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BBM arriving on Android and iOS this weekend

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Good news for those who have been waiting for BBM on iOS and Android (yes, all four of you). BlackBerry has finally announced the dates when you will be able to download the app for your iOS or Android device.

Android users will be getting their hands on BBM first on September 21. iPhone users, meanwhile, will have to contain their enthusiasm for a day longer, and can download the app on September 22. Both apps will be available for free from their respective stores. Read more »

BBM coming to Android and iOS as early as this week, no exclusivity

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An earlier report on Twitter from Samsung Nigeria confirmed that BlackBerry’s popular BBM messaging platform will be coming to Android and iOS quite soon.

Although it won’t be a three-month exclusive to Samsung as was initially speculated, BBM could hit Google Play and the iOS App Store as early as this Friday. Read more »

Android Device Manager will soon feature remote password changing and device locking options

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Google recently launched its own service, which allows you to locate your misplaced Android smartphone and to protect your privacy if your device is stolen. Initially, the latest service came with ability to locate your smartphone on Google Maps via the Device Manager website.

The Android Device Manager also offered you to wipe your device’s data or make your smartphone ring from the web interface. Now, it looks like Google is also set to add a few more features to its service, according to the leaked APK of the upcoming version of Google Play Service. Read more »

PayPal announces Beacon, a Bluetooth USB dongle that will accept your smartphone as a hands-free payment method

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Meet the PayPal Beacon, a USB dongle, powered by Bluetooth Low Energy that will await PayPal customers in participating stores, recognize their PayPal identity by pairing to their smartphone’s PayPal app as they walk in and even let them automatically pay for their goods, no hands required.

The first participating stores are Booker, Erply, Leaf, Leapset, Micros, NCR, PayPal Here, Revel, ShopKeep, TouchBistro and Vend, but more are expected to crop up as 100 developers are poised to get the dongle and API early. The PayPal Beacon is expected to become wide-spread starting Q4 of this year. Read more »

Xbox Music arrives on iOS and Android

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Microsoft has announced that their music service, oddly named Xbox Music, will now be available on iOS and Android devices. The company has made dedicated apps for both platforms and they are now available for download for free on their respective stores.

Xbox Music is Microsoft’s subscription based ‘all you can eat’ music service, where you pay a subscription fee and then stream as much music as you want. You will need to purchase the Xbox Music Pass that enables you to use the service. Read more »

Flipboard coming to BlackBerry 10, BBM for iOS submitted for review

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Flipboard has made an odd announcement after an somewhat puzzling withdrawal of its app from the BlackBerry World.

First Flipboard released a port of its Android app in the BlackBerry World store, but then it was quickly pulled out. The following announcement was made on Twitter shortly after: Read more »

The average smartphone user downloads 26.2 apps, only 5.6 of which are paid

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Here’s something interesting – ever wondered how much apps the average global smartphone user downloads? Do you want do dig deeper – how much of that average consists of free and how much of paid apps? Well here’s a statistic that gives us some clue.

According to data, collected by Statista using Google’s Our Mobile Planet initiative the global smartphone user downloads an average of 26.2 apps, of which 20.6 are free (like Facebook, WhatsApp, Google Search, Google Maps, etc.). The information is accurate as of March 2013. Read more »

Sony unveils WG-C20 Portable Wireless Server, lets you stream content to your smartphone

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Sony has just announced a new portable streaming device that lets you stream video, music, and images to any compatible wireless device in range.

Not only that, but it lets you charge a connected device via USB, and even stream content to a DLNA-compatible TV. Read more »

Nokia Xpress for Lumias graduates from beta, get your web data cruncher now

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Nokia Xpress service has been in beta testing for quite some time, but Nokia has recently finished the development. The final version of the app is now available for free at the Windows Phone Store.

Nokia Xpress uses cloud services to compress browsing data and saves up to 85% of the mobile traffic. Read more »

BlackBerry Messenger for Android shown off on video

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BlackBerry had promised us a version of its popular BlackBerry Messenger or BBM service for Android and iOS devices quite a while ago now. While we are yet to see the final version release on either platform, someone managed to get their hands on a beta and has a uploaded a video for our viewing pleasure.

As you can see from the image above, BBM for Android looks nothing like any other Android app. Instead of adopting the look of the platform, BlackBerry has decided to instead port over the look of BB10, which is why the BBM for Android looks exactly the way it does on BB10, complete with the tabs on the bottom and screens on the side. Read more »

Shazam for Android gets faster song recognition and UI overhaul in v4.0

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Shazam, the popular song identification app, has just been updated to version 4.0 for Android.

The latest version promises faster song recognition, as well as a completely new user interface with large screen optimizations for tablets. Read more »

Digg launches new app for Android

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Once upon a time Digg used to be this really popular news aggregator site. But then reddit happened and Digg was pushed to the sidelines. Last year, the site was acquired by a company called Betaworks, who has since been in the process of revamping it, first by launching a brand new website that does not suck and an iOS app to go with it.

Continuing down that path, they have now launched a new Digg app for Android and thankfully, it’s not just a port of the iOS app. The new Digg app, now available for free on the Play Store, follows the same minimalistic design of the website and the iOS app, with clean white and black design. Read more »

Nokia launches three cool ads for the just released Lumia 625

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Nokia has released three new ads promoting the just unleashed Nokia Lumia 625. The first one focuses on all of its multimedia features and navigation, the next one is all about Office and SkyDrive cloud services, and finally the last video is…well, hilarious.

The Nokia Lumia 625 is a bigger, faster and LTE-enabled version of the colorful Lumia 620. It features a 4.7″ IPS WVGA display, a dual-core 1.2GHz Krait processor and a 5MP sharpshooter. The Windows Phone 8 inside the Lumia 625 seems to pack the latest GDR2 update. Read more »

Delta Air Lines equips its flight attendants with 19,000 Nokia Lumia 820 smartphones

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In line with its promise to garner wider enterprise usage this month, Nokia has delivered big time as its partnership with Delta Air Lines has come to fruition.

Some 19,000 Lumia 820′s have been deployed to Delta flight attendants, complete with special additions to streamline onboard purchasing from passengers. Read more »

Swiftkey Cloud exits beta, released today as part of Swiftkey 4.2

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The popular Swiftkey keyboard replacement app for Android has been updated to version 4.2, which includes the addition of the new Swiftkey Cloud service.

Swiftkey Cloud syncs with your Gmail and Facebook accounts (and others) and learns from your typing style. You can then transfer it across multiple devices easily. Read more »