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BlackBerry Messenger to hit Android and iOS on June 27

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When BlackBeery announced that its Messenger service (BBM) was coming to iOS and Android many people, including me, got very excited, but unfortunately, the company wasn’t ready to announce a release date back then.

Now, almost a month after the Blackberry Live 2013 conference, the company has announced that its BBM service will hit Android and iOS as a standalone app on June 27. Read more »

The new Asus 4K monitor priced at $4000, too bad little can support it

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The recently-announced Asus PQ321 4K monitor raised a few eyebrows at the Computex 2013 showroom last week, being one of the first consumer available panels which support 4K resolution.

Now, the panel gets its priced revealed at a hefty $4000. Yet, the fact that even a Retina display MacBook Pro can barely support its output should be an even bigger concern than the price. Read more »

Qualcomm and Microsoft readying Snapdragon 800 for Windows RT 8.1 devices

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Qualcomm is working with Microsoft to introduce the Snapdragon 800 chipset to future Windows RT 8.1 devices, making it just the third to make it to the young platform after Snapdragon S4 (also Qualcomm’s chip) and NVIDIA’s Tegra 3.

The chip uses four Krait 400 cores with a maximum clock speed of 2.2 GHz, the Adreno 330 graphics chip and has support for LTE. Read more »

Samsung releases a new Galaxy S4 ad aimed at new dads

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The Samsung Galaxy S4 is chock full of features so various and different that many people were wondering how they might use them in their everyday life. Happily, Samsung is here to help with yet another ad of its Android flagship, which thankfully isn’t outright weird.

The latest one is titled Swaddle master and features a dad who has to wrap his son in blankets without the help of the mom, who is running errands. Read more »

Samsung Tizen 2.1 screenshots appear, show how far the OS has gone

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It’s been a while since we last heard any novelties surrounding Samsung and Intel’s joint work on the HTML5-based Tizen OS. Couple of months ago there were even rumors that both companies might announce the first Tizen device to run the latest version of the OS, which is currently 2.1, but alas.

That’s why for now we’ll have to do with the batch of screenshots of the OS that Tizen Indonesia has posted. They gives us a glimpse of what the camera interface looks like, as well as the email client and the web browser. The latter promises to be extremely good, and it’s as it was and currently leading the charts in HTML5 Mobile compatibility test. Read more »

First Sony Xperia M promo videos surface

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Sony has claimed yet another letter from the alphabet with its latest device, the Sony Xperia M.

The Sony Xperia M will be a lower-midrange smartphonerunning on a dual-core 1 GHz CPU alongside a 4 inch display of 854 x 480 pixels. Read more »

Gmail 4.5 for Android starts rolling out

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Google has released the v4.5 update for the Gmail app for Android, which brings with it some UI changes, some of which are in tune with the recent changes seen on Gmail website.

The first thing you’ll notice is that Google has done away with the bottom bar that hosted buttons for new mail, search, labels, refresh and menu. Three of those have now been moved to the action bar on top and refresh has been included in the UI in the form of pull to refresh. The options in the drop down menu on top to move between your accounts, folders and labels has now been moved into a drawer on the left. Read more »

The official Adobe Reader app is now available in the Windows Phone Store

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Adobe Reader, the popular application for viewing PDF documents across platforms and devices is now available in the Windows Phone Store for all the Windows Phone 8 users.

The official Adobe Reader for Windows Phone allows you to access a wide range of PDF types including the password protected documents. The app lets you view, open and search PDF documents and lets you zoom in on text or images. Read more »

Plants vs Zombies 2: It’s About Time coming to iOS on July 18

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The long expected sequel of the arcade game Plants vs Zombies will soon be available on iOS devices. PopCap Games has officially announced that its Plants vs Zombies 2: It’s About Time will be coming to the Apple platform on July 18.

PopCap Games has also released a trailer for the upcoming title, giving us a hint on what to expect. In the trailer, the botanist Dave sets himself to defend his house with the help of peashooters, walnuts and other plants. Read more »

Google Drive and Chrome for iOS updated

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Google has updated its Drive and Chrome applications for the iOS platform and the latest versions come with few minor changes, bug fixes, stability improvements and performance enhancements.

The updated version of the Google Drive app for iPhone and iPad now allows you to browse through all your images by simply swiping through them. The mobile version of the popular cloud service offers you to view, create, reply and resolve comments in doc files on the go. Read more »

Apple’s official WWDC 2013 app for iOS is out now

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With Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference just a week away, the company has released its official app for the developer-oriented event.

There, Apple developers can watch videos of the sessions directly on their iPhones and iPads. Read more »

Twitter finally releases Vine for Android

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Twitter announced its new service named Vine in January, letting you share short looping videos on the popular social network. Back then a Vine app was only available for iOS, but that exclusivity is finally coming to an end. The service, which already has about 13 million active users, has finally been made available for Android.

Vine for Android currently requires Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or higher to work, but it lacks some of the features from the iOS app. However, Twitter promised that it will soon release an update for the Android version that will put it on par with its iOS counterpart. Read more »

GTA 4′s Liberty City gets Street View courtesy of Google Maps

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While you’re waiting for Rockstar to release Grand Theft Auto V yo could take a Google-style walk through of GTA IV’s Liberty City.

The whole virtual surrounding of the game has gotten Street View mode, which lets you explore just about every corner just like you would in the Google-covered real world. Read more »

Foxconn gives us a glimpse of the first Firefox OS tablet

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Foxconn has officially unveiled the first Firefox OS-powered tablet, which was rumored for a while, at a press event at Computex 2013 in Taipei.

Surprisingly, Foxconn did not reveal the specifications of the tablet, but the official launch of the tablet confirms the existence of Firefox OS-based tablets, which we’ve been hearing of for a while now. Read more »

iSupply: Samsung is the second biggest chip maker in Q1, 2013, Intel sits on top

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According to a report filed by market information provider iSupply, Samsung is breathing down Intel’s neck in the semiconductor market race in the first quarter of 2013 with 10.5% market share. Intel controls 15.1% if the chip market.

For the January-March period, Samsung’s recorded $7.77 billion in sales, while Intel sales totalled $11.16 billion. Read more »