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Facebook to activate Timeline Profiles for all users in Autumn

Timeline profiles became available on Facebook at the end of the year 2011 as an optional feature that Facebook users had to actively enable. The change shocked many users of the social networking site, but since no one was forced to switch to the new profile, the outcry quickly died off again, especially since a forced switch to the new profile never happened. Users of Facebook who switched to the new profile on the other hand had to face the fact that they could never go back to the old profile that the majority of users on Facebook were still using. We explained how to avoid Facebook Timeline profiles back in January, but the solutions back then were only temporary, and the only viable option right now is to install userscripts or browser extensions that modify the Timeline profile locally so that you do not see it in your browser (whereas everyone else sees the Timeline profile). It may come as a shock to everyone who is still using the old Facebook profile that the company seems …

Microsoft launches, begins phasing out Hotmail

Microsoft (MSFT) is giving its email application a much-needed makeover. On Tuesday Microsoft’sOutlook Blog took the wraps off of, a new online email portal that cleans up the traditional inbox user interface and adds several social networking features to the mix. On the inbox side, automatically detects emails that are newsletters and puts them into their own separate folder while also giving users the option to easily stop receiving newsletters with a one-click “unsubscribe” button. The new inbox also allows for message “sweep” operations where Outlook will only keep the very latest message from a given sender and will delete all previously sent messages. On the social networking side, syncs up with most of the usual suspects including Facebook (FB), Twitter and LinkedIn, and also updates contact information whenever anyone changes information in their Facebook or Twitter profile. also automatically filters all social networking emails…

Facebook for iPhone and iPad gains a new "save for later" feature

Facebook has added a new feature to the Facebook for iPhone and iPad app that allows you to save posts for later. In reality, this works similar to what other services call "favorites". If you browse the Saved posts, you are able to scroll through them later as their own feed. You have to physically mark them as Unsave to remove them from the Saved folder. To save a post. Simply hold your finger down on the post you want to save and a popup that says "Save" will appear. Just tap the popup and you're done! To access your Saved folder, you must first scroll to the bottom of the sidebar menu and tap on Edit Favorites. Next, tap the + sign and select Saved from your list of Apps. Then tap Done. Now, you should see your Saved folder in the Favorites section of your sidebar menu! All saved stories are private, so you don't have to worry about Sally being notified that you saved her relationship change to Single. You wouldn't want her to think you're some …

Photos emerge of the 10" BlackBerry PlayBook

Well what do we have here? Vietnamese website Tinhte was sent some pictures of what is apparently the mythical 10" BlackBerry PlayBook! This mysterious device was first mentioned in early 2011, but then was cancelled so that RIM could focus efforts in other areas. From what we can see in the pictures here, this larger form factor tablet does have a slot for a sim card as well as  the familiar front facing camera and bezels for swiping, but no indication on what capacity this model will be or if it would be a 3G or 4G model, assuming it ever comes to production. So what do you think of the larger form factor? Would you be interested in buying a 10" PlayBook if RIM did indeed decide to go ahead with production, or are you sold on the smaller form factor? Let us know in the comments below. You can check out plenty more pictures below and a few more of the internals at the source link.  Source: Tinhte via: Engadget's feed sponsored by Pho…

Microsoft Surface to officially surface on October 26th

Just in time for Halloween (and the launch of Windows 8), Microsoft (MSFT) has revealed that it plans on releasing its first Surface tablets on October 26th. Microsoft buried the Surface release date in a recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission last week, where it told the SEC that “on October 26th… we will begin selling the Surface, a series of Microsoft-designed and manufactured hardware devices.” BGR took a hands-on look at the Surface tablet during its debut in June, and we were very impressed with the company’s first hardware effort as it looks to dive head first into the tablet market. ReadMicrosoft Surface to officially surface on October 26th
Brad Reed
Mon, 30 Jul 2012 11:50:46 GMT

iPhone 5 and iPad Mini to be Announced on September 12th with iPhone 5 Release September 21st

iMore reports that they have heard that the next generation iPhone, new iPod nano, and all new 7.85" iPad mini will be announced on September 12th. They also pinpoint the actual launch date for the next iPhone as September 21, 2012. iMore has heard that Apple is planning to debut the new iPhone at a special event on Wednesday, September 12, 2012, with the release date to follow 9 days later on Friday, September 21. This information comes from sources who have proven accurate in the past.The next-generation iPhone, which is frequently referred to as the "iPhone 5", is expected to have a taller 4" screen as shown in the above photo. Rumors have also suggested the inclusion of high speed LTE wireless networking.
While we generally refer to the next iPhone as the "iPhone 5", if Apple follows the example of their most recent iPad release, they may drop the numbering scheme with every new iPhone release. The 3rd generation iPad was simply called "the new …

