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RIM’s upcoming BlackBerry 10 phone with a physical keyboard leaks for the first time [video]

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Research In Motion (RIMM) reported a net loss for the third consecutive quarter on Thursday, but the struggling smartphone vendor shocked the Street with better than expected performance and its stock jumped as much as 23% in after-hours trading as a result. RIM is still more than three months away from launching its first BlackBerry 10 smartphones, however, and it expects to post another loss for the third quarter of fiscal 2013. All eyes are on the company’s upcoming BlackBerry 10 phones as the potential start to a major turnaround, and company executives are currently touring the world as they try to keep their carrier partners on board. A video seemingly used to showcase RIM’s first two BlackBerry 10 smartphones to carriers leaked just moments ahead of the company’s earnings report on Thursday — what are the odds? — and it reveals RIM’s upcoming BlackBerry 10 phone with a physical keyboard for the first time. The video, first published by CrackBerry before being pulled from the si…

Apple Releases 5.1 Update for 2nd and 3rd Generation Apple TV

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Apple has released Apple TV Software Update 5.1 for 2nd and 3rd generation Apple TV models. The release has build number 10A406e. The biggest changes include support for Shared Photo Streams, the ability to send audio content from the Apple TV to AirPlay-enabled speakers and devices (including AirPort Express and other Apple TVs), and the ability to switch between multiple iTunes accounts.

Apple has updated the Apple TV Software Update webpage with full details: Shared Photo Streams - Accept invitations for Shared Photo Streams, browse photos and comments, and receive notifications of new content.
AirPlay - Send audio content from Apple TV to AirPlay-enabled speakers and devices (including AirPort Express and other Apple TVs). Also includes the ability to require an onscreen code to use AirPlay with your Apple TV.
iTunes account switching - Save multiple iTunes accounts and switch quickly between them.
Trailers - Search movie trailers. In the United States, see show times for local theat…

Unofficial Lightning cables won’t charge iPhone 5 due to missing authentication chip

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It appears iPhone 5 users looking to pick up a spare Lightning cable will have no choice but to pony up the $19 for one made by Apple (AAPL). Unlike the old 30-pin connector, it has been discovered by Double Helix Cables and AppleInsider that Apple’s new smaller cable has a special authentication chip embedded inside of it that prevents third-parties from duplicating it and making generic clones. In simple terms: don’t even bother picking up a cheaper knockoff Lightning cable because it probably won’t work. In an email sent to AppleInsider, Double Helix Cables’ owner, who only goes by the first name Peter, noted that “you can’t just build a Lightning cable by making something with the same shape and connectivity, and my teardown proves that. The chip has to be there, and it is directly in the signal path of the V+ wire.” The situation probably wouldn’t be as dire if shipping times for Apple’s official Lightning cable weren’t backlogged for up three weeks. [Via Gizmodo] ReadUnofficial …

Passbook Enabled-Apps Start Arriving on App Store [iOS Blog]

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Passbook enabled apps have begun making their way to the App Store, with major corporations like Major League Baseball, Ticketmaster, Fandango and Lufthansa offering event and flight tickets via Passbook, and Walgreens offering access to its rewards program via the service.
The Next Web has details on how Passbook works: The passes are issued by companies directly to customers via email or apps or any other avenue that they choose and are added to a user’s Passbook automatically. There is no app required for use besides Passbook itself, though companies can choose to include ‘pass update’ functionality in their apps for those that want to make changes after the fact.The search engine on our sister-site AppShopper is keeping track of Passbook-enabled apps as they get released. Passbook Enabled-Apps Start Arriving on App Store [iOS Blog]
Jordan Golson
Wed, 19 Sep 2012 18:40:13 GMT

Apple Releases OS X 10.8.2 with Facebook Integration and Game Center

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Alongside today's launch of iOS 6, Apple has also released OS X 10.8.2 to the public. The update is currently available via the Software Update functionality in the Mac App Store.

The update includes a number of enhancements, most notably Facebook integration and Game Center. It also includes support for several features integrating with iOS 6, such as Passbook passes and iMessage/FaceTime access via phone number. This update is recommended for all OS X Mountain Lion users, and includes new features and fixes:
Facebook
- Single sign on for Facebook
- Adds Facebook as an option when sharing links and photos
- See Facebook friends' contact information and profile pictures in Contacts
- Facebook notifications now appear in Notification Center
Game Center
- Share scores to Facebook, Twitter, Mail, or Messages
- Facebook friends are included in Game Center friend recommendations
- Added Facebook "Like" button for games
- Challenge friends to beat your score or achievement

iOS 6 now available for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

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Apple (AAPL) announced during its iPhone 5 unveiling that the latest version of its mobile operating system would become available to the public on September 19th, and iOS 6 is now available right on schedule. iOS device owners with an iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad, iPad 2 or fourth-generation iPod touch can now download iOS 6 through iTunes immediately, and users currently running iOS 5 or later can update their devices over the air. BGR reviewed iOS 6 and called it a refinement of what is already the most refined mobile OS in the world. iOS 6 now available for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch
Zach Epstein
Wed, 19 Sep 2012 16:38:02 GMT

iOS 6 review: Refining the world’s most refined mobile OS

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Like OS X Mountain Lion is to Lion, iOS 6 is a refinement of a mobile operating system that Apple (AAPL) had in place in iOS 5, with a few new changes that might raise your brow. Available for iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad 2, new iPad (third-generation) and iPod touch (fourth-generation), the changes Apple made in iOS 6 are subtle, but add to Apple’s endless pursuit of iOS perfection. It’s an update chock-full of features, as has been the case with every other major iOS update, and best of all: it’s free for all devices. iOS 6 will become available to the public in about an hour so in the meantime, let’s take a look at all of the most important new features Apple’s latest OS has to offer. Let’s start with the major additions. Arguably, there are two new features to be most excited for: the new Apple-built Maps app and Facebook (FB) integration. iOS's new Maps app replaces the previous Google Maps app. In iOS 6, Apple officially dumps Google (GOOG) Maps for its ow…

BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.1.0.982 suggested to be arriving tomorrow along with BlackBerry Bridge 2.1 [Updated]

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*UPDATE* - As noted previously, RIM has a habit of switching dates at the last minute and this release seems to be once again placed on hold for the time being for whatever reason. Back to playing the waiting game. Sorry folks!
For BlackBerry PlayBook owners, it's been a bit of a wait for OS 2.1 to arrive. It has been rumored to be arriving for quite some time now but that day never came and it has left people wondering where the update is. Some rumors have been floated around suggesting it will arrive on September 20th and while that's certainly plausible, we've taken it upon ourselves to go ahead and look into it a bit further as well. As it turns out, that date may only be off by a day with the release of OS 2.1.0.982 (WiFi only we're hearing) and an update that pushes BlackBerry Bridge into v2.1 coming as early as tomorrow. We won't go so far as to say confirmed indefinitely because RIM does have a habit of switching dates at the last minute but feel free to st…

Microsoft reveals Office 2013 pricing starting at $100

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Microsoft (MSFT) hasn’t set a firm release date for Office 2013 yet, but that doesn’t mean it can’t talk about pricing. According to ZDNet, subscription versions of Office 2013 will cost $100 per year for Office 365 Home Premium and $150 per year for Office 365 Small Business Premium. Office 365 includes Word, Excel, Powerpoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher and Access and can be installed on up to five computers. Office 365 Small Business Premium has everything Home Premium has plus Lync and InfoPath. Users who prefer boxed retail versions of Office 2013 can choose from three different versions: Office Home & Student ($140), Office Home & Business ($220) and Office Professional ($400). Whereas Office Home & Student includes Word, Excel, Powerpoint and OneNote, Office Home & Business adds Outlook and Office Professional adds Publisher and Access. As an incentive to skip the boxed version for the subscription, Office 365 Home Premium users will get 60 free Skype minutes p…

Apple's New iPhone 5 Has 1GB of RAM

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Apple announced the iPhone 5 on Wednesday. The new iPhone contains several improvements including the use of a new A6 processor from Apple. While it's been widely speculated that Apple would boost the RAM in the new iPhone, we haven't seen much in the way of confirmation.
The iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 both contain 512MB of RAM for developers to work with. Running out of RAM can cause some performance issues as existing applications or documents may have to be purged from memory from time to time.
iFans first posted confirmation that the iPhone 5 has 1GB of ram based on the part numbers listed on the A6 chip itself. After some investigation with Kyle Wiens from iFixit, we've been able to confirm their findings as well, using Samsung's own product guides.

The chart above comes from Samsung's 2012 Product Solutions Guide (PDF) which lists part numbers of various memory parts they have for sale. The iPhone 5's A6 part number lines up with the family of 8 Gigabit mobil…

Office 2013 arrive on Windows RT tablets this November

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Microsoft’s ARM-powered Surface tablet that runs on the Windows RT platform has been confirmed to receive Office 2013 this coming November, which is just a couple of months away, so that means you do not have that long to wait, actually. Just what will Office for Windows RT deliver? Well, we do think that you have pretty much gotten all that you need as a basic computer user with the inclusion of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. These tools will be made available at first via the pre-installed Office Home & Student 2013 RT package, where you ought to take note that these will not be sold as a standalone product. The full-featured version of Office for Windows RT will arrive virtually over on Windows Update from November until January. The reason behind the time window is due to the language version. Are you excited to pick up your Windows RT-powered Surface tablet before the year is over? By Ubergizmo. Related articles: Microsoft employees enjoy a very Windows Christmas, Micro…

Apple teases customers with free Lightning dock port adapters, then backs off

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Lots of people got annoyed when they found out that Apple (AAPL) would charge $29 for an adapter for its new Lightning dock port. On Friday morning, however, many got a glimmer of hope that Apple might at least toss them one dock adapter for free after Apple’s own pre-order page said that the iPhone 5 comes with a complimentary adapter right in the box. But one of The Next Web’s readers chimed in to say that Apple representatives confirmed that the free adapter notice had been put up in error. Although The Next Web hasn’t yet heard back from Apple with official confirmation, the site does note that Apple has removed the earlier language indicating the iPhone 5 would come with one free adapter. ReadApple teases customers with free Lightning dock port adapters, then backs off
Brad Reed
Fri, 14 Sep 2012 14:05:40 GMT

Windows 8 Keyboard Shortcuts for Non-Touchscreen Users

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This is a guest post written by Kelly, from Barton Technology; find out more about Kelly at the conclusion of this post. Microsoft’s latest version of the venerable Windows operating system is Windows 8. Unlike many other previous releases, such as Vista and Windows 7, Windows 8 is a major refresh of the operating system and appears quite different than the previous few versions; the biggest revamping since Windows 95. Touchscreen technology has taken off of late with the introduction of several tablet PCs and the ever-popular iPad, and Windows 8 is designed primarily for use with a touchscreen, be it a tablet or some of the fancier new machines that offer touchscreen monitors. However, not every user that is planning to upgrade to Windows 8 or purchase a new system is going to have the capability or desire to use a touchscreen. Fortunately, Windows 8 have anticipated this scenario and have included a number of keyboard shortcuts. Windows + PrtScn
Pressing the Windows button plus the P…