Alright, Ma Bell. It’s officially time for you to pack it in and move to Boca Raton because you are clearly too old for the media business.
Bell Media president Kevin Crull. (JOEL LEMAY/QMI Agency)
In a seemingly desperate move, Bell Media president Kevin Crull told The Globe and Mail its upcoming streaming service Cravetv (previously known as Project Latte) will only be available to its current TV subscribers:
“We want the consumer to have a TV subscription … So you can subscribe to any level of television, you can subscribe to basic TV, or even what has become known as ‘skinny basic,’ or you can subscribe to a really high-end package.”
You know, because the kids today are all about signing up for a cable package to watch their favourite TV shows online.
So if you’ve seen the BlackBerry Passport, which launched back in September, the one thing that probably sticks out to you is the size.
An almost square device, the phone looks like it would be a monster to carry around. And, frankly, the demonstration that it was roughly the same size as a passport didn’t placate me as passports aren’t that small either.
BlackBerry chief executive John Chen shows a Canadian passport along with the Passport smartphone during an official launch event in Toronto, Sept. 24, 2014. REUTERS/Aaron Harris
At the launch, BlackBerry CEO John Chen and company showed that the Passport could easily fit in the inside pocket of a blazer. But I’m not a Bay Street businessman who wears a suit to work every day. I generally wear a golf shirt and pants and so it seemed that it would be considerably more uncomfortable to carry the Passport around.
Or at least, that’s what I thought. In fact, it fits reasonably well into the front pocket in my pants. Jeans could be an issue, but most men’s pants have big enough pockets.
If you’re looking to upgrade to a premium smartphone, you can’t do much better than LG’s latest offering, the G3.
Released in North America on Aug. 1, the LG G3 is a lightweight, slim and sleek device that can satisfy even the most hardcore smartphone user. Taking its design cue from the LG G2, the G3′s only physical buttons (power and volume controls) are on the back of the device, leaving the front of the device almost entirely free for the touchscreen.
Another flagship phone from HTC with another derivative name. This HTC One, however, includes its development codename “M8″ in brackets after it so as not to be confused with the other Ones, One Xes and so on. (It is also referred to as the All New HTC One which will be become a rather outdated moniker in a year or so when HTC will undoubtedly release another One.)
But despite a similar name to its predecessors, the HTC One (M8) is a whole new phone.
HTC One Mini. (Supplied)
Back in April, I reviewed the HTC One and it’s a good quality phone. But you might not like the size of it. If you find the 4.7-inch screen too small, you might want to check out the HTC One Max phablet with its 5.9-inch display.
But if you want something smaller, the HTC One Mini may be more to your liking.