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HTC Vive now $799 in Canada

HTC has announced that they’re dropping the price of their Vive headset by $200, making $799 CAD ($599 USD), down from $1,149 CAD ($799 USD).This is likely in order to better compete with the Oculus Rift which also just recently dropped its price to $549 CAD ($399 USD).Each purchase of a Vive headset comes two base stations and two motion controllers along with a one-month free trial to their Viveport subscription, which allows users play up to five VR titles each month, you also get Google’s Tilt Brush app.“We know price is just one component of a purchase decision, but when you line up all that Vive offers, we’re building a complete VR ecosystem that customers can rely on today and for years to come,” HTC said in a statement.The HTC Vive is available from, Microsoft Store and directly from HTC’s site.Source: HTC

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Google set to reveal Android O’s name on August 21st

Google has announced that they’re going to be revealing Android O at an event in New York City at 2:40 PM ET.A bird? A plane? No, it’s #AndroidO, touching down to Earth for #Eclipse2017 & bringing super (sweet) new powers:— Android (@Android) August 18, 2017 Rumors have suggested that Android O’s name will likely be Oreo since Google has a tendency to name Android release codenames after confectioneries (aka sweets). This wouldn’t be the first time that Google has named an Android update after a brand name, the last was back in 2013 with Android 4.4 KitKat.Happy Eclipse.— Evan Blass (@evleaks) August 18, 2017 Also on the 21st, we’ll also see Google reveal their latest Android statue for their Android garden at their Mountain View headquarters and that Android O(reo) will be rolling out as well (to the Pixel and Nexus devices).You can find out more about Google’s live stream at the source link …

Asus ZenFone 4 series: Everything you need to know

Asus has announced not one, not two but four models in their ZenFone 4 lineup, all with the focus of photography. ZenFone 4 & ZenFone 4 ProThe standard ZenFone 4 has a 5.5-inch IPS display, Snapdragon 660 processor with 4GB of RAM. For cameras, the ZenFone 4  has a dual-camera setup (as to all the other entries in the ZenFone 4 lineup) with Sony’s IMX362 12-megapixel dual pixel sensor with a f/1.8 aperture, optical image stabilization and it’s paired with a wide-angle (120-degrees) 8-megapixel sensor.The front-facing camera on the ZenFone 4 is 8-megapixels and there’s a fingerprint sensor, USB Type-C, a 3,300 mAh battery and 64GB of internal storage. The ZenFone 4 is priced at $399 USD. Meanwhile, the ZenFone 4  Pro has a 5.5-inch AMOLED display, Snapdragon 835 processor with 6GB of RAM. In terms of cameras for the ZenFone 4 Pro, it has the same 12-megapixel Sony sensor but with a f/1.7 aperture and it’s paired with a 16-megapixel Sony sensor with 2x optical zoom and 50mm focal leng…

Google Home hands-free calling now rolling out in Canada and the US

One of the big new features for Google Home that was announced at I/O 2017, was the addition of hands-free calling. Now it’s rolling out to Google Home users in Canada and the US. With the new feature, you’ll be able to just say “Hey Google, call mom” and if you have multi-user setup, Google Home will call your mom rather than your significant others.You can even call a business and your Google Home will lookup the number. If you receive a call from someone using their Google Home, it will appear as an unknown number or no Caller ID.While in a call on your Google Home, you can still talk to the Google Assistant, just by tapping the top of the Google Home and it will put the person you’re talking to on hold.However, Google Home can’t call 911 and can only call people and businesses located in Canada and the US.  Hands-free calling is rolling out now.Source: Google

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Facebook’s AI assistant M is now available in Canada, Australia, South Africa and the UK

There’s no doubt that the future is all about AI (artificial intelligence) and machine learning. Every tech company from Google, Amazon to even Facebook is getting on the AI trend.Facebook first launched their AI assistant called M to users in the US back in April, now it’s expanding it to users in Canada, Australia, South Africa and the UK. M lives inside of Facebook Messenger and will suggest relevant content in your conversations with friends and family.Here are some of the things you can do with M.Sending stickers – M shares fun sticker suggestions for your daily life interactions like “Thank you” or “Bye-bye.”Sharing location – If someone asks “where are you” or if you say something like “on my way!”, M can suggest that you share your location during a conversation.Making a plan – If people are talking about getting together, M helps with coordinating a plan.Creating a poll (in group conversations only) – Have a hard time making decisions in a group? M lets you set a poll topic an…

