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  1. BlackBerry may find itself facing a whole myriad of troubles in the consumer and business smartphone market, but it seems they still have one extremely loyal and extremely influential user. U.S. President Barack Obama became extremely well-known for relying heavily on his BlackBerry handset during his initial 2008 presidency campaign, and it seems his trusty smartphone has stayed by his side ever since. Now into his second term as U.S. President, Obama has claimed that he would love to switch to an iPhone to handle his mobile needs but is unable to do so due to legitimate security concerns. Obama was recently speaking at The White House Youth Summit, with the intention of promoting his Affordable Care Act which exists to increase the quality and affordability of health insurance in the United States of America. When conversation took a slight deviation and focused on mobile technology, Obama let it slip that he was unable to use Apple’s iPhone due to “security reasons”. The president himself, and most of his administration for that matter, are extremely keen users of Apple’s iPad, but the fruit company’s smartphone isn’t fit for the president – yet. The president’s reliance on the powerful security and encryption capabilities of BlackBerry devices shouldn’t really come as a surprise. The two-term president has already been through the process of arguing with his own National Security Agency (NSA) to be allowed to keep his BlackBerry after declaring that the government would have to “pry it out of my hands”. That was back in 2009 when he was initially elected into power, and although times have moved on in the smartphone world, the BlackBerry hardware stills fulfills the president’s needs while keeping his data safe thanks to beefed up security on the device. Although the iPhone isn’t yet ready to be adopted by famous political leaders, it has been going through a process of change where security is concerned. The integration of Touch ID and additional software based security measures shows that Apple is serious about protecting the sensitive data of its users. Source
  2. Bluetooth, it is fair to say, isn’t too heavily lauded at consumer level. In fact, I’d hazard that many presume Bluetooth as a piece of technology that has remained the same since it first made its way to market – allowing us to wirelessly connect two, or multiple devices and or accessories to one another and beam content around at will. The fact is, Bluetooth is being improved and upgraded at arguably a faster rate than anything else, and with BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) having offered better performance while sparing battery life with Bluetooth 4.0, the Bluetooth SIG (Special Interest Group) announced the forthcoming Bluetooth 4.1 standard, as well as some of the changes therein. Naturally, the jump from 4.0 to 4.1 implies that the improvements and enhancements are largely rudimentary, and this does indeed appear to be the case for the most part. With that said, there are a couple of very noteworthy changes in this latest revision, and once again, the mobile device market will be the main beneficiary. With the widespread use of LTE radios now commonplace thanks to the rise in adoption rates of 4G-enabled smartphones and services, the Bluetooth Special Interest group has strived to ensure that both Bluetooth and LTE radios can work alongside each other in a harmonious fashion, without any mutually detrimental interference. One of the most interesting new features of Bluetooth 4.1 is its ability to allow a device to function as a simultaneous hub and peripheral. This versatility could not only bring about a whole host of new products, but could also make those currently available a great deal more versatile. The new Bluetooth specification is also said to make things a little easier for vendors and developers to control and use the technology to its full capacity. It’s often the case, particularly with regards to mobile devices, that good technology is not sufficiently arranged, and compatibility issues can then often result in certain elements of both hardware and software essentially going to waste. By allowing OEMS to control reconnection and disconnect thresholds, for example, Bluetooth 4.1 should prove more efficient standards before it, and our much-loved smartphones, tablets, and other such gadgets, will also improve as a result. Source
  3. The iPad mini with Retina display was announced alongside the vastly revamped iPad Air, but while the reception to each new Apple slate has been one of general positivity, the talk of a larger iPad with 12.9-inch display has not slowed down one bit. It has been reported that there could be two different configurations of the bigger iPad, and a theory as to the reason behind this – as revealed by PadNews – is that one of the displays would be of a standard 2K variety, while the other, higher-end model would boast a 4K panel. Talk of 4K displays has been rife in general in recent times, with all kinds of devices and machines showing support of this higher definition standard. But while both the next-gen consoles offer 4K Ultra HD support to varying degrees, the new-found general interest from the consumer electronics industry doesn’t necessarily suggest that Apple is ready to take the plunge. The company is famous for going against the grain, and with LTE having only arrived last year, the Cupertino outfit won’t feel any pressure to