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BlackBerry cancels BBM Music service due to lack of popularity

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Apr 4, 2013 4:29 pm

BlackBerry has shut the doors on it music streaming service. BBM was BlackBerry's version of a streaming service similar to Rdio or Spotify and this morning the company has announced that after April, the service will close for good on the grounds of a lack of popularity.

 

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For those not familiar with the service, BBM let users download up to 50 tracks a month to listen to offline, but you could also connect to your friends and gain even more music to listen to. The idea was to have a more social interaction with the music and not just a vanilla "build a playlist" style app.

 

BlackBerry is advising users to begin transitioning to another service ASAP as everything halts at the beginning of May, but says that the shutdown date could change without notice. BlackBerry is not leaving users totally in the dark though as they are offering a free 30 day trial to Rdio premium.

Apple makes age ratings on apps more visible in the App Store

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Apr 4, 2013 3:58 pm

Apple has tweaked the App Store UI in an effort to make age ratings on apps more visible. The new change is a small and stubble, but easy to notice notification box that is placed beside an apps developer information.

 

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The change comes as consumer groups put pressure on the company to curb content that parents may consider too graphic or obscene for children. This new "Age Rating Box" will do little to prevent such exposure to kids though because as of this posting, the age rating does not show up in App Store charts or search results.

 

The company is also hoping that the new update will help put out some fires that has arisen over apps like Vine and 500px displaying pornographic material. Personally, I feel that kids will be kids, and they will find a way into things that they are not supposed to get into. A pretty new box of pixels is going to do little to stop that problem.

Samsung's new WiFi-only Galaxy Camera will begin shipping this month

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Cameras | Posted: Apr 4, 2013 3:10 pm

Samsung is set to release its WiFi-only point and shoot camera / smartphone mash-up this month. Samsung took the tech community by storm when it first released the Galaxy Camera which basically features a fully connected Galaxy smartphone on the back of a full featured point and shoot camera.

 

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Now those who want a smartphone / high-end point and shoot camera, but hate the idea of a monthly data fee can rejoice as Samsung is finally going to begin shipping its WiFi only version just a mere three months after it was announced at CES.

 

The WiFi-only version of the Galaxy Camera will feature a 4.8-inch Super Clear Touch LCD, 16MP BSI CMOS sensor and 21X optical zoom. The Android Jelly Bean powered device will retail for about $50 less than its cellular data connected big brother, which retails at a price point of $500.

Google and Mozilla develop new web rendering engines that replace WebKit

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Apr 4, 2013 2:46 pm

Just as web developers across the world were settling down to enjoy the good life, Google and Mozilla have walked in the door and thrown a wrench into their smoothly running machines. This morning both Google and Mozilla announced that they are moving their browsers to new rendering engines.

 

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Google has announced that it has forked the popular WebKit engine off into a more "manageable for chromium" engine called Blink. Google says that Blink will focus on speed and simplicity, and will still hold true to its WebKit roots. Opera, who just switched to WebKit says that they will follow Google's lead and fully embrace and contribute to Blink.

 

In a blog post, Adam Barth, a Software Engineer at Google said:

 

"Chromium uses a different multi-process architecture than other WebKit-based browsers, and supporting multiple architectures over the years has led to increasing complexity for both the WebKit and Chromium projects. This has slowed down the collective pace of innovation - so today, we are introducing Blink, a new open source rendering engine based on WebKit."

 

Not to be left out, Mozilla had its own announcement about a new rendering engine as well. Dubbed Servo, the engine is a collaboration between Mozilla and Samsung, and is coded in an entirely new language called Rust. It will not replace the Gecko engine current versions of Firefox are built around just yet, but the transition will take place at some point says Mozilla.

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RumorTT: Samsung to release the Galaxy Win next month

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 4, 2013 10:35 am

It was only yesterday that we heard about Samsung's Galaxy Mega range of smartphones, coming in both 5.8- and 6.3-inch, but now there's news of yet another smartphone under the Galaxy umbrella of devices.

