I had a chance to stand in line for Uncle Tetsu’s famous Japanese cheesecake in their recently opened Toronto location at Bay and Dundas streets.
Just in time for Super Bowl Sunday, City’s digital media correspondent has the latest technology your man cave needs to be the best place to enjoy the game.
I had the chance to chat with pop star Nick Jonas Tuesday morning, and I asked him his five favourite things about Canada as well as ask him the questions you sent me on social media.
Take a look at the segments below:
Nick Jonas on his five favourite things about Canada
Nick Jonas answers your questions from social media
And in case you missed it, check out his segment with Jenn Valentyne this morning:
Whether you love BlackBerry or hate it, the Canadian smartphone maker is banking on its new Passport device to help reshape perception of the company in a highly competitive market.
“We are determined to win back the Canadian home crowd,” chief executive John Chen told the audience at the Toronto launch event on Wednesday.
“If you guys don’t support us, then you’ve got some problems,” he joked.
Rather, it might be BlackBerry that faces more problems if the Passport doesn’t catch on with the business users it wants to attract.
Nearly a year ago, Chen was brought on board at the struggling company to help dig it out of a financial pit and reshape its business model. So far, he has completed a major restructuring of its operations through cost cuts, layoffs and a shift in the company’s overall strategy.
Taking the Passport to users is the next step.
The device is comparable in size to a Canadian passport, a point which Chen demonstrated by placing the phone against the government-issued identification booklet. It has a square screen that measures 11.4 cm (4.5 inches) and a keyboard the company said is four times more accurate for the user than the phone’s competitors.
Priced at $699 in Canada, the Passport is angled towards health care professionals, government workers and the military, which tend to be industries that embrace technology through massive product orders and stick with a device for years.
Together the target market represents about 30 per cent of mobile phone users, Chen said.
“I no longer bring any laptops around when I go to business meetings,” he added.
“This is powerful enough as a tool.”
Aside from the new phone, the company also showcased its new BlackBerry Blend application, which securely links a user’s smartphone, and data like email, BBM and other documents, seamlessly with their nearby computer or tablet through the Internet.
Apple’s iPhone and Samsung’s Galaxy models have been encroaching on the business market where BlackBerry was once considered nearly untouchable with its dominant market share.
The company responded by opening up its secure enterprise platform to support Apple and Samsung smartphones in the workplace.
It has also launched features in Indonesia like BBM Money, which allows users to pay through a BlackBerry Messenger app at participating retailers.
Later this year, the company will also release BlackBerry Classic, a new take on its popular older smartphones.
Also on the schedule are numerous software updates, including BlackBerry Enterprise Server 12, a refreshed version of its management system for IT professionals who oversee employee phones.
BlackBerry will report its second-quarter financial results on Friday. While Chen declined to discuss specifics, he assured the audience that progress has been made on improving the company’s balance sheet and managing cash flow.
With files from CityNews.ca/The Canadian Press
Hundreds of people lined up outside the Eaton Centre in Toronto overnight and on Friday morning to get their hands on the new iPhones.
Friday is the day many Apple fans have had circled on their calendars, as the iPhone 6 and iPhone Plus went on sale in Canada and the U.S. at 8 a.m.
680News reporter Carl Hanstke said it’s the longest lineup he’s seen for an iPhone launch at the Eaton Centre. He estimates around 500 people have lined up outside the store.
One Apple enthusiast named Bianca said she’s been waiting since Wednesday afternoon.
“There’s a really big ritual to this, and it’s really nice to be a part of it,” she said.
However, she is not the first in line. Others have been waiting since Monday night.
A man named Reshan was the last person in line; however, he told Breakfast Television’s Winston Sih he wouldn’t camp out for a product overnight.
There are reports a lot of people are buying them to sell online for between $3,000 to $6,000. Others are reportedly also selling their spots in line.
CityNews technology specialist Mike Yawney said the iPhones are the largest ever released. Watch a video of his review here.They are sleek with curved glass edges, and are thin and light. The devices also feature a HD retina display, which is more crisp, and an improved camera.
However, the most highly-anticipated feature will not be available to Canadians at launch. The NFC technology that Apple embedded in the phone for its Apple Pay Service, where a user taps a phone at the store to pay, will only launch in the U.S. for now.
Apple is allowing people to buy two iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus devices, with the base models selling for $749 and $859, respectively.
The cost for an iPhone 6 starts at $264.99 (16GB) under select two-year plans at Rogers, while the iPhone 6 Plus starts at $374.99.
— Winston Sih (@WinstonSih) September 19, 2014
— Randy Chafe (@RandyTO) September 18, 2014
— Kris Pangilinan (@KrisReports) September 19, 2014
Meanwhile, elsewhere in the world, around 1,000 people gathered outside Apple’s flagship store in Tokyo as sales kicked off in Japan. In Hong Kong, hundreds lined up to score their pre-ordered iPhones.
The launch has been delayed in mainland China, which has sparked scalpers in Hong Kong to make a pretty profit.
With files from CityNews.ca and Carl Hanstke/680News.
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