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26May/120

Poll: Do you still want BlackBerry Messenger on Android?

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BlackBerry Messenger was one of the coolest messenger services just a few years ago. It is secure, convenient, instant and even lets you know if someone has read your message. BBM was so great that many Android users have been praying and waiting for it to come to our devices. It looked like the app was coming, with rumors and leaks popping up from time to time. It was only a matter of time, but it seems the project has been canceled. The app won’t be coming at all.

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that sources close to the matter can attest that the project was in the works. Running under the name of “SMS 2.0,” the project was canned after the new CEO, Thorsten Heins, stepped into the main office. He did not want to license BBM to the competition, and the matter “was not up for discussion.”

But all of this makes us wonder just how much people want this service, still. I know I used to be one of those waiting for it, but I have stopped thinking about the matter for a long time now. We just have so many good options, starting with Google’s very own messaging service – Google Talk.

BlackBerry Messenger has its advantages, but do we need it? Apps like Facebook Messenger, Google Talk, Whats App and ChatOn make great substitutes for BlackBerry Messenger. Facebook Messenger even tells you when someone has seen your message, as well.

It could be that we simply learned to live without it, or it simply isn’t as “ground-braking” as it was before. What do you guys think? Please participate in the poll and let’s see if people would still want BBM on their Android handsets.

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[Source: The Wall Street Journal Via: Droid Dog]


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26May/120

Hot Deal: Wirefly offering T-Mobile HTC One S for $125 only this weekend

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Unless you want to wait around for a month or two until the Galaxy S3 and the Galaxy Note come to T-Mobile, this deal might be a no-brainer. The HTC One S is arguably the best device on Magenta right now, and one has to pocket out $199.99 to purchase it under a 2-year contract. But if you are down to get a new phone now, you might want to check out Wirefly’s Memorial Weekend deal.

The internet retailer is selling the HTC One S for only $124.99 with a 2-year contract. It normally goes for $150, but you can use the coupon code HTCONES25 to get a $25 discount. This one is only available until Monday, so if you are jumping on the ship, you might want to do it by then.

Wirefly HTC One S Link

[Via: Unwired View]


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26May/120

New image and specs of the LG “Cayenne” LS860 emerge – S4 processor and NFC on board

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Images and specs of the LG “Cayenne” LS860 hit the internet just some days ago, but it seems Brief Mobile is not stopping there, and they have gotten their hands on more details, as well as an image. The Slideout QWERTY device seems to be much better than we expected.

According to the source, the device will come with a 4-inch 800×480 IPS display, a 1.2 GHz sual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, NFC, 4G LTE connectivity and 1 GB of RAM. Check out the spec sheet below for all the details:

This is not all Brief Mobile has for us, though. The team also managed to get release information from its source. According to the ninja, the LG “Cayenne” will be released through Sprint during the third quarter of 2012.

The device is still not the best, but it looks like it will be able to hold its own. It carries a very capable processor, and it is a great option for those who like devices with physical keyboards. I still miss a good physical keyboard. Do you?


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26May/120

Rumor: Facebook looking to purchase Opera and launch its own browser

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Well Facebook is just buying companies like there is no tomorrow. They have recently purchased Karma, Instagram and Lightbox, and it seems they are not stopping any time soon. According to the latest rumors, Facebook is planning to purchase Opera Software (Opera Browser developer) and launch its very own browser.

The rumor comes from Pocket-Lint’s sources, who claim that the company is planning to compete against Google, Microsoft, Apple and Mozilla in the Browser wars. Opera happens to be a very popular and good browser, which would give Facebook a good head start – Opera currently has around 200 million users through all platforms.

It seems like it would be hard for Facebook to be able to compete against Chrome, though, which has recently become the most popular browser in the world. But could Facebook take a good spot in the browser world if it plays its cards right? We will have to wait and see.

One thing is for sure, Facebook is definitely investing a lot of money. We can see a future where the Social Network Giant is present all over the internet. What do you guys think? Would you go for Facebook Browser on your computer or Android device, instead of Chrome?

[Source: Pocket-Lint]


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26May/120

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play is NOT getting an Android 4.0 update

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Sony has posted an update on its Android 4.0 upgrades. More 2011 devices will start getting their Android 4.0 OTA updates starting next week, and everything is going as planned with the Xperia S,P and U. But there is also some sad news in the same blog post – it seems the team has decided to cancel the Android 4.0 update on the Xperia Play.

