NFC) may be coming to your next cell phone. In this way, your phone has the potential to become your wallet, holding all your personal identification, debit and credit cards.
Currently, only a few handsets in Canada support NFC, including Nokia handsets and the Android-powered Google Nexus S . The 5th generation iPhone is rumoured to be equipped with NFC.
The technology could also be used as a replacement for airline tickets, passports, hotel room keys and even car keys.
More at The Financial Post.
We use QR codes on our real estate signs, and our own metrics confirm these findings – QR code usage, like the Internet 15 years ago, is still in its infancy:
“It is a breakout time for them due to increased smartphone adoption,” said Tauschek, research director at Info-Tech Research in London, Ont. “It’s not at a critical mass point yet.”
More in The Globe and Mail.
The trend is clear – customers are moving online and into mobile. Over 30% of all pizza orders originate from the Pizza Pizza website. Pizza Pizza’s top customer demographic is university students, who are also avid smartphone adopters.
“Convenience is one of the reasons people enjoy pizza,” Paul Goddard, chief executive officer of Pizza Pizza, said in a statement Monday. “We’re very proud of our app’s simplicity, it’s unlike any other in our industry. This launch is an important part of our broader mobile strategy.”