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Netflix: No plan to support BlackBerry, PlayBook

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Netflix on Thursday revealed that it has no plans to bring its streaming service to Research In Motion's mobile platforms. With the release of the Playbook 2.0 update, it was not immediately clear whether the company would port its existing Android app to the platform or perhaps create a native app for RIM's tablet OS, however neither will be the case. "We don't have any current plans to support BlackBerry devices, including PlayBook," the company confirmed on Twitter. Netflix has more than 24 million U.S. subscribers and it recently expanded its streaming-only service to make it available in Canada and parts of Latin America. Read on for a screen capture of Netflix's confirmation.
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Apple may ditch 30-pin dock connector on iPhone and other iOS devices

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Apple may be abandoning its 30-pin dock connector in future generations of its iPhone and other iOS devices, according to iMore. Apple's new connector will reportedly be smaller, freeing up space from more important components such as bigger batteries and cellular radios. The website reports that the Cupertino-based company won't opt for either micro-USB or Thunderbolt ports to replace the 30-pin port, and it is unclear what type of connections Apple will use. Following the launch of Apple's iCloud and Wi-Fi iTunes sync services, the traditional dock connector has become less important since iOS 5 launched. The report claims the new micro-dock will most likely debut in the iPhone 5, although it is even possible it could be featured in Apple's next-generation iPad 3, which is set to launch next month.
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Microsoft Office on iPad Spotted, Coming Soon to App Store

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The Daily claims to have had hands-on time with a working prototype of a version of Microsoft Office for the iPad (via TheVerge). The Daily had previously reported that Microsoft was actively working on bringing Microsoft Office to the iPad.


The version (pictured above) is said to allow the creation and editing of Word, Excel and PowerPoint files both locally and online. A brief hands-on with a working prototype of the software revealed a number of new things. The app's user interface is similar to the current OneNote app, but it has hints of Metro, the new design language that can be seen in Windows Phone and in the as-yet-released Windows 8 desktop operating system. They claim the app will soon be submitted to Apple for App Store approval. Notably, a version of Android is "not in the works" according to the same source.


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BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 Now Available for Download!

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BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 Now Available for Download! Published on CrackBerry.com blogs | shared via feedly mobile FINALLY!! After what's been a Long Road to BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0, it's finally here and available for download! If you own a BlackBerry PlayBook, just go to Settings > Software Updates > Check for Updates and you should find PlayBook OS 2.0 available for wireless download. Follow the instructions on screen for the easy installation process. When a new PlayBook OS update becomes available it sometimes takes a little while for it be accessible by all users, so if you check and it's not there just yet, have patience. It will be there soon. We promise. BlackBerry PlayBoook OS 2.0 is a MAJOR software update to the operating system of Research In Motion's first tablet, and it brings with it a ton of upgrades that owners have been waiting for. In addition to a revamped homescreen experience, native email, calendar and contacts along with social serv…

Apple may launch revamped iTunes Store, App Store later this year

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Apple may launch revamped iTunes Store, App Store later this year Published on BGR: The Three Biggest Letters In Tech | shared via feedly mobile Apple may be working on an overhaul of its iTunes Store and App Store, according to 9to5Mac. Due to growing competition from music streaming services like Spotify and the growing popularity of Amazon's online music store, the redesign of the iTunes Store is considered "a top priority for Apple." The Cupertino-based company is looking to simplify the service and deliver a more user-friendly interface than the one afforded by its current design. The redesign will reportedly simplify content discovery, and it will "make the iTunes Store a much more engaging experience." The revamped stores are reportedly scheduled to launch later this year.Read
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BlackBerry Remote working with PlayBook OS v1.0.8

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BlackBerry Remote working with PlayBook OS v1.0.8 Published on CrackBerry.com blogs | shared via feedly mobile If you simply cannot wait for PlayBook OS 2.0 to drop in order to check out some of the previously mentioned BlackBerry Remote features, the good news is -- you don't have to. With the release of BlackBerry Bridge 2.0 many folks in the CrackBerry Forums who are still on PlayBook OS 1.0.8 have found that some of the noted remote features are already working on that OS. It seems however, that if you are still on a beta build of 2.0 there isn't the same sort of love and support seems rather iffy but no matter, soon PlayBook OS 2.0 will be here but if you're looking to pass away some time checking out BlackBerry Remote will help. Discuss in the CrackBerry Forums CrackBerry.com's feed sponsored by ShopCrackBerry.com. BlackBerry Remote working with PlayBook OS v1.0.8


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iPhone 5 Due for Release in September-October Timeframe?

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iPhone 5 Due for Release in September-October Timeframe? Published on MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page | shared via feedly mobile Japanese blog Macotakara today reports that it has learned from a "reliable" source that Apple is targeting another September or October release for the iPhone this year, continuing a shift away from the mid-year launches seen prior to 2011 and yielding an approximately 12-month upgrade cycle for the iPhone 4S. The report also claims that Apple intends for the later timeframe to be part of Apple's long-term plans for iPhone launches. According to Asian reliable source, next iPhone will be released in September or October , and this cycle seems to be kept for years.MacRumors has similarly heard from a representative of a supplier known to provide parts for the iPhone that Apple's ordering plans are pointing toward a launch of new hardware in the September.