“In regards to Xperia PLAY, after extensive in house testing with our developer teams and working with our partners, we have concluded that a consistent and stable experience, particularly with gaming, cannot be guaranteed for this smartphone on Ice Cream Sandwich - therefore, we will not make the Android 4.0 upgrade available for Xperia PLAY.

This decision was also verified when we received similar feedback from the developer community; both experienced developers and advanced users, along with game content providers following our ICS beta ROM for unlocked Xperia PLAY smartphones.”

Ouch! It seems rather unfair that lower-end devices will be getting the update and the Xperia Play will be left out of the game. But as we have always said, manufacturers will not update phones if they find that the device can’t handle the software. We are not sure how the Xperia Mini or Active can be better fit for Ice Cream Sandwich, but it must have something to do with the device’s purpose – Gaming.

We suppose it is time to stop waiting, as you won’t be getting your upgrade. You can always go the rooting and ROMing way, though. But if you want Android 4.0 officially, it seems you will have to upgrade your device. Sad day for gamers out there… sad day.

[Source: Sony Via: Eurodroid]


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26May/120

Viewsonic to release a 22-inch Android Tablet – Is that too big?

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Bigger is always better, right? Well, such is not always the case; at least not for everyone. But Viewsonic is sure that there is a good market for a 22-inch tablet (or table?), and is planning to announce one at Taipei’s Computex. Viewsonic calls it a “smart business tablet monitor,” which pretty much explains what the company is aiming for with this product.

Users have displayed both love and hate towards the first larger tablets. The best example would be Toshiba’s Excite 13, which has a 13-inch display. Some thought it was a great idea, and would be great for media and entertainment. Others believe it is simply too big – Many believe 10 inches is already too much.

A device this large is no longer “just a larger tablet,” though. A 22-inch device would seem much more like a stationary device, much like a computer. One could have it at conference rooms, or desks. But if it is no longer a portable device, why not just get a computer with a full-blown OS?

There are many instances in which a device this large with a mobile OS would be convenient. Personally, it would be cool to have an Android device like this hanging in the kitchen wall. We could leave each other notes, look for recipes, check out the calendar or even watch Netflix while we cook our delicious meals. It could be easy to use and convenient in terms of space and price.

We do not know all the details yet, but you can be sure we will learn more about it once Computex comes around, next month. But we are curious to see what you guys think. Do you think a 22-inch Android “table” is simply too much? Could you find a use for one?


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26May/120

Why I Think Apple Will, Indeed, Launch A Television

If you follow the rumors surrounding Apple, you know that the company is reportedly working on a television. That television, rumors suggest, will come with iCloud support, apps, and perhaps even Siri. More importantly, it’ll deliver the kind of image quality often not found in today’s televisions. However, like so many other Apple products, it’s highly likely that the television will boast a high price tag.

Although Apple hasn’t confirmed that it will, in fact, launch a television, I’m becoming increasingly sure that it will do so. Not only does the timing seem right, but over the last few days, a couple of reports have surfaced seeming to confirm it.

It all started earlier this week when Apple’s design guru Jonathan Ive said in an interview with the Daily Telegraph that the products he’s working on right now are the “most important” yet. He didn’t say which products he was working on, of course, but the fact that he said that much seems to indicate something major is coming.

In addition, a Fortune feature on Apple CEO Tim Cook claimed that he held an event with top employees this year who left impressed by what Apple had coming down the channel in the coming months. Once again, there was no mention of a television, but who really expected there to be one?

Also, let’s go back to when Cook announced the iPad earlier this year. He indicated at the time that his company had big plans for the year, and was going to unveil some “revolutionary” products. There might be a chance that the chief executive was talking about the television.

"I can’t think of anything Apple could launch that would be all that revolutionary"

See, at this point, I can’t think of anything that Apple could launch that would be all that revolutionary. Sure, a new iPhone with a slick design and some key improvements would be nice, but is that really revolutionary? And all of that talk about slimmer MacBook Pros, while appealing, certainly won’t make us jump for joy.

For now, as far as I can tell, the only product that might prove to be revolutionary is the Apple television.

