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Blackberry Messenger for Android is too little, too late

The clock is ticking for BBM<p>When I first saw this news pop up yesterday I was both amused and rather peeved, but no part of me was excited at the prospect of finally being able to use Blackberry Messenger. I was amused at the epic U-turn, after BlackBerry specifically stated last year that BBM …

BlackBerry

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini better quality images leaked, release date rumored for May 30

The Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini has appeared in some better quality images, courtesy of a site that got to play with the device for a bit.<p>Bulgarian site <i>Smart News</i> has managed to get its hands on the device and to take a few pictures of it, too, which are better quality than the previously leaked ones, …

Phones

Rumored Sony Xperia UL poses for the camera

While HTC has become much more conservative when it comes to releasing flagship devices and variants this year, the same can’t be said for Sony, though that’s not necessarily a bad thing.<p>Sony has received a lot of attention with its Sony Xperia Z and ZL, and isn’t stopping there. Recently the Sony …

Phones

Google, Play Store permissions confirm Hangouts will support SMS

When Hangouts was launched, it was all that we hoped for. Android finally had a unified messaging service which swallowed up all of the fragmented services that Google offered had offered previously. Hangouts even offered an iOS application, meaning Hangouts was truly cross-platform.<p>But one glaring …

Android News

Sketchy Rumor Claims Sapphire-Covered Capacitive Home Button for iPhone 5S

<i>Cult of Mac</i> points to a report [Google translation] from Taiwanese site <i>TechNews</i> claiming that Apple will be including a sapphire-covered capacitive home button on the iPhone 5S in order to accommodate the fingerprint sensor rumored to be coming as a differentiating feature for the device.<p>Apple is …

Firefox 21 Launches with Enhanced Social API Support, Health Report

Mozilla has launched Firefox 21 for Mac, Windows, and Linux, adding a number of improvements, namely to the browser's Social API.<p>The Social API is designed to allow social providers to integrate directly with Firefox, displaying selected content on the browser's sidebar or toolbar.<p>With the update …

Makers of Clear Tease New iPhone Photography App 'Analog Camera'

Realmac Software, part of the team behind the intuitive gesture-based to-do app Clear, has just announced a new iPhone photography app called <i>Analog Camera</i>.<p>Analog Camera has been designed as the iOS version of the company's Analog photo editing app for the Mac. Like Clear, Analog Camera will feature …

Mophie Introduces New 2,100 mAh iPhone 5 Battery Case

Mophie today announced the Juice Pack Plus, a new 2100mAh battery case for the iPhone 5. The case is the third that the company has released for the iPhone 5, though this new $120 case has the largest battery of the three.<p>The $80 Juice Pack Helium has a 1500mAh battery, and the $100 Juice Pack Air …

Apple Updates iTunes to Version 11.0.3 With New MiniPlayer and Improvements

Apple has released an update to its iTunes music and media application, bringing it to version 11.0.3.<p>The update updates the compact MiniPlayer, adding album artwork and a progress bar, as well as better support for multi-disc albums and large iTunes libraries.<p>This version of iTunes comes with …

After being abducted, Chinese man finds his way home on Google Maps

Chinese media outlets are today reporting the (quite incredible) story of a 28-year-old man who found his way home more than two decades after being abducted.<p>At the age of five, while on his way his kindergarten in Guangan City, Sichuan Province, Luo Gang (not his birth-name) was abducted and taken …

Smartphone Sales up 61% in Southeast Asia, as Android Dominates

The adoption of smartphones continues to grow in Southeast Asia at breakneck speed, according to a new report from GfK which found smartphone sales across the region grew 61 percent over the past year.<p>The research firm found that consumers across Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, …

Google, Qualcomm, Yahoo, SAP, Amazon Employees Most Optimistic

Career website Glassdoor has released a rather interesting report regarding what employees think about their companies’ prospects for the next two quarters: across 250,000 firms, only 38 percent are positive. Google topped the list with 86 percent of its workforce believing the company’s business …

Rumor: Android 4.3 and new Nexus 7 arriving in July

Following Google’s I/O 2013 keynote that lacked any new announcements of new Nexus-branded hardware or new Android OS versions, new reports suggest that the company will unveil such products at some point in the coming months.<p>Specifically, it is believed that a new Nexus 7 tablet will be launched …

Nexus 7

Steam players can now earn coupons for new games by playing old ones

Trading cards earned by playing games generate goodies for Steam users.<p>Steam will release a new beta feature within its service called Steam Trading …

Apple Bagged 57% Of $12.5B In Smartphone Profits In Q1; Android 43% – Samsung 95% Share Of That, “More Than Google”