Google Allo is now available on the web

Almost a year after Google first released Allo, the web client for their messaging app is finally here.Right now, it only works with Android Allo users with the v16 update. To be able to use the web client, open the menu and then click on Allo for the web. You’ll then be prompted to visit and then use the Android app to scan a QR code.Once you’ve done that, you’re free to chat with your friends and family on Allo (if they’re using the app). The v16 app update is rolling out on the Google Play Store now or you can download it from APK Mirror.The pairing process is similar to how Whatapp’s web client operates. Google says that iOS pairing to the web client is coming soon. Also, the Allo web client only works on Google Chrome.Source: Android Police, Product Hunt

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Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro leaks out

We’re only about a week away from Samsung’s Galaxy Note8 Unpacked event but it seems that the Note8 isn’t the only thing the company is set to unveil.According to Evan Blass of Venture Beat, Samsung will also reveal the Gear Fit2 Pro which will be the company’s third fitness tracker.  The Fit2 Pro will be running Samsung’s Tizen, be water resistant up to 5 ATM which will allow the wearable to be fully submerged in water while swimming.Last year’s Gear Fit2 was IP68 water resistant and could only handle splashes of water. The Gear Fit2 Pro will include support for offline Spotify playback, connect to Speed On app to track your swims and have a built-in GPS.The design and shape of the Fit2 Pro will look similar to previous models, with a narrow AMOLED display and thin strap. And judging by the photos obtained by Venture Beat, the Fit2 Pro will be available with either a black or black/red strap.The clasp on the Fit2 Pro will be more of a watch-style clasp so it will stay on your wrist, …

The Essential Phone is now available for pre-order in Canada

After a few weeks delay, Andy Rubin’s Essential Phone is now available for pre-order through Telus for $1,050 CAD outright.The phone is available for as low as $290 CAD on select two-year contracts with plans starting at $95 per month. You can also get the phone for $490 CAD with plans starting at $85 per month.The Essential PH-1 is available in two colours, Black Moon and Pure White. The phone has a 5.71-inch bezel-less Full Display with an aspect ratio of 19:10 and a resolution of 2560 x 1312. It’s being powered by the Snapdragon 835 processor with 4GB of RAM and has a 128GB of internal storage.As for cameras, the device has a dual-lens setup on the back, one 13-megapixel RGB + Mono camera and a 13-megapixel True Monochrome lens.The phone’s body is made from a mix of titanium and ceramic, which Essential says makes the device more durable.The Essential is available unlocked at $699 USD from the company’s website but they currently only ship to the US, so Telus is your only option fo…

Fallout 4: Game of the Year Edition coming this September

Nearly two years after Fallout 4 first released, Bethesda has announced a Game of the Year Edition of the game and it will be released on September 26th.The Game of the Year Edition will come with the base game and all six of Fallout 4’s add-ons including, Automatron, Wasteland Workshop, Far Harbor, Contraptions Workshop, Vault-Tec Workshop and Nuka-World.The new edition will also come with the latest gameplay updates (including Survival mode), graphic enhancements and mods.Bethesda will also be releasing a limited quantity of Fallout 4: Game of the Year Edition Pip-Boy Collectors Editions, which will be exclusively available in North America. The Pip-Boy Edition will retail for $129.99 CAD ($99.99 USD) and also release on September 26th.Meanwhile the standard Fallout 4: Game of the Year Edition will set you back $79.99 CAD ($59.99 USD). Both versions of the game will be available on Xbox One, PS4 and PC and as of this writing, the Pip-Boy Editions are already sold out on…

Netflix’s monthly price is increasing in Canada

Netflix has announced that the monthly subscription cost in Canada is increasing.The basic plan which only offers standard definition quality and only one screen is now $8.99 a month (up from $7.99 a month).The standard and most popular plan which offers two streams at once and high-definition quality is now $10.99 a month (up from $9.99 a month).The premium plan which offers fours streams at once and 4K UHD quality is now $13.99 a month (up from $11.99 a month).The last price increase for Canadian Netflix subscribers was back in 2015. Netflix says this year’s price increase was to help “bolster its content and services.”“From time to time, Netflix plans and pricing are adjusted as we add more exclusive TV shows and movies, introduce new product features and improve the overall Netflix experience, to help members find something great to watch even faster,” Netflix said in a statement.Source: The Canadian Press via MobileSyrup

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Netflix acquires comic book publisher Millarworld

Netflix has announced that they’ve acquired Millarworld, the comic book publisher founded by Mark Millar.Millar is the creator of such characters and comics as Kick-Ass, Kingsman and Old Man Logan. The deal will help bring Millar’s characters to life through films, TV series and kids’ shows and make them available exclusively to Netflix members worldwide.Millarworld will continue to create and publish new stories and character franchises under the Netflix brand. This deal also marks Netflix’s first acquisition.“As creator and re-inventor of some of the most memorable stories and characters in recent history, ranging from Marvel’s The Avengers to Millarworld’s Kick-Ass, Kingsman, Wanted and Reborn franchises, Mark is as close as you can get to a modern day Stan Lee,” said Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos. “We can’t wait to harness the creative power of Millarworld to Netflix and start a new era in global storytelling.”Millarworld is run by Millar and his wife Lucy and they ha…