conform. With that said, when it comes to display technology, Apple has been among the first to grasp the nettle, and you only have to look at its array of iOS devices and MacBooks to know that sharp displays are a top priority of Tim Cook’s men. In bumping up the size of the iPad to 12.9-inches – as a growing number of reports are suggesting – Apple will have to up the resolution somewhat to maintain that arbitrary Retina standard, so the suggestion of a 4K display isn’t completely preposterous. If there are to be two different variations of the augmented iPad, we’d expect that the second, 2K model would arrive with an iPad Air-like resolution of 2048 x 1536 or similar. Whether there’s a great deal of truth in these reports or not remains to be seen, but one thing is for sure – a 12.9-inch iPad with a 4K display would look superb. At around 400 pixels per inch, it would smoke anything else found on a mobile device, and with Apple’s iOS 7 already receiving the plaudits for its slick, crisp design, one can only imagine what it would look like at that kind of resolution. Source
  4. Google is reportedly preparing a beta release of a toolkit that will help developers create native Chrome apps for iOS and Android. The move is said to be a part of a bigger initiative to bring based Chrome packaged desktop apps to mobile platforms. The news comes from a recently discovered GitHub repository called Mobile Chrome Apps, which was created by Google software developer Michal Mocny. A search on Google Groups confirms the project, which is slated to enter beta in Jan. 2014. The Next Web, who was first to spot the repo, reports: “Google is working on bringing Chrome packaged apps from the desktop to the mobile world. The company is currently building a toolkit to help developers create Chrome apps for Android and iOS, as well as port their existing Chrome apps to both mobile platforms. The toolkit will help developers create Android and iOS hybrid native apps with Chrome app polyfills, through Apache Cordova. The steps include modifying for mobile design, fixing bugs, working around limitations, and of course, testing.” And here’s a summary from the GitHub page’s description: You’re excited about Chrome Packaged App for Windows, OSX, Linux, and ChromeOS. Sweet!You’ve discovered this toolkit for creating Android & iOS hybrid native apps with chrome app polyfills.Follow our Guide (below) to Import your existing chrome app (or start fresh).???? (modify for mobile design, fix bugs, work-around limitations, and test)Publish to the Android Play Store or iOS App Store.Profit!Chrome Apps are typically written in web languages like HTML5 and JavaScript, but can act like native apps with the ability to run offline. They also get access to Chrome browser APIs and Google’s cloud services like search, voice recognition and Gmail. Right now it’s hard to imagine what these Chrome apps for iOS will look like, and how they’ll differ from native third-party apps. But at the very least the project is intriguing. Google hasn’t commented, but developers confirm a beta is coming in January. Source
  5. With the World Cup, Football’s most revered and decorated tournament of them all, taking place in Brazil next summer, we’re going to be seeing a dramatic rise in the number of products related to the sport being released. The general interface, whilst pretty unspectacular, is clean and flat – a move many app makers have subscribed to since Apple introduced the ironed-out iOS 7. The Android iteration of the app appears to have been dealt many of the same characteristics, although since Google’s OS has been free of skeuomorphism for a long while now, the clean and minimal appearance looks good on Android as well. It covers all of the major leagues, including the States’ very own Major League, so no matter where you are, you can stay in sync with the goals, decisions and controversies around the clock. -|download links|- Google Play Store Apple iTunes Store Source
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    iOS Core Ported To Nokia N900

    Well known developer Winocm has managed to achieve “one of the core milestones” pertaining to a project he has been working on for quite some time. Those who follow the activity of the developer on his Twitter feed will more than likely know about the project he has been working on for quite some time. With a little help from Steven Troughton-Smith, Winocm has managed to port the core elements of Apple’s iOS operating system onto non-Apple hardware. The benefits of this port aren’t immediately known to the majority of iOS users, but it does represent a significant technical achievement. The “proof” of port images have been provided courtesy of Troughton-Smith and show the core port of iOS successfully booting and running on a Nokia N900 smartphone from 2009. That particular hardware was originally shipped by the Finnish company running the Maemo 5 operating system. In addition to the N900 success, the developer has also stated that his port will successfully boot on various other hardware pieces. It is extremely exciting news to know that this port is possible and effectively opens the door for others to look at the open-source implementation and build on it where necessary. In its current form however, it does appear to be for the purists and those who are extremely technically biased. There is currently no GUI support for this implementation – nor is there any planned in the immediate future – with the focus being on getting the XNU Kernel to boot on hardware other than the official Apple supplied kit. As previously mentioned, the port will also play nicely with hardware other than the Nokia N900. For those interested, Winocm has detailed a number of hardware setups that are capable of booting his work, including the Texas Instruments AM335x (BeagleBone/BeagleBone Black) (OMAP335X) and ARM RealView Platform Baseboard for Cortex-A8 (ARMPBA8). The XNU Kernel is essentially the “core” of iOS (and OS X for that matter) and was built by Apple over a decade ago to form the foundations of their two operating systems. Source
