Today marks one of the symbolically more important launches in the BlackBerry universe: the Q10, the first keyboard-equipped BB10 phone, is at last available on the company’s Canadian home turf. As promised, customers with Bell, Rogers and Telus (as well as their Virgin Mobile, Fido and Koodo sub-brands) can snap up what’s arguably the true Waterloo flagship for about $ 199 on a 3-year contract, or between $ 625 to $ 700 contract-free. Shoppers are largely buying the same phone no matter the carrier, although Rogers is hoping to lure the undecided with both LTE on an extra frequency as well as access to the white model. Just be prepared for a slightly longer wait if you plan to buy one in person — BlackBerry warns that it’s limiting Q10 supply to the Greater Toronto Area for the first day or two to accommodate demand high demand in Canada’s financial capital.
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A group of us TechCrunchers bundled up and headed to the Great White North last week to kick off our three-city Northern Meetup tour with a stop in Toronto.
While we were in town, we visited the MaRS Discovery District, a non-profit entity focused on tech innovation and entrepreneurship headquartered in a massive building right across the street from the University of Toronto.
Monday night was our TechCrunch meetup in Toronto and we had a blast. The city’s entrepreneurs and tech community showed up in full force for a night of networking and revelry, hosted at Toronto local gem the Steamwhistle Brewery. For me personally, this was a chance to put faces to a lot of names and voices I’ve spoken to many times over the phone, and in general our writer and events team had a blast meeting up with Toronto’s best and brightest.
The Canadian startup incubator scene has taken off lately, and the one of the latest to appear was Toronto-based Extreme Startups. The accelerator, which was officially announced in January, has gone through the application selection process and has had five startups taking part in the program since mid-March.
So who are they? And what was the incubator looking for when choosing startups to participate? Extreme Startups Managing Director Andy Yang told me that the accelerator had companies from 18 different countries over five continents apply to choose from, but in the end it went with an all-Canadian group. That includes three startups that were already based in Toronto, one from Edmonton and one from Ottawa.
Uber, that pesky on-demand car service that lets you request a ride at any time using SMS or the company’s iPhone and Android apps, has seen its fair share of struggles in providing a disruptive alternative to cab services. Uber has continued rolling on in spite of it, raising $ 32 million in December from Menlo Ventures, Jeff Bezos, and Goldman Sachs — among others. The startup has also continued pushing forward with its national (and international) service, recently launching or soft-launching in Chicago, Washington D.C., and Paris.
Now, it seems that Uber is ready to begin adding more cities to its existing services in Boston, New York, Paris, San Francisco, and Seattle, soft-launching (or entering its super secret “testing phase) in the City of Angels just in time for the Grammys. Yes, according to Uber’s blog, the time has come to begin testing its car service in Los Angeles waters. Oh, and just in case you missed it, Uber just this week also began its testing/research phase in its first Canadian city, Toronto.
Leif_Bloomquist writes “The Toronto PET Users Group (TPUG) is pleased to announce the World of Commodore 2011. TPUG would like to invite everyone to join us for a weekend of all things Commodore. There will information about and displays of a variety of Commodore computers, demonstrations of new hardware and software projects using Commodore equipment, screenings of Commodore related videos, vendors selling the latest hardware and software available for Commodore computers as well as classic hardware, accessories, applications, games and much more.”
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