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‘How did they do that?’ New book reveals BlackBerry’s response to original iPhone

Living in a world where the iPhone dominates, and rivals don’t so much compete by doing things differently as by offering cut-rate versions of the same core technology, it can be easy to forget how much of a disruption Apple’s handset actually caused when Steve Jobs unveiled it in 2007.

A new book …


Microsoft working on a new Email/IM app for the iPhone, ‘Flow by Outlook’

Microsoft appears to be working on a new instant messaging app for the iPhone, acting as a kind of cross between email and instant messaging, known as Flow by Outlook. The download page, which describes the project as ‘Microsoft Confidential,’ was first spotted by @h0x0d (via ZDNet).

Use Flow with …

Programming Humor

Facebook Messenger's video calling lands in (almost) every country

Facebook Messenger's video calling feature is now available in more locations -- almost everywhere, according to David Marcus, "with the exception of a few countries." Marcus, the social network's Vice President of Messaging Products, announced the development as a status update. He didn't exactly …


Everything analysts think will be in the next iPhone

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have seen record-breaking sales and profits, but Apple isn't resting on its laurels. The Cupertino company's 12-month refresh cycle means the smartphone's next iteration is expected to drop this fall.

Apple remains as tight-lipped as ever about the device's specs and …


Panasonic's Lumix G7 camera is all about 4K video and photos

Well, Fujifilm isn't the only camera maker with an announcement today. Now it's Panasonic's turn. The Lumix series manufacturer is introducing the G7, a Micro Four Thirds body with a 16-megapixel Digital Live MOS sensor, ISO range of up to 25,600 and a Venus Engine image chip that packs a quad-core …


SPOTIFY: 'The model is working'

Spotify has dismissed rumours that it is planning on closing its free music streaming tier, telling Music Business Worldwide that the story is "totally false."

A report in Digital Music News last week claimed that Spotify was considering cutting off its free, ad-supported music streaming tier. …

Entertainment Industry

3 mistakes Microsoft should avoid when launching Windows 10

Windows 10 is slated to launch this summer, and I can’t help but think how big a chance this is for Microsoft to draw in new followers.

If it plays its cards right, the company can also win over pirates and attract more gamers into the fold. Here are three mistakes Microsoft should avoid when …

Microsoft Windows

Apple is worth $1.4 trillion, says Carl Icahn

Activist investor Carl Icahn writes to Tim Cook, urging the Apple chief to increase its share buyback programme as the company's move into TVs and cars will make it far more profitable

Apple is worth $1.4 trillion, twice its current value, and the iPhone maker should give more of its $194bn cash …

Carl Icahn

Meizu’s M1 Note is the Chinese company’s first smartphone to go on sale in India

After Xiaomi and OnePlus, Meizu is the next major smartphone manufacturer from China to enter the Indian market.

It’s kicking off operations in the country with its M1 Note Android phone, that goes on sale on Amazon India this Wednesday.

Oddly, Meizu hasn’t revealed the M1 Note’s price yet. The …


The LG G4 is rolling out globally this week

LG confirmed today that it will begin selling its new flagship G4 Android phone across the globe this week. The device will first become available in Hong Kong, followed by Turkey, Russia and Singapore.

The leather-backed G4 will also arrive in major markets in Europe, North America, Southeast Asia, …


6 Apps for People Who Hate Apps

Get your nose out of your phone with these simple tools

While smartphone apps are certainly as popular as ever, there’s also a revolt brewing against these attention-grabbing, notification-slinging programs. People are tired of being tied to their handsets and falling down the rabbit hole of their …


World’s biggest Apple Store will open in Dubai this summer

If you live in Dubai and happen to be an Apple fan, you’re in luck — because the world’s largest brick-and-mortar Apple Store is set to open its doors close to you in just a few months.

Apple’s first ever store in the Middle East is set to be located at the Mall of the Emirates, where work is …

Apple Store

Learn to code iOS 8 apps with this comprehensive course for only $89

One of the biggest pieces of tech news of last year was Apple’s new Swift programming language. If you’d like to get to grips with iOS 8 development and this new way of creating apps, we’ve got just the course for you.

The course is suitable for beginners and includes 350 videos and 36.5 hours of …

iOS Apps

Lenovo launches mid-range S60 in India, costs ₹12,999

Lenovo has just launched its new S60 smartphone, a mid-range handset targeted at the competitive Indian market. The company has been looking to carve …


Belgian privacy watchdog threatens Facebook over user tracking

The Belgian privacy commission has told Facebook to stop tracking the internet activities of people who have not registered with the site or have logged out, after a “staggering” report showed alleged breaches of EU privacy law.

