Archive for September 13, 2019

Hex Announces Their New Case Line Up For iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max

Posted in Commentary with tags on September 13, 2019 by itnerd

HEX announces that its new cases iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max are available today at hexbrand.com. 
Each case comes with 3 separate parts that can be used stand-alone or in tandem to give the user maximum flexibility.

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The polycarbonate hybrid case is inlaid with premium textiles and is made from high quality polycarbonate matched with tooled TPU impact bumpers and a .85mm 360 degree raised edge lip for drop and screen protection. This case can be used alone for an upscale look with a slim profile.

The book style folio can be magnetically attached to the snap case to provide more coverage in a notebook style look. In addition, there is a card wallet that can be used on its own as a wallet or magnetically attached to either the snap case or the back of the folio to create a wallet case like no other. The Card Wallet has 3 card slots with RFID blocking for fraud protection

The 4 case offerings are:
1. Hybrid Case (Hybrid Case alone) MSRP: $99.95
2. Wallet Case (Hybrid Case + Card Wallet) MSRP: $99.95
3. Folio (Hybrid Case + Folio) MSRP: $99.95
4. Wallet Folio (Hybrid Case + Folio + Card Wallet) MSRP: $99.95

The cases include N45H magnets allowing you to affix your phone to a variety of car stands, accessories, or other metal surfaces of your choice while not damaging your phone. The 4-in-1 case come in 3 models – one for the iPhone 11, one for the iPhone 11 Pro, and one for the iPhone 11 ProMax. For its launch, the cases are available in three colorways of premium genuine leather – black, brown, and camo.

The new lineup of HEX iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max cases join an already extensive and award-winning line of stylish accessories that complement the creativity of the modern lifestyle. To view the entire collection of HEX products, visit their website.

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TekSavvy Lowers Customers Internet Bills Thanks To The CRTC

Posted in Commentary with tags on September 13, 2019 by itnerd

TekSavvy Solutions Inc. today announced that it is lowering bills and upgrading packages for hundreds of thousands of internet subscribers, crediting a recent decision by Canada’s telecom regulator for its consumer-friendly moves.

TekSavvy confirmed that over 85% of its customers will benefit from reduced prices or upgraded, unlimited data plans on their next monthly bill, as the ISP streamlines its retail product line in the wake of a major regulatory decision by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) last month.

On August 15, 2019, the CRTC determined that Canada’s biggest telecom companies—such as Bell Canada and Rogers—had grossly overstated their costs in providing smaller competitors with wholesale access to their networks. The CRTC identified numerous brazen deficiencies in the big telcos’ evidence, found that the existing wholesale rates were in fact severely inflated, and corrected the final rates down to more reasonable levels. The CRTC further ordered the big telcos to repay the amounts they had overcharged smaller competitors during the 3 year regulatory proceeding.

In a related decision from 2016, the CRTC strongly condemned the big telcos’ wholesale rate-fixing behaviour as ‘very disturbing’, because it would drive smaller competitors out of business and deny Canadians choice for Internet services.  Both CRTC decisions show the big telcos ignored the CRTC’s regulations to exaggerate their costs, which in turn drove up costs for competitors and kept retail prices high for consumers. The CRTC-ordered refund dates back to March 2016, which the big telcos claim adds up to $325 million. However, the disputed amount is much higher, given that the big telcos first introduced their extremely inflated wholesale rates in 2011.

 

Should You Upgrade To The Apple Watch Series 5? Well…. That Depends….

Posted in Commentary with tags on September 13, 2019 by itnerd

Apple announced the Apple Watch Series 5 earlier this week. And I’ve been asked a few times if the Apple Watch Series 5 is worth buying. Thus I figured that I would take a few minutes to put some random thoughts together on that topic.

If you are a Series 3/2/1/0 owner: The Series 5 is worth buying. You’ll get a faster, much more capable Apple Watch. You’ll get all the enhancements that the Series 4 brought such as the bigger screens, better audio, ECG, etc. Not to mention the faster processor.  Plus all the new features like the always on display, the compass, the new case materials, and the emergency calling without an iPhone in most places on Earth.

