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BlackBerry announces 5 million BBM activations in first 8 hours

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BlackBerry has revealed on its BBM Twitter page that the BlackBerry Messenger for iOS and Android has received extremely warm reception. The company has seen some 5 million activations in just 8 hours after the app was launched.

Those are not just downloads, mind you, but the number of people that have activated their accounts with the app. Read more »

The Lumia 2520 is Nokia’s first tablet

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Over at its Abu Dhabi Keynote Nokia released its first slate dubbed Lumia 2520. The tablet runs on the Windows RT, has a 10.1″ FullHD display a Snapdragon 800 chipset and comes with a variety of color options – black, blue, white and red. The price before subsidies will be $499.

You can get the Lumia 2520 slate with an add-on keyboard, dubbed Power Keyboard, with additional USB ports, battery and integrated kick-stand. Read more »

Instagram finally coming to Windows Phone 8

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At the stage of the Nokia World event, Stephen Elop has just announced that Instagram is finally coming to Windows Phone 8 devices.

With over 130 million users on tap, Instagram is one of the most popular photo sharing social networks. Nokia Lumia users will finally be able to the cool filter effects that they can apply to their photos before they share them. Read more »

BlackBerry Messenger for iOS and Android rollout resumes

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Exactly a month after initially releasing the app, BlackBerry resumed the rollout of the popular BBM app for iOS and Android. In order to avoid the hiccups from last month which caused BlackBerry to pause the rollout, the company has implemented a line-up system to manage the high demand.

The reservation system is based on the user entering his or her email after installing the app on his or her compatible device. Read more »

Braven 850 Bluetooth wireless speaker review

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The Braven 850 is the Utah-based manufacturer’s most capable wireless speaker to date. With a body made of machined aluminum and chock full of extra features, the speaker looks well-equipped to compete for a chunk of today’s ultra-competitive market for wireless portable speakers.

With the market for wireless speakers experiencing massive growth over the past couple of years, we’ve decided to try our best to bring you our take on the more interesting players in the field going forward. After all, most of speakers are destined to be paired with smartphones and tablets, and are being sold alongside them as accessories. Read on to find out how the Braven 850 fares as a go-to audio companion on a daily basis! Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition hands-on

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The refreshed Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 slate joined our review queue a while ago. We have the Wi-Fi-only model, which is powered by Samsung’s own Exynos 5420 Octa chipset.

The tablet runs the latest commercially available Android 4.3 Jelly Bean with Samsung’s latest TouchWiz customizations on top. The Note 10.1 2014 Edition also features all S-Pen applications and services the Galaxy Note 3 introduced last month. Read more »

Facebook experiences global outage of key services

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Something is rotten in the state of Facebook – posting a new status, writing on someone’s wall or using Facebook’s payment system have been out of order since earlier today. And what are people to do about it other than complain on Twitter?

Facebook’s developers page confirms that the payment system is down, has been since 4:50AM PDT. And it’s not the first time this month either, the same thing happened on October 5 and again on October 12. Read more »

HTC co-founders promise ‘disruptive’ tablet, useful smartwatch

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Co-founders and leaders of HTC Peter Chou and Cher Wang (CEO and chairperson respectively) gave an interview to the Financial Times and strongly implied that the company is working on tablet and a wearable device.

This month HTC posted its first-ever quarterly loss and so the company is looking beyond smartphones for extra revenue. Read more »

Tablets expected to eclipse PCs in four years

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The latest Gartner report has global tablet shipments up some 42.7% compared to last year, while PC sales are predicted to be down 11.2%.

It’s predicted that by 2017, PCs – which include desktop computers, laptops, and ultramobiles – will become outshipped by tablets running primarily Android and iOS. Read more »

Apple to make GarageBand free on iOS 7

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Remember how Apple made free a plethora of apps free for all new iPhones? Apple iPhoto, iMovie and the iWork suite (Pages, Keynote and Numbers) for iOS now cost you nothing if you upgrade your iPhone and it seems the GarageBand will soon join this list.

The app’s name appeared at the “Built-in apps” page for the iPhone 5s earlier and even though it was quickly removed, it was probably a hint of what’s to come. Read more »

Nexus 5 case hits eBay

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Case-maker Ringke has released a case for the upcoming Nexus 5 and listed it for sale on eBay.

The case straps onto the device and doesn’t seem particularly interesting, but the fact that the actual phone is present is rather more exciting. The Nexus 5 is expected to be announced in a week and go on sale soon (probably the beginning of November). Read more »

Retina iPad mini 2 and iPad 5 announcement reconfirmed

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Apple has an event set for tomorrow, October 22, and the wall Street Journal is confirming that the stars of the show will be two new iPads – the new mini and a new version of the 9.7″ model. There might be Mac-related announcements too.

While not official, the news that the iPad mini 2 will be at the event tomorrow is slightly surprising as there were quite a few reports on the low yields of the new 7.9″ Retina display, meaning the tablet won’t make it in time for the holidays or at least won’t be widely available. Read more »

Apple outs its first commercial for the gold iPhone 5s

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Apple released its first dedicated commercial for the gold iPhone 5s. Entitled “Metal Mastered”, the thirty-second clip unsurprisingly features a good deal of bling.

The ad shows liquid gold on the screen, slowly taking the shape of an iPhone 5s. Read more »

Nokia’s latest video on HERE: everyday super powers

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Nokia has released three new videos advertising its HERE products. They all feature HERE’s employee Alex Osaki and made in the style of the James Bond movies.

Nokia will soon become a service-focused company after selling its device business to Microsoft next year. HERE is one of Nokia’s key weapons on Windows Phone and one of the features that keep the mobile OS alive and attractive to users. HERE will continue to live after the changes at Nokia and those ads confirm company’s dedication to it. Read more »

Windows RT 8.1 update pulled

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Microsoft launched the free Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 updates just four days ago. Lots of Windows 8 users are probably already running on the latest version of the OS, while many of you owning Windows RT-powered slate still can’t download the update.

Don’t you worry, the problem is not in your device, it’s in the update itself. As it turns out Microsoft has removed the update from the Store because it causes boot issues to some RT devices. Read more »