“Facebook tramples on European and Belgian privacy laws”, the data …


Apple bought a company focused on super-accurate GPS

Apple has snapped up more than a few companies that know how to deal with your location data, but it now appears to be focused on improving the accuracy of that data from the get-go. MacRumors has discovered evidence that Apple recently acquired Coherent Navigation, a company specializing in very …


LG G4 retail price revealed in carrier give-aways

The expected retail price of the LG G4 has been revealed a little early, thanks to a pair of give-aways being run by Sprint and T-Mobile. The handset …


Almost all smartphones sold today have the same two flaws -- and the cases you're buying prove it

Commentary: Today's smartphones are incredibly sleek, well-designed electronic devices except for two glaring issues. Maybe someday that will …


The dual-display YotaPhone 2 is now cheaper, better, and available in white

The YotaPhone 2 was one of the most pleasant surprises of last year, combining an OLED display on the front and an E Ink panel on the back to offer a uniquely versatile Android device. The surprising thing about it was how well it worked, and how far it managed to steer away from being a simple …


iPad App of the Week: Flickr

Who doesn’t like great iPad apps? At iPad Insight we definitely do. With that in mind, we offer up a quick review of an excellent iPad app, or a few great iPad apps, here each week.

Our weekly picks for Best iPad App of the Week are published here every Saturday. Check out all out picks below and …


iOS 9 Wishlist On MacStories

Federico Vitcci of MacStories wrote a really great iOS 9 wishlist piece. It’s easy for most anyone to come up with wishlists, but I trust Viticci’s take the most because of how extensively he works on iOS, and how much he has worked on how to work on iOS.

Viticci does almost everything for …


With Hykoo, You Can Combine Video And Text To Create 12-Second Short Films

Despite all the mobile video apps out there, Gary Krieg said there’s still something missing — a need he’s trying to fill with his new app Hykoo.

See, Vine has created its own set of stars, and Meerkat and Periscope offer new platforms for livestreaming, but Krieg pitched Hykoo as an attempt to …


Foxconn is buying up to 60,000 used iPhones per day to sell in China

Looking for more evidence that China is set to take over from the U.S. as Apple’s biggest market?

According to a report from the Chinese-language news outlet Tencent, Foxconn is currently buying 50,000-60,000 second-hand iPhones per day through worldwide channels, and then selling these on to the …


Phantom Cyber Lands $2.7M Seed Round To Automate Cybersecurity

Phantom Cyber, a cybersecurity startup with an ambitious idea, announced a $2.7M seed round with backing from some of the biggest names in computer security.

Investors include John W. Thompson, former CEO of Symantec, Thomas E. Noonan, former CEO of Internet Security Systems (ISS) and John C. …


Future iPhones could advise your friends to quit bugging you

The iPhone is more advanced than it’s ever been, but there’s one thing Apple’s smartphone can do no better than the Nokia 3310 I had when I was a teenager: stop you getting calls at inappropriate times.

That may be about to change, however, as a newly-published patent describes an Instant …


Samsung's Galaxy S6 Edge is ridiculously expensive to make

It's no secret that Samsung's curvy Galaxy S6 Edge costs a pretty penny, but there's now a good explanation as to why. IHS estimates that the raw price of assembly for a 64GB Verizon model is $290. That's more expensive to make than not just the Galaxy S5 ($256 when new), but also the 128GB iPhone …

Nokia Confirms It Is in Advanced Talks to Buy Alcatel-Lucent

Nokia confirmed on Tuesday that it is in “advanced discussions” to acquire rival network equipment maker Alcatel-Lucent.

The move follows a Bloomberg News report of the talks.

“In relation to recent media speculation, Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent confirm that they are in advanced discussions with respect …


How Your iPhone’s Music App Is About to Change

Changes could be paving the way for new streaming service

Apple is planning a big redesign for the Music app on your iPhone and iPad.

The new version featured in a preview version of an upcoming update is based heavily on the current design of iTunes for the Mac, according to a hands-on preview by …


Twitter’s new plan to placate Wall Street

Twitter chief financial officer Anthony Noto recently revealed that the social network is thinking about creating a new feature called the Twitter Daily Edition to curate and share the best tweets of each day.

“If you sleep for five to eight hours like most people do and when you wake up in the …


Samsung Galaxy S6: Questions That Need Answers Before Considering

I attended the Samsung Electronics product launch event in Barcelona during Mobile World Congress (MWC). It was a huge launch, intended to win the global audience over with the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge. Samsung had a lot riding on a successful launch as they have lost significant market …