  7. A published report out of China on Saturday says that web app versions of Nokia Music are coming to the iOS and Android platforms. This is despite other rumors that have the service shut down once Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia closes. Others expect Nokia Music to merge with Xbox Muisic after Redmond based Microsoft signs on the dotted line to close the deal. There is no indication when Nokia Music will be made available to iOS or Android. But we have some leaked training material along with images of the Nokia Music web app for other platforms. The Windows version of Nokia Music will be a native app and will support Windows 8/8.1 and Windows RT which means it will not be a Nokia exclusive. Source
  8. Cutting ropes is a very wonderful thing, and iPhone gamers probably fall in love with Cut The Rope game that developed by Russia-based developer ZeptoLab. In September the company confirmed that they are working on the second part of the well known game Cut The Rope- a sequel to their popular physics-based puzzler, and the fourth title in the Cut the Rope series. It looks like that the second part of the game will named "Cut The Rope 2: Om Nom's Unexpected Adventure" And yesterday, the folks at ZeptoLab posted its first teaser: a 20-second clip starring Om Nom…The brief clip doesn’t really tell us much—it’s just Om Nom sailing through a blue sky, dangling from his iconic rope as pieces of candy float by. The hashtag ‘OmNomIsMissing’ at the end may be a clue though. Source
  9. Android tablets have been overtaking the market at a higher clip recently, and have been outselling Apple's tablets for a while now. But, as is Apple's aim, the iPad has continued to pull in more revenue than all of the Android tablets combined, until this last quarter. According to new data for Q3 of 2013, Android tablets generated more revenue than iOS tablets for the first time. Morgan Stanley's Katy Huberty said in a research note that for the first time, Android tablets earned 46.2% of the revenue share for Q3 2013, which bested Apple's revenue share of 45.6%. Of course, in order to beat Apple in revenue, Android manufacturers had to ship more than twice as many tablets. Android's share of units shipped grew to 66.7% for the quarter (up from 58.5% year-over-year); and, Apple saw a big drop from 40.2% in Q3 2012 to just 29.7% this year. The growth in the Android tablet market was said to be due to strong sales by Samsung and Lenovo. Q3 was expected to be a slower quarter for Apple since it had the new iPads ready for release in Q4, but that is still a precipitous drop from last year. It certainly looks like this may not be the last time that Android out-earns iOS in the tablet world. Source
  10. Google’s Android operating system managed to grab exactly 81.0 percent smartphone share in the third quarter of 2013. Rounding out the top four smartphone operating systems were iOS at 12.9 percent, Windows Phone at 3.6 percent, and BlackBerry at 1.7 percent. The latest quarterly figures come from IDC, which summarized its findings in the following chart: IDC estimates total Android smartphone shipments worldwide reached 211.6 million units, letting Google’s mobile operating system power four out every five of the 261.1 million smartphones that shipped last quarter. The figure allowed Android to push past the 80 percent market share mark for the first time. IDC noted that while Android moved forward as a whole, the vast majority of its vendors still struggle to find meaningful market share. Samsung accounted for 39.9 percent of all Android shipments for the quarter, while the rest of the vendors either saw single-digit market share or even less than 1 percent (as was the case for the majority). Apple’s iOS saw its market share decline during the past quarter, despite reaching a new high for third quarter volumes. IDC naturally blamed the fact the world was waiting for the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, which will likely drive record volumes, market share, and year-over-year growth in the last quarter of the year. Windows Phone posted the largest year-over-year growth worldwide of any of the leading operating systems (up 156.0 percent), once again largely thanks to Nokia, which accounted for 93.2 percent of all the Windows Phone-powered smartphones shipped during the quarter. On the other hand, BlackBerry recorded the largest year-over-year decline among the leading operating systems during the quarter, due to softer demand for its new BB10 operating system and despite demand for its older BB7 devices within emerging markets. It’s worth noting that IDC’s estimates are quite close to those of Strategy Analytics’ figures for the quarter. The latter had slightly higher percentages for Android, iOS, and Windows Phone, but showed the same overall trend: Android up, iOS down, Windows Phone up, and BlackBerry down. Original Article