iPhone 5 finally shown off completely assembled

iPhone 5 finally shown off completely assembled
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Apple's iPhone 5 (AAPL) parts have leaked here and there over the past weeks and months, but it looks like all the parts have been collected and we're now able to see what is most likely Apple's next-generation iPhone. While a lot of people weren't a fan of the two-tone color, the latest parts show that the metal panel on the back of the device is the same material as the metal band around the iPhone 5, and it looks much better. More photos are in our gallery.


Multiple reports say iPhone 5 will launch on September 21st

The “iPhone 5″ rumor mill has, for the time being, settled on a date when Apple’s (AAPL) highly-anticipated smartphone will be released: September 21st. Both PhoneArena and App4Phone, neither of which has a proven track record with pre-release iPhone rumors, both cite unnamed sources who say that Apple will launch its latest iPhone on the third Friday in September. Although there’s no way of knowing whether these sources are accurate, a September 21st release would make sense since it would come shortly before Apple’s fourth fiscal quarter ends and would thus make an excellent time to mark the start of the “fall transition” to new products that Apple CEO Tim Cook talked about during his company’s earnings report earlier this week. Read [App4Phone] Read [PhoneArena] Multiple reports say iPhone 5 will launch on September 21st
Brad Reed
Thu, 26 Jul 2012 14:10:08 GMT

OS X Mountain Lion now available for purchase

The latest version of Apple’s (AAPL) desktop operating system, OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, is now available for purchase in the Mac App Store. Apple announced on Tuesday during its third-quarter earnings report that the new OS would become available to users on Wednesday, and the $19.99 OS arrived right on schedule. The latest version of OS X includes hundreds of new features such as a revamped Messages app with iMessage support, enhanced iCloud support, notifications and Notification Center support, and new productivity apps. Apple’s press release follows below. Mountain Lion Available Today From the Mac App StoreCUPERTINO, California—July 25, 2012— Apple® today announced that OS X® Mountain Lion, the ninth major release of the world’s most advanced desktop operating system, is available as a download from the Mac® App Store℠. With more than 200 innovative new features, Mountain Lion includes iCloud® integration, the all new Messages app, Notification Center, system-wide Sharing, Facebo…

Microsoft finally decides iOS is worthy of Microsoft Office

Microsoft (MSFT) seems to have discovered that people like using Apple’s (AAPL) iOS devices for productivity, as the company is scouting around for developers who will help “design, implement and test” new versions of Office that will “be part of Microsoft’s next move on the Mac and on iOS.” 9to5Mac says that the new job posting is “not solid proof that Office is coming soon, since Microsoft does have several other iOS apps, such as SkyDrive, OneNote, etc.” but also notes that it “specifically looks for someone to test Outlook/Powepoint on Mac and iOS.” BGR previously reported that Microsoft is planning to release Office for both iOS and Android devices this November, so this new job posting isn’t a major surprise. ReadMicrosoft finally decides iOS is worthy of Microsoft Office
Brad Reed
Tue, 24 Jul 2012 17:55:19 GMT

RIM Rolls Out Desktop Manager v7.1.0.33 Out of Beta

RIM has had Desktop Manager v7.1 in the Beta Zone and offered to developers for awhile now. Zooby pointed out to me that AT&T had an updated version of Desktop Manager available on their website. After checking RIM’s main download site it seems like RIM has upgraded it across the board. Update: After looking back at the release notes it looks like this version also adds support for “mobile network enabled tablets” just like the Desktop Manager for Mac update. Its looking like the 4G PlayBook is right around the corner. The new v7.1.0.33 of Desktop Manager fixes some of the issues users have run into in the past along with adding better support for the PlayBook and Dev Alpha. You can check out the full change log here. The full version 7.1.0 B33 of Desktop Manager is available on If you liked this article, you might find these interesting:RIM Rolls Out Web Update Firefox Compatibility & Desktop Manager for Mac 1.0.1Desktop Manager v7.1.0.31 Now in Beta ZoneDeskt…