Apple continues to lead both as the single-most profitable smartphone maker, and by default the most profitable platform, taking 57% of $12.5 billion in smartphone operating profits in Q1, according to figures out from Strategy Analytics today. Android took 43%, equating to $5.3 billion, Neil …

Google Unites Gmail And G+ Chat Into “Hangouts” Cross-Platform Text And Group Video Messaging App

Today at I/O, Google rebranded “Hangouts” as a new unified, cross-platform messaging system. It lets people text, photo, and group video message across Hangouts’ Android and iOS apps, plus its Gmail and Google+ site integrations. Hangouts rolls out today, replacing Google Talk [GChat] and G+ …

Google’s New Hangouts Chat And Messaging App To Incorporate SMS “Soon”

Google revealed Hangouts, its unified text, video and multimedia messaging platform yesterday during its epic three-hour I/O keynote, but while the platform pulls in Google Talk, Google+ and other sources, it was apparently missing SMS integration. Incorporating texts from your carrier is on the …

Yahoo Partners With Twitter To Further Personalize Homepage Newsfeed

Yahoo and Twitter have partnered to bring tweets directly into Yahoo homepage’s newsfeed on web and mobile, the company announced this morning. The move follows the February relaunch of the front page. At the time, the company debuted a redesigned site with an increased emphasis on personalization, …

Google Says All 2,000 Glass Explorers Have Been Invited To Pick Up Their Device

Today, Steve Lee of the Google X and Glass Team, announced that as of last week, all 2,000 developers who signed up for the Glass Explorer program at last year’s I/O conference have now been invited to pick up their devices from Google’s offices in Mountain View, New York City or Los Angeles.<p>Of …

Google Glass Update Adds Hangout, Google+ Notifications, Long Press For Search Throughout The UI

Google Glass is still very much a pre-release product, but a new update today (via 9to5Google) edges it closer to a shipping device, thanks to some core functionality additions that you’d expect to see in consumer Google hardware. The “XE5” update adds inbound notifications from Google+, so you can …

Through The Looking Glass: What You’ll See Through Google’s Lens

I’ve spent a little over three weeks with Google Glass, and I’ve noted that the utility aspect of the device is strong, but the fun isn’t there yet. It feels a lot like the original iPhone did, before it had the App Store.<p>In this video, we discuss some of the quick assumptions about Glass, …

Mystery Motorola Phone Passes Through The FCC, Looks Just Like Early X Phone Leaks

Here’s a little noodle-scratcher for you fellow mobile hardware nerds to ponder this evening. This little Motorola Mobility beauty, brandishing the model number XT1058, recently passed through the FCC and left the customary paper trail in its wake.<p>All right, maybe calling it a beauty is a bit of a …

Home Console Gaming May Suffer Death By A Thousand Cuts, Rather Than A Major Revolution

The Ouya is making its way out to backers even now (though my shipping notification still hasn’t arrived. Grrr.) and judging by early impressions, it’s no silver bullet to take down behemoths like Sony and Microsoft. The $99, Android powered console still isn’t fully formed exactly, but it’s …

The Lumia 925, Nokia’s New Windows Phone 8 Flagship, Sheds Excess Weight, Wants To Mess Around With Your Photos

Meet the Lumia 925, the latest smartphone flagship in Nokia’s increasingly populous Windows Phone portfolio. The 925 is clearly Nokia’s answer to criticisms of its high end devices being too heavy. At the device’s London launch earlier today, Vodafone’s Patrick Chomet – brought onstage to talk up …

BlackBerry May Be Dabbling In Phablets With A 5-Inch Z10 Refresh

BlackBerry’s wryly jovial CEO Thorsten Heins spent quite a bit of time talking up the new mid-range Q5 at this morning’s BlackBerry Live keynote address, but the folks in Waterloo may be working on a follow-up smartphone that’s staggeringly different from the one we saw today.<p>According to a report …

Google To Begin Offering Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S4 With Stock Android For $649 On June 26

Google is offering a version of the Samsung Galaxy S4, arguably one of the top current Android devices, with Jelly Bean 4.2 unlocked on Google Play beginning June 26, the company revealed at I/O today. The news is big because it’s the first non-Nexus device to get blessed with this opportunity, and …

Yahoo Wants To Buy Everyone, Tumblr Edition

The first rule of being cool is not telling people you want to be cool. Yahoo is not following this rule, with its M&A team in full pray-and-spray acquisition mode post-Marissa Mayer hire, hitting on everything that walks, or at least has traction.<p>I’ve heard rumors that Yahoo was trying to get into …