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Ottawa residents, today you're in luck. Rogers has officially gone live with their LTE network in the Ottawa area, and released a compatible data stick and plans to go along with it. The network offers maximum download speeds of 150 Mbps, and maximum upload speeds of 70 Mbps. Coverage spans from Arnprior west of Ottawa, to Gatineau to the east.

Along with the network, Rogers has launched one compatible device, the Sierra Wireless Aircard 313U. This USB rocket stick is capable of the advertised network speeds, and is the first in Canada. Pricing comes in at $79.99 on a 3 year term, or $169.99 contract-free. Along with the internet stick, you'll need to sign up for their newly introduced LTE Flex Rate Plan as well, which starts at $45 or 1.5 GB of usage. Once you exceed that, the next bucket is $60 for 3 GB, then $75 for 6 GB, and lastly $90 for 9 GB with additional usage costing $10/GB. As an introductory offer, they are also offering up no monthly service fee or overage charges for your first two months.

If you live in Ottawa and are looking to pick one up, there are 4 retail stores currently selling the compatible rocket stick:

Rogers Plus at 1379A Woodroffe Ave.
Rogers Plus at 11 Selkirk St.
Wireless Express at 205 Richmond Rd.
Go Communications at 910 Carling Ave.



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Google held their I/O event today, announcing a number of things pertaining to their mobile OS and platform - Android. Possibly the biggest announcement was the official confirmation of their upcoming OS version, Ice Cream Sandwich. This new version aims to bridge the gap between tablets and smartphones, bringing many of the higher-end features of Honeycomb to a smaller screen size. This promises richer widgets and graphics, better multitasking, and much more. Ice Cream Sandwich is expected to launch in Q4.

Another big announcement was movie rentals via Market. No word on when Canadians will see the feature released, but starting in the next few weeks, Google stated they will be rolling out movie rentals in the Android Market. These rentals will start as low as $1.99, but premium titles will likely be more.

Though Canadians haven't received any word on when it will be available to us, Google also announced Music Beta. Music Beta is a service that allows you to upload your personal music collection to the cloud for streaming on your computer and various Android devices. It was made available today to certain U.S. users by invitation, so hopefully we'll see it soon in Canada.

A few other announcements were made as well, including a promise of higher dedication to timely OS updates. They also discussed projects like the Android Open Accessory Toolkit and Android@Home so hardware creators can develop a broader range of products, and even offer connectivity between home appliances and your device!


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Rogers has always prided themselves on being at the forefront of innovation and new technology in the Canadian mobile industry, and are looking to solidify that reputation this year. Rogers has announced through their newly created site iwantmylte.ca that LTE services will launch in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, and Ottawa sometime this year. 25 other cities will also get the new network, though it will come in 2012.

The upcoming LTE network offers maximum download speeds of 150 Mbps, and max upload speeds of 70 Mbps. Rogers states "Everyone will be able to watch streaming movies and live HDTV on their mobile devices, with crisp picture and virtually no buffering or delays". Now the real question is, what sort of compatible devices can we expect?

No word yet on which cities will get LTE in 2012, but we'll keep you updated, so stay tuned!


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HTC has just announced two new Android devices that will be hitting the European and Asian markets in Q2 2011, and the U.S. later in the year. The HTC ChaCha and Salsa both feature dedicated Facebook buttons, allowing users to access the popular social networking site with a single click of the button. It will also allow for speedy status updates, simple sharing, and quick photo uploads. No word yet on if or when these handsets will arrive in Canada, but we should see them around the same time that the U.S. does.

The ChaCha features a physical QWERTY keyboard located under the 2.6" (480x320) display, along with a 5MP camera with LED flash, and a secondary front-facing VGA camera. The Salsa has similar specifications, but has a larger touchscreen (3.4") and lacks the physical keyboard. Both devices will launch running Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and will be powered by 600MHz proccessors.


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WIND Mobile has officially launched their WINDspeed Huawei E1691 data stick, capable of download speeds up to 7.2Mbps, and upload speeds reaching 5.6Mbps. The E1691 is available now from WIND mobile for $80 contract-free, making it a great option for those interested in mobile data connectivity on their laptop, but don't want to lock into a contract or term. With the launch of this new Huawei data stick also comes other good news, WIND's first data stick, the Huawei E181 has dropping in price to a low $60 contract-free price point.


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Telus has recently launched a new mobile internet device, this time the Huawei E5836 Mobile Wifi hub. This mobile internet hub can connect up to 5 devices using a WiFi connection, and offers download speeds up to 7.2Mbps, and upload speeds reaching a maximum of 5.76Mbps. The really nice thing about this device is that is has a built-in display that shows signal strength, battery life, and the number of connected devices. The Huawei E5826 Mobile Internet hub is available now from Telus for $0 on a 3 year term, or $149.99 contract-free.


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Bell recently uploaded a splash image showing off a launch date of October 1st for the BlackBerry Torch 9800, one full week after it was previously announced. Apparently the delay is caused by last minute OS updates, though no confirmation has been provided. Oddly, Bell has removed the graphic from their website, simply replacing it "Coming soon". Speculation has also been pointing at the delay affecting other carriers as well, though no evidence of this happening has been found as of yet. We'll be sure to keep you updated when more information is made available.


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Bell has officially launched the Huawei E182E Turbo Stick for $0 on a 2 or 3 year contract, $79.95 on a 1 year term, or $129.95 outright. Running on their HSPA network, this new internet stick from Bell can reach download speeds of up to 21.6 Mbps and upload speeds up to 5.76 Mbps, and supports memory expansion up to 32GB via microSD.


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Adobe has officially launched their Photoshop.com Mobile 1.2 for Android, which offers a multitude of useful on-device photo editing capabilities. Features include the ability to crop images and set custom exposure, saturation, tint, contrast and brightness levels. You can also change your images to black and white, add different borders, or even apply specific effects like "Warm Vintage", or "Vibrant" that change the overall appearance of the photo in different ways. The application also offers an upload function, where users can send the images directly to Twitter, Facebook, etc. Photoshop.com Mobile 1.2 is available now for free in the Android Market.


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Rogers has officially launched the Nokia CS-18 Rocket stick, which runs on the HSPA+ network to offer download speeds up to 21Mbps, with upload speeds up to 5.76Mbps. This new addition to their mobile internet stick line-up is the 2nd HSPA+ Rocket stick to be offered currently, and is priced at $0 on either 2 or 3 year price plans. The device is compatible with Windows, Linux, and Mac operating systems, and features expandable memory up to 32GB via microSD for even more versatility. The Nokia CS-18 Rocket stick is available now in all Rogers retail outlets, and should also be available online in the near-future.


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