Google Store’s back to school sale brings discounts on Pixel, Home & Chromecast

It’s that time of year again, where summer is almost over and retailers have started their back to school sales and the Google Store is no different.On the Canadian Google Store, you can save up to $200 on the Google Pixel and Pixel XL in all colour and storage options and you’ll get a free Daydream View headset with every Pixel purchase.The sale pricing is as follows:Pixel (32GB) – $774 CAD (normally $899 CAD)Pixel (128GB) – $904 CAD (normally $1,029 CAD)Pixel XL (32GB) – $849 CAD (normally $1,049 CAD)Pixel XL (128GB) – $979 CAD (normally $1,179 CAD)In addition, if you need a case for your new Pixel phone, the Google Earth Live Case and Trends Live Case are down to $25 CAD each. The standard Pixel Case and Pixel XL case by Google are $20 CAD each. If you want a pop of colour, Google’s coloured Pixel and Pixel XL hard silicone cases are $22.50 CAD each.Google Home is down to $159 CAD (down from $179 CAD) and Google is offering small discounts on the Chromecast.The Chromecast Audio and…

Google reportedly wanted to buy Snap for $30 billion last year

Business Insider reports that Google may have offered to buy Snap Inc. for $30 billion back in 2016.The reported deal is an “open secret” among Snap’s executives and the tech industry. Talks about just a buyout intensified just before Snap’s IPO in March.Right now, it’s unclear how far along or how formal the talks between Snap and Google got or how serious Google was. But Snap has said rumours about a Google acquisition are false, while Google has declined to comment to Business Insider.The $30 billion offer has reportedly been “on the table since the IPO”, and Alphabet’s growth equity firm, CapitalG quietly participated in Snap’s Series F round in May 2016, to put them at a value of $20 billion.It’s not the first time a company has tried to acquire Snap. Back in 2013, Facebook tried to acquire Snap for around $3 billion.Business Insider’s article goes into more detail about why or why not a deal between Snap and Google would make sense.Source: Business Insider via 9to5Google

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Canon T7i Review

It seems like more people nowadays are getting a DSLR as their main camera over a traditional point and shoot. And Canon is one of the top DSLR camera brands out there. I’ve been using a Canon Rebel T1i, ever since it came out in 2009.Now, six versions later and we have the T7i and it has easily become one of my favourite DSLRs.Design & HardwareWith each new model in the Canon Rebel T series, has brought new features and improved sensors and more. The T7i comes with a 24.2-megapixel sensor. On the top of the device, is where you’ll find the Wi-Fi connection button, mode selector, On/Off/Video switch, ISO, display, control wheel and of course, the shutter button.The T7i has a 3-inch LCD touchscreen which can swivel and tilt to either face you (in a sort-of selfie mode) or at various angles. It was super simple to switch between modes on the T7i and the camera’s body all black with some grip texture on the front. The design of the T7i is fairly similar to previous models.On the left…

Samsung Galaxy Note8 leaks ahead of August reveal

After the Note7 debacle last year, fans of Samsung’s Note lineup are eagerly waiting for the arrival of the Note8. But famed leaker, Evan Blass (aka @evleaks) has our best look at the Note8 so far.When it rains etc.— Evan Blass (@evleaks) August 1, 2017 The Note8 looks identical to the Galaxy S8+ and should have a 6.3-inch AMOLED display with the same 18.5:9 aspect ratio. As for specs, it’s also said to be powered by the Snapdragon 835 / Exynos 8895 processor with 6GB of RAM.It looks like the Note8 will also have the same rear-mounted fingerprint sensor as on the S8 & S8+, a 3,300mAh battery, USB Type-C, 3.5mm headphone jack, wireless charging, DeX support and of course the Note line’s signature S Pen. It will also have a dual 12-megapixel camera (one RGB and one monochrome).Here’s the Note8 compared to the standard S8.Galaxy S8 v/s Galaxy Note8.
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Daydream VR support now rolling out to the Galaxy S8 & S8+

Back at Google I/O, Samsung and Google announced that Daydream VR support would be coming to the Galaxy S8 & S8+ this summer but never gave a concrete date until now.The Google VR account on Google+ announced that the update to make the Galaxy S8 & S8+ Daydream-ready is rolling out now. Android Police pointed out that it seems like a server-side switch then an OTA update.On Reddit user said that clearing the app data for the Google VR Services app will help enable Daydream support on the S8 & S8+.Source: Google VR on Google+ via Android Police

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