Meet, the Scrubba, a portable washing machine, in form of a bag. This wash bag, allows people to do their laundry, on-the-go. The Scrubba is a lightweight, foldable bag that features small nodules to help sc...Read more »
If tablets running on Windows 8 will be a hit, would a Flash support be essential?
After Microsoft’s previous announcement that the Internet Explorer browser in Windows 8’s Metro interface wouldn’t support plug-ins, Adobe stated that it expects tablets and PCs running the said OS to support Flash “just fine.”
The latter also added on its Adobe Flash Platform Blog that the operating system would support rich web-based games and premium videos. However, Microsoft stated that it worked hard to let Metro rely on older technologies as little as possible. Thus, they concentrated on the latest web technology, the HTML 5.
That said, Adobe pointed out that users will still be able to access Flash content via Windows desktop interface rather than the Metro. Hence, people using the standard computer to browse the Internet are unlikely to be affected. However, viewing Flash content is not going to be easy on tablets that take advantage of the Metro interface. As such, Adobe hopes to get around this problem through its AIR platform — as it does with current tablets based on Android, iOS and BlackBerry tablet OS.View Article Source »
With the aim of expanding their mobile app, Foursquare decided to roll out five new languages.
Foursquare recently announced that they have kicked off support for additional five new languages: Bahasa Indonesian, Korean, Portuguese, Russian and Thai. These add-ons now gave their app a total of 11 languages.
The new languages are only available for the latest versions of foursquare app in iPhone, Android and Blackberry devices. Users could activate the languages just by updating their app and making sure that their phone’s default language is set to the preferred language. The official website of Foursquare also supports the new languages. To choose a desired language, users would just need to click the “English” button in the lower left corner of the page.
Meanwhile, a blog post from Foursquare discussed the success that their application received. “Since then, our in-country use has exploded, with tons of people, local businesses, and brands hopping on,” they stated.
This would be the second time for the company to release a new batch of languages. In the Mobile World Congress last February, co-founder and CEO -Dennis Crowley – said that the app would be translated into French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish.View Article Source »
Skype buys GroupMe, plans to offer group messaging services to smartphones users.
Recently, Skype has acquired Jared Hecht and Steve Martocci’s “GroupMe”, allowing the company to bring mobile group messaging into its services. Skype remained silent with regards to their exact plans, the terms of the deal and pricing were not even disclosed, but the company confirmed that one of their goals is to deliver the “best in class text-based communications.”
Like BlackBerry’s Messenger and Apple’s iMessage, GroupMe also offers unique features that are truly interesting. It allows users to access question-oriented conversations, set up private phone group settings, experience free conference calls, and even send group text messages. According to the developers, they have started with Android, BlackBerry, and iPhone apps first; and then they’ve added a Windows Phone 7 version which would help Skype in its future role to Microsoft. The service also lets users to do chat on the web — a vital feature for Microsoft’s cloud aspirations and future partnership with Facebook’s Skype-based services.
Although the service might not arrive until early next year, Microsoft affirmed that they are looking forward to offering services similar to BBM or iMessage once the Skype becomes available to Windows Phone’s core interface.View Article Source »
New models of RIM BlackBerry 7-based smartphones, now hitting the stores!
Following their earlier plans, AT&T and Sprint have finally shipped three of their RIM BlackBerry 7-based smartphones.
Sprint announced that it has just made the BlackBerry Torch 9850 and the BlackBerry Bold 9930 available in stores. The two handsets are said to be the cheapest phones on the line, since the Torch 9850 only retails for $150 when purchased online with a contract; while the Bold 9930 costs $200 (also available with a contract). Take note that although this would be the fixed pricing for the devices, some US carriers still plans to offer the phones for $50 more on average.Read the rest of the article »
See your friends' Foursquare check-ins with inline photos on its updated iPhone app!
Last Tuesday, Foursquare updated its iPhone app by adding inline photos with its check-ins. That said, iPhone users will now see their friends’ photos and check-ins coupled together in the activity stream — the same thing that goes on at Foursquare.com. Users can even click the “here now” to view all of their friends’ photos and shouts at the same venue in a single stream.
Foursquare also added in a blog post:
“Commenting on a friend’s night out? You’ll see all the other photos and comments as you’re composing your witty retort. Everything is in one place.