 

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The new device is being referred to as the Galaxy Win I8552 handset, with the details of the device unveiling by a Vietnamese mobile retailer, Mainguyen. They've said that the Galaxy Win I8552 will arrive with a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor, a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, dual-SIM support, a 2000 mAh battery and Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean.

Toshiba unveils the industry's thinnest CMOS image sensor camera mobile for next-gen mobile devices

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cameras | Posted: Apr 4, 2013 9:21 am

The future of smart device cameras could lay with Toshiba, as the company announced this week the industry's thinnest CMOS image sensor camera module for next-generation smartphones and tablets.

 

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Toshiba's new sensor is just 4.7mm high, and will allow companies to bake in high-end 13-megapixel cameras in an ultra-thin frame. Andrew Burt, vice president of the Analog and Imaging Business Unit, System LSI Group at TAEC has said:

 

Toshiba once again proves its technical expertise in the development of this ultra-low height module enabling customers to create the thin, attractive mobile products that consumers have come to expect. Our strategy of continuous innovation and enhancement to the TAEC systems offering, especially for the camera/imaging markets, provides the technology solutions that will drive thinner mobile devices without compromising picture quality or performance.

 

Toshiba's new CMOS image sensor camera module will be available to manufacturers starting next month.

Safari market share actually grows against the onslaught of its competitors

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Apr 4, 2013 8:30 am

According to NetMarketShare's latest numbers, Apple's web browser, Safari, has actually increased its market share despite the very strong competitors on the market such as Mozilla's Firefox and Google's Chrome browsers.

 

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Safari now enjoys a chunk of that mobile web browsing market share, with 61.7%. Android Browser is second in line with 21.8% and Opera Mini sits in third position with 8.4%. Just last month Safari accounted for 55% of mobile browsing, so that is a considerable surge for the last 30 days. Apple continue to dominate mobile web browsing with nothing to stop them at the moment.

Zynga launches real-money online gambling, sees 15% rise in stock prices

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Apr 4, 2013 7:32 am

Zynga have launched their online poker and casino games in the UK this week, their first move away from social gaming and a very serious push into real-money gambling.

 

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The company now offer online poker, slot machines, blackjack and other games. They've partnered up with bwin.party, who are the world's largest publicly traded online gambling company, who saw a profit of $32 million in 2012. Barry Cottle, Zynga's chief revenue officer, took to the company blog, where he said:

 

Launching the download and web versions of Zynga's real money games for play in the UK is an exciting move to bring players the real money games they have been asking us for. We look forward to launching our social versions of real money games for players on Facebook and mobile in the UK throughout 2013.

 

Zynga shares rose considerably with the real-money gambling launch, seeing a nice 15% rise on the day.

CyanogenMod restores opt-out feature for stats gathering

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Apr 4, 2013 6:30 am

CyanogenMod founder Steve Kondik has taken to his Google+ page to announce that he has restored the opt-out feature on stats gathering within CyanogenMod this morning. He had some choice words to say about the situation:

 

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It's incredibly frustrating that a handful of incredibly vocal users are ready to "fork" over the issue. News flash: there are already a hundred forks of CM. We like it, and we enable it! And there's no sinister plot to crack the hashed data and sell your deepest darkest secrets to Verizon and the NSA.

 

In the end though, we should respect everyone's wishes here. The change was well-intentioned- we just want to have better answers to certain questions. There are many applications out there who are doing incredibly dubious things like uploading all of your contacts without your consent, so certain suspicions are understandable. I do not want CM to ever be perceived as a group who doesn't respect the privacy of it's users.

Skype users spend more than 2 billion minutes per day on the service

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Apr 4, 2013 5:34 am

Skype has reached quite the milestone this week, where they're seeing more than two billion minutes of users connecting with each other. Skype has celebrated this milestone with an awesome infographic, below.

 

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Breaking two billion minutes into hours provides us with a very crazy 33 million hours per day. This is the same as 1.38 million days, or 3805 years all crammed into a single day of Skype use. This is enough time to walk around the world more than 845 times, fly around 700,000 times, or travel to Mars 5400 times.

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