Snoobe wants you to pay less for your mobile plans

Snoobe wants you to pay less for your mobile plans 5701Disclaimer: I've known Thierry Marechal, co-founder of Snoobe, since Startup Weekend 2012, and also have worked on Snoobe The dire state of the mobile industry in North America In Europe, Free Mobile offers a contract-free, unlimited calls (even to international) as well as unlimited texts and 3GB of data, all of 19.99 euros. Here, that only gets you  100mn of talk, no data and you have to sign for at least a one-year contract. Here's another  graphic showing the difference between Europe, America and other countries:     The graphic above is from a 2013 OECD study amongst developed countries, and shows what's available for basic mobile usage ("Level 1"). There are different factors at play on why we pay more in North America than in other countries to telecom companies; what everyone agrees on though is that consumers have little power on how they choose their mobile plans, and telcos are now so big that they   Read more…


Android developers, mobile entrepreneurs: Get ready for the Samsung Holiday Waveguide meetup

Android developers, mobile entrepreneurs: Get ready for the Samsung Holiday Waveguide meetup 3509 Wavefront, a service company specialized in mobile commercialization, is coming this monday in Montréal with a special event called the Holiday WaveGuide. The event is geared at Android developers, mobile entrepreneurs, plus also growing tech companies who want to know more about monetization opportunities. The key partner they have at that event is Samsung, which is now a thought leader around Android with their Samsung Nexus, Samsung Galaxy S2 devices and the Galaxy tablets, and also their superior distribution channels. The Bada ecosystem lets developers reach dozens of millions of Samsung handsets for instance. For new developers who are are still deciding between iOS and Android, Samsung will be bring a lot of their latest devices for developers to play with, including the new Nexus, developer's version Galaxy Tab 10.1, plus also prototypes of the SmartTV. So that's a lot of devices to hack with, and it's   Read more…


Datawind designs $35 tablet for Indian market

Datawind designs $35 tablet for Indian market 3270The Times of India reports the Indian government is buying a first 100,000 batch of ultra-cheap tablet computers. It's named Aakash, and if that pilot is successful, it would be offered to students at $38. This is currently the cheapest tablet in the world, in a market where analysts still view Apple's iPad having an aggressive price of $150. Specs from the article: The tablet runs on Android 2.2 (Froyo) and comes with a 7-inch resistive touchscreen with 800x480 resolution and weighs 350 grams. The tablet has a 256MB of RAM, a 32GB expandable memory slot and two USB ports. It is can run HD videos for 2 hours, and like Amazon's Fire table, web content is rendered in the cloud and then served to the tablet to increase perceived performance. Other reports from educated users describe the tablet as slow, because of a slow processor and also the resistive touchscreen. What's interesting   Read more…


Arduino and PhoneGap featured at AndroidMontreal

Android Montreal 2452There was an Android Montreal meetup this week, with 2 presentations showcasing the Android platform potential. The first presentation covered PhoneGap, an open source framework allowing developers to build android apps with web technologies (Javascript + HTML5 + CSS3). One of the great advantages of PhoneGap is that the newly developed app can then be deployed to many other platforms, such as the iPhone, blackberry or the windows platform. It's great for teams who don't have or can't have developers skilled both in Java and objective-C, and also for those who prefer to quickly develop apps, coming from the web background. François Proulx (@francoisproulx), the presenter of the session, begun development on the iOS platform a while ago, with apps successfully deployed on the Apple Store. For him, using PhoneGap is a convenient way to publish Android apps. Of course, one the problems of PhoneGap is that you can't access   Read more…


Patiner Montreal on Android

Patiner Montreal on Android 2152One of the most active groups in Montreal, with its meetings and developer days, MontrealOuvert continues to make the case for open data in Montreal. Patiner Montreal was mentionned already in the latest hackathon, as one of the most advanced applications. There is now an Android application, made in record time, thanks to the fact there's now a REST API available. Like the website, the Android App shows the user open ice rings and their skating conditions. Additionally, it has android-specific features, such as voice search, local search, and it can also make an off-line copy if you want to save on your 3G data plan. The Android App was built by Mudar Nufal, a php and web developer. Congrats!   Read more…


mTrip launches Android travel apps

mTrip launches Android travel apps 2150mTrip, as the name might suggest, has launched for the past year customized mobile applications for the iPhone. Like many other guides, travellers could go to the Apple Store and choose one specific application available for each city. The interface and backend for each application are all the same, with mTrip producing different content each time. Now, they've ported the application to the Android platform. All previous destinations (13 cities in Europe, 5 cities in North America, and 4 in Asia etc.) are also available on Android, and includes of course mTrip's unique feauture, "mTrip Genius", which shows user-aware content, depending on what the user likes   Read more…


The Five Most Important Technology Numbers of 2010

12947_bluestreak_technology_255255255 2085Editor's note: This is a guest post from Dominique Jodoin, CEO of Bluestreak Technology, who put together the five most important trends of this past year. Bluestreak Technology is the proven leader in software presentation solutions, deployed on multi-screen embedded devices, such as set-top boxes, digital televisions, mobile phones, and other consumer electronics. Privately held and headquartered in Montreal, Canada, Bluestreak Technology’s MachBlue™ platform powers the user interfaces and applications for many of today’s leading television and mobile companies, including Bouygues Telecom, DivX, Orange, Irdeto, Mitsubishi, NDS, Qualcomm, Soft@Home, Time Warner Cable, Videotron, and Zon Multimedia. 2010 has been a year of tremendous change in the technology industry. The television and wireless industries, in particular, have undergone a lot of inflection points, disruption, and accelerated growth which presents new opportunities for companies both large and small. With so much happening it is easy to get caught   Read more…


LAYAR and MixAR featured at ARMTL

LAYAR and MixAR featured at ARMTL 2081 Yesterday, coworking space Station-C featured ARMTL's second meetup, with 15 or so developers, designers and entrepreneurs discussing augmented reality's potential. The talks covered available hardware on the market, mainly mobile devices, and also discussed available image recognition and 3D software on the market. There were lots of interaction, with a few fun moments where we had the opportunity to try out augmented reality apps on the iPhone, such as ARDefender Like many other augmented reality apps, there is an exciting novelty moment for the first 5 minutes. Most attendees agreed though we were only at the discovery phase of the technology, and there's now an opportunity to experiment and see all the future potential. Jean-François Kitchiguine (@kitchiguine), instigator of the meetup, went through a tutorial on adding a simple layer to LAYAR, a free augmented reality app   Read more…