Now, I’m not one of those folks that’s willing to say exactly when the Apple television might launch. I think there’s a chance that it’ll come out later this year, but it’s far more likely that it’ll launch in 2013. There is, of course, a chance that the television finally hits store shelves in 2014. Regardless of when it happens, Apple will be launching a TV in the next few years.

So, perhaps the next question is, should we buy it? Obivously that’s tough to say, considering the television hasn’t even been unveiled yet. But one can bet that Apple’s faithful fans are already saving up cash to pick up the television. And like so many other product launches, whenever Apple unveils the television, many others will follow suit.

Why I Think Apple Will, Indeed, Launch A Television is written by Don Reisinger & originally posted on SlashGear.
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26May/120

InstaCRT iPhone app gives your picture an old-fashioned TV look

If you’ve been going around snapping pictures with your iPhone or iPad, and have been unable to shake off the feeling that things would be so much better if your pictures looked like you were viewing them on an outdated black-and-white CRT monitor, then congratulations. You’re the perfect demographic for this latest iOS app. If that doesn’t describe you, then maybe you’ll appreciate the sheer novelty of this creation.

Called InstaCRT, the developers behind the app are referring to it as “the world’s first real camera filter.” What they mean by that is that instead of those fancy software programs that let you apply various filters to change the photo effects, this effect is done via a real-world process. What happens when you take a picture through InstaCRT is that it is actually sent automatically to a machine in Sweden.

The machine will place your photo onto a CRT monitor, after which point a digital SLR camera will take a picture of the monitor. All of this happens autonomously and occurs in less than a minue. The DSLR picture is sent directly to your phone so it is a seamless process that works almost as smoothly as using a software-oriented filter. The app costs $1.99.

[via PetaPixel]

InstaCRT iPhone app gives your picture an old-fashioned TV look is written by Mark Raby & originally posted on SlashGear.
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26May/120

GameStop touts Android tablets at 1,600 stores

It seems as though GameStop’s bold move to begin offering Android tablets alongside its traditional packed shelves of traditional console and handheld video games may be working out in its favor. The retailer has gone from a bunch of test stores to now selling Android devices in no fewer than 1,600 locations. Among the tablets that the #1 US games retailer sells are those from Acer, Asus, Samsung, and Toshiba.

To tailor the offerings to its gamer constituency, GameStop pre-loads each Android tablet it sells with the Sonic CD and Riptide downloadable games, as well as the Kongregate Arcade app. Kongregate is a cloud-based game service that GameStop acquires in its effort to expand its horizons beyond the traditional gaming model. GameStop has also begun selling iPads and iPod Touch devices throughout the country.

It’s part of the retailer’s growing realization that the gaming industry is changing, and in order for it to remain profitable it has to adapt its business model as well. For example, the retailer sells downloadable content (DLC) in stores, even though gamers can just as easily purchase the content directly through their console. But this allows consumers to use cash, trade-in credit, or gift cards as opposed to a credit card, giving GameStop a unique position in the digital content market.

[via Gamezone]

GameStop touts Android tablets at 1,600 stores is written by Mark Raby & originally posted on SlashGear.
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26May/120

AT&T Samsung Galaxy S3 strolls through FCC, T-Mobile version ready for June 20th release?

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The global version of the Samsung Galaxy S3 will be released in just a few days (May 29th), but US residents will have to wait a bit more. As Chris Chavez recently mentioned: In the US, the carriers have all the power. And our experience with the Samsung Galaxy S2 was not all that smooth, causing us to be a bit wary about the Galaxy S3′s release. Well, it seems things will be much better this time around, as Samsung’s flagship device has just strolled through the FCC.

The FCC report is filed for a Samsung SGH-I747, with HSPA+ and LTE connectivity. The device’s bands are compatible with AT&T, Rogers, Telus and Bell. If all goes smoothly, we should be seeing this device coming to the US and Canada soon.

But if you have been wondering about the other American carriers, we have good news for T-Mobile subscribers. According to TmoNews’ sources, Magenta’s Galaxy S3 is set to be released on June 20th. Not only that, but we also seem to have the Galaxy Note, the white Galaxy S3 and two T-Mobile myTouch devices coming on July 11th.

With some luck, these phones should be arriving at US stores relatively soon. So let’s just sit tight and wait to hear some official details. Are you planning to get one of the Samsung Galaxy S3 US variants?

[Source: FCC Via: Engadget, TmoNews]


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