  11. Google has released a major update for the iOS version of the Google Search, which makes it a lot more useful. The app now shows notifications with the app running in the background for your appointments, flight and train timings. The app also lets you set reminders by speaking out instructions such as “Remind me to check out the fair this weekend” and then the app will show a notification at the right time. The app also includes new cards for things such as movie and concert tickets, boarding passes, reservation for car rentals, etc. There is also hands-free search mode. You can just say “OK Google” and speak your search query. This only works if the app is open, however, and on the iPhone 4s and above. Google has also updated the UI with a simplified homepage. -|download link|- itunes source: gsmarena
  12. According to ABI Research, 438 million handsets and 244 million smartphones shipped during the 3rd quarter of 2013. Samsung's share of the smartphone market grew to 35%, while Apple saw its share stay level at 14%. On the platform numbers, BlackBerry is down to its lowest point at just 1.5% of worldwide shipments. Windows Phone was the big mover once again, showing solid growth up 165% year-on-year, to finish at 4% of global shipments and the number three platform. Of course, Nokia essentially is the market for Microsoft, making up 95% of Windows Phone shipments. Android is still the top of the pile with its share of shipments growing to 80.6% of the market. ABI is also saying that based on the Q4 revenue guidance provided by Apple, the company is expecting to ship 53 million iPhones during the holiday quarter. And, if that turns out to be correct, Apple is looking at a big drop in Q4 shipment market share. It could drop all the way to 18.7% market share which is down from 22.6% in Q4 2012. source: phonearena
  13. Even though over 10 million people have downloaded BBM for iOS and BBM for Android, we told you that a further update would be necessary for the voice and video calling features of the service to work. On Sunday, Andrew Bocking said that those with BBM for iOS and BBM for Android will be able to make voice and video calls within months. And Bocking should know, considering that he is Executive VP of BBM for BlackBerry. While Bocking says that BBM will always be free, the Canadian OEM wants to monetize the app. One way will be with BBM Channels. Appearing Sunday on CBC’s The Morning Edition, Bocking said that this will be the way for BlackBerry to make money off of BBM. Calling Channels a "social engagement platform within BBM," the executive says that it spreads the "BBM experience to brands, artists, businesses and communities, you will now be able to connect with individuals and groups in real time." CBC says that BBM Channels will launch soon, although the service might remain in beta for some time. Speaking of BBM, Bocking says that "We continue to plan to evolve the service and keep making it more engaging and have more reasons why people will come back to use the service." With BlackBerry looking to monetize Channels as a way to profit from BBM, we could be looking at a new BlackBerry, more software oriented with a focus away from handsets. source: phonearena
  14. BlackBerry as a company and as a platform may be seeing its market share dropping, but the BlackBerry Messenger app has been very popular since it was released on Android and iOS this past week. The app has seen pretty substantial download rates even with its waiting list to actually use the app. But, that wait list has been removed and users are now free to get their BBM on. BBM has been popular on both Android and iOS, which makes it hard to tell if more BlackBerry users have upgraded to Android over the years than they have to iOS. The iOS App Store shows BlackBerry Messenger as number 2 on the list of free iOS apps, while the Google Play Store is showing BBM at number 7 in the top 10 free apps, and it has passed the 10 million download mark to slide into Google Play's ambiguous 10 million to 50 million download category. It only took BBM one day to break the 1 million download mark on Google Play, and it is not slowing down just yet. Unfortunately, iOS doesn't give even general download numbers, so we don't know how big it is there, but given how high it is on the top charts, it must have quite a few downloads. And, the best news so far is that no one on Android or iOS needs to worry about the wait list anymore. If you download BBM, you should be able to sign up and get going right away. source: phonearena
  15. Live on stage at Nokia World 2013, WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum announced the instant messaging service now has 350 million monthly active users. That's up by 50 million since August, when the network announced it had hit 300 million. Koum also announced that some 250,000 users per day are registering for WhatsApp using Nokia devices — including Symbian, Asha, and Lumia handsets — over 7 million per month. source
