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  • The Weather Network Tops Apple’s Top 25 All-Time Fr...
    By on March 3rd, 2012 | No Comments Comments

    Canadians love the weather and their number-one source for mobile forecasts is The Weather Network.

    Last week Apple announced the Top 25 All-Time most downloaded paid and free apps for iPhone and iPad as part of its “Countdown to 25 Billion Apps” promotion. According to the free-app list, The Weather Network mobile app landed the top spot for the iPad and in the Top 3 for iPhone.

    Being one of the first companies to break into the world of mobile applications four years ago, The Weather Network has seen incredible growth in its industry-leading app business with download numbers surpassing the 20 million mark and impressive ratings across all platforms. If you are really interested in tech, then check out secure-gear.com.


    The newly launched Weather Network-branded app for iPhone boasts two million unique users and over 100 million page views, monthly. It was also recently upgraded to include enhanced ski reports, a fixed Trip Forecast date button, as well as improvements to the charts and maps performance.

    Averaging over 300 thousand unique visitors and nine million page views month-to-month, WeatherEye HD for iPad is now compatible and optimized for iOS 5. It also has improved satellite/radar maps usability and location search.

  • Sell mobile phones for best prices compare to other m...
    By on January 12th, 2012 | No Comments Comments

    New phones are coming out every year, heck every few months! If you are one of them and in the UK. If I was one of them, I would sell my phone and recoup part of what I’ve spent and put it towards the new phone. Similar to trading in your current car for another except that you are guaranteed the best price from Sell My Mobile, after this all you need to do is get a phone plan or a extension of the plan you already have, for example, Aircel Chennai talktime and validity extension plans are a really good choice for most people.

    The process is very straight forward and anyone who knows how to navigate a site can follow their 4 simple steps. First you search for the model of your phone, the results will be displayed showing companies looking to buy your phone as well as how much they are offering. You then select the best deal you can find and fill out the details. Once you have mailed your phone to the cell phone recycle company and they have verified the phone, they will send you the payment in cash or vouchers.

    I personally think this is a good way to get rid of your unwanted phones where you get paid to get rid of your junk, you cannot get any better than that. Its espcially true for people who own popular phones like the almighty iPhones which always have high demand. Someone with an iPhone 4 can sell it, then get an iPhone 4S without paying for the full price for the new one. Even though I personally wouldn’t do that unless I was really crazy about Siri, a better camera and processor. The site also contains a “Most Popular” section where it shows you the most popular traded in phones. I could get these from partner stores at shopping centers near me, as well.  As of right now, iPhone 3GS 16GB is the most popular and you can get up to £113 follow by iPhone 4 16GB where you can potentially sell it for £243.

    Check out their site: http://www.sellmymobile.com
    Sister site for people in the US: http://www.sellcell.com

    [This is a sponsored post]

  • My frustration with Rogers SMCD3GN modem
    By on April 2nd, 2011 | 166 Comments166 Comments Comments

    So recently we upgraded our Rogers Internet to Extreme and they gave us another policy management software, this one is almost twice the size of my previous one, called SMCD3GN. The reason for the size is probably because it acts as both the cable modem as well as a wireless router. This is where my frustration began as I’ve just reconfigured my wireless network a few days ago with a brand new D-Link 632 wireless router.

    It basically took me the whole night and I was still unable to find the cause of my problem. The problem of not being able to access the Internet through my wireless router. Although I was able to quick verify nothing was wrong with the new cable modem, I was baffled with what could be the reason. I knew that something in my wireless router or in between my wireless router and the cable modem is blocking Internet access to my PC which is connected to the LAN with a physical cable. In the end, Google was my friend as I stumbled upon a couple of pages and finally found the problem.

    The problem was originated from the new Rogers cable modem and the fact that it can act as an all in one cable modem/wireless router. First problem, it acts as a gateway and blocks all other Internet access to other routers (I don’t know too much in detail about this). So if you encounter this problem, the first thing you should do is disconnect your PC – wireless router connection, plug your cable modem directly to your PC. Then access the control panel or admin console by typing in in your broswer. There you will find the second problem which is the login and password information which is no where to be found in the provided cable modem box at all. I had to find that in a tech forum. And that one does not even give me full access to the cable modem. I finally found this site which solved my problem by providing me the second set of login which gives you the ability to disable all commercial gateway. The login and password are rogcesadmin and wra8uje respectively.

    On the system page you will see that option right away. But before you disable the “disable all commercial gateway functions” function please disable wireless function in the Wireless section first. Reason being the wireless capability of the cable modem, as tested by the author of the site I mentioned, was horrible. As it doesn’t have any physical external antenna to broadcast the wireless signals you can imagine how reliable the wireless functionality it really is. Once you have disabled the wireless function go back to the System section and disable the “disable all commercial gateway functions” function which will reboot your cable modem.

    Once rebooted, reconnect your cable modem back to your wireless router and your PC to one of the LAN ports in the wireless router and you should be good to go.

