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iCloud open to public, still cannot be accessed

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Apple has finally opened its iCloud service to the public. Till now it was only available to those who had a developer accounts but now anyone with an Apple ID can log in. Having said that the service is still not usable.

The reason for that is it requires iOS 5 on the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch and 10.7.2 update on the Mac before you can start using it and neither have been released yet. Read more »

BlackBerry Internet Service is down again, the Enterprise Server seems OK

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RIM has managed to make angry millions of BlackBerry users in less than 24 hours. Yesterday, the BIS (BlackBerry Internet Service) was down across the EMEA region (Europe, Middle East and Africa). This blackout has prevented the BlackBerry users to use email, messaging and web browsing for a few hours. We decided to take a pass on this news, hoping RIM will sort it out quickly.

In the end, RIM did solve its problems and brought online its BIS service, issuing a short statement to apologize.

But today, the BIS blackout is happening again. RIM claims the service is working, but there is a delay. Well, as a BlackBerry user myself, I don’t think a period of three hours (and counting) is what you call a delay. In my books, that’s a fail – a second fail in two consecutive days. What up, RIM? Read more »

Ovi Store gets renamed to Nokia store, built using Qt Quick

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Nokia announced back in May that they will be renaming their Ovi services such as the Ovi Store to Nokia Store. The process was supposed to happen later in 2012 and it finally has. The Ovi Store is now officially known as the Nokia Store.

But the name is not the only thing that’s changed. There is a whole new app for it as well. Read more »

Microsoft’s acquisition of Skype for $8.5 billion gets approved in the EU

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It’s taken just under five months, but for the biggest acquisition in the company’s history, Microsoft’s 8.5 billion dollar deal has finally gotten the green light.

Skype Technologies SA was previously under split ownership, with eBay buying up 30% of the company in 2005 and the remainder spread amongst tech investors. Read more »

AT&T said to be ‘working with’ Apple to add a 4G indicator to the iPhone 4S’ status bar

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US customers have been exposed to the term ’4G’ in marketing material for a while now. The problem is some 4G technologies are more legitimate than others.

With carriers like T-Mobile and AT&T marketing certain devices as 4G from their existing lines and now with AT&T rolling out their LTE infrastucture, confusion is bound to ensue. Read more »

Apple introduces Find My Friends, let’s you locate and share your location with others

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One of the more interesting things announced at the ‘Let’s Talk iPhone’ event yesterday was Find My Friends for iOS devices. It’s basically an optional location tracking service that you can use on your iOS device.

What ‘Find My Friend’ does is let’s you share your location with your friends. People will ask you for your location and you can share it with them, provided you trust them enough. Read more »

Check out the Apple iPhone 4S and iCloud promo videos

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As usual when Apple announces major addition to its portfolio, the Cupertino-based company released cool promo videos dedicated to each of them. With the Apple iPhone 4S and iCloud being the stars of the show tonight, it was only a matter of time before two videos popped app at the company’s official website.

So here they are for your viewing pleasure. If you haven’t followed the Tim Cook keynote, those videos will do a good job of summing up the best parts of the iPhone 4S and the iCloud service for you. Read more »

Siri for iPhone 4S, the voice-controlled digital assistant, is not as new as you may think

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Siri is now an integral part of the iPhone 4S. It’s supposed to do a lot of stuff for you, among which, answer any question you may come up with. You can ask about anything – the weather, movies, restaurants, news, etc. and providing you have an intelligent question, it should get you a reasonably intelligent answer quickly and in the right context.

But Siri is not just an intelligent voice search system. It can also read your messages, emails, notifications for you. Siri has dictate functionality too – you speak and it writes messages, notes, remainders, etc. Read more »

BBM for Android should be available by 2012, get your thumbs ready

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You read correctly, we heard rumblings of such peculiar goings on for a little while prior to this post, and this is just adding to the rumor mill.

BBM icon on Android OS

Purportedly the iPhone 4S is to play as guinea pig for the iOS build of BlackBerry’s Messenger service and now we are hearing through the grapevine that Android users might get in on some BBM action too. Read more »

SugarSync for iOS users gets and update, iPhone/iPad users rejoice

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Earlier this year SugarSync brought their smartphone-to-PC free syncing service to Android users everywhere.

Making a name for themselves with iOS, SugarSync are now ready to push the next version of their service to iPhone and iPad users everywhere, which includes a heap of new functionality. Read more »

Carbyn: The HTML 5.0-based multi-platform OS that runs in your browser [VIDEO]

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Carbyn is the product of a Canadian startup company going by the same name, which debuted its new HTML 5.0-based OS at Tech Crunch’s Disrupt event this year.

Carbyn logo

The platform is designed to run on any modern browser, assuming it has HTML 5.0 support so that’s pretty much everything bar some of the older builds of IE. It works by simply logging onto the Carbyn website and everything’s there, ready and up to date. Read more »

AT&T’s new LTE network challenges Verizon’s LTE network, offers better download and upload speeds

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AT&T’s brand new LTE network just launched and someone is already putting it to the test. We already got it pitted against the the other LTE network in the US, Verizon’s and the results confirm early indications that the network will be very fast – faster than Verizon’s LTE network even.

Of course, Verizon’s network is older and has a lot more users (that is, it’s under much more load), and yet AT&T’s network lead in both downlink and uplink speeds is impressive. Read more »

AT&T’s 4G LTE network goes live, available in only five markets as of now

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As promised, AT&T flipped the 4G LTE switch on Sunday. This is not the first time you’ll be experiencing LTE on AT&T’s network, however, as certain areas in the US have been enjoying this for a while now. It’s just that now it’s official.

However, if you were expecting a lot more areas to get LTE after the official launch then you will be a bit disappointed as currently it’s only available in five states. Read more »