The location-based social network retooled its iPhone application for a crisp and cleaner user interface as well. The firm promises that the same update for its Android and BlackBerry users is on the way.View Article Source »
T-Mobile's version of the BlackBerry Bold 9900 cost much more than the other networks like AT&T and Verizon.
T-Mobile chose midnight to set a price and release date for their version of BlackBerry Bold 9900. The BlackBerry 7 hardware is scheduled to be released on August 31. But for unknown reasons, the said version of the phone will be having a much costly price than the AT&T, Sprint or Verizon units at $300 on contract — even after a $50 rebate.
T-Mobile’s BlackBerry Bold 9900 should be the same to those of other networks other than the requisite change over its native bands for 14.4Mbps 3G. The said device’s features, like Wi-Fi calling, aren’t expected to be available immediately, and it’s not clear if the personal hotspot creation will be an option.
The 9900 is said to be RIM’s flagship for the year with a mix of a 2.8-inch, 640 x 480 touchscreen and a distinctive, large QWERTY keyboard. The 1.2GHz Snapdragon that goes along with 768MB of RAM and BlackBerry 7 are key to a major improvement in speed. Slimming down versus its predecessors, BlackBerry Bold 9900 has dropped it autofocus from the 5 megapixel camera but is returned by 720p movie recording. About 8GB of storage is built-in, even if 188MB is available purely for apps.View Article Source »
BlackBerry Bold 9900 hits FCC. Few features of the phone and release date were disclosed during the testing.
The RIM company revealed that its BlackBerry Bold 9900 model will hit the market soon, after appearing in FCC filing. The said test disclosed some of the smartphone’s features, such as its Bluetooth, NFC, and Wi-Fi network. Though the phone’s cellular connections were not discussed during the test, it is believed that BlackBerry Bold 9900 has a built-in GSM and HSPA+.
RIM updated the current-gen smartphone with a faster 1.2GHz processor, a 2.8-inch, 640×480 touchscreen display, and a 768MB RAM. And based from the features of BlackBerry 7, they’ve added the phone with a new interface, an OpenGL 3D gaming, faster browsing, and the BlackBerry Balance.
Some reports claimed that the BlackBerry Bold 9900 will begin its shipping sometime in August or September. Most of the phone’s common details will not be leaked out until the 25th of August, due to FCC’s request of having a 45-day confidentiality. With a public introduction last May, the BlackBerry Bold 9900 smartphone will finally reach the market after four months of delay.View Article Source »
As BlackBerry's number of users still doesn't increase, Seesmic - one of its mobile application developer partner - had ceased their operation for creating BlackBerry apps.
Mobile application developer, Seesmic, will stop making its Blackberry Twitter app at the end of June. The company said that they will focus on developing apps on its most popular platforms like iOS, Android and Windows phone. Seesmic also added that they will continue working on their web and desktop apps.
Mobile application developers must focus on the platforms with the most number of users. Sadly, BlackBerry is not included in that group. Developers also don’t believe that BlackBerry will do in the coming years. Other mobile app developer companies are also considering the same move done by Seesmic.
If a stampede occurs, it might send BlackBerry into a downward death spiral because fewer apps mean fewer customers. And that can tantamount to less interest from developers and so on.View Article Source »
Looks like RIM is ditching Google for Microsoft’s Bing.
Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer, confirmed during the Research In Motion’s (RIM) Blackberry World conference in Florida that RIM has partnered with the computier giant. Since yesterday, Microsoft’s Bing will be the default search and map application for BlackBerry smartphones.
Bing’s search and mapping technology will include location-based services. Furthermore, the Bing-Blackberry partnership will also include voice search and Street View-esque maps, all to be integrated at an OS level.
According to Mashable, the continuing impact of a Microsoft/RIM deal for search might be minimal, but this partnership may also lead to more collaboration points between the two companies in the future.View Article Source »
RIM announces BlackBerry Bold 9900 and 9930 (aka Bold Touch), the company’s “thinnest and most powerful BlackBerry smartphones yet.”
The brand new BlackBerry Bold 9900 and 9930 are 1.2GHz smartphones, running on Blackberry OS 7 (BlackBerry OS 6.1) and feature a touchscreen interface. The new phones also boasts NFC connectivity for smart tags, as well as Augmented Reality features that use a compass and GPS to assess the phone’s position in space.
In addition to the smartphones’ new features is a new product called Balance, that allows remote wiping and full app control — preventing users from moving text from an email to a web-app for instance. According to RIM, it separates “personal content from corporate content.”Read the rest of the article »
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