A third source also claimed to iMore last week that Apple is targeting an…

BlackBerry Bridge v2.0.0.25 now available in BlackBerry App World

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BlackBerry Bridge v2.0.0.25 now available in BlackBerry App World Published on CrackBerry.com blogs | shared via feedly mobile To go along with the release of PlayBook OS 2.0 we're all going to need a new BlackBerry Bridge update and although we heard that update may have been delayed to coincide with the release of PlayBook OS 2.0 to help avoid folks from trying to use features not compatible with their PlayBook, it looks like some folks never got the memo. The original rumored release date of the 20th has stuck and BlackBerry Bridge v2.0.0.25 is now appearing in BlackBerry App World. Go ahead and fire up App World, if it's there -- grab it. If not, sit tight, it'll show up soon. CrackBerry.com's feed sponsored by ShopCrackBerry.com. BlackBerry Bridge v2.0.0.25 now available in BlackBerry App World


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SkyDrive to support Windows 8 BitLocker, ODF docs, and 300MB file limit?

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SkyDrive to support Windows 8 BitLocker, ODF docs, and 300MB file limit? Published on The Verge - All Posts | shared via feedly mobile We saw screenshots of a future SkyDrive version leak over the weekend that offered a look at some new features, but it appears there is even more to Microsoft's SkyDrive plans. LiveSide is reporting that the Wave 5 Milestone 3 release of SkyDrive will introduce support for BitLocker recovery keys storage alongside OpenDocument format support. The site speculates this could mean that Windows 8 will natively store decryption keys for its BitLocker hard drive encryption feature in the SkyDrive cloud. Microsoft also appears to be testing out a http://sdrv.ms URL shortener for use when sharing direct to Twitter and other social networks. However, the biggest improvement in the company's plans is the revelation that SkyDrive may move to a... Continue reading…
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VLC 2.0 available now, includes faster decoding and experimental Blu-ray support

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VLC 2.0 available now, includes faster decoding and experimental Blu-ray support Published on The Verge - All Posts | shared via feedly mobile After beginning as an academic project back in 1996, VLC hit version 1.0 in 2009 and today it has reached 2.0. VLC — one of the best-known, catch-all media players out there — has plenty of major improvements across its Windows, OS X, and Linux variants to go along with that big version number bump. The most noticeable changes come to Mac users; we've detailed in-depth the OS X version's interface improvements in our hands-on with the release candidate, but suffice it to say that the experience has been completely re-tooled with fullscreen support in Lion and a new one-window layout. Other than the UI changes in OS X, the changelog says that decoding in all flavors of the app is now improved on multi-core and mobile systems,... Continue reading…
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Messages app for OS X brings file transfers to iMessage (hands-on)

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Messages app for OS X brings file transfers to iMessage (hands-on) Published on The Verge - All Posts | shared via feedly mobile One feature of Apple's new Messages beta that we missed on first inspection is its support of drag-and-drop file transfers. The new app allows you to add files to iMessages, which can be sent to an iOS device or other instance of Messages. MP3 and video files can be played, text and PDF documents can be read or opened in other apps by tapping the Action button; everything works exactly as you'd expect it to. Transfers are a little buggy, with text files sometimes freezing up, and we hit a file size limit with a 220MB MP4 video. Incompatible file types are represented with a question mark icon on iOS devices, and can't be acted on. Also, transfers don't work the other way around, so there's not yet an easy way to send a PDF from an iOS... Continue reading…
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Redesigned iPad 3 with 8-megapixel camera pictured for the first time

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Redesigned iPad 3 with 8-megapixel camera pictured for the first time Published on BGR: The Three Biggest Letters In Tech | shared via feedly mobile Purported images of Apple's next-generation iPad have been published by Chinese language Apple Daily ahead of the new tablet's official announcement. The slate had leaked only in bits and pieces until now, however alleged photos of an assembled iPad 3 show a device that is very much in line with earlier reports. The case is similar to the one found on the iPad 2, though it has apparently been redesigned with a more gradual taper leading from the back to the edges. Apple Daily also states that the iPad 3 features a 9.7-inch Retina Display, which was confirmed last week, and an 8-megapixel camera as had been rumored previously. Apple is reportedly planning to unveil the iPad 3 at a press conference in early March, and the tablet is also expected to feature a quad-core Apple A6 processor and embedded 4G LTE connectivity. Read
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Researchers create on/off switch for credit cards to prevent RFID theft

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Researchers create on/off switch for credit cards to prevent RFID theft Published on VentureBeat | shared via feedly mobile Researchers are working on an on/off switch for the next generation of credit cards. No, not to stop you from spending money you shouldn't, but to help protect you from theft and fraud. Credit cards are moving away from magnetic strips to more modern, no-contact technology. Now, with radio frequency identification (RFID) chips or near-field communication (NFC) cards, you can just wave your credit card in front of a reader to quickly pay for a cup of joe. However, this ease could open up the doors for a new type of criminal. In theory, shady characters with portable scanners can read the information off your RFID card by getting close enough to so that your card is in their reader's electromagnetic field. This type of theft hasn't taken off yet, due to clunky technology and minimal monetary gain (most RFID and NFC cards have low spending caps), but an o…