Oh and then there’s this:

What I am talking about above is Apple’s upcoming requirement to build Apple Watch apps with the watchOS 6 SDK (Software development kit) and support the Series 4 or later. The Series 4 part is important because it sounds like Apple is going to be transitioning to only supporting the 64 bit processors found in the Series 4 or later. Which would mean that anyone who owns a Series 3 or earlier may be orphaned at some point. Keep in mind that Apple did something similar with the iPhone when iOS 11 appeared. And Apple is doing this right now with macOS Mojave being the last version that supports 32 bit apps before macOS Catalina ships in October. Thus it cannot be a shock that the Apple Watch will eventually go through the same process. Given that, it means that now might be a good time to make the jump to a Series 5.

If you are a Series 4 owner: My answer is don’t buy it. Unless of course you REALLY need the always on display. Or you REALLY need the compass, or you REALLY need 32GB of storage which is up from 16GB in the Series 4 for music or pictures, or you REALLY want the new ceramic or titanium case materials, or you REALLY need the ability for it to call for help in most places on the planet. I own a Series 4 and so does my wife and none of that really entices us to make the jump to the Series 5 as the Series 5 seems to us to be just an incremental improvement unlike the Series 4 which was a huge leap forward. Thus we’ll wait and see what Apple comes out with next year. And I recommend that other Series 4 owners do the same.

What if you don’t have an Apple Watch at all?: You should at least look at the Series 5 as it is a very capable smartwatch. Hands down. But you may want to consider the Apple Watch Series 3 if you have to keep the cost down as Apple has priced it at $199 USD to start which must be causing Fitbit to freak out. I say that because Apple was already the dominant smartwatch brand on the planet. But that move may take that market dominance to the next level at Fitbit’s expense. But having said that. But the Series 5 should be your first option for the reasons that I mentioned in the Series 3/2/1/0 section above.

What about the Series 4? Isn’t that an option?: Yes it is. And a very good one as you can likely find one that is discounted now that the Series 5 is out. Plus you’ll get an Apple Watch that does 85% of what the Series 5 does (in other words you don’t get the always on display, the compass, the new case materials, and the emergency calling without an iPhone in most places on Earth). You likely won’t find any at the Apple Store, but check around independent Apple Retailers or online to see what deals exist.

Hopefully that clarifies some things on the Apple Watch front. But if it doesn’t, drop me a note and I will happily help you out.

Introducing Ecofriendly: Recycle Smarter App 

Posted in Commentary with tags on September 13, 2019 by itnerd

Recycling can significantly offset CO2 emissions from manufacturing – but did you know that most of the items we put in our blue bin end up in the trash if they’re too dirty?  In light of recent news stating that China will no longer accept most of our recyclable materials, we have to make sure that recycling loads contain less than 0.5% trash or else the whole load will be sent to the landfill!  It’s time for us to help out and do our part.

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Use this app to help you identify what items are recyclable and able to be disposed in your blue bin!  By improving recycling purity, we reduce the risk that an entire truckload of items will be too dirty to be used and will be trashed.

Computer vision technology along with a custom neural network which is trained on hundreds of examples of plastic, as well as other materials such as aluminum and steel cans, aluminum foil, cardboard, paper, glass, and more helps to make this happen.

Download the app now in the App Store or visit their website: https://ecofriendlyapp.com/.

See The Sonos Move At The Sonos stackt Pop-up In Toronto

Posted in Commentary with tags on September 13, 2019 by itnerd

If you are in Toronto, the folks at Sonos will be serving up the Sonos stackt pop-up where they will be unveiling their newest speaker, Sonos Move: a powerful, versatile, and durable battery-powered smart speaker for indoors, outdoors, and on the go (a must for – finally legal in Ontario- tailgating season!)

And when I say durable, I truly mean it! To show just how tough the Sonos Move is, Sonos is also bringing their mini durability lab to stackt this weekend so you can see for yourself some of the extreme tests we put this speaker through. Everything from extreme heat to rain showers, dust storms and drops!

Details:

  • What: Now Playing: Sonos Move at stackt market
  • Description: Stop by our retail pop-up at stackt in downtown Toronto and check out the new Sonos Move: a powerful, versatile, durable, battery-powered smart speaker
  • When: Saturday, September 14, 10am – 7pm & Sunday, September 15 11am – 6pm
  • Where: 28th Bathurst Street, #3118

I’ll be dropping by on Saturday to take have a look. Watch of pictures to appear on my Twitter feed while I am there and I’ll add them to this post later in the day.