  16. Opera MediaWorks is out today with its latest report on the state of mobile platforms for Q3 2013. The report, which gathers data from billions of ad impressions each month, notes that iOS continues the lead for mobile advertising, with around 44.4% of all ad requests and 50% of revenue on its platform. That’s compared to 31.32% for Android, but the lead for Apple is mostly thanks to gains from iPad. Remove tablets from the equation and ad impressions on iPhone and Android smartphones fall to just 31% vs. 30.3%. There might be good reason that more ads are being served on iOS despite Android being the larger of the two smartphone platforms. A somewhat unbelievable number in a report yesterday claimed that iOS ads are generating up to 1,790 percent, or almost 18x more return on investment than ads on Android. The numbers come from advertising platform Nanigans, which studied more than 200 billion ads on Facebook for the study. According to the report, iOS ads aren’t just generating more ROI than on other platforms, but returns on Android are typically a 10 percent loss vs the cost of the ads. That means Nanigans is seeing investors increasingly upping their advertising budget on iOS and decreasing it on Android. Opera MediaWorks report today also estimates that around 61.09% of iOS users have upgraded to iOS 7 since it’s release on September 18. That compares to just 49.77% for Jelly Bean on Android since its release back in July 2012. Opera’s number seems to be slightly lower than the almost 70% on iOS 7 estimated by app marketing platform Fiksu’s usage tracker as of today. The results above are from the analysis of over 60 billion ad impressions per month that reach around 400 million consumers worldwide on mobile devices through over 13k sites and apps. source
  17. BlackBerry’s CMO Frank Boulben has confirmed the BBM messenger for Android and iOS will be released “within days”. The client has been teased a lot in the past few months with the promise the released date is getting closer. We even saw a beta version makes it to the Apple’s AppStore, but it was quickly taken down. Well, it seems the BBM is finally ready and its arrival is only a matter of days. Frank Boulben shared this info alongside other reassuring piece of info that BlackBerry is doing well and the development is going according to plan. You can find about the open letter from BlackBerry to its partners and customers right here. According to BlackBerry six million people have already signed up to be notified for the released of the BBM on Android and iOS. SOURCE
  18. Though you’ve never met Susan Bennett, you are probably more familiar with her than you think. You may have asked her for directions, what the weather is like, the score to baseball games and even to remind you to pick up dog food. Bennett has revealed herself the voice of Apple’s original Siri, and in a recent interview with CNN, she dished on, among other things, how she came to be the one to give life to your favorite snarky personal assistant. Bennett has done voice work for automated systems since the 1970s. Her first job in the biz was as the voice of Tilly the all-time teller, the first ATM machine. She’s also lent her vocals to GPS devices, automated telephone systems and even Delta airlines terminals. “The Siri voices were recorded in 2005, in the month of July, four hours a day for the whole month,” Bennett told CNN. “When I recorded those voices, I had absolutely no idea where they would end up.” Software company ScanSoft, which eventually merged with Nuance Communications, approached Bennett about doing some recordings that would be used in a database to construct speech. Nuance is believed to be the company that partnered with Apple to provide the technology behind Siri. Though Bennett’s thought was that the voice samples would be used in company telephone systems, according to CNN, she first heard her voice as Siri in 2011 the same way many of us did - on Apple’s iPhone 4s. “The first time I actually heard my voice as Siri was when my friend emailed me and said, ‘Isn’t this you?’ Bennett said. “And because I didn’t have the newest version of the iPhone, I went to the Apple site and that’s where I heard the voice, and I just went, ‘Ohh, hmm. That is me.’” Apple has yet to confirm that the Susan Bennett recordings were what was used to create the original Siri voice, but legal representation for Bennett has vouched for her and audio-forensics have told CNN that Bennett and the Siri voice are a “100%” match. Bennett says she was inspired to reveal herself after a feature in tech news site The Verge called "How Siri Found Its Voice," after which many readers concluded that the voice of Siri was another voice actress, Allison Dufty. Dufty cleared up the record on her own website; her website now comes with a disclaimer that she is "positively NOT the voice of Siri." Great Britain's Siri -- a man on the UK version of the phone -- is Jon Briggs, a voice actor who revealed himself in 2011 shortly after the release of the iPhone 4S. The identity of the American Siri had been kept a mystery for some time, but now it appears Bennett has provided a definitive answer... ...for now, at least: With iOS 7, Apple has given users two options for Siri voices, a male and female now. And though Apple will neither confirm or deny, it sounds as though Bennett’s female voice has been replaced. As for the sometimes “snippy” tone of our beloved original Siri, there may be an explanation for that. "There are some people that just can read hour upon hour upon hour, and it's not a problem,” Bennett explained to CNN. “For me, I get extremely bored ... So I just take breaks. That's one of the reasons why Siri might sometimes sound like she has a bit of an attitude. Those sounds might have been recorded the last 15 minutes of those four hours." Siri, it’s nice to meet you. Original Article: http://news.yahoo.com/apple-siri-132922340.html
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