    I hope this helps those that are having this issue and don’t have to go through what I have gone through just to figure this out. I can’t imagine any non tech-savvy person trying to figure this out on their own. I guess they can always call their support line, which I personally find a waste of time. Again please visit the site for more detailed instructions with image.

    [Update @ 2011 12 24th]
    Thank you ED and Hagie for providing two other sets of login/password details. Seems that the login info changes with different models of the modem.

    • cusadmin/password
    • rogcesadmin/nas00Rn7TU

  • Perfect Proporta protection for the iPhone killers
    By on March 10th, 2010 | No Comments Comments

     Perfect Proporta protection for the iPhone killers – Introducing cases for Droid, Milestone, Nexus One and Storm 2

    The iPhone and its horde of devotees may think that they rule the Smartphone roost, but there are more and more credible challengers to the throne.  Proporta has picked three of their favourites, and come up with some typically impressive accessories to keep them safe and sound, and looking spiffing.

    For the Motorola Droid there’s the Aluminium Lined Leather Case (Motorola Droid/Milestone) that is handcrafted from the finest quality leather, and features Proporta’s trademark “Screen Saver System”, with a sheet of lightweight, aircraft grade aluminium built in to protect against crushing and impact damage.

    Meanwhile, for the HTC Google Nexus One, there’s the impeccable Impact Protective Crystal Back Shell (HTC Google Nexus One), that fits like a glove, and offers unbeatable protection with a soft feel finish.

    Last but not least, there’s the Mizu Shell for the BlackBerry Storm 2.  This super tough silicone case offers robust protection against knocks, scratches and impact damage, and with the range of colour options it’s as stylish as it is strong.

    Also, to get complete protection for your device, Proporta also has their unrivalled Screen Protectors.  The ultra high clarity plastic protects your screen like a dream, and each protector comes with a kit for easy application, and a cleaning cloth for easy long term care. 

    But don’t think that Proporta is abandoning the iPhone in all of this – there’s no sides being taken here.  Take, for example, the Antimicrobial Case with Steritouch (Apple iPhone 3GS).  Not only is it a super-tough silicone case that will keep your iPhone safe and sound, it also features a special antimicrobial coating that will help to protect you against any germs and nasties.

    With this sort of protection onside, these challengers to the iPhone supremacy have just got that little bit closer to their rival.  But whether you’re an iPhone lover, or solemnly sworn to one of their rivals, don’t worry – Proporta has it covered.

    P.S. The USB TurboCharger 3400 can be used to charge up any of the devices above and can guarantee that you’ll never run out of juice again.

  • Canpages Brings “Augmented Reality” Local...
    By on March 10th, 2010 | No Comments Comments

    Canpages has launched a free augmented reality iPhone app called the CanadaEye—one of only a small handful in North America that leverages this new technology. The app lets you view the direction and distance to all specific business locations in real-time overlaid on screen. As you likely know, augmented reality is the latest technology coined for applications that utilize the iPhone 3GS’ compass, GPS and video camera simultaneously. The Canpages app lets users search for a specific category, from a great local deli to a mom and pop bakery to a Starbucks. Essentially, it’s one app to find everything near you, and how to get there.

    Canpages Brings “Augmented Reality” Local Search to the iPhone 3GS

    Canpages free CanadaEye’ augmented reality mobile application leverages iPhone’s compass, GPS and video camera simultaneously

    VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA—March 9, 2010—Canpages, Canada’s fastest growing local search firm today announced the launch of its free augmented reality iPhone application for local search called the CanadaEye. One of only a small handful of mobile applications in North America that leverages this new technology, CanadaEye lets users search and view the direction and distance to all specific business locations in real-time overlaid on iPhone’s screen. 

    Augmented reality is the latest technology coined for applications that leverage the iPhone 3GS’ compass, GPS and video camera simultaneously. The Canpages application enables users search for a specific business category—from local delis and mom and pop bakeries to Starbucks and Tim Hortons—and then shows the direction and distance to all of the businesses in the category in the local area. Essentially, CanadaEye is one application to find everything nearby as well as how to get there in real time.

    The application is free to download through iTunes here and allows users to search Canpages’ more than one million business listings across Canada.

    CanadaEye represents another innovation in a string of online and mobile product “firsts” for Canpages including the launch of Street Scene on Canpages.ca, which provides 360-degree views of Canadian cities at street level, as well as the first voice-recognition local search applications for the iPhone and Blackberry. Additionally, Canpages was the first local search firm to meaningfully embrace social media with the company’s recent acquisition of GigPark, a social networking and recommendations platform.

    About Canpages Inc. and Canpages.ca

    Canpages is the largest independent local search and directories publisher in Canada. Its website, Canpages.ca features a national residential and business database and more than 3.5 million unique visitors come to visit it every month with their local search requests. With 80 publications and over 80,000 customers, Canpages reaches more than 8 million households and businesses across Canada. Headquartered in Vancouver, Canpages employs approximately 700 people and has offices in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec. For more information visit: www.Canpages.ca.

