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BlackBerry: BBM for iPhone 'submitted for review two weeks ago'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Sep 7, 2013 4:29 am

It looks like BlackBerry's BBM for iPhone might reach us quicker than previously thought, with BlackBerry Senior Strategic Account Manager Alex Kinsella tweeting that Apple has BBM for iPhone, and BlackBerry is just waiting for its approval.




Kinsella tweeted: "Just in case we forgot to mention, BBM for iPhone was submitted for review 2 wks ago #waiting #BBM4ALL." We've already been teased of BBM for Android, so let's hope Apple is quick with its approval and gets BBM for the iPhone onto the App Store, ASAP.

EA is working on 6-8 new IPs, wants to avoid 'life support' scenario

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 7, 2013 3:31 am

EA has some truly gigantic franchises behind them, but they know to not just stand still in this ever-evolving gaming market, especially with next-gen consoles right around the corner.EA Games executive VP, Patrick Söderlund, told MVCUK during an interview: "We have six to eight completely new IPs in the works. The day we stop making new IP is when we go onto life support."




What exactly does 'new IP' mean to EA? Well, Söderlund explains: "We are working on a new Mirror's Edge game, and although that's not a new IP, it is a revival done in a new way. We are developing Star Wars: Battlefront, which to us is a new IP, even though it isn't technically."

September Android numbers are in, Jelly Bean takes 45.1% now

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Sep 7, 2013 2:31 am

Google has released the latest Android platform distribution numbers, where Android 4.1 and 4.2 have taken the lead in terms of Android OS market share. Android 4.1 and 4.2 Jelly Bean combined enjoy being on 45.1% of all Android-based devices.




The previous Android OS that took up the most market share was Android 2.3 Gingerbread, which now has 30.7% of Android users. Android 1.6 and 2.1 have been dropped from active tracking as they don't work with the latest version of the Google Play Store, which is where Google scoops up the distribution numbers from.


Jelly Bean saw increases of 4.6% total between Android 4.1 and 4.2, but all other versions of Android saw drops, showing the dominance of the best version of Android finally taking the lead. We will see more of this as Samsung has just announced some future top-selling devices, such as the Galaxy Note III and the upcoming Galaxy S5.

Packaging leaks for Apple iPhone 5S, shows new home button

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 7, 2013 2:01 am

With the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C set to launch in just a few days, more leaks about the 5S model have surfaced. Today, an image of what is said to be the official packaging for the device was spotted on a Chinese website. Interestingly enough, the packaging shows that the iPhone 5S most likely will feature a larger home button than on the previous model.




It's hard to tell from the grainy photos, but the home button appears to have what could be a LED light ring around it that would most likely be used to indicate different statuses from the phone. Unlike actual hardware, packaging is quite easy to fake, so take this leak with a grain of salt and just be patient until Tuesday when we will see what the iPhone 5S really looks like.

Crowds already beginning to amass at Apple Stores ahead of event

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 7, 2013 1:34 am

It's that time again: in just a few days from now, Apple will launch its next-generation smartphones, the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C, and as with all iPhone launches, hordes of what can only be described as fanboys have started amassing at Apple stores around the country.




While this happens for many product launches, fans usually only gather a few days in advance, but with the new iPhones not expected to hit retail shelves until September 20, fans will be sitting outside of Apple stores for more than two weeks. In an interview over Skype, one of the campers told VentureBeat that "We think the new iPhone will be available on the 20th...that's our speculation, since it's usually out on the Friday after the introduction. So we think we'll be out here for about two weeks."

Google Street View takes us inside an 800-year-old salt mine

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Sep 7, 2013 1:02 am

The images coming in from Google's Trekker backpack loan program are simply breathtaking. Adventurers, historians, and people from all over the world are taking advantage of the company's generosity and are capturing Street View-like images of some of the most spectacular and amazing places on earth.




Today, Google added images from the 800-year-old Wieliczka Salt Mine in Wieliczka, Poland, to the company's Street View product in Google Maps. The imagery is part of the company's UNESCO World Heritage series and takes us inside the 187 mile long, 1,000 foot deep salt mine. The imagery that has been posted includes three hand carved full-size chapels and a massive cathedral that is carved from the natural gray salt deposits.

Plextor shows off new M6 SSD plus more M.2 form-factor SSDs at IFA

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Sep 7, 2013 12:29 am

Earlier this week at the IFA trade show in Berlin, Germany, Plextor showed off its new M6 SSD prototype alongside its new M.2 form-factor SSDs. The M6 is the highly anticipated successor to Plextor's M5 series and is said to be aimed at the consumer market with several versions aimed at different portions of the market.




Plextor says that the new drive will feature the latest generation A19 Toggle NAND Flash from Toshiba, which the company says is the smallest and fastest performing MLC on the market today. Additionally, the M6 is just 5mm thick, making it one of the thinnest SSDs available in the consumer market.


Plextor says that its new M.2 line of SSDs follow the latest specifications set by Intel for its Ultrabook standard. "Using a PCIe interface, the Plextor M.2 will overcome the performance bottlenecks of SATA. The new M.2 series has not got a finalized name yet, but the samples shown had lengths of 60 mm and 80 mm. The M.2 series, like all other SSD solutions by Plextor, shall be paired to a controller from Marvell and NAND flash from Toshiba," the company said in a release.

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Official press images of Nokia's Lumia 1520 phablet leak out

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 7, 2013 12:02 am

Hot on the heels hot on the heels of the acquisition announcement by Microsoft, Nokia has just seen its upcoming phablet, the Lumia 1520, leaked by the infamous @evleaks. The images first posted on Twitter appear to be official press renderings of the device, which lead us to believe that a launch of the six-inch smartphone is just days away.




With the Intel Developer Forum kicking off next week in San Francisco, California, we just might see the first Windows Phone phablet released. It's widely rumored that the Lumia 1520 will feature a six-inch full HD display and will be running a quad-core QUALCOMM Snapdragon 800 processor. Other rumors suggest that the phablet will feature its own stylus and a standalone version of Microsoft's OneNote software.

Bing adds over 5 million square miles of satellite imagery to maps

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Sep 6, 2013 11:32 pm

Today, Microsoft announced on its Bing Blogs page that it has added an additional five million square miles of satellite imagery to its Bing Maps service. The update amounts to 316TB of aerial imagery from around the world being added to the service. In the image below, each yellow dot represents the new imagery that was added.




This is the first major update to Bing's imagery since June 12 of this year when the company added 270TB worth of high resolution satellite imagery of tourist location, including Rome, Milan, Stravanger, and Kaanapali. Today's update marks the largest addition to the search engine's map service since it was first launched. Head over to and check out some of the new imagery, and if you spot something cool, be sure to post a link to it in the comments.

Microsoft improving SmartGlass for Xbox One

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Sep 6, 2013 11:02 pm

Microsoft's SmartGlass app will be even more feature packed for the upcoming Xbox One. The company says it will carry the same basic features of the current version for Xbox 360, but will be able to handle multiplayer matchmaking, feature a help button to assist those stuck during a game, and allow users full control of their cable television set-top boxes.




Microsoft says that the Xbox One will support up to 16 SmartGlass devices and that it will connect directly to the mobile device via local Wi-Fi or Ethernet. This will allow gamers to access many of the console's features remotely, including achievements, updates, and recorded in-game videos stored on your Xbox One. Microsoft says the updated app will be free to download for Android, iOS, and Windows Phone when the console launches in November.