Blackberry PlayBook OS 2.0 release date once again confirmed for Feb 21st

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Blackberry PlayBook OS 2.0 release date once again confirmed for Feb 21st Published on CrackBerry.com blogs | shared via feedly mobile While RIM has already slipped up once and given us the goods during their PlayBook NDK WebCast, we're once again getting confirmation that Blackberry Playbook OS 2.0 will arrive on Feb. 21st. This time around though, there is some documentation to go along with it and as noted above, it will be rolling out bright and early in the morning. In addition to Blackberry PlayBook OS 2.0, BlackBerry Mobile Fusion will be made available and noted previously -- FaceBook for PlayBook will get an update as well for bug fixes and compatability for Blackberry PlayBook OS 2.0. When it comes to Blackberry Bridge 2.0, previously it was set for release on Feb. 20th but we're now hearing that may be delayed to conincide with the Blackberry Playbook OS 2.0 launch. Rather then letting it go out the day before and have people trying functions that will not work du…

Roundup of OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion Features and Notes

Roundup of OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion Features and Notes Published on MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page | shared via feedly mobile Apple surprised everyone this morning with a developer preview of OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. The new release brings a number of iOS-like features to the Mac, as detailed in this video:


- Messages - new version of iChat with iMessage support
- Reminders - create lists and tasks, synced via iCloud
- Notes - create notes, synced via iCloud
- Notification Center - on screen pop-up notifications
- Share Sheets - share buttons to email, tweet, message, etc...
- Game Center - social gaming center for Mac
- AirPlay Mirroring - broadcast your Mac's screen to your Apple TV

Apple also released a public beta of the Messages App for OS X Lion users and is available today.

Apple did give some of the media early previews of Mountain Lion, which we suspect may have been the unusual media event that had been predicted. OS X Mountain Lion is avail…

iPad 3 confirmed to have a 2,048 x 1,536-pixel Retina Display

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iPad 3 confirmed to have a 2,048 x 1,536-pixel Retina Display Published on BGR: The Three Biggest Letters In Tech | shared via feedly mobile Following various leaks and rumors, it has been widely speculated that Apple's next generation iPad will feature a new high-resolution display. Now, using a purported iPad 3 display that was examine under a microscope, MacRumors has confirmed everyone's suspicions: the iPad 3 will have an ultra-high resolution Retina Display. The iPad 3 display is the same 9.7-inch size as the panel used on its predecessor and looks similar to the naked eye. When compared under a microscope, however, the iPad 3 display's pixels appeared to be one-quarter the size of those on the iPad 2. The next-generation iPad is rumored to be equipped with a new quad-core A6 processor, 4G LTE, better cameras and a larger battery, and Apple is expected to announce the slate on March 7th. An image comparing the iPad 2 and iPad 3′s displays under a microscope can be fou…

iMessage to only work on Mountain Lion following beta period

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iMessage to only work on Mountain Lion following beta period Published on BGR: The Three Biggest Letters In Tech | shared via feedly mobile Apple on Thursday unveiled the next major version of its desktop operating system, OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. The new operating system for Mac desktops and notebooks will feature a wide range of changes from new apps to redesigned visual elements, but one of the most highly anticipated features Apple unveiled was iMessage integration thanks to a new Messages app that will replace iChat. Apple released a beta of its Messages app to users running OS X 10.7.3 Lion, but French blog Consomac on Friday discovered that Lion users will only have access to the new app during the beta period. "Thank you for participating in the Messages Beta program. With the inclusion of Messages in OS X Mountain Lion, the Messages Beta program has ended," a text string within the app's resource files states. "To continue using Messages, please visit the Ma…

The Best Address Book App for Mac OS X [Mac App Directory]

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Mac OS X has a great built-in address book and a number of useful third-party alternatives, but out of all the options Cobook is our favorite. It's a very new app, currently still in beta, but its intelligent search and social media integration make it very easy to love. More »
The Best Address Book App for Mac OS X [Mac App Directory]
Adam Dachis
Mon, 13 Feb 2012 18:30:00 GMT

Angry Birds on Facebook

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Angry Birds, the most popular mobile game, has finally arrived on Facebook. There have been rumours of this app since last year and finally the release date was slated for Valentine’s day. The game is now available for playing on Facebook, it packs into an app, so you need to provide the required permissions before playing it. The game is Flash based and has certain features which are available only on the Facebook app and one of them is Power-ups. According to Rovio, there are 4 different types of power-ups and they can be accessed via the lightning bolt button at the top of the screen. You can use two power-ups per level. The four power ups are: Super Seeds, King Sling, Sling Scope and Birdquake. All power-ups have a different effect but ultimately make you more competitive against your friends by making your birds stronger or more accurate or even by shaking the earth itself. More details on the game is available here. You can start playing the game by visiting this URL- https://ap…