  • TELUS to offer the Android-powered MOTOROLA BACKFLIP
    By on March 4th, 2010 | No Comments Comments

    Motorola Android Telus
    TELUS to offer the Android-powered

    First mobile carrier in Canada to offer MOTOBLUR

    Toronto, ON – TELUS today announced that it will be offering the acclaimed Android-powered MOTOROLA BACKFLIP with MOTOBLUR later this year, available in Canada only on the TELUS 3G+ network, Canada’s biggest and fastest.

    Awarded 2010 CNET Best of Consumer Electronic Show award in the Cell phones and Smartphones category , the MOTOROLA BACKFLIP is the ultimate smartphone, combining the best in social networking, personalization, and multi-tasking all in one place. The BACKFLIP also has an innovative backward flip design, which features a touchpad on the back of the touchscreen and a large user-friendly QWERTY keyboard. BACKFLIP features MOTOBLUR, the only solution to sync all your friends, posts, feeds, messages, e-mails, photos and much more – from sources such as Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo!, work e-mail and more – with continuous updates, automatically delivering them to your home screen for immediate reply. MOTOBLUR delivers these updates in easy-to-view streams, so there is no need to switch between different mobile applications to keep up with the latest content, or maybe to check the status of a package since you can track packages now a days and even check the status of a package if you have the right device, SpotBot Cellular Delivers Real-Time Impact and Location for any package that includes it.

    “Leading the smartphone market means offering Canadians the best-in-class devices such as the acclaimed MOTOROLA BACKFLIP,” said David Fuller, senior vice-president of Product and Services at TELUS. “TELUS’ state-of-the-art 3G+ device line-up already includes industry leading Android-powered smartphones that helps Canadians stay connected and entertained on-the-go. We’re thrilled to add the MOTOROLA BACKFLIP to our list of TELUS exclusive devices.”

    TELUS Android-powered smartphones offer a high-performance browsing experience with personalization and multi-tasking options that enables users to organize their device to best suit their needs. Users get their favourite Google applications and services – YouTube, Gmail, Google Maps, Google Talk, and more – and get real-time notification of new e-mails, IM, Twitter and Facebook in one device. Plus, users can access more than 20,000 applications on Android Market. On the other hand, the company can increase their productivity and maximize their post production workflow editing time with powerful, high performance shared storage for video editing and networking solutions.

    TELUS is the only mobile carrier in Canada to offer the world’s best Android-powered phones including the Motorola Milestone, the thinnest touchscreen QWERTY slider; the HTC Hero, the first smartphone in Canada featuring the intuitive HTC Sense user interface and named Best Mobile Handset of 2010 at Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress; and soon the acclaimed MOTOROLA BACKFLIP with MOTOBLUR on Canada’s biggest and fastest 3G+ network. For more information about TELUS product and services, please visit www.telus.com.

  • Protect your Droid with Proporta
    By on March 3rd, 2010 | No Comments Comments

    Protect your Droid with Proporta – Introducing Aluminium Lined Leather Case for Motorola Droid/Milestone

    The Motorola Droid/Milestone is a fantastic device, and deserves to be kept in tip top condition – so Proporta has it covered. The Aluminium Lined Leather Case for Motorola Droid/Milestone incorporates Proporta’s trademark Screen Saver System, which features a sheet of aircraft grade aluminium to guard against shocks and impact damage. A stylish pinstripe lining adds a touch of class, and clever cut outs mean that you can use the device without ever having to take it out of its case. 

    Just to make sure that nothing is left to chance, there’s also the Proporta Advanced Screen Protector for Motorola Droid/Milestone Series made from ultra high clarity plastic, and includes a screen cleaning cloth and application card to make fitting it a doddle.

    So whatever you’re looking for, Proporta has solutions that are stylish and clever – much like the Motorola Droid/Milestone itself.

    P.S. Look out for the Proporta Mizu Shell, coming soon for the Motorola Droid/Milestone.

  • All your iPhone Accessories needs @ Wireless Emporium...
    By on February 26th, 2009 | 2 Comments2 Comments Comments

    The Apple iPhone has been such a hit that 1 out of 10 of my friends has one, be it the first generation or the new iPhone 3G. They are always constantly looking for iPhone Accessories to personalize their iPhones.

    Wireless Emporium, Inc offers a huge selection of iPhone Accessories such as iPhone leather case but I much prefer one of these Silver Aluminum iPhone cases.

    WE (Wireless Emporium) also sells screen protector films as well as a huge selection of faceplates of different colors and styles. Aside from selling these protective products, WE also sells iPhone compatible hardware such as chargers, data cable, battery, holsters / belt clips and over 50 different hands-free headsets to choose from.

    Wireless Emporium not only provides accessories for iPhones but it also offers accessories from other brand name wireless products like Sony, BlackBerry, LG just to name a few. There are also a few phones that you can purchase on the site as well.

    The web site is also user friendly because you can browse the products by their brand names, accessory types or carrier types. For those that do not know the model of their phones, the site also teaches you where to look for it (as quoted from the site “The model number is noted on the back label of the phone”).

    If you are looking for accessories for your cell phone, you should drop by Wireless Emporium and check out its huge selection of wireless